Case Western Reserve Professor Honored for Decades of Work in Global Child Health

olness.jpg The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Rainbow Center for International Health continue to provide their expertise in pediatric medicine through a program that attracts top medical residents to Cleveland as well as sends them beyond American borders to participate in international pediatric residency programs.

Karen N. Olness, a professor of pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, launched the Rainbow Center for Global Child Health (RCGCH) in 1987 and is recognized as a world leader in the fields of global child health, pediatric disaster relief and behavioral pediatrics. The RCGCH was the first center for international child health established in the nation. It provides a unique opportunity for pediatricians to learn about and experience the challenges of global child health and to make a positive difference, particularly for children born in underdeveloped countries.

Olness recently visited the Lao Medical School and Khon Kaen University (KKU) in Thailand to meet with faculty, students and administrators. While there, she accepted a KKU honorary degree from a Thai princess. Read more.

University Plan Open Forums to be Held in May

As the University Plan approaches completion, the plan Steering Committee will hold several open forums in early May to provide all campus constituents the opportunity to comment in general, and more specifically to provide input into refining the action steps to carry out strategic initiatives. The forums and their targeted audiences are:

Session I: Faculty
Wednesday, May 7 from 3:30–5 p.m.

Session II: Staff and Students
Thursday, May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Session III: Faculty, Staff and Students
Thursday, May 8 from 5–6:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Campus members unable to attend their specific forums are invited to attend any of the sessions. Additional information is available on the University Plan Web site.

Campus News

Marsha PyleThe School of Dental Medicine will host its Gala Awards Dinner honoring the 2008 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Marsha Pyle, D.D.S. M.Ed. '84, and Ronald P. Lemmo, D.D.S. '84. The dinner, begins at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in the Ambassador Room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland during the school's Reunion Weekend. Register via e-mail by May 9 or call 368-3480. Cost is $80.

WVIZ/ideastream, Channel 25, plans to rebroadcast the Feagler & Friends show featuring Case Western Reserve University Barbara R. Snyder at 11:30 a.m., May 11. The broadcast introduces the Cleveland community to Snyder, along with two other new local college presidents: Michael Victor of Lake Erie College and Marvin Krislov of Oberlin College.

For Faculty and Staff

The on-line course evaluation system for undergraduate, graduate and nursing courses is open for student input up through April 30. Faculty are reminded to encourage their students to complete course evaluations on-line. By logging into the MyCase portal, and using the "Course-evaluation Results" hyperlinks under the Faculty tab, faculty members can monitor the response rates for their courses. Alternately, faculty may access the system directly by using as the URL. Course evaluation results will be available in raw form starting on May 12.

Roy Ritzmann, professor of biology and neurosciences, won the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore's recent faculty textbook order contest.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities announces opportunities for research support for the 2008-09 academic year for arts and humanities faculty. Awards include Faculty Seminar Fellowships, Research Working Group awards, Digital Technology grants, and foreign travel to conferences and research collections. There are various application deadlines, the first of which is April 28. Go online for guidelines and application forms. For information, call 368-8961.

For Students

The Observer is looking to fill several undergraduate staff positions for the 2008-09 academic year. If interested in being an illustrations editor or business assistant, send an e-mail to the newspaper's staff.

2syclogo.jpgThe Second Year Celebration will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m., April 28 in Carlton Commons. The annual celebration marks the halfway point of students' undergraduate careers. All second-year undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited. The event will feature food, beverages and the chance to win door prizes. A Greenie shuttle will operate continuously from 4-7 p.m. in front of Adelbert Hall and Clarke Tower Residence Hall to take people to and from the event.


The Case Cooperation Circle, an undergraduate interfaith discussion group, is hosting an Interfaith Seder beginning at 1 p.m., April 27 at the Hillel Student Center. The traditional Jewish meal will include kosher for Passover food, and discussions about present and past social justice issues both today and in the past. RSVP's are recommended.

