President, Deputy Provost to Receive Awards from Human Rights Campaign


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will honor Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Deputy Provost Lynn Singer with its Equality Award during its 16th Annual Celebrating the Fine Art of Equality celebration Saturday, March 28, at the Cleveland InterContinental Hotel.

The two university leaders will receive the award for their support of campus LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) diversity efforts. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a general reception, followed by dinner and a program. The Very Rev. Tracey Lind from Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral also will be honored during the event.


Singer has established an LGBT Task Force of faculty, students and staff on campus who have, in turn, created a website with information and resources for the LGBT community. As a result of these efforts, Case Western Reserve has been recognized by Advocate College Guide as one of the best 100 campuses for LGBT students.

Jane Daroff, a member of Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services and 2008 Equality Award recipient, will present this year’s prize to Snyder and Singer. Tickets for the Celebrating the Fine Art of Equality event can be purchased through or by calling 1-800-494-8497.

Sessions Provide Update on University's
Revised Policies on Conflicts of Interest

Case Western Reserve University’s Board of Trustees last month approved a new conflict of interest policy developed at the initiative of President Barbara R. Snyder and with extensive consultation with constituencies across the campus.

Maxwell J. Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and director of the Law-Medicine Center, led a committee of faculty and staff that wrote the new policy. Professor Mehlman and his colleagues on the committee then worked closely with members of the Faculty Senate on revisions; the senate overwhelmingly endorsed the document last month.

The new policies apply to all members of the university community, including University leadership, faculty, researchers, staff and students. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of the Provost is accepting nominations for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize. The Hovorka Prize was established in 1994 by Dorothy Humel Hovorka, an honorary member of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees and a leader in the arts and community affairs, in honor of her late husband, Frank, who was a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. The award recognizes a faculty member for exceptional achievements in teaching, research and scholarship that benefits humanity. Nominators should send a two- or three-page nomination letter, along with the nominee's CV or other biographical information. Information should be submitted to Lois Langell by April 5. Learn more.

Kelvin Smith Library sponsors one of the world's top Darwin scholars Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. when noted science historian and Darwin author John van Whye, Ph.D., of the University of Cambridge visits to discuss Charles Darwin, the True Story. Hear about his latest research and work as director of The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online. Read more at KSL NewsBlog.

Celebrate the appointment of Jagdip Singh, Ph.D., to the H. Clark Ford Professorship.  The event features a presentation by Singh titled “Harnessing Organizational Frontlines for Effective Customer Connectivity: Why it is hard, and What organizations can do about it.” A reception will imediately follow the event, which will be held Friday, April 17, 2009 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building, lower level.  Please respond online or call Cheryl Lauderdale at 216-368-5101 by Monday, April 6, 2009.

For Faculty and Staff


The Commencement Office is seeking dependable Case Western Reserve employees to help make Commencement 2009 a special and memorable day for graduates. Compensatory time off will be given with approval from a direct supervisor. Contact Lauren Biddlecombe at 368-2229 for additional details.

For Students

Undergraduate Student Government is looking for candidates for the 2009-2010 academic year. Letters of Intent for positions in USG are due Monday, March 30, by midnight. USG is dependent upon dedicated, effective individuals as the organization works to put students first. A comprehensive guide to the 2009-2010 Elections can be found here. USG will also be hosting class officer elections. All candidates for class officer positions will be subject to the rules and regulations of the USG Election Commission. Be sure to read the detailed information available for these elections, which will be held April 9 and 10.

Greek Week 2009 events begin Sunday, March 29, 2009, with Greek III at 3:30 p.m. at John Hay High School. Other events include:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Faculty Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Thwing Ballroom

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Greek Sing 6 p.m. at Thwing Ballroom
Trivia Night Following Greek Sing

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Letter Check-in 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Thwing Atrium
Banner Competition 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on the Case Quad
Variety Show 6:30 p.m. at The Ohio Theatre

Friday, April 3, 2009
Spot Shot 3 p.m. Veale Center
Beach Ball Relay 6 p.m. Veale Center New Pool
Raft Race Following Beach Ball Relay

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Can Castle 9 a.m. KSL Oval
Obstacle Course 1 p.m. on the Quad
Egg Toss after Obstacle Course at Freiberger Field
Unity Event after Egg Toss at Freiberger Field
Pyramid after Unity Event at Freiberger Field

Sunday, April 5, 2009
Rope Pull 12 p.m. at field between ΔΤΔ and ΑΦ
Awards Ceremony will immediately follow Rope Pull

A complete list of Greek Week 2009 activities is available online.


