Case Western Reserve IT Expert
Makes Forecasts for 2010: Sees Technology Advancing to a 'New Normal'


Keeping pace with quickly changing demands in the information technology world usually results in a wild ride, akin to navigating a white-water river raft through a Class 6 set of rapids–and 2010 likely will set a prime example.

Lev Gonick, Case Western Reserve University's vice president for Information Technology Services and chief information officer, says dramatic change is happening, even with campus finances generally tight across the United States. His view is that what seems normal one day rapidly is becoming the "new normal."

About four years ago, Gonick decided that blogging a look back on each year's tech developments didn't set any agenda for change. So he decided to become a seer of the year ahead, a task much more challenging. He blogs about technology at Bytes From Lev in which he has posted "2010: The Year Ahead for IT in Higher Education."

Indeed, his views have an online following, as evidenced by his Top 10 predictions for 2010 posted Thursday at Inside Higher Education's online site. Read more.

Campus News

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) has moved. Mary Rouse, associate director, now has an office in Thwing Center 120. The campus community is invited to stop by to check out resources for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as information about WISER programs.

Case Mobile, developed by Information Technology Services (ITS), is a new way to take Case Western Reserve web-based services to the mobile environment. To provide a common user experience, many services found in Case Launchpad are also available through Case Mobile. To access Case Mobile, users should point their mobile web browser to Case Mobile was developed with "A-Grade" mobile browsers in mind, and it include Apple's iPhone Mobile Safari and the Blackberry browser (requires Blackberry OS version 4.7.1 and above). More information is available regarding alternate browsers for other mobile platforms. For technical issues regarding Case Mobile, contact the ITS Help Desk by e-mail or by phone at 368-HELP (4357).


The varsity athletics blog includes entries from Case Western Reserve student-athletes and coaches. Campus community members are invited to learn more about their lives on and off the field. Also, campus members can keep up with scores and news at the varsity athletics Web site.

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. Join the team from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, for the official launch event at 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Enjoy free food from Bon Appétit, raffles for great prizes from local restaurants and businesses, chair massages and health screenings. There also will be representatives available to answer questions and provide information on resources available through the university.

For Students

Monday, Jan. 11, is the last day to pay for student parking permits. Contact Access Services at 368-CARD or by e-mail at with questions.



The LGBTA Committee of Case Western Reserve University will host its Winter Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Alumni House. This event will be an informal social and an update on the committee's emerging new center and alumni network opportunities. LGBTA alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to bring a partner or guest.


The inaugural Robert M. Eiben, M.D. Lecture in Pediatric Neurology will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, in Wolstein Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Joseph J. Volpe, neurologist in chief emeritus at Children's Hospital, Boston and Bronson Crothers Distinguished Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, on the topic of "The Encephalopathy of Prematurity–More Than Just 'Injury.'" A reception will follow. Contact Sarah Chahy for details.

Campus community members are invited to attend the Irwin H. Lepow Medical Student Research Day on Friday, Jan. 8. The poster session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Adelbert Gym, and students will make oral presentations and receive awards from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the School of Medicine, Room E301, followed by a reception. The keynote speaker will be Christine Seidman of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her talk begins at 12:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine auditorium. Contact Todd Fennimore with questions.

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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Steven Eppell (GRS '91), associate professor of biomedical engineering, recently joined the APT Center as an investigator. He is known for his research interests in the areas of fabrication and analysis of self-assembling biomimetic nanocomposites, atomic force microscopy of molecules and cellular biomechanics. He has been nominated for and won multiple awards for excellence in teaching at Case Western Reserve both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The APT Center is a Veterans Affairs Research Center of Excellence established January 2005 in partnership with the university. Clinicians, investigators and staff work together to bring the clinical needs of veterans to the attention of the engineers and scientists pursuing new and emerging technologies in order to apply them for the purposes of reducing disability, improving daily functions and enhancing quality of life.


Laura McNally, associate professor of law, was recently elected to the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) board. McNally was appointed to CLEA's ABA advocacy committee regarding outcome measures, and was also appointed co-chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) section on Clinical Legal Education's Teaching Methodologies Committee.

January 7, 2010

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The year ahead in IT

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 7, 2010
What a difference a year makes, writes Lev S. Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University. Most CIOs in higher education are turning their 2009 holiday stockings inside out looking for any extra crumbs that Kris Kringle might have left behind. The general fiscal crunch facing higher education has led most technology leaders to assert that double digit percentage cuts to IT budgets makes playing the holiday Scrooge a piece of cake compared to the negative consequences to core IT services and offerings facing the college campus in the year ahead.

Credit card rates, fees expected to rise as new law takes hold, Jan. 6, 2010
A new law set to take effect February will limit what banks can charge to those with poor credit, forcing those fees instead to everyone else, including those who pay off their balances every month. "The banks are faced with higher default losses, higher administrative costs," said Bill Mahnic, professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University.

Reducing trash saves company cash

Marketplace, Jan. 6, 2010
In a story featuring an Ohio furniture company and the likes of Subaru upping their green credentials, Roger Saillant, executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University, said the world's companies can be divided into three categories: Those in absolute denial; those that are looking at speaking green and speaking sustainable because they can greenwash and get some benefits from it, and the people who are courageous enough to lead the way. Saillant says he's never heard of a company not improving the bottom line by reducing its trash.

Innovation tip: Step back to step forward

BusinessWeek, Jan. 6, 2010
There are two important things about stepping back, writes Fred Collopy, professor of information systems at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, in a Viewpoint column. The first uses stepping back as a way to get another perspective, to look at the bigger picture. The second is more like stepping away from something, usually assumptions that we have made. Contained in this simple movement are a couple of important lessons for managers who wish to be more innovative or use design approaches in their everyday work.

Cell phone radiation cuts Alzheimer' mice

ABC News, Jan. 6, 2010
In mice prone to an animal form of Alzheimer's disease, long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation typical of cell phones slowed and reversed the course of the illness, according to Gary Arendash of the University of South Florida in Tampa and colleagues. Neurologist Alan Lerner of Case Western Reserve University said in an e-mail the researchers took an "an innovative approach to modulating Alzheimer's disease models in mice." But he said it's too early to say whether the findings have any relevance to humans.

Reusing respirators and managing N95 supplies while living up to OSHA expectations

Health , Jan. 5, 2010
Irena Kenneley, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University, addresses the issue of how small healthcare facilities such as outpatient clinics can eliminate the risk of H1N1 infection.

Achieving a beautiful smile in a tough economy

EmpowHer, Jan. 6, 2010
Cosmetic dentistry offers many treatments and procedures for achieving a beautiful smile without breaking the bank. Today's equipment, technology, materials and treatments have opened up options never before available, according to Jeffrey Gross, associate clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Governor's call for giving colleges priority over prisons faces hard political test

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6, 2010
At the center of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State speech Wednesday was a proposal that outside of Sacramento might seem like common sense: Mandate that the state invest more dollars each year in its public universities than in locking people up in prison. But to many inside the Capitol, that idea appears all but unattainable.