Case Western Reserve to Award Four Honorary Degrees

CWRU diplomaCase Western Reserve University awards honorary degrees each year at commencement. These honors are a means of recognizing excellence in any aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service and the performing arts.

The conferring of an honorary degree is the university's way of recognizing those persons who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards.

This year's honorees are Scott S. Cowen, Vaclav Havel, Iqbal Z. Quadir and John W. Schutt. Learn more about these outstanding recipients.

Campus News

There will be a CWRU Words Matter Pledge Signing today on the Quad (rain site will be Nord Hall). 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

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Net Impact Undergrad is holding the first CWRU Kiva Lending Day today, to support, an organization that helps entrepreneurs in developing nations. To find out more, visit or join the CWRU Lending Team.

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Tomorrow is World TB Day. Celebrate the launch of “I am TB,” an international patient advocacy campaign, and World TB Day by attending a campuswide lecture, “TB 2011: The Beginning of a New Era in TB,” presented by Jennifer Furin, assistant professor of medicine with the Tuberculosis Research Unit and adjunct assistant professor of anthropology. The lecture will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Sears Tower of the School of Medicine, T-501. For more information contact Dr. Furin at

For Faculty and Staff

With the increase in the number of international students on campus, it’s important to improve their experience. UCITE will hold a panel discussion of undergraduate and graduate international students led by Jessica Gerard, professor of English, director of the SAGES ESL program and teacher/adviser for SAGES First Seminars. The students will share their experiences and suggest ways to better understand them and help them benefit more from their time at Case Western Reserve. The panel will take place March 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the Allen building. Pizza and beverages will be provided; email to RSVP.

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The Spartan Sports Camp will be held June 13-Aug. 5 for children ages 6 to 12. Faculty and staff members interested in more information for their children can contact Marcus Macalla at 216.368.0548.

For Students

The summer information fair will be held in the SAGES Cafe today 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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If you have questions or concerns about graduate school, the USG Freshman Caucus will host a graduate/undergraduate student mixer 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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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.

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woman on scaleCWRU students are invited to take the 121 Fitness Center “Countdown to Graduation” six-week fitness challenge, starting March 28. The program has three tiers for your success and includes full access to 121 Fitness, a health risk assessment, more than 55 free group exercise classes, free parking, free locker and towel service and more. For more information and registration click here, call 368.1121 or stop in for a tour.

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What gets your creativity flowing? All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enter to win $3,500 in cash prizes and help design think[box]—an innovative home for out-of-the-box thinkers with hands-on education, design, development, product commercialization and entrepreneurial activities in the former Lincoln Storage facility. To enter, explain how the wide range of think[box] activities should be allocated and how the space should be decorated, including types of furniture, equipment and “creature comforts” to make think[box] the ideal space for innovation. Entry deadline is March 28. Designs are due April 25. Click to enter and see contest rules.


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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JugglingOn Saturday, March 26, the Case Juggling Club will present its annual show, the Case Juggling Spectacular, filled with mind-boggling tricks, devious plots, suspense, excitement, dangerous stunts and jokes, good and bad. Come by and support the performance in the Thwing Ballroom from 8 to 9 p.m. Find more information on Facebook.

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Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Jeremy Bendik-Keymer as the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics. The ceremony will be held April 4 at 4 p.m. at The Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, with a reception to follow. Respond before March 31 to Jennie Szegedy by email or at 216.368.0565.


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Case Western Reserve University Dance presents Springworks, showcasing dance works by MFA candidates Shelley Blanton Strong and Sherry Harper, March 24-27 in Mather Dance Center.

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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.

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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Fabio Cominelli
Fabio Cominelli

Fabio Cominelli, professor and Hermann Menges Jr. Chair in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Gastrointestinal Mucosal Pathobiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. He will serve from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2015. Study sections review grant applications, make recommendations on the applications to NIH boards and survey the status of research in their fields. He was nominated because of his achievement in the field, including publications and other significant activities and honors.

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The Biophysical Society awarded Prattana “Nat” Samasilp its Student Research Achievement Award for her research in the field of exocytosis and endocytosis. Samasilp, a PhD candidate in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Graduate Program, was given the award at the society’s 55th annual national meeting. The topic of the research is determining the mechanistic role played by the proteins Dynamin and Syndapin in the control of differential hormone release under the stress response. She is conducting her work in the laboratory of School of Medicine Associate Professor Corey Smith.

March 23, 2011

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In the News

Scientists in Search of a Common Language With Dolphins, March 21, 2011
Mobile apps are being used increasingly in the U.S., but they are really nothing new—they are simply programs coming through a new medium, the mobile phone, said Marc Buchner, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering. But they differ from traditional software in price, payment and the number of people making them.

What Do Apple, GM, and P&G Share? Design.

Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2011
Incorporating art and design into business is a key strategy for many companies, but teaching managers how to design still requires some work. Fred Collopy, professor and chair of the Information Systems Department at Weatherhead School of Management, teaches "how to manage by designing." The MBA students focus not on solving problems but how to transform problems to see them from different points of view and find offbeat solutions.

Egyptian Student Reacts to Libyan Intervention

WEWS, March 21, 2011
The coalition intervention in Libya has some in the area voicing concerns. “A little more thought needs to be put into some of the decisions we've been making," said Case Western Reserve University student Stephanie Onuoha. Others, however, feel the action taken against the Libyan forces of Moammar Gadhafi was warranted.

Higher Ed News

A Heavier Load in Ohio

Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2011
In his budget address last week, Gov. John Kasich introduced a mandate that professors at public universities teach one additional course every two years. This plan would provide flexibility for administrators and control costs, the governor's office said. Some faculty members have been wary of—and some hostile to—the idea, accusing Kasich of hypocrisy and saying it would disproportionately affect junior faculty.