Engineering Dean Receives Asian Pacific Fund's Education Leadership Award

Norman C. Tien

Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, was one of two Asian American educators in the United States selected to receive the second annual Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, presented by the Asian Pacific Fund. An unrestricted grant award of $10,000 is given in recognition of the recipients' professional accomplishments and leadership qualities.

Chang-Lin Tien, Norman Tien's late father, was the first Asian American to lead a major American research university. He served as chancellor of the University of California-Berkeley from 1990 to 1997, and was a founding member of the Asian Pacific Fund's board of directors.

The program was created by the Asian Pacific Fund and is supported by the many people who admired Chang-Lin Tien as an acclaimed teacher, scientist and administrator, and recognizes the accomplishments of rising Asian American leaders in higher education. Read more.

Campus Police Ask University Community to be on Alert Following Laptop Thefts

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services asks faculty, staff and students to be watchful for suspicious people or activities on or around campus following a series of computer thefts.

Since January 9, four laptop computers have been reported stolen.


The incidents have occurred on the Main Quad and Mather Quad. Information about each incident is included in an advisory.

Members of the university community should report any suspicious activity by calling the dispatch center at 368-3333 with a description of the suspicious person and his or her direction of travel. Case Western Reserve police also ask faculty, staff and students to secure all easy-to-carry items such as laptops, cell phones and portable music players in file cabinets or locked closets -- even if planning to leave the valuables for only a short time.

For additional information or to schedule a security survey of department work areas, contact the Crime Prevention Office at 368-2908 or e-mail Brian Hurd.

Search for Inamori Center Director Continues

Applications for the new director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and the Inamori Professor of Ethics will continue to be accepted until February 1.

The original search announcement calls for candidates with a "record of accomplishment in leadership, administration, scholarship and fundraising" and "high integrity and moral character." Applicants also should be eligible for a faculty appointment in one of the schools of the university.

The search committee has been reviewing candidates and plans to invite several to campus in February for interviews. A new director and Inamori Professor is expected to be announced in April.

Additional information is available on the Inamori Center Web site.

Campus News

Students, faculty and staff are invited to enter the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest.


Essay topic: Share a personal story that illustrates your refusal to remain silent and willingness to make a personal sacrifice in order to advocate for justice. Essays will be judged on originality, relevance to the prompt, creativity, clarity, organization and overall effect. Prizes are $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third place, respectively. Essays are due by 5 p.m., February 1 via e-mail to Erica Merritt, or by campus mail to Merritt at: Department of Human Resources, Crawford Hall 212 (LOC 7047).

Aspiring filmmakers have an opportunity to enter the Cell Film Festival contest through March 3. Open to all students, faculty, and staff of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music, films must be made entirely on cell phones. Winning films and runners-up in each category will be featured at the Cell Film Festival and Awards Ceremony on March 24 during the Baker-Nord Center's Humanities Week 2008.

For Faculty & Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder invites nominations of non-faculty university staff members for the President's Award for Staff Excellence. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors with whom they come into contact. Nominations may come from any staff or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council is facilitating the nomination process. Honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, and their names will engraved on a plaque. Recipients will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon in June. Nominations are due by April 15. To request a nomination form, send e-mail to Patsy Harris.

For Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admission seeks rising juniors and seniors to join the team as paid interns for the 2008-2009 academic year. Responsibilities include interviewing prospective students and co-presenting admission information sessions. Applications, instructions and copies of the job description are available in the first-floor reception area in Tomlinson Hall. Completed applications are due by February 28. For questions, contact Christine DeSalvo Miller.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is hosting its "ACM Spot Night" from 6-9 p.m., February 2. There will be pizza, drinks and the chance to play an assortment of popular video games including Halo 3 and Super Smash Brothers Melee.


Urban Elementz, the university's hip hop dance team, and the Undergraduate Student Government are co-hosting a Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Patrick Chen, founder/creator of Dance 2XS Inc. and creator and producer of Project Element 2007, which has worked with entertainer Justin Timberlake's tour. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m., February 2 in Carlton Commons. Cost is $15 before January 26, $20 after and at the door. Register at the Urban Elementz MySpace page.

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


Kenneth A. Basch, who has led Case Western Reserve University through one of its greatest periods of campus growth, is taking on a new challenge -- at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Basch, vice president for campus planning and operations since 2002, will become the executive director of Wake Forest properties. In his new position, Basch will manage Wake Forest's off-campus commercial, retail and residential real estate. Read more.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) recently announced that Case Western Reserve University head wrestling coach Bob Del Rosa has been named a recipient of the 2006-07 NWCA Robert Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for Division III. The award is presented each year to outstanding coaches for exceptional team academics, and to those who are role models for student-athletes. Read more.

Louis B. Rice

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine professor Louis B. Rice to chair its fledgling Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section. Rice says that the study section was created by the NIH to bring attention to the issue of drug-resistant microbes and the creation of new drugs and agents for treatment. Read more.

January 25, 2008

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Case in the News

Virology: The battle within, January 23, 2008 (subscription required)
Viral and microbial interactions within living tissues are more complex than previously thought. This article, which includes comments from Michael Lederman, director of the Center for AIDS Research at Case Western Reserve University, explores whether a periodic table of the infectious could help sort out the problems.

Getting back to reality

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 21, 2008 (subscription required)
Among Northeast Ohio programs, it is not unusual for local businesses to benefit from the work of MBA students -- and vice versa. As part of the MBA program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, students are required to participate in so-called action learning courses, said Julia Grant, associate dean at Weatherhead.

St. Louis biomed investment nearly triples to $57M

Charlotte Bizjournals, January 21, 2008
The St. Louis region almost tripled the amount of venture capital received when compared to 2006, according to the 2007 Midwest Health Care Venture Investment Report. The report is released annually by BioEnterprise, a Cleveland-based collaborative set up to grow health-care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Partners include Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Senators scrutinize well-endowed colleges

Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2008
Leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Thursday asked the 136 colleges with the largest endowments for a wealth of data and analysis about how they set tuition prices, mete out financial aid, and manage their endowments.

Energy in the dorms

Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2008
While students are behind many of the large-scale environmental projects at colleges across the country, are there aspects of their everyday routines that they're less enthusiastic to change in the name of energy conservation?

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