Science Wins Fight Over Evolution in Schools, Says Case Western Reserve Author


If you want to understand how evolution has played a role in challenging the constitutionality of the separation of church and state, Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, provides a concise and chronological history in his new book, God vs. Darwin: the War between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom.

God vs. Darwin comes just weeks before the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's landmark book, On the Origins of Species, which has been at the center of the debate over how the diversity of all living things came about.

Read more.

Tianjin University in China and Case Western Reserve Sign Agreement to Enhance Educational Experiences

Case Western Reserve University has welcomed Tianjin University President Gong Ke for the signing of a cooperation agreement promoting the exchange of undergraduate students between the two institutions beginning in the summer of 2010.

The agreement is likely to be the first formal step toward greater collaboration between Case Western Reserve and Tianjin, one of China's important national universities, particularly in engineering.

Representatives of both institutions met inside Case Western Reserve's Adelbert Hall to sign the agreement, enhancing the international scope of both.

Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler and Norman Tien, dean of Case School of Engineering, have concentrated on developing ties with Tianjin. Both visited a month ago, seeking to formalize a connection dating back about five years. Some of Tianjin's students have been working on their graduate degrees at Case Western Reserve.

Campus News

Save the date: Please join President Barbara R. Snyder and the Case Western Reserve University community at a memorial service for Herman D. Stein, Ph.D., university professor emeritus and former dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and university provost and vice president. The service will begin at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Amasa Stone Chapel. A light reception will follow in Adelbert Hall.

1-2-1 Fitness Center will offer seasonal flu shots from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17. Receive a free two-week membership with your flu shot. Supply is limited. Call 368-1121 or send an e-mail to to reserve a spot.

The Department of Pathology recently updated and redesigned its Web site. The campus community is invited to visit the new site and bookmark the page.

For Faculty and Staff

The 2010 Benelect open enrollment period continues through November 30. Stop by Crawford Hall 209 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to use computer kiosks or to talk with a human resources representative. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 for questions. For more information, visit the 2010 Open Enrollment Web site.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the ACES Program and the Office of the Provost are hosting two training sessions with The OpEd Project, an innovative program designed to expand public debate and increase the voice of women thought leaders. The first seminar will be held at the School of Law from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, and is open to all women faculty members and senior administrators. Catherine Orenstein, founder and director of the OpEd Project, will lead the seminar. This session costs $150. Contact Laura McNally, professor at the School of Law. The second seminar, held in two sessions at the George S. Dively Building from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 16 and 17, is open to women in the public. This seminar will be co-led by Connie Shultz, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Plain Dealer, and Maura Casey, an award-winning columnist and editor formerly with the New York Times. This session costs $300. The OpEd Project provides scholarships to cover costs. More details.

For Students

The Case Social Entrepreneurship Club (CSEC) is a new student organization. CSEC will host a variety of programs related to microlending, sustainable business practices, economic development on the local and global scale, and the promotion of social entrepreneurship. The organization is open to all students. Send an e-mail to the group or go online for more information.

The Undergraduate Student Government's Student Sustainability Council (SSC) is hosting an Eco-Party from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 14, at Adelbert Gym. The event will include food, music, prizes, interactive games, extra credit, a performance by the group Dhamakapella and tips on how to be sustainable. Contact Cassandra McFadden for details.


Auditions for the Eldred Theater spring semester 2010 productions of The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Othello will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, and Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the second floor theater in Eldred Hall. Sign-up sheets are posted in Eldred's first floor gallery. Theater majors should prepare a monologue of their choice, not to exceed two minutes. Non-theater majors will do a script reading. Contact Eldred Theater Artistic Director Jerrold Scott by e-mail or by phone at 368-6140 with questions.

James Stoller, 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.


An Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate Honoring Greek Alumni will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Alumni House. This will be a traditional football tailgate prior to the final regular season game against Washington University. The $15 price includes food, refreshments, a ticket to the game and family fun with a cameo appearance by the Case Western Reserve Spartan. The marching band will perform before heading to the stadium. Learn more.


Eldred Theater continues its 2009-10 drama series with Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the long running Off-Broadway comedy by Steve Martin. Martin explores the theme of genius by fictionalizing an encounter between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. Performances are Nov. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Nov. 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will continue the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. Lily Yang will present two seminars on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB1413). She will discuss "Engineering Targeted Nanoparticles: Selection of Tumor Targeting Ligands" at 11 a.m., and "Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Targeted Tumor Imaging and Therapy" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow.

"An Evening with Stephen Post" will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Amasa Stone Chapel. Tickets are $20 per person and $5 with a student ID, with proceeds supporting emergency relief programs for global communities in need sponsored by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Read more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will focus on the university's Common Reading selections. The speakers are Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, and Mayo Bulloch, director of Educational Enhancement Programs. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at the Inamori Center.

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 Weatherhead School of Management has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-2010 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. The school recently ranked 33rd on a list of the Top 100 business schools worldwide.

"Sustainable Enterprise is an overarching theme at Weatherhead," said Mohan Reddy, dean of the management school. "With the inception of our newly formed Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, we continue to take the lead in researching and teaching sustainable business practices." Read more.

November 12, 2009

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Case in the News

CWRU forms exchange deal with Chinese university, Nov. 11, 2009
Case Western Reserve University will partner with the Tianjin University in a cooperative agreement that will begin temporary student exchanges next summer. Norman Tien, dean of Case School of Engineering, initiated contact between the universities, and says the benefits of such a program could easily reach far beyond the Case campus.

The Sound of Ideas: God vs. Darwin, Nov. 10, 2009
"Inherit the Wind," the legendary Trial of the Century, turns out to have been a bit of a sham. Case Western Reserve University professor Mano Singham, author of God vs. Darwin, tells the story behind the trial and the history of the 80-year battle between religious fundamentalism and science that has played out in the nation's public school classrooms.

InkStop files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 10, 2009
Jon Groetzinger, a visiting law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, said the fact that InkStop chose to liquidate rather than try to reorganize and reopen is bleak news for employees. "If the corporate entity has no money, then no payments are going to be made to anybody."

'The last great Nazi trial', Nov. 10, 2009
The prosecution of John Demjanjuk, 89, charged with 27,900 counts of accessory to murder for his role as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, is being touted as the last great Nazi trial. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University who has worked on the trials of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, comments.

Olympus introduces world's smallest GI scope to offer 4-way angulation and Narrow Band Imaging

EurekAlert!, Nov. 10, 2009
Olympus recently introduced the world's smallest gastrointestinal videoscope to offer four-way angulation and Narrow Band Imaging. Gastroenterologist Amitabh Chak, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Your Business: Elevator Pitch, Nov. 8, 2009

Moms and dads, listen up! There's a new product on the market to help keep your baby's car seat clean. Katie Danziger of Nomie Baby finds out if a panel of experts—including Michael Goldberg, managing partner with Bridge Investment Fund and adjunct professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University— will go "ga ga" over her pitch.

Higher Ed News

A new Manhattan Project

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2009
Debates over affirmative action divert attention from the need for a massive research project to understand—and close—the racial achievement gap, write Thomas J. Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford.