New Professor in Ethics Takes
Beamer-Schneider Chair

Phillip A. Ranney (left), Jeremy Bendik-Keymer (center) and
William B. La Place.

This academic year, Case Western Reserve University has welcomed Jeremy Bendik-Keymer to the College of Arts and Sciences as the newly appointed Elmer G. Beamer - Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics.

The Beamer-Schneider chair was established in 1996 by the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust, which was then known as the 1525 Foundation. The chair was the result of a 10-year exploration by the trust to determine the best way to build an ethics program on campus.

Today, the Beamer-Schneider chair resides in the College of Arts and Sciences and allows the university to recruit a master teacher who will inspire other faculty across campus to incorporate ethics into their teaching—particularly at the undergraduate level.

The chair was named for a certified public accountant and an attorney who were closely associated with Kent Smith and who exemplified ethical behavior in their professional lives. Hubert Schneider was Kent Smith’s lawyer and a former trustee of the 1525 Foundation. He was also a friend and mentor of current trustee Phillip A. Ranney (LLB ’61). Elmer G. Beamer was Kent Smith’s accountant and also a former trustee of the 1525 Foundation. He played a similar role in the professional and personal life of the trust’s other current trustee, William B. La Place. Read more.

Campus News

Being able to give good presentations is an important skill. The ability to make a good presentation is a valuable skill for any student or academic, both in terms of teaching and giving conference talks. Join us for part 2 of the UCITE discussions with Sara de Swart on making effective presentations at noon Thursday in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building. This session focuses on practice by speaking to the group. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend each session by replying via email.

For Faculty and Staff

The 2011 Benelect Open Enrollment period continues through Nov. 30.  Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to use computer kiosks or to talk with a human resources representative. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368.1234 for questions. The annual Benefits Fair occurs today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Ballroom. For more information, visit the 2011 Open Enrollment website.  

For Students

The following seminars to prepare for Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session take place next week: Nov. 18, How to Make a Poster, 4-5 p.m., Nord 410; and Nov. 19, How to Present a Poster, 4-5 p.m., Nord 400. Register online.

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Some students will be painting as part of Saturdays of Service.

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning’s Saturday of Service will take place this Saturday.

Saturdays of Service are one-day service events designed to encourage students to get involved in the Cleveland community. This fall, CCEL is  partnering with Greek Life to coordinate both on-campus and off-campus service opportunities. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to register online to volunteer for one of many different projects. Transportation is provided. Register by Thursday and make your Saturday count. More information is available online

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Purchase a Spirit Pack and show off your CWRU spirit, while supporting leadership education and campus programming. Spirit Packs are $55 and include: a Spartan T-shirt, CWRU sweat shirt, stainless steel BPA-free water bottle, cinch sack & pompom with a  discount at the University Bookstore. Order online by Nov. 15.


A Law Review Symposium will be on the topic of Government Speech: The Government’s Ability to Compel and Restrict Speech. The discussion will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The 2010-2011 Law Review Symposium, which will feature several guest speakers, will address limits on government speech and the government's ability to claim speech as its own in both restricting and compelling speech. Free, open to the public. The event will be webcast live. Registration is required. Deadline to register is Friday. For this event, 5.5 hours CLE credit available. For all event information, go online

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Sanjeev Bhasker

Sanjeev Bhasker, assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County and CWRU law school alumnus, is speaking Law and Order: Cuyahoga County Style on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Sears 354.  Lunch will be provided.

He will discuss DNA evidence, murders, coroner reports, etc. He will also discuss what it's like practicing for the public sector.

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The CWRU Chapter of Sigma Xi and the Department of Physics present a lecture: Michelangelo's Laser with Evelyn L. Hu, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Rockefeller Hall, Room 301. This seminar will focus on some of the design, art and tools used in shaping semiconductor materials to achieve the desired scientific or technological performance.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is holding an Open House  on Thursday 5:30-7 p.m. As the first of four open houses spotlighting graduate education coursework offered at the center, this session will focus on Financial Accounting and Management for nonprofits with Barbara Clemenson, adjunct Instructor, Mandel Center Academic and Career adviser.  The open house will also provide attendees with general information on Mandel Center graduate programs. Go online for more information and to make reservations.

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Mark Griswold, Case Department of Radiology, presents Rethinking MR:  Collecting Information Instead of Images at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in Rockefeller 301. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides exquisite depiction of anatomy and function without the ionizing radiation found in e.g. CT or PET. However, significant drawbacks still exist. New developments in the world of information theory have changed the landscape of medical imaging forever and have in particular forced us to rethink the way in which we acquire and process data for MRI.


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.

Jon Groetzinger, visiting professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, gave a Webinar on Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Recent Enforcement Actions and Trends, sponsored by Compliance Online. The webinar is available online.

In Memoriam

Stephen Wotman

A service commemorating the life of  Stephen Wotman, professor of dental medicine, will be at Amasa Stone Chapel at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sara Wotman and the Wotman family welcome your attendance. Wotman came to Case Western Reserve University from Columbia University and was a previous dean of the School of Dental Medicine. His vision, energy, and commitment are largely responsible for the strong public health orientation that is emblematic of the school today. He was also the principal investigator on the first National Institutes of Health funded dental practice-based research network grant. Prior to his illness, Wotman established the Wotman Chair for Public Health. He was able to attend the celebration of his generosity on Oct. 12.

Nov. 9, 2010

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In the News

Fairness is ‘relative’ in Iraqi courts

Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Nov. 9, 2010
Law Professor Michael Scharf is quoted in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung regarding the Iraqi High Tribunal and the death sentence of Tariq Aziz. Here is a rough translation of the quotes: “When it comes to justice for the former Iraqi leaders, fairness is a relative concept,” Scharf said. “A fair trial does not mean a perfect trial, and these are Iraqi, not international courts.”

Diagnostic Issues: Age, Expectations, and ADHD, Nov. 7, 2010
In a study of kindergarten students, the younger students were found to have a higher incidence of an ADHD diagnosis. Robert Findling, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Hospital Case Medical Center and professor of psychiatry in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, wrote the article, and considers questions for further research, including whether holding younger children back a year before starting kindergarten makes a difference.

Science Cafe:
Crash Data Recorders, Nov. 8, 2010
Jacqueline D. Lipton, professor of law, co-director of the Center for Law Technology and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University, talks to Ideastream about the data recorders now found in virtually all cars and how that information is used in the event of a crash.

Higher Ed News

Next Generation Profs

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9, 2010
With the economy in the tank and a large group of aging tenured faculty nearing retirement, the University of Virginia employed privately raised funds to lure high-quality faculty in what administrators describe as a “buyers market” for universities.