Social Worker Receives President's Award for Distinguished Service


Jane Daroff, a social worker with University Counseling Services, has touched the lives of many students since she joined Case Western Reserve in 1991.

Her efforts are being recognized with a 2010 President's Award for Distinguished Service.

President Barbara R. Snyder
and Jane Daroff

Daroff, along with two other employees, received the recognition during the Staff Service Awards. The event, held last week, also recognized employees with 10, 25 and 35 years of service with the university.

The program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources, the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of the President.

Daroff has been instrumental in the advancement of LGBT rights. She currently co-chairs the university's LGBTA Committee. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety is reminding the campus community about summer lab safety. When working in the lab, ideally all skin should be protected from exposure. Most lab workers are aware of the benefits of proper coverage in the form of lab coats, gloves and safety glasses, but personal clothing is the last line of defense against chemical or biological exposure. Long pants and closed-toed shoes cover areas of the body that lab coats do not protect. Shoes should be of leather or other impermeable substance, and skirts should not be worn in the lab unless long enough to completely cover legs. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Two training sessions are being offered this month for PeopleSoft HCM Careers (eRecruit). This new service was implemented on June 1 to enhance the staff employment and hiring process. The sessions are from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in Nord Hall Room 310A, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, at the Mandel School Room 320 B and C. Register online. Additional reference guides are located on the employment website. Send questions about eRecruit Careers to

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 June 17 session will focus on managing performance, types of harassment and religion in the workplace. Register online and learn more about all of the workshops.

For Students

Students can switch meal plans for fall semester 2010 beginning July 1. Changes can be made through September 3. Students should log onto and check available plans under the "MealPlan" tab. At checkout, students will receive a confirmation of the change request by e-mail.


From Surviving to Thriving will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Kelvin Smith Library's O'Neill Reading Room. Carla J. Stoffle, dean of University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, and Cheryl Cuillier, special assistant to the dean, are the guest speakers. The presenters will explore some of the available tools and concepts that can enable libraries to not only survive, but thrive.

Science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich, who told the story of physicist Jan Hendrik Schön's fraud in her 2009 book, Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World, will give a public lecture at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in Rockefeller 301. She will describe who Schön was, why and how he started to fake his results, and how he was able to deceive experts. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. The lecture and reception are sponsored by the NSF Division of Materials Research under a specific grant, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and the Department of Physics.

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.

Beginning in July, the first multiple-principal investigator combined training program between Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic will be initiated by Fabio Cominelli MD, PhD, the Hermann Menges, Jr. Chair in Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, and Claudio Fiocchi MD, Clifford and Jane Anthony Chair for Digestive Disease Research and Education at Cleveland Clinic.

The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases made this effort possible with a five-year grant to the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine worth nearly $1 million. The funding supports three post-doctoral fellows in obtaining digestive disease science training for a period of three years. For physicians, this will be in conjunction with their clinical training in gastroenterology.

This training program is unique in that it follows the city-based program model of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. Trainees will come to Cleveland with the option to train either at the Lerner Research Institute or the School of Medicine, and they will have the ability to choose among 20 mentors whose laboratories are supported by more than $20 million per year in National Institutes of Health funding.

In Memoriam

Retta M. Holdorf died earlier this month. She was 71. She was a dedicated 40-year administrative assistant at the Weatherhead School of Management. "Retta was one of the longest-serving members of the Weatherhead community. Her presence, influence and smile – no matter what the circumstances – permeated all aspects of this institution. She represented the very spirit of this School in all that she did, by simply being who she was," said Dean Mohan Reddy.

June 15, 2010

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In the News

Strickland-Kasich tax flap is nothing new

Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2010
If taxes and death are life's only certainties, then the attempted use of taxes to inflict political death is at least among its inevitabilities. Most of the past 10 races for Ohio governor have featured attempts by candidates to use federal tax returns to humanize themselves or demonize opponents, but perhaps no candidate in the past 36 years has weaponized tax returns more aggressively than Gov. Ted Strickland in 2010. Joseph White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Popular blood pressure drugs linked to cancer

ABC News, June 14, 2010
Some widely used blood pressure drugs may be associated with an increased risk of cancer, researchers found in a new study. In a meta-analysis of nine published studies the blood pressure drugs called angiotensin-receptor blockers were associated with a modest but statistically significant eight percent increase in the relative risk of a new cancer, according to Ilke Sipahi and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

A jobs mismatch

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2010
The United States economy is in serious danger from a growing mismatch between the skills that will be needed for jobs being created and the educational backgrounds (or lack thereof) of would-be workers. That is the conclusion of a mammoth analysis of jobs data being released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Veterans use new GI Bill largely at for-profit and two-year colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2010
For-profit colleges and community colleges were the most popular choices of students who used benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill this past academic year, the first in which the aid was available. Advocates of the Post-9/11 bill, which was enacted in 2008, had said it could improve veterans' ability to afford four-year institutions because of its increased benefits and new allowances for housing and textbooks.