Three professors in the College of Arts and Sciences spent a year working on a plan aimed at improving the climate for faculty diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Daniela Calvetti, professor and chair of mathematics; Kathleen Kash, professor and chair of physics; and Daniel Scherson, Charles F. Mabery Professor of Research in Chemistry; were the inaugural members of the Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL) program. This week, they will hand over the reins to a new group of faculty leaders. Calvetti, Kash and Scherson will report their recommendations during Friday’s IDEAL Plenary Conference.
IDEAL is a three-year, nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seed gender and underrepresented minority equity and institutional transformation in the areas of science and engineering awarded to Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs. Case Western Reserve leads a partnership with five regional public universities: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and the University of Toledo.
Diana Bilimoria, professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve, said each participant was selected for a reason. “They were chosen by their peers. The program specifically tries to develop emerging leaders and faculty who are respected in their discipline and in the campus community, and who are invested in improving the campus climate,” she said.
Kash said the current change leaders are optimistic about the next phase of IDEAL. “Part of our charge is to share information with the new change leaders. We’re all curious to know how the policy will be implemented and if it will work,” she said. Read more.
Do you think you could use a kick start in making a lifestyle change that will leave you with confidence, healthy choices and in control? More physicians recommend Weight Watchers than any other weight loss plan. It’s safe, effective and it works. Join at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Spartan Room of Thwing for an open house to learn about the Weight Watchers at Work program. The program will meet on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:45-12:30 starting on Sept. 22. Please send an email for further information.
Employees are invited to take advantage of free retirement counseling from the experts at TIAA-CREF and Vanguard. Representatives are on campus monthly to meet with employees for individual sessions. Several dates in September and October are available. Review the schedule of upcoming counseling dates to schedule a session.
The Autumn in the Country program, sponsored by Squire Valleevue Farm, is offering several informal non-credit courses at the farm this fall: Painting in the Outdoors, The History of Squire Valeevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Food Foraging at the Farm, Sounds of Nature and Nature Walk.
Some classes have already begun.
The university’s international planning committee invites all students, faculty and staff to come to the forum to give your opinion and input about how Case Western Reserve University can become a more international university 11:30-1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Thwing Center, 1914. Provide your input into the international planning process. Tell us what you think. What can Case Western Reserve University do better? What should be our priorities?
Introduction by Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. Your input is not only welcome but invited. Bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. There will be periodic sessions throughout the semester. For more information contact the Office of International Affairs 368-2397. Email any comments or questions.
The Core Project (Increasing Healthy Food Access in Urban Neighborhoods) of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is looking for 25 volunteers to do fall cleanup work at a community garden in East Cleveland. Volunteers will weed and water, clean up currently planted plots and other general garden work 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Garden Location: 14900 Woodworth Ave., East Cleveland. Contact Christine Schneider by email or 440.897.3816.
The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) at Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) has announced the recipients of its 2010 Annual Pilot Project grants. Five researchers received pilot awards totaling $361,487 to fund studies in translational science and early clinical studies.
Funding for this pilot project award comes directly from the $64 million awarded to Case Western Reserve University in September of 2007 as well as private sources soon to be announced. The center’s Scientific Review Committee and Executive Committee selected the 2010 pilot projects from 73 proposals submitted in May. Preference was given to proposals that were interdisciplinary or inter-institutional in nature; all of the recipients have strong collaborators associated with their projects.
The recipients are: Katherine Dell, MD, MetroHealth Medical Center, “Development and Validation of Molecular Diffusion MRI as a Biomarker for Diabetic Nephropathy”; Catherine Demko, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, “Interactive Training for Healthy Diet Counseling in Dental Care Settings”; James Reynolds, PhD, CWRU School of Medicine, “Development of a Nitrosylating Transfusion Catheter” (Partial funding from Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP); David Serre, PhD, Cleveland Clinic, “Population and Evolutionary Analyses of Plasmodium vivax Genomes from Madagascar”; and Ramon Tiu, MD, Cleveland Clinic, “The Pathogenic Role of Telomere Shortening in Clonal Myeloid Disease.”
For more information and/or to learn more about eligibility, application and awards given, go online.
The university mourns the loss of longtime development staff member James P. Conway. Conway served the university as a fundraiser and adviser for three decades.
He was husband of 56 years to Catherine E. (nee Hickernell); father of Colleen Cooney (husband John G.), Mary Kay Conway, Daniel (wife Carol), Kevin “Ace” (wife Laura), Patricia Rhoa (husband, Patrick), Sheila (deceased) and Jackie Scanlon (husband William); grandfather of Erin, Bryan, Oliver, Anne and Caroline Conway, Michael, Emmett and Kevin Rhoa, and Sheila, Seamus and Quinn Scanlon; brother of Rita Quinn, and the late Mary Zeller, Cae Hyland, Margaret Watson and Patrick J. Conway.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gesu Church. Burial at All Souls Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Schulte and Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home, 5252 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst.