LEAD Program Enters Second Year

LEAD participants

Are you a campus supervisor looking for a way to enhance your skills, meet new colleagues and discover additional ways to support your department?

The Learn, Engage, Achieve and Develop (LEAD) Certificate Program for Supervisors could be just the right fit for you.

Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, the LEAD program explores the relationship between team effectiveness and departmental success. The program, which launched as a pilot project in 2009, enrolled its first class earlier this year. The next session is scheduled for October through May. Read more.

Campus News

The Staff Advisory Council Community Service committee will collect school supplies from Aug. 23 to Sept. 17. Donations will benefit children at Mary M. Bethune and Michael R. White schools. Donations will be dropped off on Sept. 17 in conjunction with Case for Community Day. The following new supplies are needed: Crayons, folders with pockets, glue sticks, markers, notebooks, pencils, rulers and scissors. Bring one or more of the requested items on Sept. 17 and receive a raffle ticket for the Back to School Fun raffle. Contact Theresa Grigger for details. Learn more.

The Case Western Reserve Blackboard Support Team is hosting a Blackboard Quick-Setup Clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 in Kelvin Smith Library 212B. Send email to blackboard@case.edu or call 368.HELP with questions. Campus users also can learn more about the Blackboard system online.

The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will begin offering its fall 2010 workshops on Aug. 23. Classes run through Jan. 31, 2011. These workshops are offered to to social workers, counselors, psychologists, nurses and education professionals. Go online or call Barbara Romito at 368.5368 or Ina Brand at 368.2274 for information.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a bon voyage party for Bob Knight, associate dean of finance and administration for the Case School of Engineering. Knight, who has worked at Case Western Reserve for many years, has accepted a position with New York University. The reception in his honor will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the Nord Hall atrium. Make reservations by Aug. 25 to Cindy Petriella by email or by phone at 368.5733.

Faculty members are invited to join the university for Fall Convocation at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Severance Hall. This ceremony, a formal celebration of scholarship and innovation, begins and ends with an academic procession. All faculty members are cordially invited to participate in the procession. Please indicate your intent to participate in the faculty procession by registering online by Aug. 23. All participants must wear proper academic regalia.

For Students

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


All members of the campus community are invited to hear updates on exciting research being conducted by the Basic Science of Cancer Focus Group pilot project awardees at the next Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Scientific Series. The discussion will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 in Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1413). Refreshments will be provided. The scheduled speakers are Cathleen Carlin and Zhenghe Wang on the topic of "Cross-Talk Between EGFR and PTPN14 During Integrin-Regulated Cell Adhesion: Role for STAT3"; Shigemi Matsuyama and Alex Almasan on the topic of "Cell Death Decision Mechanism by the Interaction of Factors Regulating Cell Cycle (CyclinE) and DNA Repair (Ku70)"; and Saba Valadkhan on the topic of "Characterization of the Anti-Apoptotic Activity of a TGF-B Responsive Non-Coding RNA."

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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SPUR 2010 participants

Students from Case Western Reserve and other institutions participated in the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which recently culminated with the 2010 SPUR Program Annual Poster Session. The SPUR program acquaints students with all aspects of scientific research ñ from formulation of a question to production of a final report. Each participant was assigned to a faculty member whose research was of interest to that student.

Brian Tietz, a fifth-year student in Case Western Reserve's integrated BS/MS program, was one of the participants. He's been working with Roy Ritzmann, professor of biology, on a long-term project that examines how cockroaches navigate toward shelter. The goal is to figure out methods that could eventually help devise robotics. "Some tasks call for random approaches, while others don't. Animals are good at adapting. We hope to program robots to be more adaptive," Tietz explained.

In Memoriam

Amy Kuhn Feldstein

Amy Kuhn Feldstein, MD (FSM '28, MED '31), died on Aug. 12. She was 103.

After a career with the Washington, D.C., Health Department and in family medicine, Feldstein and her husband, Marc J. Feldstein (ADL '30), retired near Manassas, Va. When Feldstein sold her home in the 1990s, she donated the property to Case Western Reserve and established a generous scholarship fund for medical students.

Feldstein was very grateful to the School of Medicine for her education. As a longtime advocate for women's health, she was encouraged by the current research of Michael Lederman, co-director of the CWRU/UHCMC Center for AIDS Research. Last year, she made a $750,000 will commitment to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her bequest created the Amy Kuhn Feldstein, MD, Faculty Fellowship, which supports research for the prevention and treatments of communicable disease.

Until her death last week, Feldstein remained a competitive Scrabble player and always took the stairs everywhere she went.

A memorial service for Feldstein will take place on Aug. 22 in Springfield, Va. The Office of the President will send flowers on behalf of the university. Campus members can send expressions of condolences to Carolyn Ohle. All messages received by Aug. 19 will be shared at the memorial service.

Aug. 19, 2010

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In the News

'Laser Pacemaker' Controls Heartbeat

Discovery News Aug. 19, 2010
Laser beams could keep hearts beating on time, according to scientists from Case Western Reserve and Vanderbilt universities. The research could lead to more precise heart measurements as well as less invasive and less damaging laser-based pacemakers.

The Man Who Predicted Eli Lillyís Alzheimer Failure

Forbes Aug. 18, 2010
Pathology Professor Mark Smith is cited in an article about Eli Lilly's efforts to develop an Alzheimer's drug.

Student's Summer With NASA Flies By

Twinsburg Bulletin Aug. 19, 2010
A 17-year-old Twinsburg High School senior was one of seven students who spent the better part of his summer at Case Western Reserve University as an intern with NASA through the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience program. The article recounts about his experience.

Higher Ed News

College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back

Chronicle of Higher Ed Aug. 15, 2010
A visiting lecturer at the University of West Florida declared his summer course in English literature technology-free — he skipped the PowerPoint slides and YouTube videos he usually shows, and he asked students to silence their cellphones and close their laptops. Banishing the gear improved the course, he argues.