Momentum: New School of Medicine Chair Memorializes Founder of
Department of Family Medicine

On May 4, 2009, Case Western Reserve University announced nearly $9 million in new philanthropic commitments to the School of Medicine. This story is the fourth in a series that will highlight these new gifts.


The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a combined commitment of $1.75 million to create the Jack H. Medalie Chair in Home-Centered Health Care. Initiated with a challenge grant from an anonymous donor, this professorship has been completed with gifts from additional donors committed to celebrating the legacy of Jack H. Medalie, M.D., M.P.H.

"It is fitting to honor the career of Jack Medalie with an endowed chair to support this innovative academic program," says Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine. "The home care program addresses the problem of keeping the elderly with limited mobility in their own homes and has proven to be an excellent educational vehicle for our medical students, as well."

Medalie was a renowned leader in the care of patients at home. He came to Cleveland in 1975 to found the first Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine. Read more.

Campus News

The university will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Case Daily will resume publication on Tuesday, May 26.

Summer Kundalini Yoga classes for faculty, staff and students start Tuesday, June 2. The first session will meet on that day from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Veale Center Multipurpose Room. The program will run eight weeks, with participants choosing one or two classes per week. The cost is approximately $4 per class. Registration forms are available online. Contact Phyllis Frisee for more information.

Regionally Speaking 2009, a virtual symposium hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium, will spend the next several weeks focusing on the Greater University Circle Initiative, which is designed to stimulate new investment in the neighborhoods of University Circle. The series will feature Case Western Reserve faculty and staff, local residents, and civic and community leaders. Learn more.

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 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

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


The Neurodynamics Reading Group meets to discuss current and classic literature related to the analysis of nervous systems. Contact Chris Fietkiewicz to receive announcements regarding upcoming meetings.

The campus community is invited to join Joan Southgate (SAS '54) on the final leg of her 250-mile journey to raise awareness of and funds for Restore Cleveland Hope Inc. The organization is working to restore the only pre-Civil War-era building left in the University Circle area. Participants will meet at the parking lot near Bratenahl Village Hall by 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 30, to join Southgate for the final 3.5 miles of her journey. Or, participants can join anywhere along the route down East 105th Street through University Circle. A celebration featuring refreshments and music will follow at 1 p.m. at the Cozad-Bates House. Go online for more information and to see the complete May 30 route.

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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Melissa Knothe Tate, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, is one of only 100 women selected to participate in the Women's International Research Engineering Summit (WIRES) next month in Barcelona, Spain. According to WIRES, "the main objective of this summit is to enable meaningful and sustainable research exchanges between female engineers from around the world while identifying issues faced by females pursuing careers in engineering that could benefit from a global strategy."


Carl Doershuk, emeritus professor of pediatrics and emeritus director of the LeRoy W. Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center, is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin L. Kendig Jr. Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The annual award recognizes an individual for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of pediatric pulmonology. An inscribed crystal award was presented to Doershuk in April.


Rochelle Stephens, a department assistant in the Case School of Engineering, was selected to be the student speaker at Thursday's commencement ceremonies for Cuyahoga Community College. Stephens graduated summa cum laude with an associate of liberal arts degree. Stephens, who works in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been with Case Western Reserve for 10 years.

The recent SpinFest 2009, hosted by 1-2-1 Fitness Center, resulted in more than $9,000 raised for the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. The proceeds will be used to provide free medical services for community members.

Research conducted at The Intergenerational School by Daniel R. George, a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at Oxford University, was recognized as the "most innovative psychosocial intervention of 2008" by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and the Foundation Mederic Alzheimer. The study was designed by George and Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, to explore whether intergenerational volunteering could enhance quality of life for persons with mild to moderate dementia. The research was acknowledged in March during the 24th annual ADI conference.

May 22, 2009

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Case in the News

2009 Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University to address sustainable business practices, education

The Plain Dealer, May 21, 2009
More than 600 leaders from business, education and government are expected in Cleveland for a forum about sustainable business practices and education. The 2009 Global Forum is scheduled for June 2-5 at Case Western Reserve University. The Weatherhead School of Management is among several business and management schools that will participate.

Snapshot: Sharon Dean

Sun News, May 20, 2009
Sharon Dean, an adjunct assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in a profile story about her work and hobbies.

From nature, machines

Johns Hopkins Magazine, June 2009
A story about a Johns Hopkins University professor who is conducting research that might one day help paraplegics mentions research advancements from Case Western Reserve University.

How a good doctor becomes a good teacher

MedCity News, May 21, 2009
Christopher Brandt, a general surgeon at MetroHealth Medical Center and an instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discusses educational advancements for both students and professors.

Higher Ed News

The future of student loans

Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2009
The student loan proposal has soared to the top of the higher education agenda of the new president.