Spartan Track & Field Teams Ready for 2011 Season

Jeremy Gdaniec
Jeremy Gdaniec

Entering the 2011 season, the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s track and field teams are poised to take another step forward in the University Athletic Association after the women’s squad finished fourth overall at the UAA Outdoor Championships—its highest finish ever—and the Spartan men claimed an individual national champion for the first time since 1990. Together, the two squads have now produced five All-Americans in the past two years. The first full team meet will take place Saturday, as the team hosts the annual Spartan Relays at 10 a.m. in the Veale Center.

Last season, the Spartan men placed sixth with 45 team points at the indoor conference meet before improving to fifth at the UAA Outdoor Championships, posting an improvement of 36 points in the process. This year, however, they must replace four-time Division III All-American and graduated national champion Obinna Nwanna, whose title in the decathlon led the Spartans to a team finish of 26th at nationals last season. The Spartans will lean on a crop of returning athletes who should be able to challenge for conference crowns. Read more.

Campus News

Starting Thursday, the Binary Walkway will be closed for approximately one month while work continues on a major infrastructure project involving the Case Quad. Pedestrians wishing to enter the Case Quad from its northeast corner will have their choice of two detours:

  • Walk west along the sidewalk parallel to Euclid Avenue and then turn left (south) at the portion of the walkway that leads toward  Amasa Stone Chapel and then along its western edge.
  • Walk south along the sidewalk parallel to Adelbert Road and then turn right (west) at the southern edge of the building.

Signs directing pedestrians will be posted along both detour paths. The area is bordered by Euclid Avenue, Adelbert Road, Amasa Stone Chapel and the wall that is parallel to the northern side of Adelbert Hall. Meanwhile, work within the VIC parking lot is complete, and all spaces will be available again.

The Medical Center Company, one of the university’s primary utility providers, is installing new water lines in the area of campus bordered by Crawford Hall and the Millis Science Center. This multiphase effort began last month and is expected to proceed through the spring.

This project will enhance the efficiency of air conditioning and other services requiring chilled water. It is expected to result in long-term operational and capital savings for Case Western Reserve University, and contribute to the university’s sustainability efforts. Details regarding the timing of this and successive phases will be posted in The Daily as they become available.

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So you think you’re pretty smart? Prove it. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in a new contest. The competition, which just launched on the Think news site, will feature weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. A leaderboard will update throughout the semester, with the winner getting an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week—that is, if you think you’ve got what it takes.

For Faculty and Staff

The CWRU Employee Wellness Program invites all employees to attend this month’s free cooking demonstration Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall, room 310. Bon Appetit chefs will show how to easily prepare healthy, tasty soups, and you can sample their creations. Register here.

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Faculty can nominate themselves or a fellow faculty member for a Glennan Fellowship for 2011-2012. The program identifies and rewards promising junior faculty and facilitates their growth as teachers and scholars. Fellowships will be awarded based on evidence of promise for a balanced career in teaching and scholarship, as well as on the proposals submitted by nominees. Glennan Fellows must be regular tenure-track faculty members who are not yet tenured. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 4. For more information, visit the UCITE website.

For Students

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.

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Students can attend an informational session, Q&A About Summer Research Internship Applications, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. in Crawford Hall 11A. Register here.

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Engineers Without Borders will host its first kickoff meetings of the semester Jan. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. Students from any major or background are encouraged to attend and enjoy free pizza while learning more about the work in Thailand, Dominican Republic, Cameroon and Cleveland.

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Students have one last chance this week to talk about the Student Competition for the Kelvin Smith Library First Floor Redesign Project. Send a team or a representative to KSL at 2 p.m. today, and get details on how to submit a letter of intent for the project. More details and deadlines are on the KSL NewsBlog.


Tomorrow, Jan. 21, is the last day of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week. The following events are scheduled:

  • The Office of the President presents the MLK Convocation, featuring a keynote address by historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People and pre-eminent American historian. The event will be held at this year's new venue, Ford Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. Arrangements for the appearance of Nell Irvin Painter made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY.

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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To celebrate the Chinese New Year and the year of the rabbit, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), will host a Chinese Spring Festival Banquet Feb. 5 from 6 to 11 p.m. in Thwing Center Ballroom and 1914 Lounge. All students, faculty, staff, friends and relatives are welcome. The festival will feature performances, authentic Chinese food from local restaurants and student cooks, cultural presentations and traditional activities such as dumpling making and calligraphy. Tickets will be sold every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nord Hall atrium for $10 and also will be available in the ISS Office in Sears Building, Room 210. For more details, go online or contact Jean Wang.

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RePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair and modification workshop to benefit children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio Monday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 310. For more information, see the RePlay for Kids website.

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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Julie Amon

Julie Amon, assistant dean for first-year students, was one of only 10 people in the country to be named an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and Cengage Learning.

Jan. 20, 2011

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Athersys Stem Cells Show Promise in Treating Spinal Injury, Study Shows

MedCity News, Jan. 19, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that administering Athersys’ MultiStem technology to rodents with spinal injuries reduced inflammation and promoted regrowth of neurons. “This study demonstrates for the first time that an adult stem cell is capable of modifying multiple aspects of the wound response following a spinal cord injury,” said Jerry Silver, professor in the Department of Neurosciences.

New Study Compares Bipolar Medications

Psych Central, Jan. 19, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center will work with Bipolar Trials Network to launch Bipolar CHOICE (Clinical Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness), a 10-site nationwide trial to study the effectiveness of medications used to treat bipolar disorder.

Endangered Dems Sound Alarms About Redistricting

Associated Press, Jan. 18, 2011
With the threat of congressional redistrcting looming, some lawmakers are asking voters for help keeping their jobs, including Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. His public push is unusual but might not make any difference in the end, said Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science.

Man Charged with Facebook Hacking

Fox 8 Cleveland, Jan. 18, 2011
A California man has been accused of hacking into Facebook accounts, and then posting racy pictures from the accounts elsewhere on the Internet. Jacqueline Lipton, professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, offers tips for online privacy.

Higher Ed News

The Invisible Computer Lab

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2011
"Virtual computing labs" may soon take over on-campus computer labs. These labs are really Web-based hubs where students can go to use programs on their personal computers without buying and installing software—or having to head over to an actual computer lab.