Case Western Reserve to Award
Three Honorary Degrees

Case Western Reserve University awards honorary degrees each year at Commencement. These honors are a means of recognizing excellence in any values aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service and the performing arts.

The conferring of an honorary degree is the university's way of recognizing those persons who have exemplified the highest ideals and standards.

This year's honorees are M. Cherif Bassiouni, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Katie Couric. Learn more about these outstanding recipients.

Faculty, Staff Members Required to Install Identity Finder on Work Computers

Identity Finder software is required to be installed and scanned on all faculty and staff computers, regardless of job role or exposure to sensitive data, by the end of May.

Earlier in the spring Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III sent a letter to administrators stressing the importance of protecting the university's data relative to Social Security Numbers. To support this initiative, Information Technology Services (ITS) is providing Identity Finder software, available on the software center.

If you have not installed Identity Finder, log on to the software center to download and install the application. If you need assistance, additional technical resources are available. Call your local IT support team or the Help Desk at 216-368-HELP (4357) to schedule a time.

Additional project details and end user guides are available on the Identity Finder project page.

Even Healthy Pregnant Women Need to Worry About Oral Bacteria

Healthy pregnant women can be at risk for pregnancy problems caused by oral bacteria. Researchers from Case Western Reserve have begun to understand how and which bacteria from the 700 species living in the mouth are responsible for the increasing numbers of preterm and stillbirths.

Yiping Han, from the department of periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, led the study that found several new bacteria originating in the mouth travel through the blood to cause an inflammatory reaction in the placenta and eventually cause a range of health issues from miscarriages to stillbirths.

The findings were featured in the spotlight section in a recent Infection and Immunity. The study was also reported on the home page of the American Society for Microbiology. Read more.

Campus News

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities has extended the deadline for applications for the 2011 Spring Baker-Nord Seminar, Globalism and its Origins. The deadline is May 12. Go online and click on "Grant Opportunities" for information and an application.

For Faculty and Staff

The new SmartCART online ordering portal has arrived. Purchasing at Case Western Reserve will now be easier. Want to see what's so smart about it? For questions, comments or assistance contact 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.


In conjunction with Reunion Weekend, the Case Alumni Association is hosting its 125th Anniversary Symposium Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14. The campus community is invited to learn about the significant entrepreneurial accomplishments of Case Western Reserve graduates. The keynote speakers are Hirojuki Fujita (GRS '98) and Jack Daly (CWR '89, GRS '91). In addition, on Friday, May 14, all are welcome to attend the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science open house at 2:30 p.m. featuring Kyoto Prize winner Don Knuth, a 1960 alumnus and author of The Art of Computer Programming. Go online today to register for all events.

The Michelson Postdoctoral Prize is awarded annually by the Department of Physics to an outstanding junior scholar active in any field of physics. This year's prize was awarded to David Hanneke (CWR '01); this is the first time an alumnus has received the award. Hanneke measured the magnetism of electrons (the g-factor) with unprecedented accuracy. As part of the Michelson Prize, Hanneke is on campus this week for a series of talks. The first one is at 12:30 p.m. today in the Miller Room. The prize, established in 1997, has become one of the premier awards for recent PhDs in physics in the country. His current work is on quantum computing using trapped ions at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, where he is a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. The complete schedule of talks is available online.

A discussion, Populating the Future of University Circle: The Student Body, is taking place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium. The talk, which focuses on encouraging students to stay in the area upon graduation, features Case Western Reserve students Duwain Pinder and David Stute. The event is being moderated by WCPN's Dee Perry. Sponsored by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. RSVP online or by phone at (216) 707-2527.

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.

Bernard Jim

SAGES Fellow Bernard Jim is the 2010 recipient of the Richard A. Bloom, M.D. Award for Distinguished Teaching in the SAGES Program. He was nominated by several students. "Words truly fail at describing the best professor I've ever had," one wrote. Jim teaches the courses Spectacle in American Culture and Cities (Under Construction), and has taught courses in American history, technology and culture, and technology and society. The award, established in 2008 to honor distinguished teaching in the SAGES program, comes with a $2,000 gift.

Julia Samorezov and Phuong Dang, graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, have won National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. These three-year awards are valued at more than $40,000 per year. Samorezov's research is on mechanical and biochemical signals and their effect on mesenchymal stem cell fate for tissue engineering. Dang is working on creating a microenvironment for enhanced differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells down the chondrogenic pathway. Samorezov also received a three-year Department of Defense research fellowship.

May 10, 2010

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In the News

New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

The Plain Dealer, May 9, 2010
"White flight" described the rush of white families to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s. By the 1980s, observers talked of "middle-class flight" to reflect black residents who had joined the tide. A new pattern may demand a new label. Research shows that an exodus of moms and dads of all races and income levels – family flight – is reshaping Cleveland and its region. Claudia Coulton, Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Pennsylvania proposes interstate highway tolls at state borders

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2010
Pennsylvania legislators believe that charging drivers a border toll every time they enter and exit the state on its interstate highways is an innovative way to generate millions to fix their roads and bridges. But Ohioans may consider the idea a new form of highway robbery. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of Case Western Reserve University's Center for Business Law and Regulation, comments.

Pediatrician to help South African children with tuberculosis

MedCity News, May 7, 2010
Anna Maria Mandalakas, associate professor of pediatrics, global health, epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will leave for South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship in August to help children infected with tuberculosis.

Job fairs can be useful, but keep expectations in check, experts say

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2010
Don't go to a job fair looking to land a job. Sounds like a warning to stay away, but it isn't, necessarily. Job hunters, career counselors and job-fair organizers say job fairs can be a place to network, get pointers on switching careers and land face-to-face meetings with recruiters in an era in which online applications have replaced personal contact. Tom Matthews, director of Case Western Reserve University's Career Center, said people should have a plan when they attend fairs.

Robin Hood, the outlaw who keeps on giving, reappears in new Russell Crowe film

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2010
Most historians agree that Robin Hood probably was not a real person.Yet like other legendary icons, such as King Arthur, Robin Hood has survived from the mists of time to the present day, ever changing with the times but always giving us a hero worthy of admiration. Elizabeth Todd, a history lecturer and medievalist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Fuel cell industry growing but has yet to produce big job gains

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2010
Fuel cells, with their promise to cleanly generate electricity – and plenty of jobs – have been the Holy Grail of Ohio's economic development focus for a decade. And Ohio has poured tens of millions into university R&D to beef up the lab as schools such as Case Western Reserve University and to help start-ups.

April Jobs report: Best gain in four years, May 7, 2010
In another sign that the recovery in the U.S. economy is taking hold, employers added significantly more jobs to payrolls in April, according to a government report released Friday. Jack Kleinhenz, who teaches economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Should college tax credits be linked to community service?

USA TODAY, May 8, 2010
College leaders just about uniformly endorse the idea of community service by students. And college leaders just about uniformly endorse the idea of tax breaks to help pay for college. But should those two concepts be combined?