Case Western Reserve Named to
Princeton Review's 286 Green Colleges Guide

Case Western Reserve University's ongoing commitment to sustainability is being recognized with a spot in The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.

The announcement, made this week, coincides with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

"We recognize that there is a rising interest among students in attending colleges that practice, teach, and support environmentally responsible choices," wrote the Princeton Review editors. Read more.

Earth Day Festivities

In recognition of Earth Day, Bon Appétit Management Company, Case Western Reserve's food services provider, will hold its third annual Low Carbon Diet Day today. Bon Appétit will make significant menu changes at Case Western Reserve cafés in an effort to educate café guests about the importance of eating low carbon food. Bon Appétit has made purchasing and operational changes to decrease its carbon “foodprint” in the highest impact areas by 25 percent over three years.

Other events today: A Department of Biology Seminar Series on Local Natural History and Biodiversity: Some Perspectives from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. in DeGrace Hall 312. Shortly after, 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. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Later in the evening, the Student Sustainability Council is co-hosting a presentation featuring the Beehive Design Collective at 7:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310.

Campus News

Parking and Transportation Services announces new parking rates for the 2010-11 academic year. Specific rates for each lot are posted online. The new rates are effective July 1. Case Western Reserve University's parking program provides more than 5,000 spaces to support the needs of faculty, staff, students and visitors. The university owns 28 parking facilities. In addition, several shuttle bus routes are funded through the parking operation. These shuttles provide transportation to select outlying parking facilities. The rate hike was deemed necessary to meet increased maintenance and operational costs; to pay for construction related to newer parking facilities; and to address ongoing deferred maintenance issues. Faculty and staff permit holders are eligible for a pre-tax deduction of parking fees, which effectively reduces the actual rate paid compared with stated rates.

The Case Reserve Athletic Club will induct ten new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, April 23. The annual Hall of Fame event is an opportunity to support inductees and reconnect with friends, classmates and teammates. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 each ($40 is tax deductible). Go to the athletics website to learn more about the 2010 inductees. Campus members also are invited to read a feature story about Steve Story, one of the inductees.

The Saturday Tutoring Program

The Saturday Tutoring Program is one of the university's community partner programs. Volunteers provide free tutoring for students in grades 1-12 from school districts throughout Greater Cleveland. Tutors can volunteer on a flexible basis. Tutoring sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Church of the Covenant in University Circle. Learn more.

An American Red Cross blood drive is taking place through 5 p.m. today in Nord Hall 310. The American Red Cross needs help in meeting the needs of patients in local hospitals and health clinics. Walk-ins will be accepted.

For Faculty and Staff

Annual large pilot funds are available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. Up to $75,000 is available to provide seed money to basic and clinical faculty that will lead to efficient use of resources and support of inter-institutional, clinical translational research in the City of Cleveland. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m., May 1. Instructions and information is available online.

For Students

Dhamakapella, a South Asian Fusion group, has returned from touring. The group will host its year-end semester concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 23, in Ford Auditorium. Free for all Case Western Reserve students. Indian appetizers and snacks will be provided.


The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will present Michael Snyder as the final speaker of the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. Snyder will present two seminars on Wednesday, April 28, in the Wolstein Auditorium. He will discuss RNA-Seq Technology at 11 a.m., and Analysis of Genomes using Omics Technologies at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. More details are available online.

The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will focus on the topic of health care reform at 12:30 p.m., April 23, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The speaker is Joe White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy.

The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value is hosting a talk, Innovate for a Better World: Insights and Stories from the Nike Journey, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the George S. Dively Building Dining Room. The speaker is Darcy Winslow, who held senior positions at and led several aspects of Nike's business and strategic initiatives for more than 20 years. Learn more.

IMPROVment will host its End Of the Year Show at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in Strosacker Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public.

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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April 22, 2010

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In the News

Low-carbon lunch at Case Western Reserve University on Earth Day

The Plain Dealer, April 21, 2010
Looking for a low-carbon meal in honor of Earth Day? Both Bon Appetit retail locations on the Case Western Reserve University campus are serving local turkey burgers and house-made Polish sausage, beef and dairy free foccaccia (with bacon and caramelized onions), along with sensible portions of house-smoked barbecue ribs. Turkey gyros with cucumber sauce and local fruit will also be on the menu.

Early engineering feat: Bridge designer and builder denied recognition after joining Confederacy

Science Daily, April 21, 2010
Carved in stone on a Civil War-era bridge -- a world-class feat of engineering that stands a couple miles northwest of Washington -- are the names of builders and officials of the day. A key name, however, is missing. New research shows that Virginian Alfred R. Rives led the design and construction of the Cabin John Bridge. Also called the Union Arch Bridge, the aqueduct and roadway reaches 220 feet across Cabin John Creek in a single span -- the world's longest single-span masonry bridge for nearly 40 years and the nation's longest still today. Rives had the training and knowledge to design and build such a span, and records, drawings and structural analyses show he did the work, say Dario Gasparini, professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University, and David A. Simmons, a bridge expert at the Ohio Historical Society. Their research is published in the new issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.

CDC launches surveillance system to improve blood transfusion safety

Journal of the American Medical Association, April 21, 2010
A system launched in February by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will help track adverse events associated with blood transfusion and give hospitals and public health officials tools they can use to help prevent such events in the future. Katharine Downes, assistant professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

U.S. Labor Department releases new rules for 'educational' internships

Chronicle of Higher, April 20, 2010
Amid increasing national attention to unpaid internships, the U.S. Department of Labor released a statement on Wednesday that clarifies employers' and colleges' roles under federal law.