Narrative Scholars to Meet in Cleveland for 25th Annual Conference

The world's experts on stories and storytelling in books, movies, songs and in our very minds and memories, will gather in Cleveland to examine and discuss what keeps us hanging on every word.

More than 350 scholars from 19 countries and 5 continents will meet for the 25th anniversary convention of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. The meeting is organized by Case Western Reserve University's English Department and its Center for the Study of Writing, and directed by CWRU English Professor Kurt Koenigsberger.

Events will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, on the CWRU campus, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Some are free and open to the public. Read more.

Campus Safety Reminder
for Warm Weather Activities

As the temperature warms up, Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services is asking the campus community to keep safety in mind.

Faculty, staff and students tend to enjoy more outdoor activities such as walking outdoors, jogging and bike riding during warm weather. Campus police are reminding those who take part in recreational activities on campus to stay alert and in areas they are familiar with – and to walk, jog or bike only during daylight hours.

Campus members who listen to music while outside are asked to keep one earbud or headphone off in order to remain fully aware of surroundings.

Faculty, staff and students also need to protect their vehicles on campus by rolling up windows, locking doors and storing valuables in the trunk and out of plain view.

In addition to locking doors and vehicles, campus members are encouraged to secure their bicycles whenever they are not in use. Additional information about bike locks and registration is available online.

Members of the campus community who let fresh air into their offices or residence hall rooms are asked to close and lock windows and doors when they leave – in order to keep out rain and insects as well as potential intruders.

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services provides an online guide explaining what faculty, staff and students should do and what they can expect in specific emergency situations. The guide also includes evacuation procedures.

The University Police and Security Services Central Dispatch Center is staffed continuously and can be reached at 368-3333 for emergencies and at 368-4630 for non-emergencies.

Campus News

The 5th Annual Celebrate Recovery event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 9, at the Alumni House. The event is a fundraiser for Prevention and Recovery Services, part of University Counseling Services at Case Western Reserve. There will be food, raffle prizes and a silent auction. This year's keynote speaker will be Larry Van Dusen, award-winning college football coach and professor of health and physical education at Baldwin-Wallace University. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Students can get in free with their student ID. Additional information is available online.

A Case Western Reserve celebrity bake sale raffle will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 1, on the Quad during the Power of Purple celebration. Campus members can donate a dozen cookies, specialty cake, bread or any baked goods to be raffled off to a worthy donor. Contact Amy Han for details.

The campus community is invited to view the spring 2010 CaseLearns schedule. Classes include ArcGIS, Basics of Making A Research Poster, Journal Alerts, DVD Authoring and more.

For Faculty and Staff

The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will be on the topic of "Technology to Enhance the Classroom Experience." Megan Linos, lead instructional designer of ITAC (Instructional Technology and Academic computing), will show how innovative presentation tools can make a difference in teaching. The talk will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Pizza and sodas will be provided RSVP to UCITE.

Faculty and Staff are invited to attend a MetLife Auto & Home special event through 2 p.m. today in Crawford Hall 209. Employees have access to MetLife Auto & Home's group insurance program, which comes with special savings, outstanding service and a wide range of policies. MetLife representatives will be on hand to help make comprehensive insurance reviews and assist in obtaining free, no-obligation quotes. Contact Michelle Belle in the Department of Human Resources for information.

For Students

The College of Arts and Sciences announces the National Science Foundation-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics majors interested in teaching in a high-needs school district, may be eligible for a four-week summer internship with a $1,700 stipend, or for a two-year, $30,000 tuition scholarship. The application deadline is Monday, April 5. Go online for complete details.

For a limited time, students in an entrepreneurship class are selling a Pandora-like bead made exclusively for Case Western Reserve. The beads are available at the University Bookstore for $20. Proceeds will benefit the Weatherhead Annual Fund. Send an e-mail to for more information.


The Cleveland Hillel Foundation will host Jacqueline Grossman, a Holocaust Survivor, at noon, Friday, April 9, in Wickenden 322. Lunch will be provided. Grossman is a former World War II French Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied France, and a 1943 resident of Cleveland's Bellfaire Orphanage. Four months after being smuggled out of France by strangers on Christmas Eve 1942, she was brought covertly to the United States on a children's rescue convoy out of Portugal. She is now sharing her story with others. Learn more.

