2009 President's Award for Distinguished Service: The second in a three-part series

Denise Douglas Receives
President's Award for Distinguished Service


Denise Douglas readily admits that she loves the atmosphere of college campuses. She even makes it a point to visit colleges while on vacation in order to study the local architecture and history of different colleges and universities.

So it should come as no surprise that Douglas—who always knew that she wanted a career that would allow her to help people—ended up working on a college campus in higher education administration.

Douglas, associate dean of graduate studies, was recently awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Service during the annual Staff Service Awards Brunch. The program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President.

She enjoys more than just the campus itself. More importantly, Douglas is inspired by the people who make up the university family. That's why she has taken it upon herself to serve as a mentor. Read more.

Campus News

The SAGES Café is serving the annual Anniversary Blend this week. The campus community is invited to stop by to try this once-a-year blend.


Applications are being accepted for the Environmental Heroes After School Program, a collaboration between the Cleveland Metroparks at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation-Canalway Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. The free program is for 12 to 15 year olds. Self-motivated participants will engage in real research with naturalists and scientists on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. They will collect and analyze environmental data, and help develop plans to solve environmental problems. Serious Environmental Heroes willing to make a commitment of two to three years are encouraged to apply. Youths will be selected in a competitive process, and will spend August 10-14 actively developing their investigative skills.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, is offering an onsite Investor Education Series. All interested staff and faculty are eligible to attend. Whether you currently have investments with TIAA-CREF, another investment firm or no firm at all, this series of workshops will prove timely and informative. The next session, "How Am I Doing?: Understanding and Achieving Your Long-Term Financial Goals," will meet from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, in Crawford Hall 209. Go online to register and learn more about the series.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Making Teaching Easier Using Advance Planning" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 18, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will focus on preparing for classes. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by email to UCITE.

For Students

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



WOW!: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 26. This evening's event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature the family-friendly sounds of Revolutionary Pie. The band will perform songs from the Beatles. WOW! will also feature food from local restaurants and artwork by local artisans. In the event of rain, the concert will move into the large tent on Wade Oval.

Students, faculty and staff from the School of Law are hosting the "Friends of Stephanie Unick Celebrity Bartending Event" from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 20, at the Screaming Rooster in Lakewood, Ohio. Unick is a recent law school graduate who suffered a brain hemorrhage in April. Proceeds from the event will go toward her medical bills. 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.

June 17, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University's dental school wins $9.5 million NIH grant to research oral health defense systems against invading bacteria

The Plain Dealer, June 16, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine has received its largest ever one-time grant of $9.5 million, which will fund four research projects over the next five years. The federal grant is from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research and will fund researchers while they study how our bodies use the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, ears and stomach to repel invading germs. Aaron Weinberg, chair of the department of biological sciences at the dental school, is the lead investigator for the project.

Introducing: You're the Boss

The New York Times, June 16, 2009
The New York Times is introducing a new column, You're the Boss, about small business and entrepreneurship. Scott A. Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, will be a contributor.

Tide is turning for property rights

Property and Environment Research Center, June 2009
Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, writes a column on how the tide is turning for property rights.

Higher Ed News

Getting to the finish line

Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday announced more than $6.4 million in grants to national policy organizations for efforts to identify why so many young Americans drop out of college.