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September 19, 2017

Kelvin Smith Library's Science & Engineering Resource Lab

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Experience Kelvin Smith Library’s Top Research Resources at the "Kelvin Smith Library's Science & Engineering Resource Lab" at Nord Hall, Room 356 from 1:00pm-4:00pm on September 28th, 2017

The event will be an opportunity to explore science and engineering resources available through the library, and is open to all CWRU students, faculty and staff. Publishers will be on-hand to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products. Contact Daniela Solomon for more information at dxs594@case.edu

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September 15, 2017

Call for Proposals for Inaugural Freedman Student Fellowship

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We are now accepting proposals for the inaugural 2017 Freedman Student Fellowship, a scholarship designed to advance research and education in the digital scholarship field for undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. We are proud to announce this year’s theme, Urban Planning in Modern America, using the KSL Ernest J. Bohn collection.

Bohn was a leading figure in public housing and was instrumental to its development in Cleveland. Because of his work, the first public housing authority, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, created standards that have been replicated across the country. Kelvin Smith Library’s Ernest J. Bohn Collection features original 20th century urban planning documents, maps, photos, and film.

All Fellows will design a project around the collection and will present their research at the conclusion of the academic year at the 2018 Freedman Fellows Research ShowCASE.

To apply to the Freedman Student Fellows program for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year, please fill out the Google Form (http://bit.ly/2wvhMQ8) with your proposal details. Your proposal should be clear and succinct and should be submitted by October 6, 2017.


For more information visit us at http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/studentfellows/FreedmanStudentFellowApplication/ or contact freedmancenter@case.edu.

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September 15, 2017

Namesakes - Harland G. Wood and Wood Building

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Variously called the West Wing, the School of Medicine, and the Mather Building, the Harland Goff Wood Building is the School of Medicine Building opened in 1924.

Harland G. Wood
Harland Goff Wood was born 9/2/1907 in Delavan, Minnesota, one of six children. He graduated from Macalester College in 1931 with a B.A. in Chemistry and received the Ph.D. in Bacteriological Chemistry from Iowa State College (later Iowa State University) in 1935. He married Mildred L. Davis in 1929 and they had 3 children.

Before beginning his tenure at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1946, he was a Fellow for the National Research Council at the University of Wisconsin, Instructor and Assistant Professor of Bacteriology at Iowa State, and Associate Professor of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In 1946 Dean Joseph Wearn recruited Wood to the School of Medicine.

Wood came to the University as the head of the Biochemistry Department. He served as Dean of Science 1967-1969. In 1970 he was named University Professor and he retired with the title University Professor Emeritus effective 7/1/1978. At the time of mandatory retirement ages for faculty, the Board of Trustees voted to allow Wood to continue his work. He worked until his death, having an article accepted for publication on the day before his death on 9/12/1991.

As a graduate student he discovered that carbon dioxide was used by bacteria and animals, including humans. “This discovery helped to change the current scientific thinking and led to the eventual understanding of the essential unity of metabolic processes in almost all living tissues.” Wood continued his research on how carbon dioxide was incorporated into the body, “tracing pathways of metabolism and discovering whole new enzymes in the process. His findings had far-reaching implications for understanding cell biology and for the treatment and cure of metabolic diseases.” He was one of the first to use radioisotopes to view the workings of a cell.

In addition to his research work, and leadership as chair of the Biochemistry Department, he was an important figure in the Medical School’s new curriculum introduced in 1952. He was chair of the Phase 1 Committee. As Greer Williams wrote in his book, Western Reserve’s Experiment in Medical Education and Its Outcome, “In retrospect, it is a open question whether curriculum revision would ever have gone beyond the talking stage if he had not called his fifteen committeemen...together in May 1951 and told them they were going to have a long, hard summer. The CME [Committee on Medical Education] could not have found a better man to lead the charge. Wood was not a CME member and did not speak for the Dean; he was pure faculty.”

Wood was involved in many professional activities, serving as president of the American Society of Biological Chemistry and secretary general of the International Union of Biochemistry. He served on many editorial boards of professional journals. He was a member of the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee, Atomic Energy Commission Advisory Committee for Biology and Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences. Wood was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and New Zealand and a Commonwealth Fellow in Germany. He received many awards and several honorary degrees, receiving the honorary doctor of science from CWRU at the 1991 commencement ceremony.

Special symposia were held on the occasions of Harland Wood’s 70th and 80th birthdays. “A Symposium Honoring Harland Goff Wood” was held 9/9-9/10/1977 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Opened by CWRU President Louis A. Toepfer with a welcome by Medical School Dean Frederick C. Robbins and past dean Joseph T. Wearn, convenors and speakers included Nobel laureates Carl F. Cori, Fritz Lipmann, Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Feodor Lynen, and Konrad Bloch. Other convenors and speakers included Harry Rudney, Jerard Hurwitz, Donald R. Helinski, Paul Berg (who had yet to win the Nobel Prize), Harland Wood himself, and his brother Earl H. Wood. Held 10/22-10/23/1987, the Harland G. Wood 80th birthday party and Symposium again brought many distinguished scientists together. Seven Nobel Prize winners attended: Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Paul Berg, H. Gobind Khorana, Konrad Bloch, David Baltimore, and Frederick C. Robbins. The Ohio Governor, Richard F. Celeste, and Cleveland Mayor George V. Voinovich sent laudatory proclamations and October 22 was declared Harland G. Wood Day.

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l-r: H. Gobind Khorana, Konrad Block, Richard Hanson, Harland Wood, Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Paul Berg

Building
On 11/16/1992 the CWRU Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted unanimously to name the old Medical School building the Harland Goff Wood Building. This naming was not the result of a donation by Wood, his family, friends, or colleagues. It was to honor him as a great scientist and teacher.

Constructed 1922-1924, it was completed in 1924 and dedicated 10/9/1924. It was planned as part of the group of buildings known as the University Hospitals and Medical School of Western Reserve University. The Medical School building, the Power House (now the Medical Center Co.), and Animal Hospital were built first, followed by Lakeside Hospital, Babies & Chidren’s Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Hanna House, Institute of Pathology, Nurses Dormitory (Flora Mather House, Robb House, Harvey House, Lowman House), and Service Building. With the completion of the building, the Medical School moved to University Circle for the first time.

The building was used for instruction as well as research. It became known as the west wing of the Medical School after the completion of the Health Sciences Center in the late 1960s-early 1970s when Sears Tower and the East Wing (now the Robbins Building) were added to the Medical School complex. A Research Tower, added to the Wood Building, was dedicated 5/16/2003. Dr. Wood’s daughter, Louise Wood Conway, participated in the ceremony.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the use of the building after the completion of the new Health Education Campus now being built on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic.

Note: for a copy of the video of Harland Wood, Merton Utter, and Lester Krampitz (01:28:54 duration, 4.3 GB) discussing how they came to WRU and the beginning of the Biochemistry Department, contact the Archives.

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September 13, 2017

Graduate Student Library Open House

Kelvin Smith Library, Research Commons, Second Floor
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Graduate students are welcome to attend a reception in the Research Commons. Enjoy food and drink while learning about the library's services and resources for grads.


The Research Commons is a study area reserved only for graduate students and faculty. Whether you need a place to collaborate with a small group or just a quiet space to think, a quick scan of your CWRU ID will grant you access to enjoy the room's comfortable furniture, natural light and whiteboards.

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September 08, 2017

Introducing New Faculty Workshop Series: Navigating Promotion & Tenure

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Coming this Fall, Kelvin Smith Library is working in partnership with the Lillian & Milford Harris Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, and the Cleveland Health Sciences Library on a series of workshops to support faculty as they prepare for the promotion and tenure process.

The workshop series,”Increasing your Scholarly Impact: Navigating Promotion and Tenure - A University Libraries Workshop Series” will help faculty navigate the evolving tenure landscape, from copyright law, marketing research, online presence, to negotiating publishing contracts.


Workshop Series Schedule | Fall 2017

Session 1 | 29 September 2017 | Increasing Your Scholarly Impact as a Faculty Member

Session 2 | 12 October 2017 | Research Services, Tools, and Resources

Session 3 | 27 October 2017 | Digital Scholarship, Services, Data Visualization, and Data Management and Preservation

Session 4 | 9 November 2017 | Leveraging Your Rights as an Author: Copyright, Publishing, and Author Rights

Session 5 | 1 December 2017 | Where to Publish?: How to Select and Target Publishers

Session 6 | 7 December 2017 | Marketing Your Scholarship and Yourself

For more information, visit us as http://bit.ly/2wQwjag. Also, you can reach the Kelvin Smith Library team at ksl-mail@case.edu or (216)368-2992.

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September 05, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: September

Below is month three of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include.

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Claud Foster Hall moved to its new location, 1968 (left); Mary Chisholm Painter Arch (right)

September 2
1970 CWRU held its last September commencement ceremony.
1971 The newly merged CWRU men’s cross-country team defeated Hiram College, 19-42.

September 4
1973 A wide area telephone service (WATS) line was installed for the first time at CWRU.
1985 New 10-megabit Ethernet network connected the computing systems of 4 CWRU facilities and helped link CWRU users to computing systems around the world. The network allowed remote log-in, file transfers, and electronic mail.

September 5
1969 The first issue of the CWRU student newspaper, The Observer, made its debut. Intended as an all-CWRU newspaper, its name was chosen by a contest in the spring of 1969. George O. Siekkinen won the contest and received a Polaroid camera from Wade Drug.

September 6
1888 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's Cleveland College for Women, renamed Flora Stone Mather College in 1931.
1973 CWRU Trustees approved Cleveland Landmarks status for Mary Chisholm Painter Memorial Gateway.
1988 A convocation was held to formally acknowledge the naming of the School of Applied Social Sciences in honor of the Mandel family.

September 7
1882 Western Reserve University welcomed undergraduates to the "First Academical Term" in its new University Circle home.
1957 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville, Ohio. The station was named for long-time Case Institute of Technology faculty member Jason J. Nassau.

September 8
1967 First commencement convocation of the newly federated CWRU was held.
1996 The Kelvin Smith Library was dedicated.

September 9
1969 CWRU opened its first co-ed dormitories at Andrews House, East House and Mather House.

September 12
1949 Case Institute of Technology held its first week long freshmen orientation.

September 13
1892 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Dentistry.
1913 Flora Stone Mather Memorial Building was dedicated. It became the main administration building for Western Reserve University's Flora Stone Mather College, the undergraduate college for women.
1953 Western Reserve University's student dormitory Claud Foster Hall was dedicated.

September 14
1885 Case School of Applied Science classes met for the first time in University Circle in the old Case Main Building.
1994 Peter R. Musselman Quadrangle, bounded by Amasa Stone Chapel, Adelbert Hall, Eldred Hall, and the eastern edge of the Kent Smith Quadrangle, was dedicated. Musselman was University Vice President and Treasurer, 1969-1986.

September 15
1881 Case School of Applied Science began its first "regular course of study."
1995 Adelbert Hall was named a National Historic Chemical site. Edward Morley, a Western Reserve University faculty member, conducted experiments in Adelbert Hall between 1883 and 1894, which determined the atomic weight of oxygen and hydrogen.

September 16
1968 Students moved into Claud Foster Hall, the 3300-ton dormitory, which had recently been moved 100 yards east on Euclid Avenue from its location west of Thwing Center to a location east of Thwing Center.
1994 Dedication ceremonies for the Kent Hale Smith Engineering and Science Building were held.

September 17
1951 Western Reserve University became the first American university to offer regular university courses for credit in a combination of television broadcast and home study.
1952 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Business.
1983 CWRU women's varsity cross country team ran its first meet, competing against Allegheny College.

September 18
1967 CWRU's first academic year began.

