Dental Medicine Alumnus Last Survivor of First Medical/Dental Responders in World War II

Edward Ferreri

At the dawn of World War II, approximately 200 members of the Cleveland medical, dental and nursing community left their homes at a moment's notice to answer their country's call. The only medical/dental corps survivor, Edward Ferreri, D.D.S., '40, was deployed in early 1942 with other members of the 4th General Hospital—Lakeside Unit.

While Ferreri and his colleagues had to mobilize quickly, formation of the unit was hardly slap-dash. In the spring of 1940, Western Reserve University (WRU) School of Medicine Dean Torald Sollman, M.D. received a letter from the U.S. Surgeon General requesting the establishment of a medical unit staffed by medical school faculty and associated hospitals.

"The Cleveland doctors were the first in World War I, and they did such a good job that the government asked them to serve in World War II," Ferreri said. Read more.

School of Medicine Dean Awarded the American Medical Student Association's Raising Our Voices Award


Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., and dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will be presented with a Raising Our Voices Award by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). The honor recognizes distinguished women who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of medicine.

Case Western Reserve's AMSA chapter was the impetus behind Davis' nomination. The spirit of the award acknowledges not only her many academic successes -- as both an accomplished physician and researcher -- but also highlights her as a role model to both female and male medical students. According to the nominating students, Davis is recognized as a significant contributor in changing the face of medicine.

Of the 129 medical school deans in the country, Davis is one of only 17 women in the position. The award will be given at AMSA's annual convention in Houston. Read more.

Campus News

The American Red Cross is hosting two campus blood drives on March 20: Wade Commons from noon to 4 p.m., and in Fribley Commons from 2-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go online and enter sponsor code CaseWestern.

The Schubert Center for Child Studies invites the campus community to attend a presentation entitled "Intelligence and Race: A Theory of Intelligence as Processing" by Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, beginning at 11:45 a.m., March 18 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. A light lunch will be provided. For information, go to the Schubert Center's Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity continues its Spring Diversity Workshop Series with "The Unspoken Culture of Gender" from noon to 1 p.m., March 20 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The session will explore differences in cross-gender communication, and participants will be provided with tools to effectively manage communication differences in the workplace. The program will be facilitated by John Clochesy, Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education and director of student services and the Learning Resource Center at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. To register, e-mail Erica Merritt or call 368-4786

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership invites all university staff and faculty to attend the Emerging Leaders Program Graduation Reception & Ceremony from 4:30-6 p.m., March 19 in Thwing Center's ballroom. The event will celebrate 80 students who are graduating from the program. RSVP online by March 18.

For Students

Undergraduate students who have participated in undergraduate research, a creative project and/or a capstone experience during the past 12 months are invited to present their research at the Intersections: SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session on April 18. The deadline to register and submit an abstract is March 21. Students who completed their work off campus at another institution also are invited to register.


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning administers Case SERVES, a program that offers students the opportunity to participate in community service activities every Monday through Thursday. Case SERVES provides transportation to sites, and volunteer activities include helping the Cleveland Foodbank, tutoring children, and working with the elderly. Go online to sign up for activities and for more information.


Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison, an internationally recognized psychologist and author of An Unquiet Mind, is the keynote speaker for the university's 2008 Distinguished Lecture Series. Her talk, "Creativity and Madness," begins at 5:30 p.m., March 18 at Severance Hall. Free and open to the public; registration is encouraged. During the talk, Redfield Jamison is expected to offer a message of encouragement for those challenged with the mood swings of bipolar disorder, and she will explore the psychological disorder's impact on the daily lives of individuals and how it has resulted in the creation of art. Related article.

The annual "That Takes Ovaries!" showcase begins at 8 p.m., March 19 at Arabica Coffee House, 11300 Juniper Road. The open mic night will feature bold females who will share their personal tales of how they defied racism, sexism, classism and more, and the audience is invited to share their stories. Dessert and coffee will be provided. For questions, send e-mail to Katie Hanna. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

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March 17, 2008

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Case in the News

Editorial: Maltz Foundation grant is an energy boost for Case, Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2008
In an editorial, the newspaper staff writes that with their $2 million grant to Case Western Reserve University's energy innovation institute, Tamar and Milton Maltz just helped vault Cleveland ahead of the game in attracting top-flight academic talent. Related article.

Turning your small business into a corporation

U.S. News & World Report, March 14, 2008
March 17 is the deadline for corporate tax returns. That's a date that unfortunately will pass without notice by many of the country's small-business people. The article cites research from Scott Shane, economics professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Anxiety helps elderly women live longer

Washington Post, March 14, 2008
Higher anxiety levels may help elderly women live longer, but may harm older men, U.S. research shows. A team at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University followed 1,000 seniors in three Florida retirement communities for up to 15 years.

Battling malaria

WCPN, March 11, 2008
Science has been fighting malaria for years, yet it's still the leading killer of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Case Western Reserve University's Center for Global Health and Disease's Peter Zimmerman, associate professor, and Moses Bockarie, visiting professor, discussed the topic on the Sound of Ideas radio program.

Higher Ed News

Colleges' debit-card deals draw scrutiny

USA TODAY, March 12, 2008
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who investigated the student-loan industry last year, has begun examining debit card relationships between colleges and banks.

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