More Than 100 Honored
During Annual Staff Service Awards Brunch


Case Western Reserve University recently honored more than 100 staff members for their long-term years of service. Those who have been with the university for 10, 25, 35 and 45 years received certificates, as well as special gifts or proclamations during Wednesday's Staff Service Awards Brunch.

The awards program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President.

"This celebration recognizes that the work you've done at Case Western Reserve University is very special, said Carolyn Gregory, vice president for human resources.

"Everything we achieve depends on your passion and commitment," Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder told the awardees. Read more.

Campus News

A reminder to the campus community: Courtesy parking stamps may not be used to validate parking for faculty, staff, or students whose work or study is on the Case Western Reserve campus or property. Go online for details on the appropriate use of the courtesy parking stamps.

The SAGES Cafe will be serving the annual Anniversary Blend during the week of June 15. The campus community is invited to stop by the cafe and try this once-a-year blend.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's degree program, field education, and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register. Go to the school's Web site for more details.

A start date has been set for the renovation project taking place in the School of Medicine Garage (Lot 55). Lot 55 will shutdown at midnight, Sunday, June 14, and remain closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to last six to eight weeks. All vehicles must be moved out of Lot 55 by midnight on Sunday. Construction will begin the morning of Monday, June 15. All Lot 55 permit holders will be temporarily displaced to the Veale Center Garage (Lot 53) for the duration of construction. Individuals driving university or service vehicles, courtesy parking pass holders, and those with after hours access for Lot 55 will need to seek alternative parking arrangements during the renovation period. Parking permit holders are advised to check their e-mail for information and updates. Questions or concerns should be addressed to Access Services by e-mail at

For Faculty and Staff

The Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) provides a variety of services for researchers, including pilot study funding for innovative translational research; the centralization of support for grant development through the Research Concierge; the matching of core resources to research study needs; and individual guidance to researchers on regulatory requirements, as well as data and safety monitoring. Contact Carolyn Apperson-Hansen, director of the Research Concierge, or Ginny Petrie, executive director, for more information.

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

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



Parade the Circle & Circle Village 2009 will take place Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wade Oval. This free celebration features a parade and Circle Village. The parade, which begins at noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music, and delectable food. Learn more.

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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Brian Cobb

Brian Cobb, assistant professor of pathology, received the 2009 Pfizer-Showell Travel Award at the annual meeting of the American Association of Immunologists in May. The award recognizes the professional promise of an early career investigator, and a single award is made each year. Award decisions are based on career progress and the submission of an outstanding abstract selected for presentation at the annual meeting. Cobb is the director of the AAI-John H. Wallace Program for Middle and High School Science Teachers, the 2005 scholar in the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Scholars Program in the Basic Sciences, and a recipient of a 2008 New Innovator Award from the Office of the Director of the NIH. Learn more.

A revised and updated second edition of the book Elasticity, Theory and Applicationswritten by Adel S. Saada, professor of civil engineering—has just been published by Ross Publishing. The first edition was published in 1974.

During the spring semester, members of the Beta Eta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity adopted the Cleveland Foodbank as one of its main service programs. The fraternity's foodbank volunteers included Jeremy Couch, Tim Coan, Eric Street, Matt Richards, Matt Viau, Taylor Lorenz, Phil Keefe, Eric Gobuty, Clay Hurley, Brendan Jones, and Rob Jensen.  


Harriet Mupere Babikako, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, recently won the prestigious $20,000 International Scholarship Award for a doctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the academic year 2009-2010. The AAUW Educational Foundation has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

June 12, 2009

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Case in the News

Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, joins board of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Honored

The Plain Dealer, June 12, 2009, 2009
Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, has been elected for three years to the board of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which promotes high standards at its 3,000 colleges and universities.

Cleveland schools CEO Eugene Sanders passes up contract extension

The Plain Dealer, June 11, 2009
Cleveland schools Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders says he wants to stay in the job until at least 2016, but for the second time he has passed on a contract extension that could move him closer to that goal. David Carney, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

How creatures fly: Greatest pilots that travel over the Earth aren't human, so science is having to unlock their secrets

Winston-Salem Journal, June 12, 2009, 2009
A hawk moth can fly fast, slow, up, down, sideways, even backward. It can hover. It can easily position itself at an open flower swaying in the breeze. Its entire life is an aerial show. Human engineers would love to make a tiny flying device, a little robot insect, if you will, with even a fraction of the flying prowess of a hawk moth, a hummingbird, a bat or a fruit fly. Mark Willis, who studies the neurobiology of animal flight at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

She's no Rosie the Robot: ViKY helps surgeon do single-incision hysterectomy by himself

MedCity News, June 11, 2009
Surgical robots enable surgeons to go places inside the body where their hands and hand-held instruments don't fit. Kevin Stepp, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, recently performed a surgery using a a robotic system called ViKY

Higher Ed News

New coalition will work to bring broadband Internet access to the public

The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, June 11, 2009
A group of education, health, and library advocates has formed a new coalition to expand broadband Internet access. It will focus on how to most efficiently bring access to the public by using community institutions—including community colleges and other higher-education institutions—as a base.