September 19
1916 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Sciences.
1960 Four women were part of the Case Institute of Technology's freshmen class, breaking an 80 year tradition of accepting men only. A few women had attended Case before 1960, but were exceptions to the men only rule.

September 20
1880 Following four years of discussion, negotiations, and debate, the Trustees, by a vote of 14-2, approved the removal of Western Reserve College to Cleveland from Hudson.

September 21
1995 The George S. Dively Building was dedicated.

September 22
1892 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law.
1903 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Library Science.

September 24
1963 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Western Reserve University's Adelbert I dormitory complex, consisting of Cutler, Hitchcock, Pierce and Storrs Houses, and Leutner Commons.

September 25
1923 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's School of Nursing.

September 26
1970 The new CWRU football team played its first game, losing to Allegheny College, 20-3. Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University fielded separate football teams for three seasons after the schools merged in 1967.
1984 Under coach Nancy Gray, CWRU women's varsity soccer team played its first match, losing to Oberlin College at home, 6-1.

September 29
1862 Company B of the 85th Ohio Volunteeer Infantry, raised from the students and faculty of Western Reserve College, was mustered out of the Union Army.
1917 Case School of Applied Science played Ohio State University in football for the final time, losing 49-0. Case played OSU 22 times between 1894 and 1917, compiling a record of 11 wins, 9 losses and 2 ties.
1925 First classes were held by Western Reserve University's Cleveland College.
1971 Under head coach Gerry Harbak, the newly merged CWRU men’s soccer team lost to John Carroll University, 1-0.

September 30
1903 The first issue of the Case Tech, the Case School of Applied Science student newspaper, was published.
1999 Cleveland Free-Net was discontinued. Free-Net, which originated at CWRU, was the nation's first free, open-access community computer system.

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“To Cleveland or Bust” student sentiment in the 1883 Reserve yearbook (left); Front page of the first issue of The Observer (right)

On This Day in CWRU HIstory: July
On This Day in CWRU HIstory: August

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August 14, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: August

Below is month two of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include.

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Flooded Sears Library, 1975 (left); Installing the second Hudson Relay rock, 1980 (right)

August 2
(1832) Elizur J. Wright, Jr., a faculty member at Western Reserve College, wrote the first in a series of letters to a Hudson, Ohio newspaper advocating the immediate emancipation of American slaves.

August 4
(1992) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved naming the new biomedical research building for former Ohio governor, Richard F. Celeste.
(1992) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved purchase of Aquatech, now known as the Cedar Avenue Service Building.

August 5
(1974) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved establishment of the Department of Famliy Medicine.

August 8
(1978) Alumna and future Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was elected to the CWRU Board of Overseers

August 9
(1983) It was reported to the Trustees Executive Committee that CWRU's endowment portfolio passed the $200 million mark.

August 10
(1967) A $500 gift from the Adelbert Student Council established the William Powell Jones endowment fund to purchase books for the University Library.
(1988) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee voted to restore the practice of regularly awarding honorary degrees.

August 11
(1970) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved an affiliation agreement between the Medical School and St. Luke's and Mt. Sinai hospitals.

August 13
(1973) When the books closed on FY1973 it became the first year since Federation in 1967 without a deficit. A surplus of $32,000 was reported.

August 14
(1922) Groundbreaking ceremories were held for the new School of Medicine building in University Circle, later named the Harland Goff Wood Building.

August 16
(1985) Bank-In-a-Box, containing two automated teller machines, opened for business outside Thwing Center.
(1987) Phase 2 of CWRU's smoking ban stopped smoking inside all campus buildings - except residence halls. Details

August 17
(1994) The electrochemical sciences program was named the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences.

August 18
(1986) CWRU Trustee Executive Committee approved establishment of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degree programs.

August 19
(1975) Among completed summer campus facilities projects reported to Trustees: 1,900 peepholes installed in dormitory doors.

August 20
(1996) It was reported to the Trustees that the total CWRU endowment passed the $1 billion mark.

August 21
(1980) The second Hudson Relay Rock, a gift of Dr. Leonard Skeggs, was installed. Winning teams were honored by recording their class years on the rocks.
(1985) Jennings Computing Center announced a new service: a KERMIT software lending library. KERMIT was a collection of programs for personal computers and mainframes that allowed high-speed, error-free file transfers.

August 22
(1836) Western Reserve College Trustees resolved that "freedom of discussion ... is allowed the students in all subjects" and that the College would admit "young men of decent talents...without distinction of nation, denomination or complexion.”

August 23
(1837) The Western Reserve College Alumni Association was established.
(1993) CWRU's academic year began with an enrollment of 9,276. Undergraduate tuition was $15,200. 66% of freshmen were men and 34% were women.
(1993) The School of Medicine provided each first year medical student with an Apple PowerBook.

August 24
(1836) Missionary Hiram Allen Babcock was granted an honorary Master of Arts degree, the first honorary degree awarded by Western Reserve University.
(1975) A flash flood dumped over 4 feet of water in the basement of Sears library and over 6 feet into Wickenden, causing nearly $1 million in damage.
(1979) New students arrived on campus in the midst of an RTA strike. The University transported them to campus in shuttle buses from the airport.

August 25
(1830) Four years after its founding, Western Reserve College held commencement exercises for its first graduating class of four students.
(1831) Charles Preston, an 1830 graduate of Western Reserve College, was the first alumnus hired to teach at Western Reserve College.
(1989) Freshman James Gerber "became the first person at the University to be connected to CWRUnet."

August 26
(1830) The Trustees elected Charles Backus Storrs the first President of Western Reserve College.
(1834) George E. Pierce was inaugurated as Western Reserve College's second president.
(1985) CWRU's academic year began with an enrollment of 8,261. Undergraduate tuition was $8300. 73% of freshmen were men and 27% were women.
(1986) The 9-1/2 inch telescope, formerly housed in the Warner & Swasey Observatory on Taylor Road, was placed on top of the Smith Building as part of a new student observatory.

August 27
(1828) Western Reserve College, which did not have a graduating class for two more years, held a public commencement celebrating its two years of existence.
(1834) Four students each received the Master of Arts degree, the first awarded at Western Reserve College.
(1979) First Doctor of Nursing (N.D.) students began classes at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

August 29
(1890) The Trustees elected Charles Franklin Thwing the sixth president of Western Reserve University. Thwing was the longest-serving president at either Case Institute of Technology or Western Reserve University.

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Allen Smith, Jr. portrait of George Pierce (left); Herman Gustav Herkomer painting of Charles F. Thwing (right)

On This Day in CWRU History: July

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August 14, 2017

Namesakes - Nassau Astronomical Station and Jason J. Nassau

Sixty years ago next month (9/7/1957), Case Institute of Technology (CIT) dedicated the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville Township, Geauga County, Ohio. After 50 years of use, the university sold the Nassau Station to the Geauga Park District in 2008. The Park District renovated and refurbished the Nassau Station (retaining the original name) and it will be reopened 8/19/2017. It is a key part of Observatory Park.

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Nassau Astronomical Station in 1957 and 2017

Jason J. Nassau
Jason J. Nassau.was born 3/29/1892 in Smyrna, Asia Minor, now part of Turkey. His parents were Greek. He came to the United States to attend college. Nassau began his academic career at Columbia before transferring to Syracuse University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse, earning the Ph.D. in 1920. He also studied at Edinburg and Cambridge. He married Laura Alice Johnson in 1920 and they had 2 sons, James and Sherwood.

Nassau served in the U. S. Army during World War I and in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II. He began his career at Case School of Applied Science in 1921 as Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics. He was appointed Director of the Warner and Swasey Observatory in 1924, serving in that position until 1959. He became Professor of Astronomy and Head of the Department in 1930. He retired in 1962 becoming Professor Emeritus of Astronomy. According to one of his obituaries, “One of Nassau’s major contributions to the fund of knowledge in the field of astronomy was the devising of a method for determining the intrinsic brightness of stars and the discovery of some 900 stars in our stellar system which are at least 6,000 times brighter than our sun.”

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Jason J. Nassau

He was a member of many scientific societies such as the American Astronomical Society, American Association of Astronomers, Royal Astronomical Society, and American Mathematical Society. He was the founder and first president of the Cleveland Astronomical Society and held offices in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, American Association of University Professors and others. He authored over 150 articles and a widely-used textbook, Practical Astronomy. Case and Prof. Nassau served as hosts for the 67th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1941.

Professor Nassau was internationally known. He served on the U. S. National Committee of the International Astronomical Union. He was Secretary of the U. S. State Department Delegation to the 1952 Rome meeting of the International Astronomical Union; member of the State Department delegation to the 1955 Oslo Meeting of the International Council of Scientific Unions, also serving as member of the Executive Committee; Chairman of the State Department Delegation to the 1955 Dublin Meeting of the International Astronomical Union. Nassau was a member of the committee to organize the Conference on Stellar Evolution held at the Vatican Academy of Science in Rome, 1957. He was one of 2 Americans invited to attend the dedication of the Pulkovo Observatory in Leningrad in 1954.

He was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Keppa, and Tau Beta Pi. He received the Distinguished citizenship award from Denison University in 1956 and Nassau was the first winner of the annual Case Achievement Award (1959).


Nassau Astronomical Station
Planning for the Station began in 1953 when Maynard Murch and Jason Nassau visited several possible sites for a new observatory, identifying the property on Clay Street as a suitable site. Because of light pollution in the city, it was no longer practical to do astronomical research at the Warner & Swasey Observatory on Taylor Road.

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Burrell Schmidt-type telescope at Warner & Swasey Observatory

From 1954-1958 a fundraising campaign was conducted to acquire land, construct and furnish the building, move the 24-36” Burrell Schmidt-type telescope from the Warner & Swasey Observatory, and replace that telescope with a new 36” Cassegrain telescope. Major donors included the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Cleveland Foundation, the Warner & Swasey Company, Allan Austin, Helen B. Warner, Maynard H. Murch, the National Science Foundation, Hanna Fund, and Mrs. Wilbert J. Austin. Gifts ranging from $10 to $5,000 were received from numerous others. Total costs, exclusive of land, were approximately $300,000. CIT trustee Allan Austin donated the 10 acres on Clay Street on which the Nassau Astronomical Station was built.

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Groundbreaking for the Nassau Astronomical Station

The ground-breaking ceremony was held 7/7/1956. The building was completed in 1957. The Austin Company designed and built it. The Burrell Schmidt-type telescope, used for research, was moved from Warner & Swasey Observatory to the Nassau Station. Its effectiveness was greatly enhanced by the relocation. The clarity of the sky was greater and the number of nights on which observations were possible increased. “The capacity of the telescope to penetrate into space proves to be some three times greater at the new station than in the Cleveland location.” Dedication ceremonies were held 9/9/1957.

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Dedication of the Nassau Astronomical Station and the Nassau family on the balcony

Background of the property
In February 1955 CIT obtained a 90-day option to buy roughly 170 acres on Clay Street. Allan Austin purchased the property and donated the 10 acres on which the Nassau Astronomical Station was built to CIT. In 1959 Austin gave the rest of this original acreage. In 1962 CIT purchased a little over 67 acres, which abutted the Nassau property, from Mr. and Mrs. George Phillips and just under 42 acres from the Farinacci Lumber Company.

Telescopes
In 1979 the Burrell Schmidt-type telescope was moved to Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona. Once again the problem of light pollution forced the move of the telescope. The following year the 36” Cassegrain parabolic reflector was moved from the Warner & Swasey Observatory to Nassau Station This telescope had been used primarily for educational purposes. It was more suitable for visual observing and public demonstrations. The optical design or ‘speed’ of the 36” reflector made it less sensitive to light pollution.

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Moving the Cassegrain telescope from the Warner & Swasey Observatory

In 1998 the Cassegrain parabolic reflector became the country’s first Earth-bound robotic telescope available online to the public. When the Nassau Astronomical Station was sold to the Geauga Park District, the Cassegrain telescope was included with the sale.

