New Paid Parental Leave Policy Part
of Growing Family-Friendly Benefits
Case Western Reserve University staff are invited to attend an informational session this week to learn more about a new policy that is part of a growing package of family-friendly benefits.
"Case Western Reserve University recognizes the need to support employees as they balance career and family life," Carolyn Gregory, vice president of human resources, wrote in an e-mail to staff when the Paid Parental Leave policy was announced.
The policy offers Family Medical Leave Act-eligible staff paid time off after the birth or adoption of a child. That time is not charged against employees' sick and/or vacation balances. Staff employees can learn more about the new policy at a staff development session from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Biomedical Research Building, Frohring Auditorium. Read more.
As part of RecycleMania, the sustainability program is promoting Office Clean Out Days. The program is an opportunity for campus departments and offices to decide which records should be retained, retired or recycled. This could be any day designated by offices and departments.
Campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day or have sleep apnea may qualify for a new research study investigating how treating sleep apnea affects the markers of oxidative stress in the blood. For complete participation details, contact Reena Mehra, principal investigator, at 368-7557, or Sandra Stennis, research assistant, at 368-0083.
For Faculty and Staff
Funding from the chief information officer/vice president for information technology services (ITS) office to support the initiative in advanced research computing for fiscal year 2008-2009 is still available. These funds are intended to supplement external funding obtained by faculty researchers who invest in the central High Performance Computing (HPC) Resource operated as a core facility by ITS. Up to a 100 percent match may be obtained for hardware acquisition, software licensing and other expenditures related to use and support of the core facility's HPC Resource. Applications are reviewed by the advisory committee on research computing. For more information on this program, go to the Web site or contact Roger Bielefeld, director of advanced research computing.
For the past five years, the Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) has surveyed the Case Western Reserve community as a part of its "Measures of Success" effort to gauge the community's assessment of its operations and services. The campus community is invited to provide feedback on how well ITS is doing. ITS is engaged in an external review process co-sponsored by Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, along with other administrators and professors. Take the survey by Friday, March 6. Those completing the survey will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win an iPod touch.
The Case Reserve Review is accepting submissions of prose, poetry and photography. A prize of $150 will be awarded for first place entries in each category, as well as $75 for second place entries. The submission deadline is March 17. Send an e-mail to the publication's staff for more information.
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is hosting a discussion on "Mentoring: What Makes a Good Mentor?" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in Clapp Hall 405. Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will facilitate. Pizza and beverages will be provided. RSVP to the GSS.
The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will present "New Museums/New Ideas" with Kathy Coakley Barrie and Dennis Barrie at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Clark Hall 309. The lecture will provide a view from the trenches on the concept of the museum, including for-profit institutions, unusual themes, emphases on visitor experiences, and different learning modes. The event is free and open to the public. Register online or call 368-8961.
Astrophysicist Carlos Frenk will speak on the topic of "The Great Cosmic Gamble: Making Galaxies from Nothing" at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Part of the 2008-2009 Frontiers of Astronomy Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy.
Webster K. Cavanee, director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, will speak on the topic of "Receptor Signaling and Therapeutic Resistance" at noon, Friday, March 6, in Frohring Auditorium. His research is directed at defining the genetic lesions in human cancer, determining their physiological significance and using such information for therapeutic approaches. Sponsored by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Free and open to the public.
The City Club of Cleveland is sponsoring a free lecture featuring Otis Moss III from 5 to 6 p.m. this evening at John Hay High School. Moss III is pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago.The City Club of Cleveland has a partnership with Case Western Reserve.
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. Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.