Case Western Reserve University to Host Ohio Energy Education Conference


Case Western Reserve University is hosting the Fourth Annual Ohio Energy Education Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 9 at the Millis Science Center.

Mark R. Shanahan, energy adviser to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, will deliver the keynote address at noon. In his role as Strickland's energy adviser, Shanahan, who earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve, is responsible for coordinating state agencies' efforts to develop a comprehensive Ohio energy policy and to implement the governor's order to significantly reduce state agency energy consumption. Read more.

First Relay for Life Nets Doubles its Goal for Funds Raised

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More than 700 participants on 50 different teams representing students, faculty, staff and community members participated in Case Western Reserve University's first Relay For Life—raising more than twice the funds the university targeted.

During the 18-hour event at Case Field, teams collectively raised more than $60,000 in support of the American Cancer Society. The university's goal was $30,000.

Case Western Reserve's Zeta Psi/Phi Mu team raised the most money of any group with a total of more than $4,000, while Amy Willson Delfosse, from the Case Western Reserve medical faculty and staff team, was the top individual fundraiser.

Preparations for the university's 2009 Relay For Life are already underway. Members of the university community interested in participating in the planning process can e-mail

The campus community is invited to view portions of the race on YouTube and CaseTV.

Campus News


The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve are joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health in celebrating National Women's Health Week May 11-17. From 1-5 p.m., May 12, the Free Clinic will hold a Women's Health Fair, where women in the community will be able to attend free workshops on nutrition and get tips for dealing with stress. Learn more.

Nabil Bissada, chair of the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, will present a free continuing education course during the school's Reunion Weekend. His talk, "The Oral-Systemic Connection: A State of the Clinical Science and Dental Practice," will begin at 9 a.m., May 17 in the Plaza Room at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The talk is free, open to the public. Registration is due May 9 via e-mail or by phone at 368-3480.

For Faculty and Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students


The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking current undergraduate students to help with campus tours for six summer open houses to be held on the following Fridays: June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 1, 8 and 15. Tour guides work a full day on these dates and wages start at $10.50 per hour. In addition, there may be opportunities for working at additional admission events on several Saturdays throughout the summer. Enthusiasm for Case is a must. Previous experience in public speaking is preferred but not required. Training will be provided. Contact Judy Weiss for additional information.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Dan Scherson, Charles F. Mabery Professor of Research in the Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve and George Blomgren from Blomgren Consulting Services Ltd. on the topic of What Do Batteries Run On? The Amazing Well-hidden Devices That Power the Portable Electronics Evolution," beginning at 6:30 p.m., May 12 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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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.

May 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Iron 'snow' helps maintain Mercury's magnetic field

Spaceflight Now, May 7, 2008
New scientific evidence suggests that deep inside the planet Mercury, iron "snow" forms and falls toward the center of the planet. In a paper published in the April issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters, Steven Hauck, assistant professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University, along with scientists from the University of Illinois, describe laboratory measurements and models that mimic conditions believed to exist within Mercury's core.

Science Debate 2008 Web site urges candidates to talk about issues

The Plain Dealer, May 8, 2008
Science Debate 2008 is an effort to get candidates to debate science and technology issues before the election. So far, none of the candidates has agreed to it. Physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University was among six founders of the effort.

A medical school dental manual -- in Wiki form

The Plain Dealer, May 8, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine is in the latter stages of a project to build a Wiki version of the school manual. Benjamin Schechter, an assistant professor, started the project and will be discussing it today at Case's Collaboration Technology conference.

Higher Ed News

When FERPA affects IT

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2008
In late March, when the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed changes to regulations that govern the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, most of the attention focused on the latitude granted to college officials for determining in what circumstances and to whom students' information could be disclosed. Since then, both offline and in online list discussions, information technology and network security officers have debated the impact of the rules on more mundane — but potentially just as relevant — functions of colleges' day-to-day operations.

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