President Snyder Joins Peers to Discuss Higher Education, Research Opportunities in Ohio


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder joined more than 40 of her peers at the Second Annual Ohio College and University Presidents' Conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

The conference, hosted by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, focused on educational priorities, strategies to forge statewide partnerships, and initiatives to maximize federal investments, including economic recovery funding. The event coincided with the U.S. Department of Education's release of $44 billion in recovery funding for critical educational reforms in Ohio schools and schools across the country. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Jagdip Singh to the H. Clark Ford Professorship in the Weatherhead School of Management from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday, April 17, at the Peter B. Lewis building, lower level.  The event will feature a presentation by Singh entitled "Harnessing Organizational Frontlines for Effective Customer Connectivity: Why It is Hard, and What Organizations Can Do About It." A reception will immediately follow the event. To RSVP, go online or contact Cheryl Lauderdale at 368-5101, by Monday, April 6.

The university's book club is currently readingThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Those interested in discussing the book are invited to attend the group's next meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Adelbert Hall 352. Contact Sue Benedict for details.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to faculty, staff, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives, and students, as well as tour the school. Learn more.

The Center for Science and Math Education is co-sponsoring "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration at the Cuyahoga County Public Library" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library's administration building. This free professional development program is being offered to adults who work with youth ages 10 through 14 interested in participating in hands-on science around oceans and lake systems. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The next Supervisory Briefing Session will focus on the topic of "Avoiding Retaliation Claims" and "The Basics of Human Resource Laws." Colleen Treml of the Office of General Counsel and Employee Relations staff will lead the discussion. The sessions will take from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Frohring Auditorium, and 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 9, in Nord Hall 310.

For Students


Several student organizations will host a "Meet the Provost" event at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in Rough Rider Room. A panel of Undergraduate Student Government, University Program Board, Residence Hall Association, Panhellenic Council, and Interfraternity Congress presidents will ask questions of Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III which pertain to students' lives, his role as provost, and his ideas for the future. The event will include free food. Cosponsored by USG, UPB, RHA and Greek Life.

As part of the Swing Dance Club's Sparx weekend, the Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 4, in Carlton Commons. A free beginner's swing dance lesson will be held before the dance from 8 to 9 p.m. Free admission for Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music students. Learn more.



Campus community members and the general public are invited to register online for Research ShowCASE 2009. Attendees should expect to see real-world applications, critical insights and creative and intellectual activities. The projects will highlight the full range of faculty, postdoctoral and graduate research done year-round at the university. Read more.

Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania will speak as part of the Year of Darwin and Evolution series at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Clapp 108. Tishkoff is a population geneticist working on human variation, adaptation and evolution in Africa. Hosted by the departments of anthropology, biology and evolutionary biology. Learn more.

The Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve School of Law and the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law's 25th Annual Conference, An Example of Cooperation and Common Cause: Enhancing Canada-US Security and Prosperity through the Great Lakes and North American Trade, will continue through Saturday, April 4, in University Circle. The conference will assemble representatives of the new U.S. administration and Congress, Canadian government officials, legal practitioners, industry leaders, scholars, and more to examine the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship. All Case Western Reserve community members are invited to attend free of charge.  Online registration is required. All conference proceedings will be published in the Canada-United States Law Journal. 

As part of its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Lecture Series, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present a talk on “Transforming Non-Profits for Relevancy in Challenging Times” from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 6, at the Mandel School, Room 320. Celeste Terry (SAS '03), assistant executive director of the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland will be the speaker. Free, but reservations are required by contacting Pamela Carson by e-mail or by phone at 368-2281. Continuing education units are available.

The Cleveland Medical Library Association presents John Harley Warner of Yale University on the topic of "The Image of Modern Medicine: Professional Identity and Visual Culture in America at the Turn of the 20th Century" at 6 p.m. this evening in Ford Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Powell Room, second floor of the Allen Library. RSVP by phone at 368-3648 or by e-mail to

Giuseppe Mazzotta, an authority on Dante, will discuss "Ethics and the Sacred in Renaissance Epics," at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Clark Hall 206. He will focus on epic poems by Ariosto and Tasso and will explore their rethinking of the most fundamental values of the Renaissance: freedom and a new idea of the sacred.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classics. 

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


The Human Rights Campaign honored 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 last week. They received the award for their support of campus LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) diversity efforts. Jane Daroff, a member of Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services and a 2008 Equality Award recipient, presented Snyder and Singer with their awards. Go to Case Western Reserve's LGBT resource center to learn more.


Case Western Reserve University received several top honors in the 24th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards. The university placed second in the category "Newsletter: School with 2,000-4,999 students" for a series of "Case Views" booklets, and placed first in the "Total Recruitment Package: School with 2,000-4,999 students" category. Case Western Reserve staff members JoAnn Dickey, Tim Marshall, Lisa Srisuro, and Jonathan Wehner, as well as student marketing interns Solomon Awe, Emily Garvey, and Paul Salamon, worked on the winning pieces.


Imbalance of iron homeostasis is a common feature of prion disease-affected human, mouse, and hamster brains, according to a new study by Neena Singh, associate professor of pathology, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. These findings, published March 13 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, provide new insight into the mechanism of neurotoxicity in prion disorders, and novel avenues for the development of therapeutic strategies.


Last Son, a documentary exploring the Cleveland roots of comic book hero Superman, will be shown at the Akron Film Festival tonight at 10 p.m. The documentary was directed by Brad Ricca, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve. In related news, SAGES Presidential Fellow and Plain Dealer reporter Michael Sangiacomo, who co-teaches a comics book class with Ricca, has been nominated for a Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award. His Tales of the Starlight Drive-In is a finalist for Best Graphic Novel of 2008. Online voting is open through May 31.

April 3, 2009

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Case in the News

Cleveland Clinic intends to take over Medina General Hospital

The Plain Dealer, April 3, 2009
The Cleveland Clinic announced Thursday that it will take over Medina General Hospital, investing $40 million in capital improvements. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve University Research ShowCASE set for April 16

Sun Press, April 3, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009 will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16 in the Veale Convocation Center. The free event includes more than 600 researchers and is expected to draw several thousand people.

LCCC seminar demonstrates innovations such as robotic surgery, organic farming

The Chronicle-Telegram, April 3, 2009
Someday in the very near future, a person with a paralyzed arm may be able to have a 100-electrode array implanted in his or her brain, allowing that person to move that arm once again. During a seminar Thursday at Lorain County Community College, P. Hunter Peckham, who specializes in neural engineering and prosthetics at Case Western Reserve University, showed about 200 gifted students from around Lorain County how the device might eventually work.

WG student artworks exhibited around state

West Geauga Sun, April 3, 2009
The artwork of West Geauga students is on display at three locations in exhibits sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. Artwork by 13 students is on display at Case Western Reserve University.

Agency can aid with foreclosure issues

Brooklyn Sun, April 2, 2009
Foreclosures, increasingly late mortgage payments and bad loans are everywhere. These days, no community is immune. The NEO CANDO system, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, has been tracking the information.

Higher Ed News

Harvard goes Web-only with course catalog, handbooks

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 2, 2009
Harvard University plans to stop printing its course catalogs, faculty and student handbooks, and the Q Guide—which publishes the results of each year's course evaluations—after this semester. Starting in the fall, these guides will be published exclusively on the Web.