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Fall Convocation August 27, 2014 4:00pm
Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation 2014

Fall convocation is the first, formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. It's an annual event that occurs in late August, during the first week of the fall semester, and stands as a bookend to commencement. This annual event features an academic procession and a keynote speaker.

The event begins with a procession of the university's leadership, faculty, emeriti, delegates and banner guard, in academic regalia, into Severance Hall. Once the community has congregated in the venue, the ceremony, which features a keynote speaker, begins and is followed by a reception on campus.

Fall convocation 2014 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at Severance Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Free tickets will be available, starting Monday, June 16, by contacting the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111.

University’s Common Reading

Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiologist at the UCLA Medical Center, coined the term "zoobiquity" to describe the idea of looking to animals and the doctors who care for them to better understand human health. Veterinary medicine had not been on her radar at all until about 10 years ago. That's when she was asked to join the medical advisory board for the Los Angeles Zoo and she began hearing about "congestive heart failure in a gorilla or leukemia in a rhinoceros or breast cancer in a tiger or a lion."

Natterson-Horowitz explores the connection between human and veterinary medicine in a book she co-authored with Kathryn Bowers, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. "This comparative way of thinking is something that veterinarians learn from their first week of veterinary school," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "When they learn about the heart, they learn about a four-chambered heart in a mammal and a three-chambered heart in a reptile and a two-chambered heart in a fish. ... Physicians, we don't learn that way. We don't think that way."