University Announces Commitment
to Faculty, Staff Compensation


In a letter to the campus community Tuesday, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III expressed their appreciation for the talent and commitment of the university's faculty and staff. They said that, given previous year's budget constraints, they felt it important to include funding for raises for both groups in the 2009-2010 academic year.

At the same time, the university announced senior administrators—including the president, provost, deans, vice presidents and officers of the university—will forgo raises in 2009-2010.

The decision is in response to the current economic climate and reflects a commitment to ensuring that a Case Western Reserve education is affordable for students. Read the complete letter.

Campus News

RePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair workshop to benefit children with disabilities from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, in Nord Hall 310. RePlay for Kids is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities. Most of the work involves minor repairs. Send an e-mail to the organization for more information.

The School of Dental Medicine is conducting a survey about its student operated dental clinic. The campus community is invited to take the survey.

According to the Department of Facilities Services, temperatures fluctuate substantially between daytime highs and nighttime lows during the fall and spring. While the goal is to provide a comfortable and productive environment for faculty, staff and students, the types of cooling systems in several campus buildings limit the ability to do so. Learn more about how the university is addressing this issue on campus.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "The State of Graduate Student Mentoring at Case Western Reserve University" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The results of a mentoring survey conducted by the Graduate Student Senate, along with a roundtable discussion, will take place during the meeting. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

The Freedman Fellows 2009 Program will offer five awards to full-time permanent faculty. The $3,000 stipends help faculty learn how to incorporate information technology into their teaching and learning, and can be applied toward new uses of digital tools and new types of scholarly works. Applications will be available at an information session at noon, Thursday, March 19, at the Kelvin Smith Library. Details and requirements for the May 11-15 seminar week are available online.

For Students

The "Grad/Professional Student Happy Hour" is held from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Jolly Scholar. Go to the Graduate Student Senate Web site for more information.


Students are invited to apply to become members of the Student Leadership Journey Council. The council advises, develops and implements leadership programs in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities & Leadership to promote and facilitate continuous student leadership development at Case Western Reserve. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 25. Interviews will follow on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) invites students to learn more about upcoming WISER events and committees during the "Alternative Careers in Science and Engineering" panel discussion at 8 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Learn more.


"The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families: A Discussion with Marc Stefanski, Chairman and CEO, Third Federal Savings and Loan Association," will take place at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Stefanski will field questions about the current mortgage crisis and Third Federal's practices that impact urban housing and families, including programs like Home Today, which helps participants build financial literacy skills to achieve long-term, successful homeownership. The talk is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Contact Crystal Daprile by e-mail or by phone at 368-2140 for more information.


The campus community is invited to attend a discussion with Michael Lederman on "HIV Microbicide Trials at Case Western Reserve University" at 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 1203. Lederman is the Scott Inkley Professor of Medicine and the principal investigator of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Clinical Trials Unit. Lederman will discuss local and global efforts to develop an effective HIV gel microbicide that would protect women. Contact Bob Bucklew by e-mail or by phone at (216) 844-2247 for more information.


The Program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health at Case Western Reserve University continues its lecture series on Global Health, Culture and Change. The series features scholars at the forefront of new perspectives in medical anthropology and global health. The next lecture will feature Vinay Kamat of the University of British Columbia on the topic of "Success as Failure: Global Discourses on Infectious Disease and the Medicalization of Malaria Control in Tanzania." The talk begins at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 108.


K. Hannah Holtschneider, a lecturer in modern Judaism at the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity, will speak on the topic of "Representations of Jewishness and Atrocity in the Imperial War Museum London and the Jewish Museum Berlin" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Clark Hall 309. She is currently working on a project analyzing the use of photographs representing Jews in exhibitions that address the Holocaust in Britain and Germany, which will be the subject of her talk. She is the author of German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory. Free and open to the public. Holtschneider's talk is presented by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.


"Racial Narratives of Insanity, the African American Medical Profession, and the Politics of Mental Illness, 1890-1945," a discussion featuring Martin Summers of Boston College, will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Mather House, Room 100. This is the inaugural guest lecture for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Sponsored by the Department of History.

The Department of English presents Philip Gourevitch on the topic of "Extreme Reporting: Inhabiting the Story from Rwanda to Abu Ghraib" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Mather Memorial 125. Gourevitch is a staff writer for The New Yorker and editor of The Paris Review. Part of the Wain Journalism Lecture Series.

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.

In Memoriam

Alan Kuper, who once taught electrical engineering and applied physics at the university, died in December. He provided many years of service to environmental causes. For nearly 30 years, he was the voice of the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club's weekly "Notes from the Sierra Club" on WCLV. He also started and ran the Committee for a U.S. Sustainable Population (CUSP), which published a comprehensive population/environment scorecard for Congressional voting records. Read more.

Data Center Renovations

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 18, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


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 the student-athletes and varsity teams highlighted in the university's 2007-2008 annual report.

Case in the News

Airstrikes In Pakistan's tribal areas legally murky

National Public Radio, March 17, 2009
Over the past several months, the United States has intensified an aerial campaign on Pakistan's tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. As the missile attacks from unmanned drones increase, so, too, does the debate over what legal authority the U.S. has to attack Pakistan's tribal areas. Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Plot thickens in ongoing debate of 'healthy obese', March 18, 2009
One of Canada's top obesity doctors says it's time to stop recommending weight loss for everyone who meets official criteria for obesity. Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Study disputes job creation figures for green industry

The, March 16, 2009
Academics and researchers from four U.S. universities released a joint study, Seven Myths About Green Jobs, that analyzes the assumptions, findings and methodologies of green jobs projections and benefits put forth in reports issued by several groups. Andrew Dorchak, head of reference services and foreign and international specialist at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Library, co-authored the study.

Medical marvels

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), March 2, 2009
The region's identity as the Rust Belt is corroding, and some industry observers believe there's enough potential in Northeast Ohio's medical research community for the area to emerge as a tech belt. The collaboration among Northeast Ohio's institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, enhance the region's reputation as a place where medical advancements flourish, experts say.

Rachael Ray's March Menu Mania: Meet the finalists

USA TODAY, March 17, 2009
Tom Futey, a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, is a finalist in Rachel Ray's March Menu Mania contest. His recipe is Tommy's Tasty Tuna Sliders. The 16 finalists will face off, bracket-style, with reader votes advancing the recipes to the Edible Eight and Filling Four. The Tastiest Two will then face off on the Rachel Ray Show. Readers can vote online for Futey in Round 2 through Friday, March 20. The top prize is $5,000 in groceries. If Futey wins, he plans to donate to the Cleveland Foodbank.

Anticipation, excitement as medical school student waits to learn her residency fate

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2009
Renee Salas, a student in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University's inaugural class, writes an article about the anticipation of Match Day, the day medical students across the country find out where they will go for their residencies.

Higher Ed News

Computer-science enrollment rises for the first time in six years

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, March 17, 2009
The number of students enrolled in computer-science programs rose for the first time in six years, says a new report.