President Snyder Introduces New Provost


Today, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder introduced William A. "Bud" Baeslack III as the university's new provost and executive vice president.

Currently the dean of the College of Engineering and executive dean of the Professional Colleges at The Ohio State University, Baeslack begins his tenure at Case Western Reserve October 1.

After recognizing the service of Interim Provost Jerold S. Goldberg and the work of the 12-member provost search committee, led by biomedical engineering Professor P. Hunter Peckham, Snyder presented Baeslack as a "credible scholar with superb leadership and people skills" who "values all disciplines."

Snyder and Peckham noted Baeslack's background in developing and executing strategic plans, as well as interdisciplinary programming, and his record of emphasis on diversity and partnerships as some of the characteristics that distinguished him from the other 60 candidates.

A Cleveland native, Baeslack told the 200 students, faculty, staff and friends who gathered on the first floor of Adelbert Hall for the announcement they could expect two things from him: He will focus on leading change to move the university forward and on enabling the success of all members of the university and Cleveland communities.

"I'm privileged to be appointed to this very important key position at this great university," Baeslack said. "I am humbled, too. I view this position as both leading and serving you." Read more.

Campus News

Northern Ohio is facing a critical blood shortage. To answer the call for more donations, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 13 in Thwing Center's ballroom. To schedule an appointment online, enter sponsor code CaseWestern.

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. Volunteers will help with the construction, landscaping and gardening for a new playground. There will be music, raffle prizes and refreshments. To volunteer or for more information, contact Bharath Surapaneni.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will start its new session on August 13 in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge. For information, call 368-3924 or send an email to

For Students

Beginning this fall—for the first time ever—The Observer will be paying staff writers for published articles. Students interested in joining the newspaper staff should attend the orientation meeting at 4 p.m., August 24 at the Observer's office, located in the basement of Thwing Center. Those unable to attend should e-mail the newspaper's editor-in-chief.


The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus community to participate in the inaugural Glenville Heritage 5K Health and Wellness Run/1K Walk August 9. The run will start at Sam Miller Park, East 88th Street and East Blvd., through historic Rockefeller Park and back. The run is part of the 2008 Glenville Heritage Festival, which includes food and entertainment. For information about the run, including the registration fee, call the Famicos Foundation at (216) 791-6476, ext. 221; for festival details, call (216) 632-1689.

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.

Et al

Faculty and staff from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences report that they made nearly $1,300 from the garage sale they held earlier this summer. The proceeds put them over the top for their goal, and the sale benefited the school's Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships.


The Roads Scholars Running Group, comprised of Case Western Reserve students, employees and alumni, completed the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K held earlier this summer. Group members who completed the half marathon waited at the finish line to cheer on those who completed the full marathon: Andrew Caprariello, Jeff Kolthammer and Nicolas Salem. Other Roads Scholars are: Anita Arora; David Caldwell; Katie Caldwell; Holle Carey; Emily Foldes; Jon Fuller; Molly Fuller; Kerim Genc; Amar Marathe; and Christa Wheeler. After running the race, the group took a photo with Retta Feyissa, winner of the men's marathon.

August 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Scientists challenge FBI to release data in U.S. anthrax probe, August 7, 2008
Scientists challenged the FBI and prosecutors to share more data to back their allegation that an Army bioweapons expert worked alone to kill five people who handled anthrax-laced letters he put in the U.S. mail. Paul Giannelli, who teaches scientific evidence at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Virtual practice makes perfect

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 4, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine is experimenting with creating virtual patients for dental students to practice on and polish their communication skills. The project is being done under a three-year, $60,000 Innovative Dental Assessment Research and Development grant, and is headed up by Kristen Victoroff, assistant professor of community dentistry.

St. Baldrick's Foundation announces 2008 grant and fellowship recipients, August 6, 2008
The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, recently announced the organization's first round of 2008 research grants, pediatric oncology fellowships and career development awards. A Career Development Award in pediatric oncology research was awarded to Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

A bridge less traveled

Inside Higher Ed, August 8, 2008
Newly minted "Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Programs" provide intensive instruction in areas like marketing and finance to instructors who have already completed Ph.D.'s in other fields. The aim of these programs is to equip faculty members with a background in business research techniques to help transition them into business schools, which are struggling to fill tenure-track vacancies.

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