Case Western Reserve University Receives $20.5 Million from Alumnus Donald Goodman
and His Wife Ruth Weber Goodman


Case Western Reserve University has received a $20.5 million gift from Donald Goodman, DDS (DEN '45) and Ruth Weber Goodman.

The Donald J. and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund will reside at the University and the Cleveland Foundation. Income will be used to support education and research programs at the schools of medicine and dental medicine. The gift has been used to establish two professorships at the School of Medicine: The Dr. Donald and Ruth Goodman Professorship in Innovative Cancer Therapeutics, which is currently held by Mary J. Laughlin, MD; and The Dr. Donald and Ruth Goodman Professorship in Innovative Cardiovascular Research, which has not yet been appointed.

"Don and Ruth Goodman cared deeply about the university, and we are truly thankful to them and their family for their commitment to pre-eminent research and education at our schools of medicine and dental medicine," said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University.

Donald Goodman, who died in 2007, was a Cleveland-area dentist who made his fortune through decades of savvy stock market investment. He and his wife, Ruth, who died in 2008, traveled to more than 260 countries and islands, met Mother Theresa and saw the Dalai Lama. Ruth was the daughter of Arthur F. Weber, founder of Cuyahoga Heights, OH-based Triplex Screw Co. The company was sold to Murray Corp. of America in 1952. Read more.

Campus News

The Information Technology Services 2008-09 Annual Report is now available online.

Campus community members interested in learning about aviation—as well as current pilots, former pilots looking to get back into flying and pilots looking to upgrade their certifications—are invited to learn more about the possible formation of a flying club. Contact Mark Murray for details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Advanced Research Computing unit of Information Technology Services has a modest amount of funding to support up to five small projects in data visualization this year.  Information is available online.

A session on "Tackling Troubling Employee Behavior," presented by EASE@Work, the Department of Human Resources and the Office of General Counsel, will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Nord Hall 310A. Register online.

For Students


The Academic Integrity Board is accepting fall 2009 applications. The board is a group of undergraduate students who attend hearings for cases of academic misconduct. The group also creates programming to spread awareness of academic issues. Students representing all majors are encouraged to apply. Go online for application information. The deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, to the Office of Student Affairs.

The Case Western Undergraduate Bioethics Society will hold its inaugural "Euthanasia Day" discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The program will feature international scholar Gerrit Kimsma. The event will feature scholarly debate and discussion regarding the ethical controversies centered around end-of-life decision making. The agenda includes the Kimsma talk; a video presentation featuring Stuart Youngner, chair of the Department of Bioethics; a panel discussion featuring faculty from the religion, medicine, philosophy and public policy departments; and more. Extra credit is available to CHEM 105, CHEM 111 and CHEM 223 students. Contact Monique Farone for information.

Case Western Reserve students are invited to participate in PowerShift Ohio 2009, a nationwide youth- and student-driven movement focused on climate change. The event will take place at Oberlin College Oct. 23-25. Registration is $35, and includes housing for the weekend, meals, a concert, movie screenings and more. Questions should be directed to Trevor Allen, chair of Case Western Reserve's Student Sustainability Council.



Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, will give a free, public reading of his new book, Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village. In the new book, Beal highlights the many surprising ways that the Bible has shaped history and the world.

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 Case Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics will present a symposium entitled "Understanding Protein Complexes, Networks and the Interactome" on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Registration is free. To register and for additional details, send an e-mail to with your name and institution/department.

The Department of Anthropology will present the 2009 Kassen Lecture, "Anthropologist as Witness, Anthropologist as Advocate: Objectivity and Responsibility in Current Anthropologic Practice," from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Mather Memorial 201. The speaker is Jennifer Furin, an anthropologist and infectious diseases specialist. A reception will follow. Go online for details.

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 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University gets $20.5 million from Donald Goodman, Ruth Weber Goodman fund

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 13, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's medical and dental schools will receive $20.5 million from the estate of two longtime friends of the university to use toward continuing research on blood cancers. Donald J. Goodman, who died in 2007, and his wife, Ruth Weber Goodman, who died in 2008, created a philanthropic fund that eventually totaled $70 million and is among the largest gifts ever received by the Cleveland Foundation. Surviving family members decided to give a good portion of it to the university. The gift was announced by Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder at a trustees meeting.

Two trustees named to Case Western Reserve University board

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 12, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has appointed two new members to its board of trustees: W. Nicholas "Nick" Howley, chair and CEO of TransDigm Group Inc. and TransDigm Holdings, and Hemant Kanakia, a partner with Columbia Capital LLC in Alexandria, Va.

Focus public investment on early-childhood intervention—Brent Larkin

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 11, 2009
Brent Larkin of The Plain Dealer writes that if re-elected, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson should focus on rallying countywide support for the biggest idea ever championed by a Cleveland mayor: making the most massive investment in children ever made by a major metropolitan area. Robert Fischer, co-director of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, comments.

Parents with autistic children to participate in new study, Oct. 12, 2009
While infant and toddler brains are rapidly developing, a window of opportunity exists to reduce the impact of autism. Gerald Mahoney, director of the Center on Interventions for Children and Families at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has received a three-year, $780,000 research grant from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development.

Rajkowski column: Polls can often be a guessing game

St. Cloud Times, Oct. 13, 2009
A sports column focusing on the science of voting in a college football poll at the Division III level references Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Stimulus for humanities job market

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2009
The American Council of Learned Societies is creating 50 fellowships for new Ph.D.'s in the humanities, who will be eligible for two years of work at top colleges and universities.