Unshackled from Earthly Roles, Women Become "Space Oddities" in CWRU Professor's Book

Marie Lathers
Marie Lathers

Fifty-four years after the first screen portrayal of a human woman in space—in the 1929 German movie Woman in the Moon—the first female American astronaut, Sally Ride, took a real-life trip into space. For the most part, women were, as Case Western Reserve University Professor Marie Lathers describes, “grounded.” They were limited, especially in the post-World War II United States, to roles “in the home, kitchen or backyard.” 

In her new book, Space Oddities: Women and Outer Space in Popular Film and Culture, 1960-2000 (Continuum), Lathers examines how female space travelers broke through this airy ceiling and went from the silver screen to the International Space Station. The book evolved from Lathers’ longtime interest in feminist issues and her SAGES University Seminar Women in Outer Space. Read more.

Campus News

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Biannual Emergency Backup Power testing and maintenance upgrades will occur Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Wednesday, Dec. 29, in the two main campus data centers. Crawford Data Center work will be completed Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. All power, network and telephone services to be unavailable in Crawford Hall during the outage span. KSL Data Center testing will occur Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There are no expected outages as a result of the tests in KSL. ITS personnel will be on-site both days in the event of unforeseen issues to ensure quick resolution. If you have additional questions about this maintenance, contact the ITS Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to help.case.edu.

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For Students

The deadline to apply for spring and summer break study abroad opportunities has been extended until mid-January. All opportunities are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Many students are able to qualify for financial aid.

Programs offered through the Department of Bioethics include spring break courses in Paris, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires and Salamanca, Spain. Go online for more information or contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, at 216.368.5377 or by email.

Programs offered through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences include the following: spring break in Guatemala, Turkey, the Netherlands and Ecuador (May). With the exception of the Netherlands, all are approved as global and cultural diversity electives. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 216.368.6014 or by email for details.


Over the last week the American Red Cross has been unable to collect more than 500 blood donations for patients at local hospitals because of weather related issues. The Red Cross fears additional drives may cancel, putting a further strain on an already less than sufficient blood supply. To help, make an appointment and encourage others to attend the next on-campus blood drive, held at 1-2-1 Fitness Center from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 28. Make an appointment online or stop by and save a life this holiday season.

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The School of Graduate Studies, Kelvin Smith Library and the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development committee are sponsoring a workshop, Is There a Ph.D. in Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation: A Practical Workshop for Doctoral Students. This workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Also, don't miss your chance to win one of the dissertation completion care packages (valued at $200). For more information or to register (by Jan. 4), go online.

Et al.

Charles Rosenblatt

Charles Rosenblatt

Charles Rosenblatt, professor of physics and macromolecular science, and Anna Mandalakas, associate professor of pediatrics, global health, and epidemiology & biostatistics in the School of Medicine, received Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2010-11 academic year.

Anna Mandalakas
Anna Mandalakas

Mandalakas' study is in South Africa, while Rosenblatt's is in France.

Additionally, Mihailo Antovic and Mulugeta Alene Araya were named Fulbright Visiting Scholars at the university.

Dec. 22, 2010

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In the News

Future of Rail in Ohio: Join the Live Discussion at Noon

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 22, 2010
After Gov.-elect John Kasich turned down funding for the 3C passenger rail plan, what will happen to rail opportunities in Ohio? A panel of experts, including David Zeng, chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, will host a live online chat today at noon.

Kaiser Permanente Ohio Awards Another Round of Thriving Communities Grants

MedCity News, Dec. 20, 2010
Kaiser Permanente Ohio awarded more than $375,000 to 20 organizations serving communities in Northeast Ohio, including The Tina Project, which will provide teen dating violence education to all 7th through 12th grade students. The project, sponsored by the Battered Women’s Shelte and 14 other agencies, will work with Case Western Reserve University's Department of Public Health on evaluation efforts.

Poverty Up Sharply in Rust Belt

U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 21, 2010
Americans in the South and the Rust Belt have felt the effects of the recession more severely than those in the rest of the U.S., new data shows. Increasing poverty signals the U.S. coming down from the "good times" of the late '90s and early 2000s, when poverty rates were lower, said Claudia Coulton, director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

Newly Formed PolymerPlus Emerges from Layered Polymers Research at CWRU

PhysOrg.com, Dec. 21, 2010
PolymerPlus, a spin-off venture that started with advanced polymers research at Case Western Reserve University's Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, has been established in an attempt to commercialize polymer technology. PolymerPlus has a strong technology transfer aspect, said Jim Pae, operations director at Case Western Reserve's Institute for Advanced Materials.

Higher Ed News

Apple of Their Eye?

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 22, 2010
Though many in the higher-education world thought the iPad would change how students learn and work, trial programs at universities across the country have shown this may not be the case.