Angel Investor Schools Students on Business Ventures

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It was more than fireworks on a Fourth of July trip to the Silicon Valley for 10 Case Western Reserve University graduate students in the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The program, with a strong mentoring component, tapped the talents of alumnus Hal Nissley, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in math, statistics and operations research from Case Western Reserve. Nissley also has a law degree from Peninsula College. He has been actively involved as an investor, board member or founder of many small firms and companies.

STEP is designed to give scientists the kinds of skills they need to take research findings to the market, according to Edward Caner, STEP director and a graduate of the Physics Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) -- a program in physics that evolved into STEP.

"The distinction between working in industry and starting a business is vastly different," stated Caner. "It's normal for scientists to go into academia or industry but entrepreneurship has not been touted as viable career path." Read more.

Campus News

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association is hosting a bone marrow drive to sign up potential donors for the national registry from 12:30-2 p.m. on August 7 at the School of Medicine, Room E-501. The 15 minute process involves paperwork and four oral cheek swabs. Make plans to visit the drive to learn more or volunteer to become a donor.

The Squire Valleevue Farm staff is asking university departments and offices to donate outdated office supplies for use with children's programs conducted at the farm. Hundreds of Cleveland-area K-12 students visit University Farm for educational programming during the summer months and throughout the academic year. Items such as ink pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, drinking cups and more are needed. For more information about donating items, send e-mail to Ana Locci, or call 368-0274.

For Faculty & Staff

Applications for the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Staff Educational Enhancement fund are due no later than August 1. The purpose of the fund is to provide opportunities for educational and professional development, and enhancement and/or improvement of current skills, and the courses do not need to be job related. Funds can be used for certification, online courses, textbooks and out-service training (including conferences and workshops) that are not funded under regular university benefits. Visit the SAC Web site for information and the application.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.

Events

The ITS Open Forum originally scheduled for August 16 has been cancelled. The next forum will be held on September 20 in the Toepfer room, located in Adelbert Hall.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

July 31, 2007

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Case in the News

Making the grade

Inside Business Magazine, August 2007 (free subscription required)
Story profiles Barbara R. Snyder, Case Western Reserve University's new president. Snyder, who took the reins July 1, discusses her two major priorities during her first year: financial stability and improving the university's academic reputation.

Author looks at cases of love and 'unexpected grace' in a book of the same title

Episcopal Life online, July 27, 2007
A study by researchers from Case Western Reserve University focusing on forgiveness, humility and grace is cited in a story about Bill Kramer, a freelance writer who has written a new book of short stories about faith, science and altruism.

Demolitions, board-ups rise in Cleveland, but more are needed

The Plain Dealer, July 31, 2007
In an op-ed piece, editors write about the large number of vacant and abandoned homes in Cleveland, and possible solutions for keeping track of the inventory. The piece suggests that Case Western Reserve University could help provide an accurate count.

Higher Ed News

New model for university presses

Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2007
The Rice University Press was revived last year with the idea that it would publish online only. Since the announcement that the press was coming back, many in academic publishing have wondered how Rice would shift to a new format for publishing while maintaining the rigor associated with a university press.

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