Senior Awarded One of 14 Churchill Scholarships

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming, on an Engineers without Borders
trip to Cameroon.

Senior Stephen J. Fleming has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship, enabling him to spend a year engaged in research at Churchill College, Cambridge University.

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States chose Fleming, from Crescent Springs, Ky., as one of 14 students from 103 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the prestigious scholarship this year. The foundation was founded in 1959 at the recommendation of Sir Winston Churchill, who wished there would always be American graduate students at the college named in his honor.

“It’s great to have a chance to live and work abroad, meet researchers from other parts of the world and learn how they conduct research,” said the 22-year-old Fleming, who will earn a Master of Philosophy degree.

In a new program in medical physics at Cambridge, he will further his research using biological systems as models for nanotechnology that benefits human health.

At Case Western Reserve, Fleming, who is majoring in physics and biochemistry, has been probing how cells in the human defense systems sort out chemical signals and navigate to infection. Fleming is the only investigator who was chosen for the project as a first-year student. Read more.

Campus News

There will be a CWRU Words Matter Pledge Signing Tuesday, March 22 on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval, and Wednesday, March 23 on the Quad (rain sites will be Thwing Center and Nord Hall, respectively). Participants are asked to “Pledge to speak with intention, using your language as tools for understanding in progress.”  Check out the website for more information or e-mail

For Faculty and Staff

Ellen Kossek
Ellen Kossek

Ellen Kossek, author of CEO of Me and University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, will present “Women Faculty's Work Life Balance: An Oxymoron?” Women faculty can learn how to conduct their own “life bucket analysis” to determine the boundaries held between work and home lives. The event will take place in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center from noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 24. RSVP to Susan Freimark.

For Students

World Water Day loglEngineers without Borders and the American Medical Students Association are having a world water day celebration March 22 and 24 to raise awareness about global water issues. In conjunction with the university’s Year of Water theme, there will be a water fair Tuesday in Nord 310 with information on water quality and availability. There also will be a student scavenger hunt in conjunction with Big Games Club all day Tuesday, with prizes awarded to the winning teams. On Thursday, there will be a banquet in Thwing Ballroom at 7 p.m. for interested students and faculty with live entertainment. For more information, go online.

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On Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., the Undergraduate Student Government will be hosting a presidential debate featuring presidential candidates Shengbo Wang and Divya Aggarwal. The event will be held in the Jolly Scholar and will also feature other candidates running in USG elections. Come mingle, eat and learn more about the USG candidates for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Mortar Board National Honor Society will host “Roc for Doc,” a benefit dinner in honor of the late Dr. Ignacio Ocasio, tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. The event will include a free catered dinner, performances (by Dhamakapella, Case In Point, Solstice & IMPROVment), and a chance to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes. All proceeds go to The Doc Oc Memorial Fund, which raises scholarship money for undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to chemistry, music and/or campus life. Extra credit will be offered for CHEM 111, MATH 122, PSCL 315, PSCL 388, COSI 280 and COSI 340.

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The summer information fair will be held in the SAGES Cafe March 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about this summer's courses, win prizes and enjoy free giveaways. For information on CWRU's summer session, go online.

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On Thursday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Nord Hall, Discussions, CWRU’s undergraduate research journal, and the Writing Resource Center will host a workshop focused on undergraduate publication. Editors from the journal will discuss tips for getting published and talk about current opportunities to serve on the editorial staff. Writing center consultants will talk about the resources it offers students interested in publishing their research.  A pizza lunch will be served.


The campus book club will meet April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in Tomlinson Hall 239 to discuss 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton. The campus community is invited to attend.

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The Canada-United States Law Institute presents the Henry T. King Jr. Annual Conference on “Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-U.S. Common Approach?” The event, which is open to the public for a fee and free for students who pre-register, will be held April 14-16 in Moot Courtroom A59. Registration is required by March 28.

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Faculty Work in Progress Series presents “The Licentiousness of Slavery: Counterdiscourse at the Intersection of Abolitionism and Female Moral Reform, 1831-1861” on March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall Room 206. April Haynes, visiting assistant professor in the Department of History, will discussion “licentiousness” as a rhetorical bridge linking abolitionism to the female moral reform movement and its impact on ideologies of race, gender and sexuality in the 19th-century U.S.

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Case Western Reserve University faculty, researchers and students are invited to meet with Ohio Supercomputer Center's executive team March 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. Steve Gordon, Ohio Supercomputer Center’s interim co-executive director, will discuss OSC’s hardware/software resources and programs available on campus, opportunities for research grant collaborations and more.

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.

Et al.

M.C. Terry Hokenstad
M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad

Distinguished University Professor M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences recently returned from a lecture and consultation visit to Manila and Hong Kong. Hokenstad gave public lectures and led doctoral seminars at the University of the Philippines and the University of Hong Kong. He also consulted on the planning and implementation of new doctoral programs in social development and social welfare in the two universities. While in Hong Kong, he worked on the development of exchange programs between the Mandel School and both Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Hokenstad’s recent journal articles, co-authored by MSASS doctoral candidate Amy Roberts, have focused on ensuring enabling and supportive environments for older people around the world and have been published in the Journal of Social Intervention and the Journal of Global Social Work Practice.

March 21, 2011

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In the News

What Next with Nukes?

WCPN ideastream, March 17, 2011
Philip Taylor, Perkins Professor of Physics, was a guest on "The Sound of Ideas," on which he and another guest responded to questions about the safety of nuclear power following the earthquake and ongoing disaster in Japan.  

Congress Emits Half-Truths in Spin War Over Mass. V. EPA

The New York Times, March 17, 2011
In the 2007 Massachusetts v. EPA ruling, the Supreme Court made an endangerment finding, in which the EPA concluded greenhouse gases were harmful and could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler pointed out that a Republican presidential administration would have followed basically the same course as the Democratic Obama administration. “If we had a President McCain, there would have been an endangerment finding. It was virtually impossible for EPA to do anything but make an endangerment finding," he said.

Parchment Graduate Starts Dance Marathon at Case Western Reserve University, March 18, 2011
Case Western Reserve University’s Dance Marathon held its second Dancing with the CWRU Stars event last weekend, started by Eric Mott, an aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering student. A newspaper from Mott’s hometown of Kalamazoo tells the story of why he started the program. The event raises money for the pediatric cancer program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Higher Ed News

UCLA Administration Turned to YouTube to Respond to Controvserial Student Video

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2011
After a University of California at Los Angeles student posted an angry rant about Asian students in the library, the university issued its response—also through YouTube. “If it’s a response to something that was seen by people in a new-media format, it’s important that the response be made in a new-media format,” said Phil Hampton, a campus spokesman. As of now, the student is not facing any disciplinary charges; for now, the university is concerned for her safety.