Campus Committee Recommends Internationalization Structure

A campus-wide committee, made up of faculty and administrators with experience and interest in international education, has made a recommendation to the provost for an initial structure in the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The OIA was created last spring as an outcome of the university's strategic plan, Forward Thinking.

The International Planning Committee (IPC), which is chaired by James Kazura, professor of international health and medicine and director of the Center for Global Health & Diseases in the School of Medicine; Janet McGrath, associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences; and David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs, met last week and overwhelmingly recommended a structure in which the undergraduate study abroad office and the office of international student services would become part of the OIA. In addition, the Planning Committee recommended increased personnel in the OIA, in order to assure that the university's internationalization process would move forward quickly. The recommendations were the result of the work of an infrastructure working group chaired by Bo Carlsson of the Weatherhead School of Management.

Provost William A. "Bud" Baeslack III is expected to accept the recommendations. Read more.

New Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management Announced

Stephen M. Campbell

President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has appointed Stephen M. Campbell as Case Western Reserve University's new Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management, effective June 1. Campbell previously served for five years at Dartmouth College, where he was Director of Planning, Design and Construction.

"Stephen's experience in the design and execution of comprehensive capital projects makes him well suited to assume this position at this moment in our history," President Snyder said. "We will rely heavily on his knowledge and insight as we move forward with plans for both a university center and a performing arts center on campus." Read more.

Alumnus to Receive Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Today

David Hanneke

David Hanneke's most recent project has been hailed as the physics breakthrough of the year and his prior work is considered by many to be the most accurate experiment in science.

For these exceptional accomplishments, Hanneke, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, will be awarded the Michelson Postdoctoral Prize at Case Western Reserve today. He is the first Case Western Reserve alumnus to receive the award since it was created in 1997. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services has created a mobile app for commencement. The link can be found on; select "Commencement 2010." The site contains the schedule for the day, maps, directions and more.

As the campus community recognizes graduates, campus members are also being asked to recognize superb alumni who make a difference. Take a few minutes to submit nominations for the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University Annual Awards: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity is hosting a forum for faculty and staff on Successfully Executing a Faculty Search from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, May 21, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. RSVP by email to Tenille N. Kaus.

The university's fiscal year closes Wednesday, June 30. For information regarding year-end processes and due dates, refer to the year-end memo posted on the controller's office website under the "Highlights" section.

For Students

Researchers in the Department of Cognitive Sciences are seeking Case Western Reserve undergraduates to participate in an IRB-approved study. Participants will perform a series of primarily computer-based tasks that will require two sessions in the laboratory, as well a number of online questionnaires that can be completed in your own time. Participants must be 18 years or older. To sign up, go to the Department of Cognitive Sciences Web site and click the text in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen that reads "Request an account." Create a User ID and follow instructions to fill in your first and last name. A password will be e-mailed to you and allow you to log onto the site. Take a quick questionnaire, then enroll in the study if you are eligible. Participants will be compensated. Send an e-mail to or call 368-4996 with questions.


The Great Lakes Energy Institute is hosting a seminar on Clean Energy in China at 6 p.m. today in Schmitt Auditorium. Gang Xiao, chief scientist of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, is the keynote speaker. Xiao will speak on the advancements being made in clean energy in China and potential collaborations with the United States. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week are May 15-23. Dozens of bicycling events are being held throughout the Cleveland area. On Wednesday, May 19, members of the Case Western Reserve community will participate in a Ride of Silence between downtown Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, which will include a 7 p.m. ceremony at University Hospitals. The silent, slow-paced ride honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Other events include Bike to Work, Walk + Roll, group bike rides and more.

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 Center for the Study of Writing congratulates the following writing instruction award winners for 2010: Renee Sentilles, associate professor of history, who received the Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing; Susan Dominguez, lecturer in English, who received the SAGES Writing Instruction Award; and Tracey Hallman, lecturer in SAGES, who received the Writing Resource Center Excellence in Consulting Award. All three were honored at a recent ceremony and reception. Go online for more information.

Several Case Western Reserve doctoral students and graduates from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences recently presented at the 22nd National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work. The presenters were David Beimers, Do Employment and Type of Exit Influence Child Maltreatment Among Families Leaving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families?; Derrick Kranke, Self-Stigma Narratives among Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Medication; and Moon Choi, The Role of Transportation Support in the Driving Cessation Process among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.

May 13, 2010

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In the News

Healthy mouth, healthy pregnancy?

Discovery News, May 11, 2010
Scientists say they've identified a culprit behind stillbirths and miscarriages in seemingly healthy pregnant women. It turns out that oral bacteria -- even the kinds that exist normally -- can travel through an open wound in the mouth into the bloodstream, settle in the placenta and potentially end a pregnancy. Yiping Han of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine led the study.

Case Western Reserve freshman in the 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' hot seat

The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2010
Drew Scheeler, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, will be in the hot seat during "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" episodes airing at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 17 and 18, on WOIO Channel 19.

Congress to tackle environmental toxins in revision of 1976 federal chemical regulations

The Plain Dealer, May 11, 2010
Congress is poised to rewrite a three-decade-old federal law regulating chemicals -- even as health, medical and environmental leaders debate a new government report strongly linking environmental exposures to cancer. Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Daily news: Certified critical care nurses report empowerment, May 10, 2010
Nurses certified in critical care indicate greater satisfaction with their jobs and careers and report higher perceptions of empowerment than their non-certified peers, according to a new study by Joyce Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues.

Middle school: The new sexual frontier?, May 12, 2010
Parents used to worry about their children becoming sexually active in high school, but new studies show it's happening even earlier. In 2008, Case Western Reserve University completed a youth risk-behavior survey that found 18 percent of 7th and 8th grade students had already had sexual intercourse.

Higher Ed News

Colleges 'freaking out' over new Facebook community pages

Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2010
An official Facebook page is like a garden. Colleges have invested effort and money tending their patches of the social-networking site, even bringing in outside vendors to help with the landscaping. Now they're fretting that a new Facebook feature – community pages – will undermine their efforts.