Think Beyond the Possible:
2008-09 Annual Report


The university's 2008-09 annual report celebrates how Case Western Reserve University thinks beyond the possible. The interactive, web-based report features a collection of videos and slideshows that showcase the university's diverse innovations and achievements. From creating futuristic materials to identifying new neurological pathways to promoting sustainable business practices, our faculty, students, staff and alumni have inspiring stories to tell.

As part of the report, all members of the Case Western Reserve community are invited to share how they think beyond the possible. Submissions are accepted in any format and the first 50 entries will receive an "I am not a paper cup" eco-friendly mug that features the Case Western Reserve University logo and new tagline "think beyond the possible."

Explore the report today and share your own story.

Alumna Reflects on Basketball Career, Current Life
as Part of Throwback Weekend Coverage


Throwback Weekend will take place Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 7. During the annual tradition, the Case Western Reserve men's and women's basketball teams don uniforms representing Western Reserve University, Case Institute of Technology and Mather College.

As part of Throwback Weekend, the athletics department has compiled several feature stories on alumni. Today's story is about Rachel Rau.

Rau, a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow, had a nice basketball career at Case Western Reserve. To date she's ranked sixth all-time in career points with 1,065. Only eight female players in the school's history have reached the 1,000-point plateau. Rau also is fifth in total field goals and third in assists. Read more.

Campus News

The Weight Watchers at Work Program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the Feb. 10t meeting. Send an e-mail to for more information.

The Relay For Life kick off event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 5, in the Thwing Center atrium. Campus members are invited to start off their weekend with free ice cream, giveaways and a fun guide to Relay For Life. Join a team, a sub-committee or just learn more about the Relay event.


Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. 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 National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5. The nursing school is committed to lessening the burden of heart disease through its ongoing NIH-funded cardiovascular research. Learn more.

An information session for Safe Zone at Case Western Reserve University will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Refreshments will be served. Part of the university's LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) resource network.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to nominate their peers for the Glennan Fellowship, which is designed to reward excellence in faculty members and to facilitate their growth as teachers and scholars. Nominees must be regular faculty members who are in the tenure track but not yet tenured. The Glennan awards are for $6,500, and funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. Nomination letters are due by Friday, Feb. 12. Complete details are available on the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education Web site. Refer to the "Grants and Fellowships" section.

For Students

Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III will host a forum on 2010-2011 tuition rates and new university initiatives from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Strosacker Auditorium. Light refreshments will be available.


The Department of Bioethics is offering four new short-term study abroad courses for summer 2010. Destinations include Barcelona/San Sebastian, Spain; Newcastle, England; Hyderabad, India; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. These three-credit courses are open to all students. There also is limited availability for several spring break courses. Contact Michelle L. Champoir for details.



The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will be on the topic of "The Challenges of Increasing Faculty Diversity" at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 5, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, will be the guest speaker.

A two-day seminar at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law beginning at noon on Friday, Feb. 5, will focus on the key issues for attorneys who are thinking about establishing their own practice in Ohio and for attorneys who are already practicing in a solo or small firm setting. The seminar will look at the challenge of competing with large law firms and functioning as a general practice attorney. One of the speakers both days is Carolyn Elefant, author of "Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be." The seminar is free and open to the public, and CLE credit is available with a fee. The law school's Career Services Office (CSO) offers a complete line of services to Case Western Reserve School of Law alumni, including the Alumni Career Search Guide, which contains information about resources and services offered by the CSO.

The Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice will present a lecture featuring investigative journalist Jeff Sharlet on the topic of "Nightmare on C Street: Sex, God and the Politics of Empire in America." The talk will begin at 4:30 pm., Thursday, Feb. 11, in Ford Auditorium. Free, open to the public. Call 368-1637 for more details.

"A Conversation with Pierre Boulez" will take place at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, in Harkness Chapel. The talk is presented by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Boulez will be in dialogue with Mary Davis, chair of the Department of Music. Free, open to the public. Online registration is recommended. Read more.

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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Campus community members and groups are invited to share their academic and departmental accolades. Send announcements to Case Daily.

February 4, 2010

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Case in the News

Third Frontier program to fund high-tech jobs heads back to Ohio voters

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 4, 2010
A statewide program credited with seeding Ohio's most promising technologies, from stem cells to fuel cells, needs another boost at the ballot if it is to continue. State legislators voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to place a $700 million, four-year renewal of Ohio's Third Frontier program on the May 4 ballot. Some 570 companies have spun out of, or received money from, universities, development groups or venture capital funds that receive Third Frontier grants, officials said. One of them is CardioInsight Technologies Inc., which spun out of research at Case Western Reserve University.

Quality on the Line: The fallout from Toyota's recall

Knowledge@Wharton, Feb. 3, 2010
Toyota has built its name on quality. Now, the identity of the world's largest car maker is in question as it recalls millions of vehicles because they may suddenly accelerate, putting the lives of drivers and their passengers at risk. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Parents more likely than strangers to murder children: researcher

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 3, 2010
Children are more at risk of being murdered by family than they are by strangers, says a prominent U.S. researcher. Phillip Resnick, who heads forensic psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, says an estimated 400 children are killed in the United States annually by one of their parents.

Lorain Co. sees foreclosures spike, Feb. 3, 2010
Lorain County officials this week reported a record high number of mortgage foreclosure filings in 2009, following a pattern being seen regionally. Mike Schramm of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences comments.

Higher Ed News

Private giving to colleges dropped sharply in 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 3, 2010
With a battered economy and volatile financial markets taking their tolls on donors' pocketbooks, private giving to American colleges dropped sharply in 2009, according to findings of the annual Voluntary Support of Education survey, which were released on Wednesday.