Project Focused on Faculty Diversity
in STEM Fields Enters Second Year

Six regional universities work together on the IDEAL project.

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.

Campus News

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.

For Faculty and Staff

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.

For Students

Autumn in the Country will be colorful.

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.

Please visit the farm website for course information. To register for a course please contact Kimberly Deininger at 216.368.0274 or by email.


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 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.

Et al.

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.

In Memoriam

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.

Sept. 14, 2010

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In the News

End-of-life issues must be discussed, David Casarett says, Sept. 14, 2010
David Casarett, MD, a Case Western Reserve School of Medicine graduate, researcher and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recently published Last Acts: Discovering Possibility and Opportunity at the End of Life (Simon & Schuster, 354 pp.), addressing end-of-life issues. He will speak Sept. 24 at the Hospice of the Western Reserve's annual fall professional conference.

Creating Rivergate Park: Cleveland Rowing Foundation buys site on Cuyahoga River, Sept. 13, 2010
The Cleveland Rowing Foundation closed a deal Monday to create Rivergate Park, a new public park on the Cuyahoga River devoted to rowing, canoeing, kayaking and dragon-boating. The park is funded in part by a gift totaling $100,000 from Case Western Reserve University, the Spartan Alumni Rowing Association and Paul Buchheit, an early Google employee who wrote the Gmail program.

Entrepreneurs Still Enjoy Fertile Setting in Cleveland, Sept. 13, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, says Cleveland is more challenging for entrepreneurs outside of the biomedical field. But they can still flourish, he said.

Test may speed colon cancer diagnosis

New York Times, Sept. 14, 2010
A new generation of DNA tests for colon cancer shows promise in improving the detection of cancers and precancerous polyps. The test is based on work by Dr. Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University; Sanford Markowitz, MD, at Case Western Reserve University and David A. Ahlquist of the Mayo Clinic.

Higher Ed News

Stagnant SAT Scores

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2010
The overall scores on the SAT were unchanged for those who graduated from high school in 2010; the critical reading average remained at 501, the mathematics average was up by 1 point to 516 and the writing score dropped 1 point to 492. Board officials noted that students who take college preparatory courses do much better than those who don't.

In Rising Student-Loan Defaults, More Fodder for Fight Over 'Gainful Employment' Rule

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2010
The percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans has reached an 11-year high of 7 percent, in its third straight year of rising, according to U.S. Education Department data released Monday. The "cohort default rate" for 2008, the most recent data available, is highest at for-profit colleges, averaging 11.6 percent, a 0.6-percent increase over the previous year. The rate for public colleges is 6 percent, up from 5.9 percent. For private colleges, the rate is 4 percent, up from 3.7 percent.