Hudson Relays Celebrates 100th Anniversary

One of the university's longest-standing traditions, Hudson Relays, is always a special event for the campus community. This year's event, taking place Saturday, April 24, will be even more significant because students, faculty, staff and alumni will witness the event's centennial milestone.

"Hudson Relays is one of the oldest traditions on campus. The centennial is a great opportunity to celebrate something we'll never see again," said Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of student activities and leadership. "It's a vibrant day of athleticism and social gathering, and it celebrates a facet of the university's history." Read more.

CaseWARN Testing to Take Place April 26

On Monday, April 26, Case Western Reserve University will test the newest layer in its emergency communications network—a web-wide alert message.

Sometime during that day, the university will broadcast a test message that will appear on all web pages on the server. This message will not inhibit the use of any web pages and will appear on the pages for only a short time.

Case Western Reserve's crisis communications network already features text message alerts, email messages, notice on the homepage, special web pages with detailed information ( and broadcast sirens around campus, among other vehicles.

Subscribe to or update your information for text message alerts online now. Faculty, staff and students automatically have access to the other communications vehicles.

Campus News

Michael D. West

Case Western Reserve University and the Department of Biomedical Engineering will welcome Michael D. West, CEO of BioTime Inc. and Embryome Inc., for the Ford Distinguished Lecture. He will speak on the topic "The Practical Uses of Immortality: The Confluence of Pluripotency and Tissue Engineering" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Wolstein Research Building. West will put modern stem cell science in historical perspective, describing the origins of the technology in the 19th century, the current state of the art, and some speculation on what the future holds. Being a gerontologist, West will also describe our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of aging and applications of stem cell biology for the treatment of age-related degenerative disease. Register today.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will present the Norman A. Sugarman Memorial Lecture in Nonprofit Law on Thursday, April 22. This year's lecture, given by Gregory L. Colvin, is on the topic “Political Tax Law after Citizens United: A Time for Reform.” Colvin is a principal with Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco-based firm committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Mandel Center Room 115. A reception will follow. Admission is free, but online registration is required.

A tour of the "Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: The History of Contraception" exhibit at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22. Jim Edmonson, the museum's chief curator, will lead the tour. Sponsored by the CWRU Newcomers Committee. Contact Sarah Taylor at (216) 321-7465 for information.

For Faculty and Staff

Bon Appétit now offers free cooking classes as part of the Case Employee Wellness program.  A free cooking class on ways to prepare healthy treats will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. RSVP to

A Greater Circle Living Home tour will be held for Case Western Reserve employees on Friday, April 23. Employees will be picked up at 5:15 p.m. in the visitor parking lot adjacent to Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel for a Lolly the Trolley tour of University Circle. The tour will showcase a variety of homes available in neighborhoods in and adjacent to University Circle. Employees could be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in down payment assistance toward the purchase of a home in University Circle neighborhoods. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available on the tour. RSVP to Wyonette Cheairs, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, at (216) 361-8400 Ext. 230

For Students

Thwing Study Over will take place 8 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday, April 27. This university tradition, presented by the Thwing Study Over Committee, will feature free food, arts and crafts, Greek service hours, massages and other exciting activities. Contact with questions.

The Second Annual First-Year Art Gala will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Thwing Center atrium. Students are invited to enjoy "mocktails" and hors d'oeuvres while admiring the artistic talent of peers in the First-Year Experience Program. A diverse mix of art will be on display. Attendees will be treated to musical performances by various student groups. Contact Amanda Rendall or Himali Bhatt to submit original artwork, and Ty Shaffer for performance opportunities.

The Biochemistry Student Association is hosting a talk with Nikki Harter of the Department of Biochemistry at 5 p.m. this evening in Nord 410. The student association also will host officer elections for the upcoming year. Free pizza and beverages will be provided. All majors are invited to attend.


Theodore Reff, professor emeritus at Columbia University, will discuss "Degas’s Harlequin Pastels: Conflict, Intrigue and Romance" at 4:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Recital Hall. His talk is for the Twenty-first Annual Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

The Department of Classics will host its annual "Classics Outing for Classicists and Closet-Classicists" from 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 24, on the fourth floor of Mather House and Mather House 100. This year's theme is nostos, or home-coming. There will be readings from Greek and Latin texts, skits and music. Greek food and beverages will be served. Learn more.

All second-year students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited to celebrate the Class of 2012's successes from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 26, in Carlton Commons. Bring your sweet tooth, as this year's theme is a journey through “Candy land.”  Students will be recognized for their achievements, and three awards will be given for best essays.

The Case Center for Inquiry is hosting Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 23, in Wickenden 322. He will discuss his latest book, "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists." Light refreshments will be served; a question and answer session will follow.

The Graduate Business Student Association is hosting its Student/Faculty Alumni Charity Golf Event from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at the Tanglewood National Golf Club in Chagrin Falls. Learn more.

The Case Reserve Review is hosting its inaugural Book Release Event from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 26, in Guilford House. The event is in honor of the Spring 2010 issue. Published writers will read their creative works, and there will be a photography showcase. Light refreshments will be available. Go online for more information.

In celebration of Earth Day, Elizabeth Kolbert, a journalist and author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change," will give a talk at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She will discuss how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a benefit dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The fundraiser will benefit WISER's international outreach program for a public school in Bangalore, India. Benefit dinner tickets are $25. Contact Lediana Goduni or Nandini Sharma for information.

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.

Stephanie Liscio, the Ralph M. Besse Fellow in the Department of History, was recently named president of the Cleveland chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. Liscio has spent more than a year updating entries for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, including several related to the city's Negro League baseball history.

April 21, 2010

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In the News

Md. bridge history includes breach that couldn't be spanned

The Washington Post, April 21, 2010
Dario Gasparini, professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in a story about the Cabin John Bridge near Washington, D.C.

Case Western Reserve named one of the best medical schools, April 20, 2010
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was ranked 20th in research out of 126 schools surveyed in U.S. News & World Report.

Local doctor's study challenges hospital rankings

The Plain Dealer, April 19, 2010
Hospital rankings shouldn't be a popularity contest. But U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals issue is just that – and not a reflection of the quality of care that is provided – says a study conducted by a local physician. Curious to find out how much of the magazine's rankings came from objective measures and how much from subjective measures, Ashwini Sehgal spent three months analyzing the data. He looked at 12 of the 16 specialties, omitting four that are ranked on subjective measures alone. Sehgal is director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University.

CWRU hosts public forum on mental illnesses Saturday, April 20, 2010
Case Western Reserve University will join more than 40 other institutions nationwide to partner with NARSAD in presenting its "Healthy Minds Across America" series of public talks.

Essay: Cut senior benefits? Those are fighting words

AOL News, April 3, 2010
The Social Security Administration will, for the first time, pay out more in benefits this year than it will receive in payroll taxes. The news was greeted in some quarters as further evidence that the sky was falling – that a War of the Generations was just around the corner. Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Going ahead with gainful employment

Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2010
A long recession and a wavering job market have brought for-profit higher education institutions into the public eye as never before.