Case Western Reserve University Awards Current Chair with Highest University Honor


The Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees has awarded distinguished alumnus and outgoing board chairman Frank N. Linsalata with the university's highest honor -- the University Medal.

Linsalata, chairman and chief executive officer of Linsalata Capital Partners in Mayfield Heights and a distinguished alumnus of the Case Institute of Technology, is the 23rd person to receive the University Medal since the board established it in 1971. The last recipient was Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., director of the university's Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence and former interim president of Case Western Reserve, in 2007.

The University Medal is awarded in recognition of leadership, dedication and service to the university, to higher education and to society. Read more.

Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony to Feature Lecture, Symposium with Inaugural Prize Recipient, Case Western Reserve Faculty


The recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize, Francis S. Collins, who has led the Human Genome Project since 1993, will give a lecture at 1 p.m., September 4 and then will team with Case Western Reserve University faculty in a symposium on issues involving leadership, moral code and the human genome project.

These events will take place in Severance Hall as part of Case Western Reserve's first Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence prize ceremonies. The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public and will include a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Joining Collins in the symposium and conversation will be Cynthia Beall, Ph.D., the S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology and professor of anatomy and global health at Case Western Reserve; Eric Juengst, Ph.D., professor of bioethics at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and director of the university's Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law; and Georgia Wiesner, M.D., associate professor of genetics and medicine at the medical school and director of the Center for Human Genetics at Case Medical Center, a partnership between the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland. Read more.

Campus News

Beginning June 18, Case Western Reserve's ITS department and Sprint will kick off a celebration period that will allow current and new Sprint subscribers to receive special offers for upgrading their university-provided cellular phone. In addition, new subscribers will be able to receive additional discounts for new lines of service. Sprint representatives will be on campus during scheduled events to answer questions about their mobility solutions. The first event will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., June 27 at SAGES Café. For information, send an e-mail to Sprint, or call Bob Sopko at 368-1522.

Outdoor yoga on the quad continues every Tuesday and Thursday through July 17. Free. Refer to the summer yoga Web site for information, or send e-mail to Marcia Camino.

The Judaic Studies (JDST) program, in conjunction with the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Jewish Studies, has launched the free online JDST e-Journal. The illustrated journal features student awards and honors, a student essay, a faculty member profile and other items of interest to students, faculty and friends of the JDST program. The premier issue can be accessed from the Judaic Studies Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

Greater Circle Living Logo

Case Western Reserve employees, as well as employees of other University Circle institutions, are invited to the Housing Fair Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m., June 26 at Park Lane Villa, 10510 Park Lane. Attendees will be able to learn more about the recently announced Greater Circle Living initiative, which offers home buyer assistance, rental assistance and home improvement grant programs for those interested in living near University Circle, and to speak directly with housing specialists. Enjoy complimentary food in the newly restored, historic Park Lane Villa ballroom. For information, send an e-mail to Tom Mignogna or Melissa Salon.

For Students

Beginning July 1, students may change their meal plan selection for fall 2008 online. Those who wish to cancel their meal plans must still do so in person in Crawford Hall, Room 215 by filling out the "Meal Plan Cancellation" form. For questions, contact the Meal Plan Office via e-mail, or by phone at 368-5844.


Neural Interfaces Conference

Is it possible to restore function to a paralyzed limb? Or to control the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease? These are two of the several topics that are being presented today through Wednesday at the Neural Interfaces Conference, hosted by Case Western Reserve University at the InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center in Cleveland. For those who can't attend the conference, it is being streamed live on the Internet by MediaVision. Neural interfaces have already provided substantive benefits to many individuals. This conference will feature presentations from the most distinguished researchers in the field and will give participants the opportunity to share with each other the latest technological advances.

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.

June 16, 2008

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Professor Michael Kenney's spring 2008 Chemistry 106 courses are available by lecture on the university's dedicated YouTube channel

Case in the News

Caffeine often within kids' reach, but it's not for them

The Plain Dealer, June 15, 2008
Dozens of caffeinated drinks on the market are aimed at teenagers and youths. Mary Beth Kavanaugh, a registered dietitian and instructor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Superman, the septuagenarian original comic book superhero, June 14, 2008
Superman, the original comic book superhero, turns 70 this month, but his strength and invulnerability draws fewer fans in the 21st century world of flawed, postmodern heroes. Bradley Ricca, who produced a documentary titled Last Son on the origin of Superman, and a Case Western Reserve University professor specializing in American literature and popular culture, comments.

New task force to tackle 'stem-cell tourism'

New Scientist, June 13, 2008
Worried by a rise in "stem-cell tourism" driven by Web sites advertising unproven and potentially risky therapies, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is drafting guidelines for moving cutting-edge science into the clinic. Insoo Hyun, a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Allergies can turn fatal, June 13, 2008
Spring and summer can bring on sneezing and scratching for a lot of allergy sufferers, but when symptoms get worse, an allergic reaction can quickly turn fatal. Rita Cydulka, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said nuts, pine nuts, peanuts, eggs and shellfish are common culprits.

Higher Ed News

The homework to do before enrolling online

New York Times, June 15, 2008
Online degrees can be a boon to your career and your life, as long you choose the right program and understand the commitment that will be involved.

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