Congressional Black Caucus Chair
to Speak at 2010 Stokes Symposium


U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will give the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University's 2010 Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Monday, March 22, at noon in Ford Auditorium.

In her free, public talk, Lee will address the topic, "Opportunities for All, Pathways out of Poverty: My Journey from Public Assistance to Public Service."

The symposium is a public forum dedicated to leadership in public service and civic engagement as espoused by retired U. S. Rep. Louis Stokes. Read more.

Campus News

"Full-Time MBA Visit Day" will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 20, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Attendees will learn about the Weatherhead School of Management's unique program. Current students, advisers and alumni will be available to answer questions.

Players' Theatre Group is accepting submissions from the campus community for the Third Annual New Playwrights Festival. Submissions can be one-act plays, extended scenes, self-contained cuttings from a full-length play, or anything in between. The best scripts will be produced for the festival. Submissions are due by Thursday, April 1, and should be sent to

Retired Bishop Anthony Pilla will celebrate the only Mass on campus during Lent at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, at the InterFaith Center Chapel. A free, light vegetarian lunch will follow. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. Contact Colleen Barker Williamson or Tony Vento for information. Sponsored by Newman Catholic Campus Ministry.

For Faculty and Staff

The inaugural Steps 4 Staff event is scheduled for Friday, June 11. The two-mile walk will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. Go online to register and to find out more information.

For Students

Case Western Reserve will host the 33rd Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium on Thursday, May 6. The daylong symposium is organized by graduate students. Poster competitions will take place in Adelbert Gym in the morning, and oral talks will be held in the Wolstein Research Building during the afternoon. Prize money will be awarded for the best presentations. Abstract submission is open until Thursday, April 1. Go online for information.


The Commencement Office will host one more Doctoral Fitting Day to help new PhD, JD, MD, DNP, DMD, DM/EDM and DMA graduates get ready for commencement. The last Doctoral Fitting Day will be Thursday, March 18, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can be measured for academic regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies. Representatives from the University Bookstore and the Commencement Office will be on hand to assist students with their graduation planning needs. Learn more.

Abstracts for Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session are due Friday, March 19. Details about registration and abstract guidelines are available online.


The China at 60: Myths and Realities series continues with the topic of "Village Elections and Governance," featuring Qingshan Tan at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Tan is a professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University. Free, open to the public.

John Adler, chief of new clinical applications at Varian Medical Systems and Dorothy and T.K. Chan Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, will speak on the topic of "If You Have No Conflicts, I Have No Interest!" at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in Wolstein Hall 1413. It is becoming increasingly difficult for physician innovators to participate in the investigation of medical devices they invent. Adler will discuss topics related to this subject. A reception will follow. The lecture is being hosted by the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Nobel Laureate James Heckman will deliver a free, public talk on the topic of "The Economic Case for Investing in Early Childhood Education." The talk, sponsored by the Schubert Center for Child Studies, will begin at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in Ford Auditorium. Learn more.

The Department of History will present Ohio State University's Mytheli Sreenivas on the topic of "Reconstructing Wifehood in Madras: Devadasis, Feminist Agency and the Colonial Archive." The talk will begin at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 18, in Mather House 100. Free. Contact Kalli Vimr at 368-2625 with questions.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy continues the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The next speaker in the series, Avi Loeb, Harvard University, will discuss "The Past and Future of the Astrophysical Universe" at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 18.

The Center for Business Law and Regulation's Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture will be on the topic of "The United States and the Future Development of Global Competition and Consumer Protection Policy" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in the School of Law Moot Courtroom. The keynote speaker will be William E. Kovacic of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Free. 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.

Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and director of the College Scholars Program, has been invited to teach at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) for the spring 2011 semester. Each year, following an international search, two visiting professors are chosen to teach at JCMU. Learn more.

March 17, 2010

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Case in the News

A cure for meetings?

Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2010
Wikis—Web-based text documents that can be edited and annotated by visitors—have been a thorn in the side of many professors, who scorn their students' reliance on the world's most famous wiki, Wikipedia, for research. On the other hand, some professors find wikis useful as a teaching and research tool. But can they help professors govern themselves? Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Northeast Ohio program expands, seeks more donations of newborn cord blood

Akron Beacon Journal, March 16, 2010
A nonprofit program is trying to expand throughout Northeast Ohio so more parents can donate their babies' potentially life-saving gift of umbilical cord blood. Mary J. Laughlin, founder and medical director of the Cleveland Cord Blood Center and associate professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

OhioLINK expands relationship with preferred partner Thomson Reuters, March 17, 2010
Thomson Reuters today announced that OhioLINK, a long time partner and the first Web of Science(SM) customer, has renewed its subscription for the 14th year in a row. The decision to renew came after a review team of subject and usability specialists reported a clear preference for Web of Science compared to similar databases. OhioLINK is a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Karen Oye, head of customer service and business librarian at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Mumps shots only 'precautionary,' says professor

Cleveland Jewish News, March 15, 2010
An outbreak of mumps among East Coast Orthodox Jews has led Mendel Singer, director of the Jewish Community Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, to spearhead a preventative campaign against the communicable disease.

Tackling high readmission rates—The H2H National Quality Improvement Initiative

Medscape Today, March 15, 2010
Ileana Pina, professor of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discusses high patient readmission rates following specific procedures.

Cleveland Rowing Foundation 'very near' to a deal to acquire land on Cuyahoga River for rowing center

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2010
The nonprofit Cleveland Rowing Foundation, an umbrella group for nine high school, collegiate and adult rowing programs, has raised $1.9 million of the $3.2 million needed to buy the now-defunct Commodore's Club Marina on Columbus Road Peninsula in the Flats, downtown Cleveland. Current participants in rowing programs include the Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association, Hawken School, Shaker Heights Crew, the St. Ignatius High School Crew and teams from Baldwin-Wallace College and Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State and John Carroll universities.

Those students are worth the hassle, March 16, 2010
A freelance writer shares his opinion about how colleges provide a stable economic base for their home communities. He references Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

How students use Wikipedia

Inside Higher Ed, March 17, 2010
College students love Wikipedia, and a study published in the journal First Monday offers details on how they use the Web encyclopedia.