National Survey: Case Western Reserve is Tops in Technology Transfer Statewide


Case Western Reserve University led Ohio universities, hospitals and research institutes by collecting $30.2 million in licensing revenues over the last three years, according to the recently released U.S. Licensing Survey for fiscal year 2006 by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The university also led the Ohio field last year. The 2006 results are the latest statistics available from AUTM.

Specific to Ohio colleges and universities participating in the survey, Case Western Reserve ranks:

  • number one in gross licensing income ($10.8 million);
  • number one in cumulative active licenses (160);
  • number one in executed licenses (37); and
  • number two in university-based startups (4).

"These results demonstrate the university's world-class capability in technology transfer," said Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve. "The positive impact of the program, in terms of economic benefit and good to society, extends far beyond the university to Cleveland, the northeast Ohio region, and the state of Ohio." Read more.

Memorial Service for Glenn Nicholls's Wife to Take Place December 22


A memorial service to celebrate the life of Margaret "Peggy" Nicholls, wife of Glenn Nicholls, vice president for student affairs at Case Western Reserve University, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 22, in the Independence High School Auditorium, 6001 Archwood Road, Independence, Ohio.

A math teacher at Independence High School, Peggy Nicholls, 60, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. She died December 17.

Peggy and Glenn are the parents of two daughters, Christy (MGT '03) and Heidi.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the National Marrow Donor Program or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Campus Police Call for Additional Awareness During Winter Months


As the fall semester comes to a close and students, faculty and staff return to their hometowns or take time off for the holidays, Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services, in partnership with University Circle institutions, ask that members of the campus community continue to keep safety in mind.

Generally, crime decreases during the winter months, but the holiday season still requires additional awareness.

Some faculty, staff and students may be uncomfortable walking outside at this time of year because of diminishing daylight hours and poor weather conditions. This could be compounded if a stranger approaches asking for help, directions or money. University police advise those who are alone or in isolated areas not to stop and engage in conversation or approach a vehicle. Instead, members of the campus community can tell the stranger they will call campus police for assistance and then should call security at 216-368-3333 from a cell phone or campus emergency phone.

University police also ask that faculty, staff and students stay in areas they are familiar with and avoid walking alone, especially at night, while on campus — at all times, not just during the winter months. Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services offer escort services 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout year.

In addition, opportunities for theft and fire-related accidents do tend to rise at this time of year, according to campus police. When leaving offices, residence hall rooms or vehicles for extended periods, faculty, staff and students should make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked and valuables are kept out of sight or taken home.

Members of the campus community also need to be careful not to overload electrical outlets in offices or residence hall rooms.

For additional crime prevention information and services call 368-2908 or go online. Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services also provides an online guide regarding what faculty, staff and students should do and what they can expect in specific emergency situations.

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 university holidays: 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 at 368-2580.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women office will be closed December 22 through January 2.


The Weatherhead School of Management Tax Preparation Program will get under way in 2008 and needs volunteers to help area residents complete and file tax forms. Now entering its eighth year, the program has assisted more than 5,600 taxpayers throughout Cleveland. Interested persons can receive free training on basic tax preparation on January 19. To volunteer and for other information, contact Mamta Soni and Sabrina Chiu by e-mail to Tax Service 2008.


For Faculty & Staff

The university administration will recognize December 31 as a university holiday. Payday will remain December 31. Employees with direct deposit will have their funds available on December 31. Individuals not on direct deposit will have their checks mailed to them before the 31st. Interested persons can sign up for direct deposit by completing the direct deposit application and submitting it to the payroll department.

For Students

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


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 20, 2007

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve gets $27.5 million to keep studying mad cow disease

The Plain Dealer, December 20, 2007
The National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case Western Reserve University, which tracks any suspected cases of prion-related disease - such as the popularly known mad cow disease - has received $27.5 million needed to keep it operating. Pierluigi Gambetti, the center's director, comments.

University's energy institute receives grant

North American Windpower, December 19, 2007
Case Western Reserve University's Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation has received a $3.6 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation. The grant will allow the institute to focus on three major areas of research: renewable power, energy storage and efficiency of larger energy systems.

It's not the end of the world, but early civilizations thought so

The Plain Dealer, December 20, 2007
What is the winter solstice, and why does it occur? Simply put, because of the Earth's tilt, the sun makes its lowest arc across the sky, and the northern hemisphere gets its least amount of direct sunlight. In earlier times, there were widespread ceremonies to bring back the light -- possible precursors to twinkling Christmas tree lights and menorah candles, according to Judith Neulander, co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Judaic Studies program.

Higher Ed News

Training teachers who will stay

Inside Higher Ed, December 20, 2007
A teaching fellowship program announced Wednesday by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation focuses on identifying students who plan to stay with the teaching profession.

Schools add, expand comics arts classes

USA TODAY, December 19, 2007
Critical and academic respect for comics arts class is growing, and colleges and universities nationwide are responding to growing interest in the discipline.

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