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.

Campus News

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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.

For Students

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.

Events

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.

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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.

March 4, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight

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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 Drew Gardella and Isaac Dukes. The two, members of the Spartans wrestling team, are headed to the 2009 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

Case in the News

No 'painless' way to cut U.S. health costs: experts

The China Post, March 4, 2009
Steps envisioned by the Obama administration as part of its healthcare overhaul, such as more information technology and disease-prevention efforts, are unlikely to save money, some policy experts argued on Monday. Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and chair of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

'Womanist' theologians examine faith from black female prism

Anglican Journal, March 3, 2009
Womanist theologians—female African American theologians who view the Christian faith from the prism of the experience of black women—are celebrating two decades of work of a movement that has gained increasing prominence in U.S. religious and academic circles. Joy Bostic, assistant professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Local college endowments lose multiple millions

WKYC.com, March 4, 2009
Northeast Ohio's colleges and universities have been hit hard by the stock market plunge. The National Association of College and University Business Officers says on average universities' endowment funds were down 23 percent in the second half of 2008. According to the article, Case Western Reserve University's endowment fund dropped $380 million in value from June to September of 2008.

A good start

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 27, 2009
A Case Western Reserve University report on Guantanamo Bay and U.S. security detention policy has attracted the attention of a comprehensive blog devoted to counterterrorism issues. The Counterterrorism Blog says the report was based on two days of meetings last September by a group of U.S. and international officials, law experts and academics at the School of Law organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.

Healthy Cleveland: Harvard economist Regina Herzlinger offers consumer-driven health plan

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 27, 2009
Regina Herzlinger, a Harvard University economist, recently told a Case Western Reserve University audience that spiraling health care costs are killing our global competitiveness. Herzlinger says the answer isn't expanding the role of government in health care but in free-market rule. J.B. Silvers, Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at Case Western Reserve, comments.

Higher Ed News

Funding science, smartly

Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2009
The economic stimulus package enacted by Congress last month injected at least $16 billion into biomedical, energy and other forms of research over two years, both to produce and save jobs for researchers in the short term and to build the country's economic capacity beyond that. Many lawmakers say funding science research is a necessity.