Case Western Reserve Distinguished Lecture Named in Honor of Business and
Community Leader F. Joseph Callahan Jr.

University Trustee and family celebrate father's
influential role in industry


At yesterday evening's Distinguished Lecture event, President Barbara R. Snyder announced a $1.25 million leadership gift from the Callahan family to endow the university's annual Distinguished Lecture in honor of Francis Joseph Callahan Jr.

"We believe that naming the Distinguished Lecture in honor of my father is a fitting way to pay tribute to the legacy of Joe Callahan—a man dedicated to distinction in all he does," said Cornelia Callahan Richards, Callahan's daughter and co-trustee of the Callahan Family Foundation.

Joe Callahan is chairman emeritus of Swagelok, a leading fluid system manufacturer headquartered in Solon, Ohio. After graduating from the Naval Academy, serving as project officer on the world's first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, and earning two engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joe Callahan began his Swagelok career in 1958 at what was then Crawford Fitting. Joe Callahan quickly rose to the top of the organization and instilled his overall philosophy of respect and quality service. He amassed 23 patents in his 40 years at the firm, and Swagelok companies grew to more than $1 billion in annual sales. Read more.

Campus News

The University Center on Aging in Health is accepting nominations for the Marie Haug Student Award. The fund was established in 1990 to honor Haug on her 75th birthday, and for her pioneering work in aging-related education and research at Case Western Reserve. She founded the University Center on Aging and Health in 1978. The award is presented annually to graduate students who are completing their studies and have demonstrated excellence in their aging studies. The nomination deadline is April 9.

The Phase I Clinical Trials Unit of the Division of Infectious Diseases is looking for healthy volunteers to sign up for a database to learn about healthy volunteer studies. Volunteers must be between 18-45 years old. Sign up at Contact or call 368-2003 for more information.

For Faculty and Staff changes here

"Case Employee Lunch at Weatherhead: An Opportunity for Case Western Employees to Learn About Weatherhead's Graduate Programs" will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258. Employees are invited to learn how Weatherhead School of Management programs might meet their learning and professional objectives, and how to utilize the tuition benefit. The luncheon will feature information on the following: the Weatherhead Part-Time MBA, the Executive MBA (EMBA) and the Master for Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD). Lunch will be followed by a welcome and introduction to each program. The event will include short break-out sessions for each degree program, with staff on hand to answer questions. Register online.

For Students

The College of Arts and Sciences announces the National Science Foundation-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics majors interested in teaching in a high-needs school district, may be eligible for a four-week summer internship with a $1,700 stipend, or for a two-year, $30,000 tuition scholarship. The application deadline is Monday, April 5. Go online for complete details.

Customized diploma frames are being sold by MBA students for $99. Several frames, mats, and print colors are available. Send an e-mail to for more information.

Applications are being accepted for the three-credit travel course to Ecuador. A Global and Cultural Diversity elective, the course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Travel dates are May 17-29. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.


President Barbara R. Snyder, Deputy Provost Lynn Singer, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn Sanders Mobley, and Vice President for Student Affairs Glenn Nicholls, are scheduled to share their perspective on what it means to be an ally to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at 5:15 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Each narrative will explore a distinct dimension of inclusion at Case Western Reserve. Contact Luke Nantz for more information.


Susan Dwyer from the University of Maryland will discuss "Moral Courage: Compromise or Cowardice?" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 2, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Lunch will be provided. Free, open to the public. Contact Christian Frano by e-mail or by phone at 368-2579.

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.

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 Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the results of the quarterly competition (January 5, 2010) for pilot funding to support studies conducted through the CTSC Core facilities:  

  • Anna Marie Hibbs, University Hospitals
  • Craig Hodges, School of Medicine
  • Guida Kishore, School of Medicine
  • Charles Mahan, MetroHealth

The program is supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic RPC Program.

March 25, 2010

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve receives $1.25 million gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 25, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.25 million gift to endow its Distinguished Lecture series.

Case Western Reserve leads experiment in ultra-fast Internet connectivity

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 24, 2010
In about two months, more than 100 homes on Hessler Street in Cleveland and several local institutions will get Internet access that should be way, way faster than the connection you're on right now. Case Western Reserve University is leading a year-long experiment that will allow the university, several area hospitals and the residents of Hessler Street to access the Internet at speeds of 1 gigabyte per second, which is about 100 times faster than standard cable and phone line connections. Lev Gonick, chief information officer, comments. Related article.

Judge says she is considering banning media from Anthony Sowell proceedings

The Plain Dealer, March 24, 2010
The judge presiding over the case of Anthony Sowell said Wednesday she may bar the media from attending the suspected serial killer's trial. Jonathan Entin, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Lawsuit to challenge constitutionality of the health care reform bill

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2010
Two attorneys from the Cleveland-based Baker Hostetler law firm are representing 13 states that have sued the federal government, saying the health care overhaul bill is unconstitutional. Jonathan Adler, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Complete structure of Insulin receptor discovered – may assist in drug development for diabetes

Medical News Today, March 24, 2010
Insulin is one of the most commonly used therapeutic agents used in diabetes. While the structure of this complex protein has been studied in detail, there were parts of the receptor for insulin that were not clearly defined until now. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University collaborated on the project.

Woman who witnessed Obama inauguration dies at 106

FOX 8 News, March 24, 2010
A woman who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday has died. Former social worker Ella Mae Johnson, who earned a social work degree from what is now Case Western Reserve University, made the journey to Washington, D.C., with her nurse in January 2009 and watched as the nation's first black president was sworn into office.

Higher Ed News

House boosts college aid for students in need

USA TODAY, March 23, 2010
Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that affects millions of students.