Case Western Reserve University Sponsors Nation’s First National Science Expo


The Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival takes place this weekend in Washington, D.C., and Case Western Reserve University is supporting the massive national effort as a sponsor.

Touted as the country’s first national science festival, the event wraps up with a free, two-day Expo on the National Mall and surrounding areas Saturday and Sunday. Among the features will be more than 1,500 hands-on science activities, as well as stage performances and exhibits.

The university has two exhibits, one run by the Institute for the Science of Origins for the College of Arts and Sciences, called “In the Beginnings: Evolution from the Big Bang to You!,” and one by the Case School of Engineering, called “Robo-Energy: Fun with Energy and Robotics.”

The festival is a collaboration of more than 500 of the nation’s leading science organizations and has the commitment of a bipartisan Honorary Congressional Host Committee. The expo’s goal is to recruit a new generation of scientists and engineers, in part by gearing presentations and exhibits to K-12 students.

“Getting young people excited about science is the first step in creating the next generation of scientists and engineers that will ensure that this country maintains its leadership in the generation of new knowledge and in the increasingly competitive technology-rich world economy,” said Glenn Starkman, who is presenting for the Institute for the Science of Origins.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University MLK Celebration Week Advisory Board is now accepting funding requests for programming for Case Western Reserve’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, “The Weight of History and the Challenge of Change.”  In the past, co-sponsorships have helped support speakers, films, workshops, receptions, and field trips. To see last year’s schedule of events, please review the website

This MLK Week will be the week of Jan. 17, and academic departments, schools and colleges, student organizations and university offices may submit proposals on-line. The annual MLK Convocation will be Jan. 21 during the Community Hour and will feature noted historian and author Nell Irvin Painter. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 12.  Proposals should be submitted online. You may email with any questions.

For Faculty and Staff

James Pae

James Pae has joined the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) as Operational Director. Pae comes to the institute having spent more than five years serving Case’s technology commercialization efforts and industry sponsored research initiatives in the Technology Transfer Office.

“Jim will be a tremendous resource to help IAM continue to move forward. His knowledge not only of CWRU and its faculty but also of local industry is a perfect fit for the goals of the institute,” said IAM's faculty director, Stuart Rowan.

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The seventh annual Provost’s Leadership Retreat with President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115.

For Students

A call for undergraduate abstracts at Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session will be on Dec. 3 at Adelbert Gymnasium. The SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session is an opportunity for all undergraduate students to present their research and creative projects to the university community. These projects may be current or recently completed projects. The SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session also is an opportunity for students not yet engaged in undergraduate research or creative endeavors to see the broad and diverse work that is being done across campus. Abstract deadline is Nov. 3. More information, registration is available online.

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Students are invited to enjoy tea and snacks, play games, and make stress balls at the North Side De-Stress Fest, 6-9 p.m. Monday, in the Case Western Reserve University Refuge House 4 Great Room. Presented by the Refuge.

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The Church of the Covenant is offering a free brunch to all students 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday. No membership required. Brunch is in the lower level of the church, 11205 Euclid Ave.


Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Town Hall of Cleveland as the academic sponsor of the longtime speakers series. The next speaker in the 2010-2011 lineup is New York Times reporter and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of the book Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves. He will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Order tickets online or call 216.241.1919.

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Music will fill Harkness Chapel with two events on Sunday. At 3 p.m. is the Joan Terr Ronis Prize Recital featuring Alyssa Hoffert, saxophone. Free and open to the public, it will be followed by a reception. At 7:30 p.m. will be Case Baroque Chamber Ensembles and Collegium Concert: Sundrie Musical Diversions at the Court of Elizabeth I. It is also free and open to the public, with reception to follow. Complete schedule is available online.


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Distinguished nucleic acid chemist and inventor Muthiah Manoharan will talk about using the powerful biological process of RNA interference to make and deliver treatments for disease when he gives the Ford Distinguished Lecture at Case Western Reserve University on Monday. Manoharan, senior vice president of Drug Discovery at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and the recipient of more than 125 U.S. patents, will present a summary of progress and specific applications to various therapeutic programs. The 4:30 p.m. lecture and a reception afterward at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium are free and open to the public. For more information, go online or call 368.4063.

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Case Western Reserve University presents War and Peace in 17th-century Europe: A Musical Depiction, A Baroque music concert in conjunction with INAMORI Peace and War Summit,at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Harkness Chapel. Complete schedule is available online.


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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Mitzi Vazquez-Long

Mitzi Vazquez-Long, assistant director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, has been selected to be in Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Cuarenta/Cuarenta Club Class of 2010 as an under-45 accomplished leader at CWRU and in the greater Cleveland community.

She was honored in August at a celebration that recognized the achievements of African American and Hispanic leaders in the Cleveland area.

Honorees will be featured in the upcoming issue of Kaleidoscope Magazine.

Oct. 22, 2010

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Multimedia Moment, Oct. 21, 2010

Robert Findling, MD, the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospital Case Medical Center and professor of psychiatry in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, posted a video blog, Cyberbullying: Just How Common Is It?

In the News

Questions raised in Ohio gunpoint abortion case

Associated Press, Oct. 22, 2010
Michael Benza, a criminal law professor at Case Western Reserve University, said that on the face of it, the facts are against Dominic Holt-Reid, who is accused of attempting to force his girlfriend at gunpoint Oct. 6 to get an abortion at a clinic in Columbus. “The law for attempt is taking overt steps toward the completion of a crime,” Benza said. “He certainly took steps toward the charge of unlawful termination of pregnancy.”

Theater Workshop

Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 21, 2010
The Confused Greenies of Case Western Reserve University will join a Commedia dell'Arte Festival for theater students from middle school through college on Saturday at the Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts in Akron.

Biodegradable Styrofoam Made From Milk, Oct. 21, 2010
More media exposure for scientists at Case Western Reserve University who have developed an alternative to petroleum-derived styrofoam packaging using a combination of clay and milk protein.

Higher Ed News

Play It Again, Professor

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2010
In his book, In Praise of Copying (Harvard University Press), Marcus Boon, an associate professor of English at York University, in Toronto, writes: “I came to recognize that many of the boundaries we have set up between activities we call ‘copying’ and those we call ‘not copying’ are false, and that, objectively, phenomena that involve copying are everywhere around us.”