Case Western Reserve, Hathaway Brown Team Up to "Run" Robot in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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A robot created by a Case Western Reserve University engineering professor and several high school students from Hathaway Brown and three other local high schools will "run" in the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 13 at 9:15 a.m. at Malls B and C in downtown Cleveland.

The robot, named "Jinks," has been constructed by Cleveland-area high school volunteer interns working with mentor Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, over the summer at the Case School of Engineering. Read more.

Medical School to Integrate Proteomics, Bioinformatics Resources

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is streamlining its proteomics and bioinformatics resources to enhance synergies between the programs.

In a message to the School of Medicine community, Dean Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., announced the Center for Proteomics will be renamed the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, and the new Center will consist of three divisions: proteomics and genomics, bioinformatics and macromolecular structure. Read more.

Campus News

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Registration for Case for Community Day has been extended to Monday, September 15. There are still a few projects that need volunteers. In addition to individuals, these projects are large enough to accommodate campus groups or departments that would like to work as a team. The campus wide day of community service is on Friday, September 19. Go online to register and learn more.

The Northeast Ohio region is experiencing blood shortages. As a result, there are three upcoming American Red Cross blood drives scheduled on campus: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 16; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 17; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, September 19, all in Thwing Center. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff have received a number of official-looking phish messages asking them to verify accounts by replying with their passwords and other personal information. These messages are never legitimate. Case Western Reserve will never ask for passwords or related information via e-mail. If you or somebody you know has responded to one of these messages, contact the Case Help Desk immediately for instructions on how to reset and protect your accounts. Learn more about phishing scams.

For Faculty and Staff

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Case Western Reserve employees, as well as employees of other University Circle institutions, are invited to learn more about the recently announced Greater Circle Living initiative, which offers home buyer assistance, rental assistance and home improvement grant programs for those interested in living near University Circle.

For Students

Students who plan to vote in the November 4 General Election must be registered by October 6. Learn more.

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Case Western Reserve's chapter of Engineers Without Borders meets Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Room, Thwing Center. Learn about the group's service projects. For instance, as the supply of fresh drinking water becomes increasingly scarce, the Case chapter persists in its mission to bring potable water to a small community in the Dominican Republic. They visited the country to work on the project last May.

Events

The Technology Transfer Office is hosting "State of Ohio Research Funding Opportunities: What to Do, Where to Go, and How to Apply," at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. This event is part of the sixth annual Inventors Forum, a series of lectures about the entire innovation and technology commercialization process. Refreshments will be offered. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Ali Abunimah, a writer and commentator on Middle East and Arab-American affairs, will speak on the topic of "The End of the Two-State Solution: Palestinians and Israelis Thinking the Unthinkable," beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, September 15, at the Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library. A reception will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. For additional details, contact Rebecca Mason .

One of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine's affiliates, the Cleveland Clinic, is hosting public tours of its new campus buildings: the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion for cardiac and vascular services and the Glickman Tower for urological and kidney care. The new buildings integrate cardiac and urological and kidney care equipment and services, eliminating the need for patients—as well as students and researchers—to travel to separate Clinic facilities. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 14. For more information and a virtual tour of the new facilities, go online.

Et al

Christine Ash, Case Western Reserve University's vice president for planning, budget and institutional research, has served as an integral member of the steering committee guiding the university's strategic planning process.

Now she will help lead the university's implementation of the plan.

Ash assumed her new role as vice president of planning and institutional research this month. She will report directly to the university's new provost and executive vice president, William A. "Bud" Baeslack III, who joins the university October 1.

In addition to providing continuity in the strategic planning process, Ash will focus solely on managing the additional activity and staffing needed for the university to accomplish the goals set forth in its new academic plan.

She previously devoted half of her time to budgeting and forecasting. Currently, the university is searching for a vice president of financial planning.

Ash, who has worked at the university for 35 years, earned her undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from Case Western Reserve.

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.

September 12, 2008

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Case in the News

Online poll sparks internal ethics debate

Cleveland Jewish News, September 12, 2008
To poll or not to poll. That is the question the Cleveland Jewish News grappled with after an online poll about moving the Jewish Community Federation headquarters sparked controversy and a flurry of letters. Jennifer Butler, a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve University adds public art by Cleveland architect Richard Fleischman

The Plain Dealer, September 11, 2008
Case Western Reserve University is putting the finishing touches on a new park and outdoor art installation designed by Richard Fleischman. The project was conceived as a gateway to the eastern edge of campus on East 118th Street, just north of Euclid Avenue.

Strong alumni giving helps boost fundraising efforts 50 percent

The Observer, September 12, 2008
Case Western Reserve University raised $103.3 million in its past fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2008. The amount represents a 50.2 percent increase over the 2006-2007 figure of $68.8 million, and stands as the third-highest fundraising total in the history of the university. About 30 percent of the support was given by alumni. In related news, the 2007-2008 senior class gift effort raised over $1,600 and drew three times the participation of the previous year.

Higher Ed News

Senate passes bill to update disabilities law

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, September 11, 2008
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill to clarify who qualifies for protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act, on campuses and elsewhere.