$7-Million Renovation to Leutner Commons
to "Wow" Students

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An artistic rendering of Leutner Commons

When Case Western Reserve University students arrive on campus this fall and go for meals in the newly renovated Leutner Commons in the North Residential Village, they will find more than food made to order.

Since October 2009, Leutner Commons has undergone a $7-million transformation with a building design by the Cleveland architects Burt-Hill and San Francisco-based interior designers EDG. Now, the facility has banks of windows on the western and southern exposures that reveal flexible new spaces dedicated to dining, studying, academic and social gatherings, and more.

The official dedication is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The dedication comes before the official opening for students on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve has established a new program for international students. Faculty, staff and local alumni are invited to participate in the International Friendship Family Program. This is not a home stay program. Instead, friendship families get together with their assigned international student at least every other month for a home-cooked meal, events on campus or an outing in Cleveland. Families should complete the request form by Sept. 7. Friendship families will be introduced to their international students in September. Completed applications and questions can be sent by email to international-friendship-family@case.edu.

For Faculty and Staff

The Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine has announced the establishment of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility (PSCF). The PSCF will serve as a fee-for-service facility and provide access to pluripotent stem cell technologies to the Cleveland scientific community. The facility was started with an initial investment from the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and the Ohio Department of Development. Its goal is to train researchers in pluripotent stem cell culture and create human induced pluripotent stem cell lines for study of human disease and potential therapeutic purposes. The facility is directed by Paul Tesar, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, and co-directed by Horst von Recum, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Go online for information.

For Students

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

Events

Refer to the University Events Calendar and the University Circle Inc. website for a list of upcoming programs and activities.

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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Mary Rouse (left) and Maria Marzano

Mary Rouse, associate director for Women in Science and Engineering at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, and Maria Marzano, manager of special projects, Division of Education and Student Programs in the Case School of Engineering, have both been awarded full scholarships to attend the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21 and 22.

Thanks to funding provided by the Noyce Foundation, NGCP is able to provide 50 practitioners--representing 25 organizations serving girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)--an opportunity to attend the conference at no cost. Scholarships are provided to teams of two from select organizations. NGCP brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM disciplines.The conference is an opportunity for representatives from these organizations to connect and learn from each other, as well as national experts. Learn more.

Aug. 12, 2010

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In the News

Cuyahoga County executive candidate Ken Lanci sues to halt county land deals and appraisals

The Plain Dealer Aug. 11, 2010
Ken Lanci, the independent Cuyahoga County executive candidate, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to halt certain county business until a reorganized government is in place next year. Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Contact lenses account for more pediatric injuries than any other medical device

HealthNewsDigest.com Aug. 11, 2010
A new report published in Pediatrics, the journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, estimates that in a two year period, emergency rooms across the country treated more than 33,000 injuries due to contact lenses. The study, "Emergency Department Visits for Medical Device-Associated Adverse Events Among Children," showed the most frequently injured body part due to medical device complications was the eye. Thomas L. Steinemann, professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Francis Collins: One year at the helm

Nature.com Aug. 11, 2010
Having taken on the biggest job in biomedicine — leading the National Institutes of Health — Francis Collins must now help his agency with funding. Neil Greenspan, an immunologist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Obama's health care hard sell

The Charleston Gazette Aug. 10, 2010
Despite the administration's focus on persuading seniors that the health care law is a good deal for them, there are increasing signs that they are not being swayed. Robert Binstock, an expert on health and aging at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Not just a foot in the door

Inside Higher Ed Aug. 12, 2010
When the first community colleges sought permission to offer four-year degrees, they generally said that it would only be one or two programs. But in Florida, where the community college baccalaureate movement is strongest, community colleges now offer more than 100 four-year degrees, and the figure could be about to jump significantly.