Katie Couric Tours Case Western Reserve Research Lab

Katie Couric visits Sanford "Sandy" Markowitz, MD, PhD,
and his research team

Katie Couric visited Sanford "Sandy" Markowitz, MD, PhD, professor and researcher of cancer and genetics, and his research team in his lab Saturday before Commencement to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day research necessary for advancements in colon cancer.

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric anchor and managing editor received a warm welcome from the researchers, who provided Couric with hands-on training.

They also informed her of the various research projects being conducted in the Markowitz lab at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Watch the video of Couric's lab tour. Read more.

Campus Members are "Fans" of
Patrol Officer Mark Chavis

Patrol Officer Mark Chavis
Photo by Mary Lou Budziak

Campus members who cross the street at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road on a regular basis are used to seeing a familiar face. Whether it's raining, snowing or a bright sunny day, Patrol Officer Mark Chavis helps students, faculty, staff and visitors safely maneuver this highly trafficked intersection.

Chavis, who has been with Case Western Reserve since 2002, was already well known among members of the campus community due to his friendly chatter and T3 Motion scooter. Now he has even more "fans" thanks to a Facebook page dedicated in his honor.

The page currently has more than 1,000 fans. Read more.

Campus News

New web templates – including HTML emails and newsletters, as well as websites – now are available online. The web toolkit reflects recently released university brand guidelines, while offering flexible design and functionality for a variety of skill levels. Browse and download the templates.

The Protein Expression Purification Crystallization Core (PEPCC) in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics has purchased a Biacore T-100 on behalf of researchers in the Cleveland area. The Biacore T-100 is a surface plasmon resonance-based instrument that provides label-free protein-protein interaction anaylsis. The T-100 will be housed in the The PEPCC under the direction of Assistant Professor Harry Gill in collaboration with GE Healthcare specialist Eric Roush. A Biacore Basics Lecture is from 3 to 6 p.m. May 20, and hands-on training takes place 9 a.m. to noon May 21, both in the Robbins Building E501. Contact Gill by e-mail or by phone at 368-8962 for more information and to register.

For Faculty and Staff

A Greater University Circle bus-guided tour is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., Friday, May 21. This tour will visit a number of homes in University Circle and the surrounding neighborhoods, and is a great opportunity to see available options for employees considering living closer to work. The event is free, but   reservations are requested. Co-sponsored by University Circle Inc. and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation. Contact Wyonette Cheairs or Genna Petrolla to RSVP.

The Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a free May cooking seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 20, in Nord Hall 310A. People who eat whole grains have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases, and this session will focus on recommendations from MyPyramid.gov. Bon Appetit chef swill demonstrate how to easily incorporate whole grains into meals. Register online.

The Department of Human Resources, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of General Counsel are teaming up to offer a series of workshops, Legal Issues for Supervisors. The first session will focus on understanding legal framework, understanding exempt vs. non-exempt, employee safety and health rights, and required vs. discretionary leaves of absences. The session is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. , Thursday, May 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Register online and learn more about all of the workshops.

For Students

The 15-credit film minor is flexible and gives students a chance to customize their field of study. The only required course is ENGL 367: Introduction to Film, which will be offered fall 2010. More information is available online.


The Masters of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change program is hosting a free, online session on Team Learning. The session will meet from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, followed by an MPOD open house. The speakers are Alice and David Kolb. Learn 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.

Chris Peverada, a first-year graduate student studying cognitive linguistics, placed fifth in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday with a time of 02:35:31. Almost 12,000 runners competed. Peverada also placed 57th out of 34,000 runners at the Chicago Marathon last fall.

May 19, 2010

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In the News

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine wins $2 million grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 17, 2010
The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University has received a $2 million federal grant to upgrade research labs.

Testing the benefits of high-speed Internet access

Network World, May 17, 2010
Your home broadband connection can let your spouse work online while you catch up on Lost. But for residents of low-income neighborhoods, high-speed Internet access means more than convenience: It could be a path to better health, safer streets and economic opportunity. To prove this, Case Western Reserve University has launched a new project.

A ghost from the past

NancyKeeneblog.blogspot.com, May 18, 2010
Nancy Keene, director in the Dallas office of Stanton Chase, writes that Case Western Reserve University publishes an excellent thought leadership publication, aptly called think. She was interviewed for the Spring/Summer 2010 issue for an article about social media.

CWRU student beats cancer, earns degree

MSNBC (via Newsnet5.com), May 17, 2010
For more than 1,900 Case Western Reserve University students, Sunday's graduation commencement was the payoff for years of studying and hard work. Proudly, the smart, young adults lined up to receive their diplomas in front of family and friends. But one student didn't match the college graduate norm: 57-year-old LeRoy Schwartz received his diploma 22 years after enrolling at the university.

Journalism writers' workshop set for Cleveland Heights High School

Sun Press, May 15, 2010
Stuart Warner, a journalism teacher at Case Western Reserve University and former writing coach at The Plain Dealer, will offer a journalism writers' workshop in the STRETCH program at Cleveland Heights High School June 16-30.

'Metropolis': Fritz Lang's freaky film plays longer, stronger at Cleveland Museum of Art

The Plain Dealer, May 15, 2010
"Metropolis," Fritz Lang's freaky, futuristic man vs. machines masterpiece, has the most jumbled running-time history. Few films have been subjected to so many reissues, rereleases, re-cuts and restorations. Robert Spadoni, associate professor of film studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Grandma earns college degree at age 94 in California

USA TODAY, May 18, 2010
It's never too late to earn your college degree. Just ask 94-year-old Hazel Soares. The San Leandro woman was one of about 500 students to pick up diplomas Saturday during a commencement ceremony at Mills College.