All Schools, Departments Invited to Submit Proposals for Research ShowCASE


From history to medicine to music, all academic fields represented at Case Western Reserve University involve some sort of research. That's why the organizers of Research ShowCASE 2009 are encouraging wide-ranging projects and scholarship for this year's event.

"We invite submissions from all of the schools and departments. Research ShowCASE allows researchers to view each other's work, creating opportunities for collaboration. We're encouraging all post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, faculty, and even staff to submit," said Cindy Barker, director of communications and development with the Office of Research and Technology Management.

Abstracts are due by 5 p.m., Friday, January 30. Read more.

Campus News

Due to inclement weather, Case Western Reserve University will close at 3 p.m. today. All classes and activities that meet after 3 p.m. are canceled. Check the university's homepage or call 368-WARN for additional information.



The campus community is invited to attend the Annual Wittke Lecture at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 30, in Nord 310.  See why Donald Feke, professor of chemical engineering and vice provost, and Richard Osborne, professor for the practice of management policy, were awarded the 2008 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. They will discuss their academic and professional paths and their commitment to students. Pizza and refreshments will be available. Sponsored by Educational Enhancement Programs.

Case Western Reserve's Department of Family Medicine, Center for Adolescent Health, seeks volunteers to help administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in local Cuyahoga County high schools. Volunteers are needed February through June, and the time commitment is usually between one to two hours. All volunteers will receive a $20 gift card from Target for every two class periods they volunteer. For more information, contact Edward Hill at 368-6742.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 5, at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety promotes the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve University community and its environment. Six times a year, the department publishes its Safety Newsletter, which can be accessed online. The next newsletter is scheduled for February 9.

For Faculty and Staff

JPMorgan Chase recently notified Case Western Reserve University of an information security breach which has impacted several issuers and includes JPMorgan Chase accounts and their clients. The breach is related to the recent Heartland Payment Systems breach. Because certain account data may have been compromised in this incident, the university has decided to close University Procurement  accounts (PCard, DCard, T&E Card) and issue new account numbers and cards as a precautionary measure. Cardholders are being asked to pay special attention to their University Procurement Card  accounts while they remain open. The university is working with finance directors in each school or unit on the reissuance plan. Send an e-mail to with questions.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Web Conferencing using AdobeConnect" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, January 29, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. AdobeConnect service enables videoconferencing using merely a computer and web browser, without requiring specialized software. MediaVision's Mike Kubit and ITAC's Wendy Shapiro will demonstrate. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

All undergraduate students are invited to attend the Student State of the University Address beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, January 29, at Amasa Stone Chapel. A panel of student leaders will give a talk and discuss the current standing of the university as it relates to undergraduate students. Students are invited to ask questions. The groups represented are the Class Officer Collective, Interfraternity Congress/Panhellenic Council, Media Board, Residence Hall Association, University Program Board, and Undergraduate Student Government. 


The university's first Nobel Symposium will take place on Thursday, January 29. "The 2008 Science Nobel Prizes--What Were They Given For?" begins at 4:15 p.m. in Rockefeller 301, and will feature discussions from Case Western Reserve faculty members Piet de Boer, Jonathan Karn and Tanmay Vachaspati. The faculty will justify and comment on the 2008 Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology or medicine. Co-sponsored by the Cell Biology Program and the Department of Physics.

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.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. The final phases of the data center renovation project involves moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Services affected by the moves this week include:

Thursday, January 29

Eldred Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Eldred Hall
  • Data Network Services to Eldred Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Eldred Hall

Other services:

  • Data Warehouse / Should remain online
  • Password Management / offline
  • Domain Name Services / Should remain online
  • Active Directory Services / Should remain online

Friday, January 30

Crawford Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Crawford Hall
  • Data Network Services to Crawford Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Crawford Hall

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

January 28, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules, and catch up on recent scores and news. In honor of Throwback Weekend, learn more about Don Goodfellow.

Case in the News

Family ties help colleges draw in future students

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 26, 2009 (subscription required)
Most local universities consider a "legacy student" to be any relative of an alumnus. And while some schools define legacy a bit differently, all consider familial connections to be crucial in attracting students. Case Western Reserve University welcomed 49 legacy students among its 1,200 incoming freshmen last fall. Those 49 students joined more than 200 undergrads whose relatives also attended the university.

A healthy bottom line

The Columbus Dispatch, January 26, 2009
The $3 billion National Children's Study is to monitor 100,000 children from birth to age 21 to see how things such as environment, infections and genes contribute to premature birth, childhood asthma, autism and other problems. Case Western Reserve University is one of dozens of universities involved.

New vice president for inclusion at Case Western Reserve will assess, promote diversity

The Plain Dealer, January 15, 2009
Marilyn Sanders Mobley says her first task as the new vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity at Case Western Reserve University is to find out how much the institution has changed since she last walked the campus in the 1980s as a Ph.D. candidate. Inclusiveness and diversity are part of the "core values" in the university's new strategic plan.

From ballboy to boss: Mangini is hardly the only sports personality to start at the bottom

The Plain Dealer, January 26, 2009
Rising from ball boy to head coach is football's equivalent to working your way from mail room to board room. The mailroom-to-executive suite approach makes good business sense, believes J.B. Silvers, professor of management at Case Western Reserve University.

Limits on patent damages would harm U.S. economy, January 26, 2009
Within the last two weeks a damages study was released that details just how bad it would be for American companies and the U.S. economy for there to be artificial limits on the amount of patent infringement damages that can be awarded to successful patent owners. The study's author is Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III of Entrepreneurship Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Blackboard unveils long-awaited upgrade

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, January 27, 2009
The Blackboard course-management software has unveiled a new look. It's the first installment of its "next-generation" platform, which gives the system a new look and feel.