Wittke Award Winners Announced

Case Western Reserve University recognizes excellence demonstrated by professors in the classroom with the annual Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The 2010 recipients are Frank Merat, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Rekha Srinivasan, Department of Chemistry. They will receive their awards at the university's commencement convocation. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Receives Award for Emergency Preparedness

The BEP award presentation

Case Western Reserve University has received an award for its planning efforts related to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Representatives from the Business Emergency Planning Institute said that the university's handling of the situation was extremely thorough. The end result was very few reported cases and more than 6,000 doses of H1N1 and regular flu vaccines administered to members of the campus community. Read more.

Campus News

The Weight Watchers at Work Program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, in the Thwing Center Spartan Room. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the May 12th meeting.  Send an email to tmk4@case.edu for information.

In celebration of Get Active America Week, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is free to all guests through May 9. Enjoy more than 50 group exercise classes, fitness contests, health screenings and all the amenities provided by the facility voted "Cleveland's Best Gym.

All campus dining locations will begin operating on a summer schedule today. Go to the Dining Services Message Center for updates on hours of operation.

A memorial service for David A. Goldthwait will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at Judson Park. He was a faculty member in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine for more than 50 years. In addition, a tribute will be held at Case Western Reserve in the fall.

For Faculty and Staff

The new SmartCART online ordering portal will go live on Monday, May 10. Purchasing at Case Western Reserve will now be easier. Want to see what's so smart about it? For questions, comments or assistance, contact smartcart@case.edu or visit the Procurement and Distribution Services website.

For Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking current undergraduate students to help with campus tours for seven summer open houses to be held on the following Fridays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30, August 6 and August 13. Tour guides work a full day on these dates, and wages start at $10.25 per hour. In addition, there may be opportunities for working at admission events on several Saturdays throughout the summer. Enthusiasm for the university is a must. Previous experience in public speaking is preferred but not required. Training will be provided. Contact Karla Crucke for information.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, is on The Metabolism of a Computer Mouse. Daniela Calvetti, Department of Mathematics, and Joseph LaManna, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, are the guest speakers. The talk begins at 7 p.m., Monday, May 10, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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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Nora Hennessy

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women announce that the provost's office will sponsor Nora Hennessy, assistant dean of development and alumni relations at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, to attend the 2010 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute.

The Institute is a prestigious professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education.

Hennessy has been at the nursing school for 10 years. She rose through the ranks of development positions until attaining the position of assistant dean in 2007. The 12-day intensive residency program on the Bryn Mawr campus will take place from June 18-July 2, and will host women faculty and staff from institutions of higher education from across the country.

May 7, 2010

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In the News

Four Northeast Ohio institutions receive $2.7 million grant for heart failure study

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), May 4, 2010
Kent State University has received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a collaborative research project with three Northeast Ohio partners to study cognitive impairment in heart failure patients. Partners in the project are Case Western Reserve University, Summa Health System and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The four-year grant from NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute runs through January 2014. Mary Dolansky, assistant professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, is a co-investigator.

America's favorite birth control method turns 50

The Denver Post, May 5, 2010
A world without "the pill" is unimaginable to many young women who now use it to treat acne, skip periods, improve mood and, of course, prevent pregnancy. They might be surprised to learn that U.S. officials announcing approval of the world's first oral contraceptive were uncomfortable. An article about the history and future of birth control references Lisa Perriera of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Cockroach's brain fires out walking commands

newKerala.com, May 7, 2010
Researchers have, for the first time, found that a cockroach's brains fire out commands to walk and run – a feat that has paved way for better rescue robots. A team led by Roy Ritzmann professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, has shown a direct link between neurons at the center of an insect brain and changes in behavior.

Private colleges wait to see which accepted students pay up

USA TODAY, May 6, 2010
For most private institutions, including many at which admission is highly competitive, this is the make-or-break time when they find out if their incoming class is likely to be consistent with their academic and budget plans for the year. While many of those still waiting on the next postal delivery are likely to be disappointed with their yields and aren't providing details yet, a few trends are emerging among those colleges that are having successful years. Case Western Reserve University is reporting more success on diversity. While yield is holding steady, with an applicant pool that was 20 percent larger, the commitments to enroll by black, Latino and Native American students are up by 60 percent.

App designers pick their favorites

WKYC.com, May 7, 2010
Tucked away in the computer science wing of Case Western Reserve University, the next generation of "apps" is being designed. Apps, short for applications, are smaller programs designed for iPhones and Blackberries that can make life simpler. John Stetz, a student, and Marc Buchner, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, shared their favorite apps.

Akron Baptist Temple group gives prayer squares to Marines, sailors heading to Afghanistan

Akron Beacon Journal, May 5, 2010
Members of the Akron Baptist Temple on Wednesday presented prayer squares as a way of saying thanks to the 100 Marines and sailors heading for Afghanistan from Akron's Weapons Company. One of those deploying is Lance Cpl. Steven Maire, an applied mathematics major at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Career service centers strive to help the Class of 2010 – and 2009, and 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required), May 2, 2010
As graduation nears, college career centers are under pressure to help not only the Class of 2010 navigate the tight job market, but also graduates of 2009 – and even the year before – who are still unemployed.