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art/sci update October 2013: Awards aid cosmologists’ research

Awards boost research of two theoretical cosmologists

Claudia de Rham and Andrew Tolley, assistant professors in the Department of Physics, have received two awards that will further their research into theories about the development of the universe.

Tolley has earned a $750,000 Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program grant, which will allow him to hire a postdoctoral researcher and fund two graduate students for the next five years. And de Rham is an inaugural Emmy Noether Fellow at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, which provides her the opportunity to focus on her research for six months next year. Read more.

College mourns department chair

Antonio Candau, who served as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures until last summer, passed away in September at the age of 51.

A member of the faculty for 12 years, Candau specialized in Spanish literature and culture. He published two books on modern Spanish literature as well as many articles and book reviews.

“Antonio was always attentive, patient, extremely generous with his time, and particularly willing to take on a lot more than his fair share of duties,” Associate Professor Gabriela Copertari told The Daily. “Always smiling and in a good mood, taking care of our needs and problems, he made the department a better place. We are truly devastated by his loss.” Read more.

New books by faculty members

For the first time, Cameroon’s traditional oral Fun’da poetry performed by women has been translated into English and appears in a new volume of essays on the changing field of ethnic studies, Defying the Global Language (Teneo Press). Cheryl Toman, director of the Ethnic Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, edited the book. Read more.

John Broich, assistant professor in the Department of History, has chronicled the political struggles that controlled the water supply in Victorian London in his new book, London, Water and the Making of the Modern City (University of Pittsburgh Press). Read more.

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Faculty members receive honors

Kenneth Ledford, associate professor in the Department of History and co-director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies, has been elected to the board of directors of the Ohio Humanities Council for a three-year term. He participated in The Daily‘s Five Questions series.

Ralph Harvey, associate professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, has been named a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Read more.

Student leader addresses
members of Congress

Junior music and biomedical engineering major Anton Spencer recently traveled to the nation’s capital to speak to members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The president of the Music Undergraduate Student Involvement Committee and principal flute for the Case Western Reserve/University Circle Symphony Orchestra, Spencer is also a recipient of the Louis Stokes Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship.

He talked about his Case Western Reserve education and plans for the future in an interview with The Daily. Read more.

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Issue 34 / October 2013

Accolades for CWRU

Case Western Reserve has been named one of the top 10 “geekiest” colleges, a list that includes some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States.

Read about the ranking.

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Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni


Department of Dance

Au Courant


Department of History

6th Annual Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture: Girls, Zines, and Divergent Networks of Dissent


Department of English

Geoffrey O’Brien poetry reading


Department of Music

Case Concert Choir Performance


Department of Theater

Black Comedy

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