Graduation is a Family Reunion for
School of Dental Medicine Student


Graduation from the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, May 17, is going to be a big family reunion for Yuan Tao, who has lived thousands of miles apart from her husband in California and four-year old daughter in China over the past four years.

When Tao accompanied her husband, Rong Xu, to the United States in 2001, she had no idea how her life would change.

Arriving from China with a background and bachelor's degree in international business, Tao found out she would have to do another undergraduate degree in the United States if she switched areas for graduate school.

She applied to dental school and was accepted by Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Meanwhile her husband had a job in California. Read more.

Campus News


The Association for Continuing Education is accepting book donations for its 63rd Annual Case Book Sale through Friday, May 1. Call the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090 to make arrangements or find out how to drop off books at the university's mail/service center.

Adelbert Road construction update: The chilled water has been turned back on and will remain on until Friday evening. The chilled water will shut down at approximately 5 p.m., Friday, May 1, and it will remain off until Monday morning. This may impact building temperatures in the School of Law, the Peter B. Lewis building, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The intersection of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road is scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday. It is scheduled to re-open Sunday night.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering two International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to El Salvador and Bangladesh during winter break 2009. For spring break 2010, courses will take students to the Netherlands, Israel and Guatemala, and in May 2010 to Ecuador. Courses have been approved as Global and Cultural Diversity electives. The programs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, alumni and professionals. Contact Deborah Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information or drop in during one of the following information sessions: through 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, May 4; and 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6. All sessions will be held at the Mandel School, Room 108.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's Staff Training and Development Committee is seeking volunteers to help sell the In Case You're Cooking recipe book in time for Mother's Day, as well as for other springtime occasions. All proceeds will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. Contact Kathleen O'Linn for information.

The iD Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University will open in June. The weeklong day and overnight program is for children ages 7-17, who will have an opportunity to create video games, design Web sites with Flash®, film digital movies, learn programming, build robots and more. Case Western Reserve staff and faculty can save $150 by using code USF99 by May 1. Go online or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for more information. 

For Students


Students are invited to share their ideas for next year's commencement speaker. The Commencement Speaker Committee is surveying the campus community for commencement 2010 speaker nominations. The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates: Have high degree of name recognition among students; have notable achievements in academic, artistic, humanitarian, environmental and/or other enterprises; can serve as a role model for students; may have Case Western Reserve or Cleveland connection; and strong public speaking skills. Submit suggestions online by Friday, May 1.

The Minority Graduate Student Organization will host an informal meeting with Roberto Fernández Galán at 4 p.m. today 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.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will host its annual benefit dinner from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 1, in Thwing Center's 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 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.

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.

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

Monday, May 4:

  • ERP Windows File/Batch Server
    • PeopleSoft HCM will not be able to print checks
    • PeopleSoft HCM will not be able to transmit file to bank for payroll
    • Crystal and NVision will be down
    • PSOFT BAM (Budgetting) will be down
  • ITS Fileserver "Droid" unavailable
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 30, 2009

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Case in the News

States, hospitals roll out emergency plans

USA TODAY, April 30, 2009
Health departments and hospitals are shifting into emergency mode as clusters of swine flu develop across the USA, and some are activating pandemic plans for the first time. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University and a former researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comments.

A new way to look at Alzheimer's

Minnesota Public Radio, April 29, 2009
A renowned Alzheimer's researcher has a new way of framing the disorder not just as a single disease, but the result of a number of things that happen as the brain ages. Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, was interviewed.

The queen of fat bloggers takes no prisoners

Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2009
Followers of Kate Harding, who founded her blog, "Shapely Prose," in 2007, is the most influential of the dozens of fat-acceptance bloggers who have emerged in the past few years. She argues for the health-at-every-size concept. Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, is referenced in the article.

$17.5 million and that's my final answer—MedCity morning read, April 30

MedCity News, April 30, 2009
The City of Cleveland has a take-it-or-leave-it offer for its convention center—the preferred site for the new medical mart and convention center. If negotiations don't work out, the county says it will look toward the city's University Circle neighborhood, home to Case Western Reserve University.

Get paid to experiment, April 23, 2009
When it comes to making money, some people are turning to medical research, including Shirah Cohen, a student at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Social media in admissions: No longer a choice

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 29, 2009
College-admissions offices overwhelmingly consider social media important for recruiting students, and more institutions are creating blogs and online profiles, new studies show.