University Art Historian Offers
DVD Lecture Tour on London's National Gallery


Of the world's great art museums, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City had been explored and explained through The Teaching Company's DVD courses. The next great museum left in the "Museum Masterpieces" series was London's National Gallery.

"I passionately wanted to teach this course because of the quality and scope of 700 years of European paintings in the museum's collection," says Catherine B. Scallen, a Case Western Reserve University art historian.

Scallen's drive paid off, and The Teaching Company gave her the nod for her second course with the company. Read more.

Campus News

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster display at the Quality and Safety Symposium: Connecting the Dots in Quality and Safety on Friday, October 30. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Frohring Auditorium and Lobby. The symposium is in partnership with and sponsored by the School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. Abstracts are due by Friday, September 25, to Contact Mamta Singh or Mary Dolansky for details.


There are still a couple of opportunities to give blood this month, including 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 17 event. The September 25 event is part of Case for Community Day. Go online to schedule an appointment. Use sponsor code "casewestern."

For Faculty and Staff

The dining privilege on Interdepartmental Charge Cards (IDC) has been phased out. All IDC holders will be contacted to update information on existing IDC cards within the next few weeks.  Departments should consult the Meal and Entertainment policy for appropriate use of departmental funds and the Procurement and Distribution Procurement Card site for information. Several dining locations on campus will now accept credit cards to support this transition, including the Case Club at Severance Hall, Tomlinson Dining Room, Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Jolly Scholar.

For Students

September is National Recovery Month. The university's Prevention and Recovery Services (PRS), part of University Counseling Services, has announced the One Day at a Time Endowed Scholarship. An anonymous donor has created an annual scholarship for a student in recovery (graduate, professional or undergraduate) from alcohol abuse. Applications are available for the 2009-10 academic year. The application deadline is October 15. Contact PRS at 368-5872 or go online for information.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Emergency Medicine Research Division (EMRD), an undergraduate-led research group based in the emergency department of University Hospitals. The group is currently conducting clinical studies into HIV; time and motion analysis of emergency physicians; attitudes toward bedside teaching; and more. Applicants are encouraged to bring new ideas to the table. The group is a multi-disciplinary group consisting of undergraduates to doctors, as well as students from Case Western Reserve and other area universities. Contact the recruitment team by e-mail at with the subject "Attn: Recruitment (Your Name)."

The Cleveland Orchestra's education department seeks student volunteers who enjoy working with children and families. Students will assist with pre-concert activities on Sunday, September 27, prior to its "Meet the Orchestra" Family Concert. Activities include instrument discovery (how to hold and try out an instrument) and picture yourself at Severance Hall (a photo opportunity in front of a backdrop of the Severance Hall stage). The time frame is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Send an e-mail to if interested. Volunteers will be offered two tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra concert (subject to availability).



Clarification for an item that ran in yesterday's Case Daily: The School of Law's Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture featuring Sister Helen Prejean will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 17, in Ford Auditorium. Part of the Fifth Annual Constitution Day activities. She will discuss efforts to strike a balance between recognizing the rights of the defendant and being aware of and sensitive to crime victims, their families and society. Sister Helen turned her prison ministry experiences into a Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. Go online to monitor the webcast or for more information.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields." Peter H. Irons, emeritus professor of political science, the University of California San Diego, will lead the talk beginning at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 18, at the Inamori Center.

The Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Art History will feature James Ulak (GRS '94) on the topic of "Beauty, Boards and Balance Sheets: Reflections on a Career in Museums." The talk begins at 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 18, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Ulak is the deputy director of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at The Smithsonian Institution.

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 16, 2009

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Media Moment

Case Western Reserve University is a sponsor of the Chautauqua Summer Institute. Several faculty members spent the summer conducting interviews with radio station WJTN. The first in the series features Robert Lawry, emeritus professor of law, on ethics. Listen to the mp3 file.

Case in the News

Small businesses want, fear health care reform

MSNBC, September 16, 2009
Small-business owners are worried that some of the proposed cures to rising health care costs could be more painful than they are worth. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Hunting hidden dimensions

Science News, September 26, 2009
In many ways, black holes are science's answer to science fiction. As strange as anything from a novelist's imagination, black holes warp the fabric of spacetime and imprison light and matter in a gravitational death grip. Glenn Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, is referenced in this article.

Mary Robinson, 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient, September 9, 2009
Radio interview featuring Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the Cox Center War Crimes Research Office, and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, prior to Robinson receiving the 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize.

Higher Ed News

Protecting grad student employees

Inside Higher Ed, September 16, 2009
Graduate student employees would have expanded due process and informational rights, under a draft plan released Tuesday by the American Association of University Professors to amend its recommended policies for colleges and universities on academic freedom and tenure.