KSL Remains Committed to Updating Technology Resources for Campus Community

Editor's note: Over the next several months, Case Daily will run a series of stories focusing on how the Case Western Reserve University libraries support the research and scholarship endeavors of faculty, students and staff.

The third in the series focuses on how the KSL staff is committed to advancing technology resources for the campus community:


In this fast-paced age of quick, point-of-need access to multiple information formats, the Kelvin Smith Library remains at the leading edge of trends in information access, communication and collaboration, evolving constantly to support faculty across academic units at Case Western Reserve University. Library professionals at KSL network regularly with faculty to further individual and departmental research programs and campus-wide, interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives. Read more.

Campus News

Grandmothers are needed for a research study about how to manage stress while raising grandchildren. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study is being conducted by researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For more information about participating in the study, call 368-0552 or send an e-mail to txa15@case.edu.

The University Bookstore is running a JanSport promotion of buy one, get one 50 percent off through Saturday, Dec. 19.

Staff Advisory Council is collecting new socks for homeless men and women in Cleveland. Donations also can be dropped off at Mather Memorial R238 through Tuesday, Dec. 15. Go online for more information about the need in Cleveland.

Yesterday's Case Daily incorrectly stated the date of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations open house event. The open house will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., is this evening, 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.

Sprint will host an on-campus event from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Jolly Scholar. The event will highlight the Palm Pixi and Palm Pre, and representatives will be available to answer questions about discounts available to Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff. Food will be provided. Earlier this year, the university and Sprint created a program that allows students to get discounted cellular services, and the program recently expanded the faculty and staff discount. 

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve's Employee Wellness Program aims to promote healthy lifestyles to help enhance a positive, successful, supportive, energetic and healthy workplace. The program's educational seminars give employees an opportunity to learn more about the latest health information from experts in the field. Attendees also will have a chance to learn healthy tips for those classic holiday indulgences, how to manage the inevitable stress of the holiday season and some easy exercises. The next session will take place noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Nord Hall 310. Register online.

Procurement and Distribution Services announces further streamlining of the Contract Review Process by aggregating the review and routing of all procurement-related contracts through the Procurement and Distribution services office. Review the flowchart and more information online. The newly released Payment Policy and Procedures also is available online.

For Students

The Division of Student Affairs announces the national 2009 Sparky Awards contest. Students can submit videos of two minutes or less that creatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The deadline is Dec. 6. Learn more.

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 5 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, or from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, both sessions at the Mandel School Room 108. Contact Deborah Jacobson for information.

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recently formed a Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Committee. The committee is charged with the following: Increasing dialogue and cooperation between social and ethnic groups that leads to an appreciation and understanding of the student body's unique qualities and commonalities; encourages the sharing and appreciation of cultural and social perspectives through various activities; utilizes the cultural student groups and facilitation of cooperation among groups as the main avenues for affecting changes; publicizes cultural and social events to the student body in cooperation with the USG Public Relations committee. Contact USG President President Duwain Pinder via e-mail if interested in serving.



The Fifth Annual Fall A Cappella Concert will take place during the Community Hour at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Amasa Stone Chapel. The campus community is invited to enjoy music from the following campus groups: Speakeasy, Case in Point, Solstice, Dhamakappella, the Case Men’s Glee Club, the Case Women’s Glee Club and Voices of Glory. The musical selections will range from pop and rock to holiday tunes and classics. Audience members will have a chance to enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate during the performance.

The Case Opera Scenes Performance Class will present "An Evening of Opera Scenes" at 6 p.m. this evening in Harkness Chapel. The class, under the direction of Marla Berg, will perform scenes from famous operas. Free, open to the public.

Genny Boccardo-Dubey, a graduate student, will keynote the next Art Talk. Her talk, "Medieval Wall Paintings in the Holy Sepulchre Chapel at the Winchester Cathedral," at 12:30 p.m., Friday. Dec. 4, at the Mather House, Room 100. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

Kelvin Smith Library will host Cleveland Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Daniel Leeper from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the library. He will discuss his agency's perspective on hate crimes. The talk is the first in the library's new series, Top Agencies in the Area, hosted by the KSL government documents department. Learn more.


"Doc Opera," a variety show produced 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: $25 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. This is the 25th anniversary show. Learn more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature Joseph White, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. He will discuss various topics related to health care reform beginning at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Inamori Center.

Et al.


Li Li, associate professor of family medicine and associate director for prevention research in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Nathan A. Berger, Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine, co-director of the Aging Cancer Research Program and director of the Center for Science, Health and Society at Case Western Reserve, were featured participants in the Fourth International Symposium on Community Health and Family Medicine in Shanghai last month.

The fourth in a series, the conference focused on changing and improving health and health management in Zhabei District Shanghai, which has a population of over 1.1 million residents.

The Case Western Reserve physicians met with Shanghai government officials, physicians from Zhabei and public health faculty from Fudan University to analyze data from the Zhabei 2020 health survey to further define changes and the relation of energy balance, obesity and cancer, and to design more effective cancer screening, prevention and control strategies. Read more.

December 3, 2009

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Case in the News

Experts: Man controlled robotic hand with thoughts

The Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2009
In Rome, a man who lost his left forearm in a car crash was successfully linked to a robotic hand, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, scientists said Wednesday. Dustin Tyler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and biomedical engineer at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland, comments.

What local business leaders would tell Obama at Jobs Summit

Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 2, 2009
Scott Shane, Case Western Reserve University professor of economics, comments about the adverse effect of higher taxes on job creation.

South Euclid Mayor Welo pushing for bill dealing with 'bank walk aways'

Sun Messenger, Dec. 3, 2009
South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo's comment references foreclosure data maintained at the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing database, part of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

NIH approves first 13 embryonic stem cell lines for federal research

MedCity News, Dec. 2, 2009
The National Institutes of Health has approved the first 13 lines of embryonic stem cells for use by federal researchers, ushering in a new era of research that is both promising and controversial. Debra Grega, executive director of the The Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, comments on how this approval may affect research based on adult stem cells. The multi-institutional center is composed of investigators from Case Western Reserve University, and other institutions.

Higher Ed News

A 'New Normal' for Higher Education in the 21st Century Announced at the TIAA-CREF Institute 2009 Higher Education Leadership Conference

PR Newswire/TIAA-CREF, Dec. 3, 2009
Experts gathered for a forum offer insight on new educational models for the 21st century.