Both telescopes were manufactured by the Warner & Swasey Company. The university owns 2 other Warner & Swasey telescopes: a 9 1/2” telescope in the dome atop the Albert W. Smith Building on the CWRU campus and a 10” telescope on permanent loan to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (this had been in the old WRU Physics Building). The 9 1/2” telescope was the original telescope at the Warner & Swasey Observatory on Taylor Road. It had been the personal telescope of Worcester Warner and Ambrose Swasey.

Other historical items of interest
•The site is 1,250 feet above sea level and was described at the groundbreaking as the highest spot in northern Ohio
•The building included a darkroom, workshop and living quarters for 2.
•The rotating dome is 17 feet high and 28 feet in diameter and used a 5 h.p. motor to rotate. The dome was constructed in Cleveland by the Paterson-Leitch Company.
•The research emphasis (1950s-1960s) was on galactice structure.

The CWRU Archives has the personal papers of Prof. Nassau which people are welcome to view. An appointment at least 24 hours in advance is required.

The staff of the Archives is happy to see the Nassau Astronomical Station reopen and happy to have assisted in a small way with this celebration. I personally look forward to attending the reopening and enjoying a tour of the building and seeing the refurbished Cassegrain telescope. If you cannot attend the reopening, a visit to Observatory Park anytime would be very worthwhile.

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August 15, 2017

Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised VI)

Well, it’s time for another one of these, a little later than usual --

Textbooks on Interlibrary Loan -- August 26, 2008
Archives of American Art Holdings -- September 9, 2008
Requesting Renewals in ILLiad -- September 25, 2008
Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms -- October 14, 2008
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please -- October 29, 2008
Checking Local & OhioLINK Holdings First -- November 19, 2008
Blocked ILLiad Accounts -- December 3, 2008
ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts -- December 18, 2008

Abbreviated Titles -- January 23, 2009
'Notes' and 'Source of Citation' Fields in ILLiad Request Forms -- February 13, 2009
Authorized Users -- March 4, 2009
'Library-Use-Only' Materials Borrowed through ILLiad -- March 25, 2009
Other' Request Form (Miscellaneous Loans) -- April 16, 2009
Retrieving Electronic Delivery Articles -- May 5, 2009
Viewing E-Mail Notifications from ILLiad -- June 3, 2009
Tracking in Your ILLiad Requests & Explanation of Statuses -- July 7, 2009
Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use? -- August 7, 2009
Variation in Electronic Delivery Quality -- September 8, 2009
Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan -- October 6, 2009
Cancelling ILLiad Requests Already Submitted -- November 4, 2009
Alternative Request Forms & Resources -- December 8, 2009

Foreign Language Titles in Interlibrary Loan Requests -- January 22, 2010
Copyright Issues & ILL -- February 24, 2010
Converted ILL Requests -- March 24, 2010
ILLiad System Alerts -- April 27, 2010
Requesting Specific Editions & New Books on ILL -- May 19, 2010
Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Up-to-Date -- June 28, 2010
Requesting Books vs. Book Chapters -- July 28, 2010
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date) -- August 27, 2010
Requesting '[Epub ahead of print]' Articles on ILL -- September 24, 2010
Multiple-Part Loans Borrowed through ILL -- October 27, 2010
Blocked from Using ILLiad - Revisited -- November 17, 2010
OCLC WorldCat and ILLiad Requests -- December 15, 2010

E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011
Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011
Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011
Duplicate Requests in ILLiad -- April 21, 2011
Paperwork with Loaned ILL Books -- May 25, 2011
ILLiad Menu in Your Login Session -- June 23, 2011
Case Account Number and ILLiad New User Registration -- July 25, 2011
Courtesy Electronic Delivery Materials for Faculty ILLiad Users at KSL -- August 24, 2011
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised) -- September 20, 2011
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please - Revisited -- October 25, 2011
ILL Do's and Don't's - 1st Installment -- November 23, 2011
OCLC Non-Supplier Locations -- December, 27, 2011

ILL Do's and Don't's - 2nd Installment -- January 25, 2012
Quick List of ILL Pointers -- February 23, 2012
Reminders about Electronic Deliveries -- March 23, 2012
Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms -- April 23, 2012
Some Brief Comments about ILL Turnaround Times -- May 23, 2012
Logging in with Your ILLiad UserName & Password -- June 19, 2012
ILLiad Login Problems? -- It May be Your Browser -- July 24, 2012
Tips for Distance Ed Graduates (DM Program, Document Delivery & ILL) -- August 28, 2012
5 Quick Tips for ILL -- September 21, 2012
2 Tips Regarding Article Requests -- October 25, 2012
Browsers and Viewing PDF's in ILLiad -- November 20, 2012
ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On -- December 20, 2012

ILLiad Requests and Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters -- January 28, 2013
Loan Notifications from ILLiad: Overdues, Renewals, Recalls, etc. -- February 19, 2013
Reminder About Library-Use-Only Loans -- March 6, 2013
Faculty Campus Delivery & ILLiad Loans -- April 17, 2013
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised II) -- May 22, 2013
Coming Soon -- Another Overdue Notice ... and a Few Comments on Loans -- June 18, 2013
Planning Your Use of ILLiad Loaned Materials -- July 24, 2013
Some Comments on Electronic Delivery -- August 27, 2013
ILL and the New KSL Service Center Configuration -- September 20, 2013
A Few General ILL Comments Worth Repeating -- October 24, 2013
ILLiad Help Pages May Have the Answer -- November 18, 2013
Some Timely End-of-Year Odds and Ends -- December 17, 2013

New Feature--ILL Staff Can Log into ILLiad as Patron, and an Update on Requesting Renewals -- January 23, 2014
Memory Cues for KSL ILL Staff Contacts -- February 20, 2014
A Few Words About Picking up Your ILLiad Loans -- March 19, 2014
ILL Books No Longer Needed? -- April 22, 2014
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised III) -- May 13, 2014
ILL Books May Become Part of the KSL Collections -- June 23, 2014
Numbers to Remember for Interlibrary Loan Services -- July 11, 2014
Things to Remember About ILLiad and ILL Services -- August 20, 2014
Visiting Scholars and ILL Services -- September 17, 2014
OhioLINK Loans vs. ILLiad Loans at KSL -- October 23, 2014
OCLC Numbers, ISSN's & ISBN's When Submitting ILL Requests -- November 21, 2014
Some Quick End-of-Year Reminders About ILL -- December 5, 2014

Quick Refresher Course on Password Reset -- January 21, 2015
Loans vs. Copies - When Catalogued Monographs Turn Out to be Journal Article or Book Chapter Reprints -- February 13, 2015
ILL Convenient Services at the KSL Service Center -- March 16, 2015
Essential ILLiad vs. OhioLINK -- April 20, 2015
Don't Get Blocked! -- Maintaining Uninterrupted ILLiad Service at KSL -- May 20, 2015
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised IV) -- June 24, 2015
Using Appropriate Forms When Submitting Requests in ILLiad -- July 30, 2015
Some Quick Tips for the Coming Year + Some ILL Statistics -- August 22, 2015
Kelvin Smith Library is a SHARES Member -- September 25, 2015
We Can Clone -- and So Can You! -- October 14, 2015
Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Current -- A Reprise -- November 18, 2015
Assorted End-of-Year Reminders -- December 10, 2015

OhioLINK Loans & ILLiad Duplicate Requests -- January 19, 2016
ILLiad Request Basics -- A Few Reminders -- February 19, 2016
Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters in ILLiad Requests - Revisited -- March 21, 2016
Please Don't Hammer! -- A Little Patience with ILLiad -- April 18, 2016
Renewals -- Another Look -- May 19, 2015
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised V) -- June 13, 2016
ILLiad Loans and "My Library Account" -- July 12, 2016
Getting Started with ILLiad -- Some Basics -- August 18, 2016
Some Comments on Making Better Use of this Blog -- September 22, 2016
Citing Article Publication Date -- Original Print vs. Online -- October 27, 2016
Kelvin Smith Library Has Withdrawn from SHARES -- November 8, 2016
A Few Assorted "Near-Year-End" Reminders -- November 28, 2016
Pitfalls of Keeping Long-Overdue ILLiad Books -- December 19, 2016

Journal Titles: Abbreviations & Title Changes -- A Few Examples -- January 12, 2017
Reminder About Case Account Number & ILLiad Account Setup -- February 21, 2017
Timely Comments on Choosing the Correct ILLiad Request Form -- March 22, 2017
Some Comments on Extended Use of ILLiad Loans -- April 20, 2017
Citing OCLC Numbers -- Optimization vs. Obfuscation? -- May 24, 2017
Keeping Department Names Current in Your ILLiad Account -- June 8, 2017
Case Account Number Lookup Link Interruption & ILLiad Registration -- July 18, 2017

Again, thanks for using this index, and hope it proves helpful.

Questions about ILLiad or ILL policies and services? Feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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June 13, 2016

Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised V)

I realize it doesn't take much imagination to create another one of these, so I'm putting a little more effort into this one than I have in the past...

So, in order to allow interested parties to better navigate this site, I have now provided this present index (and very likely all forthcoming ones) with direct links to each entry, including previous Cumulative Indexes -- Why? Well, why not? And yes, I know there technically is a difference between an "index" and a "table of contents", but for my purposes, these terms are synonymous. Well, then, here it is --

Textbooks on Interlibrary Loan -- August 26, 2008
Archives of American Art Holdings -- September 9, 2008
Requesting Renewals in ILLiad -- September 25, 2008
Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms -- October 14, 2008
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please -- October 29, 2008
Checking Local & OhioLINK Holdings First -- November 19, 2008
Blocked ILLiad Accounts -- December 3, 2008
ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts -- December 18, 2008

Abbreviated Titles -- January 23, 2009
'Notes' and 'Source of Citation' Fields in ILLiad Request Forms -- February 13, 2009
Authorized Users -- March 4, 2009
'Library-Use-Only' Materials Borrowed through ILLiad -- March 25, 2009
Other' Request Form (Miscellaneous Loans) -- April 16, 2009
Retrieving Electronic Delivery Articles -- May 5, 2009
Viewing E-Mail Notifications from ILLiad -- June 3, 2009
Tracking in Your ILLiad Requests & Explanation of Statuses -- July 7, 2009
Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use? -- August 7, 2009
Variation in Electronic Delivery Quality -- September 8, 2009
Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan -- October 6, 2009
Cancelling ILLiad Requests Already Submitted -- November 4, 2009
Alternative Request Forms & Resources -- December 8, 2009

Foreign Language Titles in Interlibrary Loan Requests -- January 22, 2010
Copyright Issues & ILL -- February 24, 2010
Converted ILL Requests -- March 24, 2010
ILLiad System Alerts -- April 27, 2010
Requesting Specific Editions & New Books on ILL -- May 19, 2010
Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Up-to-Date -- June 28, 2010
Requesting Books vs. Book Chapters -- July 28, 2010
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date) -- August 27, 2010
Requesting '[Epub ahead of print]' Articles on ILL -- September 24, 2010
Multiple-Part Loans Borrowed through ILL -- October 27, 2010
Blocked from Using ILLiad - Revisited -- November 17, 2010
OCLC WorldCat and ILLiad Requests -- December 15, 2010

E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011
Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011
Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011
Duplicate Requests in ILLiad -- April 21, 2011
Paperwork with Loaned ILL Books -- May 25, 2011
ILLiad Menu in Your Login Session -- June 23, 2011
Case Account Number and ILLiad New User Registration -- July 25, 2011
Courtesy Electronic Delivery Materials for Faculty ILLiad Users at KSL -- August 24, 2011
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised) -- September 20, 2011
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please - Revisited -- October 25, 2011
ILL Do's and Don't's - 1st Installment -- November 23, 2011
OCLC Non-Supplier Locations -- December, 27, 2011

