Maltz Family Foundation Endows First Energy Professorship at Case Western Reserve


Case Western Reserve University has received a grant of $2 million from the Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland to establish the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professorship in Energy Innovation, the university's first endowed professorship in energy.

As an anchor of the new Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, the professorship serves as the cornerstone for the university's energy program and will provide leadership for the program's academic and research nucleus.

The grant also builds substantially on recent startup funding by the Cleveland Foundation, which provided $3.6 million in December 2007 to support the creation of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation. Read more.

First-year MFA Actors Take Stage in Case-Cleveland Play House Production of Arcadia


Case Western Reserve University's first-year MFA acting students will spend their spring break under the big stage lights readying for opening night March 12, and continuing through March 22 in their first performances as an ensemble class in Tom Stoppard's challenging and complex love story, Arcadia.

Performances will showcase the talents of the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Play House Professional Actor Training Program students at the Brooks Theatre under the direction of Ron Wilson, the program's director and chair of the university's department of theater and dance. Read more.

Campus News


The university will be closed on Friday, March 14 in observance of the spring break holiday. Read more for a list of official campus holidays.

The latest edition of the Legislative and Policy Update is available on the university's Office of Government Relations Web site. The current edition includes policy updates on higher education, budget and appropriations, the National Institutes of Health and more.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to view the new Office of Faculty Diversity Web site, which features information on conducting faculty searches, links to policies, work/life balance resources, information for new faculty, Diversity@Case (links to diversity-focused organizations on campus and readings on diversity) and more.

For Students

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


The Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University is sponsoring an educational series, Diagnostic Dilemmas, to explore the social and cultural controversies in psychiatric diagnosis. The first event, "The Evolving Meanings of Psychiatric Diagnosis," will take an interdisciplinary look at what a diagnosis signifies beginning at 6 p.m., March 20 at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320AB. The target audience includes mental health providers, consumers and people who have an interest in the topic. This program is supported by a grant from the American Psychiatric Association's SAMHSA Minority Fellowship program. Free. Continuing education credits may be available. For information call (216) 844-5059.

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.

March 11, 2008

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Case in the News

Working for nonprofits versus for-profits: Which is for you?

The Plain Dealer March 10, 2008
Is working for a nonprofit organization different than working for a company in the private sector? It is, according to the experts, but perhaps not in the ways you might think. Susan Lajoie Eagan, executive director at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight. Related article.

Parents worry about caffeine in children's drinks

The Plain Dealer March 11, 2008
Sweetened coffee designer drinks aim at the youth market, as do shelves of energy drinks carrying names like Red Bull, Jolt, Shock Wave, Monster Energy, Full Throttle and Rockstar Juiced. Mary Beth Kavanaugh, a registered dietician and instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said researchers know very little about how caffeine affects children.

Sleep tight at night...or risk these problems

Daily Record (UK) March 10, 2008
More than two thirds of people are not getting enough sleep every night according to a new study. Lack of sleep can lead to increases in diabetes, weight gain, traffic accidents and more. The article cites research from Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

The syllabus becomes a repository of legalese

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2008
Increasingly, the contemporary syllabus is becoming more like a legal document, full of all manner of exhortations, proscriptions and enunciations of class and institutional policy -- often in minute detail that seems more appropriate for a courtroom than a classroom.

Snapshots of endowment spending

Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2008
After a U.S. Senate committee required that 136 colleges and universities were required to submit information and data about their endowment and financial aid practices, the information has started to come in. The responses show that many of the institutions are putting significant endowment funds toward need-based financial aid, that large proportions of their endowment funds are restricted for certain purposes and that there is enormous variation in the makeup and uses of the endowments.

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