Momentum: Figgie Foundation Gives $1.5 Million to Create Orthopaedics Chair at
Case Western Reserve School of 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 last in a series that will highlight these new gifts.

The Figgie Foundation has made a $1.5 million gift to endow the Harry E. Figgie III, M.D. Professorship in Orthopaedics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The chair memorializes Harry E. Figgie III, M.D., who died in 1999. Figgie was a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine and an orthopaedic surgeon at University Hospitals, specializing in joint replacement. He was also an industrial entrepreneur, having served as vice chairman of technology and strategic planning of the Willoughby, Ohio-based Figgie International Inc. He was the son of its founder, Harry E. Figgie Jr.

"This new chair reinforces the importance of recruiting and retaining stellar research faculty who will take medical innovation and education at the School of Medicine to even higher levels of excellence," said Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine. Read more.

Campus News


The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 1, 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.

Summer Kundalini Yoga classes for faculty, staff and students begin 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.

A memorial service for Henry T. King Jr. will be held on campus at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 31, at the Amasa Stone Chapel. King, a member of the School of Law faculty for more than 30 years, died May 9.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses that were incurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is open during summer sessions from June 2 to July 26. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All appointments will be held in Bellflower Hall, Room 104. Go online to make an appointment, or send an e-mail to with questions.


The 63rd Annual Association for Continuing Education Book Sale will take place May 30 through June 2 in Adelbert Gym. Several categories of books are available for purchase, including photo journalism, art, the Beat Generation, and more. Credit cards will be accepted. Go online for complete details and price 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 310, along with a pre-luncheon. Contact Stacy Long by e-mail or by phone at 368-0748 to register by today.

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.

Et al


Case Western Reserve University's Alumni House received the 2009 Award for Adaptive Use and Preservation from the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Cleveland chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This is the third major award the Alumni House has received since opening in 2007.

Mark Willis, associate professor of biology, recently participated in an international conference on nocturnal pollination. He discussed olfaction and how animals use odors in their environments to locate important resources. About a dozen researchers and professors from India, the United States and Europe participated. Learn more.


Gregory Tochtrop, assistant professor of chemistry, recently received the American Association for Cancer Research and the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation's INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research. Tochtrop was honored for his work that expands the knowledge of triterpenoids, naturally occurring organic chemicals, as small molecule chemopreventive agents. He is currently studying the effect of triterpenoids found in common zucchini. The award includes a $100,000 two-year grant. Learn more.

Charles "Mel" Gray has been appointed to a three-year term as the next editor of Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Gray is a professor of business economics at the University of St. Thomas. His scholarly publications, on topics ranging from nonprofit finance to community development to criminal justice, include The Economics of Art and Culture. Now in its 19th year of publication, Nonprofit Management and Leadership is a quarterly journal sponsored by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The journal covers topics related to governance, management of human resources, resource development and financial management, strategy and management of change, and organizational effectiveness.

May 29, 2009

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Case in the News

Reaching students who don't report depression

Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2009
Among the greatest frustrations of campus mental health professionals is that those who need help the most may never seek out services that are available. The theory behind the National College Depression Partnership is that students who would never go to a counseling center do seek primary medical care, creating an opening to identify those who need mental health care that they are missing. Eleanor Davidson, director of health services at Case Western Reserve University, one of the institutions involved in the program, comments.

Treating gum disease eases rheumatoid arthritis pain

EmaxHealth, May 29, 2009
Treating gum disease has been found by researchers to ease inflammation and pain associated with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. The study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland supports previous findings that gum disease promotes systemic inflammation.

Packing on too many pounds during pregnancy

The Associated Press, May 28, 2009
Eating for two? New guidelines are setting how much weight women should gain during pregnancy—surprisingly little if they're already overweight. Patrick Catalano, obstetrics chair and professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sotomayor's 2001 speech: Ethnicity, gender help her as judge

Newsday, May 26, 2009
In a 2001 lecture on cultural diversity that got little notice at the time, Sonia Sotomayor argued it was appropriate for her ethnicity and gender to play a role in how she judged. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, May 26, 2009
Some federal stimulus funds have been earmarked for community health centers. J.B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Move to digital health records carries privacy, security risks

Columbus Business First, May 22, 2009
One fear about electronic medical records is how easily they might get into the wrong hands. It's easy to duplicate and share music, movies and articles, so what's to stop the same thing from happening with medical records? Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center, comments.

Manufacturing reps gather for annual fuel cell symposium

90.3 WCPN, May 28, 2009
More than 200 manufacturing reps are gathered at Kent State University's Stark campus to share the latest in fuel cell technology. One of the symposium's organizers says that the research and development that takes place at area institutions such as Case Western Reserve University is a strength.

Higher Ed News

Despite downturn, families continue saving for college, study finds

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, May 28, 2009
More than half of families whose children intend to go to college are saving the same amount or more for college than they did last year, despite the economic downturn, according to a new study.