University Researchers Have Opportunity to Apply for Federal Stimulus Funding

As the United States tries to get back on track during an economic downturn, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offers Case Western Reserve University researchers an opportunity to demonstrate how their projects can contribute to improving the economy.

The university wants to help researchers navigate the landscape of appropriate stimulus opportunities. To that end, a new Web site, sponsored by the Offices of the Provost, Sponsored Research and Government Relations, includes links to important information, a comments section for faculty information exchange and discussion, and important dates for activities.

"We try to update the Web site daily about new funding opportunities, and we recommend that faculty and other interested parties check it regularly," said David Bell, vice president for government and community relations. Read more.

Campus News


On April 22—Earth Day—400 Bon Appétit cafés across the country will participate in Low Carbon Diet Day, proving that low carbon eating can help the planet and be delicious too. The management company provides food and dining services at Case Western Reserve University. Diners will have an opportunity to experience low carbon dining first hand. Learn more.

Lot 13A has transitioned to a University Hospitals permit lot and will no longer be available to visitors during daytime hours. Visitor and special event  parking will still be available after hours and on weekends. Visitors may utilize lots 29 or 53 as an alternative. Contact Access Services at 368-2273 with questions or for more information.


The campus community will have an opportunity to learn more about research being conducted by undergraduate students during the 2009 Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 17, in Thwing Center. Learn more.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has released Ahead of the Curve, the nation's first Doctor of Nursing Practice magazine. The publication showcases the school's program by presenting its rich history and profiles of current students and esteemed graduates.

For Faculty and Staff

An e-mail reminder about the COACHE Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey will be sent during the week of April 13 to a sample of pre-tenure faculty. The confidential survey is being conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and deals with experiences and quality of life as an early-career faculty member. Questions can be directed to Lynn Singer via e-mail or by phone at 368-4389.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host its Administrative Professionals' Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The event is a celebration of Case Western Reserve's women administrative professionals. This year's theme is "A Life of Service" with guest speaker Natalie Ronayne, executive director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. RSVP by April 15 via e-mail. Co-sponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

In honor of Financial Awareness Month, the Department of Human Resources is offering its Money Wise Series. "Personal Budgeting Made Easy" will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Crawford Hall 209. Learn how to keep track of where your money goes, so that you can make more conscious decisions about spending and saving. This workshop promises to be interactive and energizing. Lolita Hines, director of budgets and planning in the Office of Finance, will lead the discussion. Register online.

For Students

The Weatherhead School of Management will host an MBA open house for undergraduate students from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the KeyBank Café in the Peter B. Lewis Building. Students with strong academic qualifications and relevant internship or co-op experiences may apply for the MBA program, even if they do not possess full-time work experience. Applications for a fee waiver worth $75 will be available.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hiring paid undergraduate and graduate interns for the summer and the 2009-2010 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, April 10. Detailed information about the jobs is available on the Center for Women Web site.

The Village at 115 and Murray Hill Complex will host "Rockin' Out Serving Others" beginning at 5 p.m. today at the Jolly Scholar. The event will feature food and entertainment. There will be a live rock band, jugglers, a Case Western Reserve a cappella group, and other student performances. There is also a 50/50 raffle. The price is $8 for food and any one drink at the bar, including alcoholic beverages for those age 21 and older. Half of the money raised will go to a fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.


As part of the Wain Journalism Series, Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood, will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Clark Hall 309. She will speak on the topic of "How the Woman's Movement has Re-framed the American Narrative." Levine was the founding editor of Ms. magazine and editor of The Columbia Journalism Review. In addition, she produced the Peabody-Award-winning documentary, She's Nobody's Baby: A History of Women in the Twentieth Century. Learn more.

Approximately 20 graduating students in the Master of Public Health program (MPH) will present their Capstone work during the Innovations in Population Health: Research, Programs, and Policy Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 13 (Wolstein Auditorium) and 14 (Biomedical Research Building Auditorium). From global health needs assessments in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, to clinical projects designed to improve outcomes in pediatric medicine, this conference highlights the diverse expertise of MPH students and their distinct contributions to population health. The two-day conference also will feature several keynote speakers.


Voices of Glory, the university's gospel choir, will host their annual spring benefit concert at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 11, in Harkness Chapel. The theme is "L.I.V.E.— Living in Victory Every Day!" The admission fee is $7 at the door, and CaseCash will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit a needy family in the Cleveland community. Light refreshments will be available after the concert.

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.

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.

April 9, 2009

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Case in the News

Medical mart contract details how Cuyahoga County taxpayers' millions will be spent

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2009
The long-awaited deal for the proposed $425 million medical mart and convention center ensures that Cuyahoga County taxpayers can track every penny of the public's money spent on design and construction. Mark Chupp, assistant professor of community development at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, comments.

Case Western Reserve University dramatically expands conflict-of-interest policy

MedCity News, April 8, 2009
A broad conflict-of-interest overhaul at Case Western Reserve University will scrutinize industry-sponsored research. It essentially requires anyone working or attending the school to report even a modicum of potential conflict related to their research.

Local researcher considers how to combat parasitic infections, April 7, 2009
Schistosomiasis–it's a big name for a microscopic little worm. Mostly they live in water snails, and around here, they don't cause much more than a rash explains Case Western Reserve University's Charles King, an expert on global health and diseases. But some local scientists are working to control these parasites around the world.

Swagelok develops new process to harden stainless steel, April 9, 2009
Steel users such as Swagelok haven't given up on value-added projects that reduce the cost and improve the quality of the metal products they buy and use in making valves and fluid and gas system components. Case in point: The self-developed Swagelok SAT12 process, a surface-hardening procedure that boosts basic stainless steel's surface hardness and wear and corrosion resistance to mimic the mechanical properties of titanium, Hastelloy and other specialty alloys. Swagelok has worked with Case Western Reserve University to help analyze the process.

George Newman pitched his way into Case Western Reserve Hall of Fame

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2009
George Newman, who played baseball for Western Reserve University, and nine others will be inducted into the Case Reserve Athletic Club Hall of Fame at Case Western Reserve University on April 24.

Higher Ed News

Student aid contributes to ballooning tuition, report says

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 7, 2009
Increased federal student aid, especially to middle-class families, is contributing to the rising cost of higher education, a report by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity says.