When graduating senior Allison Zimmerman kicked off her final spring semester at Case Western Reserve University, she got off to a much different start than most students.
For starters, she left Cleveland and headed to Africa.
It was not a typical trip abroad, spent taking courses and traveling. Instead, Zimmerman spent two months camping out in Ethiopia, excavating fossils in the fields of the Afar region and preparing the fossils for storage in the National Museum of Ethiopia.
Zimmerman, a physical anthropology major with a minor in sports medicine, was the only undergraduate student to go on the excavation. She earned the trip after completing the Human Evolution (The Fossil Evidence) course, offered by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, adjunct professor of cognitive science and curator and head of physical anthropology at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Read more about Zimmerman's trip and findings.
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Case Western Reserve University named Zachary Galliger, a first-year biomedical engineering student, as the second recipient of the Douglas W. Nock Endowment Scholarship.
The award provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students or admitted high school graduates who have advanced the mission of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve or as a high school student in their community.
Galliger was elected president of Spectrum, the university’s undergraduate gay-straight alliance, for 2011-12. He assisted in planning the Candlelight Vigil against LGBT bullying, and assisted in planning the Drag Ball. Additionally, Galliger appeared in The Chronicle of Education about his experience at CWRU as an “out” freshman. Read more.
On May 14, the next generation of Blackboard will make its way to Case Western Reserve University. In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard 9.1 will simplify the process of creating and editing courses, facilitate classroom collaboration, allow for better organization of course materials and assignments, and streamline the notification system of course updates. To assist with this upgrade, a wide range of training programs and resources will be available. Watch for details and more information.
Thanks to a bequest from the members of the family of the late Evan Nord, UCITE is offering Nord Grants to faculty. The grants are available for a wide range of activities; for more information, go online.
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering Case Western Reserve University graduates, friends and family $20 tickets for orchestra-level seats at this weekend’s performances of Bruckner 5. Performances at Severance Hall will begin at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday. Order today using promotion code 8570. Call 216.231.1111 or visit clevelandorchestra.com.
All faculty, staff and students are invited to visit Cleveland’s MC2STEM High School at GE Nela Park on June 15 at 1 p.m. Attendees will receive a guided tour of the school, learn more about the curriculum and capstone projects and how the university connects the high school to the our programs, events, services and resources year-round. To RSVP, email Latisha James by June 13.
Brian Grimberg, assistant professor of international health in the Center for Global Health and Diseases, was named Scholar of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry. This award recognizes the world’s emerging leaders in the field of cytometry for their scientific skills and leadership potential while also enhancing their knowledge and experience over a five-year term.
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The Career Center recently awarded Case Western Reserve University student Partik Singh the 2011 Kaplan Course Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $1,999, can be applied to on-site or online comprehensive Kaplan graduate school prep courses. Singh submitted two short essays and a faculty reference to enter the Kaplan Course Scholarship award contest.