The Confused Greenies will host "Farce of the Living Dead: a Romantic Zommedia" dinner and theater show at 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday, April 3, in Amasa Stone Chapel. Later at 8 p.m., the group will preview "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse". All three performances are free and open to the public with a $5 spaghetti dinner and a bake sale to benefit Relay For Life. Send an e-mail to with any questions.

A flute studio ensemble recital will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in Harkness Chapel. Learn more.

John Tiley

The Norman A. Sugarman Tax Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, presented by the Center for Business Law & Regulation, will be on the topic of "Tax Avoidance: the Never Ending Search for Resolving Clashing Principles". John Tiley, emeritus professor of tax law at Queens College, University of Cambridge, will deliver the talk at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, at the School of Law.

The Relay For Life committee will host a wine tasting event from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 1, at the Uptowne Grille on Euclid Avenue. Attendees will be able to sample four types of wine and a variety of tapas and cheeses. The cost is $10, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Case Western Reserve's Relay For Life will take place April 16-17. Learn more.

The Department of Classics continues Vergil Week through Saturday, April 3. Campus members are invited to celebrate the poetry of the ancient Roman poet Vergil in honor of National Poetry Month.The week will continue with lectures, a Latin recitation contest for high school and university students, an art exhibit, and a Vergilian Footrace on Saturday. Go online for the complete schedule.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences invites the campus community to a presentation and discussion of the "CollAge Program" from 12:45 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1, at the Mandel School Room 320BC. Students whose focus of study is older adults will describe their field experiences in a rotational model, as well as the role of their mentor in their social work education.

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.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the results of the quarterly competition for pilot funding to support studies conducted through the CTSC Core facilities.

Congratulations to the following researchers:

  • Ehab Barakat, (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Michelle Catenacci, (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Mellar Davis, (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Ram Ganapathi, (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Anna Marie Hibbs, (University Hospitals)
  • Craig Hodges, (School of Medicine)
  • Guida Kishore, (School of Medicine)
  • Charles Mahan, (MetroHealth)
  • Akshat Pujara (medical student), (Cleveland Clinic)
  • George Thomas, (Cleveland Clinic)

March 31, 2010

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In the News

Health care fact check: Health savings accounts

The Plain Dealer, March 30, 2010
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) allow people – only those in high deductible plans – to put away money tax-free to pay for health-care expenses. The accounts accrue interest and roll over from year to year. Congress created the accounts in 2003, part of a sweeping Medicare reform effort. The accounts are usually paired with a high-deductible or "catastrophic" health insurance plan, where the HSA is used for standard medical care and insurance covers major expenses, says Mark Votruba, associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Making it mandatory

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 31, 2010
There's no doubt laptop programs remain important to many institutions, particularly to those that consider social equity an important value in their technology programs. Now, the transition to mobile computing, which puts smaller and often more versatile portable devices in the marketplace, has inspired college and university administrators to consider the potential for adopting these devices as campuswide tools. Lev Gonick, vice president for information services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Wind turbines coming to Cleveland

Ohio News Network, March 29, 2010
The green city by the blue lake, was the goal for Cleveland issued by state and local leaders on Monday. At the center of the plan were wind turbines to create clean and renewable energy near Lake Erie. Case Western Reserve University is referenced in the story.

Ohio bioscience industry continues path toward global powerhouse

MedCity News, March 30, 2010
The Ohio bioscience industry grew by several measures through the recent economic downturn, continuing its decade-long path from a promising opportunity to a global powerhouse, according to Tony Dennis, president and chief executive of BioOhio. Ohio institutions and companies received $637 million in National Institutes of Health grants in 2008, led by Case Western Reserve University with $166.3 million.

Thomson Reuters names University Hospitals Case Medical Center as one of Top 15 major teaching hospitals in the nation

MedIndia, March 30, 2010
Thomson Reuters today announced that University Hospitals Case Medical Center is one of the top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals in the nation for the fifth year in a row. It is the only hospital from Northeast Ohio on the list in the Major Teaching Hospitals category. The system is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

A year after cardiac event only 37 percent still exercising

Medical News Today, March 30, 2010
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing found that one year after 248 individuals completed a 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program following a heart attack, bypass surgery or angioplasty, only 37 percent exercised three times a week to keep their hearts healthy.

Healthy dancers and polycoms, March 21, 2010
Feature story on Case Western Reserve University's graduate program in dance. Gary Galbraith and Karen Potter discuss the program.

Higher Ed News

Slashing prices

Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2010
Tuition discounting reached record high levels at private colleges and universities in 2008, and the largest share of that aid was awarded without consideration of students' financial need, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

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