New CWRU Lecture Series Explores India and its People

A new lecture series at Case Western Reserve University—“India: the Migration of Religion, People and Ideas”—offers an opportunity for the public to understand the growing importance of the social, cultural and political forces of South Asian cultures in shaping the global landscape.

Prema Kurien
Prema Kurien

Charlotte Ikels, professor of anthropology and director of the Asian Studies Program, said this year’s focus is on the rise of India. “India's population is on the move, and the United States is one of its prime destinations,” Ikels said, adding India is also one of the world's most rapidly developing economies.

Prema Kurien, associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University, will give the first of three lectures over the next months with her talk, “Who Speaks for South Asian Americans? Religion, Ethnicity and Political Formation.” The free, public event begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in 309 Clark Hall. Read more.

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East Cleveland Service-Learning Experience Offers Educational, Community Lessons

The higher education concept of learning through service has resulted in direct benefit to East Cleveland, a high-poverty urban suburb struggling with problems common to aging inner-ring suburbs long abandoned by the middle class escaping the city. Working with community partners, social work students conducted action research that helped the city receive federal stimulus funds for vacant housing demolition and rehab.

Mark Chupp
Mark Chupp

Now, the Case Western Reserve University effort has expanded service learning from its origins in social work classrooms to a universitywide partnership with the East Cleveland community.

Mark Chupp, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, initiated a long-term partnership with East Cleveland that built upon multiple service learning projects and pro bono technical assistance provided by the Mandel School to the city. Read more.

Campus News

The Doubletree Cleveland Downtown, the official hotel sponsor of CWRU Athletics, wants to bring its famous Doubletree cookies and Starbucks coffee for you and 24 of your friends/coworkers. Fill out the attached form and return by March 7 for your chance to win. Just 10 minutes away from Case Western Reserve University, the Doubletree Cleveland Downtown offers special room rates for all CWRU departments—$89 through 2011. Call 1.800.222.TREE and ask for the CWRU rate or click here.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline to submit tuition waiver applications for the spring semester is Feb. 28. Application forms are available online or in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall 224. Completed applications can be submitted in person, by fax to 216.368.3582 or by email. Full details about the tuition waiver program can be found through the benefits web page. Contact Benefits Administration at or 216.368.6781 with questions.

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There will be an interruption of services for PeopleSoft Financials users from 3 a.m. Feb. 19 to no later than 7 a.m. Feb. 21 to allow ERP Financials and Information Technology Services (ITS) to implement the new asset management module of the system. The asset management module integrates with the PeopleSoft Financials system to provide the university with a more effective method to track all capitalized assets while meeting reporting requirements. The university will be able to track physical and financial attributes of an asset, calculate depreciation, and provide accurate financial reporting. PeopleSoft Financials users purchasing assets that are valued at over $5,000 individually or combined will need to understand the effect the new module has when creating a requisition and receiving these items. More information, references, and instructions are available online. If you have additional questions about this outage, contact the ITS Help Desk 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to

For Students

There will be a SOURCE Seminar on Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities On and Off Campus on Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Crawford Hall 11A. Register online.

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Light Bulb Drop flierAll undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enter GE Lighting’s design contest, the Light Bulb Drop Competition Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310 and Nord Atrium. Engineers from GE will discuss the company’s newest green technology, and students compete to build a contraption to keep lightbulbs in place after falling in the atrium. Teams will win $250, $175 and $75 for first through third places, respectively. Click here to register for the event. Lunch will be provided for all teams and volunteers. Contact Mary Rouse with any questions.

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The Graduate Student Senate is seeking nominations from graduate students for the John S. Diekhoff Awards, which recognize four exceptional graduate faculty members—two as teachers and two as mentors. For more information, including how to nominate, click here.


Join the African American Society, Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Thwing Center Atrium today from noon to 1:30 p.m. to Celebrate African American Heritage: Rhythmic Words of Expression. The event will feature soul food, singing, music, poetry, history, dancing, Black Jeopardy, video and other performances of African American culture.

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Spring SatCo.—Saturday classes that are open to the entire university community—will be held Feb. 26. Topics vary from improv and tap dance to tours of the West Side Market and anime screenings. Spaces are filling up fast so register online today. If you have any questions, email Melissa Turk.

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Ray Leach
Ray Leach

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend The David Deioma Lectureship, sponsored by the Master of Engineering and Management Program, on March 3 in Severance Hall. Ray Leach, CEO of Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc., will discuss “How Northeast Ohio Has Become a Model for the Future Economy of the U.S.” A reception begins in the Smith Lobby of Severance Hall at 4:30; the presentation begins at 6 p.m. To register, click here.

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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Research on breast cancer hormonal therapy conducted by four individuals in the Department of Pharmacology and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at the School of Medicine will be published in the journal Oncogene. Graduate student Wannarasmi Ketchart, the first author, along with senior authors Monica Montano, John Pink and Jeffrey Albert, found a protein factor, HEXIM1, that proved to be a critical determinant of a person’s response to tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy used for breast cancer. Resistance to tamoxifen is common after five years, but their research found that a loss of HEXIM1 results in resistance to tamoxifen.

Feb. 18, 2011

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In the News

Cleveland Gorillas Go Veggie to Shed a Few Pounds
AOL News, Feb. 17, 2011
Biology PhD candidate Elena Hoellein Less and adjunct professor Kristen Lukas switched two adult gorillas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to a diet consisting of just vegetables instead of the starchy pellets. Each of the gorillas, who were at risk for heart disease, has now shed about 65 pounds in the past year, even though they’re consuming twice the calories. “They were a little disappointed at first that their diet was lower in sugar. Just like humans, they really like their sugar,” Less said.

Regulation Haters Join Chorus Urging New Clean Water Act Rules
The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2011
New regulation of the Clean Water Act likely would ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s burden, said Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. "Under a new regulation, you could have a situation where the agency presumes that significant nexus is there. Guidance forces them to engage in a much more detailed proof."

Lawmakers Debate Med-Dev Approval Process
Star Tribune, Feb. 17, 2011
The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health listened to testimony from a panel regarding the FDA approval process for medical devices. Dr. Steven Nissen, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, called the regulatory system for medical devices “antiquated” and noted manufacturing facilities making medical devices approved through the 510(k) pathway aren’t inspected by the FDA.

Higher Ed News

DePaul Becomes Biggest Private University to Go 'Test Optional'
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2011
DePaul University will no longer require prospective students to submit SAT or ACT scores. Instead, students who choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores will write short responses to essay questions to measure “noncognitive” traits such as leadership and commitment to service.