Case Western Reserve to Face Trine University
in Third Trip to NCAA Playoffs Nov. 21


For the third straight November, the Case Western Reserve University football team will be playing in the NCAA Division III postseason.

The Spartans, who defeated Washington University 28-8 Saturday at home to finish the regular season 10-0 [3-0 UAA], will return to Case Field on Saturday, Nov. 21, to face Trine University at noon in the first round of the 2009 NCAA playoffs.

"Even though we have been in three times now, it is just as exciting and our kids are pumped up to be playing at home again," said Head Coach Greg Debeljak. "Trine is a school similar to us. They have had a resurgence in football over the last few years and it is their second straight postseason. It should be a good matchup."

Read more by visiting the athletics news blog.

Dwell Magazine's Sarah Rich to Discuss
How Sustainability Can Meet Design


Sarah Rich, editor of Dwell: At Home in the Modern World magazine, will give a talk on innovative and sustainable inventions in design, architecture, art, food and urbanism. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and The Cleveland Institute of Art, this free, public talk begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov.19, in The Cleveland Institute of Art's Aitken Auditorium.

Before joining Dwell, Rich was managing editor of Worldchanging, a sustainable solutions site covering tools, models and ideas for building a better future. She co-authored the best-seller Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century.

The event is held in conjunction with the exhibition 17 Swedish Designers at CIA's Reinberger Galleries and is part of the Baker-Nord Center's annual theme, Cultures of Green: Nature and Environment. Read more.

Campus News

Thwing Center and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership are once again sponsoring the Giving Tree in Thwing Center atrium. The tree will hold tags with the gift requests of 100 local children from Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 9. Campus community members only have to buy one gift to make a difference. Contact Arlet Wright or Suzanne Leach for details.

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, in the Thwing Center ballroom; and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in Nord 310. Schedule an appointment online.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 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. Contact the Admissions Office at 368-2280 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Developing Effective Writing" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Medical Library. The session will focus on the factors that might be preventing people from being as productive in their writing and other scholarly activities, and the practical steps that can be taken to rectify the situation. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center will present a general campus workshop entitled "Preparing a Writing Portfolio" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, in Bellflower Hall, Room 104. The workshop is open to all students. Space is limited. RSVP to

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 attend. Lina Mehta, associate dean of admissions, will answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will present a discussion 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. This will be an interactive panel discussion featuring four women who will discuss their personal experiences as moms of multicultural children. Co-sponsored by Share the Vision.


"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.

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.

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.

Jane Kessler, emeritus professor of psychology, received the 2009 Special Recognition for Lifetime Achievement Award from the Woodruff Foundation. The Woodruff Foundation was established in 1986 to enhance, through financial support, the development and delivery of mental health services in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

November 17, 2009

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Case in the News

When does oversight overstep?

The Scientist, Nov. 16, 2009
David Kaplan, professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the peer review system at the NIH in a story about vascular biologist John Cooke of Stanford University.

Nicholas D. Kristof's health care numbers don't add up

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 17, 2009
Tom Stellato, professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of the Wright Surgery Center, writes in a letter to the editor about current health care reform debate.

A new chapter

Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov. 16, 2009 (online subscription required)
Sustainability is no longer a just a movement or point of discussion on today's college campuses–in increasing frequency, it's become a formalized course of study. Roger Saillant, executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Fair trials for accused terrorists

90.3 WCPN, Nov. 16, 2009
Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, appeared with Cleveland State's Geoffrey Mearns on The Sound of Ideas to discuss the Obama administration's decision that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will stand trial in federal court in New York City.

Requests for financial aid reconsiderations on the rise at area schools

Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov. 16, 2009 (online subscription required)
Colleges across the area have this in common: those students who have received financial aid packages earlier this year are coming back and asking for more help. Venus Puliafico, director of financial aid at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland considers asking hospitals, nonprofits to pay fee

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 15, 2009
In the search for dollars that could help shore up Cleveland's budget shortfall, consultants propose that hospitals, universities, museums and other tax-exempt institutions pay an annual fee. A consultant hired by the city to find ways to shore up the city's budget proposes that nonprofit organizations such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, that are exempt from property taxes, kick in annual fees to boost the city's bottom line.

How the government can develop jobs

Marketplace, Nov. 12, 2009
If you ask experts and entrepreneurs what will create new jobs, they'll tell you credit and innovation. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals increase community giving

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 12, 2009
The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals increased the amount of money they gave away in the region last year and altered how they doled out those dollars in response to the region's high unemployment rates. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Higher Ed News

'Unfriend' is New Oxford dictionary's Word of the Year

USA TODAY, Nov. 17, 2009
"Birther " was in the running, so was "death panels," but in the end the New Oxford American Dictionary can only pick one word of the year. For 2009, it's "unfriend." Or in New Oxfordspeak: "unfriend—verb—To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook. As in, 'I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.'"