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art/sci update April 2013: Fellowships to support history of Panama Canal Zone

Posted on April 15, 2013


Historian awarded fellowships to
research Panama Canal Zone towns

Associate Professor Marixa Lasso of the Department of History has received prestigious fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the National Humanities Center. The fellowships will support her research for a book about the forgotten history of the Panamanian towns that dotted the Canal Zone until U.S. President William Taft ordered their depopulation in 1912.

Lasso will spend the next year on a research leave at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area, writing Building La Zona. Read more.

Philosopher shows Fermat’s Last
Theorem can be proved more simply

Fermat’s Last Theorem—the idea that a certain simple equation had no solutions—went unproved for nearly 350 years until an Oxford mathematician created a proof in 1995. Now, a College of Arts and Sciences philosopher has shown the theorem can be proved more simply.

Colin McLarty, the Truman P. Handy Professor of Philosophy, hasn’t developed a proof for the theorem, but has shown that it can be proved with much less set theory than Wiles used. He presented his results at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego earlier this year.

McLarty will talk more about his work at the Association for Symbolic Logic North American Annual Meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, May 8-11. Read more.

Study finds that new mothers would
consider online help for depression

A study by collaborators from the College of Arts and Sciences and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing finds that mothers suffering from postpartum depression after a high-risk pregnancy would turn to online interventions if they could remain anonymous and receive help from professionals.

The research by Amy Przeworski, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Judith Maloni, professor in the nursing school, also showed that many women don’t seek counseling because of the time constraints of caring for a newborn and the stigma attached to depression. Their article appears in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Read more.

CAS in the News

Anisfield-Wolf SAGES fellow offers her
thoughts as a recent Cleveland transplant

Lisa Nielson, the Anisfield-Wolf SAGES fellow, was interviewed as part of The Plain Dealer‘s My Cleveland series.

A cellist, musicologist and recording artist, Nielson shared her thoughts on what she loves about Northeast Ohio, including its accessibility, its food, and the cultural opportunities available to her and her students. Read more.

Five questions with Jim Edmonson
of the Dittrick Medical History Center

Jim Edmonson, chief curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center, participated in the “5 questions with …” feature of The Daily, the university’s e-newsletter.

Find out how he learned French in a small island fishing village near Newfoundland, and what likes best about Case Western Reserve. Read more.

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Issue 28 / April 2013

Across the University

This summer, Case Western Reserve University is partnering with the Cleveland International Piano Competition for a public art installation throughout University Circle.

“Play Me, I’m Yours” will feature 22 working pianos that have been creatively decorated by members of the campus and surrounding communities. View—and play—the pianos starting July 19.

Read more.

Alumni events

Mark your calendar!

Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2013 is scheduled for September 26-29, 2013.

Reunion activities are planned for graduates of class years ending in 3 and 8. If you’re interested in volunteering as a class representative, please contact Sharon Jordan-Davis at

Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University chapter events are scheduled monthly! Find out when events near you are happening and join up with fellow alumni.

View full alumni events calendar

Upcoming events


Department of Dance

Spring MaDaCol Performances


Department of Classics

Vergil Week


Dittrick Medical History Center

Vittorio Marchis presents Autopsy of a Machine


Department of Art History and Art

Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities: Naked at Prayer: Religious Art and Scandal in Fifteenth-century France


Department of Music

Percussion Ensemble Concert and Jazz Ensemble Concert

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