Speaker to Address Tipping Point of Peak Water Resources

Peter Gleick
Peter Gleick

Turn the tap on and get a glass of water. The future of that simple action is in danger. Freshwater resources are declining, according to Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute and one of the world’s experts on water. Gleick will be the guest speaker for a free, public event sponsored by the Year of Water Committee at Case Western Reserve University Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

The advocate for understanding peak water—the tipping point between enough, and not enough good water to support human and animal life, agriculture and industry—will speak about the state of the world’s water problems, whether we are approaching the point of “peak water,” and innovative and effective solutions for the coming decades.

By 2025, the United Nations estimates that 1.8 billion people will be living in regions where water is scarce, and two out of three people in areas where they are under water stress. Read more.

Campus News

121 Fitness Center, owned and operated by Case Western Reserve University, invites you to welcome 2011 with a special $0 initiation fee sign-up special. 121 has more than 90 staff members to assist you in getting healthy this year in a professional, clean, friendly and personal environment. All new members receive four free personal training sessions, and memberships include more than 55 free group exercise classes each week, free covered parking, childcare, locker and towels services, saunas and access to more than 28,000 square feet of top equipment. Stop in for a tour and see the brand-new strength training circuit. Visit 121 online for more information. Payroll deduction and Case Cash are accepted.

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Be a tutor in The Saturday Tutoring Program’s 21st year of providing free tutoring for students in grades 1-12 from school districts throughout Greater Cleveland. An orientation/training session for tutors will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at The Church of the Covenant in University Circle.  Volunteer any Saturday from Jan. 29 to April 16, 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit www.SaturdayTutoring.org or call 216.421.0482 ext. 281.

For Faculty and Staff

A new microscope core facility is open to the Case Western Reserve University campus community. The facility houses a powerful Leica TCS SP2 Multiple Photon confocal microscope capable of state-of-the-art imaging. While the microscope is optimized for live imaging, it is also the one of the best microscopes on campus to image fixed specimens. For more information about this facility or how to sign up to use it, visit this website.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) opens Tuesday, Jan. 18. Consultants at the WRC will be available to assist students from all disciplines in either 30- or 60-minute individual sessions. WRC locations are: Bellflower Hall, Kelvin Smith Library, SAGES Cafe and Nord Hall (Rooms 407-408). Online tutoring also is available. Students can make appointments online. For more information, check the website or email the writing center.

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Are you an international student who wants to work in the U.S.? Join the Career Center and immigration attorney David Leopold, for the Work Authorization Workshop for International Students about immigration status and how it relates to work authorization. The presentation will be held Jan. 21 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Nord 310. Register for this workshop through CWRULink. Undergraduate and graduate international students as well as international alumni are welcome to attend. For more information contact Genine Apidone.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events are still taking place around campus. Here’s what’s scheduled for Jan. 19:

  • Courtney Clayton Jenkins, pastor of Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, presents Learning to Lead: The Leadership Principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sponsored by and held at Kelvin Smith Library from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Rev. Marvin McMickle, head pastor at the Antioch Baptist Church, will present The Weight of History and the Challenge of Change at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.
  • The Black Law Students Association presents Moving Forward by Looking Back: Citizen King documentary and discussion, held at the School of Law at 5:30 p.m. View the documentary on King and take part in a panelist-led discussion.
Ongoing events: the Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America display, sponsored by and held at Kelvin Smith Library, and the I Have a Dream display, sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Leadership, at Thwing Center Atrium.

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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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NYSPThe National Youth Sports Program and Case Western Reserve University invite faculty, staff and students to attend the NYSP Night at the Q on Feb. 13. Leaders and children involved in the program will be recognized at center court that evening, as the Cavs take on the Washington Wizards. Tickets are available at a discounted rate, and a portion of each ticket sold goes directly to NYSP to provide financial assistance to economically disadvantaged families attending NYSP next summer. Tickets range from $26-59 and can be ordered online or by calling John Fouser at 216.420.2187. For more information, email Fouser. If you are unable to attend, contributions are accepted online.

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.

Max Mehlman
Maxwell Mehlman

School of Law and Department of Bioethics Professor Maxwell Mehlman’s article “Modern Eugenics and the Law” recently was published in A Century of Eugenics in America. Additionally, he presented “Can Humans Survive Evolutionary Engineering?” at the Conference on Transforming Humanity: Fantasy, Dream, Nightmare? at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society.

Jan. 18, 2011

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In the News

New 'Green Hornet' Has No Buzz. Are Minor League Superheroes Striking Out?

Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 14, 2011
The Green Hornet film hit theaters with little fanfare. While movies starring Spider-Man and Batman have had mass appeal, lesser-known superheroes may not be able to follow their success. Even if the superhero has websites and fan clubs devoted to him or her, “there's a reason those characters don't have comic books anymore," said Brad Ricca, SAGES fellow at Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland Medical Mart Tenants Mostly Small, Local, MMPI Announces

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 15, 2011
Developers of Cleveland's medical mart released a roster of nearly 60 likely tenants, a majority of which have ties to the region. "It shows a lot of local support," said J. B. Silvers, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and department chair of Banking and Finance at Weatherhead School of Management. "The question is how much national support will they get over time."

Oakwood C.C. Plan – Eagle or Bogey?

WCPN Ideastream, Jan. 13, 2011
Robin Dubin, professor of economics and associate dean for Graduate and Professional Programs at Weatherhead School of Management, joined a debate on plans to bring a shopping mall and high-end condos to what previously was a golf course at Oakwood Country Club.

Higher Ed News

Are Undergraduates Really Learning Anything?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2011
In a new, much-anticipated book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, the authors found that a large percentage of undergraduates aren't developing the broad-based skills and knowledge they should master.