Engineering Physics Graduate Karen Vaughn Wins NSF Fellowship

Karen Vaughn

Karen Vaughn, who graduated from Case Western Reserve University on May 18, is facing a tough decision. Having received two major awards to support her graduate education at the University of California at Berkeley, she will have to decide between accepting the National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship or the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Both awards support graduate education to help boost the number of people going into the sciences. She joins a group of engineering physics graduates who have received the prestigious NSF honor. Read more.

Wolstein Hall to Serve as New Space for Office of Undergraduate Admission

Wolstein Hall

Case Western Reserve University's Office of Undergraduate Admission is moving to the north side of campus in order to provide a more welcoming experience for prospective students and their parents.

Currently located in Tomlinson Hall on the main Case Quad, undergraduate admission will shift its headquarters closer to the heart of campus later this year—to the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Hall. Read more.

Campus News

The university will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of the the Memorial Day holiday. Case Daily will resume publication on Tuesday, May 27.

As a courtesy to the campus community, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, in conjunction with the Presidential Advisory Council on Minorities, is providing free online subscriptions to Diversity Inc. Details are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC)'s training and development committees are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. SAC members are collecting recipes for a new cookbook, In Case You're Cooking. Read more for information on how to submit recipes.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


Parade the Circle, an interactive community arts event featuring a one-of-a-kind parade, entertainment, food and activities, will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 14.

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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The Art Education and Art Studio Program's Martin Boyle, instructor of color and design, and Judy Flamik, supervisor of art education, secondary student teaching, have completed commissioned designs of two rat sculptures as part of the St.Clair-Superior Development Corporation's public art project in honor of the Chinese Year of the Rat. Details about events and locations of the 28 rat sculptures created by Cleveland artists are available online.

"Electronic structure calculations of liquid-solid interfaces: Combination of density functional theory and modified Poisson-Boltzmann theory,"
co-authored by Alfred B. Anderson, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been accepted for publication in Physical Review B.

In Memoriam

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine lost a valued member of its emeritus faculty with the death of Oscar D. Ratnoff on May 20. A respected colleague and leader in the field of hematology, he left a lasting impression on the School of Medicine community as a premier educator and researcher.

Dr. Ratnoff was the discoverer of factor XII and the co-discoverer of C1 inhibitor and high molecular weight kininogen. In 1964, he and Earl Davie proposed the first cohesive hypothesis of the blood coagulation system that to this day provides the basis of current researchers' understanding of this pathway. He served as chief of hematology and oncology and interim chair of the Department of Medicine of University Hospitals. Considered an outstanding contributor to the field of medicine, he was an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Science.

A dual degree holder from Columbia University, he received an honorary degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1996.

The Ratnoff family will receive friends at their residence, 1801 Chestnut Hill Dr. in Cleveland Heights, from 5-7 p.m. this evening, and from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, May 25. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dr. Oscar D. Ratnoff Research and Education Fund at the School of Medicine.

May 23, 2008

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Case in the News

Physicist, author Lawrence Krauss to leave Case Western Reserve University
The Plain Dealer, May 23, 2008

Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University and a pop-culture icon for his book The Physics of Star Trek, is leaving for Arizona State University. He will lead what's being called an origins institute at ASU, a wide-ranging look at issues such as how human life and the universe originated.

Case Western Reserve, MetroHealth stay aligned

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 22, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University and the MetroHealth System have announced a five-year affiliation agreement that reaffirms their 94-year-old partnership. Related article.

Reports recommend more oral health education in medical schools

Association of American Medical Colleges, May 2008
New reports recommend that the nation's future doctors and dentists work together more closely and receive better training on the connections between oral health and overall well-being. The article references the combined M.D./D.M.D. degree program offered via Case Western Reserve University's medical and dental medicine schools.

Emergency safety repairs were performed on Inner Belt Bridge

The Plain Dealer, May 22, 2008
Almost three dozen bowed and corroded steel plates that help hold together the Inner Belt Bridge have had to be reinforced this year with $2 million in emergency repairs. Arthur Huckelbridge Jr., a civil engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Susie Gharib is TV's real 'Money Honey'

MarketWatch, May 21, 2008
Profile story on Susie Gharib, FSM '72. Gharib, a member of Case Western Reserve University's Board of Trustees, co-anchors the Nightly Business Report on PBS.

Higher Ed News

U.S. tries to free up money for student loans, AP reports

USA TODAY, May 22, 2008
Student loan companies, squeezed by the credit crisis, are getting some help from the federal government.

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