Western Reserve University Alumna Bequeaths $5.7 million to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


The estate of Gertrude Donnelly Hess, one of two women to graduate from the Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1934, has bequeathed approximately $5.7 million to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the largest bequest by a single donor in the school's history.

The bequest will be used to establish the Gertrude Donnelly Hess, M.D., Endowed Fund for Oncology Research.

Not only did the self-described maverick and strong-willed pioneer go on to have a successful 40-year career as a doctor of family medicine in Cleveland, she also kept her alma mater close to her heart. A widow with no children, Hess considered the students and faculty of the School of Medicine part of her family. She died in January 2006. Read more.

For Student Athlete Mason Conrad, the Moon is the Limit


Returning to the moon is an important component of the vision for space exploration in the United States, and Case Western Reserve University men's basketball player Mason Conrad helped the country get a little closer to that goal through a recent internship with NASA.

Conrad, a senior mechanical engineering major, has conducted research on the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) at the NASA Glenn Research Center for the past year. The CEV is the spacecraft of choice for new explorations to the moon. It is an Apollo-style capsule with a large heat shield on the bottom. NASA is working on the area where the shield meets the rest of the capsule. Conrad completed tests on materials that would serve as a buffer. Read more.

Research ShowCASE 2008 Now Accepting Abstracts


Research ShowCASE 2008 will take place April 16 and 17, and the committee is now accepting proposals. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff, and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. The submission deadline is January 31. Go to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details on submitting abstracts and more information about the event.

Campus News

Chaplain Julia Brown of the Department of Biology is accepting donations for distribution to women housed in the Community Women's Shelter during the holiday season. Donations can be in the form of personal items, gift baskets, twin blankets, and sponsorship for gift baskets/items. The shelter visit will take place at 7 p.m., December 21. For more information, or for those who would like to join in distributing items, send e-mail to Julia Brown.

"Creating a Dynamic Workplace" is the topic of a workshop designed for nonprofit leaders and managers sponsored by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Session takes place from 4:30-6 p.m., December 6 at the center, 11402 Bellflower Road. Faculty members Duncan Neuhauser and Leslie Yerkes (GRS '89, organizational behavior) will lead. Fee involved. Call 368-5214 to register.

For Faculty & Staff

The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA), otherwise known as a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRA), provides a way for employees to contribute to a retirement account on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. The limits for calendar year 2008 are unchanged from 2007: For calendar year 2008, employees can contribute up to $15,500; employees aged 50 or older in 2008, can contribute up to an additional $5,000; and employees with more than 15 or more years of service may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $3,000. Call Sharon Fleischer at 368-6693 for more information.

A Money Management Education seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m., December 6 at the Inamori Center, located in Crawford Hall. Attorney Bill Schulz of Smith and Condeni will be conducting an estate planning workshop that will address issues on how to protect assets from unnecessary loss, taxation, or erosion. Topics include probate, conservatorship, estate and gift taxes, wills and trusts, and credit shelter trusts. Register by e-mail.

For Students

The Case Footlighters is continuing auditions for its spring 2008 production of Chicago tonight from 9 to midnight in Denison Rehearsal Hall. Open to all Case, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Art students regardless of major or prior experience. Come to auditions with a prepared song. The Case Footlighters is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting musical theater on campus.


The campus SGI Buddhist Club invites the campus community to its next meeting at 6:30 p.m., December 6 in the Bingham Building, Room 103. The purpose of this club is to share the philosophy of life from a Buddhist perspective, and to help individuals accomplish professional and personal goals. Refreshments will be served.

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.

December 4, 2007

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Case in the News

$5.7 million left to Case Western Reserve University medical school

The Plain Dealer, December 4, 2007
A $5.7 million bequest to Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine is the largest ever from a single donor. The money from the estate of Gertrude Donnelly Hess will support cancer research. Hess practiced family medicine for decades after graduating in 1934 from what was then Western Reserve University's medical school.

Site allows docs to chat, compare notes via the Web

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 3, 2007 (subscription required)
Within3 is a startup that in March launched a secure networking site that enables doctors to talk to one another about cases, search medical journals or solicit help for a good cause. Case Western Reserve University subscribes to the networking site.

Classical music goes Looney Tunes

Akron Beacon Journal, December 2, 2007
Friday and Saturday, the Cleveland Orchestra will skewer Wagner, Rossini and countless other classical composers when it plays Bugs Bunny on Broadway, conducted by George Daugherty. Cartoon music expert Daniel Goldmark, a musicologist and assistant professor of music at Case Western Reserve University, comments for the article.

Higher Ed News

The state of tech transfer

Inside Higher Ed, December 4, 2007
As research spending at colleges has risen, so too has the number of new products that emerge from the campuses. The Association of University Technology Managers' U.S. Licensing Activity Survey of 189 institutions that conduct and sometimes commercialize research shows that total research expenditures reached more than $45 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, an increase of $3.1 billion over the 2005 total.

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