R. Mohan Sankaran Earns Glennan Fellowship

R. Mohan Sankaran

The academic fields and disciplines of the 2009-2010 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects in which they are engaged.

Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). The awards are designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars. Each Glennan Fellow has been awarded $6,500 to be used toward their projects.

The Daily will continue to feature each of the award recipients. Today, learn about R. Mohan Sankaran's project.

UChannel Call for Submissions

Campus members are invited to submit academic video or audio programming to the University Channel (UChannel) consortium of universities. Case Western Reserve University belongs to the consortium, which highlights public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions around the globe.

Campus departments and groups involved in public policy programming are encouraged to record and submit items. In addition to increasing programming content, submissions afford departments an opportunity to gain additional exposure for faculty experts, events and academic endeavors on a regional, national and global level. The free service is available to all academic units at Case Western Reserve. Learn more about UChannel.

For additional information or to contribute content, send an e-mail to Andrew Lucker, associate director of the Center for Policy Studies, at podcasts@case.edu.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to attend the grand opening of Mather Park, the university's new softball field, at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder will cut a ceremonial ribbon prior to a double header between the Spartans softball team and John Carroll University. The event will include hot dogs, beverages and cookies. As it moved toward dissolving, the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association announced it would give the balance of its endowment to Case Western Reserve to support a range of areas to enhance the student experience. The naming of Mather Park, located on the north side of campus, was one of those gifts. As part of the festivities, the Mather Alumnae Association board will receive special recognition for its gift to the university. Mather Park is located on Mistletoe Drive at Wade Park Avenue.

The Fifth Annual Celebrate Recovery event is being held 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. The event will feature food, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Larry Van Dusen, award-winning football coach and professor of health and physical education at Baldwin-Wallace College, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Students can get in free with a student ID. Additional information is available online.

Habitat for Humanity's Awareness Week continues through Friday, April 9. A general body meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. Wednesday is Awareness Day on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval at 12:30 p.m. Events for the remainder of the week include an obstacle course, a guest speaker, and a screening of the film "Where God Left His Shoes" at 7 p.m. on Friday in Strosacker Auditorium.

For Faculty and Staff

Wallace J. Gingerich

The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will focus on "Faculty Mediation." Wallace J. Gingerich, a professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will describe the new conflict and mediation program for faculty members. The talk begins at noon, Thursday, April 8, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place on Tuesday, April 20. Faculty members who would like to have awards presented to students at the ceremony should contact Rachel Begley for information. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 8. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building.

For Students

Students can switch meal plans for fall semester 2010 beginning July 1. Changes can be made through September 3. Students should log onto CaseOneCard.com and check available plans under the "MealPlan" tab. At checkout, students will receive a confirmation of the change request by e-mail.

The Cognitive Science Student Research Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Students will present their research in all fields related to cognition. Breakfast and dinner will be served. John Searle, a philosopher, is the keynote speaker. The event is sponsored by the Cognitive Science Student Organization. E-mail the group for details.


The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. Learn more.

Case Western Reserve’s Eldred Theater concludes its 2009-10 drama series with William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, "Othello, the Moor of Venice." Performances are April 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on April 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. To explore new context with the production, the director and the designers are setting "Othello" in the turn of the 20th century in South Africa. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and university personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call 368-6262.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, is on the topic of "Capturing the Cosmic Ray Monsters: Big Science in a Big Universe." The speakers are Case Western Reserve's Corbin Covault, a physicist, and Yvette Cendes, a graduate student in the physics department. The talk begins at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The English department's Journalism and Media Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in the Garden Room at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Paul Steiger, former managing editor of "The Wall Street Journal" and founding editor of "ProPublica," is the guest speaker. There is no admission charge. Call 368-2340 with questions.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program's Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series continues at 4 p.m. today with Walter Schubert, a professor at Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany. He will discuss "MELC/TIS in Cell Biology and Translational Medicine" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Additional information is available online.

Et al.

Campus community members and groups are invited to share their academic and departmental accolades. Send announcements to The Daily.

April 6, 2010

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In the News

CWRU receives $1M gift from 1967 graduate

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 5, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received $1 million from a 1967 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology. The gift from Barry A. Romich will be used to name the Prentke/Romich Laboratory at the Case School of Engineering.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo researchers face unique challenges in dealing with patients

The Plain Dealer, April 5, 2010
They don't teach animal cunning in medical school, but it's a great diagnostic tool if your patients are among the 3,000 animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. A Case Western Reserve University graduate student, Kathy Krynak, will use treatment and diagnostic strategies on several animals.

Humans are genetically hard-wired to prefer fat and sugar: Fighting fat

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2010
Our genes, fine-tuned to help us survive famine in a radically different environment hundreds of thousands of years ago, have stacked the deck against our health. Colleen Croniger, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Deep science

Black Hills Pioneer, April 5, 2010
Scientists working on the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) experiment hope the Davis Cavern of the lab will be their lucky charm in their quest to detect dark matter. That's what Tom Shutt, associate professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, and his colleagues recently discussed.

Debate over newborn blood tests

StatesmanJournal.com (via The Associated Press), April 4, 2010
A critical safety net for babies – that heel prick of blood taken from every newborn – is facing an ethics attack. After those tiny blood spots are tested for a list of devastating diseases, some states are storing them for years. Scientists consider the leftover samples a treasure. But seldom are parents asked to consent to such research – most probably don't know it occurs – raising privacy concerns that are shaking up one of public health's most successful programs. Aaron Goldenberg, assistant professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Electrical nerve hacking restores movement to paralyzed limbs

Popular Science, April 1, 2010
When Matthew Schiefer, a neural engineer at Case Western Reserve University, first managed to stimulate the leg of an unconscious volunteer by wrapping an electrode around a nerve bundle, he knew he was on to something. Now, four years later, Schiefer has created a new kind of nerve-activating electrical interface that could allow people with paralyzed limbs to activate their legs with the push of a button.

Jeff Lieberman, the art of the steal and pops

WCPN, April 5, 2010
Dee Perry of Around Noon shares her conversation with musician, roboticist, sculptor and photographer Jeff Lieberman, the host of The Discovery Channel's Time Warp. Lieberman gave a free public talk at Case Western Reserve University on Monday afternoon.

Soaking up the sun

The Plain Dealer, April 6, 2010
A Plain Dealer photo features Jeremy Pomerantz, a Case Western Reserve University economics freshman, soaking up the sun before his Spanish class.

Higher Ed News

International grad applications up

Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2010
Applications from outside the United States are up seven percent in 2010 at American graduate schools, a healthy increase that will please many universities, according to a new survey released by the Council of Graduate Schools.