Framing Innocence Author to Speak at CWRU March 31

Lynn Powell
Lynn Powell

Oberlin author Lynn Powell turned to nonfiction for her latest work, Framing Innocence. The book tells the story of Oberlin resident Cynthia Stewart, who fought for her innocence after being accused of taking obscene photographs of her daughter Nora, 8, bathing.

Powell will read from her book, published last fall, during a reading and discussion sponsored by the Department of English and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. The free, public event will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Guilford House parlor.

Stewart’s story made national headlines in 1999 as the mother, who had taken photographs throughout her daughter’s life, became embroiled in a battle with Lorain County’s legal system. The photographs came to the attention of the police when a Discount Drug Mart employee alerted police to four bathtub images among 11 rolls of film submitted for processing. Read more.

Campus News

The Center for the Study of Writing invites nominations of faculty members for The Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing, an award created to recognize excellence in writing instruction and mentoring in academic and professional fields (other than English). Tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty currently employed in any school or college of CWRU may be nominated. Nomination Letters are due Monday, March 14. For more information, click here.

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Registration for the Celebration of Student Writing has been extended to March 15. 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. For more information, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

VegetablesThe CWRU Free Wellness Cooking Demo will be “Nutrition from the Ground Up!” Bon Appetit Chef Gibson will focus on root vegetable season and the fiber found in seasonal root vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Additionally, Bon Appetit Director of Nutrition Terri Brownlee will discussion nutrition and answer questions. The demo will be held March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Register here.

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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.

For Students

Replay for kidsRePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair and modification workshop Tuesday, March 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Spartan Room on the third floor of Thwing Center. Individuals attending will help adapt toys so children with disabilities can use them. If interested, email or stop by any time between 4 and 6 p.m.

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Students (and alumni) are invited to attend the STAND OUT networking session Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni House. This panel discussion and networking session will explore relevant concepts concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTQA) issues in the workplace. Attendees will explore the realities surrounding coming out in the workplace as well as introduce strategies about how to find an LGBTQA-friendly workplace.


Case Western Reserve University’s first-ever Triathlon For Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will take place in Veale Center March 19. The host, Case Cycling Club, has opened this event to all alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to all students. Participate either individually or on a team of three in this fun event, and receive a free event T-shirt.  To register or find out more, click here. Donations are welcome.

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Devesh Kapur
Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur, associate professor for the study of contemporary India at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the second of three lectures on India with his talk, “The Political Impact of International Migration from India.” The free, public event, which is part of the lecture series “India: the Migration of Religion, People and Ideas,” begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in Clark Hall 309.

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The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group will present the Lecture on Global Justice, titled “Tribulations of Trials: Challenges of High Level International Criminal Trials.” The event, held March 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at The City Club of Cleveland, will feature Brenda J. Hollis, prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Student registration and lunch fee ($10) must be submitted by today; contact Public registration ($25 for members; $30 for nonmembers) also must be complete by today through GCILG. Email Kathleen Jablonski.

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Matthew Garrett
Matthew L. Garrett

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity presents the Power of Diversity Lecture Series on “Educational Diversity in the 21st Century: The LGBT Component of Teacher Training.” Matthew L. Garrett, assistant professor of choral music education and director of the Case Concert Choir, will lead the lecture, which is free and open to the public and sponsored by KeyBank. It will be held March 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Alumni House. RSVP to

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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Tammy Kuntz
Tammy Kuntz

Music education doctoral student Tammy Kuntz and assistant professor of music Lisa Huisman Koops recently represented the university at the Twelfth Biennial Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education in Tucson, Ariz.

Lisa Huisman Koops
Lisa Huisman Koops

Kuntz's research presentation, “An Exploration of High School Band Students’ Participation in Music Activities Beyond the School Day” expanded on current research on informal music making and lifelong learning. Koops' research, “Music Play Zone II: Deepening Parental Empowerment as Music Guides for Their Young Children” described ongoing work with parents of young children using an online social network to facilitate parents’ involvement in early childhood musical development.

March 10, 2011

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In the News

UH Testing a New Method to Fight Aggressive Breast Cancer

WKYC, March 8, 2011
Physician-scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center are exploring a new method to prevent the recurrence of an early stage, aggressive type of breast cancer. Joe Baar, associate professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will lead the first-of-its-kind clinical study, which is recruiting patients with HER-2 neu+ breast cancer.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Says Hitler, Stalin and Mubarek All Opposed Independent Unions

PolitiFact, March 9, 2011
When talking about anti-union bills in Wisconsin and Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown said some of the worst governments in history—those led by Hitler, Stalin and Mubarek—didn’t want independent unions. PolitiFact, with the help of Kenneth F. Ledford, associate professor of history and law, found Sen. Brown’s statements were factual. Ledford explained the anti-union beliefs in Russia and Germany under these leaders.

University Hospitals Tests Experimental HIV Vaccine

WKYC, March 9, 2011
The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is screening potential participants for a nationwide HIV vaccine clinical trial conducted by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. This is the first HIV vaccine trial in Cleveland since 2003.

Higher Ed News

Setting Students’ Minds on Fire

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2011
A professor lays out the case for elaborate, interactive game play as a means of teaching students—and how it can increase college graduation rates.