John F. Sideras Named Senior Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer

President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has named John F. Sideras the university's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Sideras had served in the role on an interim basis since last May. He emerged as the top choice after a six-month search that yielded impressive candidates from across the country.

"Over the past several months John has demonstrated the experience and knowledge necessary to lead Case Western Reserve University's fiscal operations," President Snyder said. "I am pleased that he has agreed to join our team on a permanent basis." Read more.

Floyd Sandford Brings His One-man
Darwin Remembers Show to Cleveland

As part of its year-long series of events to honor the life and contributions of Charles Darwin, Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is bringing Floyd Sandford to Cleveland to perform his acclaimed one-man show, Darwin Remembers–Recollections of a Life's Voyage, at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the museum.

The free, public show is sponsored by the Case Western Reserve Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) and is part of the Year of Darwin and Evolution celebration. Reservations to the show can be made by calling (216) 231-1177 or by registering online. Read more.

Campus News


The Center for the Study of Writing invites current faculty members, students, instructors and lecturers to nominate faculty members for the Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing. The award recognizes teaching that has contributed to the development of student writing within academic and professional fields across the university. Nominees can be tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty from any school or college. The recipient will be honored during the opening ceremony of Case Western Reserve's inaugural Writing Week in April. Nomination letters are due Friday, March 6.

Construction crews will continue work on Adelbert Road next week with crews operating from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday through mid-March. The work is being done in conjunction with the additions to University Hospitals. Current lane closures will remain unchanged, and traffic will be maintained with one lane by police officers alternating north and southbound traffic.

The campus community is invited to learn about wikis by attending a CaseLearns class, "The Basics of Wiki." Learn best practices and choices for wikis. The class will meet from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Kelvin Smith Library, room 215. Register online.

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.

In honor of Valentine's Day, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering several special classes on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. In addition, Valentine's Day is a free guest day. Go online or call 368-1121 for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center on Aging and Health has received funding from the McGregor Foundation and The President's Strategic Initiatives Fund to support interdisciplinary research on aging. Priority will be given to junior, tenure-track faculty applicants with minimal off-campus funding who are beginning their university research program and to researchers making a change in their program of research to focus on aging. Proposals for the first funding cycle are due Friday, March 20, with notification of award by April 10. Proposals for the second funding cycle are due Friday, August 21. Additional information is available online.

For Students

Applications are due today for 2009-2010 graduate staff positions. Go online to review job descriptions and requirements.

First- and second-year math, biology, chemistry and physics majors are invited to learn more about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which supports outstanding undergraduates interested in teaching in high schools. Students are eligible for summer internships designed to provide opportunities to explore teaching as a career. Interns will work with local high school students and be paid $1,700. Students also will have an opportunity to apply for a $15,000 scholarship. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) announces deadlines for several funding opportunities: Summer Funding for Undergraduate Research, Feb. 16; the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Minority Research Internship, March 1; and the Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies (SURES), March 2.



The Mather Dance Center will present But... at 8 p.m. February 26-28, and at 2:30 p.m. on March 1. But... is a theatrical dance performance that draws attention to conflicts between humans. The dancers are Sernaz Demirel, Chan U. Hong and Tan Temel, with choreography by Temel and Demirel. Tickets are $10 general admission; $7 for faculty, staff and adults 60 and older; and $5 for students.

Louis Giannetti, film professor emeritus, will introduce a special screening of Lawrence of Arabia at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Cleveland Cinematheque. Tickets are $6 for Case Western Reserve students, $8 general admission.


The campus community is invited to the "Masquerade Dance and Carnevale" hosted by The Confused Greenies and La Dolce Vita beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, in Thwing ballroom. The Confused Greenies will headline the night with a performance of a new original comedy, and additional performances from students and other groups will follow. La Dolce Vita, the university's Italian club, will provide food and culture to pay homage to Carnevale, an Italian tradition. Masks and costumes are encouraged. The performances will be followed by dancing. Free.

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.

Et al

Mark Smith

Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology, has been elected to the Royal College of Pathologists. Distinguished medical practitioners and scientists are invited to become Fellows.

Paul Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law, has been asked by the Federal Judicial Center and the National Academy of Sciences to write a chapter on forensic science for the third edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence. The manual is used by federal judges in ruling on the admissibility of expert testimony.


Student Laura Bryant has received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to attend the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April. She conducted research in the laboratory of Assem Ziady, assistant professor in the department of pediatrics, physiology and biophysics, and biomedical engineering, entitled "The Effect of Tissue Specific Promoters in Gene Therapy."

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:

Monday, Feb. 16

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • Oracle Databases (ERP and DataWarehouse) / Limited Functionality

Other services:

Relocation of Medical School to Crawford Hall Backbone Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • No impact, (backbone connections have been rerouted previously)

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Relocation of Core 0 within Crawford Data Center from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Minimal Impact to network services (Multi-Cast video traffic not available).

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force tracks Lake Erie ice movements

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 13, 2009
Measuring ice flow and wind speed vital to putting wind turbines on Lake Erie. David Matthiesen, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is part of the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force.

Untold stories of the heart: One woman's experience with heart disease, Feb. 11, 2009
In an effort to put a human face on the subject of heart disease among women, researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University asked community members to write essays to share their "Untold Stories of the Heart." Read Valerie Boebel Toly's story.

Wireless implants aid medical research

EETimes, Feb. 13, 2009
Researchers at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) described two implantable wireless chips that could advance medical research on multiple fronts. Peng Cong, a researcher at the Wireless Microsystem Lab, department of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University, described an implantable blood pressure sensor.

Trepanning times two

The Cleveland Free Times, March 3, 2009
David Mansbach, an administrator affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, discusses his new music CDs.

3-point threat Clancy thrives at Case

Sewickley Herald , Feb. 12, 2009
The 3-point line in women's basketball doesn't change from high school to college. Neither has Kate Clancy's success from behind it. Clancy, a 2008 Quaker Valley graduate and freshman at Case Western Reserve University, made a smooth transition to the Spartans basketball team this season, finding her niche as a 3-point shooter

Higher Ed News

Universities urged to ensure 'broadest possible access' to scholarship

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 12, 2009
With digital technologies profoundly changing how researchers produce and share scholarship, universities must take a "much more active role" in disseminating that work. That is the central message of a "call to action" issued jointly by the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.