35 CWRU Students Spend Winter Break Abroad

Study abroad in Bangladesh
Deborah Jacobson [top right] traveled with
students last year to Bangladesh and met
with female micro-credit borrowers. She
is again in Bangladesh with students.
Photo credit: Dorota Porawska.

While many students are relaxing at home over winter break, 17 Case Western Reserve University students are in Bangladesh and another 18 are in Costa Rica earning course credit and learning about other cultures. The Bangladesh trip, offered through International Education Programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is a three-credit-hour course on Social Development and Micro-finance. Students in Costa Rica are earning three credit hours as they study Health and Health Care in Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States. The Department of Bioethics’ International Education Programs developed the trip to Costa Rica.

The 17 students, along with two faculty members, left for Bangladesh on Dec. 26 and return Jan. 9. While there, they will spend eight days in the capital and four traveling to villages, hearing lectures, doing field studies and even meeting with the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus. Additionally, they will spend two days at the International Consortium for Social Development, where they will present a faculty/student panel on the program.

Study Abroad Costa Rica
Students traveled to Costa Rica for an Environmental Comm-
unity Service Trip, during which they planted trees at a school
and in Marine National Park.

Thirteen students, one staff member and one faculty member traveled to Costa Rica for a community service opportunity Dec. 27-Jan. 2, during which they helped with environmental stewardship, from beach cleanups to working on school gardens; five more students joined for the course, which started Jan. 2 and ends Jan. 7. Read more.

Campus News

This week, reminder messages about campus climate surveys will be sent to faculty, staff and students who started at the university before April 2010. Students and staff will receive a reminder email from Vice President Marilyn Sanders Mobley. Full-time faculty will receive a reminder from Deputy Provost Lynn Singer. Survey results will allow comparison of how different campus constituencies perceive the environment for inclusion and diversity. The faculty survey is a follow-up to the climate survey conducted in 2007 and will help the university learn more about how faculty view the quality of the academic community on campus. Results will be compared to those from similar surveys of faculty at other research universities. Questions about the surveys can be directed to the Office of Institutional Research.

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2010 W-2 forms will be mailed at the end of January. By default, your W-2 will be sent to your home address. If you would like it sent to another address, you must enter a W-2 address type through Self-Service in the Human Capital Management System (HCM). All updates must be completed by Jan. 15. W-2 forms cannot be mailed to an international address.

Shortly after the forms have been mailed, they will be available through Self-Service in HCM. Contact the Payroll Office at 216.368.4290 with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

NetWellness, a free consumer health website sponsored and operated by Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, allows users to ask medical questions of experts from the universities.

For Students

Tau Beta Pi is holding its semiannual Book Swap in Nord 310 for students looking to buy and sell textbooks for classes this upcoming semester. Students can sell books at their own prices, and the books will be put on sale to for other students to buy. The Book Swap will run Jan. 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m every day. Students can browse the collection of books already for sale on Monday, and buying will officially begin Tuesday. More information about the Tau Beta Pi Book Swap is available online.


Case Western Reserve University's chapter of Sigma Xi, along with WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co., will sponsor a Science Cafe Cleveland event on Spider silk: an evolutionary experiment in biological supermaterial. The event, featuring Todd Blackledge of the University of Akron's Department of Biology, Sam Evans, MS candidate, and Sara Suva, biology undergraduate, will be held Jan. 10 at The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. (2701 Carroll Ave., Cleveland). Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion starting around 7 p.m. For details, go online.

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Out Loud: African-American Voices from History will be a program of selected readings from famous African-American writers by Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students. The free, public event, sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, begins at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Guilford House Parlor. If interested in reading or for more information, contact Susan Grimm.

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.

Erik Jensen
Erik Jensen

On Dec. 15, two School of Law professors were featured speakers at conferences.

Erik Jensen, David L. Brennan Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was the only speaker at a full-day program on American income taxation at Queens' College, Cambridge, sponsored by the University of Cambridge's Centre for Tax Law.

Andrew Pollis
Andrew Pollis

Professor Andrew Pollis moderated a panel of three judges for a CLE teleconference for the National Business Institute titled "As Judges See It: Top 10 Objection Mistakes."

Jan. 6, 2011

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