Four Electric Vehicles Join Campus Fleet


Two departments at Case Western Reserve University recently purchased four new vehicles that travel up to a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour. Although these vehicles would not win any races, the fact that they send out zero emissions means they'll take the university an infinite number of miles on the road to reducing its carbon footprint.

"Why do we have to have big gasoline vehicles when our guys only drive a few yards at time?" Gene Matthews, director of facilities services, thought when he and his team began researching new vehicles to replace some older ones. With that in mind, they ended up purchasing several Miles Electric Vehicles with a main benefit of zero tailpipe emissions.

The vehicles, all of them white with a university logo, are now making their way onto the streets around campus. Read more.

Campus News

Passover certified meals will be available to the campus community at the Halal/Kosher Countertop in Leutner Commons. Faculty, staff and students should sign up prior to Friday, March 27. Details are available by calling 368-5844 or online.


President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors. Nominations may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in Tomlinson Gallery, and they will be honored at a brunch in June. Nominations are due by March 15. Contact Patsy Harris for complete details and a nomination form.

The Weatherhead School of Management and the Department of Organizational Behavior will host an informational open house about the Master of Science Program in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the George S. Dively Building. MPOD explores appreciative inquiry, leadership development, emotional intelligence and sustainable enterprises. Register online.

For Faculty and Staff


The submission deadline for faculty textbook orders to the bookstore has been extended. Faculty are asked to provide textbook information for summer and fall 2009 classes by Friday, March 20. Place book requests by this date and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Orders can be submitted via campus mail, by e-mail to or online (click on the faculty button). Help students save money by submitting orders now.

The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) is surveying 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. ITS is engaged in an external review process co-sponsored by Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, along with other administrators and professors. Faculty are invited to take the survey by Friday, March 6.

For Students

The College Scholars Program has extended its application deadline to Friday, March 6. The College Scholars Program is designed for a small group of outstanding undergraduates in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, nursing, mathematics and natural sciences, and the social sciences who are interested in exploring how academic learning can address larger world concerns.

Abstracts are being accepted through Friday, March 13, for the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium. Cash prizes will awarded to the top student talks and posters. The symposium, scheduled for Friday, May 8, will feature keynote speaker Louis J. Ptacek from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, San Francisco.

The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) is surveying 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. ITS is engaged in an external review process co-sponsored by Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, along with other administrators and professors. Students are invited to take the survey by Friday, March 6.


Alumnus Paul Kerson will give a lecture on the historical Nacher v. Dresdner Bank case from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, March 6, in Gund Hall 158. The talk will be hosted by Jessie Hill, associate professor of law, and the Civil Procedure class. This was the first case filed to hold the Nazi party's bank responsible for financing World War II with the stolen property of a European Jewish family. Kerson will tell the story of how he managed the legal issues within the context of this highly emotional journey. RSVP by e-mail to Hill.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve, and Cindy Holland, professor of psychology at Cuyahoga Community College, on the topic of "Intelligence Begins at Infancy: How We Know It, and What Difference Does it Make?" The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Center and the University Program Board are hosting a St. Patrick's Day celebration for the campus community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, in Thwing Center. The event will feature music, food and a "plant a four leaf clover pot" craft activity.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring Friday Family Fun Night at Cleveland Lakefront State Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 6. This free family event engages participants of all ages in hands-on science focusing on Robert Ballard's "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration" program. Reservations are requested by calling (216) 881-8141 x3001.

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 5, 2009

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Case in the News

U.S. lawmakers debate giving voting rights to Washington, D.C., Residents

Voice of America, March 4, 2009
New legislation that would give residents of Washington, D.C., a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives is facing significant obstacles as it moves through Congress. Residents of Washington have been without a full voting representative since the city was founded more than 200 years ago. Jonathan Entin, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

UA ranks seventh in tech revenue

Akron Beacon Journal, March 5, 2009
The University of Akron ranked seventh nationwide in technology transfer and licensing among American universities without medical schools in 2007, the university said. Case Western Reserve University led Ohio with $11.2 million in income.

Entrepreneurs hope to beat the odds

Reuters, March 5, 2009
Statistics show that small and entrepreneurial businesses are suffering at record rates in the recession. But struggling as they may be, many entrepreneurs say they prefer working on their own, launching a small business or promoting an original idea. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Recognizing the effects of anemia on the heart

National Anemia Action Council , March 4, 2009
Heart failure is a major chronic condition, affecting nearly five million Americans, with about half a million new cases diagnosed annually. Anemia is a common and potentially modifiable comorbidity in patients with heart failure. Ileana Piña, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Shifting faculty mission

Inside Higher Ed, March 5, 2009
Every three years, education researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles release a national survey of faculty attitudes and norms, and various categories show movement of a few percentage points. This year's survey, being released today, finds significant shifts in several categories related to social change.