The School of Medicine's Dean Pamela Davis and the Department of Pharmacology are hosting the Annual Scientific Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 30 at the Wolstein Research Building's auditorium. The keynote speaker is Aaron Ciechanover, a physician and the 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. There will be six presentations throughout the day, and Ciechanover will speak on the topic of "The Ubiquitin Protoelytic System: From Basic Mechanisms thru Human Diseases and onto Drug Targeting." For information, go online or call 368-5996.

Improvment.jpgIMPROVment, the university's short-form improv comedy troupe, is hosting its year-end show from 8-10 p.m., April 29 at Strosacker Auditorium. Free.

A Symphonic Winds Chamber Music concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., April 28 at Harkness Chapel. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Read more for upcoming music events.

Under the direction of Rob Dunn, the Case Concert Choir will present its Spring Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., April 26 at Harkness Chapel. The group will perform a variety of works by Harry Belafonte, Randall Thompson, Rosephanye Powell, Frank Martin, James Mulholland, the Real Group and more. The free concert will last about an hour.

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.

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Student Award WinnersDozens of Case Western Reserve students were honored recently at the Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards. The program honors outstanding undergraduate student leaders. View a complete list of 2007-2008 winners.

Olivia Corey, a German studies major who is also studying civil engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. She will be researching the development and use of construction materials out of bio-based raw materials such as wood, straw and rice. She also will concentrate on the modification of building materials to improve energy efficiency.

PBS will broadcast The Return of the Cuyahoga throughout the weekend. The documentary features research from Case Western Reserve's Jonathan Adler, a law professor, and John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor in Applied History. View the schedule of air dates.

George Kikano, Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor and chair of Department of Family Medicine, is scheduled to receive the Charles H. Hudson, M.D. Service Award this evening from the Academy of Medicine.

bhangra.jpg Spartan Bhangra, the university's Bhangra team, placed first and won the Desi Hungama intercollegiate competition that was held earlier this month in New York. Bhangra is an energetic form of dancing originating in Punjab, India. They are the first Indian dance team from the university to win an intercollegiate dance competition.

April 25, 2008

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Case in the News

Ohio anti-cloning bill runs into stiff opposition

Canton Repository, April 24, 2008
A proposed ban on human cloning, which appeared ready to clear a Senate committee last week, has been slowed by the complex debate among lawmakers trying to balance medical ethics and Ohio's economic development. Banning cloned embryos, and the stem cells that come from them, could snuff out promising future research. Stan Gerson, director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, whose founding partners include Case Western Reserve University. comments.

Brain disease studied at the atomic level

United Press International, April 24, 2008
U.S. scientists say they have, for the first time, inspected the atomic level of the protein that causes hereditary cerebral amyloid angiopathy. The research that included scientists at Case Western Reserve University, appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Physicists begin their portion of science workshop

Rapid City Journal, April 24, 2008
Physicists have started discussions about possible experiments for a Black Hills underground science laboratory. The Large Underground Xenon detector experiment -- or LUX -- is a collaboration between Tom Shutt of Case Western Reserve University and researchers at Brown University and the University of California-Davis.

5th Annual CAAO Online Silent Executive Auction

Cleveland d.Business News, April 25, 2008
On Friday, May 10, 2008, the Consortium of African American Organizations will open its 5th Annual Online Silent Executive Auction. Over 50 executives in Northeast Ohio, including Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, are donating their time to entrepreneurs, non-profit executives and those looking to develop their careers.

Higher Ed News

Informal style of electronic messages is showing up in schoolwork, study finds

The New York Times, April 25, 2008
The informality of electronic communications is seeping into schoolwork. About half of 700 students surveyed said they sometimes omitted proper punctuation and capitalization in schoolwork. A quarter said they had used emoticons like smiley faces. About a third said they had used text shortcuts like “LOL” for “laugh out loud.

Colleges create facebook-style social networks to reach alumni

The Chronicle of Higher Education (paid subscription required) April 25, 2008
Trying to emulate the popularity of Web sites like Facebook and MySpace, hundreds of college alumni associations have begun to offer their own online social networks, seeking to stake a claim on the computer screens of current and former students, especially young alumni.

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