Seniors Take Home Fourth Win at Hudson Relays

Hudson Relays winner
The senior class, anchored by class president Hersh Varma, won the Hudson Relays for
the fourth time—becoming only the third team in relay history to win the honors all four
years. Photo by Susan Griffith.

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Student Spartan Graduates from Mascot Duties

Aaron Byers as Spartan
Aaron Byers performs his
unofficial duty: posing with babies
at CWRU events.

After three years riling up the crowds on athletics teams, introducing students to campus at orientation and representing the blue and gray at events for practically every school in the university, senior Aaron Byers, known around campus as the Case Western Reserve University Spartan, is graduating.

The Madison, Ohio, native saw becoming the Spartan as a “tremendous opportunity to represent the university and get involved,” at the end of his first year, he said.

And get involved he did. Being the sole university mascot is a hefty role for one student to handle, and as the Spartan, Byers covered football and basketball games, orientation traditions, Springfest, Hudson Relays, homecoming, alumni tailgating events and everything in between. Read more about Byers' role as the Spartan and who will take over.

Campus News

As the semester winds down, so does the question of the week competition on the Think news site. The final question debuted this morning, and the end-of-semester rankings will be released soon. Stay tuned to find out the winner, but for now, join the competition.

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This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Case Western Reserve University raised $76,494 in the fight against cancer. Fifty-nine teams composed of 926 participants took part in the event April 15-16. Donations are still being accepted online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will offer a session on “Moving from Peer to Supervisor” April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. The workshop will identify ways your role has changed, explore opportunities and potential pitfalls and learn strategies for becoming a successful supervisor. Register online.

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hearing testIn recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Department of Audiology is offering free hearing screenings to Case Western Reserve University employees throughout May. Call 216.844.7191 to schedule.

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Join other women faculty April 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for Women Faculty Connect, a lunchtime program that provides women faculty with an opportunity to chat, network and relax. The meeting will be held in Meeting Room B, Thwing Center. To reserve a lunch, RSVP to Susan Freimark.

For Students

Seniors, you (or your parents) can purchase senior ads for this year’s yearbook until May 31. Visit the Jostens website to design and purchase the ad or go to for more information. Email with any questions. Yearbooks are also still available to order online or by mail until May 31.

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The eight senior students enrolled in THTR 331 will present their student-directed one-act plays tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Eldred Theater Black Box. Each night will feature four different plays, and admission is free. Performances are made in partial fulfillment of the SAGES capstone.


Science Café Cleveland presents “Bending Science: How Science can be Corrupted by Legal Processes” May 9 at the tasting room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Paul Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor of Law at University of Texas School of Law, will discuss some of the ways that scientific information presented in legal debates can be bent or corrupted, especially in criminal trials and in environmental and public health regulation. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m. with the discussion starting at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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All members of the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland scientific community are invited to attend the final installment of the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Symposium Series, sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program. The two-seminar event, held tomorrow in the Wolstein Auditorium, features Douglas Golenbock, professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at University of Massachusetts. At 10:30 a.m., he will discuss “Innate Immunity and Disease,” and at 4 p.m., he will discuss “The Innate Immune Response in Malaria Involves the Recognition of Parasite DNA.” For more information visit the CMBTP website.

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Levi Watkins
Levi Watkins Jr.

The CWRU School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (Alpha Ohio) invites interested university and community members to the annual AOA Spring Lecture April 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the CWRU School of Medicine Sears Building Room E-401. This year’s speaker is Levi Watkins Jr., associate dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, professor of cardiac surgery and a pioneer in breaking racial barriers in the medical world, who will discuss “Human Defibrillation: History and Evolution.” Find more information 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.

Et al.

Emily Tran
Emily Tran

The Case Western Reserve University women’s track and field team finished third—the program’s highest-ever finish—at the 2011 University Athletic Association Outdoor Championships. Juniors Erin Hollinger and Amanda Kline won the high jump and discus throw, respectively, and sophomore Emily Tran won the javelin.

On the men’s side, the team finished fifth at the meet, led by junior Ty Shaffer, who won the 400m hurdles. Read the full results.

April 26, 2011

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In the News

Aced English Class? Give Your Genetics an A

The Globe and Mail, April 24, 2011
Findings from Case Western Reserve University researchers, among others, found that genetics play a stronger role in a child’s reading skills than in his/her math ability, while the home/school environment influences math skills. The research, led by Lee A. Thompson, chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences, revolved around 271 pairs of 10-year-old identical and fraternal twins.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Stocks Raise Question of Conflict: Plain Dealing

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2011
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine invests in hundreds of companies whose business practices could come under scrutiny from his office, but he said his holdings are not a conflict of interest. But School of Law Emeriti Professor Robert Lawry said public officials should avoid conflict by investing in mutual funds or putting stocks in a blind trust. “The trouble is, in case after case of conflict of interest, people believe, they truly believe, their judgment is not affected, but it is,” he said.

Churches Wrestle with God's Stand on Union Rights

USA Today, April 25, 2011
With the collective bargaining debate already heated up in Ohio and Wisconsin and gaining steam in other states, having backing from churches helps unions, but the unions may not be able to count on the churches. Having the support of churches raises the collective bargaining issue to a moral level and “gives legitimacy to organized labor and that certainly helps,” said Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science.

Paranoid? You Must Be a Grad Student

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2011
A Stanford University business professor created a linear model that actually explains the paranoia of graduate students. Bradley Ricca, a lecturer in the English department, recalled his own grad-school paranoia he went through while preparing for his comprehensive exams.

Credit Unions have Advantages, and Most are Safe, Experts Say

The Plain Dealer, April 24, 2011
Though the St. Paul Croatian Federal Credit Union collapsed, people should not be concerned about the safety of banking at credit unions. They usually offer higher interest rates on savings accounts and charge lower interest rates on loans, said William Mahnic, associate professor of banking and finance. It’s critical, though, he said, to know how to protect your money.

Higher Ed News

Equal Time for 'Traditional Values'

Inside Higher Ed, April 25, 2011
A budget bill passed in the Texas House of Representatives would require any public college with a student center on "alternative" sexuality to provide equal funding to create new centers to promote "traditional values."