Lisa Huisman Koops Awarded Glennan Fellowship


The academic fields and disciplines of the 2008-09 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects they are engaged in.

Awarded each spring, Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars.

This year's Fellows are Darin Croft, anatomy; Lisa Huisman Koops, music; Kelly McMann, political science; Leena Palomo, periodontics; and Gregory Tochtrop, chemistry.

Case Daily will feature each of the 2008-09 award recipients' projects. Today, learn more about Lisa Huisman Koops, assistant professor of music education, and her Music in Early Childhood course. Read more.

Campus News

All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the First-Year 5K Run/Walk, the culmination of a couch-to-5K training program, beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, December 8, at Hitchcock House in the North Residential Village. The run/walk follows a route through University Circle then returns to the start. Register online or at Hitchcock House on the day of the event beginning at 8 a.m. A prize drawing will be held, and T-shirts will be given to all registrants.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will host a Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 12, in Adelbert Hall. RSVP to Jane Howarth Vogelsberger.

Several forums will be held this month regarding the proposed Conflict of Interest Policy. Representatives of the drafting committee will be available to offer clarifications and hear feedback. The forums will all be held in the Toepfer Room on the second floor of Adelbert Hall from 3–4 p.m. today, and 4:30–5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 9. For more information or a copy of the policy, contact Chris Sheridan.

For Students

All graduating students who are receiving their diplomas in January 2009 are invited to attend the Midyear Graduates Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, December 8, in Hovorka Atrium. This festive reception is free to attend. Graduates are encouraged to invite their family, friends and faculty members to help them celebrate this academic milestone. Register online.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) is hosting a study break event from 7-9 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. There will be a nacho bar, movie, games and more.

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a study break event from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, at the Alumni House. Free snacks and playing cards will be provided.

There's a new and improved way to contact instructors to request permission to take a class. Watch a demonstration on making permission requests in the Student Information System.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at information sessions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, at the Mandel School, Room 108; and noon to 2 p.m., Friday, December 12, in the Thwing Center atrium. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.



Students in SAGES course USNA 235 went beyond the "campus bubble" this semester to develop a sense of place by studying, discussing, photographing, and writing about Doan Brook, Case Western Reserve's local watershed. Their photography and writing is on display as part of the Exploring a Sense of Place Exhibit through December 8 in the Thwing Center atrium. Free.

The campus community is invited to attend the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant at Case Western Reserve's third presentation within the Model Organisms Seminar Series.  The series focuses on yeast, fruit flies, zebrafish, mice and viruses. The training grant sponsors two talks on each organism: One on the utility of the organism and another on recent research advancements using the organism. The third installment will feature Didier Stainier from the University of California, San Francisco on Tuesday, December 9, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105, on the following topics: "Zebrafish: From Forward Genetics to Cell Biology" at 10 a.m. and "Development and Regeneration of Endodermal Organs" at 4 p.m. Additional information on future speakers can be found online.

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

Bradley Farnsworth, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, won first place in the Best Student Paper competition as part of the 2008 IEEE Sensors Conference in Lecce, Italy, in October. Farnsworth, who is part of Professor Darrin Young's research group, is working on the paper for his thesis topic and is collaborating on this project with the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center at the Cleveland Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. The full citation for Farnsworth's paper is B. D. Farnsworth, R. J. Triolo, and D. J. Young, "Wireless Implantable EMG Sensing Microsystem." In addition, he received a top prize at the 2008 Research ShowCASE for the poster about his research; the award included a $1,000 account for research activities and a $250 check. He used a portion of these funds to attend the conference in Italy, along with assistance from the APT Center and ENSC Inc.


Case Western Reserve fraternity and sorority members engaged in the Battle of the Sides competition in November. The competition focuses on leadership, community service and scholarship. As part of the contest, fraternities and sororities participated in a trivia contest that raised $250 for the Office of Multicultural Affairs Turkey Drive project for needy families. The Panhellenic Council (PHC) and Interfraternity Congress (IFC) presented at a panelist discussion on the topic "Is Four Years and One Major Enough?" In addition, both Greek and non-Greek students gathered to participate in several community service projects, resulting in a total of 276.5 completed hours of community service. IFC/PHC capped off the week by hosting a nationally-recognized speaker, Brad Karsh, who spoke on the topic "Finding Jobs in Today's Economy." Read more.

Julie Chapman, a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the 2008 Chester V. Nass Memorial Scholarship, awarded last month during the annual College Industry Conference of the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) in Chicago. The scholarship is named in memory of the eleventh president of the FEF.

Tom Hayes, head of digital library programs and managing librarian of the Freedman Center at the Kelvin Smith Library, recently debuted his play, Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber, at Convergence-Continuum's Liminis theater in Tremont. The play features two Case Western Reserve alumni and runs through December 20. Learn more.

William Daroff, a triple alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, was recently named as one of the Top 50 leaders of 2008 by Forward newspaper. He heads up the Washington operation of United Jewish Communities.

December 5, 2008

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Case in the News

Inflammatory blood vessel activation is enhanced in HIV positive people independent of antiretroviral therapy and lipoatrophy, December 4, 2008
Research conducted at Case Western Reserve University increasingly suggests that inflammation associated with HIV infection contributes to the spectrum of non-opportunistic conditions—including cardiovascular disease—seen in HIV positive patients, but the complex interactions between the virus itself, immune and metabolic changes, and antiretroviral therapy remain poorly understood.

Citing a surge in online cybercrime, IBM bolsters security services, December 4, 2008
IBM announced a set of actions to bolster its security solutions that can help clients save costs while navigating the "perfect storm" of security threats created by a global economic slowdown, unprecedented cybercriminal activity, and costly and complex legacy security infrastructures. Tom Siu, chief information security officer at Case Western Reserve University, which has implemented IBM's managed security services for the past year, comments.

The job outlook for physician-scientists?, December 3, 2008
Prospects in academic research are excellent for the approximately 500 M.D.-Ph.D. graduates who emerge each year from an arduous 9- to 10-year training period and decide to stay in academia. In stark contrast to many areas of academic science, researchers with clinical degrees have good jobs waiting for them at the end of their long roads, say administrators at the nation's academic medical programs. Richard Rudick, vice chair of neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Partner registry and TG rights bills approved

Gay People's Chronicle, December 5, 2008
Cleveland City Council is expected to include transgender people in the city's non-discrimination code and creating Ohio's third domestic partner registry. Ordinances to do both were approved on December 1 by council's Legislative Committee and will likely be passed by the full council at their December 8 meeting. Lisa Hazirjian, who teaches history at Case Western Reserve University, talked about how creating the registry could help relieve poverty.

Valley flocked to first Turkey Trot

Sun News, December 3, 2008
About 240 runners and walkers gathered Thanksgiving morning at Gurney School for the inaugural South Russell Turkey Trot, a 5K (3.1 miles) walk/run. Proceeds will be used for future athletic and academic projects. Drew Applebaum, a first-year student at Case Western Reserve University, took third place with a time of 17:20.

Higher Ed News

College may become unaffordable for most in U.S.

New York Times, December 3, 2008
The rising cost of college—even before the recession—threatens to put higher education out of reach for most Americans, according to the biennial report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.