East Cleveland Wants Change;
CWRU Social Justice Alliance
Plans to Help


East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton stood at the front of the bus as it pulled away from Case Western Reserve University's campus. He began an inspiring tour for a busload of leaders from across Cleveland, sharing the city's assets, as well as his hopes and plans for economic, physical, and community revitalization.

The 90-minute tour kicked off a half-day session at Case Western Reserve University for people interested in the transformation of East Cleveland.

The event was sponsored by CWRU's Social Justice Alliance and Institute (SJA/I), a newly launched university-wide strategic initiative, whose debut collaborative project focuses on East Cleveland.

The Social Justice Alliance and Institute seeks to promote collaborative research, pedagogical innovation and curriculum development, the growth of social justice leaders, and annual programming to foster intellectual inquiry, civic dialogue, and community-bridge building. Read more.

Campus News


The Case Men's Glee Club delivered a Singing Valentine to President Barbara R. Snyder in the annual campus tradition. Stephen J. Trompak, vice president of the club, established in 1897, organized the event and said 120 singing valentines had been sung around campus this year.

Campus members who have a valid Case Western Reserve University parking permit should be able to enter lots 1A, S55 and S-46 Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., and during all weekend hours, with a Case ID card. Campus members who have an active parking permit but are experiencing difficulty entering these lots with their Case ID card should contact Access Services by e-mail at parking@case.edu or by phone at 368-CARD(2273).


The Case School of Engineering continues Engineers Week (E-Week) activities through Friday, Feb. 19. Festivities include a carnival, a faculty egg drop competition, lectures, open houses and a robotics contest.

The Second Annual Toni Morrison Read-in will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Clark Hall 206. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity and former president of the Toni Morrison Society, will lead an informal discussion about Morrison's literary work and cultural impact. Campus members are encouraged to bring their favorite Morrison book or passage to share. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

The Spartan Cheerleaders will host a Little Spartans Cheer Clinic from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Campus members are invited to bring their children in grades K-8 to learn cheers and a dance routine prior to the basketball game. Contact Shane Jeffers for cost information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of General Counsel will team up to offer a workshop on the topic of "Legal Issues for Supervisors" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. This interactive workshop focuses on the legal issues associated with day- to-day employment-related decisions and actions with a strong emphasis on how to supervise in a legally sound manner. Register online.

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit will present a session on "Coaching and Developing Your Staff" from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. The program will cover a wide range of activities. Register online.

For Students

Today is the deadline for Case Western Reserve graduate students, professional students and post-doctoral researchers to nominate a faculty member for the Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Learn more.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) and the Case Alumni Association are sponsoring a Paper Airplane Design Contest from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Nord Atrium. Teams of up to three students will receive materials to build paper airplanes for both a "hang time" and a "target" competition. Cash prizes will be awarded. Go online for details and registration.

The deadline to submit nomination for the Diekhoff Award has been extended to Monday, Feb. 15. The Diekhoff Award is presented annually to faculty members who have made exemplary contributions to the education and mentoring of Case Western Reserve graduate students. Send Nominations to diekhoffaward@gmail.com. Contact Antje Daub for information.

Today is the deadline for students to submit original poetry, prose and photography to the Case Reserve Review.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), in collaboration with International Student Services and the Graduate Student Senate, will host the Chinese Spring Festival Banquet from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the BRB cafeteria. Tickets are $3 for CSSA members, $8 for others.


The campus community is invited to attend an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Amasa Stone Chapel. The gathering will be jointly led by Rev. Donna Hughes-Hargraves of United Protestant Campus Ministries and Fr. Bob Stec with Tony Vento of Newman Catholic Campus Ministries. A reception will follow. Contact Tony Vento for information.

The annual Provost Pizza Party will be held tonight as part of the women's and men's Spartan basketball games in Veale Center. Rascal House Pizza in University Circle will hand out free pizza. Also happening at tonight's games is a chance for someone to win the "Subs for a Semester" contest. In addition, sexual assault awareness messages will be broadcast during the men's game. Read more.

The 2009-10 season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness continues with a concert featuring Paul O’Dette at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Harkness Chapel. O'Dette, who plays the lute, is featured on more than 100 recordings. Go online for ticket prices and information.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program continues its Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series with Andras Nagy on Wednesday, Feb. 17. He will present two seminars in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB1413). Nagy will discuss "Transposon-Mediated Pluripotent Stem Cell Induction" at 11 a.m., and "Understanding the Process of Reprogramming" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Go online for details.


Today is Darwin Day. As part of the ongoing activities, a "Phylogenetics Workshop" featuring Rich Glor from the University Of Rochester will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 13. Contact Mike Bernard about the Saturday workshop. Contact Peter A. Zimmerman, professor of international health, genetics and biology, for complete Darwin Day activities.

Global Medical Initiative will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hoops for Haiti, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in Veale Center. Learn more..

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February 12, 2010

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Feature of the Day


Case in the News

A tantalizing hint, but not proof, of elusive dark matter, reports Cleveland physicist and research team

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 11, 2010
On the night of Aug. 5, 2007, in an abandoned Minnesota iron mine converted into a kind of cosmic burglar alarm center, something whizzed through half a mile of rock and set off a detector. An invisible particle breached the underground lab's shielding and tripped another sensor. When researchers analyzing the experiment's data two years later confirmed the twin intrusions, the news lit up physicists' BlackBerries worldwide. Were the tiny pings finally proof of dark matter, the mysterious, long-sought stuff that scientists believe holds galaxies together and makes up most of the matter in the universe?The answer is a disappointing "maybe," the search team that includes scientists from Case Western Reserve University recently reported. The article features Physicists Tom Shutt and Dan Akerib.

Darwin Day Symposium at CWRU

90.3 WCPN, Feb. 12, 2010
Research is teaching us something new about evolution—it's happening faster than previously thought. On this 201st anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, ideastream's Gretchen Cuda spoke with Philip Gingerich, a professor of paleontology from the University of Michigan about how fast organisms are changing. He spoke today at Case Western Reserve University's Darwin Day symposium.

Obama turns gaze to free trade

IndustryWeek, Feb. 10, 2010
When the Obama administration unveiled its National Export Initiative on Feb. 4, a federal program aimed at creating two million new jobs and strengthening U.S. trade abroad, the White House termed the plan "unprecedented." Commenting in the story is Asim Erdilek from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Opportunity or opportunism?

Cleveland Scene Weekly, Feb. 10, 2010
How exactly do city and civic leaders want to transform the fortunes of Kinsman, one of Cleveland's poorest enclaves? Tear it up and build a road through it. The neighborhood is predominantly black and mostly poor. Fifty-seven percent live below the poverty level, according to Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO database.

An effort to broaden the research universe

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Feb. 1, 2010
People with disabilities soon could find it easier to participate in clinical trials. Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Nursing to find ways to include the disabled in medical research projects. Researchers often unknowingly exclude the blind, hearing impaired and illiterate from research studies.

Birthright creates memorable experience

Cleveland Jewish News, Feb. 12, 2010
Gabby Markoff, a senior at Case Western Reserve University, writes about the experience of visiting Israel.

Higher Ed News

Rights of the accused

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2010
When outlining the procedures for reporting sexual harassment, the instinct may be to focus on creating a safe and supportive environment for the alleged victim. But in the aftermath of two recent cases at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in which some believe the administration treated two longtime professors unfairly, faculty members there are fighting to make sure the new sexual harassment protocols include adequate protections from trumped-up charges against their colleagues.