Neighborhoods Matter in Shaping Lives, Researcher Says

Anna Maria Santiago.
Photo by MJ Murawaka.

Having grown up in poverty and lived in substandard housing has brought sensitivity to Anna Maria Santiago's social work research about how people live and how place affects their lives.

The Case Western Reserve University community recently met Santiago, inaugural holder of the Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during a special reception.

Currently on the faculty at Wayne State University, Santiago will officially start at CWRU on July 1. Her arrival will build on the social work school's strength in neighborhood research by faculty members Mark Chupp, Claudia Coulton, Rob Fischer, Mark Joseph, Sharon Milligan and others from the Center on Poverty and Community Development.

"Place matters," Santiago says. "Where one lives has a tremendous influence on the resources available to the individual."

It's a finding emerging from her research with hundreds of families in public housing and who are raising thousands of children in Denver. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Technology Transfer Outlook Bright for Research-to-Market Licensing

Survey data compiled by a national technology transfer organization shows Case Western Reserve University continuing a leadership role among Ohio universities, hospitals and research institutes by collecting $35.3 million in licensing revenues over a recent three-year period, and the outlook for ongoing strong performance is bright.

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) recently released its U.S. Licensing Activity Survey, including fiscal year 2008 (the latest comparative statistics available).

"Although the national 2009 data for U.S. research institutions has yet to be released, we are confident that we will again exhibit best-of-class performance, as 2009 was a record-setting year at CWRU in terms of both income and company formation," said Mark E. Coticchia, the university's vice president for research and technology management. Read more.

Campus News

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.

Judson will celebrate the life of long-time resident Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson and the posthumous release of her memoir, It is Well With My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-year-old Woman, at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2. Johnson, a 1928 graduate of the social work school, died in March. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Joseph Beth Booksellers. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a book signing with Johnson's co-author, Patricia Mulcahy. The event, taking place at Judson Park Auditorium, 1801 Chestnut Hills Drive, Cleveland Heights, is free and open to the public. RSVP required by calling (216) 791-2168.

The Social Justice Alliance/Institute (SJA/I) invites all interested faculty, staff and students to an SJA/I interest meeting at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. SJA/I leadership team members will share information on major initiatives and programs. Contact Rhonda Y. Williams, SJA/I director, for information.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff members could win two free round-trip tickets to a destination in North America or the Caribbean by helping the university earn airline rewards with the Continental Airlines RewardOne program. Send your name, contact information and Continental Airlines' OnePass number to Travelers will still earn their typical OnePass miles once registered in RewardOne. Prize drawings will take place at noon, Friday April 30. Contact Michael Kurutz, travel Services coordinator, for more information.

For Students

Thwing Study Over is from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight. This university tradition, presented by the Thwing Study Over Committee, will feature free food, arts and crafts, Greek service hours, massages and other exciting activities. Contact with questions.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence announces the new Inamori Ethics in Professional Training Intern Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Case Western Reserve undergraduate student to supplement their placement as an intern within an organization willing to provide insight into the application of ethical principles in the workplace. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the development of ethical training and leadership for the student intern, as well as to enhance appreciation of the complexity of applied ethics. The application deadline is June 30. Complete details are available online.


The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting its annual Glennan Fellows program from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Medical Library building. The five faculty members who were selected in 2009 for their promise of exceptional careers balancing scholarship and teaching will describe their award projects. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the session. Register online.

Case Western Reserve's inaugural Lavender Graduation Ceremony is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at Mather House 106. The event, hosted by the university's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Center, is a recognition of graduating undergraduate and graduate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or allies. Family, friends, faculty and staff are invited.  The program will include light refreshments and several speakers. RSVP to Dan Coleman, the LGBT Center's coordinator, at

Writing Week 2010 concludes with the Writing Program Awards Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Guilford House Parlor and dining room. The event is a celebration of the faculty, staff and students of the Writing Program.

The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value is hosting a talk, Innovate for a Better World: Insights and Stories from the Nike Journey, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the George S. Dively Building Dining Room. The speaker is Darcy Winslow, who held senior positions at and led several aspects of Nike's business and strategic initiatives for more than 20 years. Learn more.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will present Michael Snyder as the final speaker of the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. Snyder will present two seminars on Wednesday, April 28, in the Wolstein Auditorium. He will discuss RNA-Seq Technology at 11 a.m., and Analysis of Genomes using Omics Technologies at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow.

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 27, 2010

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In the News

Electronic medical records powered by billions in stimulus dollars

MedCity News, April 26, 2010
Billions of federal stimulus dollars are beginning to flow to organizations that are getting hospitals and doctors' offices ready to adopt electronic medical record technologies. Julie Rehm, senior associate dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and associate vice president of strategic initiatives for the university, comments.

Human ancestor caught in the midst of a makeover

Science magazine, April 23, 2010
Renowned paleoartist John Gurche prides himself on his accurate reconstructions of early humans. But last week, the famed human ancestor Homo erectus was giving him trouble. Gurche immortalized a female H. erectus in bronze for an exhibit that opened this month at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, so he watched with some trepidation as the species got a new look at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists here. Several talks and posters reported how new discoveries and analytical methods are altering views of this species, from the way it looked to how it grew up and gave birth. "Homo erectus continues to evolve," says paleoanthropologist Scott Simpson of Case Western Reserve University.

CWRU design management class presentation

Cleveland Orchestra Blog, April 21, 2010
A Management by Designing Interdisciplinary Initiative MBA class at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management recently made presentations about six different Cleveland organizations, including nonprofit, corporate and government.

Recent trends in self-employment

Small Business News, April 26, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about self-employment in the down economy.

Higher Ed News

Understanding transfer admissions

Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2010
All of the admissions hysteria in full swing this time of year tends to suggest that nothing could be more decisive in a young person's life than getting in to the right college. What the discussions ignore is that for many of these people (about a third, at least), they will apply and be admitted to another undergraduate college before earning a degree — as part of the transfer population.