ILL Do's and Don't's - 2nd Installment -- January 25, 2012
Quick List of ILL Pointers -- February 23, 2012
Reminders about Electronic Deliveries -- March 23, 2012
Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms -- April 23, 2012
Some Brief Comments about ILL Turnaround Times -- May 23, 2012
Logging in with Your ILLiad UserName & Password -- June 19, 2012
ILLiad Login Problems? -- It May be Your Browser -- July 24, 2012
Tips for Distance Ed Graduates (DM Program, Document Delivery & ILL) -- August 28, 2012
5 Quick Tips for ILL -- September 21, 2012
2 Tips Regarding Article Requests -- October 25, 2012
Browsers and Viewing PDF's in ILLiad -- November 20, 2012
ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On -- December 20, 2012

ILLiad Requests and Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters -- January 28, 2013
Loan Notifications from ILLiad: Overdues, Renewals, Recalls, etc. -- February 19, 2013
Reminder About Library-Use-Only Loans -- March 6, 2013
Faculty Campus Delivery & ILLiad Loans -- April 17, 2013
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised II) -- May 22, 2013
Coming Soon -- Another Overdue Notice ... and a Few Comments on Loans -- June 18, 2013
Planning Your Use of ILLiad Loaned Materials -- July 24, 2013
Some Comments on Electronic Delivery -- August 27, 2013
ILL and the New KSL Service Center Configuration -- September 20, 2013
A Few General ILL Comments Worth Repeating -- October 24, 2013
ILLiad Help Pages May Have the Answer -- November 18, 2013
Some Timely End-of-Year Odds and Ends -- December 17, 2013

New Feature--ILL Staff Can Log into ILLiad as Patron, and an Update on Requesting Renewals -- January 23, 2014
Memory Cues for KSL ILL Staff Contacts -- February 20, 2014
A Few Words About Picking up Your ILLiad Loans -- March 19, 2014
ILL Books No Longer Needed? -- April 22, 2014
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised III) -- May 13, 2014
ILL Books May Become Part of the KSL Collections -- June 23, 2014
Numbers to Remember for Interlibrary Loan Services -- July 11, 2014
Things to Remember About ILLiad and ILL Services -- August 20, 2014
Visiting Scholars and ILL Services -- September 17, 2014
OhioLINK Loans vs. ILLiad Loans at KSL -- October 23, 2014
OCLC Numbers, ISSN's & ISBN's When Submitting ILL Requests -- November 21, 2014
Some Quick End-of-Year Reminders About ILL -- December 5, 2014

Quick Refresher Course on Password Reset -- January 21, 2015
Loans vs. Copies - When Catalogued Monographs Turn Out to be Journal Article or Book Chapter Reprints -- February 13, 2015
ILL Convenient Services at the KSL Service Center -- March 16, 2015
Essential ILLiad vs. OhioLINK -- April 20, 2015
Don't Get Blocked! -- Maintaining Uninterrupted ILLiad Service at KSL -- May 20, 2015
Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised IV) -- June 24, 2015
Using Appropriate Forms When Submitting Requests in ILLiad -- July 30, 2015
Some Quick Tips for the Coming Year + Some ILL Statistics -- August 22, 2015
Kelvin Smith Library is a SHARES Member -- September 25, 2015
We Can Clone -- and So Can You! -- October 14, 2015
Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Current -- A Reprise -- November 18, 2015
Assorted End-of-Year Reminders -- December 10, 2015

OhioLINK Loans & ILLiad Duplicate Requests -- January 19, 2016
ILLiad Request Basics -- A Few Reminders -- February 19, 2016
Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters in ILLiad Requests - Revisited -- March 21, 2016
Please Don't Hammer! -- A Little Patience with ILLiad -- April 18, 2016
Renewals -- Another Look -- May 19, 2015

Just a note-- I accidentally deleted virtually the entire first draft of this entry, so I essentially had to re-create it from scratch. Well, these things do happen, but I'm not fishing for any sympathy. After all, it's not exactly a Ph.D. dissertation.

Thanks for using it, and hope it proves helpful.

Questions about ILLiad or ILL policies and services? Feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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Entry is tagged: Indexes

July 18, 2017

Case Account Number Lookup Link Interruption & ILLiad Registration

Those of you who have needed to register in Kelvin Smith Library's ILLiad system may have encountered a serious problem recently, as you would normally require your Case Library Account Number in order to sign up. If you do not already know this number, you have to look it up using your CWRU network ID and password, at the following link: Case Account Number. Try it for yourself! (You may want to return to this page after you do.)

If you have received a disturbing error message, it is because this page has been "out of commission" for some time and may continue as such without a definite point of resolution. ILL staff have taken it upon ourselves to offer a possible workaround to this (hopefully temporary) inconvenience, as it primarily affects access to the ILLiad site and interlibrary loan services. It also impinges upon general library services for users from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as Alumni and Guests--about that, see this link: My Library Account.

Near the top of the "New User Registration" form (which you may reach from the "First Time Users" link on the KSL ILLiad Logon page), there is the same link to the Case Account Number lookup request page. Immediately thereafter you will see the KSL Service Center phone number and e-mail contact information, which we present again here. During our regular library service hours you may call the desk at 216-368-3506. A member of the KSL Access & Delivery team should be able to look up your library record and provide you with your account number over the phone. Please be aware that if no patron record currently exists in our database under your name (as an eligible member of the CWRU community), we will need to take additional steps to have your account established.

Outside of our normal business hours, you may contact us by e-mail at smithcirc@case.edu. When you click on this "mailto" link, you should receive the following result, or something comparable, based on your local workstation e-mail management settings.

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If this does not work for you, simply compose a new message in your e-mail application, then copy and paste the above address into the "To:" line and proceed with a similar text as described below. (Of course, external clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird will skip this step altogether and open directly to a message template.)

If you are using Yahoo or Gmail, you might want to read to the end of this entry before sending a message. Depending on your browser, you may or may not be able to back out and return to this page after the e-mail is sent. Once you click the "Open link" button, the following e-mail message template (or the like) should then appear.

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Complete the first two empty lines in the manner indicated below, with your name and CWRU network ID. Please do not alter the subject line or any other text in the body of the message--the third empty line is for staff reply. Once you have entered these changes, click on the "Send" button.

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A member of the KSL ILL staff or Access & Delivery team should respond to your e-mail by the next business day, providing you with your Case Account Number on the third line. Please note that, although this information is moderately confidential, it is still considered safe to share with you by e-mail. It is intended for library service purposes only, and is not the same as your university employee or student ID number. Your reply should look something like the following (e.g., from "yours truly").

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We hope this will solve the issue as it relates to your ILLiad registration (or with any other library circulation services), until this situation is resolved.

As always, ILL staff may be contacted by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

Posted on Carl's ILLiad Blog by Carl Mariani at 08:55 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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July 04, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: July

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1887 Medical School building (left); Ribbon cutting to launch Cleveland Free-Net (right)

From time to time the CWRU Archives is asked for a list of significant dates in the university's history. We've used various platforms, including a Twitter experiment, described here, to highlight some of the people and events that have made our institutional history so rich. To make this information a little more accessible, we're going to compile the dates we've identified in monthly blog postings. We make no claims that these lists are comprehensive. In fact, we invite members of our community to let us know of other dates that warrant inclusion. Below are July's dates.

July 1
1947: The Case School of Applied Science was renamed Case Institute of Technology.

1967: Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University federated, creating Case Western Reserve University.

1986: The Matthew A. Baxter School of Information and Library Science closed.

1987: The Colleges, which combined the CWRU undergraduate schools of Western Reserve College and Case Institute of Technology, was established.

1992: The College of Arts and Sciences was established. It was formed from the humanities and arts departments; social and behavioral sciences departments; and mathematics and natural science departments of The Colleges. The Case School of Engineering was established. It was formed from the engineering departments of The Colleges.

July 3
1886: Cady Staley was elected the first President of Case School of Applied Science at a salary of $3,500 per year.

July 5
1967: The General Faculty of Case Western Reserve University was established by the Trustees. It comprised all enfranchised members of the Case Institute of Technology faculty and the eight Western Reserve University faculties.
1967: CWRU's first colors, seal, and coat of arms were approved by the Trustees.
1967: At the first meeting of the CWRU Board of Trustees, the University Archives was established and Ruth Helmuth was named University Archivist.

July 8
1887: Albert A. Michelson and Edward W. Morley began a series of precise measurements to demonstrate the existence of the ether, thought to be the medium which transmitted light throughout space.

1994: 1977 Case Engineering graduate Donald Thomas began his mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia. While in orbit, Thomas flew a CWRU banner.

July 9
1856: Levi Bodley Wilson, an 1848 graduate of Western Reserve College, became the first alumnus elected as a WRC trustee.

1857: Henry Ward Ingersoll received the first Bachelor of Science degree awarded by Western Reserve College.

July 10
1862: Western Reserve College's Commencement was postponed until October 15 due to the absence of most students fighting in the Civil War.

July 11
1885: Cornerstone was laid for WRU’s second (and last downtown) Medical School building.

July 12
1845: Former slave and noted abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, addressed the Western Reserve College literary societies during Commencement Week. His topic was "The Claims of the Negro Ethnologically."

1855: Henry L. Hitchcock was inaugurated as Western Reserve College's third president.

July 16
1986: CWRU launched Cleveland Free-Net, the nation's first free, open-access community computer system.
1992: Campus News reported installation of a 16-foot, 1-ton clock on the tower of the new Biomedical Research Building.

July 27
1938: Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for an addition to Eldred Hall.

July 31
1925: Cleveland College, Western Reserve University’s adult education college, was incorporated.

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CWRU's 1967 coat of arms (left); Ruth W. Helmuth, CWRU's first University Archivist (right)

Posted on Recollections from the Archives by Jill Tatem at 12:03 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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June 22, 2017

Emmy-Nominated Historical Documentary Features Kelvin Smith Library Exhibits Coordinator

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In the Historical Documentary category, America’s Theater: Cleveland Play House was nominated for a Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Award. Released in 2016, the documentary takes a look at the theater’s 100-year legacy. The film follows the institution’s history through various theatrical forms, including its initial foray into marionette theater.

In the documentary, Elizabeth Meinke, Kelvin Smith Library Exhibits Coordinator, reveals 8 original puppets from a 1925-1926 Midsummer Night's Dream production. These artifacts are part of a larger Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections archive acquired from The Cleveland Play House, the extent of which dates from the theater’s founding in 1915.

Come visit Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections and experience Cleveland’s crown jewels seen in the documentary. For more information, you can contact us at (216) 368-0189 or visit our website at http://library.case.edu/ksl/collections/specialcollectionsarchives/

The 27-minute documentary can be viewed for free on PBS: http://video.ideastream.org/video/2365849237/

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June 08, 2017

Keeping Department Names Current in Your ILLiad Account

When you register for a new account in ILLiad, you are presented with a list of Departments or Majors from which to select. These may be either academic or administrative departments which are served by the Kelvin Smith Library for ILL services, and in a number of cases their names have changed over the course of time.

The same list is essentially provided to most of our registrants in the "Change User Information" form in the menu of your login session, so that you have the opportunity to keep this piece of information up-to-date. Of course this also applies if you should transfer from one department which we serve to another.

Below is a short list of some of the academic departments that have changed their names, recently or not-so-recently (and which you may choose to update in your profile, if applicable):

* CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING -- formerly CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
* EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & PLANETARY SCIENCES -- formerly GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
* MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS -- formerly MATHEMATICS (including STATISTICS)
* PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES -- merger of PSYCHOLOGY and COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
* RELIGIOUS STUDIES -- formerly RELIGION
* THEATER and DANCE -- now two separate departments

Why, you might ask, is it important to keep your department name current in your account? Well, the library periodically generates statistical information on interlibrary loan service transactions, to analyze the borrowing patterns of our users. This often takes into account the usages associated specifically with particular campus departments. As a result, this can have an impact on how the library chooses to allocate its resources in accordance with the research needs of our users.

