Make a Difference: The University Launches
Faculty and Staff Campaign

This week, Case Western Reserve University will officially launch its FY 2009-10 faculty and staff campaign. The effort is facilitated through the university's Annual Fund with the leadership of Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack and Senior Vice President for Administration John D. Wheeler.

"Our faculty and staff show their dedication to this institution every day, and we are tremendously grateful," says Wheeler. "We also hope they will see a gift to the Annual Fund as an extension of this commitment to help Case Western Reserve remain a vibrant and strong institution."

Gifts support the university's general operations, enhancing the lives of students and supporting faculty research and facilities maintenance and improvement.

"These contributions will have an immediate impact on schools, scholarships, the library, athletics, or any other area donors choose to support," says Baeslack. "Contributions from our faculty and staff also send a message to our alumni, friends, students and community partners that we are a community united in our commitment to Case Western Reserve." Read more.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Economy with Undergraduates

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Prof. Susan Helper

Students in Professor Susan Helper's seminar already get to learn from one of the nation's foremost experts on manufacturing. But on Monday they received an added bonus: a chance to meet with one of the U.S. senators most directly involved in setting federal policy in this area: Ohio's Sherrod Brown.

Helper is one of the country's leading scholars on the automobile industry, the person national reporters invariably call for insight regarding GM's future, Toyota's troubles and the policies most likely to help revive this beleaguered sector. Brown, meanwhile, has focused much of his political career on issues of labor and the economy. Over the years Brown has tapped Helper often as an adviser to his office and to other federal leaders. For this spring's economics seminar, Helper turned to Brown's staff to help enrich her students' academic experience.

Over the course of the semester, Helper's students not only studied the academic aspects of economic policy, but also developed the kinds of documents political leaders would use in a Congressional hearing. The students' work so impressed Brown that he elected to sit down with the students this week. Read more.

Campus News

Sen. Sherrod Brown is hosting his third annual college and university presidents' conference today in Washington and will be joined by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Martha Kanter, undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut. The video feed from the conference will be live-streamed this year on Brown's Web site. The conference will focus on educational priorities, strategies to forge statewide partnerships, and initiatives to maximize federal investments.

Tau Beta Pi is continuing its "Dollar Sale" event through 4 p.m. today in Nord Hall 310. Older textbooks are being sold for $1. Proceeds benefit Engineers Without Borders.

American Red Cross blood drive

There are two upcoming American Red Cross blood drives on campus: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 22, both events in Nord Hall 310. The American Red Cross needs help in meeting the needs of patients in local hospitals and health clinics. These blood drives are sponsored by Delta Gamma and Sigma Nu.  Schedule an appointment online by using sponsor code "Casewestern."  Walk-ins will be accepted.

The inaugural Steps 4 Staff event is scheduled for Friday, June 11. The two-mile walk will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. All staff, faculty and students are invited to participate. Early registration for $15 ends today. Go online for details.

The 2010 Collaboration Technology Summit will take place Thursday, May 6, in Thwing Center. This year's theme is "Transforming Education through Collaboration." The keynote speaker is Howard Rheingold, author and commentator, who will discuss social media, participative pedagogy and digital literacy. In addition to the keynote talk, the event will include several breakout sessions. Free, but online registration is required.

For Faculty and Staff

Employees are invited to learn about Traveline's new online travel purchasing tool, Cliqbook. Traveline, one of the university's preferred travel agencies, will give a demonstration of this new, time-saving replacement for Travelport, at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. There will be giveaways and prizes for attendees, as well as discussion of the university's travel policy. Send an e-mail to or call Michael Kurutz, travel services coordinator, at 368-6092 for information.

The Spartan Sports Camp will be held June 14 through August 6 in Veale Center. The camp is for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $100 per week for children of Case Western Reserve faculty and staff. Families may sign up for individual weeks or the entire camp season. Contact Marcus Macalla at 368-0548 for information.

