Tianjin University and Case Western Reserve Partner to Enhance Educational Experiences

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Case Western Reserve has welcomed Tianjin University President Gong Ke for the signing of an agreement encouraging exchange of students between the two institutions beginning in the summer semester 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, Thursday, enhancing their international scope. Read more.

Case Western Reserve University Spartans Will Battle Nov. 14 for Chance to Remain Undefeated

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When the No. 7-ranked Spartans march onto the turf at Case Field at noon on Saturday, Nov. 14, to face University Athletic Association (UAA) foe Washington University, several big milestones will be on the line.

"Traditionally, Wash. U. has been the best team in the UAA over the years," says Zach Homyk, a wide receiver for the Spartans. "The success we had against them the last few [years] won't mean anything this Saturday. UAA teams come at each other, and this game has now become the biggest of the year."

With a win, the Spartans would complete their third straight perfect 10-0 regular season, claim their third straight outright UAA Championship and guarantee themselves a third straight trip the NCAA postseason. Read more.

H1N1 Injections Available
for Pregnant Students, Staff and Faculty

University Hospitals has made 50 doses of the H1N1 vaccine available to Case Western Reserve's pregnant population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified this group at highest risk for complications from the H1N1 flu.

In order to receive the vaccine, people in the above group need to contact Tim Eppich, associate director of nursing, at the University Health Service by e-mail at timothy.eppich@case.edu no later than 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The first 50 people will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine will be administered on Monday, Nov. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University Hospital's Corporate Health Department in the MCCO building next door to the Case Western Reserve Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety.

Those receiving the vaccine will be required to pre-register on the Ohio Department of Health H1N1 Web site, where they must complete the registration form, print it out and bring it with them to the clinic. If you are not one of the first 50 to sign up, you will be notified by e-mail by Monday morning.

Campus News

Open enrollment for the Postdoctoral Benefits Program (PBP) will take place November 16-25, with changes made during open enrollment effective January 1, 2010. During the open enrollment period, participants may make changes to their benefits coverage. In order to make changes to current enrollment, participants will need to first print the open enrollment instructions. Click on the enrollment form link and complete the form by following the instructions. In addition, representatives from Garnett-Powers & Associates will be on campus to present benefits information sessions on Monday, November 16, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the School of Nursing, NOA 290 (ground floor), and from 3 to 4 p.m., in Nord Hall 410. For more information regarding open enrollment, contact Garnett-Powers & Associates at 800-261-7109 or by e-mail at casepbp@garnett-powers.com.

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International Education Week is November 16-20. Case Western Reserve will mark the week with a variety of programs ranging from lectures and cultural heritage celebrations to poetry and art and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week highlights the important contributions of international education and promotes intercultural understanding. Go online for a complete list of events.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Contact the Admissions Office at 368-2280 to register.

The Adelbert Road Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for maintenance and repairs effective 7 p.m. this evening. The bridge is scheduled to re-open at 6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained. Detour routes will be posted.

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit will host a "Diabetes Awareness Workshop" from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Nord Hall 310. November is American Diabetes Month, and staff are invited to learn more about this serious condition. Diabetes can lead to potentially life-threatening complications. University representatives from 1-2-1 Fitness and the Department of Nutrition will give an overview on prevention through good nutrition and exercise, and how to work these two components into busy schedules. Register online.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recently formed a Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Committee. The committee is charged with the following: Increasing dialogue and cooperation between social and ethnic groups that will lead to an appreciation and understanding of the student body's unique qualities and commonalities; encouraging the sharing and appreciation of cultural and social perspectives through various activities; utilizing the cultural student groups and facilitation of cooperation among groups as the main avenues for affecting changes; publicizing cultural and social events to the student body in cooperation with the USG Public Relations committee. Contact USG President President Duwain Pinder via e-mail if interested in serving.

The Case African Students' Association (CASA) will host a cuisine expo from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 21, at The Spot. The event will feature a buffet style setting of various African dishes, music and more. Tickets are $5 prior to the event and $7 at the door. The event will be free for people who bring an African dish. Contact Ore Shenbanjo for details.

