CWRU Joins PBS-NPR Forum Network,
Shares Campus Activities with the World

Andrew Lucker

The who’s who on the university lecture circuit is just a few computer clicks away.

Case Western Reserve University is among the leading universities, arts organizations and civic groups posting talks and events from their campuses for the public to view at leisure through the Forum Network.

Andrew Lucker, adjunct assistant professor of political science, is the campus’ behind-the-scenes organizer working with MediaVision on campus. Together, they’re setting up the connection with the Forum Network on NPR and PBS platform through WGBH in Boston.

“We’ve been working out the process and how we plan to move forward,” he says.

Joseph White

Currently several videos from the Case Western Reserve School of Law and the university’s Center for Policy Studies, where Lucker is associate director with Director Joseph White, have postings.

“I see potential for others to participate,” Lucker says. 

WCPN, the downtown Cleveland NPR station, is among the 30 NPR and PBS participating stations. Case Western Reserve is the only local university partner that will be posting talks on campus and visiting personalities.

To learn more about campus participation in the Forum Network, visit  Lucker can be reached by email at Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services (ITS) has made a new gadget available to allow campus dining menus to be viewed remotely. Working with the CWRU dining facilities partner, Bon Appétit, Information Technology Services has developed interactive gadgets to display today’s current dining menus for use with Launchpad, Case Mobile and iGoogle. More dining facilities will be added as menu feeds become available. Bon Appétit Management Company’s dream is to be the premier onsite restaurant company known for its culinary expertise and commitment to socially responsible practices.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources reminds faculty and staff to enroll in Benelect, the university's 2011 benefits program. The deadline to submit benefit elections is 8 p.m., Tuesday, 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. For more information, visit the 2011 Open Enrollment website.

For Students

At the WISER Graduate Student Lunch, Kathleen Buse will discuss Why They Stay … Career Longevity of Women Engineers, her research examining the reasons why women persist in (rather than leave) their careers in STEM. Join WISER 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Nord 310. Please make reservations online. More information is available online.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the Dec. 1 quarterly competition deadline for core utilization pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center; investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible for this competition. Details and instructions will be posted online. Please contact the CTSC research concierge by email with any questions you may have.

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W.C. Fields stars in "So's Your Old Man."

W.C. Fields plays a hard-drinking small-town inventor in the 1926 silent comedy So’s Your Old Man, one of the few silent features made by the mumbling misanthrope. The film will show (in a restored 35 mm print from the Library of Congress) at 5:15 p.m. Saturday  and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Ex-Clevelander David Drazin, the regular silent film accompanist at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, will provide live piano accompaniment. Tickets (at the door only) are $9; Cinematheque members, Case Western Reserve Uuniversity students, staff and kids 12 and under are $6. For more information, call 216.421.7450 or go online.

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The SOURCE Office will hold its first ever fall Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session on Dec. 3. The entire campus community is invited.  Come see and celebrate the research that undergraduates have conducted on and off campus during the past year. The session will be from noon to 2:45 p.m at Adelbert Gym.

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Wear comfortable walking shoes for Health, Fitness and Art: A Tour of the Putnam Sculpture Collection. Meet Evelyn Kiefer, assistant to the director of the Putnam Sculpture Collection at the sculpture and fountain Merging on Bellflower, just outside of Guilford House at 2:30 pm on Dec. 3. The fast-paced, cross-campus tour will last approximately one hour. The Putnam Sculpture Collection is now in its 30th year. Learn more about the more than 45 sculptures included in the collection, many by award-winning and world-renowned artists. For more information or to arrange a tour for your group please contact Evelyn Kiefer at 368.4951 or email.



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.

School of Law professor Jonathan Adler served as a panelist at an American Constitution event in Washington, D.C., discussing the book, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity, by Yale Law Professor Douglas Kysar.

Law professor Michael Scharf has been invited by the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide to serve as a keynote speaker in the Rwanda National Conference on the 62nd anniversary of the Genocide Convention titled, The Genocide Convention Under Siege? The Cases of the UN Mapping Report on the DRC and Darfur, on Dec. 9 -10, 2010 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Law professor George Dent participated in a debate on same-sex marriage before the Scanlon Inn of Court in Akron on Nov. 17.

Law professor Lewis Katz spoke Saturday in Ford Auditorium during Plenary Session II: Criminal Justice for the program “Social Justice, Race, and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank.”

Nov. 23, 2010

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In the News

Teaching Medical Robots, Nov. 22, 2010
M. Cenk Cavusoglu, associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and Wyatt S. Newman, a professor in his department, are collaborating with other universities to develop “smart” robots for surgery. “Right now, these robots are dumb,” said Cavusoglu. “They have no intelligence at all. They are still controlled by the surgeon. We want to make the robots smarter. We want to turn them into surgical assistants, almost like giving the surgeon a third arm.”

Fresh tips for surviving holiday stress, Nov. 23, 2010
A key to surviving family tensions during the holidays could be employing a sense of humor. A great deal of comedy is based on annoying events that occur when families get together, says James Overholser, a psychology professor at Case Western Reserve University. “Remember how many Seinfeld episodes were about that? So step back and appreciate the humor. So much comedy is based on what happens in family situations.”

Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals say their donations to community total $730 million, Nov. 20, 2010
Jessica Berg, a professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, and J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at Case, commented on nonprofit hospitals and their benefits to the community versus the cost of tax exemptions.

Higher Ed News

Poor Ratings for ‘U.S. News’ Rankings

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2010
The National Association for College Admission Counseling conducted a survey of high school counselors and of college admissions officials, and both groups expressed low regard for the U.S. News collegerankings, while acknowledging their impact, which may even be growing.