Child Care Pilot Programs
are Up and Running

When Adrienne Allotta recently needed emergency child care for her toddler son, Jackson, she turned to a new program available to Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students.

She found help through the Temporary and Back-up Child Care Program, which launched last fall. The program places caregivers with families on a full-time or temporary basis.

The Temporary and Back-up Child Care Program—along with the Child Care Support During Travel Program—are two pilot projects that emerged from the work of the President's Committee on Child Care Options.

The Department of Human Resources is responsible for administering the pilot programs. According to James Ryan, senior director of benefits, about a dozen people have used the programs so far. Read more.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors. Nominations may come from any staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates and forward the names and information to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 award, and their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in Adelbert Hall. The honorees also will be recognized at a June luncheon. Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 17. Contact Robin Kramer with questions.


The Spartan Cheerleaders will host a Little Spartans Cheer Clinic from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Campus members are invited to bring their children in grades K-8 to learn cheers and a dance routine prior to the basketball game. The children will have an opportunity to perform during the game. The cost is $10 for the clinic only, $20 for the clinic, performance and a T-shirt. Contact Shane Jeffers for information.

Global Medical Initiative will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hoops for Haiti, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in Veale Center. The entry fee is $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. All players will receive free food from Quiznos and free T-shirts. The winning team will receive tickets to a Cleveland Cavs game. Sign up online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Critical Incidents and Dealing with Classroom Surprises" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Although courses can be well planned, there is always the possibility of an unforeseen situation. This session will focus on how professors can prepare themselves to respond to the unexpected. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students

Students are invited to submit their original poetry, prose and photography to the Case Reserve Review, the university's literary magazine. The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 12. Go online for details.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), in collaboration with International Student Services and the Graduate Student Senate, will host the Chinese Spring Festival Banquet from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the BRB cafeteria. The event will feature authentic Chinese cuisine and traditional activities. All guests are eligible to enter a free raffle and to receive coupons from local Chinese restaurants. Tickets will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in Nord Hall, at $3 for CSSA members, $8 for others.



Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III will host the annual Provost Pizza Party at the Spartan basketball games on Friday, Feb. 12, at Veale Center. Rascal House Pizza in University Circle will hand out free pizza to everyone in attendance. Read more.

As a point of clarification, the EMBA curriculum has been recreated with a focus on learning the art of great leadership. This new program design integrates one of the very best organizational behavior teams in the world with an exceptional Executive MBA program that is ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 21 internationally by BusinessweekOpen houses will be held on Feb. 10, April 20 and June 21, with webinar information sessions on March 25, May 20 and July 8. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with faculty, administration, current students and alumni. Contact Kate Coleman to reserve a spot or register online.

Darwin Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12. A lecture on the topic of "Inside the Human Genome: A Case for Non-intelligent Design" featuring John Avise of the University of California, Irvine, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11. In addition, several workshops will take place on Feb. 12, and 13. The Feb. 12 symposium will feature a panel of speakers from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Lori Morton to reserve a boxed lunch for $2. Contact Peter A. Zimmerman, professor of international health, genetics and biology, for complete Darwin Day details.

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 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) recently presented Marcus Neiman with its highest honor, the OMEA Distinguished Service Award for 2010. Neiman, a lecturer in the Department of Music, has served as the Medina Community Band's conductor since 1972, and was the director of bands at Medina High School from 1972-1980. Read more.

February 9, 2010

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Case in the News

Debate over blood samples from babies

USA TODAY, Feb. 8, 2010
A critical safety net for babies, that heelprick of blood taken from every newborn in the U.S., is facing an ethics attack. Bioethicist Aaron Goldenberg of Case Western Reserve University studied parent attitudes, and found three-quarters would be willing to have their baby's leftover blood spot used for research if they were asked first. But they generally oppose that research without consent.

New material absorbs, conserves oil, Feb. 9, 2010
An ultra-lightweight sponge made of clay and a bit of high-grade plastic draws oil out of contaminated water but leaves the water behind. And, lab tests show that oil absorbed can be squeezed back out for use. Case Western Reserve University researchers who made the material, called an aerogel, believe it will effectively clean up spills of all kinds of oils and solvents on factory floors and roadways, rivers and oceans. David Schiraldi, chair of the macromolecular science and engineering department, comments.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is nearly ready to build a dramatic new home in University Circle

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 9, 2010
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is on the verge of a breakthrough. After renting less-than-visible space for 20 years in the Cleveland Play House complex in Midtown, it's nearly ready to build a dramatic black-glass-and-steel building in University Circle. The museum would be a centerpiece of Case Western Reserve University's $300 million Uptown development, an eight-acre district of retail, restaurants, art, culture and educational facilities stretching from the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road east to Little Italy.

Could drug reformulation provide new treatment for river blindness and elephantiasis?, Feb. 9, 2010
Onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) are serious neglected parasitic conditions that are still common in many tropical countries. They are both caused by microscopic filarial worms. Treatments are available and their use has improved the control of both infections. However, the drugs presently used are by no means ideal and research is required to develop alternatives. Several colleges, including, Case Western Reserve University, are all working on projects with funding from the grant.

Higher Ed News

Dartmouth drops 'no loans'

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2010
The "no loans" era of elite private higher education might be short-lived. Dartmouth College announced Monday that it is restoring loans to the aid packages of students from families whose incomes exceed $75,000–ending a no-loans policy that was announced with much fanfare two years ago. Dartmouth will continue to exclude loans from the aid packages of those with smaller family incomes and will continue to be "need blind" in admissions, meaning that financial need will not be taken into consideration in admissions decisions.