Dozens of Campus Members Plan to Spend Spring Break Lending a Helping Hand


Spring break is usually thought of as a time for students to get away for some fun in the sun. Although some students will indeed take a much-deserved break the week of March 8-12, dozens of Case Western Reserve University students will use their time off to volunteer.

This year's projects are diverse, ranging from construction at an elementary school in Nicaragua to continuing cleanup and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2010 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2010 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation.  Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination for these prestigious awards. Nomination forms and detailed guidelines for both awards are available online. All nominations must be received by noon on Monday, May 3.

For Faculty and Staff

The March edition of the Case Employee Wellness newsletter is now available online.

For Students

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is seeking talented, motivated and creative students as interns for the 2010-2011 academic year. Go online for details. The deadline to submit resumes is Friday, March 26.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering is hosting the 2010 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (MBECC) today. The purpose of MBECC is to bring students, post-docs, faculty members and industry leaders together to address biomedical engineering careers, technology trends and research. Additional information is available online.


The 2009-10 season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness continues with the London Haydn Quartet at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 21, at Harkness Chapel. Born out of a passion for Haydn's string quartets, the London Haydn Quartet plays on gut strings with classical bows. This is the group's Cleveland concert debut. Go online for ticket prices and additional information.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the campus community to a seminar presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, in Frohring Auditorium. The featured speaker will be Reena Mehra, assistant professor of medicine, on the topic of Sleep Disordered Breathing: An Overlooked Culprit in Arrhythmogenic Risk? The seminar will be broadcast live.

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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Emily Haines and Andrew Lund, third-year students, recently traveled to Puerto Rico to begin their undergraduate research experience in tropical systems at the Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR). The research is part of the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR). During their trip, they visited the Humacao campus for a project planning meeting, toured research laboratories, met UPR students, and visited two research sites in the El Yunque and Bosque Rio Abajo forest reserves.

Haines and Lund will return to Puerto Rico in May to work with UPR Professors Denny Fernandez and Raymond Tremblay on a comparative study of the physiology and distribution of a native and an invasive orchid species. The team will conduct field experiments within the Bosque Rio Abajo. Haines and Lund also will have an opportunity to stay at the El Verde Biological Field Station in El Yunque National Park to work with international research groups on tropical ecology. They will then apply these research techniques to a native and invasive forbs species at the University Farm, under the direction of Joseph Koonce, professor of biology, and Ana Locci, director of the University Farm. Contact Koonce or Locci about the program.

March 5, 2010

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Case in the News

Learning from mixed income housing projects in the States

CBC Radio Canada, Feb. 26, 2010
Mark Joseph, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, explains how switching from low- to mixed-income housing might work for Saint John's Crescent Valley in Canada.

The 'billable hour' slips out of favor as lawyers respond to downturn

The Plain Dealer, March 4, 2010
For the graduating law class about to embark on a career that lives and breathes in six-minute increments, Stephen Ellis had an unusual message. He told students at Case Western Reserve University School of Law that a mainstay of the legal profession—the billable hour—was a recipe for attorney and client unhappiness.

Parma to host free career expo March 18 at Donna Smallwood Center

Parma Sun Post, March 5, 2010
The jobless economic recovery has drained hope from some residents who haven't worked full-time in years. Teri Gonska will represent Polaris at the career expo. She's attending Case Western Reserve University for advanced dental-assistant training, through a partnership Polaris has with CWRU.

Is a Tea Party just the beginning of what will happen when the rich suddenly become the poor?

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2010
Columnist Phillip Morris writes "When the nouveau riche turn into renters or, worse, become homeless, that's when we're really going to have some serious problems, my friend Gene Veronesi was saying the other day. Veronesi, who has a doctorate in early modern European art from Case Western Reserve University, often introduces me to expressions or academic concepts."

Higher Ed News

Different paths to full professor

Inside Higher Ed, March 5, 2010
Last month, E. Gordon Gee mentioned to the Associated Press that he thought it was time to reconsider the way tenure is awarded. The wire story got a lot of attention, especially given that Gee, president of Ohio State University, wasn't suggesting abandoning tenure at all, but rethinking the criteria on which it is awarded.