Light Year is Newest Work
in Putnam Sculpture Collection


Harvey Buchanan, Case Western Reserve University art historian and director of the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection, was "bowled over" when he saw the sculpture of Ronald Bladen (1918-1988) during an exhibition last year of the artist's work at the Jacobson Howard Gallery in New York City.

Bladen's Light Year is the 45th work in the Putnam Sculpture Collection. It was installed in a landscaped setting between the Kelvin Smith Library and Severance Hall. The Putnam Collection is comprised of works by regional artists with close links to Ohio and the neighboring states. Read more.

Campus News

The campus book club will discuss "Blue Christmas," written by Mary Kay Andrews, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Adelbert Hall 352. Contact Susan Benedict for details.


Students in the Fall 2009 SAGES course USNA 235 went beyond the "campus bubble" this semester to develop a sense of place by studying, discussing, photographing and writing about Doan Brook, the university's local watershed. Campus community members are invited to view the "Exploring a Sense of Place Exhibit," which highlights their photography and writing. The exhibit is on display through Monday, Dec. 7, in the Thwing Center atrium.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to stop by for an informal holiday celebration and to offer best wishes and a fond farewell to Brenda Marshall, associate executive director, and John Yankey, interim executive director. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the center. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online.


All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an original piece of writing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The submission deadline is Jan. 11, 2010. Go online for complete details.

For Faculty and Staff

Due to the holidays and to ensure that month end payroll for December has sufficient time to process, there are changes to the December month-end cut off dates. The new date for time approval will be Dec. 17, which means the new date for time entry is Dec. 16. The new date for payment requests entered for 12/31 and for HR Records pay changes and updates also will be Dec 17.

For Students

The Summer 2010 Preliminary roster is now available now on the summer Web site. New courses this year include Chinese and Japanese language, Multimedia, Medical Anthropology and more.  The campus community can become a fan of the Case Western Reserve Summer Session on Facebook and stay current with updates.

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors office (SOURCE) and the Case School of Engineering announce the Alcoa Campus Partnership Program Spring 2010 Undergraduate Research Internship. The application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 16. Learn more.

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.

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 Case Art Studio "Fall Semester in Review" student art exhibition will have an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at the gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography and architectural plans made by students enrolled in the fall semester art studio classes. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Dec. 11. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

The Case Cooperation Circle invites the campus community to its Interfaith Holiday Party at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at Wade Fireside. The event will include food, and attendees will have an opportunity to learn about other religious traditions. There also will be a chance to make cards for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Contact the group by e-mail at or go online for more details.


Case Collegium Musicum and Case Early Music Singers will present "A Musical Commemoration: 500th Anniversary of the 1509 Coronation of Henry VIII" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Harkness Chapel. The Collegium portion of the concert will feature handcrafted recorders by renowned instrument crafter Bob Marvin, built exclusively for the Department of Music. Free, open to the public.

Case Western Reserve's Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensembles will present "Windi & Jazzi XXI" at 7:30 p.m. tonight and on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Under the direction of Gary M. Ciepluch and Paul Ferguson, nearly 200 student musicians will perform in this annual holiday tradition. Musical selections will come from "Indiana Jones," "Miss Saigon," "Silverado," and more. The show also will feature guest soloists and two featured jazz selections. Tickets are $8 for individual tickets and will be available at the door. 

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.

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Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, is featured in a documentary currently airing on PBS stations nationwide. The show is called "Science Trek," and it explores how real-life scientists have been inspired by the futuristic vision of "Star Trek" to push the boundaries of their research in an attempt to turn science fiction into science fact. Hosted by LeVar Burton, the show includes interview segments with prominent scientists and engineers. French appears several times, commenting on the ethical dimensions of this cutting-edge research and the positive legacy of "Star Trek." The show will next air locally on WVIZ and WEAO at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.

Athletic accolades: In just her second year of playing collegiate volleyball, Tricia McCutchan received one of its most coveted awards. She was recently named an ESPN: The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She was a College Division second team honoree and only one of two University Athletic Association (UAA) players named to the prestigious list. Also, senior linebacker Lee Sasala was recently named a first team ESPN: The Magazine Academic All-American. The announcement was made on the College Sports Information Directors of America Web site. Joining Sasala on the College Division list was teammate and senior defensive back Mike Pelyak, who was named a second team Academic All-American by the news outlet. See a complete list of 2009 Spartan accolades.

December 4, 2009

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Case in the News

Cleveland: Anthony Sowell pleads insanity, Dec. 3, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Lewis Katz comments on the plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and what would be required of an attorney to make that defense for a client, in particular Anthony Sowell. Related article.

Report: Little demand for public option

Modern Medicine, Dec. 3, 2009
Joseph White, director of the Center for Policy Studies and professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the Congressional Budget Office concern that few Americans would enroll in a public health insurance option if it is available.

Study looks at reactive parenting

Science Daily, Dec. 3, 2009
To avoid responding reactively to bad behavior, parents must be able to regulate their own negative emotions and thoughts. In a study, psychologists Kirby Deater-Deckard and Michael D. Sewell from Virginia Tech, Stephen A. Petrill from Ohio State University and Lee A. Thompson from Case Western Reserve University examined if there is a link between working memory and parental reactive negativity.

Can you spot the hidden heart dangers?

MSN Health & Fitness, Dec. 4, 2009
Sanjay R. Patel, assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments on getting adequate sleep as being important to good health and whether reversing an unhealthy sleep pattern can result in lowered blood pressure.

Online social networking and health care

Medill Reports, Dec. 2, 2009
A new study examines online health forums and monitors how well they lead to learning. Researchers found that the potential for these communities is vast, but only under the right conditions. Case Western Reserve University's Jagdip Singh, one of the head researchers of the study, comments.

Higher Ed News

Report reveals wide gap in college achievement

The Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2009
A new report, billed as one of the most comprehensive studies to date of how low-income and minority students fare in college, shows a wide gap in graduation rates at public four-year colleges nationwide and "alarming" disparities in success at community colleges.