CWRU Students Help Kids Prepare for Cleveland Marathon

Students measuring kids
Students from Case Western
Reserve University used high-
tech scales to measure children.

Approximately 650 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students are shaping up to run in the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon as part of the We Run This City Marathon Program (WRTC), and Case Western Reserve University, YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Department of Public Health are helping them get ready with a series of pre-race tests.

Teams of CMSD students come to the YMCA for pre-race testing as part of the evaluation of the program done by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University. The YMCA staff, students from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron and CMSD school nurses conducted the pre-race tests. The evaluations include having blood pressures taken and standing on a high-tech body composition scale to gather data on total body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentage of body fat (PBF). Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares tax returns free of charge for low-income workers throughout Cleveland. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to more than 8,000 clients who received $9.1 million in refunds, and saved an estimated $2 million in preparation fees. Don't stress out over taxes—let them do the work for you! Client spots are first come, first served. Tax sites are open from 12-4pm (in PBL 201) on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 18, 25; and April 1. To be a client, email Beth Johnston and Di Huang at or go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

A new series of lunchtime discussions, Advice From Full Professors, will provide female faculty members with opportunities to meet with other female faculty colleagues for informal discussions. Full professors will provide advice, reflections and guidance on issues that impact your career path. The first luncheon, "How to decide on committee participation," is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m., in the Cleveland Room at Thwing Center. Lunch will be served and space is limited. RSVP to Susan Freimark or online. This program is sponsored by the Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

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Social Security: Unraveled introduces the Social Security program and shows how it protects you at retirement or if you become disabled, and your family if you die. Brandon Smith, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration will discuss some of the challenges facing Social Security in the future. The event will be held Feb. 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. To register, click here.

For Students

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is conducting a series of workshops to enhance students' academic skills and learn to be more effective, efficient learners. Students can register for a workshop no later than 5 p.m. the day before the workshop. All workshops will be held on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the ESS Electronic Learning Center in 464 Sears Building. These workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions, contact Rhonda Moore or call 216.368.3790.

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Students are invited to attend the SOURCE Seminar Q&A About Summer Research Applications on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in Nord 400. Register online.

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There will be 90 employers attending the Career Center’s Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Adelbert Gym. These employers will be looking to hire for internships, practicum, co-ops and full-time positions. Current students and alumni are welcome to attend.


Science Cafe ClevelandScience Café Cleveland presents Cloaking Cupid’s Arrow: Contraception and Reproductive Science. James M. Edmonson, chief curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum of Case Western Reserve University, and Anthony P. Tizzano, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center of Wooster, will look at the history and science of birth control. The event will be held at the tasting room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. on Feb. 14, with drinks beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion at 7 p.m. The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co. will sponsor the event.

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Marc A. Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan, will visit campus Feb. 22 for a discussion on Ethics and the Global Economy, explaining how business decisions—both local and global—affect cities like Cleveland. He will also tackle the notion of “easy money” and promote long-term, strategic decision-making. This lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Inamori Center’s website.

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The Kelvin Smith Library will host two free training sessions Feb. 3 for the new ARTstor database. ARTstor has more than 1 million images from museums, photo archives, scholars and other global collections. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the one-hour training to learn more about using the database. More details are available, and seating is limited. Please register for the 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. session.

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.

Five Case Western Reserve University soccer players were named Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio. Junior defender Kristina Vaci was a first-team selection for the women, while sophomore midfielders Deena Levey and Kendra Simmons were chosen as second-team and honorable mention, respectively. For the men, junior defender Niro Wimalasena was a first-team pick, while senior forward Jordan Fox garnered second-team acclaim.

Feb. 1, 2011

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In the News

Outside the Box: New Architecture for Business Schools
Financial Times, Jan. 31, 2011
Famous architects are busy creating new buildings on campuses across the country that have a different vibe than traditional campus architecture, such as the Frank Gehry-designed Weatherhead School of Management building.

Fall of a Falls physician
Niagara Gazette, Jan. 30, 2011
Dr. Pravin Mehta and 13 other people have been charged with a wide range of federal drug and Medicaid fraud charges as a result of an 18-month investigation that found Mehta was prescribing controlled substances without legitimate medical reasons. Theodore Parran, associate clinical professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, called Mehta’s actions “not part of the legitimate practice of medicine.”

This Week in Small Business: At Least We’re Not in India or Britain
The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2011
A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Scott Shane is cited in an article that questions whether we’re really in a period of global economic growth.

Higher Ed News

Can Students Learn to Learn?

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 31, 2011
Students perform differently in classes and on exams due to a variety of factors, including metacognition, or being able to understand why we learn the way we do. Some universities are looking for ways to grow students' metacognition, such as allowing them to answer fewer questions on tests but requiring them to say why they aren't confident in their answers,