Campus Committee Provides Information Regarding Swine Flu

This weekend U.S. officials declared a public health emergency and the Ohio Department of Health confirmed a case of the swine flu in a 9-year-old resident of Northeast Ohio.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee is working with local health authorities to monitor the case of the Elyria child who recently traveled to Mexico and will provide the university community with updates as new information becomes available.

No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus, but the committee is closely monitoring external conditions and providing information to help faculty, staff, students and visitors avoid exposure to this new strain of the flu. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

Campus News

Due to a water main leak, the City of Cleveland plans to shut off water to some areas beginning at noon, Tuesday, April 28. The shutdown will affect all water in the following buildings: Adelbert Hall; Allen Memorial Medical Library; DeGrace Hall; and Clapp Hall. The shutdown will last approximately four hours. The Millis Science Center will be affected, but a separate feed to supply water to this building will be established. All other buildings on the quad will have available restrooms. Due to the repairs at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, traffic also will be impacted. A lane on Adelbert Road will be closed beginning around 8:30 a.m.

Information Technology Services announces that web-based training for Microsoft Windows-based programs is now available at no cost for campus users through the Case Software Center. These learning opportunities help end users get the most out of new technology and the software they use every day. Microsoft's eLearning courses are designed for maximum skill building in minimal time, and provide accurate, relevant, and engaging courses using Microsoft technologies. eLearning also eliminates time and location boundaries. To get started, login to the Case Software Center and click on the Microsoft eLearning Activation link. For more information and support, go online.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will host presentations from this year's Glennan Fellows from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. During this session, the five faculty members who were selected in 2008 for their promise of exceptional careers balancing scholarship and teaching—Darin Croft, Lisa Huisman Koops, Kelly McMann, Leena Palomo and Gregory Tochtrop—will describe their award projects. The event is an opportunity to hear about their work and to honor them.

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.

For Students

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a study break from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Alumni House. Come mingle and relax with classmates, enjoy free food and play games like Nintendo Wii. Learn more by visiting the group's Facebook page.


Thwing Study Over will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday, April 28. This annual tradition incorporates the student center, peers, arts and crafts, massages, and free food. Thwing Study Over offers students a chance to break away from the books, papers and last-minute assignments before finals begin.

The Office of University Financial Aid announces that the deadline for financial aid is May 15 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students should complete the FAFSA and Case Financial Aid Form by this date. Students can check the status of their applications through briefCase, as well as verify if any additional documents are needed.


The campus community is invited to the Second Year Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this evening in Carlton Commons. The annual celebration is an opportunity for second-year undergraduate students to celebrate the "halfway point" of college. Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a sundae bar are free to all guests. A Greenie shuttle will run continuously from 4 to 7 p.m., stopping in front of Adelbert Hall and Clarke Tower to take students, staff, and faculty to and from Carlton Commons.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will host its annual benefit dinner from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 1, in Thwing Center ballroom. Learn more about what the university's chapter of EWB is doing in Cameroon, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. The event will include a keynote address from Chuck Fowler (MGT '90), CEO and president of Fairmount Minerals, as well as performances by campus cultural groups. Tickets are $10 for students, $30 for professionals. Send an e-mail to the group for more information.

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

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.

Tuesday, April 28 (some outages are from 3 to 6 a.m.):

  • College of Arts and Science Web Server offline
  • Freedman Center and LLC Web Server offline
  • MediaVision Video Conferencing servers
  • Pinnacle Telephone Systems Reporting offline
  • Crystal Reporting offline

Wednesday, April 29:

  • Sevis Services, Office of International Student Services will lose access to FSAAtlas application
  • Delayed SAN / NAS Backups
  • Voicemail offline during off hours

Thursday, April 30:

  • ERP Financials Servers (Redundant, no impact expected)
  • ERP Financials web server, Financial Training and QAS will be offline
  • ERP HCM Application Development Server, affects Data Warehouse development
  • ERP Financials Reporting Server, Financials Training and Reporting offline
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 27, 2009

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Media Moment


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities has posted several of its programs and guest speakers online. Campus community members can watch the videos or listen to podcasts.

Case in the News

The dubious promise of digital medicine

BusinessWeek, April 23, 2009
GE, Google and others are piling into the business of digital medical records. But electronic health records have a dubious history. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Student scientists make lasting impression with their experiments

The Plain Dealer, April 27, 2009
Like anyone who's ever completed a science fair project, Nancy DiIulio will never forget the experience. DiIulio became a professional scientist—she's a biology instructor at Case Western Reserve University—and is on the board of directors of the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, the annual showcase of the area's best science fair projects.

Networking offers key to new opportunities in case of job loss

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 23, 2009
Many job seekers in Northeast Ohio have been reaching for a helping hand via networking events and web sites since the recession accelerated late last year, according to local event organizers and those helping the unemployed look for work. Attendance at Case Western Reserve University's alumni events across the nation has risen since the beginning of the year, said Dan Clancy, executive director of the office of alumni relations.

Psychological Distress in Mothers of Technology-Dependent Children: An Expert Interview With Valerie Boebel-Toly, MSN, PhD, CPNP, RN, April 6, 2009 (subscription required)
Mothers of children who are technology-dependent are at high risk for psychological distress that can affect overall family functioning, according to a presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. To learn more about how pediatric nurse practitioners can help identify and manage psychological distress in these families, Medscape Nursing interviewed presenter Valerie Boebel Toly, instructor of nursing and director of the pediatric nurse practitioner program at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Case Western Reserve University's Allen Memorial Medical Library displays Haunting Images' from a century ago

The Plain Dealer, April 27, 2009
Long before "Tales from the Crypt," "The Twilight Zone" and horror author Stephen King, there were medical students. Students who, at the turn of the 19th-to-the-20th century, posed for photos with bodies they had dissected in their studies. Examples of this once-common practice known as "dissection portraiture" are being displayed through May 23 in an exhibit, "Haunting Images," at Case Western Reserve University's Allen Memorial Medical Library. Many of these glass-cased samples are featured in a book, Dissection, co-written by the center's chief curator, James Edmonson, and John Warner, a professor of medical history at Yale University.

Do we really hate torture?

Newsday, April 23, 2009
Jerry Piven, who teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, writes an opinion piece about the politics of torture.

In praise of Case Western Reserve: Law-Medicine rates high

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2009
In a letter to the editor, Paul Brickner points out the high ranking of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Obama chides colleges to curb spiraling tuition

New York Times, April 24, 2009
President Obama challenged college and university officials on Friday "to put affordability front and center as they chart a path forward."