Commencement 2008

Arthur H. Heuer, Winner of 2008 Hovorka Prize, Is a World Leader in Teaching and Research

Arthur H. Heuer

With almost 500 publications to his credit, Case Western Reserve University's Arthur H. Heuer is a leading researcher in his field, having pioneered studies in transformation toughening of ceramics, the application of electron microscopy to engineering ceramics, biological ceramics, materials science of MEMS and paraequilibrium carburization of stainless steels. Heuer is known as "Dr. Zirconia" for his work on transformation toughening of zirconia-based ceramics. His research, conducted with Arnold Caplan, on the structure of eggshells and mollusk shells, has broken new ground in applying materials science to understanding biological structures. Both the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Louvre in Paris have called upon Heuer's expertise to characterize the Renaissance ceramics in their collections.

For those and many other scholarly reasons, Heuer, University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was named recipient of the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, one of the highest honors a university faculty member can receive. Heuer will receive the award at Case Western Reserve's commencement ceremonies on May 18. Read more.

Clifford Harding Appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology

Clifford Harding

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine recently announced the appointment of Clifford Harding as interim chair of the Department of Pathology at the university and Case Medical Center, a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals (UH).

Harding is well known to faculty and staff, having been part of the School of Medicine and UH community for 15 years. He has been director of the Medical Scientist Training Program since 2001. Read more.

Campus News

Campus Summer Barbecues on the Crawford Deck return for five weeks June 11 through July 19. The campus community is invited to purchase the new "Five for $35" barbecue card, good for five admissions to the summer barbecues, with a savings of $4.75. Cards can be purchased through June 11 at Pura Vida in Thwing Center, Tomlinson Marketplace, Access Services, and at the first barbecue. The card includes the main meal, beverage of the day and dessert. Bottled water and sodas are extra. The card is redeemable at Tomlinson Hall in the event of rain. Sponsored by Bon Appétit, Campus Services, the Office of Summer Programs, and the Office of Student Activities.


The online survey regarding the interest level for child care services on campus is open until May 16. Those who have not yet responded are being asked to take a few minutes to complete the online survey.

Campus community members who provide care at home for family members with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia are invited to participate in the Caregiver Knowledge and Skills Project. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Case Medical Center -- a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals -- are conducting the research project with the goal of learning how best to help family members increase their caregiving knowledge and skills. The study involves participating in workshop sessions with other family caregivers and follow-up programs designed to extend and enhance the benefits of the workshop. Participants will be asked to answer questions periodically about their well being, their experiences with and attitudes toward caregiving, and their opinions about the project. There is no cost to participate. For complete details, contact Nancy Catalani via e-mail, or by phone at (216) 844-6357.

The Case Chinese Students and Scholars Association is collecting donations of cash and personal checks for people suffering from the May 12 earthquake disaster in China. The funds will be used to support shelter, food and medicine. Donations will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16 in the Nord Hall atrium. The group plans to transfer the contributions to a nonprofit organization that will then forward the funds on to the Chinese Red Cross Association.

For Faculty and Staff

Procurement and Distribution Services is reminding departments with blanket Purchase Orders (PO) to review the ones which are currently open, and to evaluate departmental needs for fiscal year 2008-09. If a department needs to cancel an existing blanket PO or regular PO, e-mail the customer care team. Requisitions for new blanket Purchase Orders for fiscal year 2008-09 should be entered into Peoplesoft beginning July 1. For questions, call the customer care team at 368-2560.

For Students


Mobile Discovery is offering a rebate on diploma frames and sweatshirts purchased at Case Western Reserve.

Students can collect up to $50 in mobile rebates by using their cell phones to scan 2D codes appearing in print media such as the student newspaper, campus posters and fliers. Read more.


Those unable to attend the May 18 commencement ceremonies who would like to hear keynote speaker Craig Newmark in person have another opportunity. TechSync is hosting a talk with him at 5 p.m., May 17 at The Forum, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street. Tickets are $40 for the general public. TechSync will reserve a handful of free tickets for students on a first come, first served basis. Students should send an e-mail to Nikki DiFilippo if interested.

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.

In Memoriam

Richard G. "Dick" Howe, who was part of the Case Western Reserve family for 48 years, recently died at the age of 77. His last position at the university was as a technical supervisor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he had worked since joining the university. In 1992, he was a recipient of the President's Award for Staff Excellence.

May 15, 2008

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Case in the News

Students are getting a say in commencement speakers

USA TODAY, May 14, 2008
TV celebrities and public officials are popular speakers at commencement ceremonies this year as colleges increasingly cater to student interests. TV mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will speak at Stanford University, the University of Delaware has baseball star Cal Ripken Jr., and Case Western Reserve University will host Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark.

McCain making repeat trips to swing state Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal, May 14, 2008
John McCain hasn't been afraid of touchy political topics on recent stops to Ohio, a crucial swing state. McCain, the Republican nominee for president, planned to make brief remarks about green technology in Columbus Wednesday before a fundraiser at a private club. Joe White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland Clinic's Medical School to offer tuition-free education

Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2008
The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University will announce today that beginning in July, all incoming students will be awarded full scholarships to cover their estimated $43,500 tuition. The school will reduce by half whatever portion of the tuition current students are paying, after accounting for financial aid. Related article.

Cashless colleges: Student IDs turn into payment systems, May 13, 2008
Student ID cards open doors to dorms and labs, earn discounts with local merchants, sub-in for loose change at vending and copy machines, and even help with the laundry. Several schools, including the University of Alabama, Case Western Reserve University and Duke University, are using kiosks that allow students to custom order food and pay with a swipe of their ID cards.

Higher Ed News

How states make use (or not) of community colleges

Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2008
A study being released today by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government highlights vast differences in the way states make use of and support their community colleges.

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