Preserving History for Future Generations

Professor Gladys Haddad
and Katherine Butler

Families often think about recording the great stories their elders tell, but they often don't manage to get written. Then family memories are lost due to illness or death.

For 12 older citizens from the McGregor Home in East Cleveland and the Fairfax Neighborhood on Cleveland's east side, their histories have been preserved by the Living through Legacies project in hardcover books for families to cherish from one generation to the next.

These individuals became the focus of Case Western Reserve University social work student David Harris, who graduated Sunday. He published the individual biographies with support from the McGregor Foundation grant. Read more.

Campus News

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. today, and hands-on training takes place 9 a.m. to noon May 21, both in the Robbins Building E501. Contact Gill by phone at 368-8962 for more information and to register.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources announces an upcoming technology enhancement to the staff employment process. In supporting the university's strategic plan, the goal is to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the hiring process. The new service, Recruiting (eRecruit), will soon be available on PeopleSoft HCM. It will provide the following features: automate staff employment requisitions; maintain applicant profiles and apply for jobs online; electronic storage and screening of applicants; support documentation of interviews; facilitate correspondence to applicants; and track and report activities. The implementation date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1. Training information and reference materials are forthcoming. Direct inquiries to

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. John Clochesy, the university's faculty diversity officer, will discuss how to properly execute a faculty search. He also will present new information about recruiting the most diverse candidate pool for available positions. Faculty and staff will be able to offer suggestions on how to simplify the search process while complying with applicable laws and regulations. RSVP by email to Tenille N. Kaus.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



The 64th Annual CWRU Book Sale will take place May 22-25 in Adelbert Gym. Several categories of books are available for purchase. Preview Day is May 22; Discount Day is May 23; Reduced Price Day is May 24; and the Box Sale is May 25. Go online for complete details. The sale is sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education.

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, and Joe White, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, are scheduled to speak at the Health Care in America: What Is It and What Could it Be? symposium May 23 and 24 at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Beachwood. The event is open to the community. Ticket prices and additional information are available online.

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.

Ganes C. Sen, PhD, department chair, Department of Molecular Genetics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute; Michael M. Lederman, principal investigator, AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals and infectious disease specialist, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; and Michael R. Jacobs, director of medical microbiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, all have been invited to become Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-reviewed process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

May 20, 2010

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In the News

CWRU tour of Cleveland aims to improve 'cultural competency'

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2010
The 80 or so medical researchers on a tour of Cleveland on Tuesday had, undoubtedly, already heard of Superior-St. Clair, AsiaTown and Hough neighborhoods. But many didn't know about the recent growth of urban gardens, the importance of neighborhood health care facilities and the historic need for good housing. The tour was part of a day-long conference sponsored by Case Western Reserve on "cultural competency" – understanding the cultural issues of the people they are studying. Ashwini Sehgal, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Academic Signing Day to spotlight top students is a good idea: Regina Brett

The Plain Dealer, May 20, 2010
Every year, star high school athletes get recognized on National Signing Day. Meanwhile the kids who worked hard to earn straight As to get accepted to the same colleges receive no such recognition. Why not hold an Academic Signing Day? Saint Martin De Porres High School held one on Wednesday, for the third year in a row. Several of the graduating students plan to attend Case Western Reserve University.

2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition heading to Cleveland Museum of Art for early rounds

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2010
After three sets of early rounds at the Cleveland Play House's Bolton Theatre, the Cleveland International Piano Competition is on the move again. The preliminary rounds of the 2011 competition will be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium, which reopened in February after an extensive renovation. Contestants will be housed in Case Western Reserve University's residence halls.

The end of innovation?

Cleveland Scene Weekly, May 19, 2010
It's been a good four years for the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. One of three high schools on the campus of John Hay, it's also one of the Cleveland Municipal School District's ten "innovation schools," part of a five-year-old program dedicated to developing schools focused on a particular discipline or educational approach. Fueling the school's success are partnerships with nine local institutions – including Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic

Crossing America's food deserts to fight obesity

North American Press Syndicate, May 18, 2010
When First Lady Michelle Obama announced her Let's Move campaign to fight child obesity, she noted that many families live in "food deserts": places where residents may not be able to get to a supermarket easily because they do not own a car, have access to public transportation or live along walkable roads. Jessica Kelley-Moore, associate professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Video series: 'Non-traditional' college students share struggles

USA TODAY, May 19, 2010
Three-fourths of today's college students no longer fit the traditional model. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about half of today's students are financially independent; 49 percent are enrolled part-time; 38 percent work full time; 27 percent have dependents of their own.