$1.5 Million Gift to Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Accelerates Medical Discoveries in Cardiac Patient Care through Translational Research


The Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, has made a $1.5 million commitment to University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The commitment, which is designated equally to the two institutions, will establish the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at Case Western Reserve's Cardiovascular Center and University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute.

The gift honors Daniel I. Simon, M.D., the Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at UH Case Medical Center.

The newly established chair will be held by a preeminent physician scientist dedicated to advancing cardiovascular medicine through compassionate patient care, clinical research, and training of fellows and residents. Read more.

Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force Releases Final Feasibility Study on Offshore Wind Pilot Project


Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, chair of the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, along with Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, Norman Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering, and Ralf Krueger, CEO of juwi Wind US Corporation (operating locally also as JW Great Lakes Wind LLC), announced the release of a year-long Feasibility Study on an offshore wind turbine Pilot Project in Lake Erie.

The final report presents a summary of results from the Feasibility Study across a variety of technical and economic disciplines following a one year study period. The report indicates that a Pilot Project is technically and environmentally feasible, pending further studies of selected issues, approvals by regulatory agencies, and solutions to make the project more economically viable. Read more.

Campus News

CollabTech 09, a showcase demonstrating the integration of technology into teaching and learning at Case Western Reserve University, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 7, in Thwing Center. Presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions will highlight faculty innovators at Case Western Reserve, Stanford, Cornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, and the University of Central Florida. Keynote speeches and panels will be streamed online, as well as off the CollabTech 09 Conference Web page. All university faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighborhood, and community partners are invited to attend. Learn more.

The Staff Advisory Council will be selling In Case You’re Cooking from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 5-8, in the Thwing Center atrium and Tomlinson Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity to pick up a Mother's Day gift for $10. Checks and/or cash will be accepted. Proceeds will support the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund.

The Case Reserve Outing Club invites the campus community to an end of the semester hike and potluck picnic on Saturday, May 2, in the Hinckley Metroparks. The group will leave campus at 10 a.m. Contact Kate Lucas if interested in attending.

Haunting Images, an exhibit of more than 200 dissection images from the 19th and 20th centuries, has been extended through May 23 in the Reading Room of the Allen Memorial Library. A new book featuring this collection, Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930, was co-authored by James Edmonson of the Dittrick Medical History Center. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Spartan Sports Camp will be held June 8 through August 7 in Veale Center. The camp is for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $100 per week for children of faculty and staff. Families can sign up for individual weeks or the entire camp season. The directors are Greg Debeljak, head football coach, and Marcus Macalla, assistant head football coach. Call 368-0548 for information.

The spring edition of Human Resources Quarterly(HRQ) is available for online viewing

For Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking enthusiastic undergraduate students to work as tour guides for six summer open houses. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mandatory training will take place on May 20 and 21 and May 27 and 28. Summer open houses are on the following Fridays: June 26; July 3; July 10; July 17; August 7; and August 14. Interested students should send an e-mail to Judy Weiss, assistant director of undergraduate admission.

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership recently held the annual Dr. Dorothy M. Pijan Student Leadership Awards. More than 180 students and organizations were nominated for the 25 awards. Go online for a list of this year's recipients. Students who were nominated for awards but unable to attend the ceremony should contact Christina Mastrangelo in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership to pick up their gifts.


Case Western Reserve University is partnering with Board of Trustee Jennie Hwang to host Hsin-Hsiung Chang from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, in Nord Hall 310. Chang will discuss the Taiwan National Science Council's international exchange programs, as well as its academic and applied research areas. He is the director of the Science and Technology Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative in the United States, an overseas office of the Taiwan National Science Council  in Washington, D.C.

The campus community is invited to bring their families to Science is Fun! Family Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 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 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.

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently elected Melvyn Goldstein as a new member. Goldstein is co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet and the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology. The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Case Western Reserve University's Second Annual Relay For Life raised more than $88,000 for the American Cancer Society. Organizers said the enthusiasm of the campus community was evident throughout the 18-hour event, and the planning team extends its thanks to everyone who was part of Relay For Life.

The campus community is invited to go online to view a list of winners of the Research ShowCASE 2009 poster presentations.


Kyle Niemeyer, a graduate research assistant in the Case School of Engineering , is a recipient of the 2009 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The Department of Defense offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.

Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC Inc. recently sponsored awards for dental students during the 86th ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition. Preventive Dentistry Scholarships were presented to 12 predoctoral dental students, including Ashley E. Gibbs and Avni Mahendra Maru of the School of Dental Medicine.

School of Law student Jacqueline C. Green was one of 11 students awarded the 2009 Helton Fellowship for projects in international law by the American Society of International Law. Green will receive a micro-grant of $1,500 to pursue fieldwork in or research on issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Read more.


Seven students from the School of Law recently competed in the William C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong, China. The Vis competition featured 65 law schools from 17 countries. This was the first time the School of Law sent a team to the prestigious international competition. The Case Western Reserve team was ranked as one of the top 16 teams and advanced to the elimination round, where the team lost a close decision to Hong Kong University. Read more.

Matthew Logan Johnson, a graduate student in the Department of Genetics, received a poster award from the Genetics Society of America at the 50th Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Awards were granted based on the outstanding quality of scientific research reflected in students' posters and on discussions with a team of judges. Read more about Johnson's project.

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.

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 (Budgeting) will be down
  • ITS Fileserver "Droid" unavailable
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 1, 2009

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Case in the News

Making money off microloans

90.3 WCPN, April 30, 2009
Mohammed Yunus won a Nobel Prize for his idea that giving small loans to very poor people can help many start small businesses, and perhaps emerge out of poverty. It's called microfinance. And, now a new web site wants to help Americans make money off these loans. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Focus: Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

WKYC, April 30, 2009
Jon Groetzinger, visiting professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, discusses Chrysler's bankruptcy filing.

Exercise improves quality of life for heart failure patients

Virtual Medical Centre, May 1, 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, researchers say. Ileana Pina, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Best of Cleveland: Ways to spend Mother's Day

The Plain Dealer, April 30, 2009
Ten days. Just 10. That's all the time you've got left to plan for Mother's Day. So what are you waiting for? The column references the area near Case Western Reserve University.

Berkeley resident to travel world for free

Contra Costa Times, April 30, 2009
Chris Danner never had kept a blog, didn't know how his digital camera worked and had to learn video making by watching iMovie tutorials. Turns out none of that mattered in his landing a plum gig that will have him blogging, taking pictures and shooting video—all while traveling the world, essentially for free, this summer. Danner is in the midst of a year off from Case Western Reserve University, so the timing was perfect.

Higher Ed News

U.S. House passes credit-card bill that would ban marketing to some students

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 30, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a consumer-protection bill that would make it illegal to market credit cards to children under the age 18, a segment of the population that includes some college students.