Roberto Fernández Galán named Mt. Sinai Scholar at School of Medicine

Roberto Fernandez Galan

Biophysicist Roberto Fernández Galán, who will join the department of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as assistant professor this month, has been named a scholar in the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Scholars Program in the Basic Sciences.

The program enables the school to attract talented researchers to its basic science departments. In addition to neuroscience, the program has bolstered the school's research programs in physiology and biophysics, molecular biology and microbiology, pathology, nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. Researchers supported by the Mt. Sinai Scholars Program have gone on to successfully garner more than $12 million in external federal and foundation grants. Read more.

Inamori Center Continues Discourse on Ethical Leadership with January Newsletter, Upcoming Events


The mission of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University is to foster ethical leadership around the world, but what kind of leaders are needed?

With political primaries in progress in the United States and much of the world "in crisis," the Inamori Center inspires discussion on the types of leaders the world needs with its January newsletter.

"The notion that leaders should be broadly educated is not new," writes Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., director of the center, in the recently released publication. "The arguments for a broad education are centuries old, and the liberal arts tradition sustains countless colleges and universities. I believe that a broad education always has conferred an advantage on effective leadership... Now, because of the urgent need for effective, ethical leaders, the larger and thus main benefit is to society. I do not think it is too dramatic to say that the development of effective, ethical leaders is imperative for the future of humankind and thus our commitment to doing so is primarily a commitment to our collective future."

The Inamori Center also will continue to kindle ethical discourse with two upcoming events.

The Inamori Center Ethical Leadership Series with the university's Public Affairs Discussion Group will present a discussion of "Moral Dilemmas in Politics and Fiction" at 12:30 p.m. January 25 in the center in Crawford Hall. At 12:30 p.m. on February 1, also at the center in Crawford Hall, the Inamori Center Ethical Leadership Series and Public Affairs Discussion Group team up again to offer "Ethics and College Sports."

Campus News

Beginning January 15, reconstruction work will begin on Euclid Avenue between East 86th and East 107th streets as part of the Euclid Corridor project, lasting until August 2008. In addition to some street closures -- as well as one- and two-way traffic changes -- RTA bus routes #6, #7X, #9X, #48/48A and #803 will be impacted. Campus members who travel via these roads or who ride these bus routes are encouraged to read more about the traffic and bus changes.

For Faculty & Staff

The university is accepting applications for financial support for attendance at the 2008 Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. The university award covers tuition, room and board and transportation; application deadline is January 18. Admission is open to women faculty and college or university administrators whose experience and present responsibilities indicate a potential for professional advancement in higher education administration. To apply, send a short summary explaining how the institute will help with career goals and the attendee's department or school; a current curriculum vitae; and a memo of support from a dean or department chair to Associate Provost Kathryn Karipides, Office of the Provost, 216 Adelbert Hall, LC: 7001. Awards will be made by February 8, allowing time for applications to be sent to Bryn Mawr by March 1.

For Students

The deadline to apply for Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Summer Funding is February 15. An application and additional details are available online.


The next Science Café Cleveland, cosponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Kathy Krynak from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Tim Krynak from the Cleveland Metroparks on the topic of "Leap into Action to Save Declining Amphibians." Two sessions -- 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. -- will be held January 14 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Details online.

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.

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Robert H. Miller, neurosciences professor and 20-year veteran of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been named vice dean for research at the school.

Miller will be responsible for developing new programs as well as overseeing research within the School of Medicine and its affiliated programs, focusing primarily on individual and multidisciplinary programs. Read more.


Richard E. Boyatzis has been appointed the H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business at the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Horvitz Professorship of Family Business, established in 2001 to support research and education in the field of family business, was created by the family of the late newspaper publisher and cable television executive Harry R. Horvitz. The professorship will focus Boyatzis's academic work on leadership effectiveness and leadership development in the context of family businesses. Read more.

January 11, 2008

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Most interesting people 2008

Cleveland Magazine, January 2008
Cleveland Magazine has compiled a list of the most interesting people in the area for 2008. Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder is featured.

Family caregivers often delay seeking assistance until crisis points, January 11, 2008
The early stages when a spouse or an adult child becomes a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's disease or another type of progressive dementia is fraught with a tug-of-war of emotions from resentment to protectiveness, according to a new study from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Tondo leads way for Case, January 11, 2008
Short feature article on Youngstown-area native Ashleigh Tondo, a major contributor to the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team in only her second year with the Spartans.

Higher Ed News

Pew study shows use of video-sharing sites on the rise

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2008
About 48 percent of Net users surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in December said they had been to a video-sharing site. A survey the group conducted last spring found that 22 percent of Internet users had watched an educational video online.

The real meanings of letters of recommendation

Inside Higher Ed, January 8, 2008
Randal Doane, assistant dean of studies at Oberlin College, pens an essay about recommendation letters.

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