Arts and Sciences Faculty Receive NEH Grants

Ted Steinberg
Theodore Steinberg

Two Case Western Reserve University scholars will work on book projects in 2011 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Georgia Cowart, professor of music, will work on Watteau’s Utopias of Music and Theater: Visions of a New France; while Theodore Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law, will finish Environmental History of Greater New York, 1609-2009

Steinberg and Cowart are among 99 grant recipients selected from 1,500 applicants. Both were awarded $50,400. The award enables faculty members to be released from teaching to travel to primary resource sites to find materials for their books and to write.

Georgia Cowart
Georgia Cowart

Cowart’s project, based on the paintings of Jean-Antoine Watteau and his use of iconography from operas critiquing the late reign of Louis XIV, crosses disciplines to examine the intersections of art, music, theater and politics. It evolves from the knowledge Cowart gained producing an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on “Watteau, Music & Theater,” and the principal essay for the catalogue. Read more.

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Temperature, Lighting Standards to Make CWRU Buildings More Eco-Friendly

ThermometerIn yet another step toward the university becoming climate neutral, Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Facilities Services will instate new temperature and lighting standards. The new standards are part of the Climate Action Plan and show the university’s commitment to maintaining a sustainable and environmentally responsible campus.

Buildings account for up to 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., according to the United Nations Environment Programme, and the energy used in buildings on campus is a major part of Case Western Reserve’s carbon footprint.

“It’s crucial to continue making our buildings more energy efficient, and temperature and lighting standards are two more ways that move us toward our goals of becoming climate neutral,” said Gene Matthews, director of the Department of Facilities Services.

As part of the plan, all heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems will operate only during regularly scheduled occupancy periods, which will be decided upon between Facilities Services and leadership from each school. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the community to participate in nominations for the 3rd Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award. Four winners will be selected in the areas of Faculty Excellence, Staff Leadership, Graduate/Professional Student Achievement and Undergraduate Student Achievement. A luncheon celebrating the four award winners will be held on April 14. For more information and to nominate, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

Bringing Out the Better Side of Difficult People is a workshop that will provide strategies for moving from impasse to insight with difficult people on the job. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine a difficult work relationship, learn and plan new approaches to handling a difficult person and select "experiments in change" at work. The workshop, led by Shirley Mosley of human resources, will be held March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 209. Register online.

For Students

Summer undergraduate research opportunities are available on and off campus. For more information, click here.

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Any student interested in medicine or psychology as well as writing is invited to submit a 500-word introduction to be included in a full-length manuscript on the topic: Which comes first—using alcohol/drugs or feeling depressed/anxious? The winner will be published and win a cash prize. For more information, visit Submit entries by 5 p.m. March 20.

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Harlow Cohen
Harlow Cohen

Faculty Director Harlow Cohen will speak at the open house for the Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD), which will take place March 8 at 6 p.m. in the George S. Dively Building. For more information, go online.


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Hiding documentaryUp to 300,000 North Koreans have escaped to China to find food, medicine, work or freedom from political and religious oppression. Learn more about their lives during a screening of the documentary Hiding, which follows the rescue of five North Koreans in China. Case Western Reserve University’s chapter of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) will host the free screening tonight at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. For more information contact Cecilla Li or visit LiNK’s website.


Mardi Gras beadsOn Tuesday, March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., join in the campus celebration of Mardi Gras in Thwing Center Atrium. Sponsored by the Offices of Student Activities and the University Program Board, this walk down Bourbon Street will feature musical entertainment by Cats on Holiday (a “swamp music and zydeco” band), food from Fat Fish Blue, mocktails, a Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask event and a Mask Parade—bringing the real thing is strongly encouraged. Additionally, there will be a caricature artist on hand and, of course, beads galore. For more information, contact Suzanne Leach or Archana Kumar.

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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.

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The Louis C. Greenwood Lecture–CISCDR Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture, presented by the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, will take place March 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom A59. The lecture, “Collective Memory: How the Present Shapes the Past, Told Through a Philadelphia Story about George Washington & Slavery,” will be led by Marc Howard Ross, a political science professor at Bryn Mawr College. Ross will discuss race in the U.S. and the phenomenon of slavery in both the north and south. For more information on the free, public event, click here.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Words Matter group is hosting a "Spread the Word to End The Word" day Wednesday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by KSL Oval to sign the pledge to eliminate the derogatory use of the word "retard" and promote inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Email with questions.

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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The Residence Hall Association (RHA), which focuses on programming, advocacy and leadership development in residence halls, named its 2011-2012 Executive Board. Officers will be Samantha Nardone, president; Jacob Snyder, vice president of internal development; Mara Gallagher, VP of residential relations; Kahti Hughes, vice president of external communications; Kaitlyn Estes, VP of programming; and Alexandra Sutton, VP of administration.

Feb. 28, 2011

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In the News

Cancel Your Credit Card Without Hurting Your Credit Score

WKYC, Feb. 25, 2011
Bill Mahnic, associate professor of banking and finance, provides tips on how to cut out credit cards without damaging your credit score.

Cleveland Attracts National Interest After Barack Obama's Small-Business Forum

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 27, 2011
After President Obama's small business forum in Cleveland last week, many hope the attention on the region will equal more funding dollars for project. But Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entreprenurial Studies, said he doesn't know if it will mean direct changes in the area.

Russia, Poland, and "Rehabilitation"

The Huffington Post, Feb. 25, 2011
AG International Law Chairman Allan Gerson wrote an article examining how Russia and Poland are handling accountability for the mass murders of Katyn. His article drew from remarks delivered at the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center symposium "Katyn: Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?" in February.

Higher Ed News

Higher Education Means Lower Blood Pressure

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 27, 2011
A three-decade study of nearly 4,000 people found that those with education beyond a college degree had lower blood pressure than those with a high school diploma or less.