School of Medicine Faculty Recognized with Scholarship in Teaching Awards


The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine recently presented dozens of faculty members with Scholarship in Teaching Awards.

A total of 39 faculty members received the awards, which are designed to recognize faculty contribution to education from the preceding year, and to promote teaching as a scholarly activity. The winners distinguished themselves for their positive impact on medical education and the careers of their students.

The awards were presented at the School of Medicine's Annual Education Retreat last week. Nominations are externally peer reviewed by more than 25 international medical schools. Read more.

University Plan Forums Continue February 19 and 20


The University Plan Steering Committee will host two open forums this week so that students can offer comments and ask questions about the university's emerging goals and priorities. Sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 19 in Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Library, and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., February 20 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Faculty, staff, alumni and members of the university community who were unable to attend previous forums are invited to attend either session. Cookies and coffee will be available at both forums.

Black Box Brings Attention to Energy Usage on Campus


By now, most of the campus community has probably seen the large black box near the Binary Walkway.

The mysterious black box -- scheduled to remain in place until tomorrow -- is a representation of the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere from approximately 250 hours of laptop usage. The project is a joint collaboration between the university's sustainability group and ΔE (pronounced 'deltaE'), an undergraduate club aimed at making positive changes in campus energy consumption. ΔE and the sustainability group encourage small steps to make an environmental difference. Read more.

Campus News

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) has Ohio tax forms available for pickup in the library lobby. In addition, faculty, staff and students can find convenient links to download federal and municipal forms, local sites for other paper forms and helpful phone numbers and tax stats on a Web page created by KSL's government documents department. Details are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on "Bridging the Judgment Gap" from noon to 1 p.m., February 21, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Discussion will focus on the understanding and concept of knowledge from both a faculty and student perspective. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

The premedical chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical fraternity is sponsoring an etiquette dinner at That Place on Bellflower beginning at 7 p.m., February 29. Participants will gain valuable knowledge about basic dinner-meeting etiquette for dinner interviews or business meetings. Tickets are $20, which includes the etiquette lesson plus a three-course meal with choice of entree and dessert. Tickets will be sold in Nord Hall February 19 and 20, and CaseCash will be accepted.  For information, send e-mail to the fraternity.

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.


Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Cleveland Institute of Art are co-sponsoring "Positioning the Real: The Authentic Artifice," an exhibition curated by Paula Burleigh, art history and art graduate student. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., February 27 at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300. Free, open to the public. For information, call (216) 615-7183.

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February 18, 2008

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Case in the News

University Circle called engine of growth in Cleveland, region

The Plain Dealer, February 17, 2008
In an op-ed piece, a reporter writes that in a new economy, places that turn brainpower and creativity into new business -- such as University Circle -- are vital. Jobs and fledgling companies are resulting from research at Case Western Reserve University and area hospitals.

'08 may prove to be a watershed year in large-scale physics

Arizona Daily Star, February 16, 2008
Physics experts and researchers who gathered during an annual symposium suggest that 2008 will be an exciting year for particle physics. Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

Alcohol hand rubs not enough to curb hospital infections

Port Clinton News Herald, February 17, 2008
Making alcohol-based hand gels common and accessible in hospitals cuts the amount of microbes on the hands of nursing staff, but it does not cut the rates of certain infections, according to a recent study. However, another study found that health care workers who washed their hands more than 10 times a day were at increased risk of irritant contact dermatitis. Susan Nedorost, lead author of one of the studies and an associate professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Police: Heroin bust not indicative of school drug use

Port Clinton News Herald, February 17, 2008
Police say student arrests at a suburban Cleveland high school during a heroin bust do not indicate a widespread heroin abuse problem among teens in Cuyahoga County. A recent survey conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health at Case Western Reserve University is cited.

Higher Ed News

Philadelphia creates college access center to boost number of degrees in city

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 18, 2008
As Philadelphia seeks to replace manufacturing jobs lost over the past half-century, officials hope a more educated populace will attract employers that pay better wages for skilled workers.

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