School of Nursing Receives More Than $2 Million from NIH for new Center of Excellence

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The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to advance a major part of the national nursing research agenda: chronic disease self-management. The grant is supporting work from September 2007 through June 2012.

The funding will help to create the center called the Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation, or SMART, which will have the mission of improving the health, health outcomes and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic disease. These improvements will come through research, translation of findings into practice and research data to support policies for disease self-management, says Shirley M. Moore, Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the Bolton School.

Columbia University's College of Nursing is the only other self-management center in the United States to receive funding this year. Read more.

Stokes Symposium Registration Extended to Nov. 21

Online registration has been extended to November 21 for the Fifth Annual Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium featuring keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California.

David Cooperrider Receives Award from Aspen Institute

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For his work in integrating social and environmental issues into academic research, educational programs and business practice, Case Western Reserve University Professor David Cooperrider was named a recipient of the 2007 Faculty Pioneer Awards from the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education.

Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and director the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) at the Weatherhead School of Management, received the External Impact Award. The award is given for positive and visible impact on business and organizational management practices in social impact and/or environmental areas.

"This award is meaningful because the academic sector is following the steps of other major awards such as the Nobel Prize," said Cooperrider, a professor of organizational behavior. Read more.

DEXTER, Companion Robot Named Honorary Alumni during TeamCASE Celebration

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President Barbara Snyder, Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien, members of the university community, the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University and the Case Alumni Association (CAA) celebrated TeamCASE and their robotic car DEXTER's top 20 finish at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge in California last night at Wackadoos Grub and Brew in Thwing Center.

Highlighting the evening's festivities was a proclamation by President Snyder declaring DEXTER and his companion robot, DIDI (the team's computer-equipped test vehicle), as honorary members of the CAA and the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. TeamCASE faculty co-leader Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, accepted the proclamation for team leader Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who was unable to attend.

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In turn, members of TeamCASE, led by graduate student Andy Allen, presented Snyder, Tien and CAA Executive Director Thomas Conlon with framed photos of the team and DEXTER.

Though not selected as one of the 11 finalists in the competition, DEXTER and TeamCASE are slated to be featured in a Discovery Channel documentary on the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge in late February or early March. This was the first time Case Western Reserve had an entry in the DARPA challenge races, which have been held every two years since 2003.

Campus News

As part of the University's ongoing initiatives to conserve energy, the Department of Facilities Services will be reducing heat, ventilation and lighting levels over the next three University Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. View a list of the dates, times and buildings affected. Direct questions to the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations, 368-2580.

Fellowship positions are available for research-oriented clinicians interested in developing a career as an independent and highly collaborative investigator conducting practice-based network research. Candidates in primary care (family medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine), dentistry and doctorally prepared advance practice nurses are invited to apply. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2008 for positions starting August 1, 2008. Complete details are available online.

Want to know what life is like as a student-athlete at Case on and off the field? The challenges a collegiate coach must face? Get the scoop first hand by reading the new varsity athletics blog. Every week, a different student-athlete or coach will post comments about life on the road and other interesting experiences.

For Faculty & Staff

The Faculty Search Guidelines and associated forms are available for download on the Faculty Diversity Office Web site. The guidelines help search committees navigate the administrative forms and the process of advertising, recruitment, and candidate visits. Any department initiating a search for new faculty can review the new protocols and guidelines, best practices for recruiting, and additional search strategies that will help departments attain their recruitment goals.

For Students

Summer 2008 will inaugurate a new three-week intensive May term. The new session — May 12-30, 2008 — fits between spring finals and the beginning of the regular summer session, and offers eight courses, all of which are designed to take advantage of the longer class meeting times. These courses will take undergraduate students out of the classroom and into the community, the natural world, and, in two cases, across the Atlantic Ocean. Each is being taught by regular faculty. For more information, visit the summer Web site. A preliminary 2008 list of summer courses is also available.

The Princeton Review and Phi Alpha Delta are sponsoring a free practice LSAT test from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., December 1 in Clark Hall, Room 205. Go online to sign up or get more information.

Events

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) will host its fifth annual E4S Champions of Sustainability Third Tuesday Network Event and awards ceremony tonight in the Tasting Room at the Great Lakes Brewing Company. During the program, E4S will recognize six individuals who are putting sustainable business practices to work in their business or organization. Find out more by going to the E4S 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.

November 20, 2007

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Case in the News

CWRU receives $2.2M NIH grant

Crain's Cleveland Business November 19, 2007
Case Western Reserve University has received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to launch a center that will focus on improving the health and quality of life of people with acute and chronic diseases.

As software firms merge, synergy is elusive

Wall Street Journal November 20, 2007
The issue of what customers experience after a big tech merger is once again coming to the fore as the software industry undergoes its latest wave of consolidation. Story includes comments from Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Decline of the tenure track raises concerns

New York Times November 20, 2007
Professors with tenure or who are on a tenure track are now a distinct minority on the country's campuses, as the ranks of part-time instructors and professors hired on a contract have swelled, according to federal figures analyzed by the American Association of University Professors. Eric Bettinger, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in the article.

Higher Ed News

Extending the arm of campus law

Inside Higher Ed, November 20, 2007
Plenty of colleges worry about student conduct away from campus, but few have the resources and authority to track it as effectively as they can on their own grounds. Several institutions, in an effort to reduce crime and serious violations of university policy, are considering proposed changes that would allow them to expand their jurisdictions.

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