Five Trustees Pledge More Than $6 Million to Case Western Reserve

Following the Board of Trustees meeting this weekend, Chairman Charles "Bud" Koch announced more than $6 million in new leadership gifts from five trustees. While individual donors have chosen to remain anonymous, the impact of their collective philanthropy on student, faculty and programmatic support will be evident on campus for generations to come.

"Like so many of our alumni and friends, our trustees are inspired every day by the outstanding students and faculty at Case Western Reserve," says Koch. "These trustees' generosity is a shining example to others of the value of supporting an institution that improves people's lives through excellence in education and research." Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve University's Center for Community Partnerships wants to make sure hours spent serving others' needs are counted. Campus members are asked to complete a brief Community Service Survey. The survey deadline is Monday, March 1.

Health Care Service Leaders and the American Red Cross are co-hosting a blood drive today and on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The drive continues through 5 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb 23, both dates in the Thwing Center ballroom. Health Care Service Leaders will organize food and entertainment for all donors. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Sign up for a time slot online by using sponsor code "Casewestern."

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is accepting nominations for the positions of secretary and vice chair. All nominations are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 12. Contact Robin Kramer for details.

For Students

Undergraduate student ambassadors are needed to help staff the new International Orientation program, which was created to meet the needs of first-year international students. The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 25.

Case Western Reserve graduate students, professional students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to nominate a faculty member for the Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 26. Learn more.


Spring SatCo classes will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 28. Campus members, alumni and the community are invited to register for classes. SatCo offers unique non-credit, no-tuition courses. This year's offerings include fencing, improv comedy, yoga, rock climbing and more. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The next discussion in the Feds in the Area series will take place on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Kelvin Smith Library. NASA History Officer Anne K. Power will deliver a lunchtime presentation explaining how early aircraft engine research and prominent Cleveland businessmen helped Cleveland land one of the earliest NASA Research Centers. Complete details are available on the KSL News Blog.

The ShowCASE fundraiser benefiting the AIDS Taskforce will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Jolly Scholar. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $3. The event is sponsored by the Case American Medical Student Association. Send an e-mail to with questions.

The Masters of Science Program in Positive Organization Development and Change will host "Coaching with Compassion," a free online seminar, from 4 to 6 p.m., Feb. 23. The event will be hosted by Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior, followed by an online open house. Learn more.

A discussion on the topic of "The Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March: Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of a Civil Rights Landmark" will take place at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the School of Law Room 157. The speakers will be Diane Phillips-Leatherberry and Daniel Clancy. The program will be moderated by Jonathan L. Entin, professor of law and political science.

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series continues with the topic of "China: A Security Perspective," featuring Albert S. Willner, director of the China Security Affairs Group at CNA in Alexandria, Va. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Free, open to the public.

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.


Dominique Durand, professor of biomedical engineering and a pioneer in the field of neural engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The international organization recognized Durand for his contributions to the understanding of electromagnetic fields of human neurology. Durand's research includes analysis and development of technology to electrically and magnetically stimulate peripheral nerves and thereby enable patients with spinal cord injuries to stand or grasp or enable an amputee to control a prosthetic arm, to stimulate the brain and control epileptic seizures, and more. The institute, known as IEEE, is the world's largest technical professional association with nearly 365,000 members. Durand is one of 6,600 honored as fellows.


Kim Sullivan (CWR '07) and Alex Hamberger (CWR '08) are the winners of season one of the Web-based reality series Got City Game Cleveland. The duo called themselves LiveCLEVELAND! They both moved to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve, and they fell in love with the city and decided to stay and start their careers here. As winners of the reality show, Sullivan and Hamberger received a free, one-year lease to live in a newly-renovated apartment, annual memberships to several museums, tickets to major sporting and entertainment events and more.

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Mortimer Raymond Kadish died Feb. 11. He taught at the university from 1948 to 1984. Those wishing to contribute to the establishment of a violin scholarship in his memory should contact The Cleveland Institute of Music by calling (216) 791-5000, ext. 360.

February 22, 2010

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Case in the News

BioCenters gearing up for business, Feb. 19, 2010
Gov. Ted Strickland recently announced the creation of Ohio's new Centers of Excellence in Biomedicine and Health Care. The Case Western Reserve University center will focus on translating technology and research into better health.

Michael J. Fox Foundation awards $3.5 million to advance LRRK2 therapeutic development efforts, Feb. 21, 2010
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research announced $3.5 million in total funding to nine research studies aiming to advance understanding of the LRRK2 gene, a promising therapeutic target for Parkinson's disease. Using a multipronged approach that includes collaboration between the research teams, the funded projects will help accelerate LRRK2 therapeutic development efforts. The three teams funded to investigate LRRK2 substrates are also using a variety of tissue sources, improving the ability of these researchers to cross-validate any findings. A multidisciplinary team led by Shu G. Chen of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is working with cellular models of PD to identify LRRK2 substrates.

Genes, genetics and jobs

The Gov Monitor, Feb. 21, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about how the aspects of work we prefer, our level of job satisfaction, our willingness to change jobs, and even our tendency to start our own businesses are all influenced by our genes.

Northeast Ohio universities sharpen biomedical and health-care focus

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 19, 2010
Northeast Ohio's already established reputation as a player in the biomedical and health-care fields got even more recognition on Friday as state leaders named new centers of excellence at 14 Ohio universities. Case Western Reserve University researchers will be the designated experts for research involving imaging, regenerative medicine and infectious disease.

Newer HIV antiretroviral regimens produce few cases of lipoatrophy: Presented at CROI

DG News, Feb. 21, 2010
Long-term treatment of HIV with regimens anchored by the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase efavirenz or the protease inhibitor atazanavir appear to produce little limb fat wasting, researchers said here at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Grace McComsey of Case Western Reserve University comments.

Spending "Detox" II: Lessons learned, Feb. 16, 2010
In today's economy, many people vow to curb their spending habit. It can be a tough task to take on. Bill Mahnic, a professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Higher Ed News

Flat salaries for senior officials

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2010
The median raise for senior administrators at colleges and universities for 2009-10 is no raise at all according to a survey being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.