Campus Celebrities Plan to Show off Their Best Moves for "Dancing with the CWRU Stars"

ABC kicks off its next season of the "Dancing with the Stars" franchise on Monday, March 22. A football star, several actresses and an Olympian are just a few of the cast members who will compete for the chance to own a mirror ball trophy.

Case Western Reserve University will have its own crop of dancers take to the floor on Saturday, March 20. A vice provost, an athletic trainer and an undergraduate admission director are just a few of the university "stars" on the roster. However, they're competing for more than just bragging rights. They're planning to showcase their best waltzes, hip hop and cha cha moves to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients.

Dance Marathon at Case Western Reserve University will present "Dancing with the CWRU Stars 2010" at 7 p.m. in Veale Center. Read more.

Campus News


An American Red Cross will be held on campus March 23 and 30. Severe winter weather forced the organization to cancel 29 blood drives, representing 2,000 blood donations that were not able to be collected. Campus blood drives will take place in Wade Commons from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, sponsored by Phi Kappa Theta, and in Fribley Commons on Tuesday, March 30, from 2 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Sigma Psi. Schedule an appointment online by using sponsor code "Casewestern" as the code. Walk-ins will be accepted.

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society is updating its membership list of "resident members." Faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, as well as postdoctoral fellows who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution, are asked to send an e-mail to chapter co-secretary Margaret Robinson, Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Studies, to be included in invitations to meetings and events of the CWRU chapter.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Mandel School. The campus community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Contact the Admissions Office at 368-2280.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites all faculty advisors to attend a Spring Advisor Meeting. Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, and from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m., Friday, March 26. Both meetings will be in Clapp 108, and lunch will be served. Advisors only need to attend one of the meetings. The main topic for discussion is how to use the SIS Academic Requirements Report for degree certification and when working with students. In addition, common problems graduating seniors face in meeting their degree requirements will be discussed, as well as a review of recent policy changes. RSVP to Lynne Flournoy.

For Students

Greek Week 2010 will take place March 21-28. This year's theme is "Peace, Love, and Greek Week." Scheduled events include a Greek Sing, trivia night, a banner competition, a variety show, a can castle display and a rope pull. The complete schedule is available online.

First-year Master of Public Health students interested in pursuing an MBA are invited to attend a Dual MBA/MPH Information Session hosted by the Weatherhead School of Management admissions team from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 22, at the School of Medicine, Wood Building W-G73. Learn more.

The Confused Greenies are looking for a few good "zombies" for an upcoming horror-comedy stage production. Interested students should send an e-mail to



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 at noon on Monday, March 22, 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." Learn more.

"Celebration of Scholarship"will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at Kent State University. The panel discussion will focus on the discovery of "Ardi," and will feature Case Western Reserve's Bruce Latimer and Scott Simpson. Learn more.

School of Medicine faculty Ximena Valdes and Marissa Herran spent weeks in earthquake-ravaged Haiti treating hundreds of injured children. The two doctors will share stories about their incredible experience at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Union Club in Cleveland. They'll be joined by Marixa Lasso, associate professor of Latin American history, to discuss the situation in Haiti, how the Cleveland area has responded, and how the people of Haiti will move forward. The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Global Child Health Group and the Department of History. Tickets are $35 for the general public, $10 students. Register online.

A discussion on "Issues in Women's Health" featuring Faye Gary, professor of nursing, will take place at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Alumni House. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Part of the Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series. Free, open to the public. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

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." The talk is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Panorámicos, a prize-winning mixed chamber ensemble featuring Department of Music faculty member Mary Kay Ferguson and Cleveland Orchestra members/CIM faculty, has several upcoming events. Learn more.

A discussion about the "Top 10 Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Providers" will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The speaker will be Melanie Leu of MetroHealth. Presented by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity and Spectrum.

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. Go online for ticket prices and additional information.

The Middle Eastern Cultural Association will hold its annual spring show and dinner at 7 p.m. tonight in the Thwing Center ballroom. There will be Arabic food, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for the rest of the campus community.

The Confused Greenies invite the campus community to be entertained by the fourth Mad Words: the Art of Kyogen at the Spring Anime Marathon on Saturday, March 20.  The performances will begin at 9:20 p.m. in Nord Hall 410, but everyone is encouraged to attend the entire Marathon for hours of anime, panels on Japanese culture and contests. Free.

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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Dan Akerib

Daniel Akerib, professor of physics, has been invited to serve as a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel for a three-year term. The panel, established in 1967, provides advice and recommendations on scientific, technical and programmatic issues relating to the High Energy Physics Program.

March 19, 2010

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Case in the News

Cleveland lawyers see borderless world when it comes to offering free help

The Plain Dealer, March 18, 2010
Around the globe, a small army of lawyers from Cleveland donate their skills in the name of justice. Their work can be as personal as solving a fight over child custody or as profound as redressing some of history's most heinous crimes against humanity. Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, spends a lot of his waking hours pursuing legal redress for some of mankind's grimmest episodes.

GLOBAL: Dental care or die?, March 18, 2010
Women with gum disease are almost three times more likely to give birth prematurely than those with healthy gums, according to more than a decade of research. Yiping Han, a periodontics researcher at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Duffy-negative blood types no longer protected from P. Vivax Malaria, March 17, 2010
In a paradigm changing discovery, Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria has been identified in a population historically thought to be resistant to the disease: those who do not express the Duffy blood group protein on their red blood cells, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Pasteur Institute, and the Madagascar Ministry of Health. Peter A. Zimmerman, the study's senior author and professor of international health, genetics and biology in the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Habits you need to break: This week on AOL Health

That's Fit, March 18, 2010
Have you ever skipped flossing or procrastinated when it comes to getting things done? According to The American Academy of Periodontology, poor gum health has a direct link to an increased risk for heart disease. Procrastinators, on the other hand, suffer 20 percent more colds and flus than people who get things done. According to Case Western Reserve University, people who put things off also suffer from headaches, sleep problems and stomach aches.

College kids help others, further their studies and earn extra money by staying in town

Associated Content, March 18, 2010
Spring break 2010 finds many college students heading south to relax on a beach. While playing in the sun can be a welcome escape, students not making the trip find charitable and practical ways to spend their spring break in Cleveland. Nicole Varnerin, a biomedical engineering student at Case Western Reserve University, traveled across town during spring break to live among those who are homeless for five days in the Ohio City neighborhood. She and three other students participated in the Urban Immersion program.

Higher Ed News

When writing class moves online

Inside Higher Ed, March 18, 2010
For first-year students at many colleges and universities, the single course that everyone takes and the course with the greatest chance for personal interaction with an instructor is writing. So what happens when that key part of the curriculum moves online?