Dan Whalen a Finalist for 2009 Gagliardi Trophy

danWhalen170x260.JPGCase Western Reserve University's Dan Whalen is a finalist for the 2009 Gagliardi Trophy. The Gagliardi Trophy represents the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III top player.

The Gagliardi Trophy is presented annually to the outstanding football player in NCAA Division III who exhibits excellence in athletics, academics and community service.

Whalen is the university's all-time leader in passing yardage, all-time leader in passing touchdowns and all-time leader in completions. He has led the Spartans to three straight (2007, 2008 and 2009) University Athletic Association championships. An English major, Whalen serves as a volunteer for campus Move-in Day and the Special Olympics.

The campus community can vote for Whalen through noon on Monday, Dec. 7 (one vote per computer). Read more.

Campus News

Undergraduate Student Government, Thwing Center and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership are co-sponsoring a baby products toiletries drive in conjunction with the Giving Tree Program to help needy families during the holidays. Suggested donations include diapers, baby wipes, baby powder and baby oil. Donations can be placed in marked purple containers in Thwing Center through Dec. 9. All donations will be given to the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Association.

The Case Western Reserve community is invited to a celebration of the appointment of Zheng-Rong Lu as the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor in Biomedical Engineering. The event begins at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec, 3, in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. Hosted by Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor of Engineering, and Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine, the program will feature a lecture by Lu, a new faculty member and world-renowned expert on biomedical cellular and molecular imaging, imaging contrast agents and drug delivery. The title of his talk is "Multifunctional siRNA Delivery Systems for Cancer Therapy." The M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professorship was established in 1999 with a $2 million gift from the 1950 mechanical engineering alumnus and his wife, for whom the chair is named. Among his many accomplishments, Rudy is attributed with the invention of the Nike Air Sole. Contact Anglea Puertas for information.

For Faculty and Staff

Advance Opportunity Grants are available to faculty members. These grants provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources. Examples of funding support include grants to support writing of books, travel grants to explore new techniques or to attend advanced training courses and seed funding for unusual research opportunities or training. Applications should be submitted to Sharon Burke by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Complete details are available online.


Case Western Reserve employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands by donating to an agency of their choice during the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign. The annual campaign benefits hundreds of local and national nonprofit agencies that provide a range of services from providing emergency food and shelter to "green" organizations.

For Students

The university requires that all registered students maintain sufficient health insurance coverage. This policy was implemented to protect students from the financial burdens associated with unforeseen events such as accidents and ailments. In an effort to ensure that all students possess adequate coverage, the university will begin a waiver audit program. Beginning spring semester 2010, students will be required to submit detailed information to waive the Case Student Medical Plan. The following information pertaining to current health insurance plan must be reported: Name of health insurance company; Name of the primary subscriber; Policy/Medical ID number; and telephone number to your insurance company's customer service line. This information can be obtained from your health insurance card. Your eligibility to waive the Case Student Medical Plan is based on comparability of coverage. By waiving the Case plan, you are asserting that your health insurance plan (at minimum) provides the same levels of coverage. If you are unsure, you may visit the Student Medical Plan Web site for a detailed definition of comparable coverage. The Case Student Medical Plan fee is assessed in the fall and spring semesters. Completed waivers are irrevocable and are subject to audit.


Bon Appétit Management Company is seeking participants to take the annual Campus Dining Online Survey today through Tuesday, Dec. 8. The survey allows students— as well as the campus community— the chance to provide feedback about food and dining experiences on campus. Participants will have an opportunity to win prizes, including Starbucks gift cards, RockBand2 and iPods. Participants can access the survey by following a special link or on the Bon Appétit Web site.

University Program Board will host a comedy show beginning at 7 p.m. this evening in Strosacker Auditorium. There will be free food from Qdoba. The show will feature IMPROVment and Steve Hofstetter. Attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items for donation.


In honor of World AIDS Day, Case VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood) and Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom are hosting a film screening of "Speaking Out: Women, AIDS and Hope in Mali," followed by a panel discussion, at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Clark Hall 306. Learn more by visiting the event's Facebook page.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will present John R. Yates III as part of the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. Yates will present two seminars on Dec. 2, in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB1413). He will discuss "Interpreting Mass Spectrometry Bar Codes" at 11 a.m. and "Driving Biological Discovery using Quantitative Mass Spectrometry" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Go online for more information.

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 Staff Advisory Council's Basket Raffle resulted in $4,000 raised for charity. Ticket sales amounted to $3,752, and the Office of the President provided funding to increase the amount to $4,000. The Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse will receive $3,000, and the Metro Health Friends of Mothers and Infants will receive $1,000 to help purchase diapers for infants in need. The above organizations were chosen due to the economic hardships placed on families today. The basket raffle was organized by SAC's Community Service Committee.

December 1, 2009

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Case in the News

'Woe is me' to those who miss biblical rhetoric

Associated Press, Nov. 28, 2009
Case Western Reserve University professor Timothy Beal has written a new book connecting popular references to biblical stories. The book titled "Biblical Literacy: the Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know" was published in October. Beal says you cannot be culturally literate without being biblically literate. He believes people who lack familiarity with biblical references in everyday life are missing a lot.

Dr. Grace A. McComsey: Sun Star-Courier Person of the Week

Sun Star-Courier, Nov. 29, 2009
Grace A. McComsey, professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, was recently selected as a "Person of the Week" after being honored at the 2009 Mather Spotlight Awards and Women of Achievement Luncheon.

Resetting the bar

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Nov. 26, 2009
Bob Rawson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law's interim dean, says efforts are ongoing to give students the best chance to pass bar exams in several states. He says comparisons with law schools at state universities are difficult to make because of the high number of Case Western Reserve students who come from other states and take bar exams in states other than Ohio.

In Sept. 11 trial, lots of evidence, but no slam-dunk

National Public Radio, Nov. 25, 2009
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted numerous times to being the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks. But when he eventually sets foot in a Manhattan federal courtroom, U.S. prosecutors will very likely still have to overcome a daunting set of obstacles to obtain a conviction. Michael Scharf, a war crimes and national security law expert at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Compassion after violence

American Medical Student Association, Nov. 2009
Saad Mahmood, a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University, authored an article about a boy's recovery from the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Higher Ed News

Education Dept. suggests eliminating 'safe harbors' on incentive compensation

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2009
The U.S. Department of Education released to a panel of negotiators on Monday a draft of its proposed language for revisions in the rules affecting for-profit colleges. The panel, whose members include federal officials and representatives of institutions and associations affected by the regulations, has been charged with re-examining 14 rules in a process known as negotiated rule-making.