2008 President's Award for Distinguished Service: The last in a three-part series

Michael Yeager Honored for Dedication to Patrons, Learning and Ascent at Kelvin Smith Library


In his 20-year -- and still counting -- career at Case Western Reserve University, Michael Yeager not only has been the perfect example of customer service but also personifies the lifelong learning environment that is Case Western Reserve.

Since starting at the Kelvin Smith Library in 1988, Yeager has grown his skills from librarianship to interlibrary loan to systems administrator for the entire library management system.

Yeager; Ramona David, admissions and program manager for The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME); and Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of Thwing Center for programs and leadership, were each honored by President Barbara R. Snyder with the President's Award for Distinguished Service during the university's 2008 Staff Awards Brunch Wednesday in the Thwing Center ballroom. David and Barker-Williamson were featured in Case Daily Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Read more.

Campus Community Invited to Learn About, Celebrate With the National Youth Sports Program June 20


More than 400 elementary, middle and high school students from Northeast Ohio are participating in this year's  National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), a five-week summer sports and academic enrichment program at Case Western Reserve.

As the national NYSP program marks 40 years, the university's chapter is celebrating its achievements in helping Greater Cleveland children stay fit -- both physically and academically -- with an open house beginning at 10 a.m., June 20 in Strosacker Auditorium. Campus community members are invited to learn how the university's NYSP chapter is making a positive difference in the lives of local young people. Read more.

Campus News

Want to know what life is like as a student-athlete at Case Western Reserve? The summer is a great time to find out. Get the scoop first hand by reading the varsity athletics blog. Different student-athletes and coaches post comments about life on the road and other interesting experiences.

The campus community is asked to RSVP via e-mail today for the discussion related to the Western Reserve Studies Symposium (WRSS) on "The Livable City and its Neighborhoods" at 11:30 a.m., June 18 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the university's involvement in the the revitalization efforts taking place in several Cleveland neighborhoods: Buckeye, Detroit Shoreway, Fairfax, Glenville, Slavic Village and Tremont. The discussion is related to the Regionally Speaking virtual symposium. Light refreshments will be served.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for representatives through June 25. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives will be elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin on the third Monday of September of every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: the College of Arts and Sciences; Case School of Engineering; the School of Law; the School of Medicine; and the Weatherhead School of Management. Employees are invited to nominate themselves. Send all nominations via e-mail to Robin Kramer, with the subject line "SAC Elections Committee." For questions, call Kramer at 368-5942.

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. Volunteers are needed to work various shifts from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Liz Pim at (216) 707-2593.

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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Mary Barkley, the M. Roger Clapp University Professor of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has been elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. The society -- the first of its kind in the nation -- inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty at Johns Hopkins who have gained marked distinction in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences, or in the humanities.

Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology, received the 2008 Denham Harman Research Award from the American Aging Association. The honor is a lifetime achievement award in research.

June 13, 2008

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Case in the News

Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effect

United Press International, June 13, 2008
Eating pomegranate extract reduces the production of chemicals that cause inflammation -- linked to several diseases -- U.S. researchers suggest. Study leader Tariq Haqqi of Case Western Reserve University said tests showed that blood samples collected from rabbits fed pomegranate extract inhibited inflammation.

Case Western Reserve's Judaic studies program launches e-newsletter

Cleveland Jewish News, June 13, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's Judaic studies program has launched the first issue of its newsletter. The JDST e-journal, published by the Judaic Studies Program and the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies, will feature faculty profiles, student awards and essays, upcoming courses in the department and events.

Corneal inflammation inhibited by Case Western Reserve and Penn State investigators

Medical News Today, June 12, 2008
Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Penn State Hershey College of Medicine identified a novel therapeutic that reduces sterile inflammation within the cornea.

Higher Ed News

Boost proposed for science education

Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2008
A House of Representatives subcommittee Thursday unanimously approved spending increases for agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, increasing their share over last year's amount and shifting some of their focus from research to education-related programs.

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