Third Frontier Commission Awards Research Scholars to Case Western Reserve, Partners

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Case Western Reserve University and its research partners at The Ohio State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, the University of Toledo and Wright State University were awarded nearly $40 million by the state’s Third Frontier Commission through its new Ohio Research Scholars Program.

Case Western Reserve and Kent State University were recommended for nearly $14.4 million in funding for a proposal to establish a research cluster on the science of soft matter interfaces. As a part of this grant, Case Western Reserve will receive one endowed Research Scholar position.

In addition, Case Western Reserve, Ohio State and Wright State University were recommended for more than $24.8 million for a proposal to bring together their universities and nine industrial or health care partners to develop a network of biomedical imaging excellence in Ohio in various areas of health care-related imaging. Case Western Reserve will receive two endowed Research Scholar positions in this area. Read more.

Esther Erb Ready for Last NCAA Run, Awarded Fulbright Assistantship in Austria

Esther Erb

When Esther Erb walks out onto the track in Titan Stadium in Oshkosh, Wis., at the 2008 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships Thursday, May 22, it won't be as a Case Western Reserve University student-athlete—but it will be as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.

Erb, who graduated May 18 with a degree in music and cognitive science, was awarded both an Austrian-American Fulbright Commission English Teaching Assistantship and a Fulbright Commission English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.

In Vienna, Austria, Erb will teach English as a second language [ESL] 12-15 hours a week to area youth in grades 5-13. The fairly light schedule will give her time to dabble in another one of her loves—singing. While abroad she hopes to audition for the Arnold Schernbeck Choir, a famous choir composed of runners who sing German folk songs while running relays in traditional dress throughout agricultural areas of Saxony.

A nine-time national qualifier, Erb also is looking forward to attempting to earn her fifth and sixth All-American honor this weekend in Wisconsin when she participates in the 10,000-meter run Thursday [6:30 p.m.] and the 5,000-meter run Saturday [3:55 p.m.]. Read more.

Campus News

spartanopen.jpg The Case Western Reserve University Athletic Department will host the Fifth Annual Spartan Open golf outing/fundraiser, presented by Bon Appétit, on June 9 at Fowlers Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio. Sponsorships and player information are available online.

The Division of Student Affairs invites campus departments and student groups to submit ideas for the fall 2008 Community Hour, which is held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters. Fill out a brief survey to submit program ideas by August 1. Community Hour topics can range from cultural events to university lectures. Go online for ideas and more information on previous programs.

For Faculty and Staff

In preparation for the go-live of online grading in the Student Information System (SIS), the ERP Training Team will be conducting half-hour information sessions for faculty on how to submit grades via the Grade Roster in the online Faculty Center. The sessions will be held from 2-2:30 p.m., May 28 and 29, in Nord Hall, Room 410. Registration is not required. Training on the Grade Roster will continue throughout the coming terms to coincide with periods when instructors submit grades. For convenience, information on the Grade Roster is available in the SIS Faculty Guide. Instructions for entering grades in SIS are available online as quick reference guides for both instructors and assigned grading proxies. For questions, contact the ERP Training Team via e-mail.

For Students

Bar Code 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. The students can then redeem the promotions with their cell phones at a participating retailer. Read more.


The 62nd Annual Association for Continuing Education Book Sale will take place May 31 and June 1-3 in Adelbert Gym. Books are housed in categories such as fiction, rare and unusual collectibles, humor, literature and more. Donations are welcome from individuals, estates and corporate holdings, and volunteers are always needed. If interested in donating or volunteering, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090.

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.

May 21, 2008

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Case in the News

State grants over $143 million to get top researchers

The Plain Dealer, May 21, 2008
Ohio took steps Tuesday to bolster its economy and the research at its universities, granting more than $143 million to attract world-class scholars. For Northeast Ohio, it means a commitment of more than $73 million to projects that will involve several area colleges, including Case Western Reserve University.

University Circle program to draw homebuyers

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 20, 2008

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The backers of a $4 million program that will provide financial incentives to homebuyers in the University Circle area believe they can attract 750 new homeowners. The money is coming from eight organizations, including Case Western Reserve University.

Rebuilding after a catastrophe

The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2008
Nearly every bulldozer, dump truck and excavator made by Caterpillar Inc. depends on high-pressure couplings that for years were made only in a small factory in Oxford, Miss. It's a high-risk gamble, especially if a catastrophe shuts down part of the production plant. Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

New camera sees "first light" on Burrell Schmidt Telescope, May 20, 2008
Using new instrumentation, Case Western Reserve University astronomers can now view the night sky wider and deeper than before. A new camera installed on the university's Burrell Schmidt telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona will bring into clear view the faint sea of orphan stars strewn throughout the nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies. The design and installation of the new camera system was led by Paul Harding, an astronomer at the university.

Erectile dysfunction often a sign of heart disease, diabetes

U.S. News & World Report, May 19, 2008
Research indicates that erectile dysfunction (ED) can be an early warning sign of coronary artery disease. Recent studies also link ED to diabetes, which has negative effects on cardiovascular health. Allen Seftel, a urologist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

U.S. should look to Europe in quest for accountability, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, May 21, 2008
A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy argues that the United States, in its quest for accountability in academe, could learn a lot from its neighbors in Europe.

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