Students, Recent Alumni Increase CWRU Participation in Peace Corps

Peace Corps logoMore and more students at Case Western Reserve University want to give “Peace” a chance—the Peace Corps, that is. For the first time ever, the university made Peace Corps’ list of top 25 small colleges and universities with volunteers. Case Western Reserve tied at No. 23 with Denison University, Mount Holyoke College and Seattle University, which each can count 16 students or alumni as Peace Corps volunteers in 2010.

The interest continues to grow on campus. Thirty-five students attended the Peace Corps information session on campus last month, and at least nine students are at some point in the application process at the moment, said Annabel Khouri, U.S. Peace Corps field recruiter for Northeast Ohio.

This includes Trevor Allen, a senior physics and economics double-major student who has been nominated to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa in August, where he likely will teach secondary-level math and science. Allen’s interest in Peace Corps is fueled partially by his desire to travel and experience other cultures but also because he wants to “dedicate a substantial amount of my life to helping people far less fortunate than me and, in the process, expose myself to the realities of our world, from which we're often shielded by America's affluence,” he said. Additionally, volunteering for the Peace Corps will be an ideal experience for a career in international development, he said. Read more.

Campus News

The university holiday schedule has been revised for the 2011-2012 New Year’s holidays. The revised university-designated holiday will be Friday, Dec. 30, instead of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, as previously posted. The New Year’s Day holiday is unchanged and will be observed Monday, Jan. 2. The university will resume regular business operations on Tuesday, Jan. 3. There is no change to the Christmas day and university-designated holidays, which will be observed on Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26.

For Faculty and Staff

Kelvin Smith LibraryIf you are asked to “find this book title” or “figure out how to get this online article”...or if you are taking classes but have not really mastered the latest information tools, attend the ABCs of KSL session to learn the best and fastest ways to demystify modern libraries. From PINs to remote access, to how ILLiad can get you what you can't find, this is your chance to get the best tips from Kelvin Smith Library. Bring a lunch to eat while you listen & learn. The session, led by Karen Oye, will take place March 9 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Crawford Hall Room 209. Register online.

For Students

Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Nominations and applications are being taken for the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Award, which was created in 2010 to honor Tubbs-Jones, a Case Western Reserve University alumna and the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tubbs-Jones died suddenly in 2008 at the age of 58. The award recognizes an underrepresented, undergraduate Case Western Reserve student for significant contributions to campus life, scholarship and community service, three characteristics best demonstrated by Tubbs-Jones. Students interested in applying for the award should go online. Any questions may be directed to Applications are due Monday, March 14.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's annual Women's History Month event will be “A League of her Own: Breaking Through Barriers and Standing Her Ground” Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. This year’s event will showcase a panel of women who have broken through barriers and succeeded in male-dominated fields: Tari S. Rivera, founder of Regency Construction Services Inc., Stephanie N. Hall, Case Western Reserve University police officer and part-time attorney, and Kat Gunn, professional gamer and champion of WCG’s Ultimate Gamer Competition. Go online for more information.

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Emily Fan
Emily Fan, one-third of the Iris Trio.

The Iris Trio, featuring Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Emily Fan; Jonathan Lass, Charles I. Thomas Professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology; and Alan Tartakoff, professor in the Department of Pathology, will perform a free concert in the University Hospitals Atrium from noon to 1 p.m. March 11.

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The 10th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry, sponsored by the Public Psychiatry Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will take place March 25-26. It will cover "Integrating Care in the Era of Health Care Reform," discussing healthcare reform and its implications for the practice of community mental-health services, especially integrating physical healthcare with psychiatric services. The event will explore policy issues, regulatory needs, and how to finance services and more. For more information or to register, visit the School of Medicine’s website.

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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Stephanie Liscio
Matt Schiefer

Advanced Platform Technologies (APT) Center research fellow Matt Schiefer’s article, “Selective Stimulation of the Human Femoral Nerve with a Flat Interface Nerve Electrode,” was selected for the Journal of Neural Engineering’s Highlights collection of 2010. Highlights is a selection of papers that collectively represent the quality and breadth of contributions published last year. His article was chosen because it received some of the highest praise from journal referees and a high number of downloads.

March 7, 2011

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In the News

The Next Union Battlefield In Ohio: The Ballot Box

Talking Points Memo, March 4, 2011
If Senate Bill 5 goes into effect, it can be overturned by a voter referendum, either this year or next. Whether or not it will be overturned, though, is unknown, said Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science. “My sense is there may be a lot of people who think SB 5 is too extreme, but whether [union supporters] can translate that into a statewide majority to repeal it is a different question," he said. "I'm honestly not sure how that will work.”

Airline Executives Get Millions of Dollars in Mergers

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2011
The executives in the last three giant airline mergers in the U.S. have earned tens of millions of dollars in the merge, which some argue is out of touch with the economic arguments made in support of the deals while others say make sense if the companies want to attract top leaders. Weatherhead School of Management Professor Scott Fine said senior managers need incentives to act in the best interests of all the people affected when companies combine.

How Would Cleveland Teachers' Contracts be Affected by Senate Bill 5?

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2011
Though the Cleveland Teachers Union's lawyers say contracts would not be affected for two years if the collective-bargaining bill becomes law, others say the contracts could be affected in the next couple few months. Paul Gerhart, a professor of labor and human resource policy at Case Western Reserve University, believes SB 5 will lead to years of litigation and explained how the bill might affect workers' rights.

Incentives, Penalties Part of National Drive for Doctors to Put Records in Digital Form

Forty consultants, organized as a regional extension center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with federal stimulus funding through the Ohio Health Information Partnership, are reaching out to doctors across Northeast Ohio to explain the importance of implementing electronic health records.

Higher Ed News

For Gay Students, More Room on Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2011
The needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are gaining more attention at universities around the country, with GLBT centers helping to make individuals feel more comfortable on campus.