Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation
at Case Western Reserve University Names Executive Director


Dianne D. Anderson, who has held numerous executive and managerial positions at BP since 1983, has been named the first executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University. She begins her new duties today.

The vision of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation is to enable the transition to advanced, sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization through coordinated research, development and education. The distinctive feature of the institute will be its ability to translate results from the leading edge of Case Western Reserve's research thrusts in renewable power, energy storage and efficiency to the next generation of energy technologies.

Anderson, whose last position at BP was as president of the company's West Coast Fuels Marketing division, will provide national and international leadership in the formation of strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government and other academic institutions as the cornerstone of the institute's approach, according to Norman Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering, where the energy institute is based. Read more.

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, University of Toledo Develop Joint Center to Study Immune Diseases

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University of Toledo College of Medicine have established an interdisciplinary center of excellence, named the Ohio Center for Innovative Immunosuppressive Therapeutics, to study, develop and commercialize new drugs to treat disorders of the immune system. The universities received $3 million in capital funds from the Ohio Third Frontier Program to support the development of the new facility.

Case Western Reserve will receive approximately $920,000 to create a sophisticated, interactive video conference facility that will house large video screens, electronic projectors, a conference table with microphones and interactive whiteboards for collaborative discussions and conferences, as well as a multiphoton laser scanning microscope, and a state-of-the-art flow cytometry system. The video conference facility will be housed in the Case School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology. Read more.

Campus News


Homecoming 2008 events have started, and the entire campus community is invited to participate in a variety of festivities, including: Meet the Homecoming candidates beginning at 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Spot; watch the juniors and seniors battle for bragging rights at the Powder Puff game at 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 2; enjoy the Community Hour Spartan SpiritFest, featuring steel drums and tropical snacks, on Friday, October 3, in the Thwing Center atrium; wear blue and white on Friday; and attend the Homecoming parade, tailgate, football and soccer games, and luau on Saturday, October 4. Learn more about all of the events that are part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2008.

Volunteers are needed for Case Western Reserve University's second annual Relay For Life, which takes place next spring. The planning is underway, and those interested in joining the Relay For Life planning committee or leading a team should e-mail

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is now enrolling women in a first of its kind clinical research trial for Cleveland. The trial is looking at two different female-controlled methods to prevent or decrease the sexual transmission of HIV: microbicides, which are topical gels, foams or creams, and pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, which involves taking antiretroviral medicines to prevent or decrease HIV infection. Because the trial is an earlier phase trial looking at the absorption, acceptability and adherence of the microbicide and PrEP drug, the site is not seeking women who are at high risk of infection. The trial is enrolling healthy, sexually active, HIV-uninfected women ages 18-45 for approximately 21 weeks, with 11 clinic visits during that time period. Compensation is provided to participants. All clinic visits will be at the Clinical Trials Unit site at University Hospitals. For more information on the trial, call (216) 844-2437 or go online.

For Faculty and Staff

UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) invites faculty members from all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve to apply to become Learning Fellows during the spring 2009 semester. The fellowships are for faculty members who want to meet with other faculty from across the university to explore ideas on how people learn and how those ideas can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching. Meetings will occur once a week on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for every week of the regular semester, beginning January 13 and ending April 21. Upon successfully completing the program, each faculty member will receive a grant of $2,500 to be used at their discretion for academic purposes. Applications should be received at the UCITE office by Monday, October 13.

For Students

The Case Western Reserve University Testing Center, located in the Sears building, Room 440, is hosting "Case Students GRE Day" at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the following dates: October 10 and 24; November 7, 14 and 21; and December 12. There is a fee to take the test. To reserve a seat and for more information, send an e-mail to or stop by the Testing Center.


Case SERVES is an easy and fun way to get involved in community service. Students can participate when their schedules permit. There are ongoing opportunities at the Cleveland Foodbank, East End Neighborhood House and Ronald McDonald House. Transportation is provided. More information and registration is available online at the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's Web site.

