Case Western Reserve University Co-Sponsors Nanomedicine Summit September 25-26

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Smaller than a spot on a ladybug, one nanometer is a length scale invisible to the naked eye, but one which has opened up a world of new science and engineering. From tennis balls with super bouncibility to nanosized particles for treating cancer, developments in nanotechnology are bringing solutions to applications never before imagined. But what exactly is nanotechnology? How will it impact our future? How can we learn more about this emerging field?

The 2008 Cleveland NanoMedicine Summit is the anchor event for NanoWeek in Cleveland, now in its fifth year. It is being co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and NorTech's Nano Network. This conference brings together scientists, clinicians, business professionals, investors and others to learn, discuss and interact under the umbrella of nanomedicine. This year's conference will be held over the course of two days on Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Improves on College Sustainability Report Card

Case Western Reserve University improved its sustainability grade to a respectable "B-" on the Rockefeller College Sustainability Report Card 2009. The report card, released today by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, evaluates campus and endowment sustainability policies at 300 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

This is the third annual edition of the report card. This is the highest grade the university has received so far.

Linda Robson, Finance & Administration Fellow for Energy Studies at Case Western Reserve, said there are probably several reasons the university earned a higher grade, including "President Snyder signing on to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. I think that improved our standings because it's a public statement in higher education that we take our responsibility seriously, and we are taking on an action plan around our role in climate change." Read more.

Campus News

1-2-1 Fitness Center is partnering with the Department of Human Resources to support wellness programs for university employees. The center's fall weight loss programs begin September 29. Get in shape for the holidays with either Choose to Lose or Take it Off. Open to the public, space is limited in both programs. Go online for more information.

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.

Staff members from the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and Greek Life are working on the October 4 Homecoming Parade. They are soliciting participation from any university staff, student, alumni or faculty member who would like to feature their convertible or historical vehicle. Interested parties should e-mail Colleen Barker-Williamson. Call 368-2679 for details.

For Faculty and Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder and Interim Provost Jerold Goldberg will welcome all new faculty members at the New Faculty Welcome Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 25, at Harcourt House, 2163 Harcourt Dr., Cleveland Heights. All guests are asked to RSVP to Michael Wolford by Wednesday, September 24.

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The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has begun the 2008 Election for Representatives. Elections are being held for the following schools: College of Arts and Sciences; Case School of Engineering; School of Law; School of Medicine; and the Weatherhead School of Management. Through participation in this council, representatives have an extraordinary opportunity to help shape the future of the university. Council delegates represent all members of their constituent bodies by attending the general meetings. Representatives have the responsibility to actively participate in at least one committee. Ballots were sent via e-mail on September 19, and elections will run through 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 30. Staff members in one of the schools listed above who have not yet received an e-mail should contact Robin G. Kramer, chair of the SAC Elections Committee.

For Students

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The Office of Annual Giving is seeking enthusiastic members of the Class of 2009 to establish this year's Senior Class Gift committee. The Senior Class Gift campaign gives departing seniors the opportunity to leave an enduring legacy on campus and express their appreciation for the university. The office is seeking individuals who are interested in the following roles: Work with the office to choose a project for this year's campaign; give to the Class of 2009 Senior Gift; attend committee meetings (one or two per semester as needed); and staff Senior Class Gift campaign activities. For information, contact Vivian Ruszkiewicz at 368-5388.

First- and second-year pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-health students are invited to attend a general information meeting with Jane Buder Shapiro, pre-health adviser for students interested in pursuing a health professions career. The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, in DeGrace Hall, Room 312.

Events

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The founding of the United States centered around the principles of individual freedom and the pursuit of what is a much misunderstood notion of happiness. Corey Keyes will talk about this American birthright and the fundamentals of a positive approach to mental health at 12:30 p.m. , Friday, September 26, on the Kelvin Smith Library oval. "The Biggest Exam Ever: Are You Prepared to use Your Inalienable Right to Pursue Happiness?" community hour presentation culminates Case Western Reserve University's Wellness Week. Read more.

Herman Buschke, professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will speak at 1 p.m., Friday, October 3, in the fifth floor conference room in the Hanna House, University Hospitals, on the topic of "Detecting Pre-Symptomatic Cognitive Impairment." A light lunch will be provided. RSVP to Nancy Catalani at (216) 844-6357 by Monday, September 29.

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 24, 2008

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Case in the News

Geared for dignity

The Plain Dealer, September 23, 2008
Eva Kahana, a Case Western Reserve University sociologist who studies the lifestyles of elderly people, discusses new technologies being embraced by older people.

Eco-friendly means no trays

Akron Beacon Journal, September 24, 2008
Hudson's Western Reserve Academy has eliminated trays in its Ellsworth Hall dining facility in a new effort to conserve resources. Other schools that have taken the eco-friendly step include Hiram College, Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College.

All in the name of giving: Several local sports figures have put their names behind charities

The Plain Dealer, September 23, 2008
Several sports celebrities are backing charitable organizations. Barbara Clemenson, who teaches finance at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve prof wins $1M grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 24, 2008
A Case Western Reserve University professor has received a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to research retraining the brain after a stroke. Janis Daly, an associate professor of neurology, will receive the grant over four years.

Higher Ed News

Pets take the bite out of dorm life

USA TODAy, September 24, 2008
At least a dozen colleges nationwide are allowing students to bring pets to campus for residence hall living.