Fundraising Grows for Third Straight Year

Case Western Reserve University's alumni and friends continued their extraordinary support in 2009-2010, providing $115.5 million in philanthropy. The figure represents an increase of more than 6 percent over the previous year and the second-highest amount ever received. The results also marked the third consecutive year that the university exceeded $100 million in contributions and pledges.

"This support is a testament to the remarkable work that takes place on our campus," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "I am deeply grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who recognize our efforts and are willing to help us realize our goals."

This year's totals also set some best-ever records, including for annual fund giving ($7.9 million), average gift ($6,540) and unrestricted giving ($44.7 million). Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University Police Department advises the campus community that Dominion East Ohio crews have begun working on Ford Road between Euclid Avenue and Bellflower Road. The work will continue from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until further notice. While this project is in progress, northbound traffic on Ford Road will continue while southbound traffic will be diverted onto Bellflower Road. Normal traffic flow will be restored after 4 p.m. daily.

The next session of the Weight Watchers at Work Program begins on Aug. 4 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the Aug. 4 meeting. Send an email to to learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Go online for a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program. The list is maintained by the Department of Human Resources. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students


The School of Graduate Studies, Kelvin Smith Library and the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development committee are sponsoring a workshop, Is There a PhD in Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation: A Practical Workshop for Doctoral Students. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 in Nord Hall 310. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees will have a chance to win a dissertation completion care package. Register online today.


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' The Gallery @ MSASS is currently featuring the Ascentia Art Therapy Exhibit Rock Around Cleveland through Aug. 15. The exhibit includes works from local artist Linda Ayala, as well as artists from the Jewish Family Service Association. The artwork, which is for sale, is on display to the public during the Mandel School's regular building hours. Contact June Hund with questions.

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.

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Horst von Recum

Horst von Recum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for the project "Research and Educational Program in Affinity-Based Drug Delivery." The $450,000 award will support the project through 2015.

The project focuses on creating polymeric drug delivery platforms with broad applicability and a wide range of tunable release parameters using rationally designed affinities between the drug and polymer. The research objective of this CAREER proposal is to develop a mathematical model of an existing affinity-based platform, and to evaluate two new affinity-based systems, testing on a cancer model. In addition, the proposed research will allow von Recum to continue his efforts at mentoring future scientists and engineers.

Aug. 2, 2010

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In the News

America is losing its high tech entrepreneurial edge

Small Business Trends Aug. 2, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about America's entrepreneurial edge.

ER doc has a plan to end gun violence Aug. 2, 2010
Victor Garcia, an emergency room physician in Cincinnati, has left the emergency room for what he says is another crisis situation — the gun violence in some of Cincinnati's streets. Garcia has prepared a message for political and business leaders and organized a summit planned for Sept. 11. He has assembled more than 70 people, including David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and a professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University.

Ileana Pina, MD, MPH, a pioneer in the development of HF therapies

Caridology Today Aug. 1, 2010
Ileana Pina is a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and serves as an adviser/consultant to the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Division of Epidemiology. She is profiled in an article about her research and interests.

Renowned Rose Iron Works going strong after a century in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer Aug. 1, 2010
When Alastair Duncan published his tome "Art Deco Complete" last year, it boasted more than 1,000 photos of classic Deco objects. A screen by Cleveland's Rose Iron Works, though, was chosen to grace the cover. Henry Adams, an art historian and professor at Case Western Reserve University, once devoted a graduate seminar to the firm's work.

Case Western Reserve University wins $4.7 million military contract

Crain's Cleveland Business July 30, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received a $4.7 million federal contract to develop drugs that will help soldiers better perform at high altitudes. The money from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund research to create drugs that selectively will dilate blood cells that are experiencing a lack of oxygen in body tissue. Jonathan Stamler, director of the Institute of Transformative Molecular Medicine and the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at Case Western Reserve and the University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute, comments.

Universities build up centers of attention

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required) July 30, 2010
Several universities, including Case Western Reserve University, are preparing to build or open new student centers. Though expensive, student unions are an important part of the university experience that students are anticipating when choosing a college, said Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment management at Case Western Reserve.

Embracing complexity July 30, 2010
Mathematicians from more than a dozen countries will gather at Case Western Reserve University to discuss the theoretical world of high dimensions. The conference, Aug. 2-6, is the culminating event of a three-year National Science Foundation Focused Research Group grant, led by Stanislaw Szarek, Kerr Professor of Mathematics, and Elisabeth Werner, professor of mathematics.

Sikeston native earns accolade for teaching, inspiring college students

Sikeston Standard Democrat Aug. 1, 2010
When Susan Hinze began work as an assistant professor of sociology, she knew how important connecting with students was. And now she's won a university award for her mentoring work, the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring at Case Western Reserve University.

Accountants number nearly 20,000 in Greater Cleveland: an occupation profile

MedCityNews July 30, 2010
A feature story about the number of accountants in the seven-county Greater Cleveland and Akron area references Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Higher Ed News

New questions on test bias

Inside Higher Ed Aug. 2, 2010
For many years, critics of the SAT have cited a verbal question involving the word "regatta" as an example of how the test may favor wealthier test-takers. It's been a long time since the regatta question was used — and the College Board now has in place a detailed process for testing all questions and potential questions, designed to weed out questions that may favor one group of students over another.