School of Dental Medicine Looking
for 100 Youths Who Need Braces


Does your child need braces? The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 100 patients between the ages of 10 and 16 who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school's discounted braces program.

Normally, braces cost $5,000 or more, but the dental school clinic will treat youth for $2,600. Dennis Beeson, director of the orthodontic clinic, says each teenager will have a treatment team that includes both a faculty member and a resident orthodontist in the dental school's graduate program. The program trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics. Read more.

Campus News


The Safe Ride program, sponsored by the Department of Police and Security, provides students and employees transportation around campus, as well as University Circle, in a specially marked security van from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Learn more.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Appetizers and beverages will be served and parking will be available. Contact Kate Coleman, EMBA program manager, at 368-6411 to reserve a spot, or register online.


Alpha Phi Omega's March for Marfan, an annual 5k run/ 3k walk, will be held on Saturday, April 4. The walk is a fundraising benefit for the National Marfan Foundation. Marfan's Syndrome is a genetic, life threatening connective tissue disorder. Individuals can sign up for the event for $20/person or $60 for a group of four. Those who register in advance will receive a March for Marfan T-shirt. Send an e-mail to the organizers or go online for more information.

1-2-1 Fitness Center invites the campus community to join its Spring Into Fitness eight-week weight loss program. The new program begins Monday, March 23, and includes full access to 1-2-1 Fitness, weekly weigh ins and prizes, nutrition and bootcamp group sessions, and three grand prizes. Go online for details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is hosting a seminar on "Perspectives for Weathering Volatile Times" from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Allen Memorial Library, Ford Auditorium. P. Brett Hammond, managing director and chief investment strategist of TIAA-CREF, will discuss investor strategies during an economic downturn as well the background of the current market turbulence. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Register online.

For Students


The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host "Dinner with the Professionals" from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Thwing Center's Spartan Lounge. Students will have an opportunity to meet professional women in the fields of medicine, engineering and research over a formal dinner experience. Students will be placed at the table of their choice based on career interests and/or major. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $5.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is sponsoring a university-wide "Sex Ed Trivia Night" from 9 to 11 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at the Jolly Scholar. The event is designed to promote sexual health and safe practices via a trivia event. Tickets will be on sale from noon to 1 p.m., March 23-26 in Thwing Center.

The Pre-Dental Society is hosting "All About Interviews" at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Thwing Center's Bellflower Lounge. Phil Aftoora of the School of Dental Medicine will discuss the dental interview process. Contact Fred Chen for details.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Office of Continuing Education is offering several workshops on and off campus next week. Continuing Education Units are available. Complete details are available online.


The Department of History is sponsoring a public lecture "What if They Held a Race Riot and Nobody Cared? Woodland Neighborhood Jews, the Dearborn Independent, and Legal Guarantees of a Free Press in 1920s Cleveland," at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in Mather House 100. The talk will be given by Victoria Saker Woeste of the American Bar Foundation. Learn more.

Mather Dance Center presents Spring Works: Student Series at 8 p.m., March 26-28, and at 2:30 p.m. on March 29. The concert will showcase an eclectic mix of choreography from guest artists, graduate students and senior undergraduates. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for adults 60 and older and Case Western Reserve faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the door or reservations can be made by calling 368-6262.

The Department of Family Medicine invites the campus community to "Patient Centered Medical Home: A Foundation for Health Care Delivery Reform" from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the Biomedical Research Building's Frohring Auditorium. The speaker is Michael K. Magill of the University of Utah. A light breakfast will be served. Free.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring "An Evening with Kirk Franklin" for its 19th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 27, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Franklin, a contemporary gospel artist, is the guest speaker. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and retention efforts for underrepresented students at Case Western Reserve. Tickets are $70 through March 21 and $80 March 22-25. Call 368-2904 for 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


Alma Sealine, director of housing in the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life, was recently elected vice president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers—International (ACUHO-I). ACUHO-I represents over 10,000 university housing professionals from around the world. Sealine will serve a three-year term. She will serve as vice president, then president elect, and then president of the association.

Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, has won the 2009 Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award for its fellowship program. The award is given by the American Society of Engineering Education's Corporate Member Council.


The Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Niagara International Law Moot Court team won the international competition. The team was composed of law students Michael Pierson, Katie Watson, Brin Anderson and Katharine Quaglieri. They beat out 20 other law school teams to capture the Niagara Cup. The team was coached by Professors Cassandra Robertson and Karla Bell. Learn more.

Robert Binstock recently received the Ollie Randall Award from the National Council on Aging for his lifelong commitment to aging issues. Binstock is professor of aging, health, and society. He holds secondary appointments as professor in the departments of bioethics, medicine, political science, sociology, and nursing. 

The School of Medicine's Bob Bonomo, Mukesh Jain and Chris King were recently elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The AAP recognizes sustained scientific achievement.

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education board of trustees recently elected FirstEnergy's Robert P. Reffner (LAW '77) as its new chair.

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 20, 2009

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Case in the News

Advancing research, protecting life

Zanesville Times Reporter, March 20, 2009
U.S. Sen. George Voinovich has written an op-ed piece about advances in adult and umbilical blood cord cells research. He writes about Cleveland's National Center for Regenerative Medicine, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University and other area research institutions.

Students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine's inaugural class learn residency fates

The Plain Dealer, March 19, 2009
At exactly noon yesterday at Case Western Reserve University's Wolstein Research Building, 172 medical school seniors from the School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University ripped open white envelopes to read the news about where they will spend the next three to seven years in residency training. Pamela Davis, dean of Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine, commented on the high match rate. Related article.

Looking up your career at the library

Science Careers, March 20, 2009
Largely employed by universities, science librarians shape the library's collection, teach scientists how to search for information, and even directly assist with certain informatics-heavy research projects. Brian Gray, an engineering, math and statistics reference librarian at Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library, comments.

Small businesses to get tax breaks, loan help

USA TODAY, March 17, 2009
President Obama announced a broad plan Monday that aims to boost small-business owners by giving their companies increased tax breaks, better access to loans and reduced loan fees. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Implications for Illinois and beyond from strengthening forensic science in the United States: A path forward

WILL AM 580, March 18, 2009
Paul C. Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was a recent guest on the Focus 580 with David Inge radio program.

Democratic science

National Journal magazine, March 7, 2009
The science sector is thrilled with Barack Obama's election to the White House. Scientists expect the new administration to involve them in major decisions, to boost their funding, and to champion their perspectives on climate change, social issues, and national security. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Higher Ed News

NSF wants a few good 'new' researchers

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, March 19, 2009
If you're new to the game of applying for federal grant money, the National Science Foundation wants you. The independent federal agency, which is getting $3-billion from the $787-billion economic-stimulus measure signed into law last month, today announced some guidelines for how it will go about divvying up its largess.