Last Son Takes Silver Ace Award at Las Vegas Film Festival

Last Son movie poster

Bradley Ricca, the creator of the Superman movie Last Son, took honors — the Silver Ace Award — recently at the Las Vegas Film Festival for his independent film about the creation of the superhero.

No one is more surprised at the acceptance Last Son has received at film festivals across the country than its creator, a Case Western Reserve University lecturer in the Department of English and a fellow in the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) program.

Academics primarily write, publish and report on papers, but Ricca has found this new venue to reach wider audiences about his Superman research. Read more.

Campus News

Adobe Creative Suite 5 is now available through the software center. A new affiliation with Adobe allows all Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff access to this entire suite of award winning software products. The new software is being distributed as a download directly from the software center. Users need to be wired on campus to perform this download and should not use wireless or VPN/wireless from home. Go online to get started.

Women caregivers are needed for a research study of how to manage stress while caring for an elder with dementia. The study is being conducted by Jaclene A. Zauszniewski and fellow researchers from Case Western Reserve. The study involves three data collection interviews and a chance to test one way to reduce stress. Participants will receive compensation for their time. Call 368.0552 or email for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost announces that Fulbright Canada has a number of chair opportunities for American scholars to conduct research for a semester at one of Canada's leading research universities or research centers. Opportunities are available in the fields of business and economics; education; arts and sciences; environmental studies; ethnicity, globalization and cultural studies; governance and public policy; legal studies; and North American studies. Additional information is available online. The application deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is August 2.

For Students

Quentin Jamieson and GSS
members during the election

The following students were elected 2010-2011 Graduate Student Senate executives:

  • Quentin Jamieson, president;
  • Thomas Bulea, vice president;
  • Veeresh Thummadi, information officer;
  • Tess Pottinger, treasurer;
  • Max Jensen, secretary;
  • Antje Daub, chair of mentoring and the Diekhoff Committee;
  • Bryce VanDoren, chair of the Health and Wellness Committee;
  • Brian Werry, chair of the Professional Development Committee;
  • Kristin Sullivant, chair of the Activities Committee;
  • Tess Pottinger, chair of the Organizations and Allocations Committee;
  • Amanda Yoho, executive, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Timothy Franke, executive, Case School of Engineering;
  • Loren Schmidt, executive, School of Medicine;
  • Jennifer Bartholomew, executive, professional schools; and
  • Kelsey Potter, inter-school liaison


The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest collection of digital social science data, will be at the Kelvin Smith Library to conduct a free workshop on Thursday, July 15. The session will meet from 10 a.m. to noon in KSL 215. ICPSR has a wealth of data for many disciplines. Case Western Reserve is an ICPSR member institution, and representatives are offering this workshop on search skills, downloading and analyzing data. Contact Ann Holstein, the university's ICPSR representative, at 368.8689 for questions and registration 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.

An article written in 2000 by Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, and S. Venkataraman, a professor at the Darden School of Business, is a recipient of the 2010 Academy of Management Review's Decade Award. They will receive the award for the article, "The Promise of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research," on August 8 in Montreal. The award is given to the article published 10 years prior with the greatest impact in terms of citations.

July 1, 2010

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In the News

Kagan's second day of questioning

The Washington Post June 30, 2010
On Wednesday, Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, commented on Elena Kagan's ongoing Senate confirmation hearings.

CIOs worry if their hospitals are ready for meaningful use

MedCity News June 29, 2010
The phrase applied to using electronic health records (EHRs) in ways that raise the quality of healthcare while reducing its cost concerns hospital chief information officers nationwide. For some information officers, the concern also is a matter of resources. Many small or rural hospitals don't have the money to buy and use the electronic record systems. That's where the federal (and some state) incentives come in. In Ohio, that means $27 million in federal stimulus and state money for seven regional extension centers like Case Western Reserve University that will help hospitals and doctors adopt electronic health records.

Intensive diabetes treatments give mixed results

Reuters June 30, 2010
Aggressive drug treatment to lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol in diabetics does little to prevent heart disease and strokes, but it does help prevent diabetic eye disease, nerve and kidney disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The findings of Faramarz Ismail-Beigi, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, were published in the journal Lancet.

Higher Ed News

College programs help alumni, others bond with grandchildren

USA TODAY June 30, 2010
"Grandparent Colleges," which provide a chance for grandparents to revisit their alma maters while bonding with typically preteen grandchildren, are gaining popularity nationwide.