Remembering Sept. 11


Case Western Reserve University community members marked the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a variety of ways.

One of the most visible remembrances today is the flag memorial on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval remembering the victims of attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania,

Every year following the attacks, the Case Republicans have created a nonpartisan memorial to the victims. According to David Holcomb, a second-year economics and political science major, the organization tries to assemble a new memorial design every year. This year the group chose to construct the outline of the Pentagon with the Twin Towers in the center of the design. The flags will be on display for the remainder of the day.

Meanwhile, important and timely legal questions related to the attacks are topics of four panels that have taken place and are currently ongoing at the School of Law.

At the symposium entitled "After Guantanamo: The Way Forward," Major General John D. Altenburg Jr., U.S. Army, retired, served as the keynote speaker earlier today. The former appointing authority for military commissions spoke about controversial decisions made on how to legally handle suspected terrorists captured and detained. 

A webcast of the symposium is available online.

Campus News


The 2010 Relay For Life program announces its 2010 date and steering committee members. The 2010 event begins Friday, April 16, and runs through Saturday, April 17. The following are members of the steering committee, their affiliation with the university, and their role on the committee: Lora Doleh (CWR' 07), coordinator of new student and parent programs, event chair; Sarah Franjoine, Class of 2010, undergraduate co-chair; Alex Hamberger (CWR '08); 2009 Relay For Life event chair, alumni co-chair; and Colleen Barker-Williamson, director of student activities and leadership, adviser. The committee seeks passionate and enthusiastic individuals interested in applying for one of the 12 available positions on the executive committee. Applications are due by Friday, September 18.

Postdoctoral training opportunities in clinical translational research are available. Researchers are invited to learn more about the clinical research training program within the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative, a National Institutes for Health-funded career development training opportunity. An information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, at the Biomedical Research Building Room 109. Learn more.

The Saturday Tutoring Program—one of the university's community partners—is seeking tutors. Volunteers provide free tutoring for students in grades 1-12 from school districts throughout Greater Cleveland. Sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Church of the Covenant. Materials, training, supervision, and free parking are provided. Tutors do not have to volunteer every Saturday. An orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 12, at the church.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is launching the LEAD (Learn, Empower, Achieve and Develop) Certificate Program for supervisors. This program will provide supervisors opportunities to gain new skills and enhance those assets that support the university's strategic vision, as well as that of their management center or school. A LEAD information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Contact Erica Merritt to RSVP or for questions.

For Students

An "Interactive Workshop on Leadership Styles" will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, at the Wade Commons Fireside Lounge. Jennifer Voros, assistant director of student outreach, University Alumni Relations, will discuss the various leadership styles to help students and new professionals become acclimated. The interactive session will include food and a chance to win a gift card.

The University Program Board (UPB) is seeking enthusiastic students to help make the university an even more engaging campus. Positions are available on the Arts and Entertainment, Concerts, Cultural Development and Traditions Committees. Elections will be held at 7 p.m., Monday September 14, in the UPB office. Letters of intent are due by noon, Monday, September 14, to

Church of the Covenant will host a Sunday brunch for students from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 13.


September is National Recovery Month. The university's Prevention and Recovery Services, part of University Counseling Services, is sponsoring several events. John McCardell from Choose Responsibility will lead a discussion on "The 21 Year-Old Drinking Age: Bad Social Policy & Terrible Law?" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 18, in Thwing Center.

Friends of English presents "Booked for Lunch: A Conversation with Local Novelists" from noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Featured authors are Michael Grant Jaffe, Mary Doria Russell and Sarah Willis. The event will be moderated by WCPN's Dee Perry. The buffet lunch will be an opportunity to mingle with the writers, enjoy a lively panel discussion on the literary life, ask questions, get books signed. Tickets are $35. RSVP by September 21.

The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. 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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Ram H. Nagaraj, Carl F. Asseff, M.D. Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is a 2009 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Silver Fellow.


Brian McDermott, assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, was recently awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. The five-year award is focused on the mechanisms of development of the hair bundle, a mechanosensitive organelle that translates sound into an electrical response that is decoded by the brain to permit hearing. McDermott's research is generously supported by the University Hospitals Center for Clinical Research and Technology and the Case Research Institute Vision Fund. This funding has played a key role in obtaining this grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Graduate students in the Medical Anthropology and Global Health Program have obtained highly competitive national grant awards to support their doctoral dissertation research. Seven students received National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, and one student received an award from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Recipients of the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grants are: Nadia El-Sharaawi, Alex Bridges, Joseph Galanek, Meghan Halley, Stephanie McClure, Sarah Rundall and Meg Winchester. Brad Casucci is the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays award. Learn more about their projects and the awards.

September 11, 2009

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Case in the News

New census numbers show more uninsured

The Plain Dealer, September 11, 2009
As President Barack Obama pushes for a health system overhaul, saying that too many people are left without coverage, official U.S. Census Bureau numbers for 2008, released Thursday, hammered home the argument that more people nationwide and in Ohio are going without insurance. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Neighborhood responses to the foreclosure crisis

CURA REPORTER, Spring/Summer 2009
Michael Schramm of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western University is featured in an article detailing the foreclosure crisis in cities around the country.

Economic cloud generates more calls for help to Legal Aid, but also delivers some newly minted lawyers

The Plain Dealer, September 10, 2009
Erin Simmons was on a fast upward trajectory. The Kent native graduated with academic awards from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in the spring and landed a plum offer from the No. 1-grossing U.S. law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. But instead of launching her career in September as a Skadden ligitator in Manhattan, Simmons will be handling family law cases at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

New Ohio bioscience resource directory keeps pace with industry sector's growth

Reuters, September 10, 2009
BioOhio and the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) have launched an expanded and improved Ohio Bioscience Resource Directory, the most comprehensive online collection of Ohio companies, organizations, and research centers involved in the biosciences. The GCIC is a multi-institutional product development and commercialization consortium made possible through a $60 million grant from the State of Ohio's Third Frontier Project. Founded in 2007, the consortium is led by the Cleveland Clinic and is comprised of several universities, including Case Western Reserve University.

New kids' video star a basset for all seasons

Lake Villa Review, September 10, 2009
With the help of a producer from the hit ABC television show "Lost," filmmaker Mary Murphy has launched a new series of live action videos for children that follow a basset hound named Daisy. "My Daisy Days" has already received endorsements from a number of early-childhood teachers and industry leaders including Robert Needlman, associate professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Why foes college cost so much?

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 7, 2009
Why does college cost so much? That seemingly simple question was the motivation for a series of reports The Chronicle has published over the past year. The series culminates with a set of commentaries by academic leaders and other experts exploring ways that colleges can contain costs while preserving the integrity of their academic missions.