New Emergency Handbook for Employees
Now Available Online

Emergency preparedness is something most people don't think about until they have to. Case Western Reserve University's Office of Emergency Management wants faculty and staff to keep safety awareness at the forefront.

To aid in those efforts, the office recently produced a new Emergency Planning and Procedures Handbook for Employees. The handbook, now available online, provides faculty and staff with information on how to prepare for and respond to various emergencies.

The handbook includes new or updated information on lockdown procedures, general crime prevention and how to respond to situations such as terrorism, medical emergencies and severe weather conditions. The information is especially relevant since the campus community — and the Great Lakes region — experienced a minor earth tremor last month.

In addition, employees will find other valuable resources, including suggestions on what to include in an office emergency kit.

The website also contains fire prevention information, and specific categories such as assisting individuals with disabilities during an emergency.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will present the 2010 Nonprofit Awards on Sept. 22. The Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award will be presented to Mario Tonti, president of Beech Brook, and the Organization Innovation Award will be presented to Policy Matters Ohio. The keynote speaker will be Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen. Additional details are forthcoming on the Mandel Center's website.

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Environmental Heroes

Orientation for Environmental Heroes, a free after school environmental research program for 12-15 year olds, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 9-20. After school sessions begin Sept. 14, and will meet on Tuesdays throughout the academic year. This joint program of the Cleveland Metroparks at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation-Canalway Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education is for self-motivated participants. Call 368.5075 or email kmk21@case.edu for information or an application.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources recently launched a new HRQ. Read more.

For Students

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

Events

WOW!: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 25. This evening's event will feature the Afro-beat, funk and Latin sounds of the One World Tribe.

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July 14 2010

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In the News

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson closes in on getting approval for his LED lights legislation: Analysis

The Plain Dealer July 14, 2010
Barring any 11th-hour drama, Mayor Frank Jackson will likely get permission today from City Council to find a company willing to sell the city LED lights in exchange for building a manufacturing and research facility here. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland neighborhoods testing ultra high-speed broadband in university study

Government Technology July 13, 2010
Case Western Reserve University is working on an ambitious project to build out 1 GB per second broadband connectivity to the neighborhoods surrounding the university. It's part of an experiment to see whether ultrafast Internet connections can help communities become healthier, better educated and more sustainable.

CWRU researchers discover biomarker for early warning of oral cancer

The Medical News July 13, 2010
Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages can save the lives of the nearly 40,500 people diagnosed annually. But early detection has been difficult. Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers discovered a biomarker, called human beta defensin-3, which may serve as an early warning. The defensin is present in all oral cancers and associated with the early stages of oral cancer.

Self-hypnosis helps Tourette's Syndrome

WebMD July 13, 2010
Self-hypnosis taught by using videotaped instruction may help children and adolescents control the tics that characterize Tourette's syndrome, a new study finds. Researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine enlisted 33 participants ages 6 to 19. After being taught self-hypnosis techniques aimed at reducing Tourette's symptoms, nearly all of the patients experienced a dramatic increase in tic control after only a few sessions, researchers say.

Michael Altschul won awards for teaching history at Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer July 14, 2010
Michael Altschul could really wrap himself up in his subject. During the 1980s, long before Mapquest, the history professor once cloaked himself in a huge map and traced out a route across his torso to make a historical point. Altschul, much honored for his teaching, died Thursday, July 8. He joined the Case Western Reserve University faculty in 1967.

Higher Ed News

Whither the wikis?

Inside Higher Ed July 14, 2010
Of all the Web 2.0 tools that have become de rigueur on college campuses, wikis fundamentally embody the Internet's original promise of pooling the world's knowledge — a promise that resonates loudly in academe. And yet higher education's relationship with wikis — Web sites that allow users to collectively create and edit content — has been somewhat hot-and-cold.