New Cornell Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Dentistry Will Be First Chair for School of Dental Medicine

Dean Jerold S. Goldberg, DDS and R. William Cornell, Jr., DDS (DEN '60)
and his wife, Chloe

Case Western Reserve University alumnus R. William Cornell, Jr., DDS has made a $1.5 million commitment to endow the first named professorship at the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. The Dr. and Mrs. R. William Cornell, Jr. Endowed Professor of Pediatric Dentistry will be the first endowed chair in the history of the school, which was established in 1892.

"This endowed chair is an important milestone for the dental school," said Jerold S. Goldberg, DDS, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. "Not only will it ensure excellence forever in the area of pediatric dentistry, but we also hope that Dr. Cornell's generosity becomes a model for others."

Cornell's contributions to the school and the dental profession were recognized with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the dental school's annual gala award dinner on Saturday, May 15, at the State Theater in downtown Cleveland. The gala is part of the annual reunion celebration and welcome of dental students into the profession during graduation weekend. Read more.

Commencement by the Numbers

Case Western Reserve University recently wrapped up Commencement 2010 activities.

Just how much effort is involved in making the event a success? The following are figures provided by University Programs and Events:

  • 12,600 commencement programs
  • 5,500 chairs in Veale Center
  • 3,050 commencement resource guides
  • 1,400 chairs in Horsburgh Gymnasium
  • 1,925 participating graduates
  • 374 webcast viewers
  • 258 faculty marching
  • 105 volunteers in Veale
  • 78 musicians
  • 57 platform party members for convocation
  • 31 days of graduate registration
  • 28 commencement coordinators
  • 22 emeriti
  • 20 shuttles
  • 10 banners
  • 9 separate ceremonies
  • 8 Cushman golf carts
  • 5 separate ceremony venues
  • 4 Diekhoff Award winners
  • 3 Honorary Degree recipients
  • 2 President's Award for Visionary Achievement honorees
  • 2 Wittke Award winners
  • 2 Jackson Award winners

The end result: 1 tremendous day!

Network Maintenance Planned for May 19

There will be an interruption of services in the Kelvin Smith Library Data Center from 2 to 6 a.m., Wednesday, May 19.

This is to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform regularly scheduled firewall maintenance. The firewall protects network resources and blocks incoming traffic by preventing access through open ports.

During this timeframe, several ITS services will be unavailable including:

  • Financials
  • HCM (Human Capital Management)
  • SIS (Student Information Systems)

This work will not disrupt Internet connectivity.

If you have additional questions about this outage, contact the ITS Help Desk at 368-HELP (4357) or go to

Student Competes for Second Day on Popular Game Show

Campus members who watched Monday's episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire already know Drew Scheeler made it up to the $7,500 question. He continued as a holdover contestant on today's show, which aired this morning, by looking at the $10,000 question with all three lifelines left.

He always wanted to audition for Millionaire, but his mom wanted him to be on Jeopardy. He made her a deal – he'd try out for Jeopardy if she let him audition for Millionaire when he turned 18. He not only made it onto Jeopardy – he won $5,000 on the Teen Tournament – but his dream of making it to the Millionaire hot seat recently came true. Read more.

Campus News

Manor House

Departments and individuals in need of a place to hold a conference, meeting, retreat or social event are invited to consider the University Farm's Manor House. Located only 12 miles from campus, the location can make an ordinary meeting a unique event. Rental fees vary depending on the group affiliation, type of event and day of the event. Additional information is available online or by calling 368-0274.

Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an Executive MBA open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Learn more.

Campus members are 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 deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2009 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2009.  Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, P.O. Box 22033, Lansing, Michigan 48909-2033; alternatively claims can be submitted electronically to the email address or by fax to (716) 541-6772. The Health and Dependent Care FSA claim form is available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

Summer RTA passes will be available for $75 at Access Services beginning Wednesday, May 19. The passes are available to students taking summer classes or working on campus. If you are registered for a class, Access Services will verify before selling you a pass. If you are working on campus, your supervisor needs to email to verify full-time summer employment on campus. Summer RTA passes are good May 21– August 6. Access Services is located in Crawford Hall. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.


The Department of Medicine is hosting the 11th Annual Jack H. Berman Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. today in Kulas Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Charles A. Dinarello, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. Learn more.

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. Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., is scheduled to speak at the 7 p.m. event.

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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Jeff Capadona

Jeff Capadona, a principal investigator in the Advanced Platform Technology Center at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has received a Merit Review Award for from the VA for his project entitled "Novel modalities for assessing the cortical tissue – electrode interface." This collaborative study will bring together experts in neurology, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering, including Stephen Selkirk and Paul Marasco of the APT Center and the Veterans Health Administration, and James Basilion of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve.

May 18, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine receives $1.5 million gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 17, 2010
A $1.5 million gift was given to Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine to endow its first chaired position. The gift was from alumnus and dentist R. William Cornell Jr., who also held several positions at the dental school before becoming part of the faculty at Northwestern University.

Whatever happened to...?

The Plain Dealer, May 17, 2010
Whatever happened to the Geauga Park District's $2.1 million Observatory Park? There's lots of progress to report on the new 1,100-acre public park, which will be devoted to observing and preserving the dark night sky. There are also plans to rehabilitate a 36-inch mirror telescope at Case Western Reserve University's nearby Nassau Observatory.

Area manufacturers break into fuel-efficient car market

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 17, 2010
Pat Deluca gets excited when he sees a Toyota Prius heading down the road. The popular hybrid electric car symbolizes opportunity for OM Group Inc., the company where he works, and for a lot of other manufacturers, chemical companies and startups in Northeast Ohio. The article references Case Western Reserve University.

Experts laud potential of Athersys stem cell therapy MultiStem

MedCity News, May 15, 2010
Doctors and researchers at the Athersys Inc. investor meeting in New York City expressed hope that the company's stem cell therapy – MultiStem – could raise the ceiling on care for heart attack, stroke and some cancer patients, among others. Jerry Silver, neuroscience professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Celebritology Weekend: Graduation glitz

Washington Post, May 15, 2010
Alec Baldwin delivered a concise, six-minute commencement address to New York University's Class of 2010 at Yankee Stadium. Katie Couric delivered the commencement address at Case Western Reserve University. Related article.

Lake Erie study: Algal, phosphorus problems start in farm fields

The Press, May 14, 2010
A task force studying the migration of phosphorus into streams and rivers and eventually into Lake Erie notes the problem is primarily affecting the lake's western basin – particularly from the watersheds of the Maumee and Sandusky rivers. Case Western Reserve University is a member of the task force.

Dr. Robert J. White: All the area's hospitals are worthy of some high praise

The News-Herald, May 16, 2010
Robert J. White, professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, writes an article about hospital rankings.

Higher Ed News

The campus green: trampled by the wheels of LEED?

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required), May 17, 2010
Sustainability remains a ubiquitous catchword on college and university campuses across the country. As institutions spend time and energy trying to meet design and construction standards dictated by sustainability goals, however, they risk losing sight of larger issues involving campus character and cultural heritage – particularly with regard to the landscape.