CWRU Researchers Join Excavation in Israel To Study Early Human Craniofacial Development

SkullCase Western Reserve University dental students and researchers will travel this coming summer to Israel to make a house call on their oldest patient yet— ancestors who lived between 300,000 and 20,000 BP.

All that remains is the skull, considered one of the most complete fossils of an early human skull from Israel.

In July, researchers, along with six yet-to-be-selected students from dental medicine and other undergraduate majors, will search for additional remains in a cave that opened its ceiling in 2008 after being sealed for 20,000 years. (Students interested in joining the excavation this summer should email The cave is below a foundation being excavated in Manot, Israel, in the western Galilee area.

“It turned out to be a treasure chest of the skull, stone tools and animal bones. They were scattered on the surface of the cave floor,” said Bruce Latimer, director of Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Human Origins and Department of Anthropology. He is collaborating with Israel Hershkovitz from the University of Tel Aviv’s anatomy department. Read more.

Campus News

On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week.

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The Undergraduate Student Government and Student Leadership Journey Council are hosting the Third Annual Celebrity Bake Sale April 1 on the Case Quad and are in need of special celebrity bakers. Donate a dozen cookies, specialty cake, bread or any baked goods to be raffled off, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Staff, faculty and students can buy raffle tickets during the day, and baked goods will be awarded at the end of the day. Contact Alayna Dorobek for more information or to participate.

For Faculty and Staff

Women Faculty Connect is a lunchtime program that provides women faculty with an opportunity to chat, network and relax. Join your faculty colleagues on Thursday, March 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Sears Tower 503. To reserve a lunch, RSVP to Susan Freimark.

For Students

CWRU DiplomaThe Commencement Office will host Grad Fair 2011 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 at the University Bookstore in Thwing Student Center. This is Case Western Reserve University's official "one stop shop" for all graduation information, services and products. The event promises "no hassle for your tassel" to members of the class of 2011 while they save time and money and begin their commencement celebration. Learn more.

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I-club is looking for mentors and mentees for its mentoring program, which pairs up international students with mentors in order to help get used to life on campus, practice English, meet people and more. Generally, there is a time commitment of about four hours per month. To sign up, click here. Email Sean with questions.

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The deadline for SURES (Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability) has been extended to March 23. Find the application and other research opportunities online.

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If you have questions or concerns about graduate school, the USG Freshman Caucus will host a graduate/undergraduate student mixer on Thursday, March 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Thwing Center Atrium. Graduate students of different majors will be present for a casual open house. Food will be provided and all students are welcome.

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121 Fitness Center is hiring work-study students for immediate positions in babysitting, and summer employment for babysitting, the front desk and Recovery Zone. Send your résumé to


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's annual Women's History Month event will be “A League of her Own: Breaking Through Barriers and Standing Her Ground” Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. This year’s event will showcase a panel of women who have broken through barriers and succeeded in male-dominated fields: Tari S. Rivera, founder of Regency Construction Services Inc., Stephanie N. Hall, Case Western Reserve University police officer and part-time attorney, and Kat Gunn, professional gamer and champion of WCG’s Ultimate Gamer Competition. Go online for more information.

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Stephen Spoonamore
Stephen Spoonamore

The Case Entrepreneurs Club and Net Impact present Stephen Spoonamore, CEO of ABS Materials, on March 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Dively Building. Spoonamore, a known cyber security expert, is leading the development of cutting-edge nanoglass technology with ABS Materials. The event also will feature product pitches from the Industrial Design department of Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. celebrates Women's History Month and the legacy of Stephanie Tubbs-Jones with its first Universal Womanhood Health Expo on Sunday, March 27. Anyone can attend to donate blood or receive free HIV testing, blood pressure and vision/glaucoma screenings. Additionally, attendees can participate in free health talks concerning back pains, breast cancer and reproductive health and hear a keynote by Karen Butler, commissioner for public health. The evening also will include a free aerobics and African dance workshop and will feature local vendors and exhibitors. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Make an appointment to give blood in advance with code "cwruhealth" here. For more details, contact Jasmine Jordan or Stephanie Onuoha.

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The Dittrick Museum and Medical History Center is participating in the worldwide Obscura Day April 9. Buy tickets for a chance to go behind the scenes for a look at its offbeat and seldom-seen collections. Find more information online.

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The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music and Church of the Covenant present the Case Concert Choir, Church of the Covenant, Case University Circle Orchestra Concert: Mozart Requiem on Saturday, March 26. The free, public concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant.

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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Erin Hollinger
Erin Hollinger

Women’s basketball junior forward Erin Hollinger has been voted Second Team Women's All-Great Lakes Region squad. Sports information directors from each player’s respective institution recommended players for the all-region teams. This year, a record-high total of 680 players were nominated and voted upon from across the country. Read more.

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Joey Baum
Joey Baum

Football senior Joey Baum is one of just 29 male student-athletes from around the nation to be awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to student-athletes based on athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. Baum, an international studies and political science double-major, carries a 3.93 grade point average and plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree upon graduation. Read more.

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Austin Fowler
Austin Fowler

Men’s basketball sophomore forward Austin Fowler was named to the 2011 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-Great Lakes District Second Team. Fowler was just one of three University Athletic Association student-athletes to receive the honor across the eight regions from around the nation. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the teams from each division distinguish the finest basketball student-athletes and floor generals from across America. Read more.

March 22, 2011

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In the News

Will the King James Bible Survive?

The Huffington Post, March 21, 2011
The first edition of the King James Bible was published 400 years ago, and while it’s by far the most popular version of the Bible, Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, believes its end is coming soon due to a few factors.

He Says Maine. She Says Florida.

The Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2011
When approaching retirement, many couples struggle with where to live. Research done by Eva Kahana, director of the Elderly Care Research Center, found that if one spouse goes along with a move reluctantly, usually both wind up dissatisfied.

Social Science Palooza II

The New York Times, March 17, 2011
In a roundup of recent research into human reactions, Chair of Economics and AT&T Professor of Economics Susan Helper’s research was cited, proving that group incentive pay and hourly pay motivate workers more effectively than individual incentive pay.

Higher Ed News

Little-Known Colleges Exploit Visa Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 20, 2011
A Chronicle investigation found that some colleges—most of them unaccredited—in California and Virginia are enrolling foreign students and charging them for the chance to work in the U.S. They exploit federal regulations to allow students to work—often in other states—on student visas, and the colleges make millions of dollars in profits.