Robert J. Herbold, Retired Microsoft COO, Lectures on Global Competitiveness


Robert J. (Bob) Herbold (GRS '66, '68), retired vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft Corp. and now the managing director of The Herbold Group, LLC, will visit Case Western Reserve University on March 25 for a series of events, including his lecture on how the United States can become more competitive globally.

Herbold will speak at 5 p.m. on the topic, "Does the U.S. Realize It's in Competition? How America Can Keep Its Edge in the Age of Globalization." This lecture will be held in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building on the Case Western Reserve campus and is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the day, Herbold's philanthropic support of Case Western Reserve University will be highlighted at a noon ceremony featuring David Wilson as the inaugural Robert J. Herbold Professor of Biomedical Engineering. The ceremony will also be held in the Wolstein Building and is open to the public at no charge. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host its Second Annual Achievement Award Luncheon on Thursday, April 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Thwing Center ballroom. Nominations are being accepted for the Faculty Excellence Award, the Staff Leadership Award and the Student Achievement Award. Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 31. Contact Liz Roccoforte to receive more information or a nomination form.

The campus community is invited to view the spring 2010 CaseLearns schedule. Classes include ArcGIS, Basics of Making A Research Poster, Journal Alerts, DVD Authoring and more.

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that CollabTech 2010 will take place on Thursday, May 6. CollabTech is an international summit showcasing trends that transform education through collaboration. Interested parties are invited to submit breakout session proposals or panel discussion topics to support any of three conference tracks. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, March 31. Go online for more information.

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services, along with 1-2-1 Fitness Center, will offer a free self-defense course for women. The class is being taught by instructors certified by Rape Aggression Defense Systems. The course will teach avoidance and how to stay safe, as well as how to defend against an attack. Classes begin on Wednesday, March 24, and will continue to meet for the next two Wednesdays in the cycling room at 1-2-1 Fitness from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A final class will be held at Veale Center at a time and date to be determined. Contact Karen Gregor at 368-6811 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

At the next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session, Genevieve Mathieson, the instructional technology specialist who oversees the operations of the Blackboard course management system, will talk about new features that have been implemented, what may be coming in future and more. The talk will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Building. Pizza and sodas will be provided RSVP to UCITE.

The Staff Advisory Council Fringe Benefits Committee is conducting an online survey of staff regarding campus shuttle bus services, particularly services to and from outlying parking lots and garages. Questions address timeliness, availability, convenience of drop-off locations and safety. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete, and all submissions are anonymous.

For Students


The Commencement Office will host Grad Fair 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31 at the University Bookstore in Thwing Student Center. This is Case Western Reserve University's official "one stop shop" for all graduation information, services and products. The event promises "no hassle for your tassel" to members of the class of 2010 while they save time and money and begin their commencement celebration. Learn more.

Seniors should have received an an e-mail from Dean Jeffrey Wolcowitz in February asking for participation in Case Western Reserve's senior survey. This web-based survey asks seniors questions about their experiences as an undergraduate. Responses will help the university understand and improve the undergraduate experience. Students who have not already taken the survey are asked to take a few minutes to respond. Every 50th respondent will win a $50 VISA gift card.

Students are invited to learn about careers in the health field that do not require a medical degree at the Fourth Annual Case Western Reserve Health Care Symposium from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in Nord Hall 310. Scheduled speakers are Derek Lewis, vice president of engineering at OrthoHelix Surgical Designs; Aviva Clayman, health management consultant at Nationwide Better Health; Sharon Kelly of North Coast Orthotics & Prosthetics; Jason Goodrick, associate director for emergency management at Case Western Reserve; and Denise Lin-Deshelter, public health research associate at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. An Italian dinner from Galluci's will be provided. Send questions to Ashley McKee.


Students Jennifer Birou Lakamp and Jody Herman will present a joint concert, "Spring Works," at Mather Dance Center. The series will run from Thursday, March 25, through Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. The concert will feature solo, duet and group works by Lakamp and Herman, as well as a performance of Doris Humphrey's "Two Ecstatic Themes," danced by Herman. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for seniors and CWRU faculty and staff, and $5 for students with a current student ID card.

The Student National Medical Association will host its "Diaspora Luncheon" from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 26, in the School of Medicine's third floor lounge. The meal will feature African cuisine and soul food, along with music. The cost is $5. Contact Drisana Henry for information.

School of Medicine faculty Ximena Valdes and Marissa Herran will share stories about their incredible experience helping children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Union Club in Cleveland. They'll be joined by Marixa Lasso, associate professor of Latin American history, to discuss the situation in Haiti. Tickets are $35 for the general public, $10 students. Register online.


A discussion on "Issues in Women's Health" featuring Faye Gary, professor of nursing, will take place at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Alumni House. Refreshments will be provided. The discussion is part of the Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series. Free, open to the public. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series continues with the topic of "Village Elections and Governance," featuring Qingshan Tan at 4:30 p.m. today at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Tan is a Cleveland State University professor. 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.

The Office of General Counsel recently hosted the inaugural "Great Lakes Higher Education Law Symposium" to provide a forum for university and college attorneys to thoughtfully address challenging issues and to share best practices. Attendees included attorneys and administrators from approximately 20 colleges and universities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, as well as private attorneys. Thirty-two presentations on subjects related to higher education were made. President Barbara R. Snyder delivered the opening remarks, and the keynote speaker was Michael Schwartz, former president of both Cleveland State and Kent State universities. J. Iwan D. Alexander, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was the luncheon speaker.

March 23, 2010

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CWRU nursing grad students teach Guatemalan midwives how to save lives of new mothers, babies

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2010
Childbirth is a precarious event in many parts of the world. More than 132,000 women die each year from postpartum hemorrhage, the largest cause of maternal death, according to the World Health Organization. Midwives are a crucial component in health care and education for people in less-advanced communities around the world, and nursing graduate students at Case Western Reserve University have been part of that movement for several years.

Former Congressman Louis Stokes hails health care bill as one of greatest legislation in 100 years, March 23, 2010
During this week's Stokes Leadership Symposium at Case Western Reserve University, Retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes discussed the recent health care legislation.

The Temple – Tifereth Israel to become CWRU performing arts center

Cleveland Jewish News, March 22, 2010
A $12 million lead donation from the Maltz Family Foundation to Case Western Reserve University, announced last Friday, has created an historic partnership between the school and The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

Ardi discovery to highlight KSU's Celebration of Scholarship

Akron Beacon Journal, March 22, 2010
Kent State will highlight local research at its annual Celebration of Scholarship Tuesday through Thursday. Panel members will include Case Western Reserve University's Bruce Latimer, and Scott Simpson, and Linda Spurlock of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Higher Ed News

Health care and higher ed

Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2010
Though higher education has been discussed in the legislative debate almost exclusively in the context of the student loan reforms that have been attached to a budget bill, colleges and universities have not been forgotten in the new health care measure.