Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin to Take Place Nov. 9-14


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University will celebrate Janis Joplin—one of rock and roll's most passionate and influential artists—during the 14th annual American Music Masters¨ series Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin November 9-14.

Events will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and at other venues around the city. The campus events are:

"Rock and Roll Night School: A Spotlight on Janis Joplin," Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark Hall 309. Rock Hall educators Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley will introduce the life and career of Janis Joplin with a multimedia presentation. This event is free with a reservation. E-mail education@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. Read more...

University Honors Patricia Kilpatrick with Special Painting

Case Western Reserve University recently honored Patricia Kilpatrick (FSM'49, GRS'51) with a special painting. The portrait, which will be on display in Adelbert Hall, is in honor of her longstanding and ongoing dedication to the university.

Patricia Kilpatrick sits for her portrait

Kilpatrick, who retired in 1992, was the university's first female vice president. Her career spanned three decades and included time as a faculty member and as the University Marshal. Learn more about the role Kilpatrick has played in the university's history.

During the portrait unveiling ceremony, held during Alumni Weekend 2009, the campus community learned more about why Kilpatrick is such a special member of the university family. Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said that when she first arrived on campus in 2007, she was told Kilpatrick was someone she just had to meet. "They told me she was a beloved mentor to students, an exceptional administrator, and a person whose name was practically synonymous with what was best about Case Western Reserve. Read more...


Contemporary French author Léonora Miano will speak at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Clark Hall 309. She has published several novels and short story collections and has won several literary awards. Free, open to the public. As part of Kelvin Smith Library's Community Outreach Services, area high school students will meet with Miano at a book discussion and reception. Miano's campus visit is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies and French and Francophone Studies programs.

Students Stories

Study Abroad Photo Contest: Vote for our favorite study abroad photo as part of celebrating International Education Week, an event sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Stop by the display in Thwing Atrium to view photos submitted by Case Western Reserve students who have studied abroad. Photos will be displayed from November 16-19 and prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Also two lucky voters will win $25 gift certificates to the University bookstore. Winners will be announced, November 19, at 7 p.m. in Thwing Atrium during the coffeehouse of culture event.

Et al

Chung-Chiun Liu, the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor of Law Matthew Rossman wrote the article, "The Past, Present and Future of Euclid Avenue," for the October issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management, has begun penning a new column series for BusinessWeek.com. Check out what he has to say about entrepreneurship.

Energy experts Iwan Alexander, faculty director at the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) and the Cady Staley Professor of Engineering, and John Miller, principal researcher at GLEI and president of JME Inc., will address "Innovations in Energy Storage" during a special program tomorrow, Nov. 6, at 1:45 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building Auditorium on Cornell Road. The program honors the 125th anniversary of the New Jersey-based IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and is hosted by Great Lakes Energy Institute, IEEE, and Kelvin Smith Library.

November 5, 2009

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Case in the News

Enhanced Interrogation: Tom Shutt

Cleveland Scene Weekly, Nov. 4, 2009
Tom Shutt is the Agnar Pytte Chair of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, and the principal investigator of a team of researchers planning the worldÕs largest dark matter experiment. Shutt explains the evidence that dark matter exists and the search for the ghostly substance.

Avo Photonics and Case Western Reserve University Are Pleased to Announce the Completion of a Design and Development Contract for an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Forward Imaging Catheter

Reuters, Nov. 5, 2009
Case Western Reserve Universitybegan a research program in 2008 to build an imaging catheter that would allow surgeons to monitor treatment and visualize structures within the hearts of patients suffering from arrhythmias. Avo Photonics, Inc., of Horsham, PA, developed the prototype of the forward imaging catheters. Andrew Rollins, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Christine Fleming, a graduate research assistant, were key contributors to the design and development.

Lab Link club experience opens science doors

Chagrin Valley Publishing, Nov. 4, 2009
Giving students a sampling of the world of opportunities in science is the aim of the Lab Link club at Solon High School. Sloan Zimmerman, now a freshman at Harvard University, started the club after two summers of volunteer internships in the Case Western Reserve University microfabrication laboratory.

"The experience is priceless," said junior and co-President Trent Navran, who has been working at Case Western's Wickenden Biomedical Engineering Building with Professor Anirban Sen Gupta.

Animal Lovers Club at Mayfield school sends biscuits to soldiers' dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan: Animals in the News

Plain Dealer, Nov. 4, 2009
The Case Animal Rights & Ethics Society is hosting a screening of the documentary Fowl Play, which was voted best documentary short at the California Fallbrook Film Festival. The free screening starts at 7 p.m. Monday at Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road on Case Western Reserve University's campus. The film includes undercover footage shot at an egg farm in Ohio.

Second Life Getting Enterprise Edition Hardware Appliance

Tech Fragments, Nov. 5, 2009
Linden Labs, the company behind Second Life, is launching a beta version of Second Life Enterprise, which will enable companies to run Second Life on their own servers and networks. Organizations now beta testing the new service include as IBM, Northrop Grumman, Case Western Reserve University, and Chicago Children's Memorial Hospital.