Case Western Reserve, WRHS Begin Library Collaboration

Case Western Reserve University and Western Reserve Historical Society have joined forces to collaborate on a number of library and archival projects to build and enrich the offerings at the two institutions.

The University Circle institutions entered a memorandum of understanding to pilot a number of small projects in 2010, linking one of the nation's largest urban history collections at the Historical Society with the digitizing capabilities and knowledge at the research university.

These projects have the potential to set the stage for a long-term partnership to share resources that complement the institutions' existing collections.

"The agreement is the beginning for some fantastic things in the future," said Timothy Robson, deputy director of the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News


Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. On Friday, Feb. 5, the faculty and staff of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are asking the campus community to join them in raising awareness of this issue by participating in Learn more.

Campus members are invited to learn more about Safe Zone at Case Western Reserve University, a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment. A Safe Zone information session will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about Safe Zone, contact Liz Roccoforte at 368-3206. Part of the university's LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) resource network .

Several rooms in Adelbert Hall were recently renumbered to improve the flow of the building. Room 205 is now 229 (Office of Finance, Campus Services) and Room 310 is now 315 (Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity). In addition, Conference Room 351 is now M1, Conference Room 352 is now M2 and Conference Room 353 is now M3. New signs have been posted.

For Faculty and Staff

Confused by the stock market? Not sure if your retirement investments match your goals? Take advantage of free retirement counseling from the experts at TIAA-CREF and Vanguard. Representatives are on campus monthly to meet with employees for individual sessions. Review the schedule of upcoming sessions to schedule an appointment.

For Students

"Keeping it Real: Real Topics, Real Talk, Real Education" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Sears 435. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to discuss ideas about the new student orientation in relation to underrepresented students. Pizza and snacks will be provided, and students will have an opportunity to win gift cards. The panel of student facilitators will include Jonathan Edmunds, Cassandra McFadden, Tope Pedro and Aishwarya Arjunan. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Educational Enhancement Programs.


The 2010 Winter Leadership Conference theme  is "Gleadership," based on the hit show "Glee." The show's message is one of perseverance and demonstrates the value of teamwork, diversity and passion. Undergraduate and graduate participants will choose from a variety of sessions to personalize their goals toward their leadership potential. The conference will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in Nord Hall and Sears. Register online by Friday, Feb. 5.


John A. Jackson, author of "A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul," will lead a discussion as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities' celebration of Black History Month at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in Clark Hall 309. He will discuss the history of Philadelphia soul music.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Developing Latent Fingerprints: The Real CSI." The speakers will be Dan Winterich and Michelle Snyder, both of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. The talk will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The International Society for the Study of Narrative conference will take place in April. Early registration for individuals at a reduced cost is available through today. The conference is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and the Center for the Study of Writing.

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service has announced the funding of a five-year continuation award for the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Research Center of Excellence. It is one of only two VA Research Centers of Excellence in the state of Ohio and one of 17 nationwide. Founded in 2005, the APT Center was located strategically at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to capture innovation at the forefront of microelectronics and materials science and bring it to bear on the most pressing clinical needs of disabled veterans. The center is in partnership with Case Western Reserve University.

February 1, 2010

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Case in the News

Toyota's pedal problems could help the Big Three, Jan. 31, 2010
Three people briefed on the matter say Toyota Motor Corp. has received clearance from federal regulators on a fix for the company's sticky gas pedals. Susan Helper, professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

A day of free dental care, Feb. 1, 2010
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine hosted its annual free dental exam day on Saturday. About 500 people took advantage of free dental examinations, X-rays and teeth cleanings.

New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County remain high and advance in the suburbs

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 28, 2010
Foreclosure filings clobbered Cuyahoga County again in 2009, and the economic misery is spreading deeper into the suburbs. Filings in the suburbs exceed those in the already battered city of Cleveland, with some cities west of the urban core seeing dramatic increases in recent years, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The interview: Susan Helper, chair of economics and AT&T professor of economics

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Feb. 1, 2010
In addition to her duties at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, Susan Helper also is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and she has researched the impacts of collaborative relationships, between suppliers and customers and management and labor. She recently answered questions from Crain's Cleveland Business related to the state of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.

Stem cell research may help the blind to see, Feb. 1, 2010
Researchers are trying to restore vision damaged by disease, and have found promise in a tiny implant that sows seeds of new cells in the eye. At Case Western Reserve University, Meghan Smith and others are working on a compound that would help transplanted stem cells take over the roll of photoreceptors in the eye, restoring full vision.

Higher Ed News

Type-A-plus students chafe at grade deflation

New York Times, Jan. 29, 2010
When Princeton University set out six years ago to corral galloping grade inflation by putting a lid on A's, many in academia lauded it for taking a stand on a national problem and predicted that others would follow. But the idea never took hold beyond Princeton's walls, and so its bold vision is now running into fierce resistance from the school's Type-A-plus student body.