Biblical Literacy by Timothy Beal Provides
All-time Greatest Biblical Hits


Common phrases like the apple of my eye, don't look back, let there be light, and the powers that be share a common origin—the Bible.

Case Western Reserve University's Florence Harkness Professor of Religion Timothy Beal writes about what he calls the Bible's "greatest cultural hits" in his new book, Biblical Literacy: the Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know.

Biblical Literacy provides readers with approximately 100 of the top Bible stories in a guide to understanding the Bible and its influence on social and popular culture. Read more.

Campus News

All permit holders with a expiration date of December 31, 2009, are being reminded that the last day to return permits for a one-month refund is November 15. Go online for complete details.

Staff Advisory Council is collecting new socks for homeless men and women in Cleveland. There will be a collection box in Thwing Center during the Benefits Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 11. Donations also can be dropped off at Mather Memorial R238 through Dec. 15. Go online for more information about the need in Cleveland.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Thwing Center. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning November 18. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the November 11 meeting. Send an e-mail to to learn more.

The Campus Book Club will meet at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Crawford 720 to discuss potential reading selections for the next five months.

For Faculty and Staff


The Department of Human Resources invites faculty and staff to attend the annual Benefits Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Thwing Center Ballroom. Drop by to make your 2010 Benelect elections; speak with benefits staff and benelect insurance carriers; enter the SAC Basket Raffle; register to win special Benefits Fair prizes; and enjoy light refreshments.

The Office of the Provost is making available up to $200,000 during fiscal year 2009-2010 to support its initiative in Advanced Research Computing. These funds are intended to supplement external funding obtained by faculty researchers who invest in Advanced Research Computing, including the central High Performance Computing (HPC) Resource, operated as a core facility by Information Technology Services. Up to a 100 percent match may be obtained for hardware acquisition, software licensing and other expenditures related to use and support of the core facility. Applications are reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Research Computing. For more information, go online or contact Roger Bielefeld, director of Advanced Research Computing.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate will host its annual Grad Night Out at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, Ohio, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, November 19. All graduate students are welcome to come and enjoy free bowling, food and drinks. Bring your graduate student ID. Send an e-mail to Christa at with questions.

Case Western Reserve's STAND chapter is starting a mentoring group to connect students with refugees in the Cleveland area. Students will meet with the refugees on a regular basis to help them adjust to life in the United States. An information meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Snacks will be provided.

James Stoller, executive director of leadership development at the Cleveland Clinic, head of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy and adjunct professor in organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, will speak to students about developing their leadership skills both personally and as members of the Greater Cleveland community at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in Thwing Center's ballroom. He will share accounts of his personal accomplishments and obstacles, as well as his perspective on what it means to be a leader.


The Judaic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a conference through Nov. 10, "The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of its Theocracy, Nationalism and Assertion of Power," at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Learn more.

The Master of Science Program in Positive Organization Development and Change will host a webinar session on "Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Revolution in Change" from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. The speaker is David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and faculty director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value. Learn more.

Robin Ciardullo from Pennsylvania State University will discuss "Planetary Nebulae and the Galactic Merry-Go-Round" at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Natural History Museum. Light refreshments will be served. Earlier the same day, Ciardullo will give an Astronomy Colloquium at 11:30 a.m. at the Sears Library Bldg., Room 552, entitled, "The Structure and Kinematics of Galactic Disks."

Anne Murphy, co-chair of the Digital Promise Project, will speak from 4 to 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Case Western Reserve Art Studio Gallery. The Digital Promise Project is a federally mandated program designed to impact the educational field with the potential of the digital age. A reception also will be held. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art and the Ohio Arts Education Association.

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 the campus community, alumni and the community. There will be a question and answer session 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 Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host a discussion on "Regionalism–What's Next?" from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, Room 115. The presenter is David Abbott, executive director of The George Gund Foundation. The event will be facilitated by John A. Yankey, the Mandel Center's interim executive director. Go online for registration cost and more 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.

Et al


The Duke Medical Alumni Association recently honored Pamela B. Davis with a Distinguished Alumna Award. Davis is dean and vice president of medical affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, currently ranked among the country's top 25 schools of medicine. Davis is a graduate of Duke's Medical Scientist Training Program. She also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke before becoming a clinical associate in the pediatric metabolism branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, where she received fellowship training in pulmonary medicine through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

November 9, 2009

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Case in the News

Cuyahoga County's new government structure will likely bring gradual change, experts say

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 9, 2009
Joseph White, director of the Center for Policy Studies and chair of the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University, said an impact on economic development by restructuring government in Cuyahoga County may be wishful thinking. White said development depends much more on geography, the global marketplace and the education of the workforce. Regardless, White and others believe the success of the new government depends on who gets elected.

As head of technology transfer at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, Mark Coticchia turns research into revenue

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 9, 2009
Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University, and his team practice technology transfer. They shepherd to market the innovations that spring from the university's trove of research. Coticchia's office also had a hand in spinning out five companies from Case Western Reserve's research last year. The startups, with their promise of new jobs and wealth, make Coticchia one of the most important figures in reviving the struggling region, observers say.

Avo Photonics and Case Western Reserve University Announce Design and Development Contract

Reuters, Nov. 5, 2009
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University began a research program in 2008 to build an imaging catheter that would allow surgeons to monitor treatment and visualize intra-cardiac structures. Forward imaging catheters built by Avo Photonics, Inc., of Horsham, Pa., will be used as monitors during RF cardiac arrhythmia therapy. Case Western Reserve University's lead investigator on the project is Andrew Rollins, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Christine Fleming, a graduate research assistant, was instrumental in the design and development.

University Hospitals begins trial to test vaccine for triple negative breast cancer

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 9, 2009
Women who had gotten wind of a clinical trial in the planning stages at University Hospitals Case Medical Center were eager for a better shot at battling the difficult-to-treat triple negative breast cancer. Calls and e-mails came from all over the United States and Canada, Great Britain and India, and 17 women were chosen for a clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine to help prevent the disease's recurrence. The National Cancer Institute and the Avon Foundation gave Joseph Baar, oncologist, and Case Western Reserve University a research grant totaling nearly $250,000 for two years of a phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

ADHD teen finds social skills difficult to master

Savannah Morning News, Nov. 9, 2009
A question and answer column with advice from Sylvia B. Rimm, director of the Family Achievement Clinic and clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, focuses on a teen with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

Higher Ed News

More engaged

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9, 2009
Although budget cuts have many educators this year worried about the quality of education students receive, an annual survey being released today suggests that institutions—large and small, public and private—can achieve significant gains.