CWRU to Go Blue for Autism Awareness

Case Western Reserve University’s Peter B. Lewis Building will bear a similar resemblance to iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building on April 1 when its exterior becomes awash in blue lighting in recognition of Autism Awareness Day. The building lighting is part of the Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative from Autism Speaks to increase awareness and recognize autism as a health crisis worldwide. Peter B. Lewis will be lit up from about 7 p.m. April 1 until daybreak on April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

“As part of its service mission, CWRU is pleased to join others in raising awareness about a disorder affecting millions of individuals and families around the world,” said Stephen Campbell, vice president of campus planning and facilities management.

This is the first time the building will be lit up in such a manner, but its titanium roof is ideal for a project like this. Read more.

Campus News

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.

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The Relay For Life Planning Committee is sending a small purple toilet to various campus offices to collect donations to “Flush Away Cancer.” If you see the purple toilet, consider donating your extra change. If your office is interested in participating in the Whimsical Purple Fundraiser, email Molly Clifford before April 1.

For Faculty and Staff

This month’s free wellness seminar will celebrate National Nutrition Month with “Mindful Meal Planning.” On Thursday, March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, Heather Butscher, clinical dietician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, will discuss how to recognize hunger and take your emotions out of mealtime. Register here.

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The university has learned that outside vendors are soliciting Case Western Reserve personnel by phone regarding copiers. The only legitimate vendor for copiers is Meritech Inc. Free toner is supplied through Meritech only as part of the cost per copy agreement and will be delivered by Kenetics (a subsidiary of Meritech). Whenever a vendor other than Meritech or Kenetics contacts you regarding copiers, no information should be divulged. In such cases, please refer the caller to the cost per copy administrator, Lisa Cengia, at 368.1667.

For Students

Young Americans for Liberty in conjunction with the Case Democrats and Case Republicans will host Truth or Treason, a discussion on the WikiLeaks controversy and Julian Assange. Laura Tartakoff and Pete Moore from the political science department and Mano Singham, director of UCITE, will be panelists in the discussion, which will take place today at 5:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

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Applications are being accepted until April 15 for the Douglas W. Nock Endowment Scholarship, which provides recognition and financial assistance to undergraduate students or admitted high school graduates who have advanced the mission of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LBGT) community on campus or as a high school student in their community. To apply or for more information, click here.

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The deadline for abstracts for the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium has been extended to April 1. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top presenters. For more information and to submit, go online.

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Poster Session
The 2010 SOURCE Symposium.

Students are invited to attend All About Making an Academic Poster on Friday, April 1, 4-5 p.m. in Nord Hall 400, as well as All About Presenting a Poster or Oral Presentation on Thursday, April 7, 9-10 a.m. in Sears Hall 480. Register here. These seminars are held in conjunction with Intersections Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session and the Celebration of Student Writing, which will be April 15 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in Adelbert Gym.

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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.


The American Red Cross will host on-campus blood drives several times in March, including today from 2 to 7 p.m. in Wade Commons. Additionally, a blood drive will take place in 121 Fitness March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. and on March 31 from 2 to 7 p.m. in Fribley Commons. Appointments can be made online using sponsor code “casewestern.” Walk-ins are welcome.

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Richard Hanson
Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson, the Leonard and Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry, will speak about his experience with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) at Relay for Life's rescheduled Power of Purple Day. On this occasion for celebrating survivorship, he will share his 20-plus-year journey with cancer and how he continues to embrace life with a positive attitude and enthusiasm. Festivities will be April 1 in Thwing Atrium from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with Dr. Hanson's talk starting at 1 p.m. To learn more about Relay for Life, click here.

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Include your voice in the Kelvin Smith Library Draft Strategic Plan by attending the last of three open forums tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310 to hear more about the document and vision for KSL and research on campus. The draft document and various options for sending feedback during these remaining days of the comment period are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law International Law Student Association and Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, in conjunction with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, invite you to a question and answer session with visiting judges from Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and the West Bank. The free, public event, “Rule of Law in the Middle East & North Africa: An Open Forum Discussion,” will be held March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Moot Courtroom A59. Lunch will be provided.

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Susheel Jain
Susheel Jain

The Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series on Applying Anthropology to Real World Problems will feature Susheel Jain, health economist and principal of Jain Group. This lecture, “Medical Anthropology Applied: How major healthcare companies use medical anthropology and don't know it,will discuss the vital role of medical anthropology in major healthcare companies. It will take place April 5 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Mather Memorial Room 201. For more information, go 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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Shannon French
Shannon French

Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, delivered the annual Stutt Lecture on March 23 to 1,200 future Navy and Marine Corps officers at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Lecturers in the Stutt series are distinguished civilian scholars from leading colleges and universities who present and discuss contemporary dilemmas in military ethics. She will speak on “Challenges to the Warrior’s Code: From Private Contractors and Corrupt Command Climates to Terrorism and Torture."

March 24, 2011

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In the News

Researchers Claim Fuel Cell Breakthrough

UPI, March 22, 2011
Liming Dai, professor of chemical engineering, led a research team that made a breakthrough in the development of low-cost hydrogen fuel cells. These cells, which are much less expensive than platinum catalysts in fuel cells, could be used to power electric cars.

What They're Reading on College Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 20, 2011
A sampling of college bookstores, including Case Western Reserve University's, shows the biggest-selling books on campuses around the country.

Classical: “Terpiscore”

Rochester City Newspaper, March 23, 2011
Julie Andrijeski, a lecturer in the music department, along with students Tracy Cowart, Francesca Tortorello and Elena Mullins, will perform in Terpiscore, an opera-ballet by George Frederic Handel. The show, which will have three performances will take place in Upstate New York this week, “is a tour de force for dancers,” Andrijeski said.

Higher Ed News

Colleges Fling Spring Parties

Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2011
As weather temperatures rise, so does spring fever among students—and the parties nice weather brings. But colleges are cracking down on celebrations that lead to high alcohol consumption.