Mandel School Professor Looks at Role
Schools Play in Revitalizing Cities

Before families with young children buy a new home, many parents want to know the quality of the neighborhood public schools.

For that reason, Mark Joseph, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, examines how public schools also have a role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods–especially neighborhoods where new mixed-income developments are being built.

He's particularly interested in housing under development in Chicago and other major cities with HOPE VI funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While it is an ideal to have good schools in these new neighborhoods under construction, Joseph and co-author Jessica Feldman from the University of Chicago report challenges facing these schools in the article, "Creating and Sustaining Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Conceptualizing the Role of Schools," which appeared in the journal Education and Society. Read more.

Campus News

An unplanned outage affecting a cross section of the Case Western Reserve University e-mail system took place on Monday, Nov. 23. The issue has been resolved in cooperation with the university's e-mail provider. The Information Technology Services team is committed to determine the cause of the outage and prevent it from happening in the future. No e-mail was lost due to this event. Additional questions or concerns should be directed to the Help Desk at 368-HELP (4357). ITS apologizes for any inconvenience this event may have caused.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at its building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. For more details and to register, go online.


Case Daily will not publish this Thursday or Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, due to the university's observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

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

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit is available to design and deliver custom programs for departments. Contact Erica Merritt for more information.

For Students

The university has negotiated discounts for students at different venues throughout the Cleveland area. A list of these places, as well as a ticket order form can be found on the Access Services Web site. Several area establishments offer discounts to all students in Northeast Ohio. These discounts are not negotiated by the university and are subject to change without notification, thus students are encouraged to call ahead to confirm the discount. These discounts are listed online. Student Affairs staff continue to look for discount opportunities to assist students in taking advantage of all Cleveland has to offer. The Office of Student Affairs will notify student leadership groups (USG, GSS, Pro-council) throughout the year whenever additional discounts are offered.


"DocOpera," a variety show put on by students and faculty from the School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Allen Theater. Tickets are $25 each or $12 for children under age 12. All proceeds go directly to the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Learn more.

Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and author of God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom, will discuss the new book and sign copies from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Kelvin Smith Library. Learn more.

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.

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Katharine Polasek, a postdoctoral fellow, is a recipient of the Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her award is for the research project "Restoration of Sensation for Upper Limb Amputees." Polasek works in the laboratory of Dustin Tyler, associate professor of biomedical engineering.

Phycal, a bioenergy company, has been selected for ranking as one of the "Hottest Companies in Bioenergy" by Biofuels Digest. Jeffrey Bargiel, the company's business development specialist, is an alumnus of the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship (STEP) program. Voters can sign up for free to vote for Phycal on the list.

November 25, 2009

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Case in the News

Growth at Akron Children's Hospital goes beyond bricks and mortar

MedCity News, Nov. 24, 2009
Akron Children's Hospital is expanding its size and the number of subspecialties it offers, a strategy that may buffer the business in a time of reimbursement cuts and health care reform. J.B Silvers, a health systems management professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Local players lead Case Western renaissance

Leader Times, Nov. 25, 2009
A total of 15 players on the Case Western Reserve University football roster came from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. Featured in this story are Lee and Lucas Sasala and Derek Bush.

Women and HIV—Protecting yourself and your baby: a NetWellnesscolumn

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 24, 2009
HIV has crossed multiple cultural, gender, and geographical boundaries in the course of the last 25 years. The number of men and women living in the United States with HIV are now equal. Grace A. McComsey, a division chief at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Lamay Clinic Project improving healthcare for remote Peruvian town

La Prensa, Nov. 24, 2009
Five medical students from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine have dedicated months to building a safe, sustainable clinic in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Alida Gertz, Anna Brady, Jackie Chu, Satoko Kanahara, and Rachel Roth discuss their efforts.

Tebow, Kildow top academic team, Nov. 24, 2009
College Sports Information Directors of America and ESPN announced their All-America Academic Teams. Included is Mike Pelyak, Case Western Reserve University defensive back.

Higher Ed News

A teaching hospital tries to transform urban health care

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 24, 2009
University of Chicago Medical Center has embarked on a controversial effort to make an efficient healthcare system on Chicago's poor South Side. Innovations include efforts to create community gardens, teaching residents to prepare healthy meals. About 100 doctors are volunteering in area clinics. Supporters say the initiative could serve as a model for medical centers facing a growing number of uninsured patients while critics say it's an effort to divert the uninsured to clinics and community hospitals and keep beds open for paying patients.