New Associate Provost
for International Affairs Named


Case Western Reserve University announced this week the appointment of David Fleshler to the new position of associate provost for international affairs. The appointment represents a major step in fulfilling the goal of advancing international programs as outlined in the university's strategic plan.

Fleshler, most recently a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents where he worked on efforts to globalize Ohio's universities, says he'll build on the university's already extensive international reach in areas such as research, academic study and business development.

"One of the exciting features about Case Western Reserve is that it has a wide array of outstanding international initiatives already in motion," says Fleshler. "My goal will be to help draw it all together, work with leadership across the university to provide strategic direction, and maximize impact."

Fleshler's many objectives include working with public, private and nonprofit organizations to assure the university is an integral part of international economic strategy locally and throughout the state. He also aims to grow the ranks of international and study-abroad students, extend global research partnerships, increase research and other funding from sources outside the United States, and expand on relationships with alumni around the globe. Read more.

Commencement 2009

Case Western Reserve University to Award Four Honorary Degrees at May 17 Commencement


Case Western Reserve University awards honorary degrees each year at Commencement. These honors are a means of recognizing excellence in any values aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service and the performing arts.

The conferring of an honorary degree is the university's way of recognizing those persons who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards.

This year's recipients are Dorothy Humel Hovorka, Donald C. Johanson, Bernice R. Sandler and William A. Schabas. Learn more about these outstanding individuals.

Campus News

The Thwing Center Postal Substation will soon operate on a summer schedule. Beginning May 29, the station will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays. The Post Office will close for breaks daily from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., and from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The station will be closed May 18-22, as well as June 15-19. Regular semester hours will resume Monday, August 17.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor H1N1 flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources spring/summer learning schedule has arrived. There is something for everyone, including sessions on sharpening supervisory skills to effectively managing conflict. Go online to register and for more information.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) will host the Energy Storage: Technological Innovation & Collaborative Opportunities webcast from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, June 1. The objective of the webcast is to continue to build the innovation cluster and network to advance innovation in electric energy storage. The event is being co-hosted by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) and Energy Voyager. The core purpose is to build on the momentum from the annual EPRI conference that the GLEI hosted at Case Western Reserve last fall. The outcomes from that conference helped move energy storage collaboration forward faster by building clusters and teams to accelerate breakthroughs. Participants can call in for the webcast or participate onsite in Nord Hall. Contact Stacy Long by e-mail or by phone at 368-0748 for more information. Go online for more information about the GLEI's faculty, research and events.

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.

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 14, 2009

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Case in the News

Confused by SPF? Take a number

The New York Times, May 14, 2009
A sunscreen's SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how much the product shields the sun's shorter-wave ultraviolet B rays, known as UVB radiation, which can cause sunburn. It used to be that SPF topped out at 30. No more. These days, a race is on among sunscreen makers to create the highest SPF. Elma Baron, assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Obama picks Cleveland native/Clinton veteran to be chief of protocol

The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2009
Capricia Penavic Marshall's career, already impressive, just got more exciting. President Barack Obama today named her chief of protocol, which carries the rank of ambassador. The Cleveland native, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be in charge of all activities involving chiefs of state and their interactions with the White House.

Water pill outperforms high BP drugs

Times of India, May 14, 2009
Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston say that a recent study conducted by them supports the findings reported in 2002 that a diuretic drug, or "water pill", outperforms other medications for high blood Jackson T. Wright, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Web site estimates education's effect on health, crime, income

USA TODAY, May 13, 2009
Researchers have known for decades that rising education levels positively influence a host of social factors: income, health, voting rates and even the likelihood that a person will stay out of prison.