Fulbright Scholar to Research How Ancient Indian Dance Could Help Children with Autism

Ramya Raman

As a Fulbright Scholar, Ramya Raman (CWR '10) plans to use her love and knowledge of Bharatha Natyam dance to connect with autistic children.

She will spend nine months conducting research at the Rasa Center in Chennai, India.

"Bharatha Natyam is an ancient Indian dance form that incorporates music, drama, mime and movement," Raman explained. The dance creates movements and patterns in space, coordinating with music and rhythm. "This stimulates both sensory and motor development. Current dance therapies in the U.S. utilize free-flow movements, not disciplined forms of movement. My study will look at this disciplined form of dance movements as a mode of communication and therapy for children with autism," she said. Read more.

Campus News

The Human Genetic Analysis Resource (HGAR) is offering a short course on using the Statistical Analysis for Genetic Epidemiology (S.A.G.E.) software package, a suite of computer programs for analyzing genetic data. The course is intended for statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists or any scientists involved in the analysis of human genetic data. The course will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel. Refer to the S.A.G.E. website or email Jean Farah in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for more information.

The Observer is publishing an Aug. 13 back-to-school issue. Each first-year student will receive a copy at move-in. Send email to observerads@case.edu for more details.

For Faculty and Staff


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is accepting applications for the year-long Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative (WLSDI). Offered to full-time staff at Case Western Reserve, the program aims to nurture and develop talent while helping women staff cultivate their leadership skills. Online applications are due by Aug. 20. An informational meeting and lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The program is made possible by the Center for Women, the Weatherhead Executive Education Program and the Department of Human Resources.

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An open house for the Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the George S. Dively Building. The guest speaker is Harlow B. Cohen, the program's faculty director.

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.

John Landers

John Landers (CWR '04, GRS '05), a project manager in the Office of Information Technology Services and a manager for the Case Connection Zone Research Project, was recently recognized as Ohio's Young Democrat of the Year.

He serves on the Boardman Local School District's Board of Education.

Aug. 3, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University brings in 6 percent more from donors, despite bad economy

The Plain Dealer Aug. 2, 2010
Case Western Reserve University raised $115.5 million in donations for the year ending June 30, the school announced Monday. That's more than a 6 percent jump from the previous year and the second-highest total ever received.

Case Western Reserve University pulls in $115.5 million from donors

Crain's Cleveland Business Aug. 2, 2010
Case Western Reserve University pulled in $115.5 million from donors in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. That figure is 6 percent higher than the $109 million the school raised in the 2008-2009 school year and marks the third straight year CWRU crossed the $100 million threshold.

What they're reading on college campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education Aug. 1, 2010
The Chronicle's list of best-selling books was compiled from information supplied by stores serving several campuses, including Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland researcher gets $4.7M to create new class of drugs

MedCityNews July 30, 2010
Jonathan Stamler, director of the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine and the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute, has received a $4.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for development of a new class of drugs to help soldiers work in high altitudes.

Cutting-edge research projects change face of energy

Federal News Radio Aug. 2, 2010
The Energy Department has awarded $92 million for 43 cutting-edge research projects aimed at improving how Americans use and produce energy. Some of the organizations chosen include Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc., Case Western Reserve University and the CUNY Energy Institute.

Pain reliever leaving its mark — even in Lodi

Lodi News-Sentinel July 31, 2010
The abuse of oxycodone — often called OxyContin, which is a brand name form of it — is definitely a real problem, according to police, pharmacists and those involved in treatment and recovery programs. William Bligh-Glover, a coroner who teaches at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

How important is the admissions interview?

The Washington Post Aug. 2, 2010
Several admissions experts were asked to gauge the value of the admissions interview.