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art/sci update June 2013: Meet the college’s latest Fulbright Scholars

Posted on June 15, 2013


Faculty and students selected
for Fulbright Scholar awards

Karen BeckwithThe college was once again honored with multiple Fulbright award winners this spring. Karen Beckwith, the Flora Stone Mather Professor in the Department of Political Science, will spend six months next year in the United Kingdom for a project to identify how the political process can work to create policies favorable to women. Read more.

Andrea Fidler, who recently completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in childhood studies and mathematics, will travel to Macau on an English Teaching Assistantship grant. Andrew Flagg, a 2013 graduate in biology with minors in chemistry and Chinese, will spend 10 months in the Chinese city of Wuhan, investigating the impact of air pollution on residents’ respiratory health. Finally, Alanna Ropchock, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Music, will travel to Germany to pursue research for her dissertation on Josquin des Prez’s Missa Pange lingua, an important Renaissance mass.

Quantum entanglement research
finds property’s threshold

Stanislaw SzarekA study co-authored by Stanislaw Szarek, the Levi Kerr Professor of Mathematics, has identified the threshold at which the quantum mechanics property of entanglement occurs. The research shows that entanglement is prevalent in large quantum systems—large groups of particles that have the potential for use in our world.

The property shows promise for such technologies as super high-speed communications, hack-proof encryptions and fast and powerful quantum computers. Read more.

Landau publishes new book
on the eve of her retirement

Ellen LandauEllen G. Landau will become the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita of the Humanities upon her retirement at the end of this month after a 31-year academic career. But her contributions as an art historian and scholar aren’t over: Her latest book, Mexico and American Modernism (Yale University Press), has just been published.

She also has another book on the way and is working on projects for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Denver Museum of Art. Read more.

CAS in the News

Wilson’s art unexpectedly
becomes an Internet sensation

Ron WilsonRon Wilson, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater and director of the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, discovered his drawings had gone viral when multiple websites recently published a photograph of him sketching in the Cleveland Museum of Art. He talked with The Huffington Post and The Daily about his unexpected fame.

In other news from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, alumnus Joe Russo (GRS ’95) is in Cleveland this summer, where he’s co-directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier with his brother, Anthony. They spoke with The Plain Dealer about their careers and the advantages of shooting a likely blockbuster in Northeast Ohio. Read more.

Study aims to examine skill
development in shy adolescents

The Plain Dealer profiled a new program in the Department of Psychological Sciences that’s designed to help middle school girls cope with shyness.

Led by Assistant Professor Amy Przeworski, the Girls Link project seeks to learn whether participants in a small-group setting can develop skills to help them deal with their shyness. Read more.

McClary discusses portrayals
of mothers in opera

Susan McClaryNPR asked Susan McClary, MacArthur Fellow and professor in the Department of Music, to comment on why mothers in operas are so often murderers or other outrageous characters. She explains that opera is not alone: In fairy tales, Shakespeare’s plays, and other narratives created in patriarchal societies, “mothers become either invisible or monstrous.”

McClary is profiled in the latest issue of the college’s magazine, art/sci. Read the issue here.

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Graduation PartyCheck out photos from our events, including our annual graduation party, on the college’s Flickr page.


Issue 30 / June 2013


All [in] for CWRU

All [in], you alumni of Case Western Reserve!

You’re invited to participate in All [in], a special 24-hour online event on June 18.

We’re looking for at least 618 alumni to make a gift—and we hope you will help us reach our goal.

This is your opportunity to join the [in] crowd and help move your alma mater forward—and we have a few incentives lined up to inspire your support.

For more information on Case Western Reserve’s All [in] Day of Giving and to join the CWRU All [in] Team, visit our event page on Facebook today!

Go, Case Western Reserve, give on!

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

6.23.13 and 6.28.13

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