For Students

Third- and fourth-year students are invited to apply for the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week 2010. The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium was created by Case Western Reserve's entrepreneurship program, along with other higher education entrepreneurship centers, to combat brain drain and to stimulate regional economic growth in northeast Ohio. Schools will select students from any discipline to participate in an intensive week-long entrepreneurship academy August 8-13. Students will learn about various aspects of developing new businesses: from creating a new enterprise and new product development, seeking opportunities, obtaining financing, marketing, and operations, to understanding legal and ethical issues. The program is free. Interested students should apply by Monday, April 26. Contact Beth Fitz Gibbon or Jim Hurley for more information.

Researchers in the Department of Cognitive Sciences are seeking Case Western Reserve undergraduates to participate in an IRB-approved study. Participants will perform a series of primarily computer-based tasks that will require two sessions in the laboratory, as well a number of online questionnaires that can be completed in your own time. Participants must be 18 years or older. To sign up, go to the Department of Cognitive Sciences Web site and click the text in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen that reads "Request an account." Create a User ID and follow instructions to fill in your first and last name. A password will be e-mailed to you and allow you to log onto the site. Take a quick questionnaire, then enroll in the study if you are eligible. Participants will be compensated. Send an e-mail to or call 368-4996 with questions.


The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University has invited Marty Beyer, a consulting expert in juvenile justice and clinical/community psychology, to give the free, public talk, "Girls in Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Framework." The talk is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

A tour of the "Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: The History of Contraception" exhibit at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22. Jim Edmonson, the museum's chief curator, will lead the tour. Sponsored by the CWRU Newcomers Committee. RSVP to Sarah Taylor at (216) 321-7465.

The Student Sustainability Council is hosting an Earth Day presentation featuring the Beehive Design Collective at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in Nord Hall 310. Free low carbon food will be served while representatives from the Beehive Design Collective discusses mountaintop removal mining. Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Council, La Alianza, Share the Vision, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

An Executive MBA open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni to learn first-hand about what makes this program unique.

The Spartans baseball team will take on the College of Wooster at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday, April 21. An annual tradition, the game begins at noon. Print a ticket to the event. Campus members also are invited to read a feature story about junior centerfielder Clay Hurley, who has his own special connection to Cleveland's Major League Baseball park.

A group of students affiliated with the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is partnering with the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) for an electronic educational display at the CIA Spring Design Show. The event continues through April 21 at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Free and open to the public. Learn more.

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series concludes with the topic of "Is Minority Unrest China’s Achilles’ Heel? The Case of Tibet," featuring Melvyn C. Goldstein at 4:30 p.m. today at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve. 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.

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April 20, 2010

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In the News

Like it or not, reputation is key to America's Best Hospitals

MedCity News, April 19, 2010
Love 'em or hate 'em, U.S. News & World Report's hospital rankings have over the last two decades become a gold standard by which consumers make healthcare choices. Ashwini Sehgal, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Five Ohio universities announce new centers of excellence

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 19, 2010
New centers of excellence focusing on advanced materials and sensor technology were announced at five Ohio universities. Case Western Reserve University announced the Institute of Advanced Materials.

Cleveland partners unveil plans for a health-tech corridor along Euclid Avenue

The Plain Dealer, April 19, 2010
A downtrodden, gap-toothed stretch of Euclid Avenue from the Cleveland Clinic to Cleveland State University is the target of the latest effort to leverage Cleveland's health-care muscle. Public-private collaborators today announced the launch of the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, which aims to harness two powerful forces to redevelop Euclid Avenue — space demands of new companies and the supply-chain needs of growing entities like the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals.

Bobsledder taking run at local supplement maker

Los Angeles Business Journal, April 12, 2010
The sprawling supplement industry based in greater Los Angeles is once again coming under the spotlight now that a Canadian bobsledder is blaming a local supplier for keeping him out of the Vancouver Olympics. In March, the athlete filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Nutriland Group, claiming that an ingredient the Paramount company supplied for a nutritional supplement caused him to miss out on the Olympics. Max Mehlman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Easy being green for students with list of eco-friendly colleges

USA TODAY, April 20, 2010
For the past 19 years, The Princeton Review has been helping students shop for colleges by creating guidebooks that look at a dizzying array of factors, from academics to campus life. So why would it add yet another factor to the checklist of items for college applicants to consider? Put simply, because students are going green and care about a college's commitment to sustainability.