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art/sci update April 2014: News from the College of Arts and Sciences

Milton and Tamar Maltz announce
$30 million commitment to project

Earlier this month, Milton and Tamar Maltz announced that they have increased their family’s commitment to the university’s new performing arts center from $12 million to $30 million. Thanks to their leadership gift and the contributions of other generous donors, CWRU has raised $59.3 million for the project to date.

The transformation of The Temple – Tifereth Israel into a home for the college’s programs in music, theater and dance will begin later this spring, but fundraising will continue to ensure that all of the project’s ambitious goals are met. Read more about the Maltz family’s gift and the university’s vision for the center. If you’re interested in learning how you can become involved with the project, email


Study finds focus on music
in family cars develops interest

The family car might be an ideal location to develop children’s interest in music, according to research by Associate Professor Lisa Huisman Koops of the Department of Music.

Inspired by her 20-minute daily commute to her daughter’s preschool, Koops recruited families to learn how activities in the car might advance children’s appreciation of and experimentation with music. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, found vehicles have advantages as music spaces. Read more.


Leaders have difficulty switching
between two modes, study shows

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CWRU researchers have found that leaders can be both task-oriented or team-building, but not at the same time. The study, by a team that includes Assistant Professor Anthony Jack of the Department of Cognitive Science and Professor Richard Boyatzis of the Weatherhead School of Management, was published online in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

“The balanced leader switches fluidly between focusing on operations and the bottom line at one moment, and fostering a positive work environment and ethical insight the next,” Jack told the university’s e-newsletter, The Daily. “What the science is telling us is that the brain naturally supports this switching, but doesn’t function so well when we blend the two modes.” Read more.

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Mercury found to have contracted
much more than previously thought

Steven A. Hauck II, associate professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is part of a team of researchers that last month announced its discovery that the planet Mercury has shrunk much more than previously thought.

The research, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, used data from the spacecraft MESSENGER to determine that the planet has contracted as much as 4.3 miles radially since it was formed. Read more.


Students’ invention highlighted
at entrepreneurship expo

Undergraduate physics major Nicholas Barron was featured on WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate, as part of a story on entrepreneurs.

Barron and four classmates founded Holepatch, a company that is marketing a new solution for filling potholes. The technology uses a durable bag filled with a gel that hardens on contact. View the story.


What do you know about
the history of Captain America?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the blockbuster film that was co-directed by alumnus Joe Russo (GRS ’95) and his brother, Anthony, was shot in Cleveland last year. But how much do you know about the superhero?

Brad Ricca, a SAGES fellow whose scholarship includes research into comic books, was asked by WEWS, the Cleveland ABC affiliate, about the history of the Marvel hero. Watch the video.

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Around the University

Undergraduates will have a new housing option in fall 2015 once CWRU completes construction of a new residence hall on the north side of campus. Learn more.

This fall, the nation’s longest-running continuous speaker series will move to campus. Learn about “Town Hall of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University.”

Alumni events

Alumni events are scheduled regularly. To find out what’s happening in your area, visit the Alumni Association calendar below.

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Upcoming events

Department of Music
Symphonic Winds Performance

Department of English
Breaking Genre: A Writers Conference

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