President's Committee on Child Care Options Announces Two New Pilot Programs

President Barbara R. Snyder today announced the launch of two pilot programs that emerged from the work of the President's Committee on Child Care Options during 2008-2009.

Effective immediately, benefits-eligible faculty and staff—as well as all students—will be able to participate in the following initiatives:

  1. Temporary and Back-up Child Care: The President's committee identified the need for short-notice back-up care as a campus priority. In response, the university has established a relationship with Erin's Nannies, a highly regarded service that helps place caregivers with families on a full-time and temporary basis.

  2. Child Care Support During Travel: Child care can become particularly challenging when a parent must take a trip for work or study—for example, a conference, a research opportunity, or out-of-town meeting. Inspired by a successful model operated through the ACES program, the President's committee recommended launching a campus-wide initiative.

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Biomedical Engineering Department Commemorates Achievement, Looks to Future


The Department of Biomedical Engineering celebrates its 40th anniversary with a day of events including a talk by the leader of the world's largest medical technology company, an open house and reflections by past chairs, Thursday, Oct. 22.

William A. Hawkins, chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, Inc., is the featured speaker for the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Distinguished Lecture, at the Wolstein Research Building Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve's Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance will host a discussion on ways to continue the university's commitment to these topics on campus and beyond from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Clark Hall 112. All campus community members are invited. Pizza and beverages will be available.

Departments and residence halls planning to participate in Homecoming and Alumni Weekend Office/Residence Hall Decorating Contest should e-mail Colleen Barker-Williamson today for a chance to win a Jolly Scholar pizza party. More details. Pre-registration also is due today for the 5K Race and Wellness Expo.

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting a Daily Wear Contact Lens Research Study. The study is enrolling healthy contact lens candidates, especially of Asian ethnicity, to wear daily contact lenses. This is a one-year study, and candidates must live locally. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call (216) 844-8552 for information.

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. Proposals are due Oct. 19.

The Department of Human Resources and the University Career Center recently created the Career Development Series: Effectively Managing Your Career at Case. Those seeking to grow in their current role or to explore other opportunities at the university are invited to attend this series focusing on career decision-making skills. The "Realizing Your Potential" session is from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Toepfer Room. Register online.

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 October 21 and November 17. Go online for complete details and registration.

For Students

Fall break is Monday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 20.


Ross Pillari, former chairman of BP America, will discuss "Business Ethics in the International Energy Industry" from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Free, open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Contact Gail Papay via e-mail or by phone at 368-2456 for information. Sponsored by the Inamori Center.


A panel discussion on "Healthcare Reform: What Is It? How Does it Affect Medical Practices and Patients?" will take place from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library. The panelists are J.B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management; Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society; Steven Altschuler (MED '79), president and CEO Of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Joseph Hahn (EMBA '90), chief of staff, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and Brandon Collier (LAW '97), attorney with Collier, Sarner & Associates. Free, open to the public. The introduction will be given by Nancy Kurfess Johnson (MED '54). Send an e-mail to or call 368-4421 to RSVP.

As part of its annual Oktoberfest and Alumni and Homecoming Weekend, the Case Alumni Association (CAA) will launch the Case Games in celebration of its 125th anniversary. This family-friendly competition for all campus members will feature a trebuchet built by engineering alumni and students. Individuals and teams will hurl CAA-sanctioned objects toward an oversized bull's eye. The fun begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, near the Oktoberfest tent, North Residential Village. Watch the trebuchet's construction and register.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the medical and research communities to attend its seminar series presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m., in Frohring Auditorium. Susan Wentz, director of the Office of Urban Health, Urban Area Health Education Center and NetWellness, will discuss "Research, NetWellness and the CTSC: Engaging the Public through the World Wide Web."

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. To register and for more details, send an e-mail to

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 Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) recently announced the results of the quarterly competition for small pilot funding to support studies conducted through the CTSC Core facilities. The following Case Western Reserve School of Medicine researchers were awardees: Mark Adams, Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ann-Marie Broome, Dorr Dearborn, Patrick Ma, Rajeev Mehlotra, James Swain and Nicole Ward. In addition, Lance Vernon from the School of Dental Medicine and Chris Winkelman from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing were awardees.

Patrick Hakes, a second-year law student, placed third in the 11th Annual Landskorner Closing Argument Competition held last month. The competition featured third-year law students from Ohio law schools; Hakes being the only second year who competed.

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, was an invited reviewer and commentator at the Health Law Scholars Workshop, held last month at St. Louis University Law School.

October 16, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University puts dark days of deficits in the past, records $1.3 million budget surplus

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 15, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's operating budget boasted a $1.3 million surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, said John Sideras, chief financial officer. When Barbara R. Snyder became president in 2007, she promised to shore up finances enough to break even by 2010.

Upside/Downside: The paradox facing new businesses

90.3 WCPN, Oct. 11, 2009
The number of new businesses often spikes during a recession as some people who've been laid off use the opportunity to make a go of it on their own. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The morality (and legality) of universal healthcare

Why? Radio (University of North Dakota), Oct. 11, 2009
Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, was a recent guest on the Why? radio program. She discussed a variety of topics surrounding health care.

More than 'Millennials': Colleges must look beyond generational stereotypes

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11, 2009
Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and an adjunct associate professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, writes that labeling specific generations has seeped into academic conversations and may actually be influencing how professors interact with college students.

Believing in your business vital to success, expert says

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 11, 2009
If you don't feel in your gut that your new company will succeed, no one else will either, says Desh Deshpande, one of the country's top immigrant entrepreneurs and an international guru. He spoke to several hundred students, business leaders and entrepreneurs Thursday night on the Case Western Reserve University campus as part of the 2009 David Deioma Lectureship.

Higher Ed News

Colleges need to measure quality based on what students learn, Lumina leader says

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2009
American colleges aren't doing enough to measure the specific learning that takes place in their courses and degree programs, and learning needs to be recognized as the primary measure of quality in higher education, says the president of the Lumina Foundation for Education.