Remembering Jean Donovan and Promoting Social Justice at CWRU, Feb. 25 and 26

Jean Donovan
Jean Donovan

The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University will examine issues of human rights, liberation theology and historical memory by revisiting the Dec. 2, 1980, murders of university alumna Jean Donovan and three other churchwomen killed by militant death squads in El Salvador. The SJI will honor Donovan during the 2011 Jean Donovan International Social Justice Conference, “Repression, Resistance and Transformation in Central America,” Feb. 25 and 26, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall.

The free, public event is cosponsored by the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America and campus organizations, including the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice, the Inamori Center, Inter-Religious Council and Share the Vision.

Donovan, who was from Connecticut, was murdered while volunteering through a Cleveland church mission program. An outcry emerged against U.S. support in Central America after Donovan and three Catholic nuns were discovered in a shallow unmarked countryside grave. Read more.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students, or visitors. Nominations may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates, and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in the Adelbert Hall Foyer quad side, and they will be honored at a brunch in June. Nominations are due by March 18.  Contact with questions or for complete details.

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The university is opening six new lactation centers around campus to help nursing mothers continue to breastfeed their infants while working or taking classes. This is in addition to the three existing lactation centers. Visit the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women website for locations and 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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CWRU Employee Wellness will host a free cooking demonstration Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. A Bon Appetit chef will show participants how to prepare healthy, delicious pizzas. Register here.

For Students

It is not too late to take advantage of the Spartan Shape Up undergraduate membership at 121 Fitness Center. Join in February for the prorated amount of $135 and enjoy all the free amenities included with membership: more than 55 group exercise classes, free parking, four free training sessions, lockers, towels and more! Memberships last until May 15 and Case Cash is accepted. Register online or at 121 Fitness Center.

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Case E-clubThe Entrepreneurship Education Consortium and Case E-Club invite all students to compete in a business plan competition tonight at 6 p.m. in Nord Hall 400. First prize will be $500, second place will be $200 and third place will be $100. There will be two separate competitions for graduate and undergraduate students with separate prizes. The winning undergraduate team will represent the university at the regional EEC competition, which offers a $5,000 prize. Undergraduate students may enter as an individual or group (maximum of four students per group); graduate students may enter groups online. Find more information online.


The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center has partnered with Share the Vision and the Residence Hall Association to bring you the second event in a semester long lunch series LGBTQ Allies in Faith. This Friday, Feb. 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the LGBT Center, located in Thwing Center, will welcome Rev. Martin Rolfs Massaglia, senior pastor, and Tim Farrell, LGBT leader, from the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland to discuss their congregation and the LGBT community.  Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For further information, contact Elisabeth Roccoforte in the LGBT Center.

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Weatherhead School of Management will host a half-day seminar on Enabling IT Value Through Enterprise Architecture Friday, Feb. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 201. The seminar, developed in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio IT and Enterprise Architects (NEO-ITEA) and the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), will feature a keynote address by Jeanne W. Ross, director and principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research, as well as presentations by Weatherhead faculty and IBM employees. For more information and to register, go online.

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Science 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.

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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A few School of Law professors have recently had articles published. Professor Jacqueline Lipton’s “Copyright’s Twilight Zone: Digital Copyright Lessons from the Vampire Blogosphere” appeared in the Maryland Law Review, while Professor Jonathan Adler’s was a contributor to the book Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? with his article “The Problems with Precaution: A Principle Without Principle.” Additionally, Paul Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law, had 10 works published over the past year, including recent articles such as “Daubert and Forensic Science: The Pitfalls of Law Enforcement Control of Scientific Research” in the Illinois Law Review and “Scientific Evidence in Criminal Prosecutions: A Retrospective” in the Brooklyn Law Review.

Feb. 10, 2011

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In the News

Heart Disease is Top Killer of US Women
Voice of America, Feb. 8, 2011
More American women die of heart disease than men, but little attention has been paid to female heart disease. Ileana Pina, professor at the School of Medicine, said women must learn more about risk factors for heart disease and to ask their doctors the right questions.

Will the Midwest Become the Next Silicon Valley?
The Huffington Post, Feb. 8, 2011
Ohio is one of several Midwest states where successful entrepreneurial companies are leading the way in today’s economy and showing that high-growth entrepreneurship can happen anywhere if a region plays up its existing strengths. Cleveland benefits from institutions like Case Western Reserve University by providing world-class healthcare, the author wrote.

Supporters Break 'Ground' for the New Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland at Uptown in University Circle
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 9, 2011
At a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $26.7 million Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, President Barbara Snyder said the sunlight that day was a good omen, flooding the three-story atrium at the McCullough Center for the Visual Arts at Cleveland Institute of Art with light and warmth. The new museum will be located a block from the McCullough Center, on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road.

Ohio Republican Lawmakers Introduce Slew of Bills Aimed at Restricting Access to Abortions
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 9, 2011
In eight days, Ohio Statehouse Republicans introduced five bills to restrict access to abortions, including the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions the moment a heartbeat is detected. School of Law Professor Jessie Hill said states can’t outlaw abortions before the fetus is considered viable, and the bill is simply “symbolic legislation … that’s clearly unconstitutional.”

Gladiator-epic Fans Give Genre a Fighting Chance
Kansas City Star, Feb. 8, 2011
Having ancient Rome as a setting for a movie can be enticing to theatergoers for many reasons, including sex, said Ricardo Apostol, assistant professor of classics. "Why can we be titillated by sexual situations involving Roman slaves but would perhaps object to modern pornography about sex slaves? Putting those actions among those 'decadent Romans' lets us turn our fantasies to 11 while displacing all, or almost all, the guilt.”

Higher Ed News

Classroom Matters
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2011
After just a little more than two semesters of having faculty teach Spanish 101 online only—without a classroom option—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is scaling back the program. The findings from the first semester showed true beginners need to be in the classroom at least some of the time.