National Science Foundation Supports
Case Western Reserve University's IDEAL

A program at Case Western Reserve University to encourage career advancement of women and underrepresented minority men in sciences and engineering is expanding to five public institutions of higher education through a three-year, nearly $1 million National Science Foundation grant.

Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL) brings together Case Western Reserve and five public research universities across Northern Ohio: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron and the University of Toledo. The goal is to foster environments conducive to recruiting, advancing and retaining women and underrepresented minority faculty in science and engineering (S&E).

"This new grant gives us a wonderful opportunity to share lessons learned with other Ohio institutions," Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. "Along the way, I am confident that our own faculty will gain new knowledge and understanding regarding how we can further these efforts on our own campus, as well." Read more.

Women's Cross Country Team
Makes Fourth Straight Trip to NCAA


With their No. 13 national ranking and third place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, the Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team has received an at-large bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships.

This year's national meet, which will be the fourth consecutive for the Spartan women, will be hosted by Baldwin Wallace College and held at Highland Golf Course in Beachwood, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m.

"I think back about the thrill of our first trip to nationals and I can say it hasn't deflated, as we are just as excited about this year," Head Coach Kathy Lanese explained. "We just have different goals now.  They are much higher than then and we look forward to the new challenge." Read more by visiting the athletics news blog.

Campus News

fulbrightscreen.jpgThe Office of the Provost recently launched the Fulbright Program Web site. Faculty and students can find information about application opportunities and learn more about Fulbright scholars in and from the university community.

The University Bookstore is holding a sale on hoodies through Saturday, Nov. 28. Hoodies in various sizes, colors and styles are 25 percent off.

The Case Engineering Co-Op Program has a new Web site. The campus community is invited to view the site, as well as watch an informational video.

For Faculty and Staff

The 2010 Benelect Open Enrollment period continues through November 30. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209, between 8:30 a.m. to 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 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 Graduate Student Senate will host its annual Grad Night Out at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, Ohio, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Nov. 19. All graduate students are invited to enjoy free bowling, food and drinks. Bring your graduate student ID. Send an e-mail to Christa at with questions.

A meditation group for students meets at 3:30 p.m. every Friday afternoon on the second floor of University Health Service. This is a drop-in group for any student interested in learning more about meditation. Contact Mary Hildenbrand at 368-5872 for information.

Applications are being accepted for the international travel/study courses sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and interested professionals. Spring break destinations include Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands and Ecuador. Learn more from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23, and on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Mandel School Room 108. Contact Deborah Jacobson for information.

The Office of Student Affairs announces the national 2009 Sparky Awards contest. Students can submit videos of two minutes or less that creatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The deadline is Dec. 6. Learn more.

The ongoing showCASE, an event featuring graduate students sharing their musical, artistic and literary talents, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Euclid Tavern. Send an e-mail to for more details.


The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. Learn more.

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. Lunch will be provided.

The Share the Vision Committee, in collaboration with University Program Board, will host campus community members sharing their poetry and art for an international coffeehouse at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov.19, in the Thwing Center Atrium. Free international coffees and desserts will be available. In addition, Kelvin Smith Library 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. Both events are part of International Education Week. Go online for a list of campus events.


The Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) at Case Western Reserve invites the public to meet the scientists behind the Ardi discovery at a free lecture beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Bruce Latimer, Scott W. Simpson and Linda Spurlock—all ISO researchers—analyzed this exciting new fossil hominid, which is considered by many to be the most important find since Lucy. Read more.

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. today in Clark Hall 206. Rocke is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History at Case Western Reserve. Learn more.

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.

Tyler Houston Oldham, a first-year student at the Cleveland Institute of Music who also takes a class at Case Western Reserve, recently won an Albert Rees Davis scholarship at the 19th Annual S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition sponsored by The Singers' Club of Cleveland

November 18, 2009

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Case in the News

Changing the paradigm around Alzheimer's disease

Science News, Nov. 16, 2009
In Peter Whitehouse's view, all people fall into one of two groups: those with Alzheimer's disease and those who are afraid of getting it. That fear is helping drive more and more dollars toward researching a treatment to "cure" the symptoms. But this spending comes at the expense of efforts that focus on improving the public's understanding of Alzheimer's and how it relates to normal aging, said Whitehouse, a neurologist at Case Western Reserve University.

Researchers focus on helping dying patients take care of unfinished business

RxNews, Nov. 17, 2009
Hospice workers have watched patients emerge from comas and cling to life long enough to tell someone they love or forgive them. This phenomenon of taking care of unfinished business has been observed, but researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University will begin groundbreaking studies to understand what drives the dying to live long enough to resolve these issues.

You're the Boss: Can academics be entrepreneurial?

New York Times, Nov. 16, 2009
Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, recently wrote a column about academic entrepreneurs.

Medical malpractice reform can be unhealthy

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 15, 2009
Dale Nance, professor of law, and Maxwell J. Mehlman, director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, offer their ideas on medical malpractice in a column they co-authored.

So you want a green career?

The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 15, 2009
Although the recession has emptied shopping malls and filled jobless centers, the call has only gotten louder for renewable energy, environmentally gentle products and eco-friendly practices—and for people to make all of that happen. The story raises some concerns and quotes from a paper, "Green Job Myths," released by Case Western Reserve University and the University of Illinois.

Higher Ed News

Embedding journalists in academe

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 15, 2009
Can universities rescue ailing newspapers? More precisely, can universities sustain and support the construction and distribution of serious news and analysis of current affairs? The question comes naturally at a time when universities are viewed as economic engines.