Three Case Western Reserve Students Honored in the Goldwater Scholarship Competition


A third-year Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineering student, working with campus researchers on deep brain stimulation, has earned the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in this year's competition, sponsored by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Gerald Pho, a third-year biomedical engineering major, was selected to receive one of the 278 Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year. He competed with 1,100 applicants for the honor, which supports tuition and books.

Also recognized for their achievements in the field of science were honorable mention awardees Viral Shah, a triple major in biology, chemistry and psychology, and Gareth Kafka, a third-year physics major. Shah also received an honorable mention in last year's competition. Read more.

Campus News

The World Health Organization has raised the swine flu alert level from phase three to four. This change indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased but not that a pandemic is inevitable. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends U.S. citizens cancel all nonessential travel to Mexico. Faculty and staff planning travel to any country are encouraged to register with the university's new commercial travel registry provider, iJET/Worldcue. Registration provides the traveler with immediate country condition intelligence reporting and emergency notifications via Internet or mobile communication technologies. Travelers are urged to register online. For more information, contact the Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars at 368-4289. No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus. Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. Learn more.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program will host free online workshops and open houses throughout spring semester. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join Ronald Fry from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, for "Appreciative Inquiry Principles in Action: The Role of Conversation in Stimulating Radical Change in Safety Behavior at a Steel Mill." Learn more.


Those who enjoy hands-on science and interacting with children and the public are invited to volunteer for Science is Fun! Family Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Orientation will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the event. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of two hours in addition to orientation, and will facilitate one or more hands on science activities or events. Volunteers will receive a free lunch, parking, a T-shirt, and an opportunity to meet service hours requirements. Contact Kathryn Kwiatkowski by e-mail or by phone at 368-5075 for more information. The campus community is invited to bring their families to Science is Fun! Family Day, which will be held in Nord Hall 310. This free event engages individuals and families in hands-on science activities, presentations and friendly competitions. Advance registration is desired. Sponsored by the Center for Science and Mathematics Education.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is hosting a symposium beginning at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, in the Robbins Building, Room E-501. The day-long symposium will celebrate the completion of the renovations to the laboratory and administrative space of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the major commitment the university has made to create state-of-the-art facilities. The symposium will consist of lectures from several distinguished speakers from universities in the United States and Canada. Contact Rosalyn Foster at 368-8978 for more information.

The City of Cleveland has determined that the water leak initially reported yesterday is a chilled water line, not a domestic water line. Therefore, all domestic water will remain on. The city will turn off the chilled water Wednesday, April 29, to make repairs. The shutdown of chilled water may impact cooling at the School of Law, the Peter B. Lewis building, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Occupants in these buildings may experience warmer than normal temperatures. In addition, there will be some ongoing repairs on Adelbert Road; one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council Elections Committee announces that Kurt Fretthold, business manager in the Department of Biochemistry, is the newly elected vice-chair of the council. His term of office will begin on the third Monday of September 2009. The vice chair is elected by the council to serve a one-year term as vice chair, followed by a one-year term as chair. Fretthold has been with Case Western Reserve for 23 years.

For Students

Thwing Study Over will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight. This annual tradition incorporates the student center, peers, arts and crafts, massages, and free food.

The online course-evaluation system is open for student input now through Wednesday, April 29. Students are encouraged to complete their evaluations, as feedback on courses is used to improve teaching and also factors into the evaluation of faculty. Undergraduate and graduate students can easily access the course-evaluation system through the MySchedule portlet in the MyCase portal or by using to enter the course-evaluation system. Questions should be directed to

Roberto Fernandez Galan

The Minority Graduate Student Organization will host an informal meeting with Roberto Fernández Galán at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the School of Medicine, TG-1. Refreshments will be served. Fernández Galán is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences, a Mount Sinai Research Scholar, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Contact Angel Reyes-Rodriguez for more information.

The SAGES Café will offer discounted Peet's coffee prices to students today and Wednesday, April 29. Espresso shots will be $1, small coffee or a coffee refill in brought mugs/cups will be $1 each, and small lattes will be $2 each. The café is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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.


The Graduate Student Senate and the School of Graduate Studies invite the campus community to attend a reception to honor the 2009 recipients of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching, Hillel Chiel and Harsh Mathur, and for Outstanding Mentoring, David Schiraldi and Christian Zorman. The reception will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in Hovorka Atrium. More details about the winners are forthcoming in Case Daily.

The Department of Mathematics will host a colloquium, "Imaging Madness," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics And Excellence. The keynote speaker is James H. Fallon of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more.

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.

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 28, 2009

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Case in the News

Law school applications rising

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 27, 2009 (subscription required)
Application levels at Cleveland's two law schools not only are up, but the activity also is outpacing that of law schools both nationwide and in the Great Lakes region. At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, applications were up 29 percent at the April 1 deadline from the same point a year ago. Elaine Greaves, assistant dean of admissions, comments.

Los Angeles officials probe two possible swine flu deaths

FOXNews, April 27, 2009
The Los Angeles County coroner's office is investigating two recent deaths for links to swine flu. Robert A. Salata, chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at University Hospitals and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Placebo treatment in teenagers with major depressive disorder

Medscape Today, April 24, 2009
Robert L. Findling, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, discusses placebo treatment in teenagers with major depressive disorders.

There be dragons: Confronting the economic crisis

Dialogue Television, March 25-29, 2009
Kathryn Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and a current fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, discusses economic lessons learned from the Civil War to 1913.

Big hearts are stronger

Mail Tribune (Oregon), April 28, 2009
Studies demonstrate that people who volunteer in their community are notably healthier. The article cites research from Stephen Post, professor of bioethics and associate professor of religion and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Today's MBA grads create their own jobs by launching firms

USA TODAY, April 27, 2009
Faced with a bearish job market, many soon-to-graduate MBAs have dismissed the idea of making their marks—and big bucks—at Wall Street investment banks. Instead, a bevy of B-schoolers are launching fledgling firms. Among the planned ventures: food companies, technology firms and real estate development.