Five Case Western Reserve University Projects Awarded Research Funding from Ohio's Third Frontier Commission

Case Western Reserve University and its research partners have been awarded $20.6 million by the state's Third Frontier Commission through its Ohio Biomedical Research Commercialization Program (BRCP).

Two additional projects are recommended to receive a combined $7.3 million. The Third Frontier will make its decision on whether to approve the funding on August 4. One of the projects is recommended to receive $4.3 million through the Ohio Engineering and Physical Science Research Commercialization Program and the other is up for a $3 million grant from the Wright Projects Program.

"We are grateful to the Third Frontier Commission for recognizing the value of our research projects to both industry and society at large, " President Barbara R. Snyder said. "Our university is built on a history of collaboration among government, business and other institutions of higher learning. These grants testify to the power of individuals and organizations working together for a common goal." Read more.

Case Western Reserve's National Youth Sports Program Begins Fundraising Efforts for 2009


The Case Western Reserve University chapter of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) doesn't officially end its summer 2008 camp until the week of July 7, but Project Administrator Dennis Harris and his staff are already looking ahead to 2009.

Harris said private and corporate donors, as well as the university and individuals, have kept the program afloat this year in the absence of federal funding. Now staff and volunteers are asking for additional assistance to ensure they are able to continue serving Cleveland-area children in the future. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to cool off at 1-2-1 Fitness Center's Recovery Zone. Conveniently located in the center's lobby, the natural smoothies are made from fresh, vine-ripened fruit.  There are plenty of fruit smoothies, iced coffee drinks or performance shakes to choose from, and supplements such as protein, vitamins, fiber and more can be added in. Bring in this Case Daily notice for a free 12-ounce shake. Customers must present the coupon prior to ordering. this offer expires August 31, 2008. Go online for more information and a link to the menu.

All abandoned bicycles have been removed from university buildings and outdoor bicycle racks and have been secured at Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services headquarters. Owners may retrieve their bicycles by sending an e-mail to Detective Daniel Schemmel of the campus police department, or by calling 368-5993. Owners must know the location of where the bicycle was removed, give a physical description of the bike and provide a valid form of identification and documentation showing proof of purchase or the bike's serial number. Any bikes not claimed by 5 p.m. today will be considered abandoned and will be given to nonprofit organizations.

For Faculty and Staff

During the summer semester, the ERP Training Team will be conducting half-hour information sessions on how to submit student grades via the Grade Roster in the Faculty Center. The sessions will be held from: 1:15- 1:45 p.m., June 30 at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 105; 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 17 in Nord Hall, Room 213; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 22 at the Mandel Center, Room 105; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 24 in Nord Hall, Room 410; and 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 25 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Registration is not necessary. Training on the Grade Roster will continue throughout the coming terms to coincide with periods when instructors submit grades. 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. Contact the ERP Training Team via e-mail with any questions.

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2007 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses that were incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2007. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

It's not too late to make a donation to the 2008 Senior Class Gift Campaign. All commitments made by June 30 will count toward the class's grand total. Funds raised by the Senior Class Gift go to a special class project determined by graduating seniors of each school. To learn more about the Senior Class Gift, contact Gretchen Denaro at 368-3818, or go to the Senior Class Gift Web site.


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Kathryn Karipides, associate provost and Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor Emerita of Humanities, will be leaving the Office of the Provost as of July 1. Karipides retired from her teaching and administrative career in the Department of Theater and Dance in 1998, and she agreed to return as interim associate provost in 2003. She was appointed associate provost in 2006. During her tenure, she has overseen the University Libraries, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, the Case-Fisk Partnership and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. In addition, she has served as the university's representative to the OhioLINK board, and has represented the Office of the Provost on several university committees, including the Distinguished Lectureship committee, the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health and the LGBT Task Force, just to name a few.

John Lawyer, current assistant vice president for finance and administration in the Office of Campus Planning and Operations, has been appointed interim vice president for campus planning and operations, effective July 1. In his new position, Lawyer will lead financial and administration efforts for physical facilities and services, plant planning and projects, customer service and construction. Lawyer has worked at Case Western Reserve University since 1988 when he joined the materials support department and has served as assistant vice president for the past three years. Lawyer is stepping in for Kenneth Basch, former vice president for campus planning and operations, who left the university earlier this year.

Professor of Law and Bioethics Sharona Hoffman conducted a training session for the Kentucky Department of Public Health last month. She addressed liability and immunity issues related to public health emergency preparedness. Public health officials from across the state were connected via video-conferencing to the presentation. The session was based in part on her article "Responders Responsibility: Liability and Immunity in Public Health Emergencies," which is scheduled to be published in the Georgetown Law Journal in August.

In Memoriam

Robert Simha, a pioneer in polymer physics and professor emeritus of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, died June 5. He joined the faculty in 1968. He collaborated with other researchers on the kinetics of cooperative processes in macromolecular structures, synthetic or biological.

June 27, 2008

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Case in the News

Ohio gun owners happy about Supreme Court ruling against D.C. handgun ban

The Plain Dealer, June 27, 2008
Gun owners rejoiced at Thursday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming that Americans have the right to own guns, but officials in Cleveland and other cities see it as a significant blow to their efforts to take firearms off the streets. Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Third Frontier awards grants to Northeast Ohio engineering, biomedical projects

The Plain Dealer, June 26, 2008
The Third Frontier Commission awarded $66.8 million in grants Thursday -- the bulk of which involve Northeast Ohio -- to bolster engineering and biomedical projects throughout the state. Case Western Reserve University was awarded $3 million to upgrade equipment at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis where researchers are working with Lubrizol Corp. to find new lubricants for aluminum engines.

Governor thaws planning money for proposed East Side corridor

The Plain Dealer, June 26, 2008
Gov. Ted Strickland has freed up $4 million to get planning back on track for Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor roadway. The proposed stretch between Interstate 490 and University Circle should be a top state priority, said Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. When finished, that collective will present its findings to residents, community-development organizations and business interests along the corridor, including Case Western Reserve University.

Ohio University engineering school gets $91.8 million gift

The Plain Dealer, June 26, 2008
The $91.8 million gift to Ohio University's engineering school, announced Wednesday, is touted as the largest ever to a public engineering school and the biggest gift to any Ohio public university. Peter B. Lewis gave $37 million toward the $61 million Frank Gehry-designed building at Case Western Reserve University that bears his name.

What this fall's college freshmen will be reading this summer

USA TODAY, June 3, 2008
A number of colleges and universities have established summer reading programs as a way to build community by focusing on a particular theme or idea. First-year students at Case Western Reserve University will be reading The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen in honor of Darwin's 200th birthday.

Higher Ed News

Look who's living on campus

Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2008
It used to be a struggle to get third- and fourth-year students to live on campus. Now some colleges and institutions cannot keep up with the rising demand of upperclassmen who want to live on campus to save money in a tight economy.

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