Campus Community Can Support
Relief Efforts in Haiti

The Case Western Reserve University community is rallying together to support victims of the earthquake that nearly destroyed parts of Haiti this week.

Answering the call for help, the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice and the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) are collecting funds to send to Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization that works in Haiti and other parts of the world to provide medical services to the world's sickest and poorest individuals. Read more.

Campus Community Can Play Pivotal Role
in Reducing Waste, Recycling More


The Case Western Reserve University community is being encouraged to "use less and recycle the rest."

That's the theme for RecycleMania, an annual nationwide competition among colleges and universities. The 10-week event pits schools against each other to see which ones can motivate their campus communities to adopt and increase sustainable practices.

Case Western Reserve will kick off the competition with an event from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, in the Thwing Center atrium. The event will feature sustainability information, as well as free giveaways and food.

The overall competition is from January 17 through March 27.

"Our goal is to beat last year's numbers," said Gene Matthews, director of facilities services. In 2009, Case Western Reserve finished near the top in the Waste Minimization category. This year "we want to win in all categories," Matthews explained.

The university aims to be "climate neutral," and RecycleMania is just one aspect of that commitment. Read more.

Campus News


Due to an urgent seasonal shortage, the American Red Cross will hold several blood drives on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, on campus. Campus community members can find out more details and schedule an appointment online. "Casewestern" is the online sponsor code.

The Case Women's Glee Club (CWGC) is searching for a new director. CWGC is the university's only non-auditioned all-female a cappella group. This is a volunteer position. If interested, contact current director Sarah Bixler. CWGC is also accepting new members. Contact the group by e-mail for more information.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is seeking volunteers to test SpamWeeder, a new technology developed at the university to fight spam e-mail. Users Go online for complete details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite women faculty and staff to apply for an opportunity to attend the 2010 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute. The institute is a prestigious professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education. The university will sponsor a participant to the institute, which is a 12-day intensive residency program on the Bryn Mawr campus from June 18-July 20. Go online for a copy of the Case Western Reserve application. Applications should be submitted to Dorothy Miller by Friday, Jan. 15. Go online for more information.

For Students

Students can add or change their meal plan selection online on the CaseOneCard site. Log in to "My Account" and select the meal plan change tab. The online option for the spring semester will remain active until Friday, Jan. 22. Please note that not all meal plan selections are available to all students. Students who change their meal plan more than twice within the first two weeks of classes will incur a $25 charge for each additional change.

Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, continues its Bookswap through Friday, Jan. 15. Students can buy textbooks from other students or sell their old textbooks for cash. The Bookswap operates in Nord 310 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A panel discussion on the topic of "Economy and Innovation: Cleveland's Immigrant Entrepreneurs" will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. The discussion will be moderated by Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve. Co-sponsored by the SAGES program. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for Maltz members. Call 216-593-0575 for reservations. Learn more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature Doug Brattebo, presidency expert, on the topic of "The First Year of the Obama Presidency." The discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 15, at the Inamori Center.

Tony Morris, a doctoral candidate, will give the next Art Talk on the topic of "Censoring Paul Cadmus: Queer Desire and The Fleet's In! Controversy." The discussion will begin 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

Et al.

J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management, and Andrew Gallan, assistant professor of marketing, policy studies and medicine, received the 2009 Health Policy Research Award for Independent Scholarship for a report they co-authored with Leona Cuttler, professor of pediatrics, entitled "Obesity in Children and Families Across Ohio." The award recognizes research that is relevant to health policy in Ohio and is carried out by Ohio-based researchers. It is sponsored by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The report's results were recently incorporated into proposed legislation, Healthy Choices for Healthy Children, introduced in Ohio last November.


M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, recently joined the Center for Community Solutions board. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focuses on policy and system reform. The center helps policymakers, community leaders and service providers identify the health, social and economic challenges facing Greater Cleveland, and targets resources toward cost-effective solutions.

January 14, 2010

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Case in the News

Cleveland student's success is proof that the city's schools can work: Regina Brett

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 14, 2010
Wilhemina Koomson is preparing to go to MIT. She is 16 and a student at John Hay High School, which has been transformed into an innovation school called the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. It is preparing the next generation of doctors, nurses and scientists. Among the school's key direct partners is Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

CWRU visit offers LCA students a glimpse of modern science

Lakewood Observer, Jan. 12, 2010
It was just another day in the heart of Greater Cleveland's thriving scientific research community, but for a group of Lakewood Catholic Academy sixth graders, it may have been a life changer. The students, part of the school's Extended Curriculum Program, visited the research laboratory of Colleen Croniger, assistant professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

CWRU, two other colleges agree to limit Kindle use until accommodations can be made for blind students

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 13, 2010
Case Western Reserve University and two other institutions have agreed to hold off on widespread use of electronic readers, such as the Kindle DX now offered to students through a pilot program, until the devices can be adapted for students who are blind or have low vision.

Health revamp could 'unlock' workers who stay put for coverage

Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13, 2010
If a health-care overhaul becomes law, more people may feel emboldened to start businesses or change jobs because they will no longer fear having to go without health insurance. Scott Shane, professor of economics and entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

UK universities warn that they face 'meltdown'

New York Times, Jan. 12, 2010
Oxford, Cambridge and other British universities said this week that the government's plan to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their funding would put their world-class reputations in jeopardy. Unlike most elite institutions in the United States, Britain's top schools rely almost exclusively on taxpayers keeping them going.