Campus Community Encouraged to Participate
in Campus Safety Month Initiatives

As students, faculty and staff settle into the routine of being back on campus, their days are consumed with classes and work.

But during the month of September, the campus community will be reminded to put safety at the forefront of issues they think about on a regular basis.

September is National Campus Safety Month, Campus Fire Safety Month and Disaster Preparedness Month. Case Western Reserve University will mark all three campaigns by observing the inaugural Safety Awareness Month.

"We took three national efforts and blended them together," said Jason Goodrick, associate director for emergency management, police and security services. "This will be very focused on the specific safety programs we offer at Case Western Reserve."

The campus community will have an opportunity to get a variety of safety information in one location during a Campus Safety Fair on September 10. Read more.

Campus News


NetWellness, a free consumer Web health site sponsored and operated by Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati, allows users to ask medical questions of experts from the universities.

Replay for Kids will host a toy repair and modification workshop from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, August 31, in the Rainbow Community Room at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. The repaired toys will benefit children with disabilities.

For Faculty and Staff

Resources are available from University Archives to help departments and offices determine how long records need to be kept, which ones should be transferred to the archives for long-term preservation, and how to dispose of records containing confidential information. Records disposition schedules are a well-established tool to ensure that records are kept as long as needed. Schedules are available online. Guidelines for records that should be transferred to the archives also are available online.

For Students

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) will host a session on "How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions—On and Off Campus," from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, in Nord Hall 310A. RSVP by e-mail to the SOURCE office.


WRUW 91.1 FM will host its 28th Annual Studio-A-Rama beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 5, in the Mather Memorial courtyard. The event is the campus radio station's free, day-long rock concert. Go online for the band lineup and more information.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host an open house for students, faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, in Adelbert Hall 301. The reception is being held to welcome everyone back to campus and to introduce them to the staff, services, and resources available in the office. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president of inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; Liz Roccoforte, diversity program manager; Amanda Shaffer, interim faculty diversity officer and manager of faculty diversity and development; and Robynn Strong, executive aide for Mobley. Light refreshments will be available.

Julie Gerberding will present a seminar, "Is There Any Health, Caring and Reform in Healthcare Reform Proposals?" at noon, Monday, August 31, in Wolstein 1413. Gerberding, a double alumna, is the immediate past director of the Centers for Disease Control. Contact Malana Bey for more information.

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


Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame this week. She was nominated by Cleveland-based immigration attorney Margaret W. Wong, who was inducted into the hall in 2000.The organization was established in 1978 by the Women's Division of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services to publicly recognize the many outstanding contributions Ohio women have made to their state and nation.

Recovery Resources and the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependence will present the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with the Bronze Key Award in November. The school is being honored for its innovative programming and academic curriculum related to substance and mental health recovery.


Hala A. Hassan, visiting professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive a young researcher's award from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January. Hassan won the Encouragement Prize in Advanced Technology and Science based on her research on metallic glasses and nano-crystalline composite aluminum alloys. The work, which may lead to lighter and more durable aerospace materials, was performed with John J. Lewandowski, professor of engineering, and Adel El-Shabasy, visiting professor. Hassan and El-Shabasy are on the faculty of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) recently named Sean Shacklett as its new executive director. He has more than a decade of progressive leadership experience in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors. NACC, a membership organization comprised of 44 academic centers in the U.S. and around the world, focuses on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism and/or philanthropy. It is housed at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

August 28, 2009

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Case in the News

Entrepreneurs pool money to invest in the next wave of medical startups

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2009
Wealthy entrepreneurs who made their mark in the region's health-care sector want to seed a new wave of business growth. Up to 20 investors, led by some of the region's most successful health care executives, are launching a $5 million investment fund for new ventures in medical devices and health care services. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Amendment in budget bill could help Ohio's public universities spin off more discoveries

MedCity News, August 27, 2009
Ohio's public universities could transfer more of their research discoveries to companies that can take them to market—creating new products and jobs—under an amendment that was part of the budget bill for this fiscal year. Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ask an expert: Organ donation needs and minority populations

The Plain Dealer, August 26, 2009
J. Daryl Thornton, assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, answers a NetWellness inquiry about organ donation in minority communities.

U.S. will pay for lawyer in Italian kidnapping trial

Associated Press, August 27, 2009
The Justice Department has agreed to pay for a lawyer to help a former State Department official fight Italian charges that she participated in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a suspected terrorist in 2003. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 participants still working on final report planned for later this year

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2009
Many of the 700 people who attended Sustainable Cleveland 2019 are still meeting in small groups, refining their recommendations. The city is looking to David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, to help the sustainability projects.

Higher Ed News

Athletics programs in NCAA's Division III engage in a bit of soul-searching

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 27, 2009
Steadily growing for the past 15 years, Division III is the NCAA's largest grouping, with nearly 430 institutions. It prides itself on putting academics first, and in creating environments where athletes are treated the same as other students. The division is trying to come up with a phrase that tells its story to the general public, as well as to those within academe.