Web Site Devoted to Search for Newly-created Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Position Launches


As Case Western Reserve University moves forward in its search for a Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, a Web site describing the new position and the search process is now available.

The Web site includes the original announcement, a job description, the names of search committee members, links to diversity resources on campus, and a link for community input.

In addition, the Web site includes a letter from Rhonda Y. Williams, chair of the search committee. She discusses how the new Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity position represents "an encouraging and pioneering time" in the university's history, and how the person selected to fill this new cabinet-level position will be expected to "bring visionary, skilled, and committed leadership to advancing the university's goals to create a campus climate and an academic culture that embraces, promotes, and sustains diversity as fundamental to institutional excellence." Read more.

Pranab Chatterjee Retires from Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Pranab Chatterjee recently retired as a professor, bringing to a close the longest tenure of a faculty member in the history of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. The Grace Longwell Coyle professor of social work, Chatterjee enjoyed a distinguished career in the 41 years since being recruited by former dean Herman Stein in 1967.

Chatterjee was appointed as Coyle Professor in 2006.

Despite retirement, Chatterjee will maintain a presence at Case Western Reserve. He will be teaching a class on organizational behavior at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations in the fall and will continue mentoring doctoral students. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Employee Honored with Regional Student Employment Association's Outstanding Service Award


Susan Alexander, assistant director of financial aid for student employment at Case Western Reserve University, was recently presented with the 2008 Outstanding Service Award by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).

Alexander earned the honor due to her service of two consecutive terms as MASEA's treasurer. MASEA is a nonprofit, professional organization comprised of administrators and counselors from post-secondary institutions who are involved in securing employment opportunities for students. Read more.

Campus News

The university is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the university's emergency notification system, called CaseWARN. Users go to a Web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.

The SAGES Café in Crawford Hall has resumed "Frio Fridays." The café serves Peet's coffee and teas and will offer any medium blended ice latte for half price on Fridays until the end of summer. To learn more, e-mail Eileen Kelbach or read the café blog.

The grant amount awarded to the Cleveland Immunopathogenesis Consortium (CLIC) by the National Institutes of Health reported in yesterday's edition of Case Daily has been increased to $10.8 million. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff

Women staff are invited to apply for a year-long program, Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative. Offered to full-time women staff at Case Western Reserve, the program aims to nurture and develop talent by helping women staff cultivate their leadership skills. Selected participants will assess and integrate their personal career goals into the program. Participants will attend two professional development workshops, three topic workshops led by experts in their fields, and two one-on-one sessions with a professional executive coach. An interest meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m., August 15 in Guilford Parlor. Applications are due September 2. For guidelines, application forms and more information, go to the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Web site.

For Students

Discussions, a peer reviewed undergraduate research journal at Case Western Reserve, invites undergraduate students of all disciplines to submit their research papers for publication. The fall 2008 submission deadline is September 7. For more information and instructions go to the journal's Web site.

The Career Center has implemented a partnership with Interfolio, a Web-based credential and reference file management service, to maintain files for current students and alumni. This service replaces the former method of maintaining paper-based files. All current file holders should complete a Transfer Consent Form by August 1 and submit the form with a $5 fee payable by cash or check. Learn more.


The campus community is invited to stop by the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) 2008 Poster Session from 9 a.m. to noon, August 1 in the Biomedical Research Building atrium. Over 70 students are participating, representing the SPUR Fellows, Heart, Lung & Blood, Academic Careers in Engineering & Sciences, Case-Fisk Partnership, SAGES Capstone, and other programs. Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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.

July 31, 2008

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Case in the News

Initiatives in biosciences pay off

The Columbus Dispatch, July 30, 2008
Ohio's Third Frontier tech-funding initiative and university research programs have combined to put the state among the tops in the country for bioscience, a new report says. Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, said Case Western Reserve University was among the most prominently ranked research facilities in the nation.

Karadzic to appear before war crimes tribunal

The Associated Press, July 31, 2008
Radovan Karadzic makes his first appearance today before the U.N. war crimes tribunal on charges that the former Bosnian Serb leader was behind massacres and atrocities against Muslims and Croats. Michael Scharf, the director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sugarless gummy bears may battle cavities

Yahoo! News, July 30, 2008
Gummy bears containing a sugar substitute called xylitol seem to reduce cavity-causing bacteria on young children's teeth suggesting, researchers say, that candy could be turned into a weapon against tooth decay. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Washington are working on the project.

Low-sugar, no-sugar ice pops put to the test by Plain Dealer panel

The Plain Dealer, July 29, 2008
Ice pops, a childhood favorite for many, may contain lots of sugar and calories. Several Plain Dealer reporters tried out some low fat varieties and put them to the test. Mary Beth Kavanagh from the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University was consulted for the experiment.

Higher Ed News

Going to the 'Xtreme'

Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2008
While the client base for college bookstores is typically 18- to 22-year-olds, the average college store director is a woman in her late 40s or early 50s, according to the National Association of College Stores. There's often a gap between the director's idea of a perfect shopping experience and the expectations of their college-aged consumers. The group hosted a conference to help bookstore managers brainstorm for creative ideas.

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