Employees, Students Honored for Commitment to Diversity

diversityThe Third Annual Inclusion & Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon is quickly approaching—April 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Thwing Ballroom—and the award winners have been selected. These individuals were chosen due to their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion on and off campus, be it through teaching, service or research.

The winners are:

  • Faculty Excellence Award: Susan W. Hinze, associate professor of sociology and director of women's and gender studies
  • Staff Leadership Award: Teona Griggs, director of Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion for Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • Undergraduate Student Excellence Award: Sai Santosh Kumar Kolluru, a junior mechanical engineering student
  • Graduate Student Excellence Award: Susan E. Smalling, PhD candidate in social welfare

Read more about the winners and their accomplishments.

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University Researcher Using Human Studies to Help Animals

Click the image to watch a video on the research.

Grace Fuller, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University, reaches across a Cleveland Metroparks Zoo exhibit with a long pole tipped with a synthetic swab soaked in honey water.

A pygmy slow loris, a big-eyed nocturnal primate, climbs down a branch and begins licking and chewing the swab.

“These primates can navigate through a complicated jungle and avoid predators in the dark,” said Fuller, standing in the loris exhibit at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. But in captivity, something as seemingly innocuous as incorrect lighting may negatively impact the health and reproduction of lorises, pottos and their kin. Find out how she's using research from humans to better understand animals' needs.

Campus News

There will be an interruption of services for SmartCART users April 9 from 6 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m. to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the SmartCART vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance and implement an update of the system. Users attempting to reach the SmartCART online ordering system while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

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Additionally, there will be a planned outage of services for QuikPAY starting April 10 at 7 p.m. to no later than 7 a.m. on April 11. QuikPAY is expected to be unavailable for about 60 minutes during this time, in order to allow the vendor to upgrade the QuikPAY site. Users attempting to reach it while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

For Faculty and Staff

“Power and Politics on Campus for Women Faculty” will be presented Thursday, April 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge of Thwing Center. Sponsored by the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, this workshop will help women faculty members understand their own comfort levels with power, identify different types of power in their environments and learn strategies to enhance their competencies in this area. RSVP to Susan Freimark.

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The Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM@Case) is sponsoring an internal research funding initiative focused on Image Guided Biomaterials Development. A lunchtime session on April 11 at noon in Nord Hall 310 will provide details of how faculty in the materials and imaging communities can apply for this seed funding. More information is available on the IAM website.

For Students

Amazing Race @ CaseThe Residence Hall Association, University Programming Board and Greek Life will host the Amazing Race @ Case, a challenge-oriented race across campus with teams of two, on April 9. The race will kick off at noon, with a celebration party afterward in Carlton Commons at 4 p.m. Great prizes are given to the top five teams. For more information, check out the event on Facebook. To register, click here. Registration is limited to 40 teams.

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Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine are invited to attend an informational session with Lina Mehta, associate dean for admissions, and Christian Essman, director of admissions, to discuss the application process. The session, Inspirations and Aspirations, will be held April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine’s third floor lecture hall (E-301). An optional medical student-led tour will take place from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.; sign up here.

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walk a mile in her shoesThe Case Democrats, Women in Liberal Arts and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, on April 9 at noon at the Village Track. Guys, are you man enough to walk a mile in high heels? Contact ajz13@case.edu with questions.


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Phi Kappa Psi’s 4th Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Veale Center Courts. Sign up a team of three to five people ($30 suggested donation per team includes a free T-shirt provided by Club Colors Inc.) to compete in the soccer tournament. All funds raised go to Tomorrow's Stars, a charity started by alumnus George Weir to make education possible for children in Ghana. To sign up a team, go here and click on Rules and Registration.

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CWRU Walk Against HungerOn April 9 at noon, the Student Dietetic Association, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity and Confused Greenies will host the CWRU Walk Against Hunger to raise money for the Children's Hunger Alliance of Cleveland. Registration will be $5 for Case Western Reserve students and $10 for other members of the community. Registration begins today in Nord Hall, or participants can register on the day of the event. The event will begin at Kelvin Smith Library Oval. The first 50 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Contact rcp12@case.edu for details. Extra credit is available for CHEM 106, CHEM 111, MATH 122, NTRN 201, NTRN 360, NTRN 343 and NTRN 364.

