Two Case Western Reserve Professors Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Roberto Fernandez Galan


Roberto Fernández Galán, assistant professor of neurosciences, and Thomas Gray, assistant professor of chemistry, have been selected as 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows.

"The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers and often at pivotal stages in their work," says Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The $50,000 grant covers a two-year period. Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are allowed to employ the funds in a wide variety of ways to further their research goals. Read more.

Campus News

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 university's sustainability Web site provides information for all things sustainable at the university including recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors and more.

Researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are seeking caregivers to participate in a research study for dementia. Participants will be asked to test a new method to reduce stress and help caregivers feel better in their role. Contact Lori Kidd, lead investigator, for complete details.

For Faculty and Staff

The department of human resources will host "Effective Networking" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Crawford Hall 209. Ly'Nette Cordaro, associate vice president and deputy chief information officer in the Office of Information Technology Services, will help attendees learn more about the true mission of networking: Making connections, building relationships and assisting others in achieving their goals. Participants will design and practice a one-minute introduction about who they are and what they have to offer. Register online.

For Students

The Pre-Dental Society is hosting "Admissions Night" at 6 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's Bellflower Lounge. David Dalsky, director of admissions at the School of Dental Medicine, will discuss the admissions process. Contact Fred Chen for details.

Battle of the Bands will be held from 9 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Spot. The annual competition is an opportunity for students to select the opening acts for Springfest. Learn more.

The Career Center will host "Steps to Finding a Satisfying Federal Career" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in Nord Hall, Room 400. Nancy Fink, president of the Case Western Reserve Alumni Board of Trustees, will share her knowledge and expertise with navigating the system. Register online.



The next Mather Spotlight Lecture Series will feature Miriam Levin, professor of history with a secondary appointment in art and art history, on the topic of "Urban Modern: Inventing a Culture of Change in the Second Industrial Revolution" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in Guilford Parlor. Her work focuses on urban environments, international expositions, museums, and institutions of higher education as agents of international and global change. Learn more.

Thwing Center will host its annual Mardi Gras Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the atrium. Attendees will have an opportunity to make their own masks and sample food from Fat Fish Blue. Cats on Holiday will provide the music. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership, the University Program Board and the Undergraduate Student Government.

Frank Zindler will be on campus to speak on the topic of "Ethics Without Gods" from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Schmitt Auditorium.  The event format will include a lecture followed by time for questions. Co-sponsored by the Center For Inquiry and the national Secular Student Alliance. Learn more.

The department of art history and art will host the 35th annual Cleveland Symposium Friday, Feb. 20, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) lecture hall. Students in the department of art history and art and the CMA joint program organize the event, which provides a forum for graduate students from art history programs across the United States to come together to present original research on the history of art.

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 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. 23

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

  • Veale Center Cable Television unavailable

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Relocation of Adelbert Gym to Crawford Hall Backbone Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

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

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 19, 2009

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RecycleMania Update


Week 3: Compared to other schools in the University Athletic Conference, Case Western Reserve University was No. 2 in the Waste Minimization category. Schools are competing to see which one produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person; Case Western Reserve's was 6.17 pounds. Per Capita Classic: Case Western Reserve was ranked No. 5 compared to other UAA schools, with 1.47 pounds of cumulative recyclables per person.

Case in the News

Four Ohio scientists get Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 19, 2009
Four Ohio scientists are among the 118 recipients of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships, including Case Western Reserve University's Thomas Gray, assistant professor of chemistry, and Roberto Fernández Galán, assistant professor of neurosciences.

Engineers, counselors to pitch engineering at free career event

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 16, 2009
Elizabeth Coquillette and Caitlin Mann, students from Hathaway Brown, have shown their aptitude for engineering by making the final round of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Their professional mentors were two Case Western Reserve University professors: Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering, and C.C. Liu, Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control.

Cleveland State University amends plan to salvage grant for Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 19, 2009
Lorain County Community College has agreed to become the primary host of an engineering center that was to have been housed at Cleveland State University. Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Ohio State University and the University of Dayton Research Institute have agreed to participate.

The grade on Detroit's bailout proposals: Incomplete

The New Republic, Feb. 19, 2009
GM and Chrysler have submitted their plans for getting $22 billion in additional government loans. Susan Helper, AT&T Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, offers her perspective in a column.

Higher Ed News

Anthropologists toughen ethics code

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2009
By an overwhelming margin of 87 to 13 percent, members of the American Anthropological Association have approved changes in its code of ethics that are designed to strengthen its protections of people who are studied, and to promote the values of free dissemination of scholarship.