School of Medicine Names Inaugural Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D., Professorship in Surgical Education


Case Western Reserve University has announced the appointment of Conor P. Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., as the inaugural occupant of the Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D., Professorship in Surgical Education and Director of the School of Medicine's new Center for Surgical Skills Training.

The newly established professorship was made possible by a $2 million combined gift; nearly $1 million contributed by the Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation, Inc. was combined with a $1 million commitment made in 2006 by the Goldberg, Ponsky, Frankel Family to endow the professorship. The gift will support the recruitment and retention of world-class surgical talent to the School of Medicine.

As a part of the existing Institute for Surgery and Innovation at the School of Medicine, the Center for Surgical Skills Training will further enhance teaching and learning capabilities, providing students, residents and practicing health care professionals the location and tools they need to learn the latest sophisticated surgical methods. Read more.

Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Bioptigen
Establish Exclusive Licensing Agreement

Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have granted to Bioptigen, of Research Triangle Park, N.C., an exclusive intellectual property licensing agreement for Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FDOCT), an imaging technology developed from research at the university's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Advances in functional FDOCT are expected to enhance the early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, most notably diabetic retinopathy, which affects many of the 15 million Americans suffering from diabetes. These functional capabilities include Color Doppler FDOCT for visualizing and quantifying blood flow and Spectroscopic FDOCT for imaged tissues and fluids.

The licensed technology was created by Joseph Izatt, formerly on the biomedical engineering faculty at Case Western Reserve and now part of the biomedical engineering faculty at Duke University, and Andrew Rollins, Warren E. Rupp associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to celebrate the establishment of The Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D. Professorship in Surgical Education and the appointment of Conor P. Delaney, M.D., Ph.D. as the inaugural Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D. Professor of Surgical Education. The chair dedication ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building.  RSVP to Crystal Daprile.

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services will host series of free self-defense classes for women. Rape Aggression Defense System's trained instructors will present the classes on Thursdays beginning Oct. 29 and running the next three Thursdays. Classes will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. in Adelbert Gym. Participants must complete the first three classes to complete the course. The class covers avoidance and how to stay safe in everyday life and how to kick, punch and escape from an attacker. The last class will focus on practicing techniques. Wear comfortable clothing. Contact Karen Gregor by e-mail or phone at 368-6811 to sign up.


Case Western Reserve has been nominated by PETA in this year's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges contest. With the demand for sustainable foods on the rise, this year's competition is tougher than ever . Campus community members can vote for the university online. Voting in the Round 1 cycle ends Monday, Nov. 2.

The Marigold Catering Company and University Circle, Inc. are teaming up to support the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland with a "Renegade Lunch" on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at noon. Chefs from Marigold will set up, prepare and serve a gourmet lunch at no charge on Wade Oval. Up to 24 people can be accommodated at this highly unique dining experience. Marigold will provide everything–tables, chairs, linens, china and a lunch. Guests will be asked to consider making a donation to the AIDS Taskforce in the amount they would have spent on lunch that day.

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.

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host an information session on the 2010 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The institute is a prestigious professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education. The university will sponsor a participant on the Bryn Mawr campus from June 18-July 2, 2010. Session participants will be able to hear from former participants. Bring a lunch; beverages and cookies will be served. Go online for the Case Western Reserve application.

For Students

The Leadership Journey Series continues with its next session, "Time Management," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in Nord Hall 410. Rhonda Moore, program coordinator in Educational Services for Students, will lead the session, which will teach students necessary skills for managing time.


Students are invited to learn about short-term study abroad opportunities for winter, spring and summer break. Destinations include Costa Rica, Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. These are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. An information session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. In addition, individual appointments can be made by contacting Michelle L. Champoir, Department of Bioethics.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics will host an open house for third- and fourth-year students beginning at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at the School of Medicine, Room E-501. The event will include tours and a reception. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Jean Davis by Friday, Oct. 30, with any special dietary restrictions.


The Weatherhead Marketing Club will host Nikki DiFilippo, president of the Via Vera Group, on the topic of "High Tech Marketing," from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Peter B. Lewis Building.

The Art Education program will host the "Friday Sketch Group Drawing Exhibition." The exhibit will be open for viewing, Friday, Oct. 30. Anita Rogoff, professor emeritus of art education, and the group have been meeting for 40 years. Call 368-2714 for details.

The Judaic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences will host a conference Nov. 8-10, "The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of its Theocracy, Nationalism and Assertion of Power," at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Learn more.

The 2009 Humanities Week Film Festival continues through Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. "Manufactured Landscapes" debuts tonight; "Silent Running" debuts Tuesday, Oct. 27; and "Water World" will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 28. The series is curated by Robert Spadoni, associate professor of English. Tickets for students, faculty and staff cost $6.

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.

In Memoriam


Oddvar F. Nygaard, who retired in 1991 as professor of radiology and continued on for another decade as an emeritus professor, died Oct. 17. He was 86.

He sang for 25 years with the Singers' Club of Cleveland. His wife of 63 years, Vibeke Nygaard, is an associate professor emerita of oral biology.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Singers' Club of Cleveland, P.O. Box 18828, Cleveland, OH 44118.

Et al

Lewis Katz, professor of law, has a forthcoming article in Case Western Reserve Law Review. The article is about school strip searches, and critiques the June 2009 Unified School District 1 v. Redding U.S. Supreme Court decision, and proposes a different stricter standard than that imposed by the Court. The article will appear in Issue Two, due out February 2010. 

October 26, 2009

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Case in the News

Ohio universities getting millions in federal stimulus funds

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 26, 2009
While federal stimulus spending has been focused on job-creating construction projects, Ohio universities and colleges are quietly pulling in tens of millions of dollars for scientific and medical research. To date, Case Western Reserve University, is slated to received approximately $55 million.

CWRU alumni engineer an entertaining contest

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 25, 2009
The combination of a giant wooden catapult, a pile of fresh pumpkins and a bull's-eye 275 feet away provided unique entertainment at a Case Western Reserve University homecoming event on Saturday. Student Sean Sukys and several alumni are quoted.

Karadzic trial set to start without Karadzic

The Associated Press, Oct. 25, 2009
The trial of Radovan Karadzic was scheduled to start today. It is one of the most significant war crimes cases to emerge from Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Speed dating has nothing on five-minute networking, Oct. 23, 2009
Some of the quickest and brightest minds in Cleveland only had five minutes to sell themselves at a recent speed networking event, organized by Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Sonia Merritt, a first-year graduate student, comments.

Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are partners in medical school; they should act accordingly: An editorial

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 26, 2009
The Plain Dealer editorial board writes about the relationship between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.

Zombies taking over world!

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 24, 2009
An army of flesh-eating zombies is chomping through the pop-culture landscape, to the delight of those who dig the undead. Rob Spadoni, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, has even noticed academic conferences on zombies in pop culture.

Case Western Reserve defense steals the show (and the ball) as Spartans roll, 63-14, over Hiram

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 23, 2009
Case Western Reserve University senior defensive back Bradley Paramore figured he would give the offense a break during the first quarter of Saturday's 63-14 win over the Hiram Terriers.

Higher Ed News

Turning surveys into reforms

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2009
Ten years after launch of National Survey of Student Engagement, many worry that colleges have been speedier to embrace giving the questionnaire than using its results. And some experts want changes in what the survey measures.