April 10, 2006

Case to present leaders in the fields of health, law and business with honorary degrees

Honorary doctorates will be bestowed during Case Western Reserve University's May 21 Commencement

The head of the nation's top health protection agency, an international business leader, a former Justice of the South African Court, and a world-renowned medical anthropologist will receive honorary degrees during Case Western Reserve University's 2006 commencement convocation on May 21. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in the university's Veale Center.

Recipients include Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corp.; Richard Goldstone, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; and Paul Farmer, a founding director of Partners In Health.

The following is a brief description of the recipients' backgrounds and the titles of the honorary degrees that will be bestowed upon them:

Paul E. Farmer

Honorary Doctor of Science

Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. His work draws primarily on active clinical practice - he is an attending physician in infectious diseases and associate chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and medical director of a charity hospital in rural Haiti. His work focuses on diseases that disproportionately afflict the poor. Along with his colleagues, Farmer has pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies for AIDS and tuberculosis.

Julie L. Gerberding

Honorary Doctor of Science

Julie Gerberding

Julie Gerberding became the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director in July 2002. The CDC is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans. She also is the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). A double alumna of Case, Gerberding earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, as well as her medical degree, from the university.

Richard Goldstone

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Richard Goldstone

After a lengthy tenure in the South African court system, Richard Goldstone served as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2003. In addition, from 1994 to September 1996 he served as the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In 2005, he participated in a Case Western Reserve University School of Law conference that resulted in a document known as "The Cleveland Principles of International Law on the Detention and Treatment of Persons in Connection with The Global War on Terror." Goldstone is a member of the Boards of Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Center for Economic and Social Rights, and is a director of the American Arbitration Association.

Kazuo Inamori

Honorary Doctor of Engineering

Kazuo Inamori

Kazuo Inamori is an international business leader and the founder of Kyocera Corp. and the telecommunications giant KDDI, as well as the Inamori Foundation. In April 2005, a $10-million gift to the university from Inamori Foundation enabled Case to establish the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The center will explore different types of ethics to serve as a "common spiritual backbone for humankind and strive to indicate high moral standards and universal viewpoints," according to Inamori. Creator of the famed Kyoto Prize—long considered the world's Nobel Prize for lifetime achievement in the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind—Inamori Foundation has designated a portion of the gift to Case to create an Inamori Prize to annually honor outstanding international figures in the field of ethics.

For more information: Kimyette Finley 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 10, 2006 09:47 AM | News Topics: Events

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