Kelvin Smith Library Adapts to Research, Instructional Needs of Campus Community

Editor's note: Over the next several months, Case Daily will run a series of stories focusing on how the Case Western Reserve University libraries support the research and scholarship endeavors of faculty, students and staff.

The second in the series focuses on technology:

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) adapts to the research and instructional needs of Case Western Reserve University by leveraging partnerships within research centers or interdisciplinary areas.

One such collaboration has been KSL's efforts to support the academic alliance area of "energy and environment." By reaching out to faculty in various disciplines, KSL has started building a set of resources that will support the campus as well as the sustainability efforts of the region and beyond. Read more.

Campus Community Can Learn More about Ardi During Free Talk on Nov. 18


Charles Darwin knew humans evolved, but it's possible even he couldn't have imagined finding a transitional form like the recently discovered Ardipithecus ramidus fossil (Ardi), which was discovered by Cleveland-area scientists.

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Museum of Natural History researchers Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Bruce Latimer, Scott W. Simpson and Linda Spurlock analyzed this exciting new fossil hominid, which is considered by many to be the most important find since Lucy. They will discuss the findings on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Read more.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will partner with International Student Services for an open house from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Lower Level International News Commons. Part of International Education Week, the KSL event celebrates international education and exchange, and highlights libraries' rich resources from around the world. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy beverages and international desserts, and have a chance to win gifts and prizes.

The next session of the Weight Watchers at Work program begins Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge. Send an e-mail to to learn more.

Campus community members are invited to celebrate International Education Week by voting for their favorite photo. Stop by the display in Thwing Center atrium to view photos submitted by students who have studied abroad. Photos will be displayed today through Nov. 19. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. In addition, two voters will win $25 gift certificates to the University bookstore. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. on November in Thwing atrium during the Coffeehouse of Culture event. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

On Thursday, November 19, the Writing Resource Center will host its final Brown Bag session of the fall term, "SAGES Writing Outcomes for Skills in Argumentation." This session will focus on providing strategies for teaching argumentative writing in SAGES courses. The event will be held in Crawford Hall, Room 111, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to

For Students

Case Entrepreneurs will hold its first meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Peter B. Lewis Building Room 203. Students from design, engineering, business and medicine will discuss entrepreneurship issues, share business ideas and work together to launch real products. Contact Ryan McCullough or Nischint Machhar. for more information.


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is recruiting eight first-year students to participate as Civic Engagement Fellows during the spring 2010 semester. While serving four to six hours at a local nonprofit, fellows also will participate in seminars to increase their leadership skills and understanding of Cleveland and community issues. Fellows receive a stipend of $9.20 per hour for their participation. Applications can be completed online and are due by Monday, Nov. 23.

Sigma Psi Sorority will host its 31st Annual Mr. CWRU pageant at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov., 20, in Schmitt Lecture Hall. Mr. CWRU is an annual philanthropy event with proceeds benefiting a local charity. This year all proceeds will benefit the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center, which provides assistance to both children and adults. Mr. CWRU is a mock male beauty pageant with student contestants representing various student organizations. Speakeasy will present special performances throughout the night. Tickets for the event are on sale in Nord Hall, Thwing Center, and Fribley and Leutner Commons.

The ongoing showCASE, an event featuring Case Western Reserve graduate students sharing their musical, artistic and literary talents, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 18, at the Euclid Tavern. This is an opportunity to meet students from other graduate and professional programs while hanging out. Send an e-mail to if interested in performing.


The History Associates will present Alan Rocke on the topic of "The Eureka Moment: Evidence for Unconscious Cognition from the History of Science" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Clark Hall 206. Rocke is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History at Case Western Reserve. He is a historian of science, specializing in the physical sciences during the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn more.

Alpha Phi will host its annual philanthropy event, Bid For Your Heart, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Thwing Ballroom. Bid for Your Heart is a date auction where auctionees and their highest bidders receive a complimentary gift certificate from a local vendor. The night also includes a raffle of prizes including a VIP gift certificate to Jillian's, a Starbucks gift basket and tickets to Kalahari Water Park and Resort. All proceeds will be donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which aids in the research and prevention of cardiac disease in women. Tickets will be sold in Nord atrium this week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the door, and organizations can purchase a group package for $50. Contact Tera Schmidt.

"Diversity 360: Multiple Views of Creating a Career Narrative," will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The session will illuminate the intersections 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. Register online.

The university's chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, the international medical fraternity, has developed the Children's Miracle Network Banquet as a means of supporting Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network (CMN). The banquet will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Tickets are $15, which includes a meal, live entertainment and one raffle ticket. Proceeds will benefit the CMN charity. E-mail for 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.

Wendy Wagner, professor of law, and her co-author, Tom McGarity, were recently awarded a University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for "Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research."

Raymond Ku, professor of law and co-director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, is the recipient of this year's Law Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. It will be presented at the Alumni and Faculty Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 20.

In Memoriam

Russell Ackoff, regarded as one of the business world's greatest problem solvers, died Oct. 29 at age 90. His obituary tells that he helped found one of the first schools of operations research, at the Case Institute of Technology.

November 16, 2009

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Case in the News

Mount Union, Case Western Reserve learn opponents for first round of NCAA Division III playoffs

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 15, 2009
For the third straight November, Case Western Reserve University will be playing in the NCAA Division III football postseason. Related article.

Love of Charles Dickens' stories never wanes, even 140 years after his death

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 14, 2009
Nearly 140 years after his death in 1870 at the age of 58, our appetite for Charles Dickens—and, perhaps more important, adaptations of his novels—borders on the insatiable. Athena Vrettos, director of graduate studies in English at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Hudson woman honored for work at Case Western Reserve

Hudson Hub-Times, Nov. 12, 2009
Case Western Reserve University recently honored Patricia Kilpatrick, a Hudson resident and senior warden at Christ Church Episcopal, with a special painting. The portrait is in honor of her longstanding and ongoing dedication to the university.

CWRU To Develop Technologies For Virtual Coaching To Help Patient-Doctor Communications

Medical News Today, Nov. 12, 2009
Sometimes patients find it uncomfortable asking a doctor of another age, gender or race for information. Hopefully virtual coaching under development through the Center of Excellence for Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART), a National Institutes of Health-funded Center of Research Excellence in Self-management Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will improve communications. John Clochesy, Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education, comments.

Commentary on the endless dispute between evolution and creationism, Nov. 11, 2009
This blog discusses Cincinnati Magazine's feature on a large group of paleontologists who went to the Creation Museum last summer. Patricia Princehouse, lecturer in philosophy and evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

Model-based design on the move at Cleveland FES Center

Design News, Oct. 2009
Leveraging MathWorks' suite of design tools, researchers can more quickly customize and test FES devices to help restore mobility to patients with neuromuscular disabilities. The Cleveland FES Center at Case Western Reserve University is a consortium of the university, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC and MetroHealth Medical Center.

Higher Ed News

China is sending more students to U.S.

New York Times, Nov. 16, 2009
American universities are enrolling a new wave of Chinese undergraduates, according to the annual Open Doors report. While India was, for the eighth consecutive year, the leading country of origin for international students—sending 103,260 students, a 9 percent increase over the previous year—China is rapidly catching up, sending 98,510 last year, a 21 percent increase.