New Engineering Professorship Propels Great Lakes Energy Institute, Institute for Advanced Materials, and Supports Hiring Initiative

Thomas Seitz and Norman Tien
Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering for
the Case School of Engineering, and Thomas W. Seitz sign an
agreement for an endowed chair.

Case Western Reserve University alumnus Thomas W. Seitz and his wife, Nancy, have endowed a new chair at the Case School of Engineering. The Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professorship in Advanced Materials and Energy is the second endowed chair supporting the efforts of the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI).

The professorship represents the first philanthropic investment in the Engineering Strategic Hiring Initiative, which aims to attract outstanding scientists in the school’s priority areas of advanced materials, energy and human health. Launched last spring, the effort targets professors committed to collaboration on interdisciplinary work. It also focuses on enhancing diversity of the engineering school’s faculty.

“This generous gift will help accelerate our efforts to recruit individuals eager to work across boundaries to address some of the world’s greatest scientific challenges,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We are profoundly grateful to the Seitz family for recognizing the significance of this initiative.” Read more.

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RecycleMania Numbers Down So Far—How to Get Involved

RecycleManiaThis year, Case Western Reserve University is participating in the third annual RecycleMania, a 10-week contest among 630 U.S. colleges and universities to see which campus can save the most waste. During RecycleMania, schools report recycling and trash data, which are ranked according to the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita and the highest recycling rate.

To draw attention to RecycleMania on campus, the Student Sustainability Council will host an event Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thwing Center, where they will give out prizes and explain the benefits of recycling and waste reduction.

This is the fifth week of RecycleMania, and so far campus recycling numbers are down significantly from previous years. Over the first four weeks, the university has recycled nearly 35,000 pounds less than the same time period in 2010. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel School of Applied Social Science's the Gallery @ MSASS will feature local artists Grace Vibbert and George Kocar until March 10.

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Registration for the Celebration of Student Writing closes March 1. The Celebration of Student Writing, which will be held April 15 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium, is a universitywide showcase of student writing projects, held in conjunction with the Intersections Symposium and Poster Session. The celebration encourages students to show their research and writing in formats other than word-processed letters and lines on the printed page. For more information, 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.

For Students

The deadline for SURES (Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability) is March 4. For more information, click here.

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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 pre-medical chapter of the American Medical Student Association will host a Benefit Dinner for the Heart Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the entire campus. A raffle will held for a $2,000 Kaplan course and other prizes, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Extra credit is being offered for many classes for attending this event.


Jason Brownlee
Jason Brownlee

The Center for Policy Studies presents Democracy, Diplomacy, and US Interests in Egypt: The Freedom Agenda of George W. Bush. Jason Brownlee, associate professor of political science at the University of Texas, will lead the lecture and discussion on March 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Room 115. He will examine U.S. relations with Egypt during President Bush’s time in office and explain the mix of public rhetoric and official actions that constitute recent democracy promotion. For more information, go online.

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The community is invited to Weatherhead Showcase to learn more about pursuing a graduate degree in the Weatherhead School of Management. Attendees can meet faculty and alumni and will receive an application fee waiver for attending. The event will take place March 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building. Register online.

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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 in the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. The topic will be “Matters of Life and Death: Decay and Rebirth in the Visual Domain.” 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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CWRU swim coaches
Doug Milliken and
Emily Wylam

In their first season at Case Western Reserve University, swimming & diving head coach Doug Milliken and assistant Emily Wylam were named the University Athletic Association Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. Additionally, both the men’s and women’s squads are ranked in the top 20 on the annual College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team lists.

Last weekend, the Spartan men and women combined to break 10 school records and hit 12 NCAA B-Cut Qualifying marks at the UAA Championship. The women broke seven school records: freshman Maggie Dillione in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.96) and 100-yard butterfly (57.49); senior Jacquie Buckler in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.09) and 200 breaststroke (2:25.15); junior Stephanie Campbell in the 100 back (59.25); the team of Campbell, Buckler, Dillione and senior Roxanne Leyshon in the 400 medley relay (3:55.99); and the team of Buckler, Campbell, Leyshon and senior Ellen Crummy for the 200 medley relay (1:50.58). The men broke three records: freshman Daniel Jacobson in the 1-meter dive (468.50 points) and 3-meter dive (441.75) and senior Robby Browning in the 100 back (51.67).

Feb. 24, 2011

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In the News

Why Drugs Increase Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes

Sify News, Feb. 23, 2011
A new study led by School of Medicine Clinical Professor Robert P. Blankfield shows fluid retention caused by certain drugs could be behind increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Couric Assembles a Book of Essays to Raise Money for Scholarships

The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2011
Katie Couric's new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives, was inspired by her commencement address at Case Western Reserve University last year, when she was trying to find a way to “get 22-year-olds to think about their future possibilities,” she said.

EPA Circumventing Congress…Again

The Foundry, Feb. 23, 2011
Regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency need to reformed, but it's happening in the wrong way, a blogger wrote. Jonathan Adler, School of Law professor and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation, said deciding if the EPA can regulate areas such as wetlands requires a “long, expensive project to figure this out before you do anything else. It makes the whole project much longer in time span and also more involved up front.”

Higher Ed News

A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 23, 2011
An Australian activist group, UniLeaks, published two open letters to university leaders in Britain and Australia, calling for more transparency in the face of the "corporatization of higher education." This group is threatening to expose deep secrets of universities and their leaders, and it hopes to become prevalent in the U.S.