The Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation Makes Multimillion-Dollar, Multi-Year Commitment to Case Western Reserve


Case Western Reserve University will be an essential partner in a new medical education pipeline created and supported by the Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation.

Announced at last evening's White Coat Ceremony at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay Campus (CSSM), the first phase of the Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation's Health Profession Pipeline Program is the creation of the Edwards Scholarship Endowment at Case Western Reserve. An initial investment of $10 million to $12 million over 10 years will establish an endowment for full-tuition scholarships for students to earn bachelor and medical degrees at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News

Heavy snow and high winds are expected over the next several days; the campus community is advised to use caution when using walkways around campus. The Facilities Grounds Maintenance Crew will plow and salt walkways throughout the inclement weather. Campus members should report icy areas to the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations by phone at 368-2580.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Mandel School. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the admissions office at 368-2280.

For Faculty and Staff


The deadline for submitting spring 2010 semester tuition waiver applications is Friday, Feb. 26. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents. Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224. Completed applications can be submitted in person (Crawford Hall, Room 224), by campus mail (Benefits Administration, LOC 7047) or by e-mail ( Contact Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

For Students

Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies (SURES) applications are due Friday, March 5. Information and proposal submission guidelines are available online.

Today is the deadline to apply for undergraduate student ambassador positions. Students are needed to help staff the new International Orientation program.


An interactive dialogue on affirmative action will take place at 4:30 p.m. today in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to talk with each other and share perspectives on the topic. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Share the Vision and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will be on the topic of "Is Deindustrialization Bad for America?" at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 26, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The speakers will be Susan Helper, AT&T Professor and chair, Department of Economics; David Clingingsmith, assistant professor of economics; and Joe White, chair, Department of Political Science.

The Black Greek Council and the Second Year Institute will host Karaoke for a Cause beginning at 8:30 tonight at the Jolly Scholar. The event is a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Donations will be accepted. Contact Angela Smith for details.

East Coast Bon Appétit Fellow Carolina Fojo will discuss "The Story Behind the Food" from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at the Leutner Lower Level (L3). Free sustainable hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The next discussion in the Feds in the Area series will feature NASA History Officer Anne K. Power at noon, Friday, Feb. 26, at the Kelvin Smith Library. More details are available on the KSL News Blog.

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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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women was selected to participate in a 24-month training program through the Advocacy Learning Center. The project is supported through a grant awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Two Center for Women staff members, Mitzi Vazquez-Long, assistant director, and Katie Hanna, women's health advocate, will participate in the program. The goal of the Advocacy Learning Center is to strengthen the core activities, skills and knowledge used so that advocacy becomes a more powerful force for change. The course presents a framework to define and structure the work of advocates.


As part of its Community Annual Fund Campaign, 22 faculty and staff from the Frances Payne Bolton School participated in the "Creative Cookies" baking contest. Pastry Chef Nick Berg from Bon Appétit judged the entries. The winners were Marla Evans, Best Drop Cookie; Shelli Snyder, Best Bar Cookie; and Kimberly Edwards, Best Pressed Cookie. Evans won the grand prize for her Potato Chip Cookies.

February 25, 2010

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Case in the News

A parent's dream–scholarship covers cost of college and medical school for Cleveland high school student

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 24, 2010
A promising—and lucky—Cleveland high school senior will win a scholarship worth more than $450,000 next year, the first of what could be dozens of students who will get to attend college and medical school at Case Western Reserve University free of charge. The program, created by the Cleveland-based Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation, aims to attract more minority and low-income students to practice medicine. And, while there's no requirement that scholarship recipients stay in Cleveland when they graduate, organizers are clearly hoping they do.

Crime science tackles tainted image at Seattle meeting

The Seattle Times, Feb. 24, 2010
The overriding issue at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Seattle this week is to shore up the scientific credentials of many of their workhorse techniques in the wake of a blistering report on the nation's crime labs. One project will seek to determine the error rate in fingerprint analysis–an area where law-enforcement experts had long insisted their record was perfect. Paul Giannelli, a legal-forensics expert at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Execs convicted in Google Video case in Italy

CNET News, Feb. 24, 2010
In the second hit of a one-two punch in Europe, an Italian court handed out guilty verdicts on Wednesday for three of four Google employees charged in a case concerning a 2006 Google Video clip posted of a teenager with Down Syndrome. The decision has repercussions beyond Google, said Jacqueline Lipton, associate dean at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Recession helped put brakes on growth in U.S. health care spending for 2008

Journal of American Medical Association, Feb. 24, 2010
U.S. health care spending reached $2.3 trillion, or $7,681 per individual, in 2008, which was down from 2007. Joseph White, chair of the Department of Political Science, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and director of the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Combine invite not essential, Feb. 23, 2010
Being invited to the annual NFL combine, which began yesterday in Indianapolis, certainly provides a college prospect a pretty good leg up on being drafted. But not being chosen for the combine, and thus avoiding the poking and prodding that is a nettlesome part of the process, doesn't mean a player can't get a solid toehold on an NFL career. That's good news for Case Western Reserve University quarterback Dan Whalen, a Division III All-American who was not invited to the combine but who will be in Indianapolis for a few days to meet with coaches and club officials.

Judge Pérez is keynote speaker at Unity Banquet

La Prensa, Feb. 24, 2010
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western Reserve University will host the 20th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Dinner on Friday, March 26. The theme for this year's banquet is Justice for All and will feature Judge Cristina Pérez, host of the syndicated court show "Cristina's Court."

Higher Ed News

The need to 'do even more'

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 25, 2010
A group of university presidents and senior administrators joined administration officials at the National Academy of Sciences for a summit on "Catalyzing University Research for a Stronger Economy."