In short, knowing who needs what we don't already have is an essential concern in the resource curation practices of our organization.

I have previously commented more in depth on the value of maintaining the information in your ILLiad account in my blog entry from November 18, 2015. I hope today's commentary has been instructive, as well.

Need assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Please feel free to contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

Posted on Carl's ILLiad Blog by Carl Mariani at 05:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Entry is tagged: Features | Policies | Recommendations

May 31, 2017

Freedman Center Profiled by Association of Research Libraries

In their latest series showcasing institutions leading in digital scholarship, The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) published a profile featuring the Freedman Center, Case Western's digital resource laboratory. The ARL, an organization consisting of 123 research libraries across the US and Canada, supports the continued advancement of research libraries and the future exchange of scholarly communication.

The profile looks at The Freedman Center's 12 years of existence, as it evolved to meet technological advances and the changing ways students and faculty conduct research. Today, its 2,700 square feet of multimedia, digital and print tools harness the power of technology to promote meaningful conversations and stimulate innovation. The article also highlights the Freedman Fellows, a key program that incorporates digital scholarship into research. Since the program's inception, 40 CWRU faculty have been awarded funding through the program. The profile closes on the future direction of the Freedman Center, which seeks to expand program offerings to further integrate research and technology.

Full Profile: http://bit.ly/2rmMCLW

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June 02, 2017

Newest KSL Exhibition Features AIM2Flourish Prize Winners

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The Weatherhead School of Management's Fowler Center and the Kelvin Smith Library are pleased to announce a new exhibit coming to the library's first floor gallery on June 12th, 2017. The exhibition, AIM2Flourish, is named after the Fowler Center’s initiative to encourage students to harness the power of unique business models. Not only would they intend to solve intractable challenges, but improve community well-being and overall prosperity. Selected from over 400 submissions, the exhibit will feature the 17 Flourish Prize winners. The display will focus on students’ radical business solutions to community challenges from poverty to climate change. AIM2Flourish will be on display throughout the summer at the Kelvin Smith Library.

The exhibition is part of the upcoming international conference, Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, held at the Tinkham Veale University Center on June 14-16th, 2017.

Learn more at AIM2Flourish.com

Posted on KSL News Blog by Corina Chang at 01:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Entry is tagged: Events & News @KSL

June 07, 2017

ATTENTION: ILLiad Users

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ILLiad, Interlibrary Loan's request and delivery system, will be unavailable for public access on June 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM due to scheduled site maintenance. Additionally, no request processing will be completed by Interlibrary Loan staff until after this time.

More information about Kelvin Smith's ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Service: http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/circulation/ill/

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Entry is tagged: Events & News @KSL

May 31, 2017

Meet the 2017 Freedman Fellows

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Kelvin Smith Library and The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are proud to announce the selection of the 2017 Freedman Fellows, a program funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. The Freedman Fellows Program supports full-time faculty in integrating new digital tools and technology into their research.

Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, is interested in changing the way we consume biblical translations in a post-print media world. Traditional translations have no ways to explore the rich ambiguities and inconclusive nature of literary texts. Using Python, a programming language, Dr. Beal will develop a program that will take text from the Hebrew Book of Genesis and find new ways to explore various translations.

Denna Iammarino, Lecturer in the English Department, aims to preserve and transcribe John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, a 16th century literary gem. By creating the first-ever digital edition of the text, Ianmmarino will build digital learning tools around the text with abilities to toggle between annotations and transcribed editions. Her goal is to make the text accessible beyond academia, taking a rare understudied text and reviving a significant piece of literary history.

Rachel Lovell, PhD and Misty Luminais, PhD, Senior Research Associates at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education & Research, have collected data from over 500 backlogged Sexual Assault Kits from Cuyahoga County dating from 1993 to 2009. Using The Freedman Center’s ArcGIS visual mapping software, Lovell and Luminais are interested in exploring the spatial relationships between attackers, survivors, and the surrounding environment. By exploring the geographical data and making it available to public, they aim to be a resource to criminology circles where data at this level of detail has not been seen before.

More information about the program can be found at library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/

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May 24, 2017

Citing OCLC Numbers -- Optimization vs. Obfuscation?

While we greatly appreciate the entry of an appropriate OCLC Accession Number into the "OCLC Number" field in your ILLiad request form, it is only truly helpful when it actually assists ILL staff in narrowing down our search for useable potential supplier holdings. Below is an illustrative example from real life (in this case, an actual "Book" loan request)...

Title: Itinéraires du Psautier huguenot à la Renaissance.
Author: Weeda, Robert.
Imprint: Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.
ISBN: 978-2-503-53071-0.

A search in OCLC WorldCat by either title string or ISBN produces 6 OCLC bibliographic records, as follow...

* #424137378, with 32 holding libraries, 12 suppliers in US, 4 international suppliers
* #494478032, with 31 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #698882233, with 6 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #891219649, with 2 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #901761666, with 2 holding libraries, no US locations, no suppliers
* #876669379, with 1 holding library, no US locations, no suppliers

Now which one of these do you think is the best to cite when submitting your ILL request? We suggest you gravitate towards using those that include US locations first, then Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian locations. Please avoid those listing continental European and other international locations, if at all possible and only as a last resort.

So the answer should be OCLC #424137378--right? This is because potential lenders tend to be more likely located in the US, then in Canada and the UK, and then less so in the remaining geographical areas respectively. While we do not expect you to be able to ascertain which listed locations are potential ILL suppliers (as this aspect is not visible in the results of a public OCLC WorldCat search), the preceding rule of thumb is fairly serviceable.

Also, remember to enter only one OCLC number into the "OCLC Number" field, and any additional suggested alternatives into the "Notes" field of your request form. Finally, be sure that what you are referring to as an "OCLC Number" is actually that, and not an ISBN, ISSN, LC Call Number, DOI number, or the like. These should only be entered into their respective fields, or otherwise into the "Notes" field.

Please note that I have previously elaborated on aspects of this topic in further detail in my entry from November 21, 2014, if you're interested.

And just an FYI...

"Optimization", noun--definition: "the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource"--but you already knew this.

"Obfuscation", noun--definition: "the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible"--in case you didn't know.

As always, hope this has been helpful. Have a good Summer!

For assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan, please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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May 12, 2017

May and Summer Session - Library Hours

Now that Finals are done, KSL is reducing the business hours. 24x7 service has ended and will resume for the Fall 2017 semester. Cramelot Cafe is also taking a break and will reopen at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

End of Finals Hours
Friday, May 12: 8am - 5pm, NO 24x7
Saturday, May 13: 9am - 5pm, NO 24x7
Sunday, May 14: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Session Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Note: KSL will be closed for Memorial Day, May 29.

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May 02, 2017

Cramelot Hours for End of Spring Semester

Cramelot Cafe hours for the rest of the semester:

Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4: 11am - 11pm

Friday, May 5: 11am - 4pm

Saturday, May 6: CLOSED

Sunday, May 7: 2pm - 9pm

Monday, May 8 through Thursday, May 11: 11am - 9pm

Friday, May 12: 11am - 2pm

CLOSED for SUMMER. Will reopen for Fall 2017 classes.

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May 02, 2017

Finals Resources at KSL!

Finals are almost here and KSL has you covered. In addition to our online resources, comfortable seating, and our Ask A Librarian service we also have these services to offer:

Extended Hours at Cramelot Cafe!
Monday, 5/1 through Thursday, 5/4 the cafe stays open until 11 pm

Extra Study Space!
Tuesday, 5/2 at 5 pm through Thursday 5/11 at 8 am, 3 Lower-Level Classrooms will be open 24/7 for Additional Quiet Study spaces (LL01, LL06 A and LL06 B)

Therapy Dogs are back!
Tuesday, 5/2 we have several dogs arriving throughout the day. The exact times may vary, but their visits are scheduled for late morning, afternoon and later in the evening.

If you miss them Tuesday, don't worry: more dogs will be visiting KSL on Wednesday, 5/3 around 12:30 pm, after 3 pm, and again after 6:30 pm. Please note: the times provided are subject to change.

Good Luck with your finals and to all 2017 graduates!

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May 01, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: Wrap-Up

Most of us are familiar with the annual Beloit College Mindset List. If you’ve missed it, take a look here. The list explores the “cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students about to enter college.”

When I saw the list for the Class of 2020 last fall, I was amused and appalled by some of the highlights:
“There has always been a digital swap meet called eBay.
The United States has always been at war.
They have never seen billboard ads for cigarettes.”

In a seemingly unconnected occurrence, the CWRU Archives had recently begun digitizing our student newspapers. The Mindset List looks at the entire 18 years of our new students’ lives. I wondered what was happening on CWRU’s campus during the year our freshmen were born. Exploring campus life from the point of view of the students of 1998 for the Class of 2020 seemed like a small, but friendly, welcoming gesture to our new students. It was also an opportunity to use our blog to make those digital newspapers more accessible.

That was the start of the Remembering 1997-1998 project. The 26 issues of the 1997/98 Observer were posted each week, along with a very short summary of some of the headlines. I tried to avoid interpreting, letting the newspapers speak for themselves, but selecting headlines is not a neutral act.

The project ended last week with the April 24, 1998 issue, so I feel free to opine a bit. First and foremost, looking at this year of The Observer gave me a new respect for the work of our student journalists. This not very large group manages to cover an impressively broad range of events and issues on campus.

The most obvious changes between 1997/98 and 2016/17 are technology. Among the innovations announced in 1997/98 were a new “electronic suggestion box.” An ad for an Apple Power Macintosh 6500 for $3,015 appeared. And the editors called for implementation of computerized registration.

A number of events from nineteen years ago could have come from today’s headlines: a benefit to protest police brutality, rape and a “Come Because You Care” candlelight vigil, allegations of racially derotagory and anti-gay chalk markings, efforts to reduce alcohol abuse, an invitation to sign a statement affirming “our commitment to a campus community that supports the worth and dignity of each individual,” and student debt and money management tips.

Some of 1997/98’s firsts included a new alma mater, formation of the Weatherhead Entrepreneurs Society to market student inventions, and SpringFest.

Traditions included WRUW’s diverse programming, changes to the physical campus, the 25th Ebony Ball, Humanities Week events, Winter Carnival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation, Mr. CWRU Contest, Engineers’ Week, and the April Fool’s Day special edition.

Celebrations of our array of international cultures included Indian Independence, Hispanic Heritage Month, Turkish Deserts Night, and Gobble, Gobble’s international cuisine for Thanksgiving dinner.

Coincidentally, as the project was wrapping up, we received a request to determine how the name of The Observer was chosen. Not suprisingly, there was a contest.

The first issue of The Observer was published September 5, 1969. Its predecessor, the Reserve Tribune, announced in its April 29, 1969 issue that there would be a contest to name the new newspaper. Judges were the new editorial board and the prize was a Polaroid Swinger Color-Pac camera.

The results of the contest were announced in the May 23, 1969 issue of the Reserve Tribune. George O. Siekkinen submitted the winning entry, The University Observer. The editors decided to shorten the name to The Observer. They wanted a name that was short and a "traditional newspaper name."

We’re continuing our project to digitize our student newspapers, starting with The Observer, Case Tech, and Reserve Tribune. They will, in the fullness of time, join our other Digital Case collections:
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April 19, 2016

The Hartwell Foundation names CWRU among its Top 10 Biomedical Research Centers; grants Individual Biomedical Research Award to School of Medicine autism researcher


News Release: Wednesday, April 19, 2016


The Hartwell Foundation, a Memphis-based philanthropic institution committed to funding innovative biomedical pediatrics research, has named Case Western Reserve University among its national Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research.

