New Social Work Professional Association
Finds Home at Case Western Reserve University

The newly formed American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) will have its virtual home at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences over the next three years.

Claudia Coulton, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of social work and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the social work school, has been named one of the founding fellows. She also is the inaugural treasurer of the organization to advance the social work profession.

Since last January, Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, dean of the social work school, was part of a six-member Academy Working Group that wrote the AASWSW's mission statement. The group set the organization on its future course by naming six individuals, including Coulton, to be its first leaders and charged them with growing the organization by selecting some of the first members. Read more.

Campus News

Students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine aim to raise $5,000 to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. They have set up a fundraising page through Partners in Health.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register.

Researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are conducting a research study on how to manage stress while caring for an elder with dementia. The study involves three data collection interviews and a chance to test one way to reduce stress. Participants will receive compensation for their time. Contact the research team of Study Director Jaclene A. Zauszniewski at 368-0552 for more information.


Case Western Reserve is completing its university wide e-mail transition from (iPlanet) to (Google mail). All accounts need to be moved before Jan. 31. Go online for details and documentation about how to make the transition. Call the ITS Help Desk at 368-HELP (4357) with questions or for additional assistance.

Got City Game Cleveland is a web-based reality game show aimed at showing what a terrific place Cleveland is to live and work, especially for young adults and professionals. The LiveCLEVELAND! team is composed of Kimberly Sullivan (CWR '07) and Alex Hamberger (CWR '08). The campus community is invited to view webisode posts online to vote for the team. Each time they vote, viewers are entered into weekly ticket drawings for local restaurants and entertainment options. In addition, viewers have a chance to win book scholarships. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host a discussion on "Working for CWRU: How to Make CWRU Work for You," a staff discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Dessert will be served. Contact Melissa Burrows by e-mail or by phone at 368-8877 for information.

For Students

The Student Alumni Association is a student group that gives undergraduates the opportunity to create relationships with alumni and build professional networks. The group is seeking new members. Meetings are held every other week. Send an e-mail to for information.

All students are invited to participate in a 24 Game Tournament hosted by PME, the Math Honors Society, and the Case Math Club. The tournament will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Spot. Free food and prizes. Check out the facebook page or send an e-mail to for information.



Craig Nard, professor of law, will discuss "Opportunities in Intellectual Property" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in Sears 356. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Terri Mester.

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. 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, $8 for Maltz members.

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series will begin with the topic of "How Fragile is China?" at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The speaker will be Paul Schroeder, visiting assistant professor of political science. Free.

As part of National Stalking Awareness Month, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host a discussion on "Sexting" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in Thwing Center 303. Learn more about what sexting is, how technology is used in stalking and more. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. The talk will be facilitated by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center representatives. RSVP to Katie Hanna.

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.


A team graduate students from the Weatherhead School of Management proved their talent in making a deal with first-place honors at a competition involving an M&A (mergers and acquisition) case.

The Cleveland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) invited teams of graduate students from Case Western Reserve, Baldwin Wallace, Cleveland State, Kent State and Ohio State University. Case Western Reserve had two teams in the competition held Jan. 15 at The Union Club in downtown Cleveland.

The teams participated in an analysis of a real-world merger case developed by Houlihan Lokey, a national investment banking firm. That case was used in ACG regional competitions held across the United States. Read more.

January 25, 2010

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Case in the News

Medical residents' hours might be further restricted

The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 25, 2010
Seven years have passed since U.S. hospitals curtailed the long, sometimes sleep-deprived shifts of medical residents, and the council that oversees their education is poised to propose more changes. The recommendations from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education could include more work-hour restrictions following a 2008 Institute of Medicine report—requested by Congress—that called for several changes, including five-hour sleep periods during shifts longer than 16 hours. Randall Marcus, professor and chair of the department of orthopedics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The classroom revolution

Philadelphia Metro, Jan. 24, 2010
In 2010, far more university classrooms will be "captured" for online streaming video than ever—allowing students to view lectures from home or review previous classes for study. "The fact that we went from one [class-capture] classroom in 2006, to 73 this year, tells you something about how popular it is," says Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Scientists propose new 'electroweak' star

The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 22, 2010
Scientists have proposed a new class of star, one that has an exotic stellar engine that would emit mostly hard-to-detect neutrinos instead of photons of light like regular stars. Scientists have proposed a new class of star, one that has an exotic stellar engine that would emit mostly hard-to-detect neutrinos A team of physicists led by Glenn Starkman of Case Western Reserve University describe the structure of such stars in a paper recently submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters.

Wanted: Records of revoked grants

The Scientist, Jan. 20, 2010
Deciding when to pull a grant for any reason is one of the most difficult tasks any funding agency faces. It is not a decision that is taken lightly, and is usually a last resort. But it happens. Scientists who falsify data or misuse funds or even fail to show satisfactory progress do, from time to time, lose their funding. David Kaplan, professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Michael K. McIntyre's Tipoff

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 25, 2010
The Cleveland Scholarship Programs, which provides college scholarships for Cleveland Schools grads, got a bonus last week from local beer drinkers. When WMJI Radio personality Jimmy Malone, a Cleveland Scholarship Programs board member, drew the winning ticket, four Case Western Reserve University students went crazy. They'd pooled their money for the raffle. Erica Paszkowski, a senior in chemical engineering; Sarah Sewart, a senior studying biology and music; Nick Sinclair, a senior in chemical engineering, and Omri Shiv, a master's student in operations research of management told Malone and sidekick Chip Kullik that they planned to use the money for books.

Higher Ed News

Looking for help

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2010
About 10.4 percent of students enrolled at four-year colleges and universities sought help at counseling centers in the 2008-9 academic year, up from 9 percent the year before–a 16 percent increase. The figures come from the National Survey of Counseling Center Directors, for which the 2009 data were just released. And statistics back up anecdotal reports that many counseling centers have been seeing increased traffic.