Campus Community Invited to LEED Certification Celebration Monday, April 13


Case Western Reserve University is celebrating the fact it has the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in University Circle with an awards ceremony and outdoor festivities from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the Village at 115. The celebration will take place in a tent between Starbucks and House 4.

In January, Case Western Reserve earned a Silver rating for the entire Village at 115 residence hall complex, and last summer, House 5 in the Village received LEED Gold, the second highest certification. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings for buildings that are considered to be the most "green," energy efficient and high performing.

During the April 13 celebration, Glenn Nicholls, vice president for student affairs, will present two glass plaques inscribed with the LEED award logo to President Barbara R. Snyder.

In addition, the university's annual Sustain-a-Palooza event will coincide with the LEED celebration. Ten booths representing on-campus groups and external organizations showing the latest products and information related to sustainability initiatives will be set up at the event. Read more.

Research ShowCASE to Feature
Dozens of Interactive Displays


Although Research ShowCASE is known for its hundreds of poster displays, the event also features interactive displays. The Case Western Reserve and local communities are invited to check them out during this year's event, which takes place Thursday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Veale Convocation Center.

Go online for a full schedule of events.

"A record-number of researchers—more than 600—from Case Western Reserve University and its affiliates will celebrate a broad range of ground-breaking studies," says Cindy Barker, director of Research ShowCASE 2009. Of those hundreds, dozens will be interactive projects. Read more.

Campus News


The Spartan baseball team will head to the home of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians. Case Western Reserve will host the College of Wooster beginning at noon, Tuesday, April 14, at Progressive Field. Two shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes, leaving from behind Thwing Center (Bellflower Road, behind Turning Point Sculpture) to head down to Progressive Field beginning at 11 a.m. The last bus will leave Progressive Field at 4 p.m. Print a ticket to the game.

The next session of the Weight Watchers at Work program begins on Wednesday, April 15, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to to learn more.


As part of the upcoming Relay For Life event at Case Western Reserve, old cell phones are being collected on campus. Bins are set up in the Biomedical Research Building Cafe, SAGES Cafe and at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Every cell phone collected will result in a donation to the American Cancer Society. Contact Bob Sopko at 368-1522 for more details.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11, campus community members will gather at the Beta house for the 24th Annual Steven P. Arnold Walk-athon to raise money to fight diabetes. Arnold was a Beta who graduated in 1984. He died in 1985 due to complications from diabetes. The cost is $5/per walker. Proceeds will go to the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. Contact John Carey for more information.

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.

University Hospitals Eye Institute announces the opening of its satellite clinic at the UH Hudson Health Center, in Hudson, Ohio, on April 27. Anna Singh and Thomas Stokkermans, who are both assistant professors of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, will lead the clinic. Case Western Reserve employees could be covered to receive a yearly routine vision exam as preventive care under their individual medical plan. Call (216)844-3601 for appointment information.

For Students

The 2009-2010 Student Conduct Hearing Board (SCHB) is accepting applications. The SCHB is comprised of undergraduate students who hear cases involving violations of university and Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life policies or behaviors that disregard community and student rights. Applications are due April 15. Learn more.

Tau Beta Pi will hold a FireSale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 13-15, on the Quad. This outdoor version of the organization's popular Bookswap will feature "must-go" books at clearance prices. Learn more.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will hold a meeting for its executive committee elections for 2010 at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. Hear more about upcoming WISER events and committees. Guests and new members are invited to attend. Learn more.


Clarification of April 9 announcement: 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 Department of Astronomy is co-sponsoring the 2008-09 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The last speaker will be Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Livio will speak on the topic of "Is God a Mathematician." Light refreshments will be served. Earlier the same day, he will also give an Astronomy Colloquium at 3 p.m. in Sears Library, Room 552, entitled, "Dark Energy: Hopes and Expectations."

