Nursing School Dean to Step Down
After Decade of Leadership

May L. Wykle

A decade ago, May L. Wykle, The Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor, wasn't dreaming of leading Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Then the school's associate dean, she always saw herself as a second-in-command support figure.

"It took a lot of convincing to get me to take on the role of dean," Wykle says. "At first, I said I'd do it on a temporary basis. Almost 10 years later, I'm still here."

Yesterday, in a meeting with faculty and staff, the school's first African-American dean announced she will step down to give greater attention to her research and teaching endeavors—and, as she says, to make way for fresh leadership. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 16, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368.2280 to register. Go to the school's website for more information.

The inaugural Steps 4 Staff event is scheduled for Friday, June 11. The two-mile walk will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. All staff, faculty and students are invited to participate. Go online for registration details.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve will recognize employees with 10, 25, and 35 years of service to the university, along with recipients of the 2010 President's Award for Distinguished Service, on Wednesday, June 9, at the Staff Service Awards. Honorees should note that the event will take place in the George S. Dively Building Pavilion and Dining Room. Parking will be made available at the Severance Garage if needed. Honorees should call Miranda Livingston at 368.2268 with questions or parking requests.

The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will focus on Becoming a More Productive Writer. Attendees will discuss incorporating writing into daily activities. The talk begins at noon, Thursday, June 10, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The PINO 2010 polymer, chemical engineering and material science conference and job fair is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Veale Center. Disciplines include chemical engineering, polymer science and engineering, and material science chemistry. Online registration for graduate students and fourth- and third-year undergraduates is $10.


Nathan Johnson

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative invites campus members to attend a seminar series presentation at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, in Frohring Auditorium (BRB 105). The featured speaker is Nathan Johnson, senior research associate in the Center for Clinical Investigation at the School of Medicine. His topic is OnWARD: Ontology-driven Web-based Architecture for Research Data.

The School of Dental Medicine's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is hosting a session on Ballistic Injuries: View from the Front. The talk is from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the oral surgery conference room. The guest speaker is Barry Steinberg, director of the Center for Pediatric Facial Disorders and Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Florida. RSVP to Jill Johnson at

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.

Thomas Matthews, director of the university's Career Center, was one of only five directors nationwide selected to comment for a PBS story on the current job market for new graduates. The article is available online.

June 8, 2010

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In the News

Scientists uncover the genetic secrets that allow Tibetans to thrive in thin air, June 7, 2010
A study by scientists from China, England, Ireland and the United States pinpoints a particular site within the human genome – a genetic variant linked to low hemoglobin in the blood – that helps explain how Tibetans cope with low-oxygen conditions. Cynthia Beall, an anthropologist at Case Western Reserve University, is one of the study's co-authors.

The pills we take

The News-Times, June 7, 2010
There is no doubt that drugs — for headaches, for cancer, for diabetes, for heart disease, for psychiatric illnesses, to treat infections, and even for chronic diseases like AIDS — are prolonging people's lives. James Edmonson, chief curator at the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, said doctors in the mid-20th century could diagnose illnesses accurately but could not always treat them.

U.S. cancer costs double over nearly 20 years

North County Times, June 3, 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.

Ten short trips from Pittsburgh for the long summer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 6, 2010
An article on travel destinations close to Pittsburgh mentions the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

College students have less empathy than past generations

USA TODAY, June 7, 2010
College students today show less empathy toward others compared with college students in decades before, a study from the University of Michigan says.