Case Western Reserve Political Science Professor Receives Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Kathryn Lavelle

Kathryn Lavelle, the Ellen & Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University, will spend the 2008-2009 academic year in Washington, D.C., as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Lavelle plans to interview policy makers in international finance in Congress, research archives in Washington and continue writing her second book tentatively called Legislating for International Organizations: The U.S. Congress and the Bretton Woods Financial Institutions.

The fellowship provides Lavelle with an office, stipend, a researcher and access to the Library of Congress and other libraries in the city. She will also attend weekly meetings and seminars with approximately 20 other fellows to share and discuss their projects. She is one of the first, while on the Case Western Reserve faculty, to receive the honor. Read more.

Most IT Applications, KSL Services Unavailable Beginning Later Today

Case Western Reserve University's Construction Administration and Information Technology Services departments will be shutting down and upgrading the building power to the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) and the KSL server room later this afternoon. As a result, KSL will be without power and services, and the majority of the university's IT applications will be unavailable from 5 p.m. today until 8 a.m., June 2.

KSL will close at its regular time at 5:30 p.m. today, and will remain closed until 9 a.m., June 2.

Most IT applications will be unavailable during this time, including but not limited to: all Case e-mail, voicemail, the university Web sites, Blackboard, Oracle Calendar, ERP Financials, HCM, SIS (the new student information system, including registration) and the sponsored projects system.

While the university's e-mail server is down, incoming and outgoing messages will be saved and then cued up for delivery when services are restored.

During this period, the campus wireless and wired networks will remain operational as will access to sites on the Internet not on the Web server and the campus telephone system.

For all future updates related to the Data Center Remediation projects and specifically the KSL power outage, visit the project Web site. During the KSL outage, check the off-campus Perceptis Web site, or contact the HelpDesk at 216-368-HELP for updates on the status of the power upgrades and availability of services.

Campus News

Beginning today, traffic operations around the Martin Luther King Jr.-East 105th Street-East Boulevard intersection of University Circle will be dramatically altered by the City of Cleveland. The East Boulevard leg connecting East 105th Street to the traffic circle will be permanently closed. This closure will necessitate a number of lane width reductions and significant modifications to the traffic movement patterns. Motorists should follow the posted signs and use caution when entering and leaving the traffic circle.

Robot shaped like a cockroach

Case Western Reserve is hosting the Fourth International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines June 1-6. Over 100 of the world's pioneering engineers, biologists and neuroscientists who have contributed to building biologically inspired robots will be on the campus to discuss new developments in the field of biorobotics. Read more.

1-2-1 Fitness Center invites employees and students to participate in two upcoming classes. Combat Camp is a six-week group training course which begins today. Participants will learn techniques from muay thai and western style boxing. The second class, Self Defense, is a six-week course taught by Art Hardee, chief of police and director of security for Case Western Reserve. The class begins June 6. For information, call 368-1121, or go online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's (SAC) Community Service Committee is accepting Wish List donations for Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Cleveland in conjunction with an upcoming pancake breakfast service project to be held June 7. The RMH Wish List can be found online. Gently used or new books also will be accepted. Drop off contact names and locations are: Janice Eatman-Williams, Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Thwing Center basement; Michelle Saafir, Crawford Hall, Room 215; Mary Lou Smith, School of Dental Medicine, DO1230; and Theresa Grigger, Crawford Hall, Room 532. Pickups are available. Donations will be accepted until June 5. For additional information, call Michelle Saafir at 368-3185.

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Et al


Gerald Matisoff, professor and chair, Department of Geological Sciences, received the 2008 Anderson-Everett Award at the recent conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. The honor, which includes a plaque and a medal, recognizes important and continued contributions to the association over a period of years.

Gerard Isenberg, associate professor of medicine and associate chief, Division of Gastroenterology at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, received the 2008 Given Capsule Endoscopy Research Award at the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy national meeting May 18. He was recognized for his innovative research in capsule endoscopy, a non-invasive method utilizing a pill-sized camera patients swallow to visualize the gastrointestinal tract.

Alan Lerner, associate professor of neurology and director of the Memory and Cognition Center of the Neurological Institute at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, was one of the featured speakers at the Value and Importance of Art in Health Care spring symposium. His presentation was "What is Alzheimer's Disease? Representing Dementia — Breaking Through the Middle Ground."

The late R. Kenneth Mundy, LAW '57, was named one of the 90 greatest Washington, D.C., lawyers in the last 30 years by the Legal Times.

In Memoriam


Rick Whitbeck, director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, died May 11. He directed CME programs at both the university and hospital for over 16 years. Whitbeck earned an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185 St., Cleveland, Ohio, or The Gathering Place, 23300 Commerce Park Drive, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.

May 30, 2008

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From the lab to your life

Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2008
Since 2006, the National Institutes of Health has put millions of dollars into a network of research centers that aim to expedite the movement of discoveries from the laboratory into common practice, where they might save and improve lives. Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital became part of that group recently, joining 24 other centers, including Case Western Reserve University.

Residents concerned over potentially dangerous chemical, May 30, 2008
Dayton residents fear the worst after tests show that a potentially dangerous chemical is seeping into their homes. Kathleen Fagan, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Doula support during labor reduces Cesarean rates and epidurals

Science Daily, May 29, 2008
During labor, the continued presence of a doula — an experienced non-medical female companion who provides continuous labor support — has significant beneficial effects for middle- and upper-class women in childbirth, even when they have their male partner or other family member with them, according to a new study in the journal Birth. The study's authors are Susan K. McGrath and John H. Kennell, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University.

NDI medical sells device to Medtronic for $42 million

The Plain Dealer, May 30, 2008
NDI Medical, a small Cleveland company developing neurostimulation technologies, has sold one of its devices to Medtronic Inc. for $42 million. MEDSTIM, a bladder pacing system, is a combination of licensed technology from Case Western Reserve University and proprietary technology from NDI.

Dr. Doolittle would dig this

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 26, 2008

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The International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, taking place at Case Western Reserve University starting June 1, is about building robots designed like cockroaches, fish, salamanders and other animals. More than 100 engineers, biologists and neuroscientists from throughout the world will be on campus.

Higher Ed News

More colleges use the Internet for telephone service, but usually on limited area of campus

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, May 29, 2008
Two out of three colleges are at least creating pilot projects of Internet telephone systems, but few have rolled out the technology campuswide, according to a survey released this month by the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

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