Sen. Sherrod Brown, President Snyder, Other Northeast Ohio Stakeholders Discuss Strategies to Combat Brain Drain


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder were joined by several Northeast Ohio college presidents and regional education and business leaders yesterday to discuss issues surrounding "brain drain." Attendees also discussed ways to train college students and workers for 21st century jobs and strategies to create and retain good-paying jobs in Ohio.

The summit was held at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall.

"By bringing together college presidents and business leaders, we can ensure Ohio has a workforce that is ready for 21st century jobs," said Brown. "A skilled workforce and economic development go hand-in-hand. We must work together to bring more jobs to Ohio and fill them with Ohio graduates." Read more.

Campus News

As part of the university's ongoing initiative to conserve energy, the department of facilities services will reduce heat, ventilation and lighting levels over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. View the building list for more information. Questions should be directed to the customer service center at 368-2580.


The deadline for the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest has been extended to Monday, January 5. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit entries based on the essay prompt of "By What Human Injustice Are You So Moved that You Would be Willing to Sacrifice Your Time, Energy and Other Resources in Order to Make a Difference? How Would You Engage the Community in Your Efforts? Please Share Your 'Untold' Story." Essays will be judged on originality, relevance to the prompt, creativity, clarity, organization and overall effect. The prizes for first, second and third place are $300, $200 and $100, respectively. Essays should be submitted by e-mail to

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting two information sessions: 5-7 p.m. this evening, and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 20, at the school. The community is invited to learn about social work degrees from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs. The sessions will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Go to the school's Web site for details or call 368-2280.

In observance of the holiday season, Case Daily will not publish the week of December 29. Any end-of-year notices should be submitted via e-mail to by Monday, December 22, in order to run by Wednesday, December 24.

For Faculty and Staff

December 31 is the deadline to incur expenses for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2008, can be filed for reimbursement through June 30, 2009. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

Students are invited to apply for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship Program, which seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, these skills will benefit a student's career path and increase public understanding of science and technology. The Fellowship places senior undergraduate, graduate and post graduate science and engineering students at media sites nationwide to work as science reporters for ten weeks. AAAS selects 15-20 Fellows each summer. There is a $4,500 stipend plus travel expenses. The deadline is January 15, 2009. Learn more.


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of holiday events and activities taking place 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.

December 18, 2008

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Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

Case in the News

Educators look for ways to stop brain drain, December 17, 2008
About a dozen university presidents and public school officials held their sixth strategy session to halt the phenomenon known as brain drain. Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate Adam Sorkin is exactly the kind of student the group is hoping to keep around. A post graduate program brought Sorkin back to Ohio. But what kept him here was an internship program that eventually helped him land a position with a local company.

Thomas Bradshaw says region needs entrepreneurs

The Plain Dealer, December 18, 2008
Among myriad efforts to build the region's economy, one ingredient is missing - seasoned entrepreneurs who can take our innovations to market. That's the view of Thomas Bradshaw, a successful businessman who sat among heavy hitters in economic development Wednesday during a "Transforming the Region's Economy" luncheon at the City Club of Cleveland. Bradshaw's comments follow recent research from Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Brainy guy, better sperm? Take that, tough guy!, December 16, 2008
A group of researchers has issued a study finding that higher IQ men have better sperm. Yet cause-and-effect is not nearly so clear cut. Genes do influence intelligence and a number of studies have linked higher intelligence with better health, according to Douglas Detterman, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University and editor of the journal Intelligence.

Higher Ed News

New rules on student-privacy law tackle changes in technology

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, December 17, 2008
New regulations concerning student privacy that were released last week by the U.S. Department of Education take up technology in ways that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act never has before.