Student Keeps Busy with Music, Medicine
and a New Business Venture


John Knific is a music major with a commercially produced CD that has just been released. He's also a biology major who was accepted early into medical school. He has a minor in entrepreneurship and is working toward launching his own business next summer. He studied abroad in Amsterdam for a semester.

But John Knific is not a "renaissance man." At least, not in his opinion.

"I just view it as taking advantage of all the opportunities that have been presented to me," he says.

And the opportunities have been plentiful. He credits the resources and atmosphere connected to Case Western Reserve University for allowing him to pursue all of his interests. Read more.

Campus News


Friday, Feb. 27, is the last day to submit theses and dissertations for the Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (OETDA) awards program. The group invites students, faculty, staff and administrators to nominate 2008-09 electronic theses and dissertations. Outstanding projects will be recognized in the areas of innovation, leadership, scholarship and service to the association. Campus members should contact Jason Hatton in the School of Graduate Studies for details and nomination forms.

The Office of Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present several continuing education workshops this semester. "Social Work Licensure Examination Review" will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host a Staff Development Seminar, "Updates to the Family and Medical Leave Act—Paid Parental Leave," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in Nord Hall, Room 310-B, and from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Biomedical Research Building, Frohring Auditorium.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Managing Time and Increasing Productivity " from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Attendees will engage in a round-table discussion to exchange tips and strategies to become more effective at juggling multiple tasks. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

Case Western Reserve will host its first Cognitive Science Student Conference April 17-19 at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The conference aims to orient students to the format of academic conferences and to expose them to the growing body of research being done here and around the globe. In addition to student presenters, speakers will include several faculty members. The abstract deadline is Friday, March 20. Send an e-mail to with questions.


As part of AIDS Week of Action, students are invited to watch a free screening of the film Life Support beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in Schmitt Lecture Hall. Inspired by a true story, Life Support uses a mix of actors and real people from the HIV/AIDS community to tell the story of an HIV-positive woman who channels her regret over past drug addiction into working for an AIDS outreach group. The screening will include free food. Extra credit is available for CHEM 106 and CHEM 224 students. Sponsored by the Student Global AIDS Campaign and the university's chapter of the American Medical Student Association. Send an e-mail to for information.

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 Friday, Feb. 27. Go online for complete details.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an open house for students to learn more about the master of science in finance and the master of science in operations/research supply chain management. The event will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m. today at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 120. RSVP to Collin Hanson.



In celebration of Black History Month, the Frances Payne Bolton School Nursing will host "A Conversation with Marilyn Sanders Mobley" beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at the nursing school, Room 31A. Mobley is the university's vice president for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity. A reception will follow the talk. Free, open to the community. Sponsored by the Office of Student Services.

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

The Department of English presents John Lahr, senior drama critic for The New Yorker and author of numerous profiles of prominent cultural figures, at 7 p.m. tonight in Clark Hall, Room 309. Part of the Wain Lecture Series.

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:

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. Blackboard, e-mail, and MediaVision will remain up during the outage.

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 25, 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. This week, learn more about Obinna Nwanna, a member of the men's indoor track team.

Case in the News

Stimulus proposals proliferate: Projects add up to 3 times $8 billion allotment

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 24, 2009
The list of projects seeking federal stimulus money so far could cost three times as much as the state is getting and claim to create enough jobs for nearly every person in Ohio. GE put in a proposal for funding the development of a "super-efficient commercial and residential light-emitting replace the traditional light bulb." The proposal said it would be a joint effort with Case Western Reserve and John Carroll universities, creating 625 jobs.

Why the dark side of the universe matters

Symmetry magazine, Feb. 23, 2009
During the last decade, scientists have inched their flashlights closer to dark matter to learn more about how it works. Dan Akerib, professor and chair of physics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Marbury, Knicks to meet over dispute, Feb. 23, 2009
Calvin Sharpe, professor of law and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution at Case Western Reserve University, was scheduled to preside over an arbitration hearing yesterday involving the New York Knicks and basketball player Stephon Marbury.

Science news

United Press International, Feb. 24, 2009
U.S. scientists say they have developed a new wireless method of brain stimulation using light-activated semiconductor nanoparticles. Case Western Reserve University's Ben Strowbridge, associate professor of neuroscience, and Clemens Burda, associate professor of chemistry, led the research.

Music critic claims PD bowed to orchestra officials' pressure

Cleveland Jewish News, Feb. 20, 2009
Sharona Hoffman, senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University and an authority on employment discrimination, comments on the topic in conjunction with a pending lawsuit filed by a local reporter.

Higher Ed News

Charitable gifts to universities, colleges hit $31.6 billion in 2008

USA TODAY, Feb. 24, 2009
The nation's colleges and universities set another fundraising record last year, but nobody expects a repeat in 2009, a survey says.