RecyleMania Competition
Passes Halfway Point

The RecyleMania competition recently passed the halfway point, and Case Western Reserve University's overall totals continue to remain impressive.

"We've added approximately 3,000 pounds of composting per week to this year's totals compared to last year's," said Gene Matthews, director of facilities services. "Through the first five weeks this year we've recycled a total of 121,473 pounds compared to last year's five-week total of 88,329 pounds," he added. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve University faculty authors. The interviews are hosted by librarian William Claspy.

The campus book club will discuss Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in Crawford Hall 720. Contact Susan Benedict for details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit will host a session on "Fostering Teamwork" from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The workshop will describe the benefits of effective teamwork, factors that contribute to or hinder its development and more. Register online.

For Students

Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship's Rocks and Traub Funds. These funds support a wide range of undergraduate student activities, including research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The average award is $5,000. The application deadline is Friday, March 19. Go online for complete details.



Renowned author and engineer Henry Petroski will give the 2010 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in Severance Hall. He will speak on the topic of "Engineering and Civilization: Bridges, Infrastructure and Sources of Success and Failure.". Among his works are The Pencil, The Toothpick and The Evolution of Useful Things and his memoir Paperboy. The talk is free and open to the public. Learn more.


Case Western Reserve faculty and staff will compete in "Dancing with the CWRU Stars" on Saturday, March 20, to support children battling cancer at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Presented by the new student organization Dance Marathon at CWRU (DM-CWRU), faculty and their professional dance partners will showcase their prepared dances in styles ranging from ballroom to hip hop in a competition based on the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars." The goal is to raise $10,000 to seed a DM-CWRU fund that will help families with children fighting cancer at University Hospitals cover the costs of pediatric cancer care. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Athletic Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for the rest of the campus community. Tickets are on sale in Nord Hall. Contact Eric Mott at (269) 492-4601 or for information.


The Institute for the Science of Origins and the Center for Global Health and Diseases will present a special seminar featuring Mark Stoneking, professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, director of the Molecular Anthropology Group and honorary professor of biological anthropology at the University of Leipzig. The talk, "Detecting Local Selection in Human Populations," will begin at 4 p.m., Monday, March 8, at the Biomedical Research Building (BRB) 105. Call 368-4818 for information.

The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will be on the topic of "Ohio's State Budget: Now What?" at 12:30 p.m., March 5, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The speaker will be Zach Schiller, research director for Policy Matters Ohio.

Jeannette Potts of the Department of Urology will present "Tango:  Lessons for Listening and Healing from the Heart" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 5, in the Wolstein Research Building, W1413. This lecture and authentic Argentine tango performance will teach the audience enhanced communication skills in all types of relationships, including the physician-patient relationship. The workshop is free and open to the public. Audience members will receive a free copy of "Tango: Lessons for Life,"  written by Potts, known as "Dr. Tango." Jorge Niedas, founder of Tango21 in Chicago, will accompany Potts as part of the presentation. RSVP to Claudia Lillibridge at (216) 844-8205 Walk-ins are welcome.

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.


The Case Model United Nations team recently sent 18 students to compete at the 56th session of the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference on a variety of topics. Hersh Varma was named Best Delegate, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1961; Dana Skold was named Outstanding Delegate, Joint Crisis Cabinet: Indian Rebellion 1857, British Cabinet; Sultan Ahmed was named Outstanding Delegate, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Alex Pavloff and David Brush each received an Honorable Mention, United Nations Human Rights Council. The Case Model United Nations Team meets weekly. Contact Dana Skold or Chirag Dhami for information. The team's faculty adviser is Pete Moore, Department of Political Science.

March 4, 2010

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Case in the News

Determining blood drive motivation

United Press International, March 4, 2010
Blood donors in Italy are given a day off work for their generosity but U.S. researchers say this is unlikely to happen at U.S. blood drives. There is typically a shortage of donated blood in the United States and researchers at Case Western Reserve University are analyzing data involving more than 14,000 blood drives in northern Ohio to learn more about that.

Four Spartans named to All-UAA team

19 Action News, March 3, 2010
The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball teams had four players elected to the University Athletic Association teams. Senior guard Bryan Erce, sophomore forward Tom Summers and junior guard Reid Anderson were all second team selections. Also recognized was junior center Eric Duerr with an honorable mention pick.

Obama taps Berkeley law professor to sit on the 9th circuit

The Daily Journal (subscription required), Feb. 25, 2010
Constitutional law scholar Goodwin Hon Liu of UC Berkeley School of Law is President Obama's first nomination for one of the two open seats at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House recently announced. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

BioEnterprise formalizes partnership with Team NEO to attract bio companies

MedCity News, March 4, 2010
BioEnterprise Inc., the bioscience venture developer in Northeast Ohio, has formalized a partnership with Team NEO to win new medical imaging, neurostimulation, cardiovascular device and orthopedic companies to the region. Founded in 2002 by the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University and Summa Health System, BioEnterprise forms, develops and recruits bioscience companies.

Higher Ed News

Younger professors say a successful career should not require long hours

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2010
In conversations with a dozen faculty members, researchers with a project on work-life issues run by Harvard University have found that "Generation X" professors value efficiency over "face time."