The prestigious designation allows Case Western Reserve to nominate three researchers per year for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. Institutions selected for limited participation submit up to two nominations in each competition. Case Western Reserve this year joins 16 other participating institutions to compete for the awards.

From the nominees submitted in each competition, the foundation selects 10 investigators to receive a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, which will provide support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. In addition, for each funded nominee, the participating institution will receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one postdoctoral candidate who exemplifies the values of the foundation. Each Hartwell Fellowship provides support for two years at $50,000 direct cost per year.

Each year, The Hartwell Foundation announces its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research. Selected institutions hold an internal competition to nominate three principal investigators for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to pursue early-stage, innovative pediatric research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources.

“We are honored to be chosen as a top 10 research center of excellence in children’s health among this illustrious group,” said Lynn T. Singer, deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs, “especially as it demonstrates Case Western Reserve’s commitment to translational approaches that could rapidly benefit children’s health.”

In addition, The Hartwell Foundation announced a 2015 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to Hoonkyo Suh, PhD, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, for his work with autism spectrum disorders.

Suh, who is also an assistant staff member in the Department of Stem Cell Biology at Cleveland Clinic, was awarded for his work entitled, “Hippocampal Nerve Cell Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

More than 3.5 million children in the United States are diagnosed with autism, with one of 68 younger than age 8 estimated to have the disorder. Suh’s work will test a new idea that autism is a disorder of specific neural circuits, which are structural arrangements of neurons and their interactions with each other.
Suh theorizes that aberrant neural circuits in the part of the brain called the hippocampus formed during fetal development and early childhood cause autism.

As fetuses and young children develop, new hippocampal neurons integrate into existing neural circuits and make numerous connections with other parts of the brain, especially the cerebral cortex. The neural circuits connecting the hippocampus and the cortex ensure the information-flow necessary for learning, memory, emotion, language and social interaction. Problems in these connections may be tied to the development of autism.

To evaluate the possible contribution of aberrant neural circuits to autism pathology, Suh will map and manipulate brain neural circuits in a mouse model. Understanding how neural circuits are anatomically and functionally altered in autism animal-models will provide greater insight into how autism develops and progresses in affected children.

“If we find that aberrant neural circuits in the hippocampus play an important role in the development and progression of autism, this will provide a compelling foundation for developing therapies for autism by targeting those circuits, said Suh, who received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

“We have enjoyed a strong and growing relationship with Case (Western Reserve), as evidenced by its success in The Hartwell annual competition,” said foundation President Frederick A. Dombrose. “This September, we plan to hold our Ninth Annual Meeting Biomedical Research (a meeting of the funded investigators) in conjunction with the university.”

Case Western Reserve has already initiated the limited submission process for the next round of funding from The Hartwell Foundation. Letters of intent are now being taken from those individuals seeking nomination in the areas of basic and applied-life sciences, including engineering focused on biomedical applications. The proposed research must have the potential to benefit children of the United States. Information is posted online at https://research.case.edu/limitedsubmissions/Hartwell2016.cfm. For questions about the process, please contact Stephanie Endy, associate vice president for research, at stephanie.endy@case.edu.

Case Western Reserve has six other faculty who are current or former Hartwell investigators:

• 2014, Brian A. Cobb, an associate professor of pathology, for his work entitled, “Harnessing Lymphocyte Cooperativity for the Treatment and Prevention of Asthma.”

• 2013, Roberto F. Galan, assistant professor of neuroscience, for his work called, “Cortical Network Dynamics and Epileptiform Activity in Autism: From Animal Models to Children.”

• 2012, Saptarsi Haldar, assistant professor of medicine, for his work called, “Creating a New Treatment Approach for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”

• 2011, Jennell C. Vick, assistant professor of psychological sciences, biomedical engineering and pediatrics, for her work entitled, “Treatment for Severe Speech Disorders in Children: Identifying Target Consonant Movements for Use with Animated 3D Visual Feedback Software.”

• 2011, Jonathan E. Sears, assistant professor of ophthalmology and cell biology, for his work called, “Preventing Retinopathy of Prematurity.”

• 2007, M. Michael Wolfe, professor of medicine, for his work entitled, ”Peptide Replacement Therapy Using Transgenic Stem Cells Delivered to the Small Intestine.” (He received his Hartwell award at another institution before joining Case Western Reserve.)

Two fellowships have also been awarded by Case Western Reserve from The Hartwell Foundation support:

• 2014, Luke Bury, PhD, for his work in genetics and genomics sciences.

• 2013, Andrew Barnes, PhD, for his work in psychological sciences and biomedical engineering.

In addition, in 2014, Sears received a Collaboration Award in association with a researcher from Cornell University for their proposal entitled, “Overcoming Retinopathy of Prematurity and Chronic Lung Disease: Unified Systemic Approach.” The collaborators received $698,407 in combined direct cost over three years.






























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April 26, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: April 24, 1998

The April 24, 1998 issue was the last Observer for academic year 1997/98. The front page headline was “First place for CWRU Alma Contest results in tie”

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Other headlines included:
• U.S. Treasurer speaks at Golden Key
• WSOM undergraduates win business competition in Seattle
• An early look at class 2002
• Eyes On American Society of Civil Engineers
• First annual SpringFest brings students together
• 1998 recipients of the Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Awards
• Online registration discussed at USG meeting
• A look at TBTB 1998
• Women faculty few, more being hired
• Women’s coalition receives large donation
• Editorial: Our final grades for 1998
• Makin’ it happen: You’ve heard their names, you know they are influential, now read what they have to say
• Stuck in Cleveland this summer? Check out these ways to have tons of fun!
• Mather Dance is booming with creative energy
• Spartans prepare for UAA Championships

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/24/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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April 18, 2017

1st National Student Book Collecting Contest Winners!

Kelvin Smith Library congratulates the winners of our first student book collecting contest!

Grand Prize: Virtuoso String Performers and Pedagogues of the Twentieth Century, Katherine Rogers, graduate student

Second Prize: Submarines, Evan Cerne-Iannone, undergraduate student

Third Prize: From Joan of Arc to Richard III: War and Peace in Late Medieval England and France, Dominica Rollins, undergraduate student

Honorable Mention:
Pride and Prejudice, Sherri Bolcevic, graduate student
The Leftist Library: A Collection of Marxist Theory, Gabriel Murcia, undergraduate student
Medieval Art, Cara R. Coleman, graduate student

The CWRU contest is one of many taking place at universities across the country and is affiliated with the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Katherine Rogers, the CWRU grand prize winner, will advance to the national competition.

The judges of this year’s contest consisted of highly experienced book collectors and librarians. All of the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the student collections they reviewed. All six of the prize winners and honorable mentions submitted thoughtful and creative collections. We are so grateful to all the students who participated in the contest.

KSL will hold a reception honoring the contest winners on Friday, April 28, at 4pm in the Dampeer room. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will have an opportunity to view books from the winning collections.

Kelvin Smith Library wishes to thank CWRU alumna, Julia Gelfand and her husband David Lang for their generous support of funding the awards for this contest. We also thank our contest judges: Bill Claspy, Julia Gelfand, Susan Hanes, Bob Rawson, and Tom Slavin.

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April 24, 2017

Carl Wittke and Immigration History

“Every wave of immigrants has contributed to the cultural, social and intellectual growth of our country. Instead of trying to suppress the rich background of resources all groups possess, we should let them make their specific contributions. Americanization is a very slow process which should be left as a natural process.” Carl Wittke

The theme for the 2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival is immigration. In conjunction with that theme, the Archives is highlighting former faculty member, historian, and administrator, Carl F. Wittke - immigration historian.

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Carl F. Wittke

Carl Wittke was born 11/13/1892 in Columbus, Ohio. His father was a German immigrant and this influenced Wittke’s work. Carl’s first language at home was German before learning English which he spoke while attending school. He received his B.A. from Ohio State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1914 and 1921. In 1917 he had a son, Carl Francis, with his first wife. He married his second wife, Lillian Nippert, in 1921 and they remained married until his death in 1971.

Wittke served on the faculty of Ohio State 1916-1937, then moved to Oberlin College where he was Professor of History and Dean of the College 1937-1948. He came to Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1948 as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History. He also served as Elbert Jay Benton Professor of History and chair of the History Department, 1959-1963. In 1961 he was named Vice President of WRU. Wittke retired in June, 1963.

Wittke was author of 14 books and 80 articles. In 1939 his general history of immigrants, We Who Built America: the Saga of the Immigrant, was published by Prentice-Hall. This book stayed in print for over 20 years until a revised edition was published in 1964 by the WRU Press. He dedicated the book to his father’s memory, the immigrant who left his homeland and made a new life in America. “His deep-seated devotion to the basic ideals of our American life was born of a long and satisfying experience in the land of his choice. Out of such experiences, I venture to believe, the real Epic of America must eventually be written. I have attempted here to do no more than to suggest some of the broader outlines of that epic story. No one realizes better than I how much work remains to be done...” This book was selected for inclusion in the White House Library of Americana.

He also wrote histories which included The Irish in America (1956) and Refugees of Revolution: The German Forty-Eighters in America (1952) as well as articles such as Immigration Policy Prior to World War I, Melting Pot Literature, and German Immigrants and Their Children. Wittke’s scholarly output included History of Canada (1928) and editor of the 6-volume work, The History of the State of Ohio (1944). For 15 years he was editor of the Prentice-Hall history series.

Wittke received numerous awards in the field of history as well as his work for civil liberties. His biography, Against the Current: The Life of Karl Heinzen, won the medal for the best book by an Ohio author in 1945. The Ohio Academy of History honored Wittke with a testimonial dinner praising him for his outstanding work as an author and his contributions to community relations and brotherhood. In 1963 he received the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature. In 1951 he was presented with the Cleveland B’nai B’rith Sol Fetterman Memorial Award for “outstanding achievements in promoting brotherhood and mutual understanding in this community.” In 1956 he received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1961 the Cleveland Civil Liberties Union bestowed its first annual award to Wittke. In 1963 he was presented the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the West German consul for his contributions to understanding between the United States and Germany. He also received honorary doctorates from Ohio State University, Denison University, Lawrence College, Marietta College, Fenn College, Lake Erie College.

Among his professional associations, he was a member of the Council of the American Historical Association, Council of the American Association of University Professors chairing the Committee “A” on academic freedom and tenure for 3 years. Wittke served on the Senate of Phi Beta Kappa, was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the board of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, and was chair of the Ohio War Records Commission 1941-1947.

In 1964 Carl Wittke was presented with a festschrift published by Augustana College Library entitled In the Trek of the Immigrants, in connection with the annual meetings of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association held April 30-May 2.

Wittke died 5/24/1971. His widow, Lillian, gave the funds for the reconstituted Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (originally awarded in 1964).

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April 20, 2017

Some Comments on Extended Use of ILLiad Loans

An issue has recently come up regarding the continued use of a current interlibrary loan book, and what possible options are available in such a case. Here are my brief comments on this topic...

* It is not under any circumstances possible to transfer the loan of an ILLiad book from one user to another. (This is also the case with OhioLINK loans.)

* As for renewing an ILLiad loan, only one instance is permitted online through your account, and only if it has already been marked as eligible -- i.e., label does not have "NO RENEWALS" printed on it.

* Any possible additional requests are as a courtesy, and must by made by contacting ILL staff. Please keep in mind there are no guarantees of further extensions granted by the lender.

* The best option is simply to return the item and submit a new request for same title. It is recommended that you do so well before current loan becomes due, to avoid or minimize interrupted use.

For more help on this and related topics, please see previous entries from December 19, 2016, May 19, 2016 and July 24, 2013. We recommend you also view our ILLiad Customer Help page section regarding Renewals.

