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art/sci update May 2017

art/sci update May 2017


CWRU community mourns passing of Ron Wilson, theater professor and mentor


Ron Wilson

Ron Wilson, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater and director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program, died on April 14 at the age of 70. Wilson served as the chair of the Department of Theater from 2000 to 2015. He was an actor, director, movement coach, fight choreographer and mime. Wilson once said that his proudest accomplishment was being able to make a life in the arts. Read more.


Military ethics degree program explores complexities of war

Shannon French talks about CWRU's new military ethics master's degree program.


The MA program in Military Ethics, the first of its kind in the nation, will accept its inaugural cohort this fall. As The Plain Dealer reported, “the program will explore the history and current state of military ethics and international law, and the impact of modern military technology on the type of moral and ethical decisions that have to be made in war.” The newspaper interviewed program director Shannon French earlier this month. Read more.



The College celebrates 2017 Fulbright and Goldwater Scholars

Ericka Young


CWRU senior nutrition major Ericka Young has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Beginning in September, she will spend 10 months in the Czech Republic, serving as an assistant teacher in an English class at a secondary school. 

Junior Benjamin Kuznets-Speck, a mathematics and physics major, is one of 240 students across the country to be named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. This award is regarded as the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.



Ted Steinberg receives Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Ted Steinberg receives Faculty Distinguished Research Award


Ted Steinberg, the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History, is one of five CWRU faculty members to receive a 2017 Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Steinberg’s work on the intersection of environmental, social and legal history is highly regarded and has garnered two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Read more.


Diane Bernardoni

Diane Bernardoni


Diane Bernardoni is a graduating senior with majors in physical anthropology, evolutionary biology and mathematics, as well as a minor in art studio. At CWRU, Bernardoni says, “I found my favorite research areas: human evolution and paleoanthropology. My greatest aspiration is to bring some elements of math and art to the field of paleoanthropology.” Read more.




2017 Homecoming and Reunion

Homecoming and Reunion


Save the Date for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, October 5–8, 2017! All alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and our predecessor schools, as well as their families, are invited to return to campus this fall, with special recognition for alumni whose graduation years end in 2 or 7 and to our 2017 Alumni Award Winners. Read more.







Media Mentions

The Academic Minute
John Broich, associate history professor, discusses the recent return of George Orwell’s 1984 to the bestseller list. Read more.

The Conversation
Henry Adams, the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, talks about how art can spur mathematical discovery. Read more.

Rekha Srinivasan, senior instructor in the Department of Chemistry, tells us about the healing properties of spices. Tune in.

Development News


Day of Giving

Join us for CWRU’s fifth annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, June 14. For 24 hours, alumni and friends will come together to support and celebrate the university. We encourage everyone to share favorite photos and memories and learn how gifts make an impact on campus. To get involved as an advocate and help spread the word that day, please contact the development office at 216.368.5006 or email


Alumni Career Network

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University, CWRU Career Center and Case Alumni Association are proud to introduce the Alumni Career Network, powered by Wisr. The Alumni Career Network is a secure, online database that makes it easy for alumni to mentor current undergraduate and graduate students. Interested alumni can sign up using LinkedIn or email. The Alumni Career Network will match volunteers with students for 15- to 30-minute conversations, allowing them to help as often as they would like, on their own schedule.


CWRU Connect

Connect with classmates and update your contact information through the university’s secure social networking site for alumni. Contact other alumni, update your contact information, join a regional CWRU group, and receive chapter updates from the university and other alumni.


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May 21
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May 23
Institute for the Science of Origins
Using Holograms to Change How We Look at the World

May 23
Leonard Gelfand STEM Center
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May 23
Skeletal Research Center
Engineering Cell-Based Therapies for Arthritis


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College of Arts and Sciences
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Dittrick Medical History Center
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June 30
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Emergent Universe Oratorio

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