Friend of Case Western Reserve Seeds Energy Institute's STEM Effort


Mark Gelfand is not a Case Western Reserve University alumnus. He doesn't even live in Cleveland. So what prompted him to make a leadership gift to create the Engineering Technology Education Fund at the Case School of Engineering?

"I want young students to have as much fun in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] world as I have," explains Gelfand of Needham, Mass.-based Intex Solutions Inc.

Gelfand's connection to Case Western Reserve comes partly from family ties. His mother earned a master's degree from Western Reserve University, and his father studied there briefly. His uncle, Leonard Gelfand, attended Case Institute of Technology and graduated as an electrical engineer. Read more.

Benefit Concert Featuring Richie Havens to Assist Students Pursuing Public Interest Law


The Case Western Reserve University School of Law's inaugural concert to benefit its Center for Social Justice will feature a very special evening with legendary folk musician Richie Havens at the intimate Ohio Theatre at 8 p.m., September 5.

Tickets for the show are $35 for the general public and $20 for students. A $5 discount is available for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members.

The Center for Social Justice seeks to assist students financially who wish to pursue a career in social justice and to encourage all students to devote some time to public interest work during and after law school. Read more.

Campus News

Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, is scheduled to be a guest on the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom August 2 during the 3 p.m. hour. Scharf, one of the world's foremost academics on international war crimes, will join host Frederica Whitfield to discuss the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

The campus community is invited to attend one of the public forums hosted by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority regarding several route changes, the elimination of some routes and fair increases. RTA is exploring changes that could impact service to the University Circle area, including the #821 University Circle/Heights Area Circulator and the #9 Mayfield Road bus route. Refer to the rider alert page for proposed changes and meeting dates. A total of five forums will be held August 4-7. Those unable to attend can send comments by August 18 to:, or by mail to: RTA Marketing and Communications Department, 1240 West Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., August 6 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning August 13. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the August 6 meeting. For information call 368-3924, or send an e-mail to

For Students

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences for several upcoming three-elective credit hour International Short-Term Immersion Courses. For the 2008-09 academic year, the program will head to Bangladesh, El Salvador, Israel, the Netherlands, Guatemala and China. For complete details, go online.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Karl Kaltenhaler and Daniel Coffey, professors in the University of Akron's political science department, on the topic of "The Art and Science of Political Polling," at 6:30 p.m., August 11 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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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A. Desiree LaBeaud, assistant professor of pediatrics and a faculty member of the Center for Global Health and Diseases at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has won the prestigious $25,000 Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases. An expert on pediatric infectious diseases, LaBeaud's research focuses on control of mosquito-borne viruses. The fellowship is sponsored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and helps defray travel costs, living expenses and research abroad.


Uchenna Emeche, a Case Western Reserve student, was recently awarded a $1,500 Bill Teel Memorial Scholarship from the MCT Federal Credit Union. Recipients were judged on their extracurricular activities, community involvement, and an essay. Emeche said the scholarship will help finance her medical degree, which will help her achieve a long-term goal of expanding access to quality health care to citizens of Southeast Nigeria.


Gladys Haddad, regional historian at Case Western Reserve, received recognition from the City of South Euclid, Ohio during its July 14 city council meeting. The city recognized her research work, including her honor from the Ohio Genealogical Society for her book, Flora Stone Mather, Daughter of Cleveland's Euclid Avenue and Ohio's Western Reserve. Haddad is a South Euclid resident.

August 1, 2008

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HIV grant awarded to Case Western Reserve University, other institutions

The Plain Dealer, August 1, 2008
A five-year, $10.8 million grant will allow the Cleveland Immunopathogenesis Consortium (CLIC), a group of researchers from 10 academic and research institutions across the U.S. and Canada, to study the progressive immune deficiency that causes AIDS. Michael Lederman, principal investigator of the CLIC and a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments. Related item.

Global doctors orchestra to make its U.S. debut in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, July 31, 2008
The Germany-based World Doctors Orchestra, a collection of physician musicians from around the globe, expects to make its United States debut in February at Severance Hall. It chose Cleveland for its American premier in part because Jonathan Lass, chairman of the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Case Western Reserve University, plays cello in the orchestra.

The interns of summer

Wisconsin Law Journal, July 28, 2008
Summertime, and the livin' is ... easy? Not for a handful of busy summer associates at the Milwaukee headquarters of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, who characterize their intensive work and learning as "first-year associate lite." One of the interns is Michelle Wagner, who attends Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Student performers direct summer musical

The Concord Journal (Mass.), July 31, 2008
When young actors take the stage for Alexander Children's Theatre School's production of High School Musical this weekend, they'll be taking some of their direction from John Eldridge, the production's musical director. Eldridge is a second-year student at Case Western Reserve University. His major is music education and international studies.

Elan tanks as buzz for new Alzheimer's drug dies, July 30, 2008
Neurologists have so few drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease that it doesn't take too much to get them excited. But at a big Alzheimer's meeting in Chicago, there is little buzz in the air over Wyeth and Elan's new drug bapineuzumab. Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Congress approves bill aimed at controlling college costs

USA TODAY, July 31, 2008
A wide-ranging higher education bill designed to protect college students from aggressive lenders and rein in soaring tuition's won congressional approval Thursday.

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