Case Western Reserve University Students Contribute to Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans


Have survivors of Hurricane Katrina been forgotten?

Not by 20 students from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. They plan to pick up hammers and nails over spring break when they return to New Orleans to continue efforts to rebuild the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The students will volunteer for New Orleans City Park. Read more.

Campus News

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, will once again offer his summer grant writing course, Critical Thinking in Research, for faculty and advanced graduate students. Those who take this course will have a complete proposal ready to be sent out for fall 2009 federal deadlines by the end of July. Registration opens March 30. Complete information including class schedules, how to register and tuition waiver information is available online. Faculty from all major academic divisions at the university who have taken the course over the years have brought in approximately $45 million in total costs. Note: Graduate students enrolled in a degree program may begin registering on March 23. All visiting and non-degree students can register beginning April 13.

The Common Reading Selection Committee is soliciting ideas for its 2010 book. Members of the campus community can suggest works of fiction or non-fiction. Living authors are preferred so the author can speak at the University Convocation. When providing a recommendation, please consider books that engage incoming students and are accessible; encourage reflection that leads to dialogue and discussion; deal with issues of enduring human concern; and have made, or promise to make, a significant contribution to intellectual and cultural life. Submit suggestions online by the end of today.

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty members are invited to submit outlines for pilot projects for potential inclusion in the GI SPORE ((Specialized Program of Research Excellence) taking place September 2009.  Successful proposals will be included in the NCI SPORE application and will be considered for Case Comprehensive Cancer Center funding beginning September 2009. A SPORE project must be directed toward translational research of a GI cancer. At least one specific aim should involve either direct patient contact or the study of patient derived tissue samples. For more information and forms go online. The deadline is Friday, March 27. Contact Terri Daso.

For Students

Opportunities are available to do summer research through the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) on campus or at other Ohio universities. This is for underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Information can be found online, or visit the SOURCE office in Sears 451. Apply online. The deadline has been extended to March 15.

Nominations are due today for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring


The exhibit "The Way We Live Now: Exploring Interactivity in Today's Technologic Urban Culture" is on display at the Cleveland Foundation from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through June 23. The exhibit, a collaborative project of the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, showcases emerging artists. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19.

Disability Resources is sponsoring a series of movie matinees as part its awareness campaign, Disability ≠ INability. Students, faculty and staff are invited to a free screening of Emmanuel’s Gift at 4 p.m. today in the Sears building, Room 435. Emmanuel was written to bring dignity to people with physical disabilities in Ghana. Snacks and soft drinks will be served. A discussion will follow.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's VIVA! Gala Around Town series presents "ASWAT: The Golden Age of Arab Music" at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Simon Shaheen, one of today's leading Arab composers, will lead the 15-piece Arab orchestra in "ASWAT" ("Voices"), an exploration of the great voices of the golden age of Arab music. Multi-media imagery and vintage film footage complement the performance. Students are invited to pay what they can to attend this event. The Cleveland Museum of Art partners with the university for several collaborations. Go online for ticket prices and additional information.

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.

Et al


Robert McCullough was recently named director of undergraduate admission at Case Western Reserve University. McCullough, a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve and current dean of admission at Ursinus College, begins Monday, March 16. Prior to his work at Ursinus, McCullough worked at his alma mater for almost 10 years in the undergraduate admission office as both an admission counselor and director of marketing and communication.

NorTech, in partnership with Crain's Cleveland Business, recently presented a 2009 NorTech Innovation Award to Eric J. Arts for his development of a Biotech Platform to detect, monitor and treat viral diseases. Arts, associate professor of medicine and director of the Uganda Laboratory Core for the Case Western Reserve University Center for AIDS Research, along with his research team, developed a set of diagnostic tests used by physicians and researchers to monitor the success of anti-HIV treatment by determining drug resistance and disease "strength" of the virus. The technology also can be used in academic research to better understand HIV/AIDS and to develop vaccines.


The residence life staff attended and participated in the recent annual Northeast Ohio Housing Officers (NEOHO) conference, which featured more than 600 delegates from 18 colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio. Case Western Reserve's residence life staff swept the Case Study Competition. Brady Boccucci and Daniel Niedzwiecki won the undergraduate division, and Amanda Scheerbaum and Autumn Hoffstetter won the graduate staff division. In addition, Linda Cai and Katherine Taylor won the best presentation award for their session. The university's team also had second place winners in each of the remaining presentation categories.

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 6, 2009

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Case in the News

Sisters of Charity, University Hospitals restructure 3-hospital venture

MedCity News, March 3, 2009
University Hospitals will take over management duties at St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio—giving it a stronger foothold in the increasingly competitive and lucrative western suburbs of Cleveland. J.B. Silvers, the Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management and faculty director of the Health Systems Management Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland: Mayor Jackson delivers 'State of the City' speech, March 5, 2009
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson delivered his fourth annual "State of the City" address Thursday at a City Club of Cleveland forum. The theme: "It's Our Time: Bucking National Trends and Building for Tomorrow." In his address, Jackson said he will host a three-day summit to create an action plan for building a green economy for Cleveland's future. The summit will be facilitated by David Cooperrider, director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University.

Christopher Pekoc exhibition at Tregoning & Co. in Cleveland reveals artist's development

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2009
Few Cleveland artists have a style as instantly recognizable as that of Christopher Pekoc, a longtime drawing instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Two Case Western Reserve wrestlers headed to NCAA championships

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2009
The Case Western Reserve University wresting program will have a changing of the guard this weekend during the 2009 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. Senior Drew Gardella hopes to leave his shoes on the corner of the mat Saturday with an exclamation point to an already impressive collegiate career. Freshman Isaac Dukes hopes to take a first step in an historic journey.

Higher Ed News

Sabbaticals on leave

Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2009
Several college leaders have announced in recent months that they will curtail or suspend sabbaticals altogether next year, opening a debate about whether granting research-intensive leave and professional development time is practical when colleges are laying off faculty or freezing hiring.