SmartCART Online Purchasing Tool
Up and Running

When administrators in Procurement and Distribution Services and Information Technology Services recently implemented the SmartCART online e-procurement tool, they anticipated about $470,000 in purchases over the course of 30 days.

Instead, they've experienced more than double that amount of purchases through SmartCART traffic from campus end-users.

SmartCART (Convenient Advanced Requisitioning Tool) is an online software tool designed to consolidate the ordering process. Read more.

Campus News

Yoga on the quad

Outdoor yoga on the quad continues every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. through July 15. Free. No registration required. Refer to the summer yoga website for more information or send an email to instructor Marcia Camino.

A Safe Zone workshop is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 16 at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320B/C. The session is free and open to all faculty, staff and graduate students interested in becoming Safe Zone allies. The Safe Zone Program is a visible network of volunteers who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, staff and faculty. Safe Zone makes it possible to easily identify individuals who are committed to creating an environment in which all people are free to thrive academically, professionally and personally.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for representatives through July 23. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives are elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin in September every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management. Eligible employees also are encouraged to nominate themselves. Send all nominations to with the subject line "SAC Election Nomination." Questions can be directed to or by phone at 368.5942.

For Students

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


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, is on the topic of Does the U.S. Export Eating Disorders Along with Coca-Cola and McDonald's? The discussion begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room. Eileen Anderson-Fye, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Lisa Damour, a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School, are the guest speakers.

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.

The Clinically Applied Rehabilitation Engineering (CARE) project was recently awarded $3 million from the Ohio Third Frontier program. The funding will support a consortium focused on improving rehabilitation devices. Researchers from several institutions, including Case Western Reserve and the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Research Center of Excellence at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs, belong to the consortium. The researchers are working in collaboration with Bertec Corporation and Parker Hannifin.

Team members will pool their expertise in biomechanics, translational research and development, commercialization success and clinical excellence to improve the understanding of mobility-related conditions and diseases, create and market state-of-the-art clinical rehabilitation devices, and establish Ohio as a rehabilitation destination.

In Memoriam

Michael Altschul, professor emeritus of history, died last Thursday. He was 73.

Altschul joined the university in 1967. He taught courses on the Middle Ages, medieval England and the British Isles, the Italian Renaissance, ancient Rome, the classical tradition in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Humanism. He held a secondary appointment in the Department of Classics.

"He was an eminent medieval historian," said Alan Rocke, professor of history. "I think he's best remembered as being a superb and well-loved teacher. Thousands of alumni who took his classes remember him with fondness and respect."

Altschul was the author of the books A Baronial Family in Medieval England: The Clares and Anglo-Norman England 1066-1154. He also wrote dozens of articles and book chapters.

During his tenure at Case Western Reserve, Altschul served on numerous committees and organizations, including the North Central Association Accreditation Committee, Faculty Senate and UCITE. He was a recipient of the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Pan-Hellenic/Inter-Fraternity Council Teaching Award and the Undergraduate Student Government Teaching Award.

An open-house/Shiva is being held from 4 to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday. Call the Maher-Melbourne Funeral Home at 216.382.4500 for more information.

July 12, 2010

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In the News

Sunscreen, SPF advice worth repeating

The Plain Dealer July 12, 2010
When in doubt, think of a shot glass. That's the amount of sunscreen — about 1 to 1.5 ounces — that we should be applying to our skin before we head out into the sun. Kevin Cooper, chair of the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, comments.

100 things that make Cleveland the best

The Plain Dealer July 11, 2010
An article featuring great things to love about Cleveland references Case Western Reserve University.

Pride and concern follow success of Indian-Americans

The New York Times July 9, 2010
In Indian-American circles, the rising national prominence of two Indian-American politicians — Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, and Nikki Haley, the Republican nominee for governor of South Carolina — has provoked both pride and backlash. Deepak Sarma, an associate professor of religious studies and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Strongsville resident Susan Ross earns degree from Case Western Reserve University: Sun Star-Courier Person of the Week

Sun Star-Courier July 11, 2010
Susan Ross recently received a degree from Case Western Reserve University after returning to college nearly 40 years after receiving her bachelor's degree.

Higher Ed News

Job satisfaction and gender

Inside Higher Ed July 12, 2010
Numerous studies have pointed to a gap in job satisfaction between men and women in academe, with men generally happier with working conditions. A new study by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education confirms those studies, but finds — among assistant professors at research universities — that these satisfaction gaps vary by discipline. In many measures of satisfaction with various policies or conditions, the gaps between men and women are not statistically significant in many disciplines, but are significant in others, especially in the social sciences.