The Program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health continues its lecture series, Global Health, Culture and Change, with Margaret Bentley of the University of North Carolina. She will discuss "The Role of Care for Optimal Growth and Development of Infants and Toddlers: Data from North Carolina and India" at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. Learn more.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Robert Bonomo of Case Western Reserve, and Louis Rice of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, on the topic of "Can We ESKAPE Antibiotic Resistance?" The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Julius Fund Lecture in Renaissance Art will take place at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. The keynote speaker will be Christian Kleinbub of The Ohio State University on the topic of "The Visionary Dimensions of Raphael's 'Transfiguration.' Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

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

Martin Boyle, a lecturer in the Art Studio, is represented by a new gallery in Marseille, France: Galerie Polysemie. Learn more.

Albert L. Waldo received the first ever Distinguished Scientist (Translational Domain) Award from the American College of Cardiology last month in recognition of his major contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. He has been a major leader in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, and he helped develop the clinical field. He has written more than 600 publications, and one of his articles was selected by the American College of Cardiology as one of 14 Historical Articles as part of the College's 50th Anniversary Commemoration in 1997. Waldo is the Walter H. Pritchard Professor of Cardiology, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Medicine.

The following are winners of Undergraduate Student Government Student Life Improvement Grants: $6,000 to John Horton for chairs for Carlton Commons events; $600 to Leigh Praskac for a board game check-out service; and $7,500 to the Footlighters for student organization audio equipment.


Barry L. Farmer, chief scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, was named a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for his outstanding contributions to science, the Air Force, and the United States. Farmer was an award recipient in the Meritorious Senior Professional category. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry (1969) and master's in macromolecular science (1972) from Case Institute of Technology, and his doctorate degree in macromolecular science from Case Western Reserve in 1974.

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.

Crawford Server Moves will begin Monday, April 13:

  • may be slow
  • DHCP for phones, no addresses issued to new phones or phone restarts
  • SASS Application unable to be downloaded from
  • No new IP address leases to wireless network, but active connections will remain
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 10, 2009

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Case in the News

Fairlawn company develops technique to make plastics with long-lasting flavor

The Plain Dealer, April 10, 2009
Fairlawn performance plastics company A. Schulman Inc. has developed a technique to add flavors and fragrances to plastics. In coming years, they see a growing market for mint-flavored mouth guards, orange-flavored pacifiers or peanut-flavored forks. Hatsuo Ishida, a professor in Case Western Reserve University's department of macromolecular science and engineering, said the Schulman program sounds like a novel use of a process initially developed for medical implants.

Exercise improves quality of life for heart failure patients

Science Centric, April 8, 2009
Heart failure patients who regularly exercise fare better and feel better about their lives than do similar patients who do not work out on a regular basis, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Ileana Pina, a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Stem cells hold promise for fixing corneas, ending blindness

Corpus Christi Caller Times , April 10, 2009
The cure was so dramatic it surprised even the researchers. They had injected human adult stem cells into the corneas of mice and, in due time, the scarring and cloudiness that cause corneal blindness completely disappeared. But the results were more than met the eye. Repairing corneas with adult stem cells, which already exist in the human eye, signals an advance in stem-cell research that could apply bodywide. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, and several other schools are part of the project.

Rawsons honored

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2009
This year's In Tribute to the Public Service Award at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs will go to Judy and Bob Rawson. Judy Rawson was a two-term mayor of Shaker Heights. Bob Rawson is a partner in the Cleveland office of the Jones Day law firm and interim dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Whatever happened to...

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2009
Whatever happened to inventor John Kanzius' machine that appeared to make it possible to burn salt water? The Erie, Pa., man's device has sparked lots of scientific and public curiosity—and debate—since it was first in the news a couple of years ago. The jury is still out on whether the so-called Kanzius effect is just a curiosity or may eventually have practical value in some industrial process. Arthur Heuer, University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Genetic enhancement–boon or boondoggle?

Arizona State University News, April 8, 2009
Some day, in the not-too-distant future, doctors may be able to reprogram a patient's DNA so that he or she will never get cancer or Alzheimer's disease—or, perhaps, find the "Holy Grail" of genetics research—eternal youth. Maxwell J. Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Law-Medicine Center, comments.

Higher Ed News

Consumer-law advocacy group calls for student-loan reform

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 9, 2009
The National Consumer Law Center issued a report yesterday calling for lenders to help borrowers get out of debt and for government to help low-income students pay for college in a fiscally responsible way.