School of Dental Medicine Researcher Receives Presidential Award in Science and Engineering


Suchitra Nelson's dedication to advancing oral health in children was recognized during a recent White House ceremony. The Case Western Reserve University dental researcher, faculty member and alumna received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.

This award is one of the nation's highest honors a scientist or engineer in the early stages of their career can receive. The honorees were selected by the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"It was a surprise," said Nelson, associate professor in the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. She received a formal letter inviting her to the White House and a National Institutes of Health reception December 19 as part of the recognition. Read more.

Campus News


Benefactor Albert J. Weatherhead III and his wife, Celia, recently celebrated with faculty, staff and students at the grand opening of the Weatherhead School of Management's new gathering place. The redesigned space—featuring a café and lounge—incorporates familiar architectural aspects of the building including wood, white walls, a vaulted ceiling and modern decor. The goal of the project was to create an area that would become a welcoming place for the campus community to grab a cup of coffee, have lunch or work on group projects. The café features a variety of prepared food offerings, a salad bar and a cappuccino machine. The lounge features wireless access and LCD and plasma screens displaying national news and student events.

Volunteers are needed to help low-income wage earners this tax season. Case Western Reserve University students are leading the effort to recruit campus volunteers. Free training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 24 (basic taxes), at the Peter B. Lewis (PBL) Building, Room 258, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, January 30 (advanced training), at PBL, Room 05. Lunch will be provided at both sessions. Volunteers are asked to bring their laptops. Sign up for the sessions via e-mail. Additional training sessions will be held off campus.

For Faculty and Staff

A "Conducting Effective Interviews" session will be held from 1-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 6, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The session will address the information, skills and strategies necessary for the interview process to ensure that all applicants are provided with the maximum opportunity for success. In addition, the session will help interviewers assess all applications in a comprehensive and equitable manner. Register online.

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. 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. Learn more.


The Office of the President at Case Western Reserve University will present "Business Ethics and Leadership," a lecture by Ward J. "Tim" Timken Jr., at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 15, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The keynote speaker is the chair of The Timken Company. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

January 5, 2009

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Fred Collopy, chair and professor of information systems at the Weatherhead School of Management, blogs on the Fast Company Web site. Fast Company magazine charts the evolution of business and uncovers the best and "next practices.

Case in the News

Seeking feedback, Obama team hears about health care

The Plain Dealer, January 4, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama already has been busy soliciting citizens' opinions about how to improve health care in the United States. One frequently mentioned concern is that high-priced medical school tuition causes students to eschew primary medicine and family-practice fields for higher-paying specialties. Kurt Stange, a panelist and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Ohio centenarian to celebrate 105 at inauguration

The Associated Press, December 27, 2008
Ella Mae Johnson plans to celebrate her 105th birthday by witnessing president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Johnson experienced and overcame racial prejudice in America throughout the last century. She graduated from Nashville's Fisk University in 1925 and went on to get a master's degree at Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences in 1928. The school is now known as Case Western Reserve University.

Minimum wage to rise New Year's Day, December 30, 2008
Ohio's lowest-paid workers received a modest raise on New Year's Day. The state's minimum wage increased from $7 to $7.30 per hour. Restaurant servers and others who make tips will now earn $3.65 an hour. Labor issues expert Susan Helper at Case Western Reserve University comments.

Stem cell progress aiding firms' product commercialization plans

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 5, 2009
Investors and drug companies nationwide are taking a greater interest in adult stem cell therapies, which bodes well for four Cleveland companies: Athersys Inc., Arteriocyte Inc., AcelleRX Therapeutics Inc. and Cell Targeting Inc. Arnold Caplan, co-founder of Cell Targeting and a professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

SAT changes policy, opening rift with colleges

The New York Times, December 30, 2008
This March, high school juniors taking the SAT will have the option of choosing which scores to send to colleges while hiding those they do not want admissions officials to see. The new policy is called Score Choice, and the College Board hopes it will reduce student stress around the SAT and college admissions.