Case Western Reserve University Announces Interim Faculty Diversity Officer


President Barbara R. Snyder today announced that she has named Amanda Shaffer to serve as Interim Faculty Diversity Officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Shaffer, a staff member at the university since 2001, has been involved directly with diversity issues on campus since 2004.

Most recently the university's Manager of Faculty Diversity and Development, Shaffer has worked with search committees to diversify candidate pools and implement equitable interview processes; collected and analyzed data regarding recruitment; and assisted with conflict resolution among administrators and faculty. Read more.

Case Western Reserve to Host National Social Network Analysis Conference August 7 and 8

Case Western Reserve University's new Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will host dozens of experts as part of the Social Network Analysis Summer Institute, a conference being held August 7 and 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland.

According to Valdis Krebs, author of Social Network Analysis: A Brief Introduction, "Social network analysis (SNA) is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations and social entities. SNA provides both a visual and mathematical analysis of human relationships." Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety promotes the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve University community and its environment. Six times a year, the department publishes its Safety Newsletter. The current edition, as well as newsletters dating back to 1993, can be accessed online.

The School of Medicine's Committee of Student Representatives and the Inter-Society Council invite the campus community to participate in CaseMed for Community Day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., August 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center in East Cleveland, 14801 Shaw Ave. This year's partner is Project KaBOOM, a national organization that creates safe places for children to play. The City of East Cleveland is building a new playground, and volunteers will help with construction, landscaping and gardening. There will be music, raffle prizes and refreshments. To volunteer or for more information, contact Bharath Surapaneni.

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. Several forums will be held through August 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

University employees are invited to go online to view a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program.

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

darwin.jpgAugust 6 is the deadline for returning and transfer undergraduate students to enter the 2008 Common Reading Essay Contest. Students must answer a prompt related to the introduction of this year's book, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen. Winners will be eligible to receive a $300 gift certificate to the university's bookstore; winners will be announced at the University Convocation on August 28. Information, including the specific prompt, can be found on the Common Reading Web site.


The Recognitions, a collaborative project of the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, is on display through September 15 at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, suite 1300.

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.

August 5, 2008

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Case in the News

Private schools work to limit students' debt burden

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 4, 2008

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Officials at the area's private colleges are trying to be creative and use all of their available resources as they work to make college affordable. Since the 2006-2007 academic year, Case Western Reserve University has been partnering closely with the Cleveland Scholarship Programs to help make college affordable, said Donald Chenelle, director of university financial aid.

Cleveland Med Mart plan hits another bump

Trade Show Weekly, August 4, 2008
Despite cost estimates that surprised local politicians, plans for a new convention center and medical merchandise mart still are on in Cleveland. Cleveland is the home of several well-known hospitals and research institutions, including Case Western Reserve University.

Light sleepers

Allure, August 2008
When researchers at Case Western Reserve University studied 68,183 women for 16 years, those who slept five or fewer hours per night were 32 percent more likely to gain at least 30 pounds and 15 percent more likely to become obese than women who slept seven or more hours.

Higher Ed News

Keys to hiring women in science

Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2008
Two sociologists who want to push the discussion beyond anecdotes and individual preferences think they have found evidence of steps that make a difference in the recruitment of women for science faculty jobs. Specifically, they urge a focus on efforts to increase the pool of female applicants, and the importance of having a woman serve on the search committee.

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