102-Year-Old Retired Physician Pledges $750,000 to Support
Communicable Disease Research


Amy Kuhn Feldstein, M.D. (FSM '28, MED '31) has made a $750,000 will commitment to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her bequest will create the Amy Kuhn Feldstein, M.D. Faculty Fellowship that will support research for the prevention and treatments of communicable disease, such as HIV/AIDS.

Feldstein's gift was inspired in part by the School of Medicine's commitment to developing effective prevention measures for the spread of HIV in women. Also inspiring her gift is research by Michael Lederman, M.D., the Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, on a potential topical strategy that could decrease or even prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

"We are moving closer to a day when our developments may become a safe, affordable and effective method for all women—from America to Africa to Asia—to protect themselves from HIV infection," said Lederman. "Dr. Feldstein's commitment will help advance research to prevent this devastating disease." Read more.

Campus News


The campus community has an opportunity to support Coach Greg Debeljak in the 2009 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year competition. Students, faculty and staff can vote for Debeljak online through December 6.

Certain members of the Case Western Reserve community, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can receive H1N1 nasal spray vaccinations on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in Wade Commons. Learn more.


The Mortar Board Honor Society continues its third annual Reading is Leading Initiative through November 10. Participation involves the donation of $2 or a children's book. The drive benefits children in Greater Cleveland. Donations can be dropped off in Nord Hall, Fribley and Leutner Commons, and in boxes at specific campus locations. Students can receive extra credit for certain classes. Contact Sarah Robinson or Laura Tycon for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "College for $99 Per Month?" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The meeting will be a journal discussion of Kevin Carey's September/October 2009 article in Washington Monthly, which describes a plan that offers a college education at the flat rate of $99 per month. The group will discuss topics related to the cost of higher education. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning will offer an Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua from March 6-14, 2010. Students will stay at an eco-lodge in a rural town on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and work on a variety of service projects with local community organizations. The cost of the trip is $1,275, including lodging, most meals and international airfare. The trip is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. An information session will be held at 6 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's Meeting Room B. Contact Angela Lowery or go online for information.

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is hosting a networking event entitled "Life as an MBA!" at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in the George S. Dively Building. Students interested in an MBA program will have an opportunity to interact with MBA alumni. The event is co-sponsored by Kaplan and the National Black MBA Association. Food will be provided. Contact SAA by e-mail for more information.


The next installment of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center's Scientific Series is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1-413). Timothy Nilsen, director of the Center for RNA Molecular Biology; Eain Murphy, assistant staff member at the Lerner Research Institute's Department of Molecular Genetics; and Saba Valadkhan, assistant professor in the Center for RNA Molecular Biology, are scheduled to present on RNA Microanalysis technology and how it relates to cancer research. A reception will take place following the presentations.

Case Western Reserve University's Sigma Xi chapter, along with the Departments of Biology and Anthropology and the Evolutionary Biology Program, will present a lecture, "Who Says Neanderthals Are So Different?" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, in DeGrace Hall 312. The keynote speaker will be David Frayer, professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas. A variety of morphological and behavioral traits link Neanderthals with their European successors. Frayer will discuss this new (and old) information about biology and culture.

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 Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's annual Project on Men and Gender will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Hovorka Atrium. The program will feature a screening of The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships. The documentary includes interviews with scholars and writers of mass media, economics, psychology and popular culture, as well as producers and performers from the pornography industry. The movie will be followed by a discussion with Robert Jensen from the University of Texas, who served as a consultant on the film.

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


Roger Saillant recently began his new duties as executive director at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

The Fowler Center practices, researches and teaches whole-system design methods for advancing the 'how-to' of sustainability, and works with businesses, organizations and economic regions to discover the power and promise of sustainability as an innovation engine for doing good and doing well.

Saillant has been a pioneer in fuel cells, energy policy and holistic management techniques. His extensive corporate experience includes seven years as CEO of Plug Power, a cutting-edge fuel cell company. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation.

November 3, 2009

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Media Moment

Case Western Reserve University is a sponsor of the Chautauqua Summer Institute. Several faculty members spent the summer conducting interviews with radio station WJTN. The last in the series features Jonathan Entin, professor of political science and law. Listen to the mp3 file.

Case in the News

CWRU museum chronicles long history of birth control: a Reproductive Wellness column

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 3, 2009
If you're in the mood for a fascinating history lesson, stop by the Dittrick Medical History Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. There, you can see "Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: A History of Contraception in America." It is one of only three museums in the world with a permanent collection of contraception, according to chief curator Jim Edmonson.

Undefeated CWRU gets a boost by healthy return of senior defensive back Bobby Bott

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 2, 2009
Defensive back Bobby Bott had been knocked out of the Oct. 3 Denison game with a neck injury, but returned with one assisted tackle in the Spartan's 63-14 victory against the Hiram Terriers at Case Field on Oct. 24. On Saturday, he had 8 1/2 tackles and two pass breakups as Case Western Reserve University won its 29th straight regular-season game, 38-24, at Chicago.

Around Noon

WCPN.org, Oct. 26, 2009
Henry Adams, professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, was a recent guest on Around Noon. He shared details on his new book about Jackson Pollock, Tom and Jack.

BMP Sunstone appoints Daniel Harrington to board of directors

Reuters.com, Oct. 28, 2009
Daniel Harrington, a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University and the Veale Foundation, has been appointed to the BMP Sunstone Corporation's Board of directors.

Discoveries: A few of our favorite Midwest finds

Midwest Living, July/August 2009
Listed among "Total Surprises" in Midwest Living's Favorite Midwest Finds is the Dittrick Museum of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University, which includes 19th Century surgical tools and the world's most comprehensive collection of contraceptives.

Higher Ed News

The $50K club: 58 private colleges pass a pricing milestone

Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2009
Fifty-eight private colleges now charge at least $50,000 for tuition, fees, room, and board, a Chronicle analysis of College Board data shows. Last year only five colleges did. Generous aid packages on some campuses mean that many students pay far less than those prices, which do not include textbooks and travel expenses. But a number of students do pay full freight.