Case Western Reserve University Gears Up
for GreenFest 2009


Mark your calendars to learn more about going green. Case Western Reserve University campus members are invited to GreenFest, Friday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students can learn about sustainability topics during the fun, interactive event in Thwing Center.

"Our main goals are to increase overall awareness, to inspire the Case Western Reserve community, and to make recycling cool and attractive," says Dan Niedzwiecki, a fourth-year chemistry major, who is working on a campus-wide sustainability program. "We want to provide tools and information for the campus community to help them make the decision to live a little greener both on campus and at home." Read more.

Campus News


The Homecoming and Alumni Weekend Third Annual Office/Residence Hall Decorating Contest will begin soon. Campus departments and residence halls are invited to show some Spartan Spirit by decorating in blue and white. Or, choose a decade to correspond to the Homecoming theme of "Spartans Through the Decades." All participants should e-mail Colleen Barker-Williamson by Friday, Oct. 16, to be entered into the decorating contest for a chance to win a pizza party for up to 25 people at the Jolly Scholar.  Decorations should be prominently displayed Oct. 21-25. Judging will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22. The winner will be announced at Spirit Fest on Friday, Oct. 23. Go online for a complete list of 2009 Homecoming Week and Alumni Weekend events.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women seeks volunteers to contribute and/or read affirmations from 2:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Thwing Center atrium. The readings will be part of Love Your Body Day. Volunteers can be faculty, students or staff. Contact Abigail Pink via e-mail or by phone at 368-0985 to participate.

The Mortar Board Honor Society continues its third annual Reading is Leading Initiative through November 10. Participation involves the donation of $2 or a children's book. The drive benefits children in Greater Cleveland. Donations can be dropped off at booths set up at soccer games, as well as in Nord Hall, Fribley and Leutner Commons and boxes at several locations around campus. Students can receive extra credit for certain classes. Last year 3,000 books were collected for this initiative. Contact Sarah Robinson or Laura Tycon for information.

For Faculty and Staff

After a successful pilot of the Supervisor Development Program, the Department of Human Resources has launched the LEAD (Learn, Empower, Achieve and Develop) Certificate Program for supervisors.  The program will provide supervisors with opportunities to gain new skills and enhance assets that support the university's strategic vision, as well as that of their management center or school. Go online for information.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate hosts a Happy Hour for graduate and professional students at 5 p.m. on Thursdays at the Jolly Scholar.


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's Fall Saturday of Service will take place Saturday, Oct. 10. Volunteer individually or as a group for one of many service projects throughout the Cleveland area: painting at a local nonprofit; working with homeless families; walking to raise awareness about autism; playing games with senior citizens; and gardening at the Ronald McDonald house. Register online by Thursday, Oct. 8.

showCASE, an event featuring Case Western Reserve graduate students sharing their musical, artistic and literary talents, begins at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Barking Spider. This is scheduled to be an ongoing event, and it is an opportunity to meet students from other graduate and professional programs while hanging out. Send an e-mail to if interested in performing.


The Department of Anthropology will present the 2009 Kassen Lecture, "Anthropologist as Witness, Anthropologist as Advocate: Objectivity and Responsibility in Current Anthropologic Practice," from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Mather Memorial 201. The guest speaker is Jennifer Furin, an anthropologist and infectious diseases specialist. A reception will follow. Go online for details.

Eldred Theater continues its 2009-10 drama series through Oct. 11 with The Heidi Chronicles, a Tony Award-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein. The play chronicles the changing roles of women in the 20th century, and one woman's attempt to navigate it all. Go online for ticket prices and information.

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.

October 7, 2009

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Case in the News

The promise of nanotubes, Oct. 7, 2009
Soon after carbon nanotubes were discovered and came to be understood in the early 1990s, it seemed like there was nothing they couldn't do. One big problem, however, is that scientists haven't been able to roll the nanotubes up the way they want. Mohan Sankaran, professor of engineering at Case Western Reserve University and an author of a study published recently in Nature Materials, offers insight.

Sotomayor's first term

The Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2009
The Washington Post recently asked legal experts what could be expected from the Supreme Court during Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first year. Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Three Case Western Reserve athletes take home Athlete of the Week honors

19 Action News, Oct. 3, 2009
The Case Western Reserve University fall sports teams claimed a University Athletic Association (UAA) hat trick yesterday as the Spartans had three student-athletes earned Athlete of the Week honors: Sam Coffey, football; Anna Kennedy, women's soccer; and Andrea Lamont, women's volleyball.

Testing, prevention, treatment are the new normal this year

Youngstown Vindicator, Oct. 4, 2009
Information is changing rapidly, and data collected about the H1N1 virus since spring has brought new recommendations on who should be tested, who should be treated with antiviral medications and how long students with flu should stay away from school. Frank Esper, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Progress on sustainability

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2009
The 2010 edition of the College Sustainability Report Card, being released today, shows that despite the economic woes facing many colleges, many also made significant progress in adopting "green" policies.