Kelly McMann 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.

Case Daily will feature each of the 2008-09 award recipients' projects. Today, learn more about Kelly McMann, assistant professor of political science, and her Hands-on Research Methods for Undergraduates project. Read more.

Campus News

From 6 p.m. until midnight on Wednesday, January 7, all university-wide applications will be shut down to protect against data loss from a possible power outage in the Kelvin Smith Library Data Center. The major applications to be pro-actively shut down include: SIS (Student Information System), HCM, Financials, ISIS, Blackboard, the software center, the "Mycase" portal and non-ERP Oracle data bases. Services that will be available during this time include: Internet access, the Web site, phone service, voice mail, and Google Apps Email. Case iPlanet e-mail service (anyone not moved to Google Apps) may be disrupted briefly around 8 p.m. Contact Margaret Nelson with questions or concerns. During the evening outage, questions about service availability can be directed to the Help Desk at 368-HELP.


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Alpha Phi Sorority, is sponsoring "Untold Stories of the Heart," a contest for the Go Red for Women Day 2009 campaign. The campus community is invited to share their stories about why they go red in recognition of heart disease. Submissions are due via e-mail by Friday, January 16. Ten stories will be picked to be publicly displayed on Friday, February 6, which is Wear Red Day. Everyone who submits a story will be entered into a raffle for a heart-healthy gift basket. Learn more.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting several upcoming open houses. The first session of the spring semester is scheduled from 6–8 p.m., Monday, January 12, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Appetizers and beverages will be served, and parking will be available. Contact Kate Coleman, EMBA program manager, at 368-6411 or by e-mail to reserve a spot, or register online.

For Faculty and Staff

As part of Case Western Reserve's continuing efforts to improve the accuracy and timeliness of reported information and to identify trends that may impact projected budget performance, the university will again be instituting a hard close for the December 31 quarter-end. All salary adjustments, non-salary transfers or other correcting activity for transactions that occurred between July 1, 2008 and November 30, 2008, must be submitted by the December month-end processing deadlines, which can be found on the Controller's Office Web site. The disciplined review of financial reports and the timely adjustment of variance items are vital to ensuring the accuracy of the university's reported financial information. Contact Sponsored Projects Accounting regarding grant related transactions, or the Controller's Office with other questions regarding this process.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting the work of three artists—John Carlson, Judy Brandon and Eric Meyer—through Saturday, January 10. Carlson's exhibit covers the first and second floor of the building, and Brandon's exhibit is on the third floor. The display case on the first floor features Meyer's work. Information about the exhibit is available online.

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January 6, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Campus members who have missed some of the events that have been part of Case Western Reserve University's celebration of Charles Darwin are invited to go to the official Web site. Choose from several videos featuring experts who've already visited campus as part of the academic observance of Darwin's life and work.

Case in the News

The year ahead in higher ed technology

Inside Higher Ed, January 6, 2009
Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, offers a list of the top IT trends to watch out for this year.

War vets with headaches could have brain problems

U.S. News & World Report, January 5, 2009
Headache frequency and severity caused by traumatic brain injury might signal cognitive deficits, suggests a new study of Iraq war veterans. Robert L. Ruff, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, authored the study.

Early weight problems often undiagnosed

The New York Times, January 6, 2009
A new study that looked at the medical records of more than 60,000 children found that most of those who weighed too much were not given that diagnosis by a pediatrician. The lead author is Lacey Benson of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The study appears in the the January issue of Pediatrics.

Between the lines, January 4, 2009
Bill Mahnic, professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, discusses the local banking scene now that National City Bank is owned by PNC Bank.

Case Western Reserve dental school to give free exams, January 5, 2009
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will host its annual free dental exam day on Saturday, Jan. 24. The school will hold exams on a first-come first-served basis from 9 a.m. to noon. The dental exam includes X-rays and cleanings during the volunteer service day organized by dental students.

Hope for the new year, December 31, 2008
Several Lima, Ohio, residents—including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Naina Gupta—expressed their hopes for 2009.

Higher Ed News

Colleges profit as banks market credit cards to students

The New York Times, December 31, 2008
Hundreds of colleges have contracts with lenders for credit cards. But at a time of rising concern about student debt—and overall consumer debt—the arrangements have sounded alarm bells, and some student groups are starting to push back.