CWRU Students Explode onto the National Mall

Case Western Reserve made its presence known in Washington.

Thirty students from Case Western Reserve University and eight Design Lab Early College High School students participated in the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival Oct. 23-24.

More than 1,500 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors were part of the celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which featured hands-on science, technology displays, live presentations and performances by the likes of Bill Nye The Science Guy.

The Case School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences organized four booths at the festival. Their projects attracted more than 5,000 visitors, making for an exhausting but fun weekend of doing science.

The university’s participation in the festival was made possible by the generous financial support of the provost, the deans of the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, and Case Western Reserve University’s Undergraduate Student Government. The students who took part are already planning their activities for next year. Read more.

Campus News

The Class Officer Collective invites you to Halloween at Home 2010. Halloween at Home kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with a pumpkin-hurling trebuchet and will be followed by a number of entertainment groups. Throughout the evening, people can enjoy activities organized by student groups, munch on food from area vendors, help out the Cleveland Food Bank, kick back for a drink at the beer garden, and much, much more. As the sun sets, the feature performance will take the stage. Halloween at Home will be topped off at 9 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display. Come to Freiberger Field on Halloween Eve to celebrate this annual campus tradition. Any questions or comments may be sent by email. More information is available online.

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Because your feedback is important to Bon Appétit, please fill out the 2010 Campus Dining Online Survey between Tuesday and Nov. 9. To show Bon Appétit’s appreciation, two winners will receive an Amazon Kindle; two winners will receive an iPod nano 8GB set;  and Starbucks gift cards ($10 value) will go to the first 75 and last 75 survey participants. The survey is sponsored by Bon Appétit Management Company, CWRU Student Food Committee and Campus Dining.

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 Leadership Development Institute has established as a space for women on the faculty, whether new to Case Western Reserve or not, to ask questions and to get to know peers who are in similar situations. The Women Faculty Connect listserv is a place for you to post your questions and get some feedback and answers. Its goal is to provide answers that will assist in expediting solutions to a number of work/life dilemmas faced by women faculty at CWRU. It will give you an opportunity to connect with other women on campus in a timely, direct and beneficial way. To sign up, visit and search for “womenfacultyconnect.”  For more information, contact Susan Freimark or call 368.8860.

For Students

Previous SOURCE poster sessions have drawn crowds.

The 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.


Philippe de Montebello, the director of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art for 31 years, and David Carrier, the Champney Family Professor from Case Western Reserve’s Department of Art and Art History and the Cleveland Institute of Art, will offer their perspectives on creating a world art history and what would it look like. The free, public talk begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Road. Registration is required. The program continues the yearlong discussion hosted by the Baker-Nord Center on “Globalism and its Origins.” Register online. For information, contact Maggie Kaminski at 368.2242.

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Cardiovascular Grand Rounds, “Dean’s Distinguished Lecture,” presents speaker Alexander Clowes, MD, professor of vascular surgery and vice chair of Research and Development, University of Washington, on Restenosis after Arterial Reconstruction: Novel Approaches to Treatment, noon-1 p.m. next Thursday at Wolstein Auditorium. Light reception to follow. Make reservations at or call Staci Taylor at 368.4421.

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A free salsa dancing class is offered at 5 p.m. Monday in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 203, sponsored by the MBSA. More information is available online.

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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 or to make reservations by Monday.


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.

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law, presented Health Information Technology at the Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium: Health Care Reform Act, University of Iowa College of Law, in Iowa City, Iowa, on Oct. 7. She also presented E-Health Hazards:  Legal & Ethical Implications of EMR Use at Summa Health System in Akron on Oct. 14.

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Erik Jensen, professor of law, on Oct. 16 along with four other academics and the Indiana attorney general participated in a symposium at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, on Health Care Reform and the Constitution: The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His paper, The Individual Mandate and the Taxing Power, will be published in the Northern Kentucky Law Review.

Oct. 29, 2010

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In the News

Cleveland Receives Major Grant, Oct. 28, 2010
A nearly $15 million grant to Cleveland–one of five U.S. cities to receive such grants–comes from Living Cities, a collaboration between 21 of the world’s largest philanthropies and financial institutions.  The aim is to create co-op businesses in the University Circle and mid-town areas that will provide services to three of the city’s bedrock institutions - Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve scientists find possible 'green' alternative to Styrofoam, Oct. 28, 2010
David Schiraldi, a polymer scientist at Case Western Reserve, tells, “The idea that we could go from milk and dirt to plastic foam seems attractive. Clay is pretty close to inexhaustible. Our only effluent is water vapor. It seems pretty green to me.”

Bleeding Ink: Details Show J-School Discontinuance in New Light, Oct. 28, 2010
The University of Colorado’s loss is Case Western Reserve University’s gain in the form of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jim Sheeler, the new Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing. “CU did offer me a tenure-track position as an assistant professor, but it wasn’t comparable to the Case Western Reserve job, which included the opportunity to join the faculty as a full professor in an endowed chair at another esteemed university — a rare opportunity that, in the end, I couldn’t pass up,” Sheeler wrote in an email to Boulder Weekly.

Chekhov-inspired `Orchard' onstage at Cleveland Play House

Plain Dealer, Oct. 29, 2010
An Orchard is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard by the Cleveland Play House-Case Western Reserve University graduate ensemble of 2012 and Mark Alan Gordon, the program's associate director, playing through Nov. 6.

Higher Ed News

More Colleges Put Reps
in Distant ZIP Codes

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2010
Many institutions, including George Washington University, are adding admissions representatives who live and work far off campus, to provide a stronger presence in far-flung communities in hopes of attracting more students from those communities.