Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak
on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Jan. 22


Donna Brazile, veteran political strategist, will speak about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as this year's featured speaker for Case Western Reserve University's Annual MLK Celebration Week, January 15-22.

Brazile will give the 2010 MLK Convocation, which begins at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 22, in Amasa Stone Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The New Orleans native has risen to national prominence as author of the bestselling memoir "Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics;" syndicated columnist for United Media; on-air political contributor to CNN, National Public Radio and ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos;" vice chair of voter registration at the Democratic National Committee; and former chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute. Read more.

Campus News

Researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are conducting a research study on how to manage stress while caring for an elder with dementia. The study involves three data collection interviews and a chance to test one way to reduce stress. Participants will receive compensation for their time. Contact the research team of Study Director Jaclene A. Zauszniewsk at 368-0552 for more information.

The Student Leadership Journey Council is sponsoring a poster sale through 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Thwing Center's Hitchock Lounge.

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

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Getting Off to a Good Start" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will focus on some of the strategies that one can adopt to make the semester go more smoothly. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

Case Western Reserve University is completing its university-wide e-mail transition from mail.case.edu (iPlanet) to webmail.case.edu (Google mail). All @case.edu 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. Go online for details and documentation on how to make the transition. 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 open to all faculty and staff.

For Students


Students are invited to apply to become a resident assistant or graduate assistant in the Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life for 2010-2011. Resident assistant applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 13. Applications are available online. Also, graduate students are invited to review job descriptions for 2010-2011 opportunities. Each position has specific job requirements and responsibilities. Graduate assistant applications are due Friday, Feb. 12. Applications are available online.

Have you been tap dancing all your life? Would you like to give tapping a try? Join the Spartan Tappers at an informational mixer at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Strosacker Auditorium. The event will feature information and a sneak peek at the spring semester dances. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Contact Sarah Franjoine with questions.



Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, will lead a discussion about his new book, "Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lyndhurst at Legacy Village. According to publisher Cambridge University Press, the book, which was co-authored by Paul R. Williams, grew out of a series of meetings that Scharf convened with all 10 former U.S. State Department legal advisers–from the Carter Administration to that of George W. Bush. C-SPAN Book TV is scheduled to cover this event. Read more.

The Cell Biology Program's Second Annual Nobel Symposium will take place at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, in Rockefeller 301. During the symposium, Case Western Reserve faculty members will describe the achievements of the 2009 Nobel Laureates. The event will be followed by a reception.

Case Western Reserve's LGBTA Committee will host its Winter Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Alumni House. This will be an informal social and an update on the committee's emerging new center, as well as a networking opportunity. LGBTA alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to bring a guest.

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.

Ralph S. Tyler, a School of Law alumnus, has been appointed to serve as the Food and Drug Administration's chief counsel. Tyler, who is currently serving as insurance commissioner of the State of Maryland, will begin his new position on January 19. Tyler was a partner in the international law firm, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. Prior to that, he served in the Maryland Attorney General's Office from 1982 through 1996, holding the titles of deputy attorney general, chief of litigation and assistant attorney general.

January 12, 2010

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Case in the News

Dozens of first responders laid off in Cleveland

WCPN.org, Jan. 11, 2010
Many Cleveland city employees have been laid off this week, as the city looks to close a $23 million dollar budget gap. Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management Professor of Labor and Human Resource Policy Paul Gerhart explains how pressures happening in Cleveland are occurring in cities across the country.

Abbott, some scholars disagree on constitutionality of health care plan

Statesman.com, Jan. 10, 2010
The health care overhaul bill is controversial, but is it unconstitutional? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott contends that portions probably are unconstitutional, particularly proposed tax penalties for the uninsured that he says threaten individual liberty. Some legal scholars say Abbott's analysis underestimates congressional power. Case Western Reserve University Law School's Jonathan Adler comments.

Using weight loss as treatment for chronic kidney disease

Renal—Urology News, Jan. 12, 2010
Alison Steiber, coordinator of the Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program at Case Western Reserve University, writes that the impact of exercise on waist circumference and mortality in chronic kidney disease patients has not been tested in a randomized clinical trial to date; however, extrapolating from the cross-sectional data available indicates that this type of intervention may provide more benefit than calorie restriction does.

Higher Ed News

Law schools resist proposal to assess them based on what students learn

Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 10, 2010
Law schools would be required to identify key skills and competencies and develop ways to test how well their graduates are learning them under controversial revisions to accreditation standards being proposed by the American Bar Association. The proposed revisions, which are being drafted by a committee of the association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, were a topic of heated debate throughout the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.