University Architect Margaret Carney Leaving CWRU for Temple

Margaret Carney
Margaret Carney

University Architect and Planner Margaret M. Carney announced today that she has accepted a new position at Temple University in Philadelphia. She leaves Case Western Reserve University at the end of this month.

“Case Western Reserve is an outstanding institution located in an arts and cultural district that is unique in the nation,” Carney said. “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented individuals at the university and in the greater Cleveland community, especially at a time when collaboration among neighborhoods and institutions has produced such dramatic results.”

As Temple’s first-ever Associate Vice President, University Architect, Carney will play a leadership role in advancing Temple 20/20: Destination Temple, a $1.2 billion plan to enhance and expand the university’s physical campus. Last spring Temple’s trustees approved issuing $175 million in bonds to finance initial stages of the effort. Early projects include a 45,000-square-foot architecture building to provide studio space for students, a 140,000-square foot addition to existing recreation space, and a major new residential complex that will house an additional 1,400 students while at the same time providing student dining and retail options. Read more.

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USG President Meets with President Obama

Stephanie Liscio
In late February, President Barack Obama visited the campus of Cleveland State University and met with local youth leaders in the Youth Engagement Roundtable at the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business, including Minh-Tri Nguyen, Undergraduate Student Government President. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Campus News

The new café at Kelvin Smith Library will open soon, with a grand opening Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Stop by to join the festivities.

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Case Western Reserve University’s 121 Fitness Center has expanded weekend hours, operating Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, it is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round. Visit, call 216.368.1121, or stop in for more information. Bring a copy of this issue of The Daily in and receive 50 percent off your initiation fee through March 31.

For Faculty and Staff

Humans vs. ZombiesFrom March 23 to April 1, hundreds of players will don green headbands or armbands in the semi-annual game of Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ). Players on the human side will carry toy Nerf blasters all day while players on the zombie side attempt to tag them. Gameplay should never occur during classes nor should it prevent students from arriving to class on time. Faculty and staff should report inappropriate gameplay by sending an email to the game administrators at or fill out the short form online. Students, faculty and staff will be permitted to register for the game beginning March 18.

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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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session on the social work program on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 216-368-2280. For details, go to the school’s website.

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Engineers Without Borders is hosting a pancake dinner in the Jolly Scholar Wednesday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by to support EWB's Local Projects group, and enjoy $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes and happy hour specials.


Russell Peters flierComedian and actor Russell Peters is coming to campus April 5 courtesy of the University Program Board. Tickets are on sale now to undergraduate students and will be on sale to faculty and staff and graduate, CIA and CIM students starting Monday, March 14. Tickets are $25. Faculty and staff may buy two tickets per Case ID. Tickets must be purchased (Case ID must be shown) at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to alumni and the public on Saturday, March 19. For more information, go online or contact

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The Center for Science and Mathematics Education, in collaboration with Cleveland Lakefront State Park and Cuyahoga County Public Library, presents Family Friday Night, a hands-on science event for all ages, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cleveland Lakefront State Park Headquarters. Reservations should be made by calling 216.881.8141, ext. 3001.

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The University Singers, Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra, and Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra Concert will be Friday, March 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Harkness Chapel.

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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.

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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Colleen Barker-Williamson
Colleen Barker-Williamson

Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Thwing Center for Programs & Leadership, was recently awarded The Frank Harris Outstanding Student Government Advisor Award at the National Association of Campus Activities Convention. The executive board of Undergraduate Student Government nominated Barker-Williamson for the award. This annual award recognizes individuals who are committed to challenging and advising student government associations and who work closely with student governments, display genuine support and regard for students and their issues, and have an extraordinary impact on student lives and earn their respect.

March 11, 2011

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In the News

Teach Your Tech-Challenged Parents, Grandparents Well

USA Today, March 9, 2011
Children are often tasked with teaching their parents and grandparents how to use technology, but it’s important to help them gain comfort with the devices. Sociology Professor Eva Kahana said her research shows the elderly are the fastest-growing group of Internet users and that “e-mailing, particularly e-mailing grandchildren, was an important use” of the computer, along with finding health information, making travel arrangements and playing games.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'We Will Not be Raising Taxes in This State'

Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2011
In his State of the State speech, Ohio Gov. John Kasich referenced Cleveland and the importance of Case Western Reserve University in its future. “Cleveland. Cleveland. I always like to say, you've got the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital, and Case Western Reserve. If you can't score a touchdown with that, think about that,” he said. “Barbara Snyder at Case Western Reserve, she’s a real winner.”

Ohio Rural, Urban Areas Lose Population to ’Burbs

The Associated Press, March 9, 2011
U.S. Census data showed Democratic strongholds in Ohio, such as Cleveland and Youngstown, lost a larger percentage of people in the past decade than other cities. Two areas that are solidly Republican—Delaware and Warren counties—saw population increases. Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science, said it’s not a coincidence that the state’s political power is following its shifting population.

New Biomarker for Fatal Brain Disease Identified

Daily News & Analysis, March 10, 2011
A School of Medicine research team led by Associate Professor of Pathology Neena Singh identified the first disease-specific biomarker for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), a fatal, degenerative brain disease that is one of the causes of dementia. It typically leads to death within a year. Their research provides a basis for developing a test to diagnose sCJD while patients are still alive.

President G.W. Bush Cancels Speaking Arrangement in Light of Threats of War Crime Charges

KABC 790, March 4, 2011
Michael Scharf, professor of law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, weighed in on whether President George W. Bush could have been charged with war crimes if he had appeared as a speaker in Switzerland.

Higher Ed News

The Power of the Nudge

Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2011
A new study shows individualized coaching to students on both academics and career success has a significant impact on student persistence, especially among men. For example, after six months, coached students were 5.2 percent more likely to be enrolled than other students.