Tech Transfer Office’s International Resident Affiliate Is Thankful for Learning Experiences

Andrea Polizzi

For Andrea Polizzi, Case Western Reserve University has provided great learning experiences, professionally and culturally.

Polizzi is the Technology Transfer Office’s seventh international resident affiliate, and he is busy learning as much as he can about how tech transfer works here. After Dec. 3, he returns to his job at the University of Perugia, about 180 kilometers from Rome, where he is responsible for promoting innovative technology processes to entrepreneurial environments.

“It feels like an environment that offers the best opportunities to students and also to researchers,” he says. “I have had a very warm welcome from the American people. They are very friendly. And it's been a great experience from a professional point of view.”

Participation in the International Resident Affiliate Program in the Technology Transfer Office at Case Western Reserve is intended to immerse the resident affiliate in education and training of methods and tools that produce skills, capabilities and networks in state-of-the-art tech transfer practices. More information is available online. Read more.

Campus News

Members of the university community are responsible for checking the legal status of any downloading service and any media they may share through peer-to-peer technology. Illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted material—music, movies, books and other media—over the Internet can result in criminal and civil penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines per song. In addition, it’s a violation of the university’s acceptable use policy for technology and can result in suspension and/or ending of campus computing privileges as well as termination or expulsion. Details on Case Western Reserve’s technology resources, security measures and the acceptable use policy are available online.

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The Case Western Reserve University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society has scheduled its next chapter meeting for 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Mather House Room 100. All members of Phi Beta Kappa among the faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as those undergraduates elected in spring 2010 as juniors, are invited and encouraged to attend. The chapter is also updating its membership list of “resident members” (university faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who are Phi Beta Kappa).  The chapter asks that faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution and who are not yet active in the CWRU Chapter to send an email to the chapter co-secretary Margaret Robinson, Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Studies, to be included in invitations to meetings and events of the CWRU Chapter.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite women faculty and staff to an information session at noon Dec. 7 in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center about the Summer 2011 HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education. The University will sponsor a participant to the Institute.

The Institute, a 12-day intensive residency program, is a prestigious professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education. Participants learn from women who are already leaders in higher education across the country. On Dec. 7, learn about the program, the application and selection process, and ask questions. Most importantly, hear from former participants on how the experience has empowered and transformed them professionally.

The chosen applicant may choose to attend either of two of the 12-day program sessions, HERS Bryn Mawr (Pa.) – June 19-July 3, or HERS Denver – July 24-Aug. 7. For more information about the institute, go to the website

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Take a break from the Thanksgiving festivities and bring your son or daughter to an energetic basketball clinic with the Case Western Reserve women’s basketball team. The clinic runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Veale Center. Cost is $25. Kids from kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome. Bring your own ball and bring a friend with a ball. Register by email or call 368.3626.  

For Students

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is currently recruiting up to six first-year undergraduate students to participate as CCEL Fellows during spring semester. Fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations where they spend four to six hour per week in an internshiplike capacity. They also participate in seminars to increase their leadership skills and understanding of Cleveland and community issues. Students receive a stipend of $9.20 per hour for their fellowship, which can be either a Work-Study position or a campus job. Applications can be completed online by Dec. 1.


Case Early Music Singers

Department of Music presents Case Early Music SingersLove & Death: the Anguish of the Seconda Prattica at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harkness Chapel. Monteverdi described his new style of composition, where the text is “mistress” of the music and justifies breaking the “old” rules of counterpoint, La Seconda Prattica. He cites antecedents in composers such as Cipriano de Rore, Alfonso Fontanelli, and Carlo Gesualdo. EMS will explore this daring, sometimes dissonant and frequently chromatic repertoire in a short program of madrigals and sacred works in the new style.

This event is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center 2010 Prize Winning Essay, Clinging to Love, Loving to Cling: Race and Sexuality in  James Baldwin’s ‘Another Country,’ will be presented by the author, Bryan Conn, PhD, SAGES Lecturer in the English Department at Case Western Reserve University, on Dec. 3 at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, 2460 Fairmount Blvd, Suite 312, Cleveland Heights. Wines and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m., coffee and dessert reception afterward. Seating is limited. Please make reservations by Monday with Debbie Morse at 216.229.5959.

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Short on time or cash for holiday shopping? 10,000 Villages, a nonprofit group with hand-crafted, fair-trade imports from 38 countries, comes to the Church of the Covenant from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 216.421.0482 ext. 237 for more information.


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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Kenneth Margolis

Kenneth Margolis, professor of law, was part of a panel discussing the prospects for Universal Clinical Education at the Clinical Theory Workshop held at New York Law School and the Clinical Law Review Writer's Workshop held at New York University School of Law on Oct. 1 and 2. Professor Margolis gave a plenary address at the Inaugural Conference on Canadian Clinical Legal Education held at the University of Western Ontario Law School on Oct. 23. The topic was Designing a Law School Clinical Program in the Carnegie/Best Practices Era. Professor Margolis participated in a presentation on Nov. 6 at the Midwest Clinical Law Teacher's Conference held at Northwestern University School of Law titled “The Role of Clinical Legal Education in a Practice and Profession Ready Curriculum.”

Nov. 24, 2010

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In the News

Lost letters from the Depression are ‘A Secret Gift’

Cleveland Jewish News, Nov 23, 2010
The idea for penning the nonfiction work was literally handed to Ted Gup, author of the bestseller The Book of Honor and a former journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University, when his mother gave him an old black suitcase filled with his late grandfather Sam Stone’s personal documents. When Gup opened the suitcase, he discovered a hefty yellow envelope filled with letters from Canton residents (he is a native of Canton), all mysteriously addressed to a Mr. B. Virdot. The letters are featured in A Secret Gift.

PROTECT: Adjust HF meds to achieve natriuretic-peptide targets, Nov. 23, 2010
Ileana L Piña, MD, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, said “that there's always room for improvement even when we think we're doing a good job,” referring to a trial with results that support the strategy of heart-failure medication adjustment guided by assessments of natriuretic-peptide levels.

Beyond Feasts and Football: What Managers Can Learn from Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2010
Researchers at Case Western Reserve, led by David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Weatherhead School of Management, have done extensive research into the notion of “appreciative inquiry” as a method of organizational change and renewal. And they have demonstrated the power of this idea both in the corporate world and in international development settings.

Higher Ed News

Can Hazing Be Stopped?
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 24, 2010
A new national effort based at the University of Maine seeks to purge the phenomenon of hazing from the collegiate culture, while acknowledging that researchers don’t have an answer to the problem. Some critics say it may be overstated in the first place