School of Medicine, Cleveland Museum of Natural History to Create New Center for Environmental Health and Human Ecology

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Department of Environmental Health Sciences have partnered to establish a Center for Environmental Health and Human Ecology. Museum and School of Medicine leaders recently signed a memorandum of understanding to create the new center. The agreement will allow the two organizations to provide public education and conduct research on environmental and human health issues.

The purpose of creating the center is to provide public education on current and future problems related to the environment and human health and disease. These problems could be local, regional or worldwide in nature, and affect both individual residents and the community at large. By formally aligning, both organizations can draw upon their individual strengths while sharing resources in research, graduate education and public outreach programs. Read more.

Toni Morrison Read-in Scheduled for Wednesday


Marilyn Sanders Mobley, a Toni Morrison scholar, will lead the Case Western Reserve University community in a "Toni Morrison Read-in" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Clark Hall, Room 206.

The inaugural event, in honor of the celebrated author's birthday, is free and open to the public. The community is invited to bring their favorite Morrison passages to read aloud. Refreshments will be available.

Mobley, the university's vice president for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity, will facilitate the program. She is past president of the Toni Morrison Society and is currently a member of its advisory board. Read more.

Campus News

All students, faculty and staff are invited to a church service on Ash Wednesday at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Amasa Stone Chapel for an ecumenical ashes service to begin the season of Lent. The service will be celebrated by Bishop Pilla and will be followed by a free Lenten reception of soups and breads. Contact Mary Sauline of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry with questions.

The Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine seeks nominations for the 2009 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award recognizes the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. The foundation wishes to honor one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, along with scientific excellence, by awarding each with a $1,000 prize. To receive a nomination form, send an e-mail to Jennifer Hawkins or call 368-2212. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 27.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the school. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Register by phone at 368-2280.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations seeks nominations for the 2009 John A. Yankey Student Community Service Award. The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, will be presented to a Mandel Center student who has been actively engaged as a volunteer in one or more successful community service activities or projects. The nomination deadline is noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25. Call 368-4211 for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Offices of the Provost, Sponsored Research, Government Relations and the Faculty Senate are sponsoring a campus-wide forum for faulty and staff on the recently passed stimulus bill. The forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, in Ford Auditorium. The forum will include an information session, followed by Q&A and discussion. An internal Web site has been set up to provide information and regular updates on the Stimulus Bill, especially as it affects Case Western Reserve. This Web site will evolve to include links to important information, a blog for faculty information exchange and discussion and other important dates for activities. This is an opportunity to receive the most up-to-date information on the bill and processes being considered by federal agencies in awarding program dollars. The forum is open to all faculty and staff. Call Monica Cunningham at 368-1723 for additional information.

A sample of pre-tenure faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, The Case School of Engineering, the School of Law, the Weatherhead School of Management, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the basic science departments in the School of Medicine will be asked to take part in a survey about their experiences and quality of life as an early-career faculty member. The confidential survey is being conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Faculty will receive an e-mail invitation to participate from COACHE this week. Questions should be directed to Deputy Provost Lynn Singer at 368-4389.

For Students

Nominations are being accepted for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

Delta Gamma is hosting its "Charity Denim" event from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will feature new discounted designer jeans and T-shirts for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Sight Center. Changing rooms and an exchange policy will be available. 


The deadline to register for spring 2009 Saturday College (SatCo) classes is Wednesday, Feb. 25. SatCo features fun, mostly free classes that are open to the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland communities. This semester's classes include Body Image and Stress Management, Asiatown Neighborhood Tour and Sushi 101, Learn to Juggle! and more. Classes will meet at various times Saturday, Feb. 28.


Thomas Carlson will discuss "Neither Idol nor Icon: On Love, World, and the Human Image in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology" at 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in Clark Hall, Room 206. Carlson, from the University of California, will sketch an understanding of human love as a form of 'unknowing,' and will argue that such unknowing is essential to the ongoing creation both of humans and their worlds. Sponsored by the Center for Cognition and Culture and the modern languages and literatures, philosophy and religious studies departments. Go online or call 368-8961 for information. Free, open to the public.

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


Lawrence Harding "Bud" Gerson Jr., former director of personnel administration, recently died at the age of 89. He was part of the university family for more than 30 years before retiring in 1989. His daughter, Catherine Nichols, is the director of business operations in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either Colgate University or the Case School of Engineering.

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, Feb. 25, and Thursday, Feb. 26

Reroute current Southside of Campus backbone connections through new Medical School to KSL backbone fiber in order to bypass Crawford Hall.

Saturday, Feb. 28

The KSL Data Center remediation work is almost complete.  The last major planned outage will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, when the former KSL Server Network switches will be relocated and reprovisioned as the Network Security switches within the Data Center . It is anticipated that the work will be completed by 6 a.m., Sunday, March 1. ITS will try to minimize the downtime for as many applications as possible, especially Blackboard and MediaVision courseware.

Services that will be affected during the outage:

Services Down:

  • All ERP systems (HCM, SIS, Financials)
  • Blackboard
  • University Library Web site (
  • E-mail
  • mail to Case will be queued at sender

    outgoing mail servers will be down web interface to iPlanet mail will be down

  • MediaVision on campus video streaming services
  • Oracle Databases (all applications using shared Oracle servers)
  • Software Center
  • EStore sites (Sprint, Dell, Time Warner)
  • Development
  • Dental Clinic scheduling system

Services Up:

  • Single Sign-On and LDAP
  • Google Apps only email subscribers
  • no new incoming/outgoing mail, but can read mail already stored in mailbox
  • access to

Internet Access:

  •–capacity will be reduced so may be slow
  • SAN
  • Wiki, Blog
  • Health Services
  • Phone system (reduced capacity for incoming/outgoing calls)
  • Voicemail delivery may be delayed but will be able to leave voicemail messages

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 24, 2009

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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 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, when Hayagreeva Rao (MGT '89) of Stanford University will discuss "Darwin, Selection and Social Fitness: Two Studies." Learn more.

Case in the News

$2 million Geauga park would preserve a patch of dark sky

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 24, 2009
More than two-thirds of Americans and a fifth of the world's population can no longer see the Milky Way where they live. Facilities like Case Western Reserve University's Warner and Swasey Observatory that were built decades ago on or near urban college campuses have moved to increasingly remote locations. R. Earle Luck, Warner Professor of Astronomy and professor of physics, comments.

Welcome back, Shane

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's Scott Shane is the go-to guy of late for The Wall Street Journal's coverage of entrepreneurship. Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Why some doctors prefer wearing bow ties–Healthy Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 24, 2009
Bow ties might have a geeky reputation, but physicians have good reason for wearing that particular mark of individualism: to avoid transmitting infectious bugs. But Kent Smith, a vice dean at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, wears the distinctive neckwear because he simply enjoys the attention it attracts.

Lakewood man stocked up on knowledge for CNBC 'Million Dollar' victory

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 23, 2009
Stephen Weber, a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, recently won's Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. He credits his professors, including Sam Thomas, for helping him understand business concepts.

Higher Ed News

Teaching techno-writing

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 24, 2009
A new report calls on English instructors to design a new curriculum and develop new pedagogies—from kindergarten through graduate school—responding to the reality that students mostly "write to the net."