The Pre-Dental Society will host Philip Aftoora from the School of Dental Medicine at 5:30 p.m. today in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. He will discuss how to craft personal statements and résumés for dental school. For information, send an e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.



Adam Gopnik, a cutting-edge cultural commentator from New York, will deliver the keynote address for Humanities Week: "The Museum," at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 2, in Amasa Stone Chapel. Gopnik has been published regularly in The New Yorker since the mid-1980s. His books include Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York. He will present "What is the Museum For?" The first lecture in the Baker-Nord Center's year-long series exploring the past, present and future of the museum. His talk also kicks off Humanities Week presented by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. For a full schedule of events, go online.


Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater opens its 2008-09 drama series with The Firebugs, a darkly humorous satire written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, with translation by Mordecai Gorelik. Performances are October 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on October 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. The Firebugs is a post-World War II allegory that offers a warning to the world about complacency among dangerous people. Read more.


The Student Global AIDS Campaign, the university's chapter of the American Medical Student Association and the University Program Board are co-sponsoring a Case Western Reserve AIDS Walk Party at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at the Jolly Scholar. The campus community is invited to support the 2008 Dr. John T. Carey Northeast Ohio AIDS Walk by celebrating with the university's team, which plans to participate in the event on Saturday, October 4. During the party, there will be free food and drinks, and T-shirt decorating for teams. The group that raises the most money will win a prize. The campus community is welcome to join the Case AIDS Walk team. Registration is free, and Greek Life can receive philanthropy points for registering a team. Go online for more information about the Cleveland AIDS Walk and registration.

The campus community is invited to meet senior representatives from Crane Aerospace and Electronics from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, October 2, in Nord Hall, Room 310. Crane, based in Elyria, Ohio, has operations throughout the United States and around the world. The company consists of several businesses that produce a variety of products under a number of familiar industrial brand names. Lunch is being provided. Seating is limited. RSVP to Mitzi Vazquez-Long via or by phone at 368-0336.

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.

October 1, 2008

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Case in the News

Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force issues first of three reports on putting wind turbines on Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer, October 1, 2008
Lake Erie's wind, geology and habitat can accommodate towering wind turbines, new studies from a local energy task force say. Cuyahoga County officials this week rolled out the first three reports from their $1 million study of a grand vision–erecting two to 10 wind turbines in the lake off Cleveland's shore. Case Western Reserve University would manage the research center under the proposal.

UT, Case Western Reserve to get funds for research center

The Toledo Blade, October 1, 2008
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will use $3 million in state funding to establish a center to study, develop, and commercialize drugs to treat disorders of the immune system.

The business of pink

Athens-Banner Herald, September 30, 2008
Cancer is color blind, unbiased in who, when and how it strikes. Most cancers have a color of awareness associated with them. For breast cancer awareness, it's pink. David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University, views the sweeping breast cancer movement, illustrated through the proliferation of pink, as a result of the women's movement pushing into the public health sector.

What the economy is doing to five families

The Plain Dealer, October 1, 2008
Wall Street rallied Tuesday. But who on Main Street could feel reassured by the jagged peaks and valleys of such a volatile week, such an unexpected year? In a roundup of Northeast Ohioans who are feeling the economic pinch, Elliot Schwartz, a first-year student at Case Western Reserve University, shares his story.

Will audit firms go public with financial results?, September 26, 2008
Privately-held audit firms could be reporting annual financial results under generally accepted accounting principles, and releasing those financial statements to the public, if recommendations from a Treasury Department advisory board are taken to heart. Gary John Previts, president of the American Accounting Association and an accounting professor at Case Western Reserve University, was a member of the panel.

Slimy but good: Going green with algae biodiesel, September 30, 2008
Algae just may be the answer for producing fuel alternatives. Biodiesel and ethanol, two alternative fuels currently being produced utilizing soybeans and corn respectively, are now being made with algae. Studies are being conducted at several schools, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

A 'penalty' for starting at a community college?

Inside Higher Ed, October 1, 2008
Studies in the past have shown that students who successfully transfer from two-year to four-year colleges do as well as their peers who started at baccalaureate institutions to begin with–but the problem is getting to that point.