President, Provost Announce New Web Page for School of Law Dean Search

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

We write today to announce the launch of a new Web page for the university's search for a dean for the School of Law, On it you will find a position description, information about the law school, a list of search committee members, and links individuals can use to inquire about the position or nominate others.

Jerry Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, is chair of the search committee. In 2007-2008, he served as Interim Provost for the university, a role that allowed him to learn more about the School of Law and its immense potential.

Because of the importance we place on the School of Law and its leadership, we have retained the Spencer Stuart search firm to work with us in this effort. The search committee will provide regular updates regarding the process on its Web page and in communications with constituents at the law school.

Read the complete letter.

Campus News


President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors. Nominations may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in Tomlinson Gallery, and they will be honored at a luncheon in June. Nominations are due by March 15. Contact Patsy Harris for complete details and a nomination form.

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program is offering a free tax preparation service for Case Western Reserve staff and students. Staff members and students can reserve a time to come to the Peter B. Lewis Building and receive help in preparing their tax returns from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: February 13; March 3, 20 and 24; and April 3 and April 10. Send an e-mail to with questions or if interested in the service. Include a preferred time slot.


The Spartan Cheerleaders will host a Little Spartans Cheer Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Campus community members are invited to bring their children in grades K-8 to learn cheers and a dance routine prior to the basketball game, and the children will have an opportunity to perform at the game. The cost is $10 for the clinic only, $20 for the clinic, performance and a T-shirt. Contact Charlotte Greene with questions or to register.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting an open house from 6–8 p.m. this evening 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 to reserve a spot or register online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a journal club discussion on "Are Elite Universities a Menace to Society?" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will examine an article in The American Scholar titled "The Disadvantages of an Elite Education." Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship. The fellowship funds a wide range of undergraduate student projects, including the support of research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or project-oriented travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The Experiential Learning Fellowship consists of three funds: the Rocks, the Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology and the Traub. The College of Arts and Sciences intends to award up to three fellowships each year, with an average award of $5,000. The deadline for the first fund, the Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology, is February 27. Go online for complete details.


The Academic Integrity Board's annual Integrity Week continues through Friday, Feb. 13. The theme is "A World Without Integrity." Some of this year's events include a social gathering, a student-faculty panel discussion and a keynote talk featuring Richard Sharp, director of bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic. Contact Liz Smith for additional information.

The Student Alumni Association is hosting an information meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Alumni House. Students are invited to learn more about connecting with alumni through events such as Life of a Medical Student, Life as a Wine Connoisseur, Life as a Law Student, Life as an Engineer and more. Free food will be available.

Alan Ext Photography will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 12, to take senior pictures. There is no cost to sit for the pictures, although there will be an opportunity to purchase packages on site. Contact Alan Ext Photography at 800-589-8060 or schedule an appointment online.


The Case Western Reserve V-Day Campaign presents Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; Friday, Feb. 20; and Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Amasa Stone Chapel. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The Vagina Monologues is a performance of a compilation of interviews and stories collected from women of all ages around the globe. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence Center and the Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations presents its research seminar series, "Rule Breakers Wanted: A New Take on Collaborations," from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Mandel Center, Room 115. Nonie Brennan, executive director of the Emergency Fund, Chicago, and Chris Larson, regional director of City Year, will discuss the topic. RSVP today to Laura Moffitt at 368-1687.

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will discuss her experiences in the La Causa farm workers' movement and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at John Hay High School. Free. Co-sponsored by the Youth Service and Philanthropy program of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve.

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.

In Memoriam


Marco Cabrera, an alumnus, associate professor of pediatrics, and assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at the School of Medicine, died February 5. He was 54. The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 or Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, c/o University Hospitals, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 12021 Mayfield Road. Calling hours are 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Brown-Forward, 17022 Chagrin Blvd.

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 involve 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 during the next several days include:

Wednesday, February 11

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • Veritas Clustering / Limited functionality on Clustered Systems

Thursday, February 12

  • FTP Services via Benbecula / Being decommissioned
  • / Offline

Additional services through Friday, February 13

Reroute current backbone connections through new medical school to KSL backbone fiber in order to bypass Crawford Hall.

  • Redundant links from Distribution Hubs to Core1 being rerouted (no impact)

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 10, 2009

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Password Change

Thursday, Feb. 12, is the day all passwords more than a year old will expire for network users at Case Western Reserve University. The password change affects any application that uses the Case Network ID for authentication, such as e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, and ERP and HCM applications, as well as access to the VPN and some library resources. The policy for password changes does not apply to alumni accounts.

Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. On Darwin Day, Floyd Sandford, an emeritus faculty member of the biology department at Coe College, will perform a one-man show, "Darwin Remembers." Learn more.

Case in the News

Focus: The trick to further growing Cleveland's medical industry, Feb. 9, 2009
QED, a magnetic coil imaging company based in Mayfield Village, has its origins in an MRI club based at Case Western Reserve University. The story features Robert Brown, professor of physics, several students and QED founder Hiroyuki Fujita, who also is an associate adjunct professor of physics.

Growing number of doctors making house calls in Central Jersey as demand goes up, Feb. 4, 2009
Doctors making house calls have become a growing part of the medical profession, and figures to become larger as the population ages. Steven Landers, professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University, conducted an analysis for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, Feb. 9, 2009
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, was a guest on Conversations with Kathleen Dunn. He discussed the economy and politics.

Pioneering high school on GE's Nela Park campus focuses on science, math

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 10, 2009
An unused four-story building on GE's Nela Park campus in East Cleveland sprang back to life Monday as a pioneering public high school. The MC2 STEM High School is operated by the Cleveland district. MC2 STEM will add a grade in each of the next three school years. Seniors will take courses at Case Western Reserve University, as well as other colleges.

Higher Ed News

Trimmed bill still offers vast sums for education

New York Times, Feb. 9, 2009
The economic stimulus bill that is expected to win passage in the Senate on Tuesday would provide about $83 billion for child care, public schools and universities.