Applications for Springfest 2009 are due by Wednesday, April 1. Applications are available online for organizations interested in having a booth at the event. Organizations should send an e-mail to for more information.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, will host a Dance-Off for Darfur from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Spot. The event will feature several dance teams from university organizations, followed by a regular dance that open to everyone. Proceeds will benefit the Genocide Intervention Network. Student groups and individuals who win the competition will receive a gift card to be used at local businesses near campus. Admission will be $3 at the door.


The Department of Music announces the third concert in its 23rd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness. CC&C presents the Cleveland debut of Quicksilver at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, in Harkness Chapel. The program is a celebration of Handel the cosmopolitan musician. Discounted tickets of $23 are available for faculty and staff. Admission is free for Case Western Reserve students. Read more.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is sponsoring a talk featuring Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and SAGES Presidential Fellow. She will explore the relationship between popular culture institutions and consumers at 7 p.m., Modnay, March 30, in Clark Hall 206. She will discuss the role that the Hall of Fame inductions play in shaping rock and roll history, the value of artists and musical styles, and the role of critics, artists and fans. Go online or call 368-8961 for information.


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and John Orlock, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities, will present Book. Kitchen. Brook. on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 4:15 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206.
The comic drama is about coming to terms with love, lust, the uncertainty of angling, and the loss of a sustaining future. Visit or call 216-368-8961.

In honor of Women's History Month, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will co-host "She Did What?!—A Casual Open Mic Event" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, at the Arabica coffeehouse on Juniper Drive. The campus and general community are invited to listen and share stories of female strength. The event will include dessert and door prizes.

George R. Lucas, professor of philosophy and director of Navy and National Programs in the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, will give a talk on "The Ethics of Military Anthropology" at 4 p.m., Monday, March 30, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. He will discuss a variety of topics, such as whether anthropologists should accept employment with military, security and intelligence forces as instructors.Co-sponsored by the Inamori Center and the Department of Anthropology. 

The Footlighters, the university's musical theater group, is bringing The Pajama Game to the Thwing Ballroom stage. This Tony award-winning musical is about a workplace romance in the middle of a pajama factory labor strike. Featuring famous songs such as Hernando's Hideaway and Hey There. Show times are 8 p.m. tonight and 8 p.m. and midnight, Saturday, March 28. Tickets can be purchased at the door ($5 with student ID).

Mather Dance Center presents Spring Works: Student Series at 8 p.m. tonight and March 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.

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

Clemens Burda, Ph.D., of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry, and Ben Strowbridge, Ph.D., of the School of Medicine's Departmeent of Neurosciences, have published a paper on light-induced (wireless) neural triggering in brain tissue through the use of semiconductor nanoparticle photoelectrodes. The article was selected by Angewandte Chemie as a "Hot Paper" and is now being publicized in many broader science and medicine journals.


The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) held a graduation ceremony and reception Wednesday, March 18th, to recognize the class of 2009 and class members' mentors. The goal of the ELP is to give first-year Case Western Reserve University students the opportunity to develop a foundation of leadership skills by providing knowledge and experiences essential for lifelong leadership engagement. Please join us in congratulating the ELP class of 2009 and thanking this year's ELP mentors. Read more for the names of this year's graduates.

Laxminarayana Devireddy, assistant professor of pathology, recently won a $75,000 scholarship from the American Society of Hematology for research on a new medicine, Lipocalin.

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 27, 2009

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Case in the News

Breakdown of Cleveland Foundation Grants

The Cleveland Foundation on Thursday issued quarterly grants, including $1.5 million to Case Western Reserve University. The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2009

Childhood obesity a concern among state lawmakers

Two proposed Maryland bills aim to provide residents with more information about their food choices and improve the nutritional quality of food served in restaurants. A Case Western Reserve University study is cited. Ocean City Today, March 27, 2009

You can deduct some health-care costs from your taxes

Things are changing when it comes to medical expenses. A lot of us are making bigger co-payments, paying higher deductibles, pulling more out of our own pockets for health insurance. With layoffs and furloughs, a lot of us are earning less, too. That increases our chances of being able to write off health-care costs. Erik Jensen, who teaches tax law at Case Western Reserve University comments. The Plain Dealer, March 26, 2009

U. of Mich. Museum of Art reopening after overhaul

The University of Michigan Museum of Art is staking a claim as an academic and community center for the arts with a $41.9 million expansion and renovation of its home in the heart of campus.The museum reopens this week. Anne Helmreich, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University comments., March 26, 2009

Higher Ed News

Universities Create Own Building Boom

The economic downturn may have stopped most new construction in southeast Wisconsin, but area colleges and universities are plowing ahead. The Milwaukee Business Journal, March 27, 2009