Collecting Relics from Turkish Hillsides Provide Introduction to Archaeological Work as Participants in Antiquities Project


The rugged terrain of Turkey's Taurus Mountains served as a site last summer for two Case Western Reserve University faculty members from the classics department to introduce four students to archaeological field work.

Working alongside Assistant Professor Paul Iversen and former Visiting Assistant Professor Andrea De Giorgi (now at Rutgers University), Nathan Bensing, Jeremy Ondo, Philip Trochowski and Anna Wieser gathered antiquities left by ancient inhabitants and settlers on the land's surface for their course work in "Landscape Archaeology and Epigraphy."

The Case Western Reserve team also was a member of an interdisciplinary and multinational team of the Isparta Archaeological Survey (IAS) project.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism granted a research permit in 2008 for the past summer's field work under the direction of Assistant Professor Bilge Hürmüzlü from the department of archaeology at Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi (SDÜ) in Isparta. Read more.

Autumn Leaf Detail Leads to Rich Spring Soil


What comes up blooming in spring has its start with those leaf blowers in full action now around campus.

The 20 employees on the grounds crew will be working 800 hours from now until the first snowfall to collect the leaves and branches and carting off some 900 cubic yards of leaves from the 74 acres of lawns around campus.

The leaves are turned into 300 cubic yards of rich soil that is returned to campus flowerbeds and used in planting new shrubs and trees on campus. Read more.

Case in Point to Perform National Anthem at Cavs Game


Case in Point is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls basketball game at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at Quicken Loans Arena.

"We ended up being selected because I sent a demo of us singing in to the Cavs and they liked us," says Roshni Rao, the group's president.

The group has been in rehearsals twice a week. "We are building a new and great sound for the group and we cannot wait to debut it at the Cavs game," Rao says. Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the week of January 18, 2010. The annual MLK Convocation will be held on Friday, January 22, and will feature author and political commentator Donna Brazile. As part of the celebration, student organizations, university offices, academic departments and schools may submit proposals online until Monday, Nov. 9. Last year, co-sponsorships ranged from $100 to $2,000. Go online to see a list of previous events and programs that have received funding.

Certain members of the Case Western Reserve community, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can receive H1N1 nasal spray vaccinations today from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in Wade Commons, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in Hovorka Atrium. This may be the last opportunity to get H1N1 nasal vaccine on campus. Learn more.

The campus community is invited to watch the music video that was created by Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music students as part of the recent John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stop. The entire video was completed in one day. The song is called "The Finest Hour" by Daylight Savings.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at its building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Attendees will learn more about the nonprofit management programs. Refreshments will be served.Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's (SAC) Community Service Committee is sponsoring its Eighth Annual Basket Raffle in conjunction with the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this year's raffle will be donated to Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and MetroHealth Friends of Mothers and Infants. The basket raffle will take place in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Send an e-mail to for information.

For Students

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics will host an open house for third- and fourth-year students beginning at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at the School of Medicine, Room E-501. The event will include tours and a reception.


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's Case SERVES program offers students flexible, weekly opportunities to volunteer at a variety of local nonprofit agencies. Students can participate as their schedules permit. Transportation is provided. Go online or contact Angela Lowery for information.


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces the third lecture in the 2009-2010 Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series. Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science, will discuss "Litigation or Activism: How Did We Make Progress on Civil Rights?" The talk will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Guilford House Lounge. The lecture is free and open to all staff, students, faculty, alumni and the community. There will be a question and answer session with Entin after the talk, as well as light refreshments. Contact Liz Roccoforte for information or to RSVP. The series is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

The campus community is invited to attend the Newman Catholic Student Association's "Human Trafficking Awareness" talk from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Strosacker Auditorium. The keynote speakers will be Sr. Karen Walsh and Naomi Hokky of the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East will discuss concerns about the developments of nuclear proliferation and other events in Iran when they meet in Cleveland for their two-day conference. The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of its Theocracy, Nationalism, and Assertion of Power will be held November 8-10 at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center in Cleveland. The Case Western Reserve University Judaic Studies Program is hosting the event. Read 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.

Et al


Henry Adams, professor of art history, recently received a starred review for his new book, "Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock," in the November 1 Booklist. According to the review, "Adams practices art history with a novelist's narrative skills and psychological acuity, a sleuth's instincts, a passion for aesthetic and technical explications, and a gift for
sea change interpretations. Utterly absorbing, carefully reasoned…Adams offers arresting insights into Pollock's life and work.  Encompassing a stunning discovery by his art-historian wife, Adams' commanding, corrective double portrait reveals myriad camouflaged truths."

A story previewing the book also appears in the current issue of Smithsonian Magazine.

November 4, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


The campus community can become acquainted with the university's student-athletes by checking out the latest edition of the Spartans Sounds podcast interview.

Case in the News

Despite limitations, techniques for monitoring patients with HF are improving

Cardiology Today, Nov. 2, 2009
Two of the nation's leading experts in the field of heart failure indicated that heart failure monitoring has undergone significant development in recent years and that future developments will not only improve the quality of patient care but also lighten the disease's financial burden. James B. Young, professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Douglas Farr to lecture at Case Western Reserve University in series sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 3, 2009
Douglas Farr, president and CEO of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based architecture and urban design firm, will lecture Thursday at 6 p.m. in Ford Auditorium at Case Western Reserve University on the importance of environmentally sustainable design. Farr…calls for development of car-free urban areas, neighborhood systems for water treatment and food production, and more high-performance infrastructure and buildings.

Area schools ranked among best neighbors; WU behind the pack

Student Life, Nov. 4, 2009
A recent survey ranking "Best Neighbor" colleges and universities lists. University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California tied for first in the ranking. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Case Western Reserve University and Emory University also made the top 25.

Santana, Journey founding member added to Janis Joplin tribute, Nov. 3, 2009
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Santana co-founder Greg Rolie has been added to the lineup of artists who will perform a tribute concert honoring Janis Joplin in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate Joplin during the 14th annual American Music Masters series this month. Additional artists include Roky Erickson, Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Nona Hendryx, Bettye LaVette, Country Joe McDonald, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland.

Higher Ed News

Apples and Oranges

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 4, 2009
“The Spaces Between Numbers: Getting International Data on Higher Education Straight,” being released today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, suggests that many of the most commonly cited figures comparing higher education in the U.S. with higher education in other countries are highly questionable, based on the sort of apples and oranges comparisons that statisticians should have rebelled against years ago. In a number of cases, the flaws may overstate significant problems in American higher education. In many other cases, the flaws may render data valueless for promoting the kinds of education reforms that are needed, the study says.