Mortality Weaves its Way Through
CWRU Poet's Green Is The Orator

The cover of Sarah Gridley's new book

With the University of California's publication of Sarah Gridley's Green is the Orator, her recent nomination for a Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and her recipient of a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga County's Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, the Case Western Reserve University poet and assistant professor of English says 2010 is off to a good start.

Green is the Orator follows five years after her first publication, Weather Eye Open. The public will have the opportunity to hear Gridley read selections from her two volumes of poems during Writer's Week on Monday, April 19, from 8-9:30 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor.

Titled Writing Home: Eco-poets of Maine, Montana, and Ohio, and funded by the Helen Buchman Sharnoff Endowed Fund for Poetry, the reading features work by Gridley and two visiting poets: Melissa Kwasny, the author of The Nine Senses (forthcoming), Reading Novalis in Montana, Thistle, and The Archival Birds; and Richard Miles, the author of Boat of Two Shores. Read more.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to celebrate the establishment of the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development, a position on the faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. RSVP to Michael Wolford today.

An Alzheimer’s Caregiving Experiences Study (ACES) is being conducted by the University Memory and Cognition Center of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The goal of ACES is to learn more about how people care for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, and what types of care work best for the person with dementia. Participating caregivers will answer a printed questionnaire mailed to their homes and respond to a brief follow-up survey about how the person they are caring for is doing one to two years later. There are no costs for participation in the study. Contact Nancy Catalani by e-mail or by phone at 368-2668 to learn more.

For Faculty and Staff


The School of Graduate Studies announces a new opportunity to recognize graduate students who make a difference on campus and/or in the Cleveland community. Faculty and staff are invited to recommend students for the "Graduate Student Appreciation" program. Nominations are due by Friday, April 16. Go online for more details.

The Case Employee Wellness Program is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn series discussion on "Improve Your Overall Health and Wellness with Tai Chi" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at the Peter B. Lewis Building Room 203. Steve Zimcosky, a certified wellness coach and Tai Chi/Qigong instructor, will discuss ways to reduce stress. Register by e-mail to

For Students

Students interested in acting or directing original works of theater during Players Theatre Group (PTG)'s New Playwrights Festival should attend one of two information meetings: 8 p.m., Monday, April 12, or Tuesday, April 13, both sessions in the Eldred Theater Green Room. No experience is necessary. Send an e-mail to for questions or more information.

The 33rd Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium will take place Thursday, May 6. This is an all-day symposium organized by graduate students. The poster competitions will take place in Adelbert Gym during the morning, and oral talks will take place in the Wolstein Research Building in the afternoon. Prize money will be awarded for the best presentations. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 15. Go online for more details.


The Master of Science Program in Positive Organization Development and Change will host an online webinar on "Appreciative Inquiry Principals in Action" from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Ronald Fry is the keynote speaker. Learn more.

Middle East Expert David Makovsky will speak at the 63rd Annual Meeting, "How Iran is Affecting Israel's Relations with her Neighbors," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, at the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, 11291 Euclid Ave. Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process.

The Voices of Glory Gospel Choir invites the campus community to its Tenth Anniversary Spring Benefit Concert at 5 p.m., Saturday April 10, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Shuttle buses will leave campus from Thwing Center beginning at 4:15, running through 4:45 p.m. A reception catered by Bon Appetit will follow. The shuttles will return to campus beginning at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $7 dollars at the door.

At least 12 graduating students will present their Capstone work during the "Innovations in Population Health: Research, Programs, and Policy Conference" April 12 and 13. The program is sponsored by the Master of Public Health Program at Case Western Reserve University. Formerly called Capstone Presentation Day, the conference highlights the work of graduating Master of Public Health Students. The Capstone experience, the centerpiece of the CWRU MPH Program, gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic coursework to a problem involving the health of the community. In addition to student presentations, keynote sessions from Ximena Valdes, Maria Herran-Garcia and Jarvis DeBerry will examine the broad health, social, political, and economic issues in the management of complex humanitarian disasters in Haiti and New Orleans. Contact Amy Rivera at 368-3725 for information.

The English department's Journalism and Media Lecture Series will conclude at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Garden Room at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Harold Evans, former editor of "The Times of London" and the "Sunday Times," former president of Random House, author of "The American Century" and the current best-selling memoir about his extraordinary international career in journalism, "My Paper Chase," is the final speaker. There is no admission charge and free parking will be available. Call 368-2340 with questions.

The 28th National Pesticide Forum, "Greening the Community: Green Economy, Organic Environments and Healthy People," will take place April 9 and 10 in Schmitt Lecture Hall. David Hackenberg, the beekeeper who first discovered the mysterious disappearance of honeybees known as Colony Collapse Disorder, is scheduled to be a presenter. Complete details are available online.

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.

Sai Kolluru, president of Hindu YUVA, and Apurva Kaushik, philanthropic chair, recently traveled on a 2,000-mile trip across the Midwest. They traveled across four states and through 10 cities meeting with Bhutanese Refugees and coordinating efforts with local Hindu YUVA chapters to implement projects related to language, education, employment and more to help refugees settle in the United States. Kolluru and Kaushik also gave presentations at several universities. Contact Sai Kolluru for more details about YUVA.

April 9, 2010

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In the News

Judge Saffold Sues Plain Dealer

90.3 WCPN, April 8, 2010
Last month, the Plain Dealer reported that a Cuyahoga County judge's e-mail account was linked to postings on the paper's Web site, some of which were about cases she is presiding over. Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law and co-director of the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Obesity and cancer

90.3 WCPN, April 9, 2010
Obesity increases the risk for several types of cancer. Joseph Nadeau, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, studies the link between cancer and obesity at Case Western Reserve University.

Senate's financial bill worries Silicon Valley angel investor

San Jose Business Journal, April 7, 2010
Angel investors in Silicon Valley are nervously eyeing a bill in the U.S. Senate, saying the legislation could crimp investments and harm their industry. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Searching for brain's defenses to ward off infections, prevent memory loss, April 7, 2010
Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine will look for evidence within the brain for human beta defensin peptide function — proteins important to the peripheral body's natural defense system against infection from the outside environment. Wesley M. Williams, a neurobiologist and researcher in the Department of Biological Science at the dental school, and Mark A. Smith, a professor in the Department of Pathology, are leading the study.

Sleep apnea increases stroke risk

WebMD, April 8, 2010
Obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men and also increases the danger in women, new research indicates. The finding comes from a major study of 5,422 people aged 40 and older who had no history of stroke. Researchers say increased risk of stroke appeared in men with mild sleep apnea and rose with severity. Susan Redline, professor medicine at Case Western Reserve University, is the study's lead author.

Fast? We'll show you fast

Cleveland Scene Weekly, April 7, 2010
Case Western Reserve University is providing University Circle's Hessler Road and Hessler Court a better Internet connection than money can buy – for free. The research program Case Connection Zone will wire homes with fiber-optic cables that deliver a one-gigabyte-per-second connection for downloading and uploading. Lev Gonick, CWRU's vice president for information technology services and chief information officer.

Higher Ed News

The exquisite minutiae of campus-visit day

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2010
According to one writer, the campus-visit day is like a blind date, but with all the logistics of a big wedding — one where guests inspect the walls, ask a lot of questions, and take notes. In the realm of college admissions, few undertakings are as important. A good impression might not sway a prospective student one way or the other. A bad one probably will.