Fulbright Scholar from Ethiopia Studies Geology at CWRU

Beverly Saylor and Mulugeta Araya
Beverly Saylor and Mulugeta Alene Araya study their findings
in Ethiopia in 2008. Photo by Liz Russel.

When looking to study the geology of Ethiopia, it might seem a bit backward to leave the country to come to Cleveland. But that’s exactly what Mulugeta Alene Araya did when he arrived on campus in January on a six-month Fulbright Scholarship to learn more about the geology and tectonics of hominid-bearing localities in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

“Becoming a Fulbright scholar and visiting [Case Western Reserve University] means getting access to well-equipped laboratory facilities in the campus and related links and also having access to the latest literature at CWRU and affiliate libraries,” Araya explained. “Moreover, it provides the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas with project members and other scientists, participate in talks and lectures, closely explore the American culture and interact with the people.”

Araya, who is an associate professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and a visiting researcher at Case Western Reserve, is working with Beverly Saylor, associate professor of geological sciences. Read more.

Campus News

studentsHow do Case Western Reserve University first-year students compare with students at other schools? Are they more stressed? What are their expectations for their college experience? See results from the 2010 CIRP Freshman Survey on the Office of Planning and Institutional Research website.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Mather Spotlight Lecture scheduled for Friday, March 25 (12:30-2:00 p.m.) has been canceled. Visit the Center for Women website for a complete listing of events.

For Faculty and Staff

On Friday, March 18, the Office of Greek Life and UCITE will present a panel discussion on “Free vs. Collegial Speech on Campus,” featuring anthropology, bioethics, psychiatry and nursing professor Atwood Gaines, law professor and associate director of the Center for Social Justice Jessie Hill and Panhellenic executive board member Urbee Haque, and moderated by UCITE director Mano Singham. Attendees at the faculty forum will discuss how core principles of academic freedom and free speech are balanced with the desire for civility and collegiality here at Case Western Reserve University. The event will be held March 18 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Clapp 108.

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences present "A Workshop on National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships." The event, which will be held March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Clark Hall Room 206, will feature a panel of humanities faculty who have received NEH Fellowships. They will provide an overview of how NEH Fellowship grants work, what constitutes the NEH peer-review process and what characterizes successful applications. Lunch will be provided. Registration is recommended. For more information and to register, go online.

For Students

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center has partnered with Share the Vision and the Residence Hall Association for the third event in a semester-long lunch series LGBTQ Allies in Faith. This Friday, March 18, the LGBT Center, located in Thwing Center, will welcome Rich Mueller, deacon at St. Mary of the Falls Catholic Church in Olmsted Falls, to discuss his congregation of the Catholic faith and the LGBT community. Join this discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the LGBT Center. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For further information, contact Elisabeth Roccoforte.

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CWRU College of Arts and Sciences offers the NSF-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics majors with interest in teaching in high-needs school districts can apply for a four-week summer internship with a $1,700 stipend or for the two-year, $30,000 tuition scholarship ($15,000 each year). Programs are intended to support students who are interested in a teaching career. Summer internships are available for first- and second-year math and science majors, and the tuition scholarship program is available for math and science majors during their junior and senior years. Deadline for application is March 18. For more information about application criteria and forms, go online.

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Japanese-American student Mai Segawa is running a Jewelry Sale for Japan in Nord Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. today and tomorrow. She will be selling sterling silver earrings with Swarovski crystals for $10 and necklaces for $15; all have been designed and donated by Segawa’s mother to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims through Japanese Red Cross Society. Donations also will be accepted.

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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.


dirty waterOn March 18 at 12:30 p.m. the Inamori Center for International Ethics will host Professor Howard Ernst, author of Chesapeake Bay Blues and Fight for the Bay, to discuss environmental ethics and politics surrounding the Clean Water Act. The discussion, “Dirty Water: A Critical Look at Regulatory, Cooperative, and Market-based Solutions to the Nation's Growing Water Pollution Problem,” will take place in the Inamori Center located on the ground level of Crawford Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

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The Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum, presented by the Law-Medicine Center, will hold a panel discussion titled “Is the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional?” on March 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. Panelists will be Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professors Jonathan Adler and Jessie Hill as well as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Raymond Ku. Professor Jessica Berg will moderate the panel.

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The MFA Theatre Production of Present Laughter by Noel Coward and directed by Jerrold Scott will be performed March 23 to April 2 at the Cleveland Play House.

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Humans vs. ZombiesCase Western Reserve University’s campuswide “Zombie Apocalypse” game of tag is back March 23-April 1 for another round of Human-hunting, Zombie-blasting fun, brought to you by Case Big Games Club. Register for Humans vs. Zombies in Leutner and Fribley starting March 18. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Questions or concerns? Please contact HvZ Core Administration or fill out the short form online.

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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Craig Nard

School of Law Professor Craig Nard participated in a debate on patent reform at Vanderbilt Law School on Feb 24. He was one of four professors invited. See here.

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Michael ScharfAdditionally, Law Professor Michael Scharf published “Special Tribunal for Lebanon Issues Landmark Ruling on Definition of Terrorism” in the March issue of the American Society of International Law’s e-publication, Insights. Among the authorities supporting the existence of an international definition of terrorism, the Lebanon Tribunal cited an article published in volume 36 of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.

March 17, 2011

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In the News

A Manufacturing and Shipping Halt in Japan Could Affect NE Ohio

WEWS, March 16, 2011
After the earthquake, practically all Japanese carmakers stopped production, and shipments have been postponed indefinitely. "There are parts that are hard to replace coming from Japan. That's a problem," said Susan Helper, chair of economics.

Best Possible Night Light: Researchers Study How Light Cycles Impact Zoo Animals

ScienceDaily, March 15, 2011
Incorrect lighting can negatively affect the health and reproduction of primates such as pygmy slow lorises, pottos and their kin. Changes in lighting often are used in zoos to switch days and nights so animals are up and moving when the zoo is open. Grace Fuller, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University, is using findings from humans who work night shifts to help animals.

Seedlings Thrive with Distant Relatives, Seeds with Close Family

E! Science News, March 14, 2011
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University of California, Davis, found that a variety of plant seedlings suffer most from competition when planted with close relatives, and grow best when planted alongside distant relatives in field soils. The findings, which have implications for Darwin's naturalization hypothesis, invasive species and responses to climate change, come from one of the basic quests in ecology, said biology professor Jean H. Burns.

Higher Ed News

An Investigation Abandoned

Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2011
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights suspended an inquiry into whether 19 liberal arts colleges discriminate against female applicants to try to minimize gender imbalances on their campuses. The committee halted the investigation, which started in 2009, after three colleges failed to provide requested data.