Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Receives $3.7 Million in Stimulus Funds

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) was recently awarded $3.7 million in six stimulus grants from various federal offices to fund innovative research and academic programs.

Funded projects include establishing a new center of excellence on end-of-life science; expanding the Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART) Center with a program to involve more disabled persons in the subject side of research activities; developing new electronic tools to reduce health disparities; testing the effects of early therapeutic mobility among hospital patients; combating the nursing faculty shortage through a forgivable loan program for graduate students; and providing opportunities to disadvantaged students.

"The stimulus awards represent the hard work of our dynamic faculty and staff is unique, relevant, and, most of all, needed," says May L. Wykle, the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor and Dean of the nursing school. Read more.

Interim Law School Dean to Continue Until June, 2011

Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced today that Robert H. Rawson Jr. has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Law through June, 2011.

"Bob has done an outstanding job since arriving last fall," Provost Baeslack said. "We are very pleased that he will be here to build on the significant progress already achieved."

Over the past several months, the law school community has come together to draft a new strategic plan and take steps toward realizing its goals. Rawson has worked extensively with faculty on those efforts, and on raising the school's profile in the region and nationwide.

"Bob is a wise and compassionate leader who inspires respect and admiration in nearly every person he meets," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "We are grateful to him for his dedication to helping the law school realize more of its immense potential." Read more.

Campus News

Members of the Case Western Reserve community considered to be higher-risk can receive H1N1 nasal spray vaccinations during the following fall campus clinics: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Biomedical Research Building Frohring Auditorium (BRB 105); Thursday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Adelbert Gym; Thursday, Oct. 29, 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Veale Center Lobby; Monday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge; Monday, Nov. 2, 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Thwing Center Ballroom; and Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in Wade Commons.


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at its building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Attendees will learn more about the nonprofit management programs. Refreshments will be served.Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site for information.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

Special announcement for Retirement Plan B participants: Federal law requires annual notification to plan participants that includes important funding information about the plan. The notice for the plan year beginning July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009, is being provided through electronic means (view it online). The notice contains instructions for obtaining additional information. Contact Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or by e-mail at with questions.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion about the Blackboard course management system from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Genevieve Mathieson from ITAC will explain some of the main features of the system including its assessment tools and the new Grade Center. She also will answer questions about its features. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students


Applications are being accepted for the international travel/study courses sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and interested professionals. Spring break destinations include Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands and Ecuador. Learn more from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Mandel School Room 108, and Friday, Nov., 6, in the Thwing Center atrium. Contact Deborah Jacobson for information.

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is conducting a series of workshops to help students enhance their presentation skills. All workshops will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Sears 462. Register online to reserve a spot. Contact workshop leaders Rhonda Moore or Van Bray, or call ESS at 368-5230 for information.



The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI), the Cleveland Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Kelvin Smith Library will host "Innovations in Energy Storage" from 1:45 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Wolstein Auditorium. The event will feature GLEI's Iwan Alexander, faculty director and Cady Staley Professor of Engineering, and John Miller, principal researcher and president of JME, Inc. Register online.

The Office of Continuing Education will host a brown bag lunch and discussion on Issue 2 at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the College Club, 2348 Overlook, Cleveland Heights. The discussion will be led by Mary K. Holmes, a SAGES instructor.


Contemporary French author Léonora Miano will speak at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Clark Hall 309. She has published several novels and short story collections, and has won several literary awards. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies and French and Francophone Studies programs.

The opening reception for Pondering Patterns—a collaborative project of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Institute of Art—is from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300. Christina Larson, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Art, is the exhibit's curator.

The next Art Talk lecture, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: Anxieties (Cold War And Otherwise) in George Tooker's Cornice," begins at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. The museum's Mark Cole will speak. Free. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

The next Frontiers in Biological Sciences seminar will focus on the topic "Good News About Autism" with Martin Raff of the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the School of Medicine E501.

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


Neil S. Cherniack, former School of Medicine dean, died last week. He was 78.

Cherniack was a professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey Medical School.

He joined Case Western Reserve as professor of medicine in 1977, and was appointed dean in 1990. During his tenure as dean, the school's research budget was doubled and its National Institute of Health (NIH) research funding rank rose from 16th to 12th.

He served in many capacities at Case Western Reserve, including dean and vice president; vice chair of the Department of Medicine; associate dean, Division of General Medical Sciences; and professor of academic program development. He was awarded more than $20 million in NIH funding during his tenure.

Campus community members who would like to make donations to the Neil S. Cherniack, M.D., Lecture Fund should contact Michael Seeley via e-mail or by phone at 368-6883.

Et al

Ronald Triolo, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently had his research, "Envisioning the Six Million Dollar Man," on display at the Military Health Research Forum Conference. Triolo is executive director of the the APT Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

October 27, 2009

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Case in the News

Robert Rawson extends role as interim dean of law school at Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 26, 2009
Robert Rawson, who took over as interim dean of the Case Western Reserve University law school last October, will remain in that role until mid-2011.

Case Western Reserve medical school names first Ponsky professor in surgical education, creates Center for Surgical Skills Training

MedCity News, Oct. 26, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has named Conor P. Delaney as the first holder of the Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, Professorship in Surgical Education and director of the medical school's new Center for Surgical Skills Training.

Case Western Reserve, UH Case Medical Center license imaging technology

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 26, 2009
Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have licensed an imaging technology to a North Carolina company. North Carolina-based Bioptigen Inc. has licensed imaging technology that can help diagnose and mark the progress of eye diseases and their treatments, said Andrew Rollins, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve. The tomography technology was co-created by Rollins and Joseph Izatt, a former Case Western Reserve faculty member who is now at Duke University. Related article.

Sleep apnea episodes may trigger irregular heartbeat

Atlanta Journal Constitution, Oct. 27, 2009
New research led by Susan Redline, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, found that symptoms typical of sleep apnea can spur potentially fatal heart attacks. The link appears to be strongest in those with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Electronic medical records not seen as a cure-all

The Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2009
In a health-care debate characterized by partisan bickering, most lawmakers agree on one thing: American medicine needs to go digital. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Photo details

The Washington Times, Oct. 19, 2009
A photo feature focuses on Mike Kenney, professor of chemistry at Case Western Reserve University, as he uses's Kindle electronic reader in one of his classes.

Higher Ed News

Most colleges try to assess student learning, survey finds

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 26, 2009
A large majority of American colleges make at least some formal effort to assess their students' learning, but most have few or no staff members dedicated to doing so. Those are among the findings of a recent survey report by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.