Federal Stimulus Funding Flows
to Case Western Reserve University Researchers

Case Western Reserve University, as of Friday, Oct. 9, has received 109 federal stimulus awards worth about $49 million for research addressing a wide array of public needs and aiming to enhance economic development and job creation in Northeast Ohio.

As the federal government neared the start of its new fiscal year Oct. 1, Case Western Reserve had been certified for nearly 100 awards and has added several more in early October. More awards are likely on the way soon. In just seven months, the university has submitted nearly 700 stimulus funding proposals.

"More federal money means more research results that can be commercialized, creating businesses and jobs in Northeast Ohio," said Mark Coticchia, Case Western Reserve University's vice president for research and technology management, "but you may not see those research results for several years."

The university, among the leading academic institutions in Ohio for stimulus-backed endeavors, is successfully tapping large pools of stimulus funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Read more.

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2009


Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2009, October 21-25, promises to be an exciting weekend with something for everyone.

There are several ways the campus community can get involved, ranging from the Homecoming 5K race to an office/residence hall decorating contest. Read more.

Women of Achievement Luncheon Set for Oct. 30

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women cordially invite all faculty and staff to attend the annual Spotlight Awards and Women of Achievement Luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in the Thwing Center ballroom.

Marilyn Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, will deliver the keynote address. Eight women faculty who have been chosen by their schools will receive the Mather Spotlight Prize for Women's Scholarship. This year's awardees are Jessica Berg, School of Law; Susan Helper, Weatherhead School of Management;  Lynn Lotas, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Ica Manas-Zloczower, Case School of Engineering; Grace McComsey, School of Medicine; Suchitra Nelson, School of Dental Medicine; Elizabeth Short, College of Arts and Sciences; and Elizabeth Tracy, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

In addition, Dorothy Miller will receive a special award from the provost's office, and women faculty campus wide who have received tenure and/or promotion or been awarded important administrative posts or named professorships will be honored.

The lunch is free, but anyone who wishes to attend must RSVP by Oct. 23 to Jana Krasney.

Campus News

Beta Theta Pi fraternity will hold its 25th Annual Steven P. Arnold Walkathon for Diabetes, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at Leutner Pavilion. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland in memory of Arnold, a Beta Theta Pi who died of diabetes complications. Register online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources invites employees to attend an open forum on benefit rate changes for 2010 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Ford Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow a general presentation. If unable to attend, plan to visit the Benefits Fair on November 10 or 11 to speak with a human resources representative.

For Students

Free seasonal flu vaccines will be available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Wade Commons, and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Nord Hall. Read more for additional dates and prevention tips.

Prevention and Recovery Services (PRS), part of University Counseling Services, offers the One Day at a Time Endowed Scholarship. An anonymous donor created the scholarship for a student in recovery from alcohol abuse. The deadline is Oct. 15.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will hold several sessions this month to introduce students to the three-credit travel global and cultural diversity courses. Courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Details online.

Hindu YUVA (Youth for Unity, Virtues and Action) has formed the Bhutanese Refugee Empowerment Project. Members visit Bhutanese Refugees in Cleveland to help them adjust to American life. The group will host Indranil Basu-Ray on the topic of curing cardiovascular diseases using yoga and meditation on Saturday, Oct. 10. Contact the organization for information.



The Institute for Management and Engineering will present the 2009 Deioma Lecture, "Local Entrepreneurship: The Solution to Sustainable, Global Economic Growth" from 5 to 6:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Ford Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, chair of the Sparta Group LLC. A reception will follow. Register online.

The Department of Art History and Art will present the Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. John Fleming, professor emeritus at Princeton University, will discuss "The Letter and the Spirit: Pictorial Imagery and Scriptural Exegesis in Medieval and Renaissance Art." Free, open to the public.

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

A Sept. 30 special report by BusinessWeek lists the Weatherhead School of Management as one of the world's 30 best university programs for teaching both business and design. Weatherhead's MBA curriculum includes a two-semester course on Managing Design Opportunities, course work in systems and design thinking and the development of hands-on skills such as sketching and prototyping.


Evelyn G. Duffy, assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and associate director of the University Center on Aging and Health, has been selected president-elect of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

A company founded by Hiroyuki Fujita, who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve, was recently named to Forbes' 2009 America’s Most Promising Companies list. Quality Electrodynamics manufactures patent-protected detectors used in magnetic resonance imaging machines made by Toshiba and Siemens.

Anand Natarajan, an MBA student, was a summer intern for a program organized by the Environmental Defense Fund that paired MBA students with companies that want to use less energy. He spent 10 weeks as a climate corp fellow/intern.

October 9, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve medical school wins $1.5 million for eye study

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 8, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's medical school has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Eye Institute to continue to study corneal infections.

Thai AIDS vaccine—Too good to be true?

Medical News Today, Oct. 8, 2009
Scientists from around the globe announced limited success of a vaccine to protect people in Thailand from getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, two weeks ago. But the scientific community seemed skeptical about the vaccine study. Michael Lederman, the Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and co-director of the Center for AIDS Research, comments.

Science wins fight over evolution in schools, says Case Western Reserve University author

Physorg.com, Oct. 8, 2009
A book review of God vs. Darwin: the War between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom, written by Mano Singham. He is a theoretical physicist and director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education at Case Western Reserve University.

Former Olympic swimmer concerned about Olympic athletes swimming in untested waters off Brazil

CNSNews.com, Oct. 8, 2009
Is there a correlation between swimming in open, untested waters and some chronic health issues such as Crohn's disease? Jeffrey A. Katz, gastroenterologist and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Rid yourself of migraines forever and look good at the same time

Examiner.com, Oct. 8, 2009
A article cites the research findings of Bahman Guyuron, professor and chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University, on migraines and botox.

Higher Ed News

The social media maze

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 9 2009
As prospective students, current students, and alumni increasingly make Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube their portals to the world, many colleges that once balked at engaging their populations in the social media realm are now seeking to leverage these sites to attract applicants and boost fundraising efforts.