Michael W. Konstan Appointed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Michael W. Konstan

Michael W. Konstan, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Konstan, director of the LeRoy W. Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is a pioneer in the field of cystic fibrosis and has been a clinical and academic leader here for 25 years. Read more.

Do Hidden Cognitive Problems Prevent Heart Failure Patients from Managing Their Illness?

Surviving heart failure calls for lifestyle changes, taking medications and following doctor's orders. Some of the five million heart failure patients have trouble adhering to these changes and end up returning to the hospital.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Summa Health System and University Hospitals Case Medical Center will find out if subtle or hidden cognitive impairments cause the adherence problems in heart failure cases.

The research project, "Heart ABC: Adherence, Behavior and Cognition," will contribute important information about which types of cognitive impairments are related to specific problems in self-management. It is supported by a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Mary Dolansky, assistant professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, is one of the lead investigators on the study. Read more.

Campus Community Mourns Death of
Suresh Srivastva

Suresh Srivastva, professor emeritus of organizational behavior, died May 8.

In an email to the Weatherhead School of Management announcing Srivastva's death, Dean Mohan Reddy wrote: "He was a vital force in the department and the school, and is widely credited with enhancing the stature of the PhD program in organizational behavior."

Srivastva began his 13-year tenure as chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior in 1970. Read more.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library and the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library are collaborating in honor of Pass It On: Saving Heritage and Memories, the first national Preservation Week. Of the 4.8 billion items held in American institutions, libraries hold 63 percent of those items. Case Western Reserve libraries preserve items for future access. Displays, webinars and an opportunity to have personal items evaluated by a conservator are part of the celebration, which runs through May 14 on campus. Learn more.

The next session of the Weight Watchers at Work Program begins Wednesday, May 12, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday 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 12 meeting. Send an email to tmk4@case.edu  for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Women's Health Week runs through May 15, and the Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a free Lunch and Learn discussion on Wednesday, May 12, focusing on this theme. Cleveland Clinic Nurse Practitioner Maria Rajki will discuss cervical, breast, heart and bone health, as well as other topics. The program begins at noon in Nord Hall 310A. Register online.

For Students

The deadline to renew and purchase parking permits for the upcoming school year is Monday, June 1. Contact Access Services at parking@case.edu with questions.


Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez

Cuban urban planner and architect Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez will discuss Master Plan for the 21st Century Havana: Learning from the Past and Aiming to the Future, at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 17, in Clark Hall 206. Perez Hernandez, an award-winning, internationally recognized architect, consultant and urban planner, led a team of Cuban architects to devise a plan aimed at preserving Havana's urban legacy while remaining true to its people and encouraging future development. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Go online for more information.

An African-American Health Literacy Conference: Healthy Aging, Healthy Brain, is taking place from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 13. Several speakers from Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals will discuss topics. Contact Nancy Catalani by email or by phone at 368-2668.

The campus community is invited to attend a speaker series featuring 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 free series will take place in the Dampeer Room at the Kelvin Smith Library. Yolanda Cooper, librarian associate professor and deputy university librarian at the University of Miami, will conclude the series from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on May 14.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is hosting a panel discussion on Reclaiming Holocaust Art: Past, Present, and Future at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 11. Panelists include Patty Gerstenblith, distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University College of Law and founding president of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; Steven Litt, art and architecture critic for The Plain Dealer; and Howard Spiegler, partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP and plaintiffs' counsel in some of the most high profile art restitution cases worldwide. Tickets are $10 for the general public/$8 for museum members.

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 Henry T. King Jr. Award will be presented to Sen. George Voinovich at a ceremony Wednesday, May 12, in the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Co-chair of the Canada-United States Law Institute James Blanchard will attend. Information regarding the award and the Canada-United States Law Institute is available online.

May 11, 2010

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Media Moment

The campus community is invited to watch highlights from the recent announcement of a $20 million commitment from the Veale Foundation for a new university center. The center is to be named after founder Tinkham Veale II.

In the News

Physician with links to research, patient care is new pediatric department chairman at Rainbow, CWRU

The Plain Dealer, May 10, 2010
A physician with strong links to the research bench as well as the patient exam room is the new pediatric department chairman for University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University's medical school.The hospital and the medical school announced the appointment Monday of Michael W. Konstan to the post, which is the top medical position at Rainbow and the bridge between the hospital and CWRU's medical school. Related article.

U.S. cancer costs double in nearly 20 years

The Associated Press, May 9, 2010
The cost of treating cancer in the United States nearly doubled over the past two decades, but expensive cancer drugs may not be the main reason why, according to a surprising new study. Neal Meropol, a Case Western Reserve University cancer expert, comments.

Hundreds of web postings linked to removed judge

WKYC.com, May 11, 2010
A judge removed from a high-profile murder case because of internet postings linked to her has now been linked to other posts with racial overtones. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, removed from the Anthony Sowell serial killing case by the Acting Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, has been linked to hundreds of other posts on at least 10 websites, according to the Plain Dealer. Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law and co-director of the Center for Law Technology and Art at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Elena Kagan is Obama's SCOTUS pick; Now what?

National Review Online, May 11, 2010
Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in a roundup of experts commenting on the selection of Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court nominee.

On campus: Mullins, Holt shine for Case, The 'Berg

The Daily-Record.com, May 11, 2010
Case Western Reserve University third baseman Chad Mullins was named to the University Athletic Association first team on May 3. It is his second straight first-team selection.

Higher Ed News

Not so well prepared

Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2010
Disasters and tragedies over the last decade have motivated colleges and universities to develop emergency management plans, but very little information has been collected to give campus officials a sense of how their programs compare to their neighbors and peer institutions.