2010 ADVANCE Opportunity Awards Announced

The Academic Careers in Engineering & Science program recently announced recipients of the 2010 ADVANCE Opportunity Awards. Fourteen proposals representing academic disciplines ranging from engineering to religious studies to sociology received $41,667.

"We're thrilled to have the support of President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack to continue these awards," said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs. ADVANCE Opportunity Awards also receive funding through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program.

Advance Opportunity Grants provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities. Read more.

"Healthy Minds" Forum to Feature Work
of University Researchers

The campus community is invited to attend the free "Healthy Minds Across America" forum April 24. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is joining more than 40 other institutions across the country to partner with NARSAD, a national charity primarily focused on advancing research related to the causes, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders.

The "Healthy Minds" event is designed to bring science to families seeking hope for better treatments of a broad range of mental illnesses. The forum will feature several presentations and speakers affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

To date, NARSAD has awarded more than $2.1 million in research grants to support the work of researchers affiliated with Case Western Reserve. Their projects are focused on breakthroughs related to serious mental disorders that affect nearly 60 million Americans each year. Read more.

Campus News

The Social Justice Alliance/Institute (SJA/I) invites all interested faculty, staff and students to an SJA/I interest meeting at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. SJA/I leadership team members will share information on major initiatives and programs. Contact Rhonda Y. Williams, SJA/I director, for information.

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. Read more.

Volunteers are needed for Science is Fun! Family Day, taking place Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers should enjoy hands-on science and interacting with the public. An orientation will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Volunteers are being asked to serve a minimum of four hours in addition to orientation and to facilitate one or more hands-on science activities. Free lunch and parking is being provided. Call 368-5075 or email kmk21@case.edu for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Education Training and Development unit is hosting a session on Parents with Dependents Considering Case Western Reserve from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This information session is for staff and faculty who have dependents interested in attending the university.  Representatives from the Department of Human Resources and the offices of Financial Aid and Undergraduate Admissions will guide attendees through the admissions, financial aid and tuition waiver processes. Register online.

For Students

Third- and fourth-year students are invited to apply for the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week 2010. The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium was created by Case Western Reserve's entrepreneurship program, along with other higher education entrepreneurship centers, to combat brain drain and to stimulate regional economic growth in northeast Ohio. Schools will select students from any discipline to participate in an intensive week-long entrepreneurship academy August 8-13. Students will learn about various aspects of developing new businesses: from creating a new enterprise and new product development, seeking opportunities, obtaining financing, marketing, and operations, to understanding legal and ethical issues. The program is free. Interested students should apply by Monday, April 26. Contact Beth Fitz Gibbon or Jim Hurley for more information.

Events

Springfest attendees enjoy the music

Springfest, the largest student-run event on campus, begins at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24. Springfest features food, inflatable games, entertainment and more. Musical entertainment will include the annual Battle of the Bands event, followed by the headlining acts. Booths and food will be spread throughout Thwing Center, and the concerts and attractions will take place in Adelbert Gym. The event is open to the entire campus community. Learn more.

Case Western Reserve's inaugural Lavender Graduation Ceremony is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at Mather House 106. The event, hosted by the university's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Center, is a recognition of graduating undergraduate and graduate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allies. Family, friends, faculty and staff are invited.  The program will include light refreshments and several speakers. RSVP to Dan Coleman, the LGBT Center's coordinator, at lgbt@case.edu.

The Case Art Studio Spring Art Exhibition's opening reception is from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, at the studio. The exhibit, which features photography, textiles, paintings, ceramics, multimedia and more, runs through April 30. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

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. Students are being recognized for their achievements, and awards will be given for best essays.

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. There will be readings from Greek and Latin texts, skits and music. Greek food and beverages will be served.

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.

The Case Reserve Review's inaugural Book Release Event is from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 26, in Guilford House. Published writers will read their creative works, and there will be a photography showcase. Light refreshments will be available.

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.

More than 200 people attended the Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon, held this week in Thwing Ballroom. The event, an annual tradition, honored the university's women administrative staff.

"We wanted to recognize the work that they do. Celebrating women is part of our mission," said Dorothy Miller, director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. The attendees were treated to lunch and an inspirational talk from the owners of the White Flower Cake Shoppe. The program was co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

April 23, 2010

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to: case-daily@case.edu.

In the News

National DNA Day at Science Center

The Morning Journal, April 23, 2010
April 24 is National DNA Day, so the Great Lakes Science Center will commemorate Saturday with a special guest speaker and hands-on fun. The guest is Mitchell Drumm, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and an active medical researcher.

Shaker Heights Community Forum learns of health care reform history

The Sun Press, April 23, 2010
J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, recently discussed health care reform at a forum.

Crain's News Roundup

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 21, 2010
A Case Western Reserve University professor is quoted in a LiveScience.com piece on what's called "the dark side" of adoption: when parents fail to bond with children. Victor Groza, professor of parent-child studies, is mentioned.

Higher Ed News

Speakers push for more collaboration among North American universities

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2010
When the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, many scholars hoped it would herald a new era of higher-education collaboration in the region. But Nafta is a long way from fulfilling that promise. At most, it has fostered piecemeal academic exchange with little long-term vision, experts say.

More teams and more money

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2010
The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Thursday that the Division I Men's Basketball Championship will likely expand from 65 to 68 teams as part of a new 14-year, $10.86-billion broadcasting deal with CBS Sports and the Turner Broadcasting System.