"The Beauty of Damage" to be Shown
at Cleveland International Film Festival


The artistic talents of Christopher Pekoc from the art studio and education program in the College of Arts and Sciences hits the big screen during the 34th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, March 18-28, at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.

Included among a group of short independent films, shown at 4:40 p.m. on Friday, March 19, and again at noon on Monday, March 22, will be "The Beauty of Damage: The World of Christopher Pekoc."

The 19-minute documentary is based on Case Western Reserve Art Historian Henry Adams' essay on Pekoc's work. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting a Daily Wear Contact Lens Research Study. The study is enrolling healthy contact lens candidates, especially of Asian ethnicity, to wear daily contact lenses. This is a one-year study, and candidates must live locally. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call (216) 844-8552 for information.


The campus community is invited to enjoy some leisurely reading materials courtesy of the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) collection of popular books, magazines and audio materials. The collection is part of the CPL@Case-KSL collaboration, an onsite set of materials from the Cleveland Public Library.

For Faculty and Staff

PeopleSoft Financial System upgrade information: The Financials system (FIN) will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 11, through 8 a.m., Monday, March 15, to implement a system-wide upgrade. FIN is used to create and inquire about financial journals, payment requests and requisitions. Information sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, in Strosacker Auditorium, and from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in Strosacker Auditorium. In addition, hands-on training will be available on multiple dates. Go online for more details. Registration is not required.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during spring break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Canadian Imports: How Expanding Ice Sheets Influenced Ohio's Settlement, Economy and Recreation." The speaker will be John Szabo of the University of Akron. The talk begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Masters of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change open house will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at the George S. Dively Building. Harlow Cohen, faculty director, will speak at the event. Learn more.

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.

Dorothy Seymour Mills (FSM '50, GRS '53), has written a new book, "Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places." She has written about various topics related to baseball for 60 years.

In Memoriam

Artist Eleanor Shankland recently died, shortly before her 95th birthday. She provided pen and ink sketches of important buildings on the Case Western Reserve campus. The sketches can be found on walls and note cards, as well as in many university publications. She was a co-founder of Art in the Circle, the former gallery that operated out of the lower level of Tomlinson Hall. She was a generous supporter of the university and an active participant in many campus events. She was married to the late Robert Shankland, professor of physics. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 29, at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals, P.O. Box 74947, Cleveland, Ohio, 44101-4947.

March 8, 2010

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Case in the News

Western Reserve Historical Society sells its history to save institution

The Plain Dealer, March 7, 2010
An article about the history and state of the Western Reserve Historical Society references a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University.

Symphony in J flat

The Boston Globe, March 7, 2010
Hearing a simple scale does not usually evoke unusual sensations. Even nonmusicians can wander over to a piano and play adjacent keys–creating sounds that seem utterly routine because they are the basic building blocks of Western music. This traditional system is based on an interval, the octave, in which the high note is double the frequency of the low note. Ross W. Duffin, professor of music at Case Western Reserve University and author of the book "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (And Why You Should Care)," comments.

Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children—Letter to the editor

The Plain Dealer, March 8, 2010
David Crampton, associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, writes a letter to the editor about newspaper coverage focusing on recent child neglect cases.

Cleveland expert makes his Oscar picks

WTAM.com, March 7, 2010
Lou Giannetti, Case Western Reserve University film professor emeritus, predicted ahead of time that "The Hurt Locker" would win best picture at the Academy Awards.

Science and suds blend well at friendly forums at Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, March 7, 2010
Nanotechnology, Cleveland's bridges and sleep disorders are a few of the popular topics that local experts have put into layman's terms as part of the local Science Cafe series. The most popular subjects have been evolution and rocket science said Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy at Case Western Reserve University and Science Cafe coordinator.

Higher Ed News

Challenges of Twitter and Plato

Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2010
The state of the economy and the struggle to balance budgets dominated hallway conversations as college presidents gathered for the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Phoenix, Ariz. But two of the kickoff sessions featured calls for presidents to move beyond fiscal challenges. In one, the founder of Twitter urged college leaders to move rapidly to embrace his technology not only to communicate their ideas, but to change the way students view education. In the other, Eduardo J. Padrón, the president of Miami-Dade College, called on his colleagues to focus on civic values, broadly defined, in producing a populace that would challenge Plato's idea that society must rely on philosopher kings.