New Exhibit Tells the Story of Human Struggles to Control Fertility


Humans have privately struggled throughout time to control or enhance their fertility. Yet private behavior depends upon an array of public circumstances.

"Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: A History of Contraception in America"—a new exhibit at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University—examines 200 years of the history of contraception in the United States.

To launch the exhibit on Thursday, September 17, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, the author of Rereading Sex: Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in 19th Century America, will give the Zverina Lecture at 6 p.m. in the Powell Room of Allen Medical Library.

This exhibit depicts the social and cultural climate that influenced birth control decisions in this country, says James Edmonson, chief curator at the Dittrick. Read more.

Campus News

There are several upcoming opportunities to give blood this month, including Wednesday, September 16; Thursday, September 17; and Friday, September 25. Donors will receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito during the September 16 and 17 events. The September 25 event is part of of Case for Community Day. Go online to learn more and schedule an appointment. Use sponsor code "casewestern." Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be taken first. There is always a need for blood.

The ability to make a credit card deposits through has been repaired. The site is now accepting deposits of CaseCash for both guest and personal deposits. Campus community members who experience problems should contact Auxiliary Services at 368-5844.


1-2-1 Fitness Center offers many programs, services and memberships. The campus community is invited to check out the fitness center this month for the "Choose to Lose" and "Take it Off" weight loss programs, as well as self defense and exercise classes. Go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Save the Date: The Fourth Annual Procurement and Distribution Services Vendor Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, in Veale Center. More than 70 vendors will be on hand for a day of networking, prizes and fun. Send an e-mail to for more information.

For Students

A meditation group for students meets at 3:30 p.m. every Friday afternoon on the second floor of University Health Service. This is a drop-in group for any student interested in learning more about meditation. Contact Mary Hildenbrand at 368-5872 for information.

The departments of pathology, immunology and the Center for Global Health—along with the divisions of infectious diseases and HIV medicine and the Visual Sciences Research Center— will hold the Third Annual Immunology Training Program retreat from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, in the Wolstein Auditorium and lobby. Graduate students are invited to contact Christy Kehoe at 368-1993 or go online for more information.


Professors, students, principal investigators and scientists are invited to attend the "Neural Prosthesis Seminar" from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Friday, September 18, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. The keynote speaker is Takeo Kanade, director of the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Sponsored by the Cleveland FES Center and the APT Center. The seminar will be streamed live.

The Department of History and History Associates will present the 2009 Ubbelohde Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom. Michael Grossberg, a professor of history and law and director of the Indiana University Political and Civic Engagement Program, will speak on the topic of "The Politics of Marriage: Same-Sex Unions and the Dilemmas of American Legalism." This is the second annual Ubbelohde Lecture, an endowed lecture series sponsored by the History Associates in memory of Carl Ubbelohde, former chair of the Department of History. Learn more.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

September 14, 2009

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Case in the News

Politics and the age gap

The New York Times, September 12, 2009
American politics has been defined by gender gaps, racial gaps, geographic gaps and the gap between the religious and the secular. Now comes the geriatric gap. Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Bhutanese refugees get fresh start here by using Old World farming skills at farmers markets

The Plain Dealer, September 11, 2009
The families from the edge of the Himalayan Mountains arrived in Cleveland last winter as other refugees have—poor, cold and bewildered. They had once been farmers in the tropical lowlands of Bhutan, and they are now doing the same thing on a farm near Cleveland. Sree Sreenath, professor of mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and the president of Sewa International USA, comments.

Mixed housing, September 12, 2009
When Regent Park's first condo project went on sale earlier this summer, there was a waiting list of buyers eager to live in Toronto's social housing hub. Mark Joseph, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has studied the topic extensively.

Record-setting day for Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, September 13, 2009
Senior Dan Whalen became Case Western Reserve University's all-time leading passer Saturday in a 45-14 win at the University of Rochester. Coach Greg Debeljak also tied Jim Chapman with the most career coaching victories. He is 36-19-0 during his career at the school.

Cleveland Play House announces cautious 2009-10 season

The Plain Dealer, September 10, 2009
The big news around 8500 Euclid Ave., home of the Cleveland Play House, is that 8500 Euclid Ave. soon won't be the home of the Cleveland Play House. The theater will make maximum use in the Mainstage series, for example, of the soon-to-graduate third-year students in the Case Western Reserve University/Play House graduate acting program.

Congress probes science behind convictions

National Public Radio, September 9, 2009
Members of Congress on Wednesday appeared likely to allocate money for more research into forensic analysis. Paul Giannelli, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, offered his expertise before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Higher Ed News

Boom in global health studies

Inside Higher Ed, September 14, 2009
Representatives of 58 universities will gather at the National Institutes of Health today for the first annual meeting of a new consortium designed to encourage development of and collaboration among academic programs in the emerging field of global health.