RIDGID Real-world Design Competition Challenges Case School of Engineering Students


More than $11,000 in prize money has been distributed during the first RIDGID Design Competition at Case Western Reserve University. Four student teams ranging in size from one to six members spent five months developing a compact, light-weight, innovative self-contained pressing tool for joining copper tube.

RIDGID, part of Emerson and manufacturer of RIDGID brand tools, sponsored the engineering design competition and hopes to make it an annual event. Besides giving real world experience for fledgling engineers at the Case School of Engineering, the company provided students with sample press tools from their current line of products, and materials including a $2,000 budget to create a prototype to demonstrate their ideas. Students also had access to the RIDGID prototyping facilities. Read more.

Key Leadership Hired at School of Medicine's New Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative

With the addition of two new members, the team at Case Western Reserve University's new Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative is now fully operational and already making an impact in translational research. The initiative, launched with a $64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards, seeks to integrate clinical translational research capabilities between the university and its hospital partners to improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio. It is one of 38 similar programs funded by the NIH nationwide to ensure that new and promising treatments reach patients.

Ginny Petrie has been hired to serve as the CTSC's executive director, while Carolyn Apperson-Hansen has been hired as the CTSC's research concierge.

"We are already seeing the impact of the hiring of these highly qualified professionals on the operation of the Collaborative," said Pamela Davis, dean of the School of Medicine and principal investigator for the Collaborative. "Together with the opening of the physical home of the program, right across from the dean's office, these individuals are making a difference for our investigators and the patients they serve." Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve offers two non-denominational chapel locations for wedding celebrations that can accommodate parties of all sizes. Go online for more information about Amasa Stone Chapel or Harkness Chapel.

Kundalini Yoga classes are currently being held in the air-conditioned comfort of the Veale Recreation Center multipurpose room from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 31 (no class July 3). There is a sign up fee. To learn more, send an e-mail to Mina Moore. All members of the university community are welcome to participate.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars (OFFS) is now offering a new service to families of the university's international employees. OFFS is offering assistance with the preparation of I-539 Applications to extend/and or change non-immigrant status on behalf of these family members. OFFS will provide explanations of the form and questions asked on the form, required supporting documents and filing information. The service costs $100 and is offered by appointment only. For complete details, contact Richard Friedman via e-mail or by phone at 368-4289.

Due to popular demand, the training and development committees of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have extended the deadline for the fundraising cookbook In Case You're Cooking to July 3. Proceeds will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. To submit a recipe, go online to G&R Publishing Co. The username is sac and the password is seef.

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has reopened the search process for a 2008-2009 resident assistant position. Job requirements, description and application information are available online. The early consideration deadline is July 9. E-mail questions or comments to Jamie Elwell.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will feature the Heights Trio and Cat Walk Blue. In the event of rain, the WOW concerts scheduled through July 30 will move into the large tents on Wade Oval.

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.

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July 2, 2008

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Case in the News

Report: Health-worker shortage could hit 250,000 by 2020

The Plain Dealer, July 1, 2008
In 12 years the United States will need 250,000 more health-care workers in an industry that has seen its labor pool decline, according to a study by the Association of Schools of Public Health. There are several Ohio initiatives that fit the association's calls for reform, such as at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which hopes to gradually expand its student body.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University detail findings in asthma

NewRX.com, July 2, 2008
According to recent findings from Reena Mehra, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University, obesity and sleep apnea are prevalent health conditions that frequently coaggregate.

Higher Ed News

Theft of computers holding personal data is on the rise at research universities

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, July 2, 2008
College security experts stress the importance of encrypting data in order to protect sensitive information on laptops, which are often the target of thieves. The Campus Computing Project, an annual survey of colleges' information-technology practices, shows that from 2006 to 2007, colleges of all types saw a 3.6 percent increase in the number of stolen computers with sensitive data. The problem is most acute at research universities, according to the survey.

Free-college programs multiply

USA TODAY, July 2, 2008
A scholarship program that offers free college tuition as a reward for attending public schools in a Michigan city is catching on in other communities seeking to revitalize their urban centers.

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