Will Commitment to Endow Chemistry Professorship at Case Western Reserve


Gilles Klopman, the Charles F. Mabery Professor Emeritus of Research in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and president and CEO of Beachwood, Ohio-based MultiCASE, Inc., has made a seven-figure will commitment to the chemistry department in Case Western Reserve's College of Arts and Sciences.

Klopman's bequest will endow a professorship in chemistry as well as two prizes -- one for faculty and one for undergraduates -- in the name of Klopman and his wife, Malvina.

"Gilles Klopman's promised gift reflects his lifelong dedication to Case Western Reserve University, and he serves as a role model to other faculty members," said Cyrus C. Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Referring to the chemistry prizes that the bequest will support, the dean continued, "We are pleased to know that additional resources will be available to showcase our chemistry faculty and students for years to come." Read more.

Campus Departments Can Earn Grants for Videoconferencing Equipment

Videoconferencing offers countless opportunities for Case Western Reserve University departments: Meetings involving participants from different geographic locations; interviews with potential faculty or businesses outside of the Cleveland area; and distance learning, research and project collaboration, just to name a few. However, one of the barriers to videoconferencing technology is cost. Taking note of this issue, the university's Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group is offering campus departments the opportunity to apply for Videoconferencing Opportunity Grants.

The department has set aside funds to support five turnkey systems, meaning the equipment will arrive as a fully functional videoconferencing system. ITAC\MediaVision will not only provide the technology, they will offer technical assistance as well. The value of each award is approximately $14,000, which includes a 50" flat-panel display, a high-definition videoconferencing appliance and universal remote control pre-wired into a cabinet. The videoconferencing connection operates over the campus IP network. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics presents its Human Research Compliance Seminar from noon to 2 p.m., April 15 at the School of Medicine, Room E501. The guest speaker is Mark Barnes, who is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the field of human research compliance.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting a study on appetite and food preoccupation in order to understand what areas of the brain are involved in eating and food motivation. Overweight, healthy volunteers are needed to help the researchers understand normal brain processes in response to viewing food cues. Children and adults ages 12 to 35 are invited to participate. Lunch will be provided, and individuals will be compensated for participation in a four-hour study. For information, contact Brian Fishman at 368-0112.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is once again offering its successful weight loss programs Choose to Lose and Take it Off. New sessions begin April 21. Certified trainers will help participants reach their weight loss goals in time for summer. The campus community is invited to join with a friend, or with their departments for added motivation. For information, go online or call 368-1121.

The Weatherhead School of Management invites the campus community to celebrate the appointment of Professor Richard Boyatzis to the H.R. Horvitz Professorship in Family Business from 4-6 p.m., April 16 at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. RSVP's are due today online or by calling Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 14 in Nord Hall. To make an appointment, go online and enter sponsor code CaseWestern.

For Faculty and Staff

Applications are being accepted for the Staff Advisory Council's Staff Educational Enhancement Fund for summer 2008. Funds can be used for textbooks, online courses, certification, training sessions, conferences, conventions, professional association meetings and workshops that are not funded under regular university benefits. Funds may not be used for travel-related expenses (food, transportation, lodging, etc.). Applications must be submitted by May 1 to Kathleen Dowdell or Kathleen O' Linn.

Nominations of non-faculty university staff members are due by April 15 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. To request a nomination form, send e-mail to Patsy Harris.

For Students

The Pre-Dental Society will host Philip Aftoora, director of student services at the School of Dental Medicine, at 2 p.m., April 20 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. He will discuss how to craft personal statements and résumés for dental school. For information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.

The SAGES Peer Writing Crew is available to help undergraduates improve their writing. Students can make appointments through TutorTrac.



The Norman Wain Distinguished Journalist speakers series continues from 6:30-8 p.m., April 16 with Ian Frazier, an American writer and humorist. In his nonfiction books such as Great Plains, Family, and On the Rez, Frazier combines first-person narrative with in-depth research on topics including American history, Native Americans and fishing and the outdoors.

The university's Asian Pacific American Student Medical Association invites the campus community to attend its annual regional conference April 26 at the Wolstein Research Building. This year's theme is "Model Minority, Model Health? Exploring Asian American Identities in Medicine." Read more for details about sessions, speakers and registration fees.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Cleveland Clinic physicians Susan Joy and Lisa Yerian on the topic of "How Nutritious Are Nutritional Supplements?" beginning at 7 p.m., April 14 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. in Cleveland.

The university's Engineers Without Borders and Student Movement for Real Change groups are co-hosting Majagua, a dinner and entertainment event to highlight and raise money for these organizations' global clean water efforts, from 7-11 p.m., April 12 in Thwing Center's ballroom. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for students, $20 for the general public.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al

Michael Weiss, professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry, recently had his paper "Design of an active ultra-stable single-chain insulin analog. Synthesis, structure, and therapeutic implications," selected as a Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) "Paper of the Week." This is the second "Paper of the Week" for the department this year; an article written by Professor Richard Hanson also was selected for the honor. According to the JBC, its editorial board members and associate editors select papers that rank in the top one percent of papers they will review in a year.


Alison Steiber, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, has received the National Kidney Foundation's Joel D. Kopple Award. The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of renal nutrition, and is based on achievements affecting renal nutrition practices and goals in the fields of legislation, clinical practice, education and research.

Bon Appétit, the university's food services provider, recently announced that Jim O'Brien is the new resident district manager for Case Western Reserve University. Dan Farrell has been promoted to district manager for Bon Appétit Ohio, with the university as his primary account. Both will continue to be actively involved with customer service on campus.

April 11, 2008

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Case in the News

Kent business center could create 400 jobs

Ravenna Record Courier, April 10, 2008
A new business technology and entrepreneur center proposed for a former railroad yard in Kent, Ohio could create 350 to 400 new jobs. Those throwing their support behind the project included Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University.

New debate on human test of stem cells

WebMD, April 10, 2008
While politicians battle over where to set limits for human embryonic stem cell studies, regulators are mulling where it should set scientific limits on the promising but controversial research. Stanton Gerson, a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Researcher believes Underground Railroad ran through city

Twinsburg Bulletin, April 9, 2008
Nick Wing, a Case Western Reserve University student and Twinsburg, Ohio resident, is researching if his city has a connection to the Underground Railroad. He is working with the Twinsburg Historical Society.

Finely tuned player

The News-Herald, April 11, 2008
Profile story on the Smetona family and their diverse talents. The story includes information about Joe and John Smetona, both of whom are students who play tennis at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Division IV is dead

Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2008
After months of discussion and debate, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has for now killed the idea of adding a fourth competitive division to accommodate the increasingly divergent views among officials of the 442 colleges that belong to its nonscholarship Division III.

U. of Houston study: Students in 'hybrid' course got better grades

Chronicle of Higher Ed News Blog, April 9, 2008
A University of Houston professor found that students in a"hybrid" version of his course, which involved an online component, got better grades than students who took the course in a more traditional, offline format.

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