The Reinberger Foundation,
CWRU Share Common Mission


The Reinberger Foundation and Case Western Reserve University share a common mission to improve lives through education, arts and community development. Established in 1966, the foundation has awarded nearly $4 million to Case Western Reserve over the years. Much of its support has been directed to initiatives that promote groundbreaking medical research, thus raising the level of health care in Northeast Ohio and around the world.

The foundation's grants include funds to establish the Reinberger Professorship in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the School of Medicine. It has also awarded support to the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Perhaps most notably, Reinberger funding has allowed the university to leverage the Ohio Eminent Scholar award from the Third Frontier Project. Read more.

Campus News


Photo submissions are being accepted for the 2010-2011 Coming of Age Birthday Card. Photos should reflect a major campus event, a significant place or something that clearly represents the student experience. Entries are due by Tuesday, March 2. Complete details and submission guidelines are available online.


RecycleMania update: As of Week Four, Case Western Reserve University has recycled 89,632 pounds of materials, compared to 63,982 pounds in the first four weeks of last year's competition. The overall competition continues through March 27. Learn more.

Today is the deadline for campus members to submit nominations for the 2011 Common Reading selection. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Ideas for Keeping Teaching Fresh" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit will host a session on "Giving and Receiving Feedback" from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The objectives of this workshop will be to learn how to receive critical feedback, provide useful coping mechanisms for handling critical feedback, and provide guidance on how to give constructive feedback fairly and effectively. Register online.

For Students

The Cleveland Municipal Court needs students to assist with administering and tabulating the results of its next court-wide survey. Students will gain insight into daily court operations by gathering data. Contact Barbara Y. Williams at at (216) 664-6463 with questions.

A workshop on "The Art of Following" will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, in Nord Hall 400. All leaders must follow from time to time. This workshop will introduce students to the multiple roles that followers can assume and will help participants identify their own styles. Sponsored by the Student Leadership Journey Council.

National Eating Disorders and Body Image Awareness Week continues through Saturday, Feb. 27. Students can contact University Counseling Service or the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women for resources or additional information.


The Office of Sponsored Projects announces that the second National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference of fiscal year 2010 will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, and hosted by Case Western Reserve University, March 22 and 23. Key representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as faculty, researchers and grant administrators representing colleges and universities from around the country, will participate. Go online for a description of the conference and registration information.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to a panel discussion on the topic of "Cognitive Enhancers," defined as prescription medication used to increase academic performance. The use of cognitive enhancers has become the focal point of serious debate in the academic world. An open forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. This discussion will serve as a dialogue on campus about this issue in the scholastic world. Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs; Eleanor Davidson, director of University Health Services; and Stuart Youngner, chair of the bioethics department, will serve as panelists. The event will be moderated by Nancy DiIulio, assistant dean of undergraduate studies. Lunch will be served.


The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday during the academic year from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Go online for a complete schedule of spring 2010 events and speakers.

The Confused Greenies will join more than 60 troupes and schools for the first Global Day of Commedia dell'Arte at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in Nord Hall 410. The event will feature performances of two original improvisational comedies, Close Encounters of the Foolish Kind and Arlecchino Lends a Hand. Encore performances will be held on Saturday at the same time and place.

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.

As the basketball season comes to a close, Case Western Reserve sophomore forward Erin Hollinger and junior forward Eric Duerr were recognized this week for their outstanding accomplishments off the court. Hollinger was named a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America in the College Division. Duerr was also named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Read more.

February 24, 2010

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Case in the News

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Feb. 24, 2010
Concerned about potential safety risks in health information technology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be moving closer to regulating the systems for the first time. One industry critic said Tuesday that she hoped the FDA would follow through on its concerns. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

New collaboration between Cleveland Clinic, art museum to help Alzheimer's patients

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 24, 2010
A symposium today on making the arts accessible to dementia patients kicks off a new collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Clinic. Alan Lerner, director of University Hospital's Memory and Cognition Center and a neurology professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Vital Signs: Include Me

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 23, 2010
Better methods are needed of including people with disabilities in research studies, says Shirley Moore, a professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Moore recently received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to do something about it.

Case Western Reserve licenses neuromodulation technology to Ardiem Medical

Massachusetts Medical Devices Journal, Feb. 22, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has licensed the right to make and sell three types of neuromodulation electrodes and a control unit to Ardiem Medical Inc., which makes implantable medical devices.

Amanpour, Couric, Maddow, Toobin to Address 2010 Grads, Feb. 22, 2010
CBS's Katie Couric will be the graduation speaker at Case Western Reserve University on May 16, and will receive an honorary doctorate degree.

Higher Ed News

Everyone else is Keynesian now

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 24, 2010
The United States is hardly the only country facing tough economic times right now. But a survey of the worldwide response to the recession suggests that American higher education may be uniquely disadvantaged by the way state and federal governments are responding in the U.S., compared to how the rest of the world is dealing with the crisis.