Poverty Center Finds Home Purchase Loans
Drop in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County

An analysis of home mortgage data by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development finds that home purchase loans have been stalled with a fall in conventional mortgage lending, with the eastern side of Cleveland and the inner-ring suburbs experiencing "drastic declines," according to the center's November 2009 "Behind the Numbers" report.

The center, housed within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences examined data from 1995-2008 provided by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to find that the drop-off in high-cost lending is responsible for a disproportionate share of the loss. Read more.

Campus News

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The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the campus community to read the Fall/Winter 2009 edition of the "Insight on Diversity" newsletter. This issue features articles about recent inclusion and diversity initiatives and events, information about LGBT matters at Case Western Reserve, and a faculty spotlight on John Flores, a new faculty member in the Department of History. Go online to read the newsletter. Campus offices or departments can request hard copies by contacting Robynn Strong.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at its building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. For more details and to register, go online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE ) is offering a new program of Nord Grants to faculty. The awards will be granted for activities that further the teaching mission of UCITE and the university. Faculty members can apply for the one-year grants year round. Complete details are available online.

For Students

Juniper Residential College will hold its annual Star Search event from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Spot. Talented acts will battle it out to become the next star, and for a chance to win a percentage of the donations collected during the show. All guests can vote for their favorite act by giving donations that will benefit the Rape Crisis Center.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a study break event from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Students are invited to take a break from studying for finals, by relaxing and getting healthy. Join WISER for yoga with Marcia Camino and smoothies. New members and guests are welcome to attend. Learn more.

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) will host a session on "How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions—On and Off Campus" from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Sears 480.

The Confused Greenies will host a Masquerade Dance in conjunction with La Dolce Vita's Carnevale Night in Thwing Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 6. Student organizations, individual students or others in the campus community who wish to perform should send an e-mail to lazzi@case.edu.

Events

The Department of Biology will present Bryan Grenfell, Princeton University, on the topic of "Dynamics and Control of Acute Infectious Diseases in Space and Time" at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in DeGrace Hall 312. The talk is part of the department's colloquium series.

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The Department of Music will present the Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra in a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Harkness Chapel.

Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and author of God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom, will discuss the new book and sign copies from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Kelvin Smith Library. Learn more.

"Issues Facing Academic Libraries," a talk featuring Tom Sanville, executive director of OhioLINK, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room.

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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Case Western Reserve's National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) chapter is featured in FOX Sports Ohio's 2009 "Season of Support" campaign. NYSP will be featured in several commercial spots, as well as in a pre-game vignette that is part of the Friday, Dec. 4 Cleveland Cavs game.

More than 400 elementary, middle and high school students from Northeast Ohio participated in Case Western Reserve's NYSP 2009, a five-week summer sports and academic enrichment program. The national NYSP program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The university's chapter has been in existence for 38 years. Read more.

December 2, 2009

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Case in the News

Forty Under 40

Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov. 30, 2009
Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University, has been named to the Crain's Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 list, which features young distinguished professionals.

Getting off to a good start

Genome Technology, Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010
Faced with an empty, freshly painted lab room, many young scientists have a small panic attack: What do they need to properly start their lab? And how do they keep it running smoothly? Several experts offer advice, including Christopher Cullis, Case Western Reserve University's Frances Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Biology.

Have you 'Given Up the Ghost' or 'Cast the First Stone'?

Voice of America, Dec. 1, 2009
Timothy Beal, a professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, thinks readers could use a handy reference to the stories behind well-worn expressions like the blind leading the blind. So he has written a book called "Biblical Literacy."

Your genes are safe: Congress enacts bipartisan decision to protect individuals from genetic discrimination

The Tufts Daily, Dec. 2, 2009
Maxwell Mehlman, professor of bioethics and law at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, which officially took effect on Nov. 21.

Shaker Heights Pop Warner team scrambles for Super Bowl cash

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 1, 2009
A Pop Warner football team from Shaker Heights is battling the clock to raise nearly $20,000 to get to the youth league's Super Bowl. The Shaker Heights Fire Raiders, a junior peewee team, is scheduled to play in the national championships in Disney World as the Mid-America's regional representative. The team recently faced a predicament of how to practice in the dark. A mother of a player works at Case Western Reserve University, and she asked for help. Soon, the team began practicing at the university's lighted practice fields.

Higher Ed News

The business of higher education

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2009
The notion that colleges need to act more like businesses appeals to many people outside higher education and, especially in difficult financial times, to some trustees and state leaders. The Business of Higher Education, a new three-part collection of essays, presents a wide range of perspectives on the complex impact of business models on higher education.