Faculty Members Honored at Convocation
as Distinguished University Professors

Distinguished University Professors.

At the 2010 Convocation ceremony yesterday, exceptional faculty members were conferred the title of Distinguished University Professor—a permanent, honorific title that acknowledges the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with a distinguished academic record of extraordinary research, scholarship, teaching and service.

The designation represents the highest honor the university bestows on a member of its professoriate, and it is be granted to no more than 3 percent of the university's tenured faculty.

“Case Western Reserve is blessed to have many exceptional faculty,” said President Barbara R. Snyder. “These are people who are trailblazers in their fields, trusted advisers, and tireless university citizens. These are individuals whose intellect, talent and dedication to set a standard that both awes and humbles all who know them.”

One faculty member, Arthur H. Heuer, Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, has held the honor of University Professor for several years. Yesterday, President Barbara R. Snyder added “Distinguished” to his title. The other honorees are Cynthia M. Beall, S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology; Richard E. Boyatzis, H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business; Robert C. Elston, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Richard W. Hanson, the Leonard & Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry; M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad Jr., Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; and P. Hunter Peckham, Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics.

Learn more about the Distinguished University Professor honor. Read more about the honorees.

Paul Buchheit, Father of Gmail, Donates to Rivergate Project

Case Western Reserve University graduate Paul Buchheit has joined with the university and the Spartan Alumni Rowing Association (SARA) in announcing a $100,000 gift for a permanent boathouse site in Cleveland.

The donation to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation will support its Rivergate Project and will be used as matching funds for the challenge grant philanthropist Peter B. Lewis made to the foundation. Buchheit, a 1998 graduate of Case Western Reserve and a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, rowed as a member of the university’s crew club during his time as a student.

“The Rivergate Project is a promising one for Cleveland, Case Western Reserve and for our student athletes,” said Barbara R. Snyder, the university’s president. “We are pleased to be part of this effort, and honored by the ongoing engagement of our graduates in the university and community.”

Buchheit earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve in 1998, and then went on to work for Intel Corp. for one year. In 1999 he became the 23rd employee of Google, and ultimately served as the lead developer for Gmail, Google’s free email system that today numbers more than 170 million users. Read more.

Campus News

As part of the 2010 International Peace and War Summit at Case Western Reserve University Oct. 25-30, the Inamori Center will present on Oct. 27 a staged reading of the play, May 4th Voices, based on oral histories of the Kent State shootings that occurred during protests against the Vietnam War 40 years ago. The Inamori Center seeks volunteers of all ages to participate in the live reading. No experience is necessary and no lines will need to be memorized. Please contact Katherine Burke and stop by the informational meeting 6-8 p.m. today (Aug. 26) in the Inamori Center (ground floor, Crawford Hall). More information online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility (PSCF) seeks to support the creation of up to 10 disease-specific iPS (induced pluriopotent stem) cell lines over the next two years. Investigators will provide a patient fibroblast sample, which the PSCF will reprogram into an iPS cell line for study in the investigator’s laboratory. Funding for the creation of these cell lines is provided by a Case Western Reserve University Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant (IAIG) with contributions from the Provost, the School of Medicine, the Case School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. It is expected that the creation of these diseaseā€specific iPS cell lines will provide investigators with the preliminary data needed to apply for NIH or equivalent funding. All primary Case Western Reserve University faculty are encouraged to apply. The “Request for Applications” and application forms can be found online. The first application deadline is Aug. 31. Contact Paul Tesar, facility director, for further information.

For Students

The Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), a one-year integrated program between Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 in  Nord Hall 310.  Stop by and bring your friends to learn more about how the MEM experience could help you meet your career goals and jumpstart your academic and professional growth. Details on the program features and career prospects will be highlighted. In addition, advisers will be available to answer questions about the MEM program as a fifth year and early entry options for Case Western Reserve students. MEM alumni also will discuss their current careers. Refreshments will be served. Make reservations by email to mailto:yxg86@case.edu.


The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to join President Barbara R. Snyder and the Case School of Engineering to celebrate the Kent Hale Smith Professors of Engineering, Liming Dai, PhD, and Stuart Rowan, PhD, on Sept. 7. The ceremony is at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, 2103 Cornell Road. Please respond by Aug. 30 to mailto:michael.wolford@case.edu or 216-368-0565.

Et al.

Henry Adams, American art historian, presented Magnificent Obsession: Andrew Wyeth, King Vidor and the Big Parade at the first Andrew Wyeth Memorial Lecture at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, in July.  He also lectured on “Jackson Pollock’s Relationship with Thomas Hart Benton” at the Pollock-Krasner Home and Study Center in East Hampton, New York. He will lecture on “Benton and the World at War: Thomas Hart Benton in the 1940s” on Oct. 2 at the annual meeting of the State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia, and will conduct colloquia for study days at the Princeton University and Yale University art galleries Nov.  5 and 6 for the exhibitions Gauguin’s Paradise Remembered: The Noa Noa Prints and John La Frage’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas 1890-1891, respectively.

Aug. 26, 2010

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In the News

Putting Cleveland on Entrepreneurs' Map

WSJ.com, Aug. 25, 2010 Two Case Western Reserve University PhDs are featured in the Wall Street Journal. One of the companies JumpStart backed in 2006, Cleveland-based CardioInsight Technologies Inc., which was started in 2005 by two doctoral students at Case Western Reserve University, Charu Ramanathan and Ping Jia, is developing cardiac-mapping technology.

Local ophthalmologist, mother endow professorship
Crainscleveland.com, Aug. 26, 2010
A newly endowed professorship at Case Western Reserve University received mention in Crain’s. The professorship memorializes ophthalmologist Carl Asseff's father, Peter Asseff, who graduated from the Case Institute of Technology in 1935. In 1997, Peter Asseff similarly endowed a professorship in ophthalmology at the university's School of Medicine to honor his son.

McTeague Higbee attorneys honored

Timesrecord.com, Aug. 25. 2010
Jeffrey Young, an attorney with the Topsham, Maine-based law firm of McTeague Higbee, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Young has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the specialty of labor and employment law. Young joined McTeague Higbee in 1988. He is a graduate of Brown University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

CWRU fly anglers head to Ireland: Outdoors Note Book
Cleveland.com, Aug. 19, 2010
Fly fishermen John Protasiewicz and Evan Maynard will fly the banner of Case Western Reserve University in County Mayo, Ireland, this weekend for the Lough Corrib World Varsities Trout Fly Fishing Competition Saturday and Sunday. Protasiewicz is a professor of chemistry at CWRU. Maynard is a second-year student from California majoring in aerospace engineering.


Higher Ed News

3 Million and Counting

Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 26, 2010
For-profit colleges are attracting students in ever-growing numbers, according to an Education Department report released Wednesday. The report, an annual study of college enrollments, prices and degrees.