Case Western Reserve University is Recognized in National Award for Effective Large Endowment Management in a Down Economy

Case Western Reserve University won a prestigious award at Foundation & Endowment Money Management's 9th Annual Nonprofit Awards for Excellence ceremony, presented by Institutional Investor Awards and Information Management Network.

Case Western Reserve was a finalist for the honor in the category Large Endowment of the Year. Other nominees were Lehigh University and Texas Christian University.

Sally Staley, Case Western Reserve's chief investment officer, accepted the award in San Diego Monday night on behalf of the university for strategies designed to limit financial adversity within a recessionary climate and maintaining the large endowment's commitments to the university.

The award is on engraved glass.

"It was particularly meaningful to be recognized for excellence after a year of exceptional turmoil in the investment markets," Staley said.

Case Western Reserve Professor is Recipient
of a 2009 Avant-Garde Award
for Innovative HIV/AIDS Research


Jonathan Karn, professor and chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, is one of four winners of the Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, announced this week.

His project is entitled "Manipulating Epigenetic Control Mechanisms to Control HIV Transcription." The research will focus on finding natural mechanisms that could block HIV replication and provide long-lasting suppression of HIV.

The Avant-Garde Awardees were selected from applicants whose proposals reflect diverse scientific disciplines and approaches to HIV/AIDS research. Winning scientists receive $500,000 per year, plus associated facilities and administrative costs, for five years to support their research.

Campus News

The the E-Cycling Drive taking place tomorrow as part of Case for Community Day will accept computers and phones that are not in working order. People can drive up and drop off their items at the Severance Hall parking garage entrance on East Blvd. as early as 7:45 a.m. Read more and learn about the other donation drives taking place, along with get a complete Case for Community Day schedule.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 24, at the 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 program, field education and financial aid. Call the admissions office at 368-2280 to register. Go online for more details.

The ability to make credit card deposits through has been repaired. The site now accepts deposits of CaseCash for both guest and personal deposits. Campus community members who experience problems should contact Auxiliary Services at 368-5844.

During the summer, Case Western Reserve's Information Technology Services (ITS) department re-emphasized its commitment to customer service with the creation of the Customer Service and Support Unit. The department includes the Software Center; a training team; a communications specialist; the campus telephone operators; strategic vendor relationships (Dell, Apple, Sprint, AT&T, etc.); and contract negotiations. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff

This year's State of the University Address, hosted by President Barbara R. Snyder, is open to both faculty and staff. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 2, in Thwing Center's Ballroom. The Office of the President will provide punch and cookies.

The Department of Human Resources, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of General Counsel have teamed up to offer a workshop, "Legal Issues for Supervisors." This interactive workshop will focus on the legal issues associated with daily employment-related decisions and actions with a strong emphasis on how to supervise in a legally sound manner. Workshops will be held on September 29, October 7 and 21, and November 17. Go online for complete details and to register.

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 12:15 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, in Nord Hall 400. There also will be several dates in October. Go online for details and to register.


The Case Testing Center, Sears 440, will host exclusive GRE dates for Case Western Reserve students this fall: Mondays at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., and select Fridays in October. Seating is limited and registration is required through the Testing Center's Web site. This is not a discount offer. Standard fees and policies apply. Additional dates and times are still available through the ETS registration page.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) "VIVA! & Gala" 2009-2010 performing arts series is about to begin. The series will feature 14 performances representing 11 countries. Students can bring their university ID for the "Pay What You Can" special at the door. If empty seats are available, students will not be turned away. Subscribe to the CMA's "Campus Club" e-mail for updates and announcements by e-mailing



The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the dance and ethnic studies programs will host "A Special Presentation of Tango featuring the Eduardo Tami Trio and Dancers" at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 1, in Strosacker Auditorium. Free, open to the public. In addition, the dancers will host a tango master class from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. the same day at the Mather Dance Center studio. The class will be open to the public for viewing. Contact Denise Caterinacci with questions.


The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Where is Germany Heading? The September 27 Elections." Mark Cassell of Kent State University will lead the talk beginning at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, at the Inamori Center.

The opening reception for the Case Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2009 will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, at the Art Studio Gallery. The exhibit will feature faculty works in ceramics, textile, painting, drawing, printmaking, enamel, photography, assemblage, architecture and mixed media. The exhibit continues through October 16. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Go online for a complete schedule of upcoming events and speakers.

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.

September 24, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve researcher wins $4.9M grant for colon cancer work

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 24, 2009
A Case Western Reserve University researcher has received a $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the spread of colon cancer is related to genetic susceptibility. The five-year grant will enable Sanford Markowitz, principal investigator and the Markowitz-Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics, to identify these susceptibility gene markers. Related article.

Rural, urban areas of Ohio seek broadband cash

The Associated Press, September 23, 2009
State broadband planners say Ohio's unique mix of rural, Appalachian and poor urban communities gives it a strong chance of securing federal stimulus dollars to pay for better Internet access. Case Western Reserve University asked for $26 million to extend broadband to 5,000 households and businesses in the "profoundly disadvantaged" University Circle area.

Cleveland FES Center restores movement to individuals with neuromuscular disabilities using MathWorks tools

Reuters, September 21, 2009
The MathWorks announced that the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center has developed research technology that more quickly restores movement to individuals with neuromuscular disabilities. Adopting Model-Based Design reduced the development time of functional electrical stimulation devices and enabled researchers to build customized prototypes for patients many times faster than they could do before. The Cleveland FES Center is a consortium at Case Western Reserve University. Robert Kirsch of the Kirsch Functional Restoration Group , comments.

Two Cleveland professors to help decide extent of embryonic stem cell research

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 23, 2009
Pamela Davis, dean of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, is among nine academics appointed to the Working Group for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Review.

Podolski: Whalen is a project for Case's marketing majors

The News-Herald, September 24, 2009
A feature story about Case Western Reserve University's Dan Whalen, a senior quarterback, and his quest for the Division III Gagliardi Trophy. The story includes quotes from Creg Jantz, sports information director, and Greg Debeljak, head football coach.

Higher Ed News

Libraries of the future

Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2009
What will university libraries of the future look like? A group of technology experts and librarians recently discussed the topic.