P. Hunter Peckham Awarded 2009 Hovorka Prize


P. Hunter Peckham, Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics, was named recipient of the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, one of the highest honors a Case Western Reserve University faculty member can receive.

He will receive the award at the Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17.

During his more than 35 years at Case Western Reserve, Peckham has exemplified the qualifications of a Hovorka Prize recipient through his dedicated leadership and proven commitment to the University and his profession.

Peckham is known worldwide for his work in developing cutting-edge technologies that enable paralyzed individuals to regain their ability to perform essential daily tasks. Read more.

Campus Community Mourns the Death
of Henry T. King Jr.


Henry T. King Jr., a member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty for more than 30 years, died May 9. King made significant contributions to the school's international law program. His illustrious career included serving as a Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor, and director of international development during the Eisenhower administration.

A letter was sent to the School of Law community about King's professional and academic legacy. Read the complete letter.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University will host a community town hall meeting, "Intervention: A Special Look at the Health of Our Teens," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, in Strosacker Auditorium. More than 500 students from Cleveland-area schools have received special invitations to the forum, which will educate, inform and engage youth, teachers and their family members about health issues associated with teens while educating them about the long-term consequences of high-risk behavior. Scott Frank of Case Western Reserve's epidemiology and biostatistics and family medicine departments will be one of the panelists.

As part of National Women's Health Week May 10-16, women are being recruited to participate in the Study of Pregnancy and Fertility in Cleveland. The purpose of this study is to learn more about pregnancy and fertility decisions among women living in the Cleveland area. Women between the ages of 20 to 45 are eligible for this short online survey. This research is being carried out by researchers in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine. For additional information, individuals may contact Lauren Dahler at 368-8960.

The university's book club is currently reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Those interested in discussing the book are invited to attend the group's next meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, in Adelbert Hall 352. Contact Sue Benedict for details.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor swine flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

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.

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 Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will present its Cancer Center Scientific Series from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today in the Wolstein Auditorium. The research presenters are Alex Huang, Patrick Ma, and Alan Zhu. The program is open to the campus community. Learn more.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will host retired Navy Capt. Rick Rubel from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12. He will give a talk on "Lessons from the U.S. Naval Academy on Teaching Leadership, Ethics, and Character Development," based on his 11 years as a distinguished military professor at the Naval Academy. His talk will address topics including teaching character, developing leaders who embody virtues like integrity and moral courage, and more. Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served. Contact the Inamori Center's Christian Frano by e-mail or by phone at 368-2579 for parking information or for large group requests.

Joan Steitz of Yale University will deliver a report on "Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. This report, which she helped produce, analyzes the reasons for the underrepresentation of women in academic sciences. Lunch will be served. RSVP today to Sharon Burke. Sponsored by the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER).

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, May 12:

  • Data warehouse servers, no access to data warehouse databases
  • Case active directory servers, redundant server, no impact

Wednesday, May 13:

  • Primary domain name services, users will not be able to register new machines during relocation
  • Film Society Web server, offline during relocation

Thursday, May 14:

  • Internet caching servers, some degraded internet performance
  • Network management servers, network performance graphs unavailable
  • DNS server, DNS updates to remote DNS servers unavailable (4 to 6 a.m.)
  • DNS services to off-campus will be unavailable (4 to 6 a.m.)
  • DHCP servers, redundant server, minimal impact expected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 11, 2009

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Case in the News

Different states

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 11, 2009
It's Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland, and in the competition to prevent foreclosures, Pittsburgh wins by a mile. Researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland say the city to the southeast has done a far better job of keeping people in their homes than our town. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development and professor of urban research and social change at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Smart manufacturers are gearing up for a turnaround in the economy

The Plain Dealer, May 10, 2009
Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke's assessment last week that the economy should start growing again later this year was a wake-up call for manufacturers and suppliers. Susan Helper, a manufacturing expert and professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, May 6, 2009
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, was a recent guest on the Conversations with Kathleen Dunn radio program.

EPA decision threatens chemical industry

Chemistry World, April 24, 2009
Chemical facilities could face burdensome permits and pricey construction requirements following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's preliminary determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health and welfare. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Volunteer days engage scattered alumni

USA TODAY, May 8, 2009
Alumni service days are fast becoming a rite of spring for colleges and their graduates across the country. At least 10 schools have launched such days in the past two years and plan annual events. Service-day activities vary according to local needs.