Commencement 2009

Two School of Medicine Professors Honored
with Jackson Award

The positive impact Case Western Reserve University professors have on the lives of their students is recognized annually with the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.

The recognition honors outstanding advising and mentoring of undergraduate students. The Jackson Award celebrates those who have guided a student toward the discovery of academic and career paths; fostered the student’s long-term personal development; challenged the student to reflect, explore and grow as an individual; and supported and/or facilitated the student’s goals and life choices.

Two professors from the School of Medicine are the recipients of the 2009 Jackson Award: Mitchell Drumm and Mark A. Smith. Read more.

Campus Community Mourns the Death
of Lawrence M. "Larry" Sayre


Lawrence M. "Larry" Sayre, Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, died May 8. He was 57.

He was part of the Case Western Reserve University faculty for 27 years, and chaired the chemistry department for seven years. His research focused on the application of organic reaction mechanisms to selected problems in biology, some of which involved collaboration with scientists in the School of Medicine. Sayre also was a professor of pathology, and once chaired the Department of Modern Languages.

The family suggests donations to either the Lawrence Sayre Department of Chemistry Scholarship Fund or a charity of choice. Details about a memorial service at Case Western Reserve will be announced at a later date. Read more about Sayre's life.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Appetizers and beverages will be served, and parking will be available. Contact Kate Coleman, EMBA program manager, at 368-6411 to reserve a spot, or register online.


1-2-1 Fitness Center is participating in "Get Active America!" by offering a free guest week May 11-17. Try top-brand equipment, group exercise classes, amenities, special events, health screenings, chair massage, kids events, free food and more. Family and friends are invited. Go online for scheduled events and information.

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

There will be a fiscal year end information session from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, in Strosacker Auditorium. Anyone who works with year end closing and financial information should attend. Representatives from Purchasing, General Accounting, the Controller's Office and Sponsored Projects will be available to present information and answer questions. To register, send an e-mail to and mention the session name.

For Students

The Office of University Financial Aid is reminding students 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 Weatherhead School of Management continues its Family Business Speaking Series with Brent Grover, president of Evergreen Consulting LLC, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Learn more.

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 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.

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

Saturday, May 16:

Installation of New Network Security Switches

  • Redundant Network Switches, no outages expected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 12, 2009

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Case in the News

Demjanjuk removed from home for deportation

WCPN , May 11, 2009
Accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk was flown to Munich after surrendering to federal authorities in Cleveland. He's expected to be tried in Germany for atrocities he allegedly committed while a Nazi death camp guard. Michael Scharf, an international law expert at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ohio State University likes the Valley of Death; creates fund so inventors can visit more often

MedCity News, May 8, 2009
Many entrepreneurs fear the so-called Valley of Death: the perilous time between research and development, and a move into the marketplace. A new fund at Ohio State University wants to deliver its researchers to the edge of the valley and help push them across. Joe Jankowski, Case Western Reserve University's associate vice president for technology management, comments.

Adoptee vaccine records should be verified

United Press International, May 8, 2009
Children adopted from countries such as Russia, China or Guatemala may not be protected against polio or measles despite vaccine records, researchers say. Emaculate Verla-Tebit and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine obtained data from 465 children who visited the International Adoption Clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital between 2001 and 2006, and who presented for care within 180 days of arrival in the United States.

David Souter's departure will remake court

The Miami Herald, May 5, 2009
Predictions are dangerous when it comes to the Supreme Court. Liberal and conservative can be relative terms. Jonathan Adler, professor of constitutional law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

The disappearing tenure-track job

Inside Higher, May 12, 2009
Year by year, various federal data sets are released, and document the steady growth of adjunct positions and decline of tenure-track jobs in the academic work force. In an attempt to draw more attention to these shifts over time, the American Federation of Teachers is today releasing a 10-year analysis of the data, showing just how much the tenure-track professor has disappeared.