Case Western Reserve Announces
New University Librarian

Arnold Hirshon

Case Western Reserve University has selected a new university librarian. Arnold Hirshon, who has more than 30 years of experience in the management of nonprofit organizations, academic libraries and information technology, will begin his new duties on August 16. He also will hold the title of associate provost.

"We're very enthusiastic about him," said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and a member of the search committee. Several search committee members cited Hirshon's international experience as a plus.

Hirshon succeeds Joanne Eustis, who retired last December after 11 years as university librarian.

Hirshon is currently the chief strategist and executive consultant for LYRASIS Inc., the nation's largest library consortia organization serving libraries and information professionals in the United States and abroad. Read more.

Campus News

The university will be closed July 5 to observe the Fourth of July holiday. The Daily will resume publication July 6.

The summer barbecue season will conclude July 7 with a Hawaiian menu and music by Kris Koch on the quad. The cost is $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.

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July 2, 2010

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In the News

Scientists cite fastest case of human evolution

The New York Times July 1, 2010
Tibetans live at altitudes of 13,000 feet, breathing air that has 40 percent less oxygen than is available at sea level, yet suffer very little mountain sickness. The reason, according to a team of biologists in China, is human evolution, in what may be the most recent and fastest instance detected so far. Independently, a group led by Cynthia M. Beall, an anthropologist at Case Western Reserve University, and Yong-Tang Zheng of the Kunming Institute of Zoology in China has detected a genetic change in the same gene in Tibetans and found that it correlated with having less hemoglobin in the blood.

Visually impaired people get insulin pen dosages right, study finds

Science Daily July 1, 2010
Labels on the popular insulin pen used by people with diabetes warn against visually-impaired people using pens to measure out and administer their insulin dosage. A Case Western Reserve University pilot study from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing overturns that thinking, finding that visually impaired people actually did slightly better than their seeing peers, although the difference was not statistically significant. Ann S. Williams, the lead investigator of the study, "A Comparison of Dosing Accuracy: Visually Impaired and Sighted People Using Insulin Pens," speculates, based on observations of individuals in the study, that the reason behind the poor performance of certain individuals in the sighted group is that some glossed over important instructions about how to use the pen.

Great Lakes Towing Co. expansion plans include 700-ton mobile crane and 25 new jobs

The Plain Dealer July 1, 2010
A tugboat company with a growing stature in ship building and repair just received a 700-ton lift in its plans to expand. Great Lakes Towing Co. hosted Gov. Ted Strickland and a handful of elected officials Thursday, to celebrate an $8 million development on the Old River Channel, near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The article, which also talks about wind energy, references Case Western Reserve University.

CWRU presents teaching and mentoring awards

Cleveland Jewish News July 2, 2010
Four faculty members from Case Western Reserve University recently received Diekhoff Awards for outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising and classroom teaching.

Higher Ed News

Admission officials' tweets fall on deaf ears

Chronicle of Higher Education July 1, 2010
Colleges are ramping up efforts to connect with prospective students through Twitter — but students aren't interested, a new study says. Evidence has shown that teenagers rely on college visits and websites to learn about colleges, rather than social-media outlets.