Year of Water Celebration to Include
Several Programs, Events

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to this the fate humans face in the future as oil leaks, pollution and other environmental changes impact clean drinking water?

From Fall Convocation on Aug. 25 with the free, public talk by Elizabeth Royte, the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, to events on and off campus, the university will celebrate the Year of Water.

The celebration will be introduced to first-year students through Royte's investigative report on the bottled-water industry and its impact on the environment. She will deliver the keynote address at Fall Convocation.

During orientation, which began this week, students can participate in special environmental community service projects organized by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve's 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering a summer special. Campus members who join today will receive 10 free Recovery Zone shakes. Enjoy over 50 group exercise classes, free towel and locker service, four free personal training sessions, and top equipment – all free with membership. There are no contracts to sign, and CaseCash is accepted.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 14 at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the graduate program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office by phone at 368.2280 to register. Learn more.

Campus Book Club members will discuss Kathryn Stockett's The Help today. Upcoming discussions include Elizabeth Royte's Bottlemania on Aug. 10, and Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin's Three Cups of Tea on Sept. 14. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in Adelbert Hall's M1 on all dates. Contact Susan Benedict for details.

For Faculty and Staff


The Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a free pilates mat class from noon to 1 p.m. on July 14. The class will be held outside near 1-2-1 Fitness Center (rain site: inside 1-2-1 Fitness). Register online.

The July 2010 Staff Advisory Council e-newsletter is available online.

For Students

Beginning this week, Case Western Reserve University is welcoming the Class of 2014 to campus.


There are two orientation sessions for new students and parents this month. The first session runs through today, and the next one is July 14-16. A third session will meet Aug. 16-18. In addition, the university will host its inaugural orientation for international students on Aug. 13. Orientation leaders are wearing purple shirts as they guide news students and their families around campus.

Details for first-year, transfer and international students — as well as parents — are available on the Orientation 2010 website.


Representatives from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest collection of digital social science data, will be at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) to conduct a free workshop on 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 a workshop on search skills, downloading and analyzing data. Contact Ann Holstein, the university's ICPSR representative, at 368.8689 for 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.

Jessie Hill, professor of law, was a panelist for the (Dis)owning Religious Speech discussion at Brooklyn Law School's annual Law and Religion Roundtable.

July 13, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve medical school wins $7.9M for malaria research

MedCity News July 12, 2010
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been awarded a $7.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a malaria research team in Southeast Asia that aims to eradicate the disease. The project is funded by a seven-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. James Kazura, professor of international health and medicine, is the principal investigator on the project.

Harvey Pekar, remembered

90.3 WCPN July 12, 2010
Grouchy, irascible, hilarious, brilliant and unforgettable. Those are words fans and friends have been using to describe Cleveland's own Harvey Pekar, scribe of the American Splendor comic books. Pekar died this week at the age of 70. Pekar's American Splendor books caused a seminal change in comic books, says Brad Ricca. Ricca teaches English and comic book history at Case Western Reserve University.

Dangers of 'circle' contact lenses

Health News Digest July 12, 2010
With the recent phenomenon of teen girls purchasing cosmetic contact lenses, called "circle lenses" that give them a look like Lady Gaga in her Bad Romance video, Prevent Blindness Ohio wants to remind all consumers the perils of purchasing these lenses over the Internet without a valid prescription. Thomas L. Steinemann, professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Why equity financing eludes startups

Bloomberg BusinessWeek July 9, 2010
Most business models don't appeal to investors. Entrepreneurs shouldn't waste time and money pursuing equity capital from them, said Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

A statement hits home as Cleveland stews

The New York Times July 9, 2010
David Loomis, an adjunct professor of marketing at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the LeBron James decision and the follow up letter from team owner Dan Gilbert.

Higher Ed News

Academic outcomes of study abroad

Inside Higher Ed July 13, 2010
In 2000, researchers began an ambitious effort to document the academic outcomes of study abroad across the 35-institution University System of Georgia. Ten years later, they've found that students who study abroad have improved academic performance upon returning to their home campus, higher graduation rates, and improved knowledge of cultural practices and context compared to students in control groups. They've also found that studying abroad helps, rather than hinders, academic performance of at-risk students.