W. Nicholas "Nick" Howley and Hemant Kanakia Appointed Case Western Reserve Trustees

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Industrial executive W. Nicholas "Nick" Howley and Hemant Kanakia, a technology venture capitalist and Case Western Reserve University alumnus, have joined Case Western Reserve's board as newly appointed trustees.

"We are pleased to announce these two new appointments" said board chair, Bud Koch. "They are both well informed and bring beneficial perspective to our board."

Howley is chairman and chief executive officer of TransDigm Group Inc. (NYSE/TDG) and TransDigm Holdings.

Kanakia has been a partner with Columbia Capital LLC in Alexandria, Va., since 2004. Read more.

Campus News

The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value will host "The Truth About Green Business Webinar" from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14. The speaker is Gil Friend, CEO of Natural Logic.

Here & Near, the 12th edition of the continuing Campus Markings Contest, is accepting entries. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, the contest is open to all members of the campus community. Prizes are awarded to those who most accurately and promptly identify the campus locations pictured. This edition offers views of on-campus and neighboring sites. Visit the ISUS gallery in the Sears Library Building or online. Entries are due by Oct. 20.

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The campus community is invited to "Halloween at Home" from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at Freiberger Field. The event will consist of Halloween-themed activities for children of all ages. Student bands, a cappella groups and dance performances will be held throughout the evening. This year, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs Turkey Drive and the Family Weekend Committee's "Stuff the Bag" service project, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable food items to benefit Cleveland families for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 2009 Flip Camera Film Festival will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, October 23, in Clark Hall 309. The event will feature top contenders from the 2009 Flip Camera Film Contest. Free and open to public, but registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Freedman Center. The contest deadline is October 16. Call 368-3506 or 368-8961 for details.

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Clapp Hall 108. Attendees are invited to bring lunch.

As Phase I of a complete review of contract processes, the "Contract Approval Form," as part of the Contract Approval Policy at the Business Policy Web site, has been discontinued effective today for all Procurement related contracts. The Contract Approval Form will remain in effect for non-Procurement related contracts (real estate transfers, licensing agreements, etc.). All Procurement related contracts and bid documents should be forwarded to Procurement Services in conjunction with an executed and approved requisition in PeopleSoft. Additional contract process modifications designed to enhance the customer's experience will be announced in the near future. Contact the Customer Care Team at customercareteam-pds@case.edu.

For Students

The university requires that all registered students maintain sufficient health insurance coverage. This policy was implemented to protect students from the financial burdens associated with unforeseen events such as accidents and ailments. In an effort to ensure that all students possess adequate coverage, the university will begin a waiver audit program. Beginning spring semester 2010, students will be required to submit detailed information to waive the Case Student Medical Plan. The following information pertaining to current health insurance plan must be reported: Name of health insurance company; Name of the primary subscriber; Policy/Medical ID number; and Telephone number to your insurance company's customer service line. This information can be obtained from your health insurance card. Your eligibility to waive the Case Student Medical Plan is based on comparability of coverage. By waiving the Case plan, you are asserting that your health insurance plan (at minimum) provides the same levels of coverage. If you are unsure, you may visit the Student Medical Plan Web site for a detailed definition of comparable coverage. The Case Student Medical Plan fee is assessed in the fall and spring semesters. Completed waivers are irrevocable and are subject to audit.

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) will host several sessions this month on "How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions—On and Off Campus." Go online for details and to register.

Events

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The Community Engagement Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative will host a seminar featuring Glenn Flores from the University of Texas Southwestern and Children's Medical Center, Dallas. He founded and is the former co-director of the Pediatric Latino Clinic at Boston Medical Center. He will speak on the topic of "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children's Health and Healthcare: How We Can Level the Playing Field," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at the School of Medicine E501. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling 778-3858 or e-mailing Michele Abraham.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Hurricanes, Climate Change and Columbus: How Bahamian Lakes Archive Ancient Storm Events." The discussion begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals is sponsoring a scientific symposium, Common Macrophage Biology and Inflammatory Mechanisms in Psoriasis and Atherosclerosis, Oct. 15 and 16. Go online for 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.

October 12, 2009

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Case in the News

Reasons for rising health care costs are many

The Wichita Eagle, Oct. 11, 2009
Americans actually see doctors and stay in the hospital less than residents of other industrialized countries, they say. Our costs are high for a constellation of reasons involving relatively uncontrolled prices, insurance that masks real costs from consumers, heavy use of technology, wide variations in care and excessive administrative costs. Joseph White, professor of political science and an expert on international health care at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

'Biblical Literacy' from Professor Timothy Beal cracks open the Bible for newcomers

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 11, 2009
It's very hard to teach John Milton's "Paradise Lost" or John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" to students who have no knowledge of the Book of Genesis. The Bible's prodigious influence on Western culture—literature and drama, classical and popular music, common expressions in everyday language—is a locked treasure for those unfamiliar with the Scriptures. Timothy Beal, a professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University, offers a key with his accessible guide "Biblical Literacy."

Remains of the fray

San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 12, 2009
In days his great opus "On the Origin of Species" would be published and Charles Darwin was fretting. It wasn't so much the revolutionary nature of his evolutionary theory. It was the state of the fossil record, a foundation upon which everything else rested. They were fascinating creatures, and the fossil record was fraught with them. But for Darwin, they weren't old enough to sufficiently support his argument that modern life had gradually evolved and diversified over the eons. Darin Croft, associate professor of anatomy at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Understanding Ardi

The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 11, 2009
Ohio-based scientists played key roles in finding, reconstructing and analyzing the 4.4-million-year-old species called Ardipithecus ramidus. Several Case Western Reserve University faculty members, including Bruce Latimer and Scott W. Simpson, were part of the team.

Higher Ed News

Education secretary stresses need for strong new teachers

USA TODAY, Oct. 10, 2009
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan appealed Friday for a new generation of extraordinary teachers, calling education the civil rights cause of our time.