As always, hope this has been helpful.

Need assistance with ILLiad and Interlibrary Loan? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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April 17, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: April 17, 1998

Among other articles in the April 17, 1998 Observer is this: College Scholars Program’s Tote the Mug campaign celebrated Earth Day by promoting personal beverage containers instead of styrofoam.

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Other headlines included:
• Committee raises Dean’s List G.P.A.
• Robotic cockroach finalist in Discovery Magazine awards
• Eyes On Interfaith Student Forum
• Hudson Relay time approaches
• Boehm brings Australian culture to Wade Park
• Editorial: Students need representation
• CD Warehouse in Coventry hits a big note for music stores
• Spikers advance to EIVA quarterfinals
• CWRU hosts Spartan Track Invitational

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/17/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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April 14, 2017

Meet Anne Trubek!

Anne Trubek, the founder and director of Belt Publishing will discuss her latest book The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting (Bloomsbury, 2016). Trubek’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian, Slate, Salon, Belt, and numerous other publications.

Join us on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Kelvin Smith Library's, 2nd Floor, Dampeer Room.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE!

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April 11, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: April 10, 1998

The week Zeus got loose was the headline of the Observer’s April 10, 1998 coverage of Greek Week.

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The Focus section explored the hidden CWRU: Steam tunnels; How CWRUnet works; Where the tuition goes; The story of ARAMARK; What is that thing on topic of Crawford?

Other headlines included:
• Work begins on new science complex
• Rubin receives the Churchill
• Eyes On The CWRU Musical Group
• RHA elects officers for 1998-1999 school year
• Refuge seeks new name with contest
• International extravaganza caters to a sell out crowd
• Two students receive Goldwater scholarship
• The Women’s Studies Intramural Speaker Series presents first student presentation
• Volunteers needed for EARTHFest ‘98
• Editorial: Make transcripts more available to students
• WRUW sponsors local benefit concert
• Pulp’s new album worth a listen
• String Cheese Incident to play at Odeon tonight
• 8th annual Mather scholarship competition announced
• Spikers win third consecutive NCAC title
• Spartans improve season record to 10-4-1

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/10/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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March 19, 2017

First Year Experience Innovation Awards

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The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) has partnered with Credo Reference to create two awards recognizing First Year Experience Innovation. The inaugural awards will be given at the KSL hosted Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Conference in spring of 2018.

Formal Press Release: March 16, 2017

See award details and apply at: http://mktg.credoreference.com/fye-innovation-award

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April 06, 2017

Join us for Freedman Center Friday!

The last Freedman Center Friday of spring semester is tomorrow, April 7th, during Community Hour (12:45 to 2 pm). If you've never been, stop by and take a tour through CWRU's hub of digital scholarship.

Freedman Center staff will be on hand to offer tours of the resources, demonstrations and mini consultations. Some of this may even help you prepare for finals! Light refreshments will be served.

Please register for this event: http://bit.ly/FCFRegistration>

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April 03, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: April 3, 1998

The April 3, 1998 Observer was the first issue under the 1998-1999 staff:

Editor, Christian R. Steiner
Managing Editor, Mark A. Zaremba
News Editor, Tina Wang
Features Editor, Santina Protopapa
Sports Editor, Erin McKeag
Copy Editors, Jennifer Long and Betsy Davis
Photo Editor, Mark Lehmkuhle
Focus Editor, Nick Thorpe
Production Managers, Lipika Samal and Angela Byun
Business Manager, Eric Lin
Advertising Manager, Rick Cruikshank

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CWRU professors arrested by Alpha Phi Omega; story on page 7

Other headlines included:
• MOP forecases future computing needs
• No mandatory diversity class says students
• Howe wins Spring Olympics
• Eyes On: CWRU Magic Club
• Rotsky proteges shadow CWRU students for a day
• Spikers look toward EIVA championships
• Individuals pace track teams at Wooster
• Tennis team is alive and kicking in ‘98
• Golfers look forward to upcoming season
• Softball team defeats Defiance College

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Fifth annual Take Back the Night march and rally; story on page 5

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 4/3/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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April 02, 2017

Elsevier Day @ KSL

Kelvin Smith Library, in partnership with Elsevier, has organized a day of product updates, search strategies, and a "how to get published" workshop! Join us on Tuesday, April 11th. Each session is run independently of the others, and you must RSVP to attend any session of interest. We expect the publishing workshop, which will offered twice that day, to fill up. The sessions are part of the wonderful selection of CaseLearns opportunities.

9am - 9:45am – ScienceDirect Update - RSVP to attend.
With ScienceDirect, you can navigate across a broad array of high quality journal articles, book chapters and supplementary data that support your understanding and exploration, so that you are always up-to-date and aware of developments impacting your field. Have the opportunity to see what is new and ask any questions.

10am - 11:00am - Knovel Update - RSVP to attend.
Knovel provides full text answers for researchers, engineers, and scientists across all disciplines and is used to find technical information, solve design problems, improve processes, validate assumptions and much more. This product session will provide the following:

11:15am - 12:45pm - Publishing Workshop (with lunch provided) - RSVP to attend.
Join Elsevier’s publisher, Heather Luciano, to gain a better understanding of scholarly publishing, including best practices for getting your work published as an early career researcher. Learn more about and get guidance on preparing your manuscript, publication ethics, selecting a journal, peer review and the journal publishing cycle, author rights, open access, and then getting your paper noticed after it’s been published, followed by Q&A.

2:15pm - 3:15pm - Reaxys - RSVP to attend.
Designed to support the full range of chemistry research, including pharmaceutical development, environmental health & safety work and material science, Reaxys puts every scientist, from novice to expert, on the shortest path to answers. Finding relevant literature, retrieving precise compound properties and reaction data, and incorporating that information into research workflows has never been easier. Come see a demonstration of the recently released new Reaxys interface.

3:30pm - 5:00pm - Publishing Workshop (repeat of earlier session) - RSVP to attend.

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March 30, 2017

Join the Conversation!

Join the conversation as three of the top librarians in the Cleveland area will participate in A Community Conversation About Libraries: Moving from Present to Future. Please join Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost & University Librarian, Case Western Reserve University and Felton Thomas, Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library as they provide a stimulating overview of the issues and opportunities for their respective libraries, and engage with the audience in a dialog to explore what might be coming next.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4pm, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. A "Soul of Cleveland" dialog co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

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March 30, 2017

Celebrating Women’s History Month - Equal Suffrage League on campus

"Love Me, Love My Vote"
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-so reads a valentine taken from the college scrapbook of Helen H. Stevens, class of 1919, who served as president of the Equal Suffrage League in 1917-1918.

The Equal Suffrage Chapter of the College for Women was re-established on the campus in the 1915-1916 academic year. According to sources, it had existed a few years earlier but the Archives could not confirm the date. The chapter was reorganized after Emma Maud Perkins called for a meeting of students interested in equal suffrage.

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Emma Perkins was Woods Professor of Latin. A graduate of Vassar College, she moved to Cleveland in 1879 and taught at Central High School. She came to WRU in 1892 as associate professor of Latin at the College for Women. Her widowed mother, Sarah M. Perkins, was a pioneer women’s suffrage worker and lived with her daughter.

The purpose of the Suffrage League was “to promote equal suffrage sentiment among the college women.” The first two years the chapter built up its membership and held meetings where they studied various phases of the suffrage movement. By the 1917-1918 academic year, membership numbered over 50. The League became an auxiliary to the Cleveland Suffrage Party. They held monthly open meetings. Here is a summary of the League activity for the 1917-1918 year taken from the yearbook:

“In October the successful membership campaign was concluded with a tea in Haydn at which Miss Smith and Oliver Emerson spoke. In November there was conducted a mock campaign at the end of which the college voted for or against the Reynold Bill, which provided for Presidential Suffrage for Ohio women. The pleasing result of the election was 308 for and 13 against the Bill.


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Election voting notice and results

"During the campaign we had the pleasure of hearing, at a series of noon meetings in Haydn, Miss Myers, Professor Arbuthnot, Mr. Moley and Mrs. Roger Perkins. In January the League oversubscribed its pledge to the Cleveland party at a meeting led by Felice Crowl. In February Miss Grace Treat talked on ‘The Question in Washington.’ In April the League conducted one of the monthly sing-outs. The annual meeting and election took place in May.”

After decades of advocacy by countless activists, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified 8/18/1920 giving women the right to vote. Our activist women took their new right seriously, forming the League of Women Voters shortly thereafter. The Cleveland League was formed in 1920 and the League of Women Voters chapter at the College for Women was organized in October 1921 by alumna Florence Allen.

We would love to celebrate all women involved in the Equal Suffrage League and have identified the following to date:

Suffrage meeting announcement, 5/22/1919
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1915/1916 officers:
Julia Harmon, president
Mildred Merkel, vice-president
Marie Grosse, secretary
Margaret Barker, treasurer
Elsie McGee, Eva Smill, and Myra Thwing, directors.

1916/1917 officers:
Eva Smill, president
Mildred Merkel, vice-president
Margaret Barker, secretary
Margaret Hamilton, Julia Harmon, Grace Evans, directors

1917/1918 officers:
Helen H. Stevens, president
Margaret Barker, vice-president
Jeannette Dall, secretary
Henrietta Gates, treasurer
Christena Myers, Lela Draper, Adelaide Zeile, Ruth Hillyer, directors

See past Women’s History Month posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

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March 22, 2017

Timely Comments on Choosing the Correct ILLiad Request Form

This is a topic I've explored thoroughly in past entries. Once again -- and in response to various recent occurrences -- I am briefly covering some of the more common "misapplications" encountered in the selection of ILLiad forms...

* Thesis or Dissertation? -- use the "Thesis" request form, not the "Book" form; granting institution (in "College or University") and year done also greatly appreciated.

* Music Score? -- use the "Book" request form; you to not need to use the "Other" form, and certainly NOT the "Journal Article" form.

* Journal Volume? -- use the "Other" request form; do NOT use the "Journal Article" form as if you were requesting a reproduction of the entire piece.

* Microfilm or Audio-Visual Media? -- use the "Other" request form -- do NOT use the "Journal Article" or "Book" forms.

* "Other" Request Form -- to be used only for special "returnable" loans (see above), NOT for any type of reproduction.

* "Journal Article" Request Form -- just that, "journal articles" only, and please fully cite as well as possible (journal title, volume, issue, year, pages). NOTE: Book chapters and conference papers have their own specialized request forms.

* "Monographs" that actually turn out to be catalogued reprints of journal articles, book chapters or conference papers -- please use the "Journal Article", "Book Chapter" or "Conference Paper" request form (based on the original citation), rather than the "Book" form or any other loan-type request form. (This may require a little extra research on your part, but it will save us all time and effort in the long run.)

* "OpenURL Requests" from an OCLC WorldCat record (i.e., via the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" link) -- will only refer you to the KSL ILLiad site, and may not select and populate the correct form when you log in.

"Never mind the why and wherefore" -- I'm just trying to keep this short and sweet (for a change). As always, hope this was helpful.

Questions for ILL staff at Kelvin Smith Library? We're available by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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March 27, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: March 27, 1998

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The March 27, 1998 Observer continued the long-standing tradition of an April Fool's special section. The Absurder’s breaking news: “Zaremba declared president of CWRU; Pytte refuses to resign... Neo-Luddites balmed for high tech crime spree... Mutant cockroaches storm Crawford... Survey shows: nerds abound at CWRU...”

More conventional headlines included:
• Krzesinski elected as new USG president
• Steiner elected new editor
• Dodd forms committee on academic ethic policy
• Gurarie fences in NCAA Championships
• Tennis team shocked by division rivals
• Baseball team splits doubleheader against Thiel Tomcats

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/27/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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March 20, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: March 20, 1998

The March 20, 1998 Observer editorial urged, “Implement online registration soon.” Columnist John D. Giorgus opined, “Current physical education standards are a waste.”

