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Parade the Circle
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Parade the Circle and Circle Village brings thousands of people together for a day of activities and entertainment.

The parade, which begins at noon on Saturday, June 12, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers and musicians. Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music and food.

It takes hundreds of volunteers and help from University Circle institutions to make the annual event a day to remember, including the Case Western Reserve community. Read more.

Campus News

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, a campus blood drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 14. The blood mobile will be parked next to 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Donors will receive a free mini-physical and a free Recovery Zone shake, and will be entered into a drawing to win a 2010 Nissan Versa or one of four $500 gas gift cards. Register online using the sponsor code "Casewestern." Walk ins are welcome, but appointments will be taken first. The blood drive is being hosted by the Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program and the Division of Student Affairs.

Summer CaseLearns classes are up and running. A variety of short or half- day classes are a way for campus members to explore something new or to advance skill sets. Learn how to use Zotero, RSS and Adobe Connect, understand patent searching or learn more about Google Apps. Classes are still being added. Learn more by visiting the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of General Counsel are teaming up to offer a series of workshops, Legal Issues for Supervisors. The June 17 session will focus on managing performance, types of harassment and religion in the workplace. Register online and learn more about all of the workshops.

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2009 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2009.  Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, P.O. Box 22033, Lansing, Michigan 48909-2033; alternatively claims can be submitted electronically to the email address or by fax to (716) 541-6772. The Health and Dependent Care FSA claim form is available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

Case Western Reserve's 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering summer student membership specials. Enjoy free group exercise classes, towels, lockers, parking, over 28,000 sq. feet of equipment and more. Additional information is available online or by calling 368-1121.


From Surviving to Thriving will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Kelvin Smith Library's O'Neill Reading Room. Carla J. Stoffle, dean of University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, and Cheryl Cuillier, special assistant to the dean, are the guest speakers. Many research libraries have spent years trying to reinvent themselves in the face of difficulties. But rather than relying on the same old strategies for survival, libraries need to think outside the box. The presenters will explore some of the available tools and concepts that can enable libraries to not only survive, but thrive.

Science Cafe Cleveland

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, is on Researching the Business of Selling Drugs in the Illegal Drug Economy. Case Western Reserve's Lee Hoffer, assistant professor of anthropology, and Rhonda Williams, associate professor of history, are the guest speakers. The talk begins at 7 p.m., Monday, June 14, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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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Chris Mather

The Great Lakes Energy Institute has added high-technology startup-business expert Chris Mather as executive director of the newly established Energy Storage Validation Center. Mather has been the president of JumpStart Tech Lift Advisors for the past six years.

"Chris Mather will be able to help us bridge the gap between our academic interests in storage-related scientific research and the broad systems issues that arise in large-scale deployment of energy storage," said GLEI's faculty director, Iwan Alexander.

The Energy Storage Validation Center has been designed to build industry, academic and government collaboration and enhance energy storage research efforts at CWRU, benefiting the university and various partners. ESVC will help identify and remove the gaps and friction that exist in the energy-storage delivery chain to further the adoption of energy storage, through validation and test support.

Large-scale energy storage solutions for peak demand shifting and buffering for renewable energy grid connections present significant opportunities and challenges for utilities, grid operators and storage systems manufacturers.

Great Lakes Energy Institute was founded in 2008 with nearly $6 million of seed funding. The GLEI aims to enable transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization, through coordinated research, development and education.

June 11, 2010

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In the News

Driving force helps grad shift gears, land job

National Public Radio, June 11, 2010
Students graduating from college this spring are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. In this series, NPR introduces recent grads, who share the frustrations and fears they face as they set out in search of work. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University in May, Duwain Pinder moved back home to Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Is start-up savvy in your DNA?

SmartMoney, June 10, 2010
Turns out, part of being an entrepreneur may be innate, and researchers are getting close to identifying genes associated with start-up savvy. According to Case Western Reserve University economics professor Scott Shane, 40 percent of the variation in the tendency to be an entrepreneur is inherited.

Higher Ed News

Daring to discuss women in science

New York Times, June 7, 2010
John Tierney writes: The House of Representatives has passed what I like to think of as Larry's Law. The official title of this legislation is "Fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering," but nothing did more to empower its advocates than the controversy over a speech by Lawrence H. Summers when he was president of Harvard.