CWRU Astronomers Earn ‘Architect Status’
in Sloan Digital Sky Survey

M101 taken from Case Western Reserve University's
Burrell Schmitt wide field telescope near Tucson, Ariz.

Astronomy professor Heather Morrison and Case Western Reserve Observatory Manager Paul Harding have each been named to “Architect Status” in the newest phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Hundreds of scientists in more than 20 countries worldwide are involved in the effort to map the distribution of stars and galaxies in our universe.

The Case Western Reserve University researchers were singled out for extraordinary contributions, a reflection not only of their expertise and capabilities but also their professional leadership and development, said Chris Mihos, chair of the astronomy department.

The SDSS project is a major international project surveying the sky and mapping out the distribution of stars and galaxies in our universe. Read more.

Campus News

The University Office of Student Affairs and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women are seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional students, faculty and staff to serve on the 2011-2012 Sexual Conduct Poster Committee.

Since the early '90s, the sexual conduct bathroom poster campaign has been an instrumental educational tool in raising awareness and educating our community about sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating, relationships and other issues and resources related to sexual conduct.

If you are interested in serving on the Sexual Conduct Poster Committee, please contact Jill Kent, Department Assistant for Student Affairs at 368.1527 or email by Nov. 1.

For Faculty and Staff

The seventh annual Provost’s Leadership Retreat, Building Cooperative Capacity in Academic Departments, takes place noon to 5 p.m. next Wednesday at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115.  President Barbara Snyder and Provost “Bud” Baeslack will kick off the retreat with opening remarks.

The keynote speaker will be Ronald Fry of the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Fry’s address, Building Cooperative Capacity in Academic Departments:  The Role of Academic Leaders, will focus on using strength-based approaches to build cooperative capacity in academic systems.

The Deans’ Session led by Provost Baeslack this year will summarize the day’s discussion and develop consensus on the lessons learned to create action plans for the year. Information about ACES+ initiatives available to faculty is available online. Opportunity Grants are available for all faculty members. The application deadline for Opportunity Grants is Dec. 15.

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The Faculty Women's Leadership Development Institute, recently funded by the Provost's Office, is calling for associate and recently appointed full professors to participate in a focus group to discuss the issues, obstacles, and motivations that are involved in going up for full professor. Individuals can attend either Nov. 4 or Nov. 10, noon-1:30 p.m. Third Floor Conference Room (303) of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in Thwing Center. Lunch will be provided. If you or someone you know falls into either of these two categories and would like to participate, please contact Susan Freimark by email or at 368.8860 by Oct. 30. Space is limited.  

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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.

For Students

The university has established the new International Friendship Family Program for international students. Case Western Reserve University alumni, faculty and staff have volunteered to serve as friendship families.  Families get together with their assigned international student every other month for a home-cooked meal, events on campus or an outing in Cleveland. All international students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate. Interested students should review and submit the information sheet and request form online by Wednesday. Students will be introduced to their friendship families in November. Completed applications and questions can be sent by email.

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A pre-law information session sponsored by Undergraduate Studies will take place 12:30-1:45 p.m. Oct. 29 in Sears 354. The guest is Niki Schwartz, who will talk on the Trials and Tribulations of a Criminal Lawyer.  Lunch is included; please respond to Terri Mester if you plan to attend.


Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky, a Soviet dissident and human rights activist and chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive in Israel, will be at Case Western Reserve University next Wednesday at Thwing Ballroom. Over a light lunch 12:30-2 p.m. you are invited to join in A Conversation with Natan Sharansky.  Following an interview there will be a question and answer session.  Please contact 231.0040 or email with questions and/or to make reservations by Nov. 1.

The program is being hosted by Hillel at CWRU in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.  We thank our co-sponsors including CWRU College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Student Affairs, Program in Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Student Group (JSG)

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The Undergraduate Student Government Engineering Caucus is holding a School of Engineering Fall Bash on the quad. The event takes place 4-6 p.m. Nov. 3. Students, faculty, and staff of the engineering school are invited for a fall afternoon of cider, donuts, and corn hole. The Fall Bash is hosted by the USG Engineering representatives and these representatives will be available to hear your concerns and ideas about the Case School of Engineering.

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Institute for Global Security Law and Policy presents The Post-9/11 Evolution of Detention Law and Policy with professor Robert M. Chesney, University of Texas School of Law, 4:30 p.m. Thursday School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). Nine years removed from the 9/11 attacks, there is a national debate over noncriminal detention in relation to terrorism. The executive branch, Congress, and the courts have developed a hybrid approach, blending elements of traditional law of war-based military detention with enhanced procedure and judicial review. Chesney will discuss how these developments relate to rendition, drone strikes, interrogation, and surveillance. More information is available online.

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The annual Jacob J. Bikerman Lecture, honoring the late Jacob J. Bikerman, a leader in surface science and a faculty member in the department of chemical engineering will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday in the A.W. Smith Building, Room 329. The lecture, Design and Engineering of Nanoparticles and their Applications to Advanced Nanocomposites, Drug Delivery System and E-Display will be presented by professor Jian-Feng Chen, Dean of the College of Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

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.

A group of doctors and researchers with the Case Western Reserve University wrote about The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), which aims to reduce surgical infectious complication rates through measurement and reporting of six infection-prevention process-of-care measures. However, an association between SCIP performance and clinical outcomes has not been demonstrated.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the reports and abstracts. Jonah J. Stulberg, MD, PhD; Conor P. Delaney, MD, PhD; Duncan V. Neuhauser, PhD; David C. Aron, MD, MS; Pingfu Fu, PhD; Siran M. Koroukian, PhD, were all cited in the correspondence.

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The deadline to submit for the 2011 International Conference on Data Engineering and Internet Technology (DEIT 2011) has been extended to Friday. The DEIT conference will be March 15-17 in Bali, Indonesia. DEIT 2011 aims to bring together researchers and scientists from academia, industry, and government laboratories to present new results and identify future research directions in data engineering and Internet technology. All papers published in the DEIT 2011 proceedings will be included in the IEEE Xplore and indexed in both Ei Compendex and ISTP. More information is available online.

Oct. 27, 2010

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Multimedia Moment

William Claspy, humanities librarian and coordinator of library instruction, interviews Michael Clune from the English department about his book, American Literature and the Free Market on the Off the Shelf blog.

In the News

San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies not sure how Prop. 19 will affect them

San Bernardino Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
The San Bernardino Sun quotes Professor Jonathan Adler regarding Proposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize recreational pot in California. “Supreme Court precedent is clear that the federal government may not `commandeer' state or local officials to implement federal law,” Adler wrote in an email.

Weight Loss Tips: 10 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism, October 2010
A recent study from Case Western Reserve University found that, on average, women who sleep for five hours or less per night are 32 percent more likely to gain weight and 15 percent more likely to be obese than those who get at least seven hours of sleep.

LMPD probes detectives who tipped off prosecutor under investigation

The Courier-Journal, Oct. 23, 2010
The Louisville Courier-Journal quotes law professor Lewis Katz on a case involving a prosecutor under investigation for giving false statements under oath. Katz told the newspaper prosecutor Matthew Conway’s false statements to investigators “absolutely” have impugned his integrity and, therefore, his ability to represent the state in court.

Higher Ed News

High Stakes in Ohio

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 27, 2010
Few states have remade their higher education systems as aggressively as Ohio has under Gov. Ted Strickland. The structure and financing of higher education have undergone dramatic changes, including a performance-based funding system. But that and a 10-year strategic plan could hang in the balance as gubernatorial challenger John Kasich has a slight edge against Strickland.