After leading the Case School of Engineering to record highs in fundraising, research expenditures and improved relations with its alumni, Robert F. Savinell will step down as dean effective December 31, 2006, in order to focus on his research in fuel cells and electrochemistry. Dean since 2001, Savinell, the George S. Dively Professor of Engineering, will remain on campus during the spring 2007 semester to aid in the school’s transition to a new dean. He will then be on sabbatical during the 2007-2008 academic year, returning to the full-time faculty for the fall 2008 semester.
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The Case Western Reserve University Department of Physical Education and Athletics unveiled a new logo and design for its 19 intercollegiate sports teams today. The new logo, created by Case graphic designer Christopher Price, features an updated Spartan helmet and typeface that highlights the department’s movement forward in the NCAA Division III sports scene. Want to see it? Go to:

Case Western Reserve University’s honorary degree committee invites the campus community to offer nominations of honorary degree candidates to be recognized at commencement ceremonies in May 2007. For more details go to degree recipients.

Be sure to check out the Web site - - recently created to serve as a starting point for finding information on Case’s network and the Web. It is customizable to display up-to-date headlines and links from various Case and Internet sources, including the Case Wiki (, Planet Case (, your Case e-mail, Google News, and more. It is provided by Student Internet Services (, a group of students and staff who provide various Internet services to the Case community.


Scientists bridge spinal injury nerve gap

The Plain Dealer, July 12, 2006

Like linemen stringing an electric cable over a gorge, a research team co-directed by a Cleveland scientist has devised a way to coax nerve fibers to grow a "bridge" across gaps in rats' damaged spinal cords. The new technique, reported today in the Journal of Neuroscience, successfully re-established some neural connections and restored a "considerable" amount of movement in five of seven partially paralyzed rats, according to the researchers. "I think it's a real milestone," said Case Western Reserve University neuroscientist Jerry Silver, who co-authored the study with neuroscientist John Houle of Philadelphia's Drexel University.

Case gets another eminent scholar

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 11, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University professor has received a big title to study small things. In his role as Ohio Eminent Scholar in condensed matter physics, Norman Tien will help build Case's nanosciences and nanotechnologies programs. Tien is chair of Case's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Nord Professor of Engineering.

Super human new movie shows man of steel's softer side

The Eagle Tribune online, June 30, 2006

Like the song says, it's not easy being Superman. Though he's almost invulnerable and doesn't seem to age, Superman's changed a great deal from his early crime-fighting days. His Cleveland creators Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster originally brought audiences a hero who couldn't fly, yet did find time to knock around petty gangsters and slumlords who were trying to rob law-abiding citizens or cheat immigrants. He was brash, and unafraid to break the law - or a few skulls - to get justice. "He was a lot funnier, a lot more violent; he sort of showed up unannounced and fixed problems the police seemed unwilling to do," said Bradley Ricca, a Case Western University English professor and the author of the upcoming book "Last Son: A Cultural History of Superman."

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The university as economic savior

As higher education replaces industry in some cities, colleges face both support and unrealistic expectations
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2006 edition (subscription required)

On a wintry March day in 1932, George Eastman, inventor of rolled film and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, summoned a trio of witnesses to his home here to view the signing of his revised will. Minutes after the group left, Mr. Eastman, who was ill with a degenerative spinal disorder, shot himself in the heart. The deathbed revisions made the University of Rochester the beneficiary of his $25-million estate, part of the $50-million he bequeathed to the private institution over his lifetime. Now more than ever, higher education is seen as the key to helping manufacturing-based cities catch up and compete in a highly skilled global economy.

The Senate's science bill

Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2006

The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee approved its spending bill for the 2007 fiscal year on Tuesday, with more money for basic science research as requested in President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative. The subcommittee endorsed an 8 percent increase over the 2006 fiscal year for the National Science Foundation's budget, which would bring the agency's total to $6 billion.

Race and family income of students influence guidance counselors' advice, study finds

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 11, 2006 (subscription required)

The race and family income of prospective college applicants influence the advice that high-school guidance counselors give them, according to a study released on Monday. Counselors were more likely to recommend community colleges to middle-class black students with sub-par academic records than to middle-class white students with similar records, the study found. The findings are based on the results of a three-year study sponsored by the National Commission for Cooperative Education, which sent surveys to 20,000 high-school counselors throughout the nation.

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Today's campuswide barbeque will be a Mexican Fiesta featuring a Mexican buffet as well as vegetarian options. Head to the Crawford deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to sample the fare. Cost is $7.50 and includes beverage. Rain site: Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall.
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TIAA-CREF will offer individual retirement counseling sessions for Case faculty and staff from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19 (reservations required) in 223 Crawford Hall. To schedule an appointment to meet with an individual consultant, contact Kay Fulk at 877-209-3138 or register online at

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Roger Zender recently joined the Kelvin Smith Library as the new Web services coordinator.

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Thomas Rask, a graphic designer in Case Creative, and Lois Bowers, former associate director of public affairs for the School of Medicine, have earned a 2006 Award for Publication Excellence (APEX Award) in the Marketing and Public Relations Brochures, Manuals and Reports category. The award recognizes their work on the School of Medicine admission brochure. Rask was the graphic designer, and Bowers was the writer and project coordinator. The competition is sponsored by the editors of Writing That Works, a division of Communications Concepts, Inc.