The African-American Society will host its 36th Annual Ebony Ball from 7 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Embassy Suites in Beachwood. The theme is "Cultivating A Unified Community," and the speaker is Sen. Nina Turner. Tickets: $10 for individuals, $13 per couple. Students will receive $1 off if they donate a canned good item. Contact Aubrey Arnold or Lydia Fields for information.

Events

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will present a discussion on "Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay." Howard Ernst, associate professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy, will lead the discussion beginning at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at the Inamori Center. Free, open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

The Clean Water Benefit will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The Global Medical Initiative, Engineers Without Borders and the Residence Hall Association will welcome Deborah Larson-Bell of Refuge International. She will discuss clean-water access challenges and their corresponding implications on public health in developing nations. The presentation is free and open to all students interested in international development and public health. A Latin American-themed dinner catered by Paladar Latin Kitchen and Bon Appétit will follow. Tickets for the dinner are $7 per student. Extra credit will be offered for CHEM105/111, CHEM 113, O-CHEM 223, O-CHEM 233 and MED-ANTHRO 215.

"Gauguin's Baudelairean Dream," an art history lecture featuring James Housefield, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Housefield is an historian of design and visual culture at the University of California, Davis. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

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The CWRU Film Society will present two movies this weekend: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" tonight, and "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" on Saturday, Nov. 14. Go online for show times and ticket prices.

The campus community is invited to "Mad Words: the Art of Kyogen," an improv farce in the style of Japanese comedic theater. The event will be performed by The Confused Greenies at the Japan Connection's Fall Anime Marathon beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, in Nord Hall 410. The entire anime marathon runs all afternoon in Nord Hall. Free.

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.

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Joe Gutowski, associate director of Student Activities and Leadership , was recently honored at the Fall Regional Conference for the Association of College Unions International at Bluffton University. He was named 2009 recipient of the Gretchen Laatsch Outstanding Service Award. The award recognizes significant leadership, volunteer service and commitment to Region 7, and the field of student unions and student activities, and is the highest honor bestowed upon members of the region.

The Intergenerational School won in the video/dance category for the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. The school's research that is conducted on elders is supported by Case Western Reserve.

November 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Sowell's arrest, release in 2008 leaves lingering questions about handling of case

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 13, 2009
In an article questioning the handling of a 2008 arrest of Anthony Sowell, Lewis Katz, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, agreed that in the September case, there was enough evidence to search Sowell's home.

Travel-loving flutist to step into central Ohio spotlight

The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 12, 2009
Katherine DeJongh, a flutist who teaches at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, is the featured soloist in two concerts with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus this weekend. She's featured in a preview story about the nature-based concerts.

Myers Motors of Tallmadge taking pre-orders on two-passenger electric cars

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 12, 2009
An electric car company is promising to cut the price according to the number of customers who preorder a new vehicle. It's a novel approach, said Rakesh Niraj, professor of marketing at Case Western Reserve University. Companies often get discounts from suppliers for ordering parts in bulk. Using those economies of scale as a marketing tool is unique, Niraj said.

Families in 'Clyde cancer cluster' grow more frustrated

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 9, 2009
Kids are dying from cancer—or fighting to live—in Sandusky County and their parents are desperate for answers. Maxwell J. Mehlman, director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland: Wi-Fi hacking easier than most realize

WKYC.com, Nov. 10, 2009
Public Wi-Fi can be dangerous. Case Western Reserve University Adjunct Professor Nicholas Berente brought computer science students in for a special lab. "We all know the dangers of Wi-Fi in here. But I think people need to understand that they can slow down the bad guys from getting in," Berente said. Students Omri Shiv, Matt Briancon, Nikhio Srinivasan, Brian Seeders and James Gaskin, came up with four key suggestions.

Helping diabetics keep their feet and toes healthy: a NetWellness column

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 11, 2009
Jeffrey M. Robbins, a clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, answers a NetWellness question about diabetes complications.

Higher Ed News

A feast of doubts for college freshmen come Thanksgiving

USA TODAY, Nov. 12, 2009
It's called the "turkey drop"—when first-year college students break up with their high school sweethearts over the Thanksgiving holiday. But there's a risk that freshmen might break up with their college, too.