Case Western Reserve University Names
First Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation


Case Western Reserve University has announced the appointment of Mario Garcia-Sanz as the inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation at the Case School of Engineering.

Garcia-Sanz has been professor and head of the Control, Energy and Space Technology Research Group at the Public University of Navarra, Spain. He has directed the design and control of wind turbines for several European projects.

"Mario is a wonderful new member of our energy team. A world leader in control technology and turbine innovation, he's going to be a tremendous asset to the university as well as to the region as we look to harness wind energy to fuel our local economy," said Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering at the Case School of Engineering. Read more.

Mather Park Dedication Set for Wednesday, April 15


In 2008, the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association announced that it would give the balance of its endowment to Case Western Reserve University to support a range of areas to enhance the student experience. The campus community will have an opportunity to see one of those gifts in action on Wednesday, April 15. That's when Mather Park will officially be dedicated as the home field for Case Western Reserve's softball team.

The campus community is invited to attend the dedication ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. The event will include remarks from President Barbara R. Snyder, as well as a special first pitch by Mather alumnae. Afterward, there will be a cookout and a softball double header between the Spartans and Denison University at 3:30 p.m. Read more.

Campus News


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting a series of events through Friday, April 17, for Shatter the Silence Week, part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Scheduled activities include the Take Back the Night panel discussion, speak out and candle vigil, and the Benefit for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. In addition, the Postcard Project continues through Friday in Thwing Center.

Researchers in the Department of Cognitive Science are using a new online Experiment Management System, where people can register to participate in IRB approved research studies. Anyone age 18 or older can register. Registered users have no obligation to participate in any study. Participants can enroll in a study and schedule appointments to participate; receive automatic e-mail reminders of appointments; receive e-mails when new studies become available; and unsubscribe from e-mails and/or remove all of their data from the system. Compensation or reimbursement may be available depending on the particular research study. Send an e-mail to for information.

The next session of the Weight Watchers at Work program begins on Wednesday, April 15, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group meets every 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.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to an All-College Meeting from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, in the Ford Auditorium of Allen Memorial Library. President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III will provide an update on current university events and answer questions.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a "Workshop on a Template Approach to Academic Writing" from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Often without realizing it, experienced writers have come to master certain rhetorical conventions or moves that underlie all persuasive writing. In their textbook They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Cathy Birkenstein-Graff and Gerald Graff show that these conventional moves are so commonly made that they can be represented in basic templates. In a workshop arranged by the Center for the Study of Writing and co-sponsored by SAGES and UCITE, the authors will offer strategies and practical advice. Pizza and beverages will be served. Part of Writing Week. RSVP by e-mail to Joshua Palmer.


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 the university'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.

The Department of Human Resources continues its Money Wise Series. "Personal Budgeting Made Easy" will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Crawford Hall 209. Participants will learn how to keep track of where their money goes in order to make decisions about spending and saving. 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 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 by Wednesday, April 15. Learn more.

Tau Beta Pi will continue its FireSale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, on the Quad. This outdoor version of the organization's Bookswap will feature books at clearance prices.

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



The Writing Week keynote lecture will be given by Gerald Graff of the University of Illinois, Chicago. His topic will be "The Centrality of Argument" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. Refreshments will be served.

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 today at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. Learn more.


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.' 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.

In Memoriam

Philip A. Legge died earlier this month. He served as secretary of the corporation at the Case Institute of Technology, the first person to hold that position. He worked closely with nine successive chairmen and six presidents of Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University. He retired in 1989 and was appointed secretary emeritus of the corporation that year. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from CIT.

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.

Begin Crawford SAN moves Wednesday, April 15:

  • CFD SAN Switches moved one at a time to prevent outages

Relocate SAN Cabinets Saturday, April 18:

  • Backup Storage Area Network off-line (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • PeopleSoft SIS will be affected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 14, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research. On April 16, M. Reza Ghadiri of the Scripps Research Institute will discuss Systems Chemistry. On April 20, Neil Greenspan of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine will discuss Against Medical Utopianism: An Evolutionary Perspective. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University adds alternative energy expert

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 14, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has appointed a professor from Spain as its first Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation. Mario Garcia-Sanz took his new post March 1.

Magnetic nano-'shepherds' organize cells

EurekAlert, March 31, 2009
The power of magnetism could be an enabling technology to address a major problem facing bioengineers as they try to create new tissue—getting human cells to not only form structures, but to stimulate the growth of blood vessels to nourish their growth. A multidisciplinary team of investigators from Case Western Reserve University, Duke University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, created an environment where magnetic particles suspended within a specialized liquid solution acted like molecular sheep dogs by nudging free-floating human cells to form chains in response to external magnetic fields. Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University, along with graduate students Melissa Krebs and Randall Erb, worked on the project.

Case Western Reserve University researcher gets $1.66m NIH grant

MedCity News, April 13, 2009
A clinician and researcher at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a $1.66 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore new ways to treat hearing loss from Usher syndrome. Qing Yin Zheng, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and genetics, aims to identify the mutation in mice that leads to hearing loss from Usher syndrome, and to use this information to construct a new mouse deafness model. Related article.

Government incentives for entrepreneurs offer minimal returns

Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2009
Federal and state governments are spending billions to boost entrepreneurial activity to help drive the country out of recession. But those efforts may not bring the kind of job growth and economic benefit that many expect, according to economics professor Scott Shane, who has dug into years of data to try to get a clearer picture of entrepreneurship and its effects. Most start-ups and existing small businesses are modest ventures that don't generate a lot of new jobs or sales, said Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Today's engineers take on leadership roles

The Plain Dealer, April 12, 2009
Adam Snyder represents an emerging trend in the engineering field. It's one that melds the technical side of engineering with the leadership and management skills required by today's manufacturing and technology-oriented companies. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering with a master's degree in engineering and management.

Case Western: Conference aimed at helping caregivers, April 13, 2009
With the "baby boomer" generation aging and more children being diagnosed with special needs, there are a lot of families caring for a loved one at home. The Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is hosting a special conference geared for caregivers.

Higher Ed News

Facebook use linked to less textbook time

USA TODAY, April 14, 2009
Does Facebook lead to lower grades? Or do college students with lower grades use Facebook more than their higher-achieving peers?