Relay for Life Fundraising, Preparation in Full Swing

CWRU Relay for LifeIt’s that time of year again, when hundreds of people can be found walking at all hours of the day—and not just because the weather is finally warming up. Relay for Life will take place April 15-16 at Coach Bill Sudeck Track in North Residential Village, and already 55 teams composed of 663 members are ready to lace up their tennis shoes for the 18-hour overnight walk.

“For me, Relay is important to both Case [Western Reserve University] and the Cleveland community because it is one of those rare causes that everyone can relate to,” explained Audra Hormanski, undergraduate student chair of Relay for Life. “With Relay, we can directly fight a war that claims thousands of lives per year, and it's a battle I'm glad to be a part of with my community.”

This year, there will be plenty of entertaining and creative aspects to the event, from the live music by many of Case Western Reserve’s own students and faculty members to the Purple Couch, where people can sit and talk about what Relay for Life means to them. Read more about upcoming fundraisers and event plans.

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Humans vs. Zombies
Students strategized (inset) and attacked during the massive Humans vs. Zombies battle Monday night. Photography by Susan Griffith.

Campus News

Ronan Tynan
Ronan Tynan


Tickets are available for the April 4 Town Hall of Cleveland event "Living Life to the Fullest" with Ronan Tynan, internationally acclaimed singer and member of The Irish Tenors. Free tickets are available to the first 25 individuals to email with the subject line "Ronan Tynan tickets."

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The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is still accepting applications for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Research for summer 2011. This is a flexible two- to five-year program designed for post-doctoral trainees and faculty who seek training in the design and implementation of high-quality clinical research involving human subjects. CRSP courses are also open to individuals who are not pursuing a master’s degree but wish to enhance their skills in the design and conduct of clinical research. The deadline for applications is April 15. Contact Natalie Milone 216.368.2601.

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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 Graduate Awards Ceremony & Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Atrium & Auditorium. Any faculty member who would like to have an award given at the ceremony can contact The School of Graduate Studies (216.368.4390). The deadline for awards submission is Friday, April 8.

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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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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

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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Words Matter is hosting a panel discussion about the impact of derogatory language on April 1 at 12:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 400. Free pizza will be provided, and extra credit will be offered for some courses; ask your professor. Email with questions.

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Undergraduate Studies is hosting an information session on Friday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. in Sears Hall 374 on “Planning Ahead for Law School and Beyond.” Francie Fields and Sarah Beznoska from the Career Services Office at Case Western Reserve University School of Law will be the speakers. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to


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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Take Back the Night flierThe Take Back the Night speak out and candlelight vigil will take place April 5 at 8:30 p.m. on Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Take Back the Night is an event to speak out against violence on campus and raise community awareness as a preventive measure against future violence. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza, drinks and T-shirts will be offered to all who attend..

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Mary Roach
Mary Roach

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Case Western Reserve’s Mars Research Group present “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” a talk by science writer Mary Roach. Her talk, basked on the title of her latest book, will discuss the strange science of space travel and the psychology, technology and politics that go into sending a crew into orbit. The free, public event will take place April 6 at 7 p.m. in Andrew E. Schmitt Lecture Hall.

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The second annual WISER SEVA benefit dinner will be held March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Thwing Center Ballroom. The proceeds benefit underprivileged children in Bangalore. Tickets—$10 for faculty/staff and $7 for students—will be sold in Nord Hall on Thursday and also at the door.

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United Protestant Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring a “Lent: Come Live the Darkness and Light of the Season Worship Service” March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Rev. Donna Hughes at or 216.299.8391.

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.

Ted Steinberg
Ted Steinberg

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of the American Association of University Professors elected Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, president. Steinberg will serve until December 2011, after which Robert Petersen, associate professor of pathology and president-elect, will assume office. Neurology professor Peter Whitehouse and English professor Gary Stonum were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively. The election was held following the death of its last president, Mark A. Smith. Anyone interested in joining the chapter should contact Steinberg.

March 30, 2011

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In the News

How Elite Colleges Still Aren’t Diverse

The New York Times, March 29, 2011
A look at the number of students at elite colleges who are Pell Grant recipients shows many of the country's top schools aren't economically diverse. Case Western Reserve University, however, was touted for its higher number of Pell Grant recipients.

Trace of Radiation from Japan Found at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Nuclear Plants

WEWS, March 28, 2011
NewsNet5 stopped by Case Western Reserve University to talk with Gerald Matisoff, professor of geological sciences, and researcher Mary Carson about the findings of iodine-131 on top of the A.W. Smith Building.

Crossing Borders with Curie and AAAS

Under the Microscope, March 29, 2011
The American Association for the Advancement of Science devoted two lectures during its annual meeting to Marie Curie. Alan Rocke, Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History, organized one of the sessions, “Celebrating Marie Curie’s 100th Anniversary of Her Nobel Prize in Chemistry.”

Higher Ed News

The Hardest College Classes in the Country

Her Campus, March 28, 2011
Through a survey of students, research into grade distributions and a look at college rankings, Her Campus came up with nine of the hardest classes in the country, from what should be a relatively easy Intro to Philosophy course to Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics.