Two College of Arts and Sciences Professors
Receive Jackson Award

The positive impact Case Western Reserve University professors have on the lives of their students is recognized annually with the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.

The recognition honors outstanding advising and mentoring of undergraduate students.

This year's recipients are William Deal and Renee M. Sentilles.

Read more.

Goldwater Scholars Announced

Two third-year students who share the goal of earning an MD and PhD have been awarded Goldwater scholarships.

Zachary Kloos, who is majoring in biochemistry and economics, and Caitlin Powell, who is studying biomedical engineering, received the awards, which are named for former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater. The scholar ships recognize outstanding potential and commitment to excellence in science, engineering and mathematics. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2010 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2010 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Nomination forms and guidelines for both awards are available online. All nominations must be received by noon on Monday, May 3.

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. The event is taking place at Judson Park Auditorium, 1801 Chestnut Hills Drive, Cleveland Heights. RSVP required by calling (216) 791-2168.

For Faculty and Staff

To benefit instructors who are currently using Blackboard to record grades, a new Grade Upload tool is being introduced that will allow instructors to upload midterm and final grades from their Blackboard Grade Centers to SIS. In order to upload grades from Blackboard to SIS, instructors must already have their final and/or midterm grades entered as letter grades in their Blackboard Grade Center. Once the grade information has been recorded in the course Grade Center, instructors can go to the Blackboard Wizard to access the Grade Upload Tool. Contact with questions.

Information Technology Services is working with the Office of the President to reach out to staff and faculty who use adaptive equipment to complete their daily work activities. If you or anyone you know on campus uses hardware or software of this kind, or if you are in need of additional equipment, contact Wendy Shapiro by e-mail or by phone at 368-1006. Shapiro is the university's senior academic technology officer. The ITS team will ensure that your hardware/software is the most current version available, and will establish a method for updates and ongoing maintenance. Departments or divisions will not be responsible for any associated costs.

For Students

The 2010 Senior Class Gift Campaign strives to show seniors the impact that private gifts have on the university and to increase participation in the tradition of giving at Case Western Reserve. Gifts to the 2010 Senior Class Gift Campaign will help beautify the Case Western Reserve campus by purchasing trees to adorn the Binary Walkway. President Barbara R. Snyder will match the dollar amount raised by seniors. Students who make a gift of $5 or more to the Senior Class Gift Campaign will be entered in a raffle for two Continental Airlines ticket vouchers. Contact Vivian Ruszkiewicz by email or by phone at 368-5388 with questions.

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life is sponsoring REScycle to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills and to help others by donating unwanted items from May Move-Out. In partnership with Planet Aid, the Cleveland Foodbank and Habitat for Humanity, items such as non-perishable food, clothing, linens, furniture and small appliances are being collected. Students can bring these items during one of three drop off days: May 4 in the North Residential Village; May 5 in the South Residential Village; and May 14 at the Village at 115 and the Greek Houses. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. all days. Movers will be available to help with large furniture items. Join the Facebook page for more information.

The application deadline has been extended for Summer Short-Term Study Abroad offered by the Department of Bioethics. Courses include August 2-13 in The Netherlands, and July 18- August 7 in India. Contact Michelle L. Champoir, Director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics for more information at 368-5377.


A lecture and reception for the Portraits of Homelessness exhibit is taking place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, third floor atrium. Lydia Bailey's exhibit features photographs and stories of the residents served by the Lakeside Men's Emergency Homeless Shelter. Guests will have an opportunity to meet some of the men who are subjects of the portraits, and the artist will share her experiences creating the exhibit. Mandel School Dean Cleve Gilmore will provide opening remarks. Refreshments will be available. Contact Kristen Kirchgesler or June Hund at 368-2302 with questions.

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.

Players Theatre Group presents its Third Annual New Playwrights Festival at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, May 1. Nine original works of theater from students is being presented during the two-day festival. Tickets are $5 per night or $8 for both evenings. The festival will take place in the Eldred Theater Black Box. Contact with questions.

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.

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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Case School of Engineering student John Christian Dalton and Cleveland Institute of Art students Andrew Brase and Norman Kuo recently teamed up to finish first in the Saint-Gobain Design Competition, hosted by Saint-Gobain. Their prize included an all-expense trip to the Saint-Gobain Northboro Research Facility, as well as a grand total of $9,000. The second place team, comprised of Case Western Reserve students Anthony Cartwright, Joseph Karas and Steven McCarthy, and CIA student Brian Paige, took home $4,000. This year’s theme, energy conservation in homes, produced many interesting and marketable products, including innovative housing insulation and thermochromic roofing materials.

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) announces the following 2010 Intersections: SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session winners. More names will be announced soon.

Social Sciences Poster Competition:

  • 1st place - Megan Carl, Galvanic Skin Response in Family Interaction Tasks as a Predictor of Adolescent Depression. Faculty mentor: Professor Arin Connell, Department of Psychology.
  • 2nd (tie) - Katelyn Begany, Two Domains of Human Higher Cognition: Distinct Brain Networks Underlie Social and Mechanical Reasoning. Faculty mentor: Professor Anthony Jack, Department of Cognitive Science.
  • 2nd (tie) - Rebecca Carter, Addiction and "Generation Me": Narcissistic and Prosocial Behaviors of Youth with Substance Dependency Disorder in Comparison to Normative Youths. Faculty mentor: Professor Maria E. Pagano, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Child Psychiatry.

Engineering Oral Competition

  • 1st - Christa Modery, Platelet-targeted Liposomes for Site-specific Drug Delivery in Vascular Disease. Faculty mentor: Professor Anirban Sen Gupta, Department of Biomedical Engineering.

April 30, 2010

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In the News

Stawar: I'm not choking around

Evening News and Tribune, April 30, 2010
Many people are afraid of public speaking. In surveys of common fears, it almost always ranks in the top ten, usually higher than the fear of death. Studies by Jennifer Butler and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University are mentioned in the story.

Putting on a show in the Silo

Cleveland Jewish News, April 30, 2010
A multi-use arts space on the grounds of Case Western Reserve University's educational farm in Hunting Valley, the Silo Theatre is the latest pet project of Iris and her husband Mort November. The philanthropic pair is excited to offer musicians, writers and other performers a new venue to experiment artistically against a stunning bucolic landscape.

Strickland backs Third Frontier

The News-Herald, April 30, 2010
Gov. Ted Strickland admitted that the Ohio Third Frontier program wasn't his idea, but he tirelessly campaigned for it Thursday as if it were his own creation. Case Western Reserve University was mentioned in the story.

Gum Disease May Connect to Prostate Health

The Wealthy Dentist, April 29, 2010
Researchers examined 35 men with prostate inflammation. They found that the men with the most severe prostatitis also showed signs of periodontal disease.The research about prostate health and gingivitis was conducted by periodontists at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Higher Ed News

A Fairy Godmother to Help With College Aid

The New York Times, April 29, 2010
The envelope arrives with good news. The college is pleased to announce that the student has been offered acceptance and, if he or she is fortunate, some scholarship money. The envelope arrives with good news. The college is pleased to announce that the student has been offered acceptance and, if he or she is fortunate, some scholarship money.