Spotlight: Mandel School Program Captures Memories for Community

Teresa M. Green
Teresa M. Green

Everybody has a story, and thanks to Living Through Legacies, which creates memory books for local senior citizens, 90-year-old Bessie McClain and her family, including daughter Teresa M. Green, have a permanent record of hers.

Developed by alumnus David Harris during his field internship, Living Through Legacies is just one example of the unique initiatives that grow out of the Field Education program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Field education has been part of the Mandel School’s core curriculum since 1915, and the school places graduate student interns like Harris at nearly 100 social agencies in Northeast Ohio every year. The partnerships prove mutually advantageous—the agencies benefit from the students’ work while the students gain valuable hands-on experience. Read more.

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Winners of Campus Safety Quiz Announced

In January, Campus Services asked students to take part in a quiz on crime prevention to win an iPad or one of two iPod Touches. Students who answered nine out of 10 questions right were entered into a drawing, and three winners prevailed: Apoorva Chandar, a graduate student who won the iPad, and Lauren Smith and Divya Aggarwal, undergraduate students who each took home an iPod Touch.

Only students could take part in the contest, but it’s important for everyone to know how to stay safe on campus—anyone can take the quiz here.

Campus News

The Relay for Life luminaria committee encourages you to purchase a luminaria in remembrance or honor of a loved one who has battled cancer. The Luminaria Ceremony will occur at dusk during Relay for Life April 15. Luminaria can be purchased online at the Relay for Life Luminaria page or in person on April 7, 8 and 14 in Nord Atrium. Contact Tricia McCutchan for more information.

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The genetics department's National DNA Day is approaching soon—April 15—and they are looking for volunteers from all disciplines to travel to Cleveland Public Schools to talk about genetics (why it is important and exciting, what it's like to be a scientist and more). The event generally takes a few hours and will involve a small hands-on activity. Any interested volunteers should contact Stephanie Doerner by March 20 and include their T-shirt size.

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The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the April 1 quarterly competition for core utilization pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center are supporting this program, and investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible for this competition. Details and instructions will be posted online. Contact the CTSC research concierge with questions. Investigators at Cleveland Clinic have access to internal pilot funds through the RPC program. Find information online. Contact Charlotte Bhasin with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

The March Wellness Event will be free mat pilates classes, offered Monday, March 21 from 7 to 8 a.m. and Thursday, March 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at 121 Fitness Center. Register for the March 21 or March 24 classes.


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UCITE and the Social Justice Institute present “Social Justice and the Research University,” a faculty forum on whether the promotion of social justice should be part of the work of university professors. The informal, collegial discussion will moderated by Mano Singham, director of UCITE, and Timothy Beal, professor of religious studies and member of the Social Justice Institute leadership team. It will be held March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 206. For more information, email Beal.

For Students

The Commencement Office will host one more Doctoral Fitting Day to help new PhD, JD, MD, DNP, DMD, DM and DMA graduates get ready for commencement. The last Doctoral Fitting Day will be Thursday, March 17, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can be measured for academic regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies. Representatives from the University Bookstore and the Commencement Office will be on hand to assist students with their graduation planning needs. Learn more.

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The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and Greek Life are sponsoring Spring Saturday of Service March 19. There are still a few service spots available, so sign up or learn more online. Registration ends today. Questions? Email Corie Steinke.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is looking for graduate and undergraduate students for the 2011/2012 academic year for the following positions: Administrative and International Women’s Group Programming Coordinator (graduate student position); Research, Development & Event Planning Specialist (graduate student position to begin this summer); International Programming Specialist (graduate or undergraduate position); WISER (Women in Science and Engineering) Outreach & Mentoring Coordinator (graduate student position). For more information visit our website or to submit your résumé by email. Deadline to apply is March 18.

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The Student Leadership Journey Council presents “Leadership: Beyond the Title.” Keith Lupton will facilitate the presentation about how to be a leader within an organization without a title or formal position. It will be held March 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 410. Food and drinks will be provided.


