New Trustees Charles E. Hallberg
and James Clair Wyant Bring Strong University Connections, Wide-ranging Experience


The two newest trustees elected to Case Western Reserve University's board have strong personal ties to the university and distinctive academic and business experiences.

Charles E. Hallberg and James Clair Wyant, both Case Western Reserve alumni, began as trustees Friday, Feb. 19, for terms running until the spring of 2014.

A student-athlete who majored in physics while earning his bachelor's degree from Case Institute of Technology in 1965, Wyant is dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, one of the world's foremost teaching and research programs in optics.

Hallberg, an active member of the executive committee reviewing Case Western Reserve's readiness for a capital campaign, graduated from the Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1977. He is founder of MemberHealth LLC, in Solon, Ohio. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University will test its emergency loud speakers today. All outdoor speakers around campus will be sounded, first with an alarm then with a voice message indicating that the alarm is only a test. No response is necessary. The speakers, located throughout campus, are part of the university's layered emergency notification network. Go online to subscribe to university text and voice emergency alerts.

The SAGES Café in Crawford Hall will feature Uzuri African Blend Coffee beginning Monday, March 15. Purchases of this coffee will support African farmers.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff are invited to attend a MetLife Auto & Home special event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, and Wednesday, March 31, in Crawford Hall 209. Employees have access to MetLife Auto & Home's group insurance program, which comes with special savings, outstanding service and a wide range of policies. MetLife representatives will be on hand to help make comprehensive insurance reviews and assist in obtaining free, no-obligation quotes. Employees will have an opportunity to enter a MetLife raffle for prizes. Contact Michelle Belle in the Department of Human Resources for information.

For Students


Abstracts for Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session are due Friday, March 19. Registration information and abstract guidelines are posted online.


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.

Friday Family Fun Night will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 12 at Cleveland Lakefront State Park Headquarters, 8701 Lakeshore Blvd. This free, public event will feature hands-on science activities. The program is offered in collaboration with the park system, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Reservations are requested. Call (216) 881-8141 x3001. The event is supported in part by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

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.

It was recently announced that "Cola-induced hypokalemia: a super-sized problem," an editorial written by Clifford Packer, associate professor of medicine, was the most-read article of 2009 in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

March 11, 2010

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Case in the News

Choking game a deadly secret among teens that leaves doctors, parents in the dark

The Plain Dealer, March 9, 2010
The patient was tall, with legs that extended to the very end of the operating table, a chest barely wider than his 16-year-old hips and a chin covered with pimples and peach fuzz. The boy had hanged himself. This month in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital reported that almost a third of physicians surveyed were unaware of the choking game. Nancy E. Bass, associate professor of pediatrics and neurology at Case Western Reserve University, is the senior author.

Three Hathaway Brown students are semifinalists in science research competition

Sun Press, March 9, 2010
Rebecca Forcier, Rachel Myer and Diana Basali, student researchers at Hathaway Brown School, have been named semifinalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search. Two of the students worked on their research at Case Western Reserve University.

Students plan to help others on spring break

Gwinnett Daily Post, March 8, 2010
Carolyn Grindon, a second-year student at Case Western Reserve University, wanted to do something more rewarding on her spring break than going to Florida. When she was invited to participate in the United Way Alternative Spring Break, she decided to go.

Thompson Hine names new partner-in-charge of New York office

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 8, 2010
The Cleveland law firm Thompson Hine has named a new partner-in-charge of its New York office, Katherine D. Brandt. She is a member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Dean's Advisory Council.

Higher Ed News

Express lane to a B.A.

Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2010
What was a year ago an emerging idea about how to reduce college costs and better serve students has begun to take hold at colleges across the United States, as more institutions introduce three-year bachelor's degrees.