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Women in Liberal Arts present the Embracing Diversity Poetry Slam today at 12:30 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library, near Cramelot. Enjoy free pizza, wings, cookies and lemon bars as well as poetry readings and performances from Speakeasy and Women’s Glee Club, among others.


Our Town
During dress rehearsals for Our Town,
Kelly McCready (front) plays Emily, as the
ensemble looks on. Photo by Peter Jennings.

The Eldred Theater Series presents Our Town, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play that tells the story of the inhabitants of Grover's Corners and explores the increasingly elusive meaning of community. The play kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. and also has shows April 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and matinees April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Eldred Theater Box Office or by calling 216.368.6262. For more information, go online.

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On Saturday April 9, University Counseling Services/Prevention Recovery Services & Housing, Residence Life will sponsor an alcohol-free event at The Spot to acknowledge Alcohol Awareness Month on campus. All participants of the event who pledge to be alcohol-free for the weekend will receive a colorful personalized wristband as a reminder of their pledge. There will be various games—such as darts, beer goggles Wii games, pool, measure a drink game, black jack and Jenga—and free food, mocktails, music and mingling. The event will also include education about alcohol misuse, access to alcohol screening tools and resources for getting help if needed. The program will run from 7 to 10 p.m. For more details or to volunteer, contact Sara Taylor.

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Science Cafe ClevelandScience Café Cleveland presents “Birds and Aircrafts: Fighting for Airspace in Ever More Crowded Skies,” an open discussion about wildlife strikes and the research conducted toward safer skies for birds and people. Richard A. Dolbeer, science adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Services, and Sandra E. Write, National Wildlife Strike database manager for the same department, will discuss the topic April 11 at The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m.; discussion starts around 7 p.m. The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and GLBC are sponsors of the event.

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Campus Crusade for Christ is hosting a traditional Passover Week dinner on April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thwing 1914 Lounge. Tickets are $3 and will be available in Nord Hall.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Voices of Glory Gospel Choir will host its 7th annual benefit concert April 9 at 5 p.m. at Harkness Chapel. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Ticket sales and other donations will go directly to a family in need in Cleveland. For more information, email Jordan Welch.

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Conor GrennanIn conjunction with Writing Week 2011, the Case College Scholars Program presents “A Talk with Conor Grennan,” author of the bestselling memoir Little Princes. It will be held April 11 at 5 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium with a book signing to follow. For more information on this event or other Writing Week events, 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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Ruth Keri
Ruth Keri

After a national search, Ruth Keri, associate professor in the departments of pharmacology, genetics and oncology, has been named associate director for basic research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her interest in the effects of reproductive hormones led to her long-standing interest in breast cancer, and a more recent interest in human breast cancer. She serves on a number of NIH and DOD scientific review panels, has been identified as a key investigator in breast cancer and is recognized as a top educator in the department of pharmacology.

April 8, 2011

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In the News

Serious Shortage of Dentists in Cleveland, East Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2011
Low-income, inner-city neighborhoods in East Cleveland and Cleveland have an extremely low amount of dentists serving their areas. Kristin Williams, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, said fewer students from these areas are applying to dental school, largely because there aren’t educational loans and grants available, and therefore not returning to their neighborhoods to practice.

Weatherhead MBAs Build Economic Case for $20M Circle-Heights Bike Network

GreenCityBlueLake, April 6, 2011
During a meeting of University Circle institutions’ green teams, members of a Weatherhead School of Management class presented findings showing that a $20 million investment in street improvements and a 3 percent shift of University Circle’s 82,000 workers from a car to a bike would boost the local economy by up to $100 million. The findings are based on the economic impacts of similar plans in Minneapolis and Portland.

Delhi Belly Isn’t Only Risk From Water in India as Deadly Bugs Uncovered

Bloomberg, April 6, 2011
Recent tests of water samples in New Delhi found more than a dozen species of drug-resistant bacteria, ranging from strains that cause pneumonia to cholera. This evidence, said Robert Bonomo, professor of medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology and microbiology, “probably represents a huge environmental contamination. I bet a lot of people are not happy about that finding.”

Higher Ed News

Worldwide, Students Suffer From Internet 'Addiction'

The Huffington Post, April 6, 2011
A new study is out, showing how 17- to 25-year-olds use media—and the results concluded that students’ “addiction” to being connected may not be clinically diagnosed, but the cravings, anxiety and depression definitely seem real.