President Snyder: Goldberg to Return to Deanship, University to Search for New Provost

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

Interim Provost Jerry Goldberg has decided to return full-time to the School of Dental Medicine this summer.


Often referred to as the "Dean of the Deans," Jerry has been an invaluable partner since I started as president. His deep knowledge of this institution, coupled with his thoughtful approach to issues, have informed my work and helped our entire administration tackle challenges more effectively. We will miss his leadership in the Office of the Provost, but understand that his heart and passion rest squarely in dentistry. The school will be lucky to have his full energies once again.

I plan to launch a national search to fill the position of provost, and promise to update the community shortly regarding the process we will follow.


Meanwhile, Jerry will continue as interim provost, with all of the authority and responsibility of that position. He also remains the leader of our strategic planning initiative, an effort vital to our future as a university. His work in all regards has been exemplary; widespread campus participation in the strategic plan so far is in part a testament to the respect so many of us have for him.

A member of our faculty since 1974, Jerry can claim a long list of great acts of service to Case Western Reserve University. His willingness to take on the role of interim provost this year is among the most remarkable, but likely surprised few who know his character and commitment to this institution. I am deeply grateful to Jerry for his contributions to date, and look forward to many more in the coming months. Please join me in thanking him.


Barbara R. Snyder

Mather Dance Center Turns 100, Plans Celebration February 4-10


For 100 years, the sounds of dancing feet have echoed across the floors of Case Western Reserve University's Mather Dance Center (formerly the Mather Gymnasium of the former Flora Stone Mather College for Women).

This year the center will celebrate its centennial anniversary February 4-10 with the return of notable alumni to participate in dance concerts, master classes, workshops, seminars, galas and more.

In addition, the public is invited to attend free 90-minute master classes on various dance topics.

Read more.

Campus News


Have a unique talent or passion to share? Consider creating and teaching a course for the spring semester SatCo (Saturday College), being held March 1 and 2. SatCo classes are designed to be fun, non-credit, non-tuition courses open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members. Previous classes have included dancing lessons, cooking, rock climbing and more. Submit a proposal online by February 4.

The Fitness/Wellness Program at Veale Center is offering a six-week Kundalini Yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. beginning January 29 in the multipurpose room. Registration forms are available online. For more information, contact Mina Moore via e-mail.

University Health Service is offering walk-in influenza vaccines for the campus community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., January 29 and 31 at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women conference room, Thwing Center, Room 303. Bring Case identification card and $10 payable in cash or check. For more information, call 368-4539.

For Faculty & Staff

Changes to the Accounts Payable "Payment Request" will go into effect February 4. For more information, go to the Accounts Payable Web site.

For Students

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is accepting applications until April 15 for open positions in the master of science degree in clinical research. The primary goal of this program is to develop a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia and industry through the combination of formal didactic education and individualized research programs, including mentoring from a member of the CRSP faculty and the student's research project adviser. Read more for a description of the program. For questions, send e-mail to Carol Tolin.

Upcoming Career Center events: Transferring Your Leadership Skills to Your Résumé from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., January 29 at the Wickenden Building, Room 301. This workshop will help students pull out leadership skills from a summer job, volunteer work, research and study abroad experiences for résumés. And during the How to Research Employers & Career Fields workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., January 30, students will be introduced to strategies for researching employers and career fields for both internships and full-time positions using Career Center resources.

WRUW 91.FM will hold another information session at 7 tonight in Mather Memorial, Room 225 for students interested in becoming DJs and playing music on air.


The Cleveland Museum of Natural History -- which hosts several Case Western Reserve anthropology faculty as curators -- is presenting a Mexican Cultural Festival from noon to 4 p.m., February 10. The event will celebrate ties between Northeast Ohio and Mexico. Activities will include chia planting, making corn dolls , the evolution of chocolate, dancers, guest speakers, artists and music. For details, contact Case anthropology student and museum intern Sarah Robinson.

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.

January 28, 2008

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Cleveland Clinic, Case research on macular degeneration gives hope

The Plain Dealer, January 27, 2008
With the help of laboratory mice, a team of eye researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has triggered the pivotal moments that jump-start a common form of blindness in the elderly. Robert Salomon, a chemistry professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, was instrumental in creating the recipe that led to today's advance.

Where's The Beef?

The New Republic, January 28, 2008
In a news opinion piece, authors of a new book note that several conservatives have embraced their critique of approaches to climate change that focus solely on pollution regulation. They cite Case Western Reserve University's Jonathan Adler, who agrees with some but not all of their views.

Win, place, or cell

The Scientist, January 25, 2008
Can a company harness stem cells to treat injured horses? Since being founded in 2002, Vet-Stem has treated almost 3,000 horses. The original idea behind using stem cells was that they would differentiate into tendon and ligament cells. That's proven wrong, says Vet-Stem advisory board member Arnold Caplan, a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Plea bargaining: Judge takes on law enforcement chiefs, prosecutors

The Morning Journal, January 27, 2008
Kevin McMunigal, the Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, provides insight for a story about an Oberlin, Ohio area judge taking on law enforcement chiefs and prosecutors

Higher Ed News

Combining first-year engagement and civic engagement

Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2008
For experts on the undergraduate curriculum and student life, two areas of focus in recent years have been the first-year experience and civic engagement. While frequently talked about in separate conversations, speakers at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Saturday said that combining these two efforts made them both more successful.

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