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Music critic, Ryan Smith offered his own rating system.

Headlines included:
• Merger may increase train traffic in UC four-fold
• Residence hall restructuring announced for 1998-1999
• Brooten appointed Dean of Nursing
• Eyes On: Urban Asylum
• Dickerson and Wiechers name Truman finalists
• Senior Week fun planned
• Boogie Benefit to fund renovations
• GE, OSCS, CSU form tutoring program
• Take Back the Night protests violence against women
• Makin’ Music: CWRU students to sing and strum at Spot
• CBS scores hit with new “George & Leo” sitcom
• Shakespeare feast to be served tomorrow night at Harkness Chapel
• Creed’s debut album swings and misses with too much hard rock
• Hessler Street Fair poetry contest announced
• Spartans win UAA Championships
• Baseball team starts season on down note
• CWRU holds First Annual Winter Indoor Ultimate Tourney
• CWRU to leave NCAC and become a full time UAA member

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/20/1998


This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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March 17, 2017

CWRU’s First International Students

In 2012 7% of Case Western Reserve University’s first-time, first-year students came from outside the U.S. In 2013, Beijing was the hometown of the most members of the entering undergraduate class. By 2016, international students represented 16% of first-time, first-year students. [1]

As an archivist, my default reaction to these kinds of changes and trends is to wonder about historic antecedents. So I set out to identify the first international student from each of our schools. One of the obstacles is that the university recorded far less data about students in the 19th and early 20th centuries than we do now. That means fewer sources to consult, but less certainty about results. So, the necessary disclaimer is that I am identifying the first documented international student in each of our schools.

Because our first reference priority is responding to user requests, my international student quest has been confined to the occasional slow reference periods. So this search will be an ongoing process with additions to this blog entry as additional students are identified.

Here is what is known so far:

CWRU’s first documented international student was George Hall, from England, who entered Western Reserve College in 1839. He attended either one or two years (sources differ). He did not graduate from WRC, but received his A.B. from Princeton in 1845, according to alumni directories.

Case School of Applied Science’s first documented international student was Shin-ichi Takano, from Tokyo. Mr. Takano appears in the 1897/98 and 1899/1900 student rosters as a graduate student. He is also listed in the Case Differential 1901, the student yearbook for academic year 1899/1900, as one of ten graduate students. He is listed in the 1900 commencement program, receiving the M.S. in chemistry. The title of his thesis is The Chemical Composition of the Japanese Petroleums. Fortunately, the Archives has a copy of this thesis. Unfortunately, Mr. Takano does not appear in Case alumni directories, so we know nothing of his life after he graduated.

Case School of Applied Science’s first documented undergraduate international student was Alexander Maurice Orecchia, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Orecchia appears in the 1900/01 and 1901/02 student rosters. He appears in the 1902 Commencement program, receiving the B.S. in electrical engineering. Case students at that time wrote an undergraduate thesis. The title of Mr. Orecchia’s thesis is Influence of Salts in Solution on the Ampere Efficiency of an Electrolytic Cell. The Archives also has a copy of this thesis. Case 1927, 1958, and 1964 alumni directories list Mr. Orecchia as living in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Alexander Maurice Orecchia, 1902

[1] The class statistics are from Institutional Research's First-Year Class Profile. Information about student hometowns was reported in the August 20, 2013 Case Daily.

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March 09, 2017

Time's Running Out!! Deadline Extended!

This is the last week to submit an entry for the CWRU Student Book Collecting Contest with a chance to win cash prizes! Note: the contest has been extended until Friday, March 17th so you have a couple more days to enter for your chance to win and move on to the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

Go to http://researchguides.case.edu/book-collecting for more information and submission guidelines. Good luck to all!

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March 10, 2017

KSL's Spring Break Hours

Spring Break is here! KSL and Cramelot Cafe will be open, but with limited hours. 24/7 also takes a break and will return Sunday, March 19th at 11:30pm. Enjoy your week!


KSL HOURS
Friday, 3/10: Close at 8pm. NO 24x7 services. NO card swipe access.
Saturday, 3/11: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/12: CLOSED
Monday, 3/13 to Friday, 3/17: 8am - 5pm. NO 24x7 services. NO card swipe access.
Saturday, 3/18: CLOSED
Sunday, 3/19: Regular hours resume at 12pm


CRAMELOT HOURS
Saturday 3/11 & Sunday 3/12: CLOSED
Monday 3/13 to Friday 3/17: 8am to 2pm
Saturday 3/18 & Sunday 3/19: CLOSED
Monday 3/20: Regular hours resume at 11am


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March 10, 2017

World War I - summary of CIT campus activity in 1917

The United States officially entered World War I on 4/6/1917. This galvanized actions at Case School of Applied Science (CSAS) and Western Reserve University.

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In the CSAS President’s Annual Report for 1916/1917, President Charles Howe wrote:

“For some time previous to the declaration of the war there had been a great deal of interest among our students in military matters but it had not crystallized into any being. the National Defence Act [sic] of June 1916 made it possible for students in college to form voluntary organizations and for the government to send military officers to institutions where such organizations existed. Engineering students are always very busy with their college work. The demands upon them during the four years of undergraduate life are very much more severe than upon the students in academic colleges. It is, therefore, not surprising that only a few students were willing to take upon themselves work that was not required. After this situation had been explained to the Board [of trustees] a committee was appointed, consisting of two members of the Board and the president of the faculty [Howe]. The committee was asked to thoroughly investigate the question of military drill and the establishment of such military drill as a requirement in Case. The committee had several meeting one with the Secretary of War in Cleveland and another with him in Washington, the latter at his invitation.

“An effort was made to have a military unit established but it was not successful because the number of officers in the army was limited and all of them were needed in the new army about to be raised. We were, therefore, informed that our application was on file - that it would receive consideration just as soon as it seemed possible to supply an officer but that until that time nothing could be done. The committee also endeavored to find out whether it would be possible for us, with our engineering and scientific equipment, to train men as officers for particular scientific departments of the army, or rather, departments where engineering skill is especially needed, as, for instance, in the engineer corps, the ordnance department, the signal corps, etc. Our suggestions were very coldly received by the heads of bureaus but seemed to please the Secretary of War very much. He could, not, however, force the heads of bureaus to attempt work of this kind without their hearty consent and so we have never offered the use of our laboratories to the government.

“As a result of the work of this committee the Trustees, on March 3rd voted that military drill be made compulsory in Case School of Applied Science in accordance with the terms of the National Defense Act of June 1916, and that such drill begin at the opening of the college year 1917-18. It was also voted to increase the length of the college year by one week in order to partially make up for the time which would be taken from studies by the military exercises. Previous to this time, however, military marching had been taken up in the gymnasium as a substitute for gymnasium work. This was carried on under the direction of Professor Adamson who was a captain in the Reserve Corps and by the gymnasium instructors who very willingly took the necessary time to acquaint themselves with the drill manual. At first this work was merely called military marching but as soon as the trustees had taken formal action its title was changed to military drill. The Cleveland Grays kindly loaned us a hundred rifles which they were not using and we secured the services of Captain Lynn, the Adjutant of the Fifth Regiment, Ohio Infantry, as the military instructor. There was little if any objection on the part of the students, even after drill was given for two, three and four hours a day.

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Student Army Training Corps drilling, 1917-1918

“As soon as war was declared and the government had determined to establish officers’ training camps in various sections of the county [sic], the college work was badly disorganized. The greatest excitement prevailed. Almost every student in college wanted to go to the camps and my office was besieged from morning until night by the men who wished to secure recommendations. Of course many of the students were too young to be allowed to enter the training camps but in the upper classes the majority of them were over twenty-one and hence were eligible. A comparatively small number of seniors applied for admission to the camps because they hoped to be admitted to the engineering department of the army. About sixty of the students were appointed to the training camps, the number being about equally divided among the senior, junior, and sophomore classes, although three or four freshmen were admitted. One of the freshmen received the highest rank given to a Case man at the conclusion of the first training camp and is now adjutant of his regiment.

“The training camps were not the only opportunities for college men, and various other military activities were open to them, and the call from some of which seemed to be irresistible. Some entered the aviation corps, some went into the mosquito fleet, some became wireless operators, several went to France with the ambulance corps, and one or two took up Y.M.C.A. work with the army.

“Then came the call to the farm. Although we are situated in a large city some of our students come from the country and there was a very great demand on the part of their fathers to have them go home as soon as possible to assist in the farm work. In other cases young men thought that the farm offered them their best field for service. The faculty, therefore, agreed to excuse on the first of May, all of those who could get positions on farms and to give them credit for the balance of the year’s work if they continued the farm work until September first. About thirty students took advantage of this ruling of the faculty and left college on approximately May first.

“Several of the faculty left before the end of the college year, taking advantage of the action of the Trustees whereby they were given leave of absence during the period of the war and continued under fully salary until such time as the government would provide pay for men in the department which they wished to enter.”

Read WRU President Thwing's summary.

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March 06, 2017

New Exhibits @ KSL!

Take a minute and view two new exhibits in KSL's first floor gallery through June 2017!

A Thousand Words,, derived from the idiom a picture is worth a thousand words, explores the Black American student experience in the photographic record of CWRU.

Oh My Stars! shows images from a rare treatise on astronomy and astrology, available in KSL Special Collections.

Introductorium in Astronomiam, originally an Arabic manuscript from the 8th century, was translated into Latin in the 12th century, printed on a press in the 15th century, and then digitized in the 21st century. Oh My Stars! juxtaposes 15th century illustrations of celestial bodies with modern imagery of starfields reinforcing the continual cycle of information. What’s your sign??!!

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March 06, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: March 6, 1998

The March 6, 1998 issue of The Observer announced its contest to predict the Oscar winners. Nominees for Best Picture were Titanic, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, As Good as it Gets

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Other Headlines:
• Pytte to retire in 1999
• Neff discusses CWRUnet at open forum
• Eyes On: Peer Helpers
• Students prepare for competition in Malta
• Eustis to lead library
• CEC wraps up week of engineering fun
• Schmiedl tells of her “Personal Memory of King”
• Moonwalkin’ Man: MR CWRU talks about the pageant, his Michael Jackson impression...
• Fencers are undaunted by competition
• Hoopsters drop out in quarterfinals
• Wrestlers compete at regionals
• Spartans to compete in nine-day UAA tournament in Florida
• Tennis team prepares to take on NCAC opponents

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 3/6/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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February 27, 2017

Remembering 1997-1998: February 27, 1998

The February 27, 1998 issue of The Observer Focus section asked, “What makes a great movie?” The section examined films “which have had a unique impact on today’s releases and culture.”

In other headlines: RHA captures “School of the Year” award

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• Network problems plague students on weekends
• Eyes On: Adopt-A-Grandparent
• Students win Seiberling moot court competition
• Medical school alum confirmed as surgeon general
• ACM team competes in international competition
• Recial tensions promote violence in essayist’s world
• Free jazz ensemble to make music in Strosacker Auditorium Tuesday night
• Big Star was the best of “power pop”
• Still not convinces metal music is worth listening to? Read why Six Feet Under makes it well-worth it
• “World’s best” to perform at Harkness Chapel
• Meggitt dreams of order this weekend at Mather
• Wrestlers continue to regional competition
• Men’s basketball closes season on the upside
• Hoopsters eliminated from conference play
• Track teams place third at Baldwin-Wallace
• Men’s volleyball continues to top EIVA
• Hockey club battles for top division spot
• Fencers compete in UAA championships

And here's the entire issue: The Observer, 2/27/1998

This is one in a series of weekly blog postings describing what was happening at CWRU, as covered by The Observer, during the years many of the Class of 2020 were born.

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