Case Western Reserve Symposium
Rethinks Modern Urban Development

"Tipping Points in Urban Change: Modern Perspectives on Agents of Urbanization," will offer a forum for considering the similarities and differences in the modernization of cities during the 20th century and in global cities now under construction or in the planning stages. The free, public event takes place on Thursday, March 25, at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark Hall, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The symposium looks at the people responsible for these urban plans, the dynamic role played by rebuilding, expositions and museums in changing cities, and the particular circumstances in which growth or decline occurred.

The symposium is directed by Case Western Reserve University historian Professor Miriam Levin and sponsored by the CWRU Department of History, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences and the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services, along with 1-2-1 Fitness Center, will offer a free self-defense course for women. The class is being taught by instructors certified by Rape Aggression Defense Systems. The course will teach avoidance and how to stay safe, as well as how to defend against an attack. Classes begin on Wednesday, March 24, and will continue to meet for the next two Wednesdays in the cycling room at 1-2-1 Fitness from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A final class will be held at Veale Center at a time and date to be determined. The first three classes are mandatory to complete the course. Contact Karen Gregor at 368-6811 to register.


March is National Nutrition Month. Case Western Reserve's Student Dietetic Association (SDA) and Bon Appétit Management Company will host a cooking demonstration at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at Fribley Commons. Bon Appétit Chef Robbie Washington and the SDA will present tasty whole grains and balanced meal ideas. Send an e-mail to with questions.

The SAGES Café in Crawford Hall is featuring Uzuri African Blend Coffee. Purchases of this coffee will support African farmers.

For Faculty and Staff

"Case Employee Lunch at Weatherhead: An Opportunity for Case Western Employees to Learn About Weatherhead's Graduate Programs" will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258. Employees are invited to learn how Weatherhead School of Management programs might meet their learning and professional objectives, and how to utilize the tuition benefit. The luncheon will feature information on the following: the Weatherhead Part-Time MBA, the Executive MBA (EMBA) and the Master for Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD). Lunch will be followed by a welcome and introduction to each program. The event will include short break-out sessions for each degree program, with staff on hand to answer questions. Register online.

For Students

Applications are being accepted for the 2010-2011 Inamori Ethics in Professional Training Intern Scholarship. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student to supplement their placement as an intern within an organization that is willing to provide insight into the application of ethical principles in the workplace. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the development of ethical training and leadership for the student intern, as well as to enhance appreciation of the complexity of applied ethics. Each internship experience will be designed as a collaborative process between the supervisor and the intern. The application deadline is June 30. Go online for complete details.

Campus Services and Bon Appétit will provide Passover certified meals for the holiday at the Halal/Kosher Countertop in Leutner Commons. Go online for details.


Robert J. Herbold, Ph.D., (GRS '66, '68), business book author and former COO of Microsoft, will be on campus Thursday, March 25, for a series of events. His philanthropic support of Case Western Reserve will be highlighted at a noon ceremony and lecture featuring David Wilson as the inaugural Robert J. Herbold Professor of Biomedical Engineering. The ceremony and lecture will take place in the Wolstein Research Building. Later in the evening, Herbold will speak on the topic of "Does the U.S. Realize It's in Competition? How America Can Keep Its Edge in the Age of Globalization" at 5 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building. Herbold is an expert on U.S. competitiveness. He has published two books, "The Fiefdom Syndrome" and "Seduced by Success: How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning." He recently launched Herbold Group LLC, which consults with CEOs on strategy and business profitability issues. His lecture is free and open to the public.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present its 20th Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Dinner on Friday, March 26. The keynote speaker is Cristina Perez, judge and former host of the syndicated television show "Cristina's Court." This annual celebratory event recognizes the academic accomplishments of Case Western Reserve's underrepresented students. Tickets are $50 per person.

The Department of Music will host several events on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20: The Spring Musicology Colloquia featuring Princeton University's Rob C. Wegman; the Case Western Reserve Concerto Competition; and the Case Jazz Ensembles. Events are free and open to the pubic. Complete details are posted online.

The 2010 Handerson Medical History Lecture will take place at 6 p.m. tonight in Allen Memorial Medical Library's Zverina Room. The keynote speaker is Natasha McEnroe, Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, University College London, who will speak on the topic of "In Armour Complete: Safe Sex in the 18th Century." A reception will follow. Free. RSVP to Jennifer Nieves.

Information about the next Friday Public Affairs discussion group is available online.

The Career Center and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host Diversity 360: Creating a Career Narrative by Balancing Uniqueness and Inclusion, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 19, in Wade Fireside Lounge. All staff, faculty and students are welcome to join the discussion.

A panel discussion on the topic of "Translating the F-Word: Defining Feminism in a Multicultural Society" will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. 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.

Jonathan Adler, professor of law, is featured in Segment Four of the "Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey" series.

Fourth-year students David Mattern and Andrew Wolf recently qualified to the National Debate Tournament through a district competition at Northwestern University. Only the top 76 teams in the country are being invited to attend the prestigious tournament this year, which will be held at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 18, 2010

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Case in the News

Pelosi tactic for health-care vote would raise legal questions

BusinessWeek, March 18, 2010
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be creating new grounds for a court challenge to the proposed U.S. health-care overhaul as she considers using a mechanism that would avoid a vote on the full legislation. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Verizon, AT&T, Google partake of broadband speed race

BusinessWeek, March 18, 2010
The race to provide ultrafast broadband is on. In May, Cleveland will become a test bed for a service, spearheaded by Case Western Reserve University, that lets residents of more than 100 homes download data at about 1 gigabit per second.

For medical students, Match Day is the true version of March Madness

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2010
When she was just a little girl, Lauren Moore was inspired by her pediatrician and told her mom she wanted to become a doctor. Today is Match Day, where thousands of medical students across the country find out what kind of doctors they will become and where they will spend the next several years completing residency training. Moore, a student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, will also learn her fate, along with students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

CDC warns that mumps may spread

Forward, March 17, 2010
Experts are warning that an outbreak of mumps that has already sickened thousands in the Orthodox community could spread further this Passover. Mendel Singer, professor of public health at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Beachwood High School seniors organizing concert to reverse 'brain drain' in Cleveland

Sun Press, March 18, 2010
Five Beachwood High School seniors are working on an ambitious project with the goal of trying to reverse the "brain drain" in Cleveland. With a target audience of high school and college students and young professionals in northeast Ohio, the students hope to attract 1,000 or more people to the ClevelandLive Music Festival. With the event at University Circle, students from Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music figure to be the biggest draw.

Higher Ed News

Government asks colleges to enhance the nation's Internet capacity

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2010
Universities have been in the advanced-networking business for years, building systems to ship their scientists' data over the Internet and connecting partners like museums and high schools in the process. Now the federal government has proposed expanding academe's role in the Internet further, by enlisting institutions in an effort to bring ultra-high-speed access to more community institutions.