Theater Production Showcases Work of Undergraduates

Our Town posterCase Western Reserve University’s Eldred Theater continues its 2010-11 drama series with Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 play by Thornton Wilder. The undergraduate-driven show will run April 8-17.

Our Town tells the story of the inhabitants of Grover’s Corners. It’s a heart-warming tale set in an idealized Americana that explores the increasingly elusive meaning of community.

The 24-member undergraduate ensemble is directed by Catherine Albers, professor and director of undergraduate studies for the theater department at CWRU. Read more about the show, including a full cast list.

Campus News

Relay for Life logoRelay for Life is looking for volunteers for its event on campus April 15-16. Together with millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. If you would like to help support Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving efforts, please complete the survey. After you complete the form, you will be contacted about your specific contribution.

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Printing Services has rolled out its new online ordering site, with plenty of new products and more to come. The old site is no longer available; users will need to re-register at the new site. For feedback or questions, contact Lisa Cengia.

For Faculty and Staff

The Payroll Office is pleased to announce the addition of direct deposit functionality to the self-service feature within HCM. There are no changes to current direct deposit information so no further action is required. However, future changes (addition or deletion of accounts, changes in dollar amounts or percentages, etc.) will need to be made through self-service. For more information, a training guide is posted online.

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National Nutrition MonthThis 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.

For Students

Greek Life is looking for SMARRT (Students Meeting About Risk and Responsibility Training) leaders, individuals who will educate those in the Greek community about issues facing college students today. Topics include sexual assault prevention and awareness, alcohol education, healthy living and wellness, and policies and procedures. This is a great leadership opportunity for Greek students, as it helps them to improve their public speaking skills, learn more about a specific topic and educate others within the community. For more information, contact Candace Martin. Applications are due April 6. Apply here.

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CWRU iPhone case

The Weatherhead Synergy Team is selling iPhone 4G cases printed with the Case Western Reserve University logo, with proceeds benefiting the Japan Earthquake Relief initiative. To purchase, stop by the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore, check it out on Facebook or contact


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All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to learn more about the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' fall course in Bangladesh over winter break and upcoming programs for spring. The Bangladesh trip is a three-credit-hour course on Social Development and Micro-finance. Learn more this Tuesday, March 29, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in room 112 of the Mandel School. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 368.6014 or by email for details.


There will be a bake sale to benefit disaster relief in Japan on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Guilford Parlor, and contributions of baked goods are needed. To donate an item or to find out more, contact Mary Assad by April 1.

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The next installment of the 2010/2011 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Symposium Series from the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will be held March 29 in Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. Michael Clarke, professor and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, will present two seminars on stem cells and cancer. All members of the CWRU and Cleveland scientific community are invited to attend. For more information please visit the CMBTP website.

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All are invited to attend Explaining Catholic Worship, a talk in Amasa Stone Chapel about Catholic Mass and the meaning behind the rituals, on April 1 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. A meatless meal will be served afterward. For more information, contact Tony Vento, Kevin Fox or Julia O’Brien.

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David Mooney
David Mooney

David Mooney, the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard University, will deliver the Ford Distinguished Lecture Monday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium.  He will discuss “Programming Cells In Situ with Polymers.” This program, free and open to the public, is part of the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lecture Series in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. A reception will follow immediately. For more information, go to

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The David A. Goldthwait Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 1 in Biomedical Research Building 105. Goldthwait was a faculty member in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine for more than 50 years. The speakers at the symposium will be Kenneth Wu from Academia Sinica, Taiwan, who will speak on “Translational Research in Lung Cancer in Taiwan”; Earl Davie from Washington University, Seattle, whose talk is on “The Current Status of the Blood Coagulation Cascade”; and Jerard Hurwitz from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who will speak on “Studies of Eukaryotic DNA Replication.”

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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Alp Sehirlioglu
Alp Sehirlioglu

Alp Sehirlioglu, a research assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received one of 43 2011 Young Investigator Program Awards from Air Force Office of Scientific Research to support his work on the examination of hetero-interfaces for extreme environment electronics. The objective of the young investigator program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

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Jennifer Sanders
Jennifer Sanders

Dental student Jennifer Sanders won first place in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Predoctoral Student Merit Award for her research on the prevalence of midlevel dental providers. Last year, she earned honors for the research. To learn more about her research, click here.


March 28, 2011

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In the News

Connected, Exhausted

Boston Globe, March 27, 2011
Teenagers often sleep with their phones on them, texting at all hours of the night. This leads to exhaustion because they are semi-alert all night, waiting for their phones to ring with a text. “These teens were also more than 60 percent more likely to miss more school because of illness and to have poor academic performance," said Scott Frank, director of the Master of Public Health Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Medication May Reduce Belly Fat

UPI, March 26, 2011
Research by School of Medicine faculty members Paul Ernsberger and Richard J. Koletsky shows the diabetes drug sitagliptin might be effective in keeping prediabetes from becoming diabetes.

NeoProteomics Secures Exclusive Option Agreement with Case Western Reserve University

News Medical, March 28, 2011
NeoProteomics Inc., a biomarker development and software company, entered into an exclusive option agreement with Case Western Reserve through the Technology Transfer Office. The results of the agreement could enhance the treatment of cancer, diabetes and inflammatory diseases.

Higher Ed News

Wisconsin GOP Seeks E-Mails of a Madison Professor Who Criticized the Governor

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2011
The Republican Party of Wisconsin is trying to obtain emails sent by a University of Wisconsin at Madison professor who has publicly criticized Gov. Scott Walker. The request was made two days after the professor published a blog post looking at the role conservative advocacy groups have played in recent legislation.