President Snyder Announces New Dean at the School of Medicine


Dear Case Western Reserve Community:

It is my great pleasure to announce to the Case Western Reserve University community I have named Dr. Pamela Bowes Davis as the school's permanent dean. Dr. Davis has ably served the school as interim dean since September 2006. Her loyalty, outstanding leadership and dedication to research and teaching are the hallmarks of service that made her the lead candidate in our national search.

I would like to thank the selection committee, chaired by Dr. Jeff Ponsky, for its diligence in recommending a fine candidate who will serve the School of Medicine extremely well. Dr. Davis is a renowned academician, researcher, administrator and physician. She holds the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin, M.D. Research Professor chair at the medical school and also is a professor of pediatrics, physiology and biophysics and a professor of molecular biology and microbiology. Her research in cystic fibrosis and her leadership of the Willard A. Bernbaum Cystic Fibrosis Research Center place Case Western Reserve University at the forefront of cystic fibrosis research and treatment.

Dr. Davis has maintained strong independent grant support from the NIH continuously for more than 25 years, including training grants, center grants and individual research grants, and has served as principal investigator of a state of Ohio Third Frontier grant on nanotechnology.

An inductee into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame, Dr. Davis received a bachelor's degree in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Smith College in 1968; a doctorate in physiology and pharmacology in 1973 and a medical degree in 1974, both from Duke University.

I am very pleased that Dr. Davis has accepted the opportunity to continue her exemplary service as dean of the School of Medicine.

Barbara R. Snyder

Read the press release for more about Dr. Davis.

Campus News

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2007 is not just for graduates of Case Western Reserve. The entire campus is invited to take part in a host of activities designed to generate unity, enthusiasm and pride among all university constituents. Set aside October 4-7 to enjoy a variety of events such as a Taste of Cleveland at the House of Blues, from 5 p.m. to midnight, October 5, where all who attend can savor the flavor of a southern-style reception at this downtown blues-restaurant. Registration is now open for this and other events.

There's still time to register for Case for Community Day; registration closes at noon on September 17. More than 100 slots need to be filled, including landscaping, painting, and cleaning projects. The annual service day is an opportunity for campus members to volunteer and connect with local neighbors and organizations in need of assistance.

For Faculty & Staff

Planning To Retire? "Getting It and Keeping It," the second in a series of personal money management workshops will be held from noon to 1 p.m., September 18 in the Inamori Center, Crawford Hall. Series presented by human resources. For more information and to register, send e-mail to

For Students

LambdaGrad will meet for a social event at 9 tonight, September 14 at the Fairmount Wine and Martini Bar, 2448 Fairmount Blvd. LambdaGrad is a social organization for LGBT graduate and professional students at Case and affiliated institutions. Send e-mail to Sarah Yarry with questions or to be added to the LambdaGrad electronic mailing list.

Students: Serve children in Cleveland communities through Project STEP-UP/AmericaReads. Come to an orientation at 5 p.m., Monday, September 17 in Thwing Center, Meeting Room A to learn more.

The Case Swimming and Diving team is looking for former divers or gymnasts who would be interested in diving for the 2007-2008 season. Interested? Send-e-mail to Coach Christopher Conlon.


The Case Crew Club will compete in its first regatta of the year, the Head of the Cuyahoga, on Saturday, September 15 on the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland. Races begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. For directions to the boathouse, refer to the Case Crew Web site.

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.

Et al

Lisa Chiu (CWR '93), director of media relations, has an essay, "Pearl Balls of Wisdom," published in Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, a publication of the Asian American Women Artists Association.

The Case Western Reserve cross country program had two student-athletes recently honored by the University Athletic Association. Spartan senior Esther Erb was named the women's Athlete of the Week and junior Dominic Smith was named men's Co-athlete of the Week.

September 14, 2007

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Case in the News

TB on the rise among international adoptees

Reuters UK, September 14, 2007
Tuberculosis infection is on the rise among internationally adopted children, a new study shows. Anna Mandalakas of Case Western Reserve University—the study's lead author—discusses the findings, which are noted in the September issue of Pediatrics.

Changing perceptions, minds key goals of visiting psychologist

Daily Mining Gazette, September 13, 2007
Frederick Frese, an assistant professor of psychology in clinical psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, recently addressed a group on the topic of schizophrenia. He has had his own battle with the disorder and told the crowd that a diagnosis doesn't have to mean a lifetime of medication or institutionalization.

Police, doctors testify in death

Star Beacon, September 13, 2007
Shenandoah Robinson, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, is a prosecution witness in the murder retrial of defendant William Nigh.

Higher Ed News

How education pays: College Board report lists benefits for individuals and society

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 13, 2007 (subscription only)
A college education pays in more ways than one, according to a report released by the College Board on Wednesday. In addition to higher personal earnings for the graduates themselves, the report says, society at large benefits.

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