Case Western Reserve Pays Tribute to Those Who Have Served on Veterans Day


In honor of the men and women who've served the United States through military service, the Binary Walkway, which serves as the gateway to the Case Western Reserve University campus at Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, will be lined with flags and signs on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The university's tribute will include a display of American flags, as well as flags representing each branch of the U.S. military--Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard. There also will be POW-MIA flags paying tribute to the men and women who were either Prisoners of War or Missing in Action during military conflicts. In addition to the flags, the walkway will be lined with signs featuring statistics about America's veterans.

"We hope that members of our campus community will pause to remember the men and women who have served our country," says James Eller, associate director of academic resources in the Educational Services for Students. Eller and a team of people are coordinating the university's Veterans Day tribute on the Binary Walkway.

There also will be other ways of honoring veterans. Read more.

Employees Can Donate to Organizations
That Make a Difference at Annual Benefits Fair


Case Western Reserve University employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands by donating to an agency of their choice during the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign. The annual campaign benefits hundreds of local and national nonprofit agencies that provide a range of services from providing emergency food and shelter to "green" organizations that focus on making the world a little cleaner.

Although the campaign runs through December 15, employees will also have an opportunity to make a donation during the Benefits Fair today and Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Thwing Center, and to talk to representatives from the three umbrella agencies: Earth Share Ohio, Community Shares and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Read more.

Campus News

The fall/winter issue of art/sci, the semi-annual publication of the College of Arts and Sciences, is now available online.

The American Red Cross will hold several blood drives on campus: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, both dates in the Thwing Center ballroom; and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in Nord 310. Schedule an appointment online.


Spirit Packs, sponsored by the Student Leadership Journey Council (SLJC), the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and the University Bookstore, include the perfect gear for showing your Spartan spirit. Each pack costs $55, and comes in a cinch sack with a T-shirt, sweatshirt, stainless steel water bottle (BPA free), pom pom, and a University Bookstore coupon. Orders must be received by Friday, Nov. 13, and will be delivered to students on Monday, Dec. 7 (pick-up is available for commuter students, faculty, staff and administrators). Proceeds go toward leadership education and campus programming through the SLJC and student activities and leadership.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Technology in the Classroom " from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in Clapp Hall 108. A panel consisting of Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer, as moderator; faculty members Christine Hudak (Nursing), Anne Helmreich (Art History), Michael Kenney (Chemistry), and Daniel Cohen (History), and student Madeline Kraizel. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

The Department of Human Resources invites faculty and staff to attend the annual Benefits Fair today until 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recently formed a Transparency Ad-hoc Committee. The committee is charged with the following: Keeping the undergraduate student body informed about university changes, updates and events that directly impact the undergraduate student experience; working with university administration to distribute information to media easily used by students; and in conjunction with the USG Public Relations Committee, create innovative ways to publicize new and pertinent information. Contact USG President President Duwain Pinder via e-mail if interested in serving.

The American Medical Student Association, the Daniel Hale Williams Society and the Pre-Dental Society will host "An Evening with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine" at 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18, in Clapp Hall 108. Students who are thinking of applying or just interested in a career in medicine are invited to hear what is recommended for acceptance into one of the nation's leading medical schools. Lina Mehta, associate dean of admissions, will answer questions. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

The Case African Students' Association (CASA) will host an event, "Africa 101: Dispelling the Myths," at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Wade Fireside Lounge. CASA members will dispel common stereotypes regarding people of African descent. The group will display clothing and provide food to sample. Contact Modupeore Shenbanjo for more information.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will present a discussion as part of its Multicultural Series on the topic of "Who’s Your Mama: Cultural Clash or Collaboration?" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. "Who's Your Mama?" is an interactive panel discussion in which four female panelists will discuss their personal experiences as moms of multicultural children. The panelists will also share tips and advice about raising multicultural children. Free lunch. Co-sponsored by Share the Vision.


Voices of Glory, the university's gospel choir, will host its Annual Fall Concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at Church of the Covenant. This event also marks the choir's 10th anniversary. The program will feature performances from other college gospel choirs, and a reception will immediately follow in Guilford House. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

"Diversity 360: Multiple Views of Creating a Career Narrative," will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The session will offer a rich discussion illuminating the intersection of work, diversity, vision, and passion. Attendees should be prepared to explore the attributes, experiences and perspectives they each bring to an increasingly diverse and complex work place, asking the question "What makes you unique?" Register online. Co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity with support from the Undergraduate Student Government.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and the Center for Clinical Investigation's Data Management Core will present "Data Types," a seminar as part of the Topics in Managing Data seminar series, from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Wolstein 6136. This seminar will explain the various types of data encountered in research settings, and is suitable for data managers, data coordinators, project coordinators, principal investigators, and all research personnel interested in gaining a further understanding of the research data they collect.

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


Calvin Sharpe, John Deaver Drinko Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, was recently appointed a member of the UAW International Public Review Board–the 52-year old public panel that hears charges brought by union members against the Union. Sharpe also was recently elected to the United States Executive Board of the International Association of Labor and Social Security Law.

The Volokh Conspiracy blog was recently named the second most visited blog by legal academics by the TaxProf Blog. Jonathan Adler, professor of law, is a regular contributor to Volokh.

November 10, 2009

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Case in the News

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: An invisible barrier, a cultural tapestry

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 10, 2009
Berlin was the world's arts hotbed in the 1920s but it all came to an end in 1933, said Louis Giannetti, author of "Understanding Movies" and film professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University. To escape the Nazis, Marlene Dietrich and the creators of film noir came to Hollywood.

University Circle Secures $20 Million In Investment Tax Credits

90.3 WCPN, Nov. 9, 2009
Much of the money is planned for two projects: One is a new hotel on Euclid Avenue adjacent to the Case Western Reserve University campus. The other is a mixed use complex on Mayfield Rd. between Euclid Avenue and Little Italy, which will also be the site of a new RTA rapid station.

Indo-U.S. Education Summit, Nov. 9, 2009
The Indo-U.S. Education Summit at the India Habitat Center explored opportunities for academic collaborations between Indian institutions and American universities. Organized by the New Jersey based Indus Foundation, the summit was held for the first time in India. More than three hundred Indian institutions and organizations interested in academic collaborations participated in the summit. Case Western Reserve University was among U.S. universities which participated.

Save medical imaging from federal cuts

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 8, 2009
In an op-ed piece, Pablo R. Ros, the Theodore J. Castele University Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University, argues against Medicare funding cuts that would limit elderly patient's access to imaging technologies that are proven life-savers.

Lawyer opens new doors in Israel

Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov. 2, 2009
The Center for International Child Custody and Relocation, or CICCAR, is based in Israel, but founder Andrew Zashin said his own practice will remain in Cleveland and that CICCAR's connection to the area will be strong. He is planning a January symposium in Cleveland on cross-border child custody disputes and is applying for continuing legal education credit for participants. Two attorneys who have worked with Mr. Zashin, including Robert Strassfeld, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University, said they see benefits to the project.

Higher Ed News

AAUP Announces Effort to Shore Up Academic Freedom at Public Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10, 2009
The American Association of University Professors is embarking on a campaign to protect academic freedom at public colleges in response to recent federal-court decisions seen as eroding faculty members' speech rights. The new campaign urges national faculty unions and higher-education push institutions to adopt policies broadly protecting faculty speech dealing with academic matters, institutional governance, teaching, research, and issues outside the workplace.