Case Western Reserve Names Interim LGBT Center Coordinator, Advances on
LGBT Campus Climate Index

Liz Roccoforte

Case Western Reserve University continues to show its commitment to an inclusive campus community with a new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center slated to open soon — and an experienced new coordinator at the helm.

Elisabeth "Liz" Roccoforte, diversity program manager in the university's Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, was recently named interim coordinator of the LGBT Center.

"I want to do high-quality programming and events that will reach faculty, students, staff and alumni," Roccoforte says. Read more.

Campus News

Mukoma wa Ngugi, a SAGES fellow, is scheduled to be on WCPN's Around Noon radio program July 22 to discuss his book, Nairobi Heat. Mukoma is being short listed for the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his latest manuscript.

Kelvin Smith Library summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays. Go online for more details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a lecture on Skin Health from noon to 1 p.m. on July 22 in Nord Hall 310. Register online.

For Students

Applications are being accepted for a fall three-credit travel course to Bangladesh, approved for global and cultural diversity. This elective course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Financial aid is available. Travel dates are scheduled during winter break. Courses scheduled for spring break include programs to Guatemala, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Netherlands and Ecuador. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson for details.


Wade Oval Wednesdays. Photo courtesy of
the UCI website

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 indie/acoustic sounds of The Speedbumps. This also is a movie night; tonight's film is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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.

Richard Boyatzis

Primal Leadership, a book written by Richard Boyatzis and colleagues Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee (MGT '91), has sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide as of June 30. The book, first published in 2002, was on several national best-seller lists in the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan, and has been published in 28 languages. In addition, other practitioner-oriented books written by Boyatzis, including Resonant Leadership and Becoming a Resonant Leader, have been published in 18 and seven languages, respectively. Boyatzis is the H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business at the Weatherhead School of Management.

July 21, 2010

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In the News

Investigator exclusive: Drug companies disclosing financial relationship with doctors July 21, 2010
It's a subject that many physicians don't like to discuss but, as patients, you may want to know how much the big drug makers are paying your doctor. The new health care law will require full disclosure in 2013, but some drug companies are voluntarily disclosing their payments to doctors, including those here in Ohio. Stuart Youngner, professor and chair of bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, says studies show some doctors are influenced by drug company money.

Summers free now has new meaning for law students

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required) July 21, 2010
Law students continue to face difficulty in their quest to find employment in their field while still in school unless they're willing to work for free, Northeast Ohio law schools are reporting. Kelli Curtis, assistant dean for career services at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, said that the school supports students who secure unpaid opportunities by offering a variety of summer fellowships.

Success at last for anti-HIV gel July 20, 2010
An antiretroviral microbicide gel can cut HIV infection in women by more than 50 percent if used consistently. Michael Lederman, a microbicide expert at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Economic status may affect kids' hearing aid care

U.S. News & World Report July 20, 2010
Poor children with hearing loss are as likely as other children to receive cochlear implants, but they may experience more complications afterward, a U.S. study has found. Recent research suggests that only 55 percent of all U.S. children aged 1 to 6 who are candidates for cochlear implants receive them, according to the authors of the new study in the July issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. The study's lead author is David T. Chang of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Cuyahoga County: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment July 20, 2010
Foreclosures are still increasing in Cuyahoga County, up more than 12 percent over the first six months of last year. And foreclosure counselors say most new foreclosures involve workers who have lost jobs and paychecks and can no longer cover their mortgage. About 7,440 foreclosure actions were filed through May, compared with 6,604 in the first six months of 2009. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development compiled the latest survey.

Furnishing a future: editorial

The Plain Dealer July 21, 2010
Almost four years ago, the Cleveland Institute of Art's Daniel Cuffaro and Cleveland State University's Ned Hill began shopping an idea: Create a cluster of consumer product showrooms around Playhouse Square that would spotlight this region's famed industrial design expertise. Their concept was gaining traction when the economy tanked. But Cuffaro and Hill didn't stop pushing. They worked with other partners — including local entrepreneurs, Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and the Cleveland schools — to elevate the profile of design.

Higher Ed News

Mixed signals on giving: While colleges seek flexibility, donors follow their passion

Chronicle of Higher Education July 20, 2010
Donors nowadays want to give to programs that they have a passion for and that they believe will make a significant contribution to solving the world's thorniest problems, a major philanthropist told a group of higher-education fund raisers Tuesday.