Baker-Nord Center for Humanities Focuses
on "Green" For 2009 Humanities Week


Andrew Light, the author of Environmental Values and an internationally recognized expert on environmental policy and ethics, will give the keynote address for Humanities Week 2009, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. His free, public talk begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Amasa Stone Chapel. Because seating is limited, online registration is required.

The week continues the humanities center's yearlong theme of Culture of Green: Nature and the Environment through numerous activities, films and special events October 22-28.

Light serves as the director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University where he is also an associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy. He carries on his environmental work as a Senior Fellow at the think tank American Progress, which explores national policy issues, such as global warming, that impact the quality of American citizens' lives. Read more.

School of Medicine Researchers Receive $1.25M
from NIMH to Study Schizophrenia

The School of Medicine has received $1.25 million from the National Institutes of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study schizophrenia from an interdisciplinary standpoint. The grant, to be funded over four years, includes three project investigators from three different practice areas.

The scientists, Paul Tesar, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics and Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, responsible for the stem cell portion; Robert Miller, vice dean for research and the Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Diseases, responsible for the neural portion; and Robert Findling, the Rocco L. Motto, M.D. Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, responsible for the schizophrenia/mental health portion, will work together to provide a detailed characterization of brain cell function in adolescent patients afflicted with schizophrenia. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve faculty authors. Hosted by librarian William Claspy, the site currently features interviews with James Edmonson, chief curator at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, about his book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930, and Georgia Cowart, professor of music, about her book The Triumph of Pleasure.

A "Latino Heritage Celebration" will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in Nord Hall 410. The free celebration will include a cultural lunch, a Latino poetry jam and an exploration of celebrated Latino art. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women continues its observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the "Ending Domestic Violence: One Flower at a Time" carnation sale. Campus members are invited to purchase flowers in time for Sweetest Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Leutner Commons, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in Nord Hall. Carnations are $2 each. Proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Cleveland.

For Faculty and Staff

The Fourth Annual Procurement and Distribution Services Vendor Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Veale Center. More than 90 vendors will be on hand for a day of networking, prizes and fun. This year's theme is Diversity Partnerships in Procurement, and several rousing rounds of karaoke dubbed "Diversity-oke" will take place. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, and John Wheeler, senior vice president for administration, will perform the song "That's What Friends Are For at 1 p.m. Attendees must present their Case ID to participate in the raffle giveaways. Winners need not be present to win. Check out the current list of raffle prizes.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Teaching Students to be Good Students" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on helping students acquire the skills necessary to acquire content knowledge in a specific classroom situation. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students

The National Black MBA Association, MidEast Regional Conference and Career Fair will take place Oct 22-24 at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will feature networking sessions, a diversity career fair and more. Call the Career Development Center at the Weatherhead School of Management at 368-3662 for information.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Domestic Violence Center will host a discussion on the topic of "If You Loved Me..." from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Nord Hall 310B. Students are invited to learn about what is considered healthy and unhealthy in relationships. Food will be provided. RSVP to Katie Hanna.


Maurizio Seracini, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss "The Role of Science in the Rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci" at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Free, open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Art History & Art.


The Department of Music will present "A Choral ShowCASE" featuring the Early Music Singers, University Singers and the Concert Choir, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Harkness Chapel. The event will feature more than 100 musicians. Free, open to the public. Go online for more information.


Alumni are invited to join fellow alumni and friends for a traditional tailgate prior to the Case Western Reserve vs. Ohio Wesleyan football game on Saturday, Oct. 17. A $10 fee includes food and refreshments, a ticket to the game and other fun surprises. In addition, tours of the historic Alumni House will be available. Game time is 1 p.m. Register online or by phone at 368-6280.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy is sponsoring the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Neta Bahcall of Princeton University will discuss "The Dark Side of the Universe" at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the natural history museum. Light refreshments will be served. Bahcall also will give a joint physics/astronomy colloquium, "Weighing the Universe," at 4:15 p.m. the same day in Rockefeller 301.

The Department of Art History and Art will present the Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. John Fleming of Princeton University will discuss "The Letter and the Spirit: Pictorial Imagery and Scriptural Exegesis in Medieval and Renaissance Art."

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 14, 2009

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to:

Case in the News

2009 Survey Names Nation's Top 25 'Best Neighbor' Colleges and Universities

CNBC, Oct. 12, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is in the Top 10 of the "Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships." The list's 25 academic institutions were selected because of their positive impact on their urban communities, including both commercial and residential activities such as revitalization, cultural renewal, economics, and community service and development.

CWRU School Of Medicine gets $1.25M grant to study schizophrenia, Oct. 12, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received $1.25 million from the National Institutes of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study schizophrenia from an interdisciplinary standpoint. The researchers are Paul Tesar, a stem cell scientist; Robert Miller, a neuroscientist; and Robert Findling, a psychologist.

Social networking sites can empower consumers to make informed decisions and improve quality of life

The Medical News, Oct. 14, 2009
Can social networking sites help people make wise health decisions? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research says it depend on people's willingness to take action on the information they gain from the sites. Jagdip Singh of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management is one of the study's co-authors.

Students unready to trade texts for Kindle

Boston Globe, Oct. 13, 2009 gave more than 200 college students its Kindle e-reading device this fall, loaded with digital versions of their textbooks. But some students miss the decidedly low-tech conveniences of paper: highlighting, flagging pages with sticky notes, and scribbling in the margins. Madeline Kraizel and Hun Jae Lee, Case Western Reserve University students, offer insight into how the experiment is working for them.

Higher Ed News

GMAT vs. GRE: a New Question for Business Schools

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 12, 2009
A business school dean offers his perspective on the GMAT vs. GRE debate.