Senior Spends Winter Searching for Fossils

Allison Zimmerman on dig
Allison Zimmerman (front right) and members of the
paleontology field crew perform a survey at a
hominid fossil discovery location.

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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First-year Student Wins Nock Scholarship

Zach Galliger
Zachary Galliger

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.

Campus News

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.

For Faculty and Staff

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.

For Students

The Cleveland Orchestra logoThe 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


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.

Et al.

Brian Grimberg
Brian Grimberg

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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Partik Singh and Career Center Staff
Partik Singh (second from left) and Career
Center staff members (left to right) Kim Paik,
Jennifer Price Davis and Tom Matthews.

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.

May 12, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Reserve and Chinese Company will Work Together on Clean Energy

The Plain Dealer, May 10, 2011
Case Western Reserve University and China National Offshore Oil Corp. formalized their agreement to work together toward clean energy research during a signing ceremony led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The project details are still being fine-tuned, but the research will be anchored in Case School of Engineering and will involve improving battery and electric vehicle technology, said David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs.

Summer School Week: Case Program Paves Future for Students

WKYC, May 10, 2011
Case Western Reserve University is one of a dozen schools to host a six-week Summer Medical and Dental Education Program every year. The program, largely funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is free to students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in the medical and dental field.  "These students don't have the resources some students have,” said Robert Haynie, associate dean for student affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Housing Slump Still Hurting Small Business

Reuters, May 11, 2011
Many small-business owners depend on home equity to fund their businesses, and fallout in the real estate market is the major culprit for the slowdown in lending, said Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. “You’re not going to solve the small business credit problems if you don't solve the housing market problem because they’re linked,” he said.

Higher Ed News

College Student Banned From Graduation Over Facebook Post

The Huffington Post, May 10, 2011
After a St. Augustine’s College senior posted a message on Facebook—the details of which are disputed by the student and the college—school officials revoked his privilege of walking in the commencement ceremony.