Nell Irvin Painter to Headline Week of MLK Events at CWRU

Nell Irvin Painter
Nell Irvin Painter. Photo credit: Robbin Holland.

Nell Irvin Painter, the award-winning author of The History of White People, will deliver the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University’s weeklong 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “The Weight of History and the Challenge of Change,” which takes place Jan. 14-21.

Painter will speak during a free, public event Friday, Jan. 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Her talk concludes the weeklong celebration that includes a variety of campus activities exploring King's life and legacy, including an essay contest, film screenings and readings.

Painter will elaborate on her new book, described as a journey “through more than 2,000 years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but the frequent praise of whiteness.” Read more.

Campus News

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Software Center now includes iLife '11. The Apple Software Collection offers all CWRU students, faculty and staff free access to OS X Snow Leopard, iWork '09 and now iLife '11. iLife '11 can be downloaded separately by selecting the "Apple Software Collection" on the Software Center.

iLife is a suite of products for Mac users that includes iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, iWeb and iDVD for working with photos, music and movies. For details about all of these products, visit

If you have additional questions about new products, contact the ITS Help Desk, 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to and click on "Live Chat."

For Faculty and Staff

ACES+ Distinguished Lectureships are now open to all faculty from all disciplines at the university. Applications are currently being accepted. ACES+ Distinguished Lectureships will provide support for visits to Case Western Reserve University by senior women faculty or underrepresented minority faculty for up to four days of collaboration and lectures. The lecturer will be invited for a stay of two to four nights and will give two to four lectures, which may include specialized seminars or course lectures and a public lecture followed by a reception. Each lectureship carries a $1,500 honorarium and additional funds for travel, lodging and reception expenses. Applications should include a one-page description of mutual research interests and scheduled interactions with CWRU faculty, a brief current CV of the distinguished scholar to be invited, a list of proposed lectures, an anticipated budget and an explanation of how the visit might be relevant to the broader NSF-ADVANCE mission of increasing participation of women and minorities in academia. Submit complete application materials to Sharon Burke.

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Make health your priority this New Year and take the CWRU Get “Fit for Life” 8-Week Challenge starting Jan. 10. This eight-week challenge is open to everyone, including the public. Whether you want to lose weight, tone or build muscle, we have the program for you with four different tiers to choose from. Great prizes, group and individual meetings, motivation and complete access to Case’s 121 Fitness Center are all part of the program. Plus, as a part of the University’s Wellness initiative, the Department of Human Resources is offering 50 percent off the program costs to eligible employees. Click here for details and registration. Space is limited.

For Students

On Jan. 27, SOURCE will host All About the IRB, a seminar to prepare for summer undergraduate research projects. The seminar will begin at noon. RSVP online.

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Educational Services for Students (ESS) will continue to host a conversation group for international students on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sears 470. No registration is necessary. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch and have an informal but informative conversation in English. The topics are student generated and focus on building conversational skills and on answering questions about idiomatic language. Questions about the group can be addressed to Rhonda Moore, assistant director for ESS Programming, 216.368.3790.


The Center for Science and Mathematics Education, in conjunction with Cleveland Lakefront State Park and Cuyahoga County Public Library, are recruiting four volunteers for the Sunday Science Event (Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m.) and Friday Family Night (March 18, 7-9 p.m.). These events engage the public in hands-on science activities related to water science and Lake Erie shipwrecks. Volunteers are needed one hour prior to the event. Contact Kathryn Kwiatkowski at 216.368.5075 or by email. For information on the events, visit the center’s website.

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All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Lepow Medical Student Research Day Jan. 13. The event showcases posters and oral presentations of research done by medical students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. There will be more than 100 posters on display at the poster session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Excelsior Ballroom at Thwing Student Center, and 12 abstracts presented in oral presentations from 2:45 to 5 p.m. in E401 of the School of Medicine building. Special guest speaker Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, will present “Infectious Deaths: Inborn Errors of Immunity?” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the School of Medicine, Room E401.

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.

Ted Steinberg
Ted Steinberg

Ted Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law, received a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for university teachers. The grant will support his research on the ecological history of the New York metropolitan area.

Jan. 7, 2011

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In the News

School Craze

Inside Business, January/February 2011
The poor economy has many people going back to school for their MBAs. These students expect a creative, alternative learning environment, said Fred Collopy, senior associate dean at Weatherhead School of Management, noting that Weatherhead focuses on sustainability and managing by design.

What's the Future for Legal Process Outsourcing?

ABA Journal, Jan. 3, 2011
Cassandra Burke Robertson, associate professor in the School of Law, spoke in a podcast on what an increase in legal process outsourcing, overseas and in the U.S., means for large and small legal practices now and in the future.

Case Western to Help Patients Affected by Allcare Shutdown

Fox 8 Cleveland, Jan. 6, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is teaming up with the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland to offer free dental care to individuals affected by the unexpected nationwide closing of Allcare Dental. Dean Jerold S. Goldberg said those in pain will be helped immediately by students and faculty at the Free Clinic; those not in pain will be helped on a case-by-case basis.

Predicting the Upshot of EPA's Carbon Rules

NationalJournal, Jan. 3, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out Clean Air Act regulations to gradually require major polluters to obtain permits for their greenhouse gas emissions. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, shared his thoughts on the regulation's effects.

Higher Ed News

Athletes and Students Graduate Comparably

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 7, 2011
NCAA Division III athletes, like those at Case Western Reserve University, graduate at rates comparable to or greater than those of other students, according to results from the first major study of these athletes' performance.