The 2nd annual Dancing with the CWRU Stars, to be held March 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium, will pair Case Western faculty with professional dancers from the Cleveland area in a dance competition based on the popular TV show. The audience will vote for the winners and have the chance to win great prizes through a raffle. Patrol Officer Mark Chavis and special performances will put the finishing touches on this memorable evening. All proceeds will benefit children battling cancer and their families at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospitals. Tickets will be on sale this week in Nord Hall and at the door for a suggested donation of $5. For more information email Anna Czekaj.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Mazin Qumsiyeh

The Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice will host Mazin Qumsiyeh, author, activist and Palestinian-American professor who teaches at Bethlehem and Bir Zeit universities in the Middle East and whose recent book provides a study of Palestinian civil resistance. The event will be held March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting with a reception at 4:30 in the Baker-Nord Center (Clark 206) and the talk beginning soon after in Clark 309. For more information, contact Alice Bach, director of the Hallinan Project and Hallinan Professor of Religious Studies.

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The Case Collegium Musicum Concert will be held March 19 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The free concert will bring to life the sounds and stories of pilgrims traveling to the Shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela in the heart of northern Spain.

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Stanley Abe
Stanley Abe

The Friends of Art Lecture Series in Asian Art kicks off with “Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture,” a talk with Duke University Associate Professor Stanley Abe. The event, co-sponsored by CWRU Friends of Art, the Department of Art History, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Cleveland Museum of Art, will take place tonight at 6 in Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall.

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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Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler

School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler has had a busy winter, with his article “Climate Goes Back to Court” published in PERC Reports and his proposal for an edited volume on Business and the Roberts Court accepted by Oxford University Press. The book proposal grew out of the Center for Business Law & Regulation’s colloquium on Business Law and Regulation in the Roberts Court, held in Fall 2010.

Additionally, in February he presented “Alternatives to Cap and Trade” at Harvard Law School, “Conservation without Regulation: Property Rights and Environmental Protection” at Campbell University Business School,  “Cooperation, Commandeering, or Crowding Out? Federal Intervention and State Choices in Health Care Policy” at University of Kansas School of Law, “Reining in Federal Regulations” at Indianapolis Lawyer’s Chapter of the Federalist Society and was a participant in a panel on “Federalism and Interstate Competition” at the 30th Annual Federalist Society Student Symposium at University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He also is teaching a course on “The Modern Supreme Court” for the Case Western Reserve University Office of Continuing Education’s Senior Scholars program.

March 16, 2011

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In the News

Addiction and Mental Illness: Common Bedfellows, Difficult Diagnosis and Treatment

The Plain Dealer, March 15, 2011
Charlie Sheen's recent behavior may seem similar to individuals who know someone with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and drug addiction. Joseph Calabrese, professor of psychiatry and biopolar disorders research chair at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said too often patients are only treated for one or the other. The Ohio Susbstance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence, based at the university, researches and disseminates the best ways to serve patients with a dual diagnosis.

Kasich Takes to Airwaves to Pitch Ohio Budget, May Sell Prisons

Newsmax, March 15, 2011
Gov. John Kasich broadcast his budget plans on TV and the Internet last night in an "Ohio Town-Hall Meeting." Before the event, Catherine L. Albers, professor of theater, said broadcasting the event allows Kasich to soften the message. "You tell people it's going to be on television, and all of a sudden it's something special."

Metformin Still Best First-Line Type 2 Diabetes Drug

Bloomberg Businessweek, March 14, 2011
A study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed an older oral medication for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may be the best option, even with all the newer drugs on the market.

Higher Ed News

Tokyo's Universities Shut Down Amid Radiation Fears

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2011
Although Tokyo is 160 miles south of the nuclear plant where a meltdown is feared, colleges and universities in Tokyo have sent students and professors home. Thousands of foreign students have left Tokyo for the west and south of Japan or have returned to their home countries.