The Story of Two Great American Painters,
"Tom and Jack"


In his new book, "Tom and Jack," Case Western Reserve University American art historian Henry Adams tells the dramatic stories of legendary American painters Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock.

"These artists are two amazing and larger-than-life characters," Adams says.

"Tom and Jack" is composed of many stories, encompassing the development of Benton as an artist to his later influence on Pollock, whose work has set at a record-breaking sale price of $140 million, and the subsequent places both artists fill in American modern art history.

Adams writes how a little known and basically untrained Pollock arrived in New York at the age of 18 and encountered Benton, the famed figurative muralist of working-class America.

What followed for the iconic drip-and-splatter painter was a "complex, often stormy relationship with his teacher and mentor." Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services (ITS) is excited to offer a site specifically designed for university students, alumni, faculty and staff in conjunction with Case Webstart. Case Launchpad offers users general Case Western Reserve information, as well as personalized content. Case Launchpad is based on Google Gadget Technology, a newer and more robust solution that provides a similar experience to the MyCase portal. The MyCase portal will be discontinued at the end of the spring semester. Campus members are invited to begin utilizing this new tool. For questions, contact the ITS Help Desk or 216-368-HELP (4357).

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women has resources and information posted online for students, faculty and staff.


Submissions for presentations are being accepted through January 15 for Research ShowCASE 2010, which will take place Thursday, April 15, at the Veale Convocation Center. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's graduate and post-doctoral poster competition will be more selective than in prior years and include more cash prizes. Due to the earlier deadline of January 15, submission abstracts should be sent in before the holiday break. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University is completing its university-wide e-mail transition from (iPlanet) to (Google mail). All accounts need to be moved before Jan. 31.

To avoid any interruption of e-mail delivery, Information Technology Services (ITS) is encouraging campus members to update their e-mail settings to CWRU Google mail as soon as possible. ITS will not be automatically moving any e-mail for campus clients. ITS recommends that campus members move their accounts before January 31, 2010.
For details and documentation on how to make the transition, go to: Campus members who have questions or need assistance moving to CWRU Google mail should call local IT support or the ITS Help Desk at (216) 368-HELP (4357).

There are a series of short training sessions available and open to all faculty and staff. Go to for the current schedule and details.

For Students

The Observer is seeking a student to deliver newspapers on Friday mornings during the spring semester. Those interested should be free from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. This is a paid position. A car is required. If interested, send an e-mail to



Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Irwin H. Lepow Medical Student Research Day on Friday, Jan. 8. The poster session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Adelbert Gym, and students will make oral presentations and receive awards from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the School of Medicine, Room E301, followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvres. The keynote speaker for the day will be Christine Seidman of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her talk begins at 12:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine auditorium. Contact Todd Fennimore with questions.

The Robert M. Eiben, M.D. Lecture in Pediatric Neurology will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, in Wolstein Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Joseph J. Volpe, neurologist in chief emeritus at Children's Hospital, Boston and Bronson Crothers Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. The title of his talk is "The Encephalopathy of Prematurity–More Than Just 'Injury.'" A reception will follow the talk. Contact Sarah Chahy for more 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.

Julia H. Rose and Nathan A. Berger, co-leaders of the Aging-Cancer Research Program, co-edited a special issue on cancer and primary care for the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. The supplement is a compilation of peer-reviewed original work that was presented at an interdisciplinary conference on Geriatric Oncology and Primary Care: Promoting Partnerships in Practice and Research held in Cleveland.

In addition to Berger and Rose, the following Cancer Center members contributed to articles for this special edition:

  • Karen F. Bowman
  • Barbara J. Daly
  • Gary T. Deimling
  • Siran Koroukian
  • Elizabeth E. O'Toole
  • Cynthia Owusu
  • Tanyanika Phillips Towe
  • Kathleen A. Smyth
  • Mary M. Step
  • Aloen Townsend

January 5, 2010

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Case in the News

Old telescope finds new life

United Press International, Jan. 5, 2010
The 69-year-old Burrell Schmidt telescope owned by Case Western Reserve University was recently modified with metal baffles to deflect stray light rays, enabling astronomers to better detect the dim light of distant stars spread over large areas. The baffles were covered with black velvet flocking held in place by refrigerator magnets, said Case Western Reserve astronomer Paul Harding.

MyoD helps stem cells proliferate in response to muscle injury

Science Daily, Jan. 4, 2010
The master regulator of muscle differentiation, MyoD, functions early in myogenesis to help stem cells proliferate in response to muscle injury, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The study appears online in the Journal of Cell Biology. The study's senior author is Nikki Harter.

Exotic stars may mimic big bang

New Scientist, Jan. 4, 2010
A new class of star may recreate the conditions of the big bang in its incredibly dense core. If the stars do exist, their cores are the only places in the modern universe where matter naturally returns to this primordial state, says team member Glenn Starkman, a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University.

2010 health resolution—Walk in forgiveness

zikkir Health News, Jan. 4, 2010
It has been said that harboring resentment and holding back forgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. Psychologist Julie Exline, from Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team gets some help, wins 9th straight

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 31, 2009
When Case Western Reserve University's women began their basketball game on Wednesday night at Wittenberg, they would have never guessed they'd benefit from the "visiting court advantage." That, they did, as an official scoring mistake netted a four-point turn in the Spartans' favor on their way to a 60-58 win over Wittenberg in the championship game of the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic.

Higher Ed News

American colleges lag in meeting labor needs

Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2010
Despite calls to more closely link higher education with job needs in the United States, American colleges are only "moderately responsive" to changes in the labor markets, according to a new working paper by three economists. The authors concluded that, in general, growth in employment opportunities and wages and demand for specific occupations do increase degree completion. But that relationship operates with a lag, with the strongest correlations occurring with a delay of four to seven years–the time it takes to earn an undergraduate or advanced degree.