President Snyder Delivers State of the University Address to Faculty, Staff

At today's State of the University address, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder highlighted just a few of the ways the campus community is thinking beyond the possible.

Instead of separate addresses to faculty and staff audiences, today's meeting was for both–a change recently approved by the Faculty Senate and supported by the Staff Advisory Council.

"To me, this is so much better. I like the symbolism of the change. We are one institution," Snyder said.

Snyder also said despite the national economic crisis, supporters of the university's mission and goals have rallied around the institution in a variety of ways, including helping to raise the second highest amount of funding in university history. The gifts include several major commitments from trustees.

In addition, the president discussed other topics. Read more.

Herman Stein Leaves Social Work Legacy
for Generations to Come


A long list of accolades describes Dr. Herman D. Stein, former dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and university provost and vice president. He will be remembered for his integrity, dignity, loyalty, friendship, and warmth and caring.

After a long illness and surrounded by family, he died early this morning at his Shaker Heights home. He was 92.

Considered a social work luminary, Dr. Stein's work changed the face of international social welfare, says Mandel School Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore. Read more.

Campus News

Faculty and other interested members of the university community are invited to participate in an open forum with candidates for the faculty diversity officer position in the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Each candidate will provide a brief presentation about key issues in diversity, inclusion and equity facing the faculty and the campus community, along with their vision and ideas for addressing these issues. A question and answer session will follow. The forum time for the first candidate is 4 to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, while the forum for the second candidate is 4 to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6. Both sessions will be held in the Toepfer Room.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to register for and participate in the Inaugural Homecoming 5K Race on Saturday, Oct. 24. The first 100 participants to register will receive a race T-shirt at check in. The race is sponsored by Bon Appétit Management Company and the University Homecoming Committee. All proceeds will benefit a grant for an undergraduate student to be awarded at the annual Undergraduate Honors Assembly in April. Named after double alumna Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the award will benefit an undergraduate, underrepresented student for significant contributions to campus life, scholarship and community service.

As of Monday, Oct. 5, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) will have new headquarters at 11635 Euclid Ave. A significant portion of the building's third floor will be occupied by Case Western Reserve's Department of Communication Sciences, where students and faculty will have access to classrooms, labs and offices. The move also will enhance partnerships with the university and encourage further interdisciplinary collaboration and applied research in the areas of speech, language and hearing sciences. Students who are training as speech language pathologists work with CHSC clinicians.

For Faculty and Staff


The Department of Human Resources and the University Career Center recently created the Career Development Series: Effectively Managing Your Career at Case. Those who would like to grow in their current role or who'd like to explore other opportunities at the university are invited to attend a new series focusing on career decision-making skills. Participants will take the Myers Briggs-Type Indicator and learn to apply proven career development and relationship building techniques. The first session is on "Exploring the Self" from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Toepfer Room. Register online.

Case Western Reserve University's Administrative Professional Series (CAPS) Program has ongoing classes. The program blends university financial policy procedures through a variety of courses facilitated by functional experts and the ITS Customer Service and Support training team. The program Web site is updated regularly with class dates and times. The next session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

For Students

Kappa Alpha Theta will host its Third Annual KATwalk at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Student teams will design and model their own fashions for judges. The collection with the best crowd appeal, creativity and charisma will win. Proceeds will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lorain County, an organization dedicated to the rights of children within the family court system. Go online for more information.

Applications are being accepted for the Emergency Medicine Research Division (EMRD), an undergraduate-led research group based in the emergency department of University Hospitals. The group is currently conducting clinical studies into HIV; time and motion analysis of emergency physicians; attitudes toward bedside teaching; and more. The group is a multi-disciplinary and consists of undergraduates and doctors. Contact the recruitment team by e-mail at with the subject "Attn: Recruitment (Your Name)."


The Fourth Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at the John Hay High School Auditorium. Join fellow alumni, friends, students and community members to celebrate the legacy of Stephanie Tubbs Jones and the rich heritage of gospel music in Cleveland. Part of the 2009 Alumni Weekend & Homecoming.

The Center for Community Partnerships announces that AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland will host "The Burning River Ride: A Journey for the Future of People with HIV/AIDS" on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Polo Fields in the South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. The Burning River Ride is a family-friendly, day-long bike riding event. Proceeds will benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

The Tuberculosis Research Unit will host its annual meeting October 5 and 6 at the Dively Conference Center. The program will bring together approximately 40 collaborating investigators from the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control. Contact Theresa Bowerman at 368-1949 to reserve a space and for information.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association invites the campus community to its "China's Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day" party from 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Multipurpose Room, Carlton Commons. Free for CSSA members, $5 for others.

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

The School of Dental Medicine was recently presented the Access to Dental Care Award from the Ohio Dental Association. "Although our extensive program in the Cleveland School System is our signature access program, there are many other ways we address underserved communities," said Jerold Goldberg, dean of the dental school. The thing that I am most proud of is that we have the people, the culture and the commitment to true professionalism and leadership that allows us to make these decisions to support populations at risk.


Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, co-authored by Michael Scharf, professor of law, has been awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by the International Association of Penal Law.

Jonathan Adler, professor of law, gave the introduction at "Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on ESA Reform" through the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Center for Regulatory and Market Studies last month. He also served as a presenter on the panel "The Environmental and Economic Costs of Conservation."

October 2, 2009

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Case in the News

Wanted: Family doctors

89.7 WKSU, Oct. 1, 2009
President Obama is asking Congress to see to it that 45 million uninsured Americans get access to quality health care. That access often begins with a primary-care physician. But the number of family doctors has fallen dramatically in recent years, with many medical students choosing the higher pay—and friendlier hours—of other specialties. At Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a handful of students plan to pursue family practice as a specialty, said George Kikano, head of the family medicine department.

Scientist builds better cancer cell imager

Red Orbit, Sept. 29, 2009
A Case Western Reserve University professor says he has developed an imager than can identify and locate individual cancer cells. Biomedical engineering professor Dave Wilson says he was dissatisfied with blurry, low-sensitivity optical images of diseased tissues, so four years ago he set out to create a better imager. He says his new device can identify a single cancer cell in pre clinical imaging studies and it can pinpoint exactly where the cell is located in a three-dimensional image.

EMR update

Cataract Outsourcing, Sept. 18, 2009
In the rush to participate in the federal incentives program to install electronic medical records (EMR), healthcare providers are faced with a glut of vendors—some household names and some emerging companies, some certified and some not. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University and co-director of the Law Medicine Center, comments.

Arts district revives Cleveland neighborhood

90.3 WCPN, Sept. 30, 2009
In the midst of a major economic decline, an old Cleveland neighborhood is bustling with new life. Theaters, shops and restaurants have bloomed along a once barren streetscape. And this weekend, the community celebrates the re-opening of an historic movie house. John Gest, an admissions officer at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Editorial: Flu preparations are praiseworthy, but professors should be sympathetic

The Observer, Oct. 2, 2009
The Observer's editorial staff offers its opinion on flu outreach, education and policies at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Federal spending on academic research rose slightly in 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 1, 2009
Federal spending on scientific research at universities and colleges rose slightly in 2008, following two years of declines, but the federal share of total academic research spending again dropped, according to figures released on Thursday by the National Science Foundation.