Department of Civil Engineering
Unveils New Lab

Dario Gasparini holds up original plans
for the state-of-the-art structures lab

The Department of Civil Engineering's new state-of-the-art structures lab, on the east side of the Bingham Building, can mimic the worst mother nature can throw at the built environment while enabling researchers to learn why everything from deep sea structures to soaring towers fail, and how to make them safer and sounder.

The Richard '39 and Opal Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility was recently unveiled: 2,400-square-feet of hardy concrete, steel and hydraulics married to high-tech computer controls and sensor systems.

The Vanderhoofs provided a gift of $2 million to build the new facility, with the Case Alumni Association leading this major fundraising initiative.

"It's a gift from the past – civil engineering alumni – to future and present civil engineering students," said Dario Gasparini, professor of civil engineering. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University is testing the newest layer in its emergency communications network—a web-wide alert message—today. The university will broadcast a test message that will appear on all web pages on the server. This message will not inhibit the use of any web pages and will appear on the pages for only a short time. Case Western Reserve's crisis communications network already features text message alerts, email messages, notice on the homepage, special web pages with detailed information ( and broadcast sirens around campus, among other vehicles. Subscribe to or update your information for text message alerts online now. Faculty, staff and students automatically have access to the other communications vehicles.

The Graduate Student Senate and the School of Graduate Studies invite the campus community to attend a reception honoring the 2009-10 recipients and nominees of the John S. Diekhoff Award. The reception is from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at the Alumni House.

The campus community is invited to watch highlights from the Third Annual Relay For Life event. At the end of the closing ceremony, the campus community raised $76,624.80.

For Faculty and Staff

Varsity Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski is directing a youth tennis camp on campus. The camp is run through the All-American Tennis Camps. Voted "Best Sports Camp" in Ohio by Sports Illustrated magazine, these camps have hosted more than 6,000 young players since being founded. The varsity tennis players will help to instruct the youth players. For more information, contact Wojtkowski by e-mail or go online.

For Students

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) is hosting a cookout, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Village Courtyard between Houses 6 and 7 (rain site is House 7 Great Room). Food and games.


The campus community is invited to attend a speaker series featuring four distinguished guest lecturers who will each address the topic The Realities of an Effective Academic Library Today and a Vision of its Future: What Critical Issues Need to be Addressed by a Small, Comprehensive Research University? This series is free and will take place in the Dampeer Room at the Kelvin Smith Library. Brad Eden, associate university librarian for technical services and scholarly communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, is scheduled to begin the series at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29.

Writing Week 2010 concludes with the Writing Program Awards Reception from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in the Guilford House Parlor and dining room. The event is a celebration of the faculty, staff and students of the Writing Program, featuring the presentation of the Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary and Professional Writing; the CWRU Excellence in SAGES Writing Instruction Award; and the Writing Resource Center Excellence in Consulting Award.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is hosting the Fourth Annual Science is Fun! Family Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 1, in Nord Hall 310.  This free event engages individuals and families in hands-on science activities, presentations and friendly competitions. Events include building K'nex vehicles; participating in the popular egg drop competition; learning cool chemistry from Case Western Reserve's Education Theatre; enjoying amphibians and reptiles; getting close to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo animals; and more.  Advance registration is requested. Call 368-5075 or email for information.

The Antonio Janigro Foundation and Cleveland Cello Society present Sollima!, featuring concert cellists Giovanni Sollima and Monika Leskovar accompanied by a string orchestra of School of Medicine students. The concert begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $50, $25 and $10 with a student ID. Call (216) 215-6482 for information.

IMPROVment will host its End Of the Year Show at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in Strosacker Auditorium. The show is free and 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 current issue of Perspectives on Politics, a lead journal of the American Political Science Association, includes articles on the topic Comparative Politics of Gender in a series of writings edited by Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science. The articles are a culmination of work begun at a conference held at Case Western Reserve in 2007. The conference was funded by a Presidential Research Initiative Grant, with additional funding from an ACES grant. Professors Dorothy Miller, Rosalind Simson and Kelly McMann served as discussants of the conference papers.

In Memoriam

David A. Goldthwait died April 12. He was 89. Goldthwait was a faculty member in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine for more than 50 years. He was an oncologist by training, and devoted his scientific career to understanding the biochemical basis of cancer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at Judson Park. In addition, a tribute will be held at Case Western Reserve in the fall. Read more.

April 26, 2010

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In the News

The Interview: Marilyn Sanders Mobley

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), April 26, 2010
Marilyn Sanders Mobley still considers herself a teacher, even though her job for the last year at Case Western Reserve University has been as vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity. "I've been doing diversity work all my life, but as an English professor," she said recently. "I see diversity work as an extension of my training as an educator; it's about sharing ideas and often strategies."

Efforts under way to speed up connection to high-speed Internet

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), April 26, 2010
Organizations and government agencies all across Northeast Ohio are trying to add more lanes to the information superhighway. Colleen Nagy, director of the project management office in Case Western Reserve University's Information Technology Services Department, comments.

Third Frontier opened medical-innovation pipeline

Columbus Dispatch, April 25, 2010
Next month, Ohioans will vote on state Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to borrow $700 million to continue funding research-and-development projects through Ohio's Third Frontier program. In 2003, Michael Knopp, a radiologist at Ohio State University, used a $9.1 million Third Frontier grant to create OSU's Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, which features some of the world's most powerful body scanners. Project collaborators include Case Western Reserve University, the Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus and Philips Healthcare.

Internet2 announces winners of Fifth Annual IDEA Awards, April 23, 2010
Internet2 today announced the 2010 winners of its Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award. Tom Knab, chief information officer at the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and chair of the IDEA award judging committee, comments.

Disease development: New strain develops ways round immunity

Financial Times, April 22, 2010
Most malaria research and writing focuses on Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the four species of parasite that cause human malaria. But the other three have a big impact on public health too, particularly Plasmodium vivax, which is the species most widely distributed around the world. This article cites research from Peter Zimmerman, professor at the Center for Global Health & Diseases.

Higher Ed News

U.S. Accreditation Advisory Panel lives

Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2010
The U.S. Education Department on Friday announced the formal (if still tentative) resuscitation of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which advises the education secretary on accreditation issues and grants federal recognition to accreditors.