School of Medicine Mentoring Group Earns Community Outreach Grant

When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of Pre K-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development, and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing Case Daily series. Today, learn about SMART Girls, a School of Medicine mentoring group. Read more.

Campus News


"Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques," a CaseLearns class, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, March 2, at the Kelvin Smith Library. The campus community is invited to learn how to search for patents on specific technologies and processes, as well as patents issued to institutions, companies or inventors. Registration is required. Learn more.

The Department of Facilities Services has several vehicles for sale through sealed bid. The viewing date will be Friday, Feb. 27. Go online for more information about the vehicles, locations and bid due dates.

The Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine seeks nominations for the 2009 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, which 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. Contact Jennifer Hawkins at 368-2212 for details. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 27.

Bon Appétit has initiated a five-week campaign to reduce consumer waste at its cafés around the country. Each day, the amount of waste will be weighed and compared to the previous daily amount. The end goal is a 20 percent overall reduction in food waste. If this goal is achieved, Bon Appétit will make a monetary donation to a sustainable cause at Case Western Reserve or in the Cleveland community on behalf of the university.

For Faculty and Staff


The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the spring 2009 semester is Feb. 28. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224. Refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information or contact the benefits office by phone at 368-6781 or by e-mail with questions.

For Students

The Faculty Forum on SAGES, sponsored by the Office of Greek Life and the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE), will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Schmitt Lecture Hall. The forum involves students, faculty, administrators and staff. Pizza and soda will be provided. Registration is not required.

Students are invited to enter the Michelson-Morley Research Competition in the Biological Sciences. This competition honors the collaborative research initiated in 1885 between Albert A. Michelson, a Case Institute of Technology physicist, and Edward W. Morley, a Western Reserve University chemist, which culminated in the Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887. To apply for the competition, students must write a paper in the form of a journal article about original biological, biochemical, biopsychological or biomedical research carried out at any institution in 2007 or 2008. The application deadline is Friday, March 20. The top three prizes are $300, $200 and $100. Learn more.


As part of AIDS Week of Action, Earl Pike, executive director of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, will speak on the topic of "The State of AIDS Policy: Local, State and Federal Advocacy" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in Strosacker Auditorium. Extra credit is available for CHEM 106 and CHEM 224 students. Lunch will be available. Attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the AIDS Taskforce food pantry. 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.

Throughout the month of February, all first-year and fourth-year students will have an opportunity to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey is designed to query students directly about their educational experiences. Results will help in the evaluation of services and programs. The survey invitation e-mail will come from Jeffrey Wolcowitz, dean of Undergraduate Studies, with the subject line, "Case Wants Your Feedback." Questions about the survey can be directed via e-mail to Case Western Reserve's Center for Institutional Research. Go online for results from previous surveys or follow the Twitter feed.


Students and the campus community are invited to join the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning for a discussion with representatives from the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless at 4:30 p.m. today in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Learn about the state of homelessness in Cleveland, listen to the success stories of formerly homeless individuals and discover ways to get involved and make a difference. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available.

The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies is co-sponsoring "Israel Update: Elections, War and Peace" with Michael Oren from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Cleveland Hillel Foundation. Oren is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research facility. Contact the Cleveland Hillel Foundation by phone at (216) 231-0040 or e-mail for information.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is hosting a talk with the University of South Florida's Madeline Cámara, "Written on a Woman's Body: Re-reading Cuban Nationalist Discourse Through the Images of the Mulata in Popular Culture," at 4:30 p.m. today in Guilford House.

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

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. Assuming the data center firewalls stay up, here is the list of services that will be affected during the outage.

Services Down:

  • All ERP systems (HCM, SIS, Financials)
  • University Library web site (
  • Development
  • Dental Clinic scheduling system

Services Up:

  • E-mail (could have sluggish performance)
  • Blackboard
  • Single Sign-On and LDAP
  • Internet Access
  •–capacity will be reduced so may be slow
  • MediaVision on campus video streaming services
  • Software Center
  • EStore sites (Sprint, Dell, Time Warner)
  • SAN
  • Wiki, Blog
  • Health Services
  • Phone system (reduced capacity for incoming/outgoing calls)
  • Voicemail delivery may be delayed but you will be able to leave voicemail messages

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 26, 2009

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Case in the News

Case prof helps Uganda figure out what to do with Joseph Kony, Feb. 25, 2009
Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, is working on two human rights fronts: Uganda and Cambodia.

Dividing cells may contribute to Alzheimer's disease

Science Daily, Feb. 25, 2009
Mark Smith, professor of pathology, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University found that dysregulated cell cycle control may contribute to neural cell death.

Probe of ex-star drugs prosecutor stalls

Detroit Free Press, Feb. 23, 2009
Kevin McMunigal, Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, is an expert on legal ethics. He offers his expert opinion as part of a story on a Detroit legal case.

Lev Gonick: How technology will reshape academe after the economic crisis

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 24, 2009
Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, is the February guest columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This week, he discusses how technology will reshape higher education after the economic crisis.

Higher Ed News

Dissecting Obama's message

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 26, 2009
Is it feasible for every American to have at least one year of post-secondary education or training? This was among many of the questions that college officials and higher education policy makers traded Wednesday as they contemplated the implications of President Barack Obama's call on education.