Veteran Journalist to Discuss Current and Future China-U.S. Relations

Orville Schell
Orville Schell

How does the United States’ role change as China rises to one of the world’s foremost powers? Author and journalist Orville Schell will discuss how China’s economic rise is influencing U.S. and China relations and the global balance of political and military power during his free, public talk, “China’s Rise and Its Impact on Almost Everything,” sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. The program begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Wolstein Auditorium.

As the director of the Asia Society’s New York-based Center on U.S.-China Relations, Schell leads programs on the environment, media and foreign policy reforms in order to promote U.S.-China dialogues rooted in a mutual respect toward one another’s cultural and political traditions and values, 

The expert on China and Tibet will provide insights into China’s rise and how the United States’ response to it will have worldwide ramifications. He contends that a possible, well-guided co-operation between China and the U.S. will have a tremendous positive economic and environmental impact on the world. Read more.

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Longtime Faculty Member Offers Dance Scholarship to CWRU Students

Kathryn Karipides
Kathryn Karipides

Students in the Case Western Reserve University Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Dance Program now have the exclusive opportunity for a summer scholarship, thanks to the Cleveland Arts Prize: Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. This scholarship, which was first awarded in 2006, is now limited to Case Western Reserve students after previously being a national scholarship. As of 2011, the Cleveland Arts Prize: Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance is held by the Cleveland Arts Prize and administered through Case Western Reserve University’s School of Graduate Studies.

The winning graduate student will receive about $2,000 to attend a summer Modern Dance program of their choice. The scholarship is open to incoming students with acceptance into the MFA dance program or students who have completed their first or second year of study with a 3.5 GPA. The winner will be recognized at the annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony April 26 and also by the Cleveland Arts Prize on its website. 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.

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On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets 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.

For Faculty and Staff

The grace period for 2010 Health Care Flexible Spending Account expenses will end March 15. The grace period is an extended period of coverage at the end of the plan year that allows you extra time to incur expenses that can be reimbursed from your remaining 2010 Health Care FSA balance. If your 2010 expenses were less than the amount you put aside in your FSA, you have until March 15 to incur additional expenses. You will need to submit a Health Care FSA Reimbursement Claim Form to receive reimbursement. Your Meritain Benny debit card can only be used with your 2011 health care FSA. All claims submitted for services provided during the grace period will automatically be processed against the previous year's plan year first. If your claims exceed the available funds from the previous plan year, any excess will be automatically applied to your 2011 health care FSA election. Claims for your 2010 FSA account must be submitted to Meritain by June 30.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center is conducting a workshop on issues of procrastination and writing anxiety relevant to both new and experienced writers. The workshop will be held Friday, Feb. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Guilford House, room 323. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by clicking here.

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The Department of Bioethics is offering a three-credit summer course in India Aug. 1-12. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, Global Health–India offers an in-depth study of disease in India by examining the historical, cultural, ethical, medical, religious and legal aspects of disease. Contact Michelle Champoir, director of international education programs for the department, at 216.368.5377 to apply.

Additionally, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering a three-credit travel course to Ecuador May 19-31 with optional service learning June 1-10. The course, Ecuador: Study of Health, Human & Social Development, is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and counts for global/cultural diversity. Through field visits and seminars, students will observe and study the social and health services in urban and rural areas. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of international education programs for the school, at 216.368.6014 for details.


The university community is invited to attend Meditation 101 with Francoise Adan weekly, on Mondays starting March 14 at noon or Wednesdays starting March 16 at 6 p.m. in W.O. Walker Building. Enrollment is $125; Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals employees and their families can enroll for $80. For registration and information, call 216.844.2400.

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All students, faculty and staff are welcome to drop by the Jolly Scholar tonight for a fun night of trivia. There will be free food and drinks in celebration of Engineer's Week. The free food and drinks start at 7:30 p.m., with trivia starting around 8 p.m. The Case Alumni Association is giving out cash prizes to the first, second and third place teams ($150 to the first place team). For more details on trivia night or other E-Week related events, go to

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The Cleveland Symposium, organized by students in the joint graduate program of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art, invite all students, faculty, staff and friends to attend the Art History Symposium Feb. 25. The topic will be “Matters of Life and Death: Decay and Rebirth in the Visual Domain.” Graduate students from programs around the world will present their recent research on these topics. Presentations will be heard from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. For more information or a full schedule, go 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.

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LGBT awardThe Career Center earned a bronze certification for the OUT for Work Career Center Certification Program. OUT for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW’s programs, resources and services provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies, and research employment opportunities.

Feb. 22, 2011

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The Bigger Picture

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In the News

Williams: House Republicans Stumble Out of the Gate
The Hill, Feb. 21, 2011
House Republicans have been focusing on repealing healthcare and cutting the current budget in order to please loyal Republican voters, leaders say. One view is they could be playing to senior voters, who strongly voted Republican in opposition to President Obama’s healthcare reform. They felt threatened by proposals to limit Medicare and were concerned by the idea of “death panels,” said Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society. But lately there may have been a shift in opinion on the healthcare law.

Winning Ohio's Energy Future: Ronald B. Richard and Teryn Norris
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 21, 2011
When President Obama visits Cleveland, “he will find a city and state where those forces are driving a revolution in clean, green energy,” led in part by Case Western Reserve University's Great Lakes Energy Institute, the article’s authors wrote.

Supplier Survey to Focus on Global Competition
Automotive News, Feb. 18, 2011
Susan Helper, AT&T Professor of Economics at Weatherhead School of Management, is conducting research on companies that supply goods or services used in manufacturing new cars and light trucks. "The study will provide the first in-depth look at all levels of the supply chain in the U.S. since the recent economic crisis and enable us to make informed policy recommendations," Helper said.

Higher Ed News

$10-Million Grant Program Will Support State Efforts to Boost College-Completion Rates

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2011
A nonprofit organization, Complete College America, announced a $10-million competitive grant program to encourage states to boost college-completion rates. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, grants will be awarded to states that incorporate policies such as reducing the time it takes to complete degrees.