LGBT Center Holds Ribbon-Cutting
Ceremony over Alumni Weekend

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend celebrated the
new LGBT Center.

An energetic crowd of students and other community members helped Case Western Reserve University celebrate the new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center that opened on campus earlier this year.

University leaders chose to hold the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to coincide with LGBT Alumni activities taking place this year as part of Alumni Weekend. 

“[This] marks a special moment in the life of our university,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Today we celebrate all that we have accomplished. We also recognize how much more we have yet to do.”

The new space, in the southwest corner of the first floor of Thwing Center, was made possible through a generous donation from a private foundation.

 “The new LGBT Center is a major step forward in the continued creation of an inclusive campus community,” said interim center coordinator Liz Roccoforte.

Watch a video of the dedication ceremony and visit the website to learn more about the center. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University Faculty Senate, chaired by professor Alan Levine, has unanimously endorsed the GSS Mentee Guidebook for Students.
The Mentee Guidebook for Students represents a body of work spanning nearly three years of effort, which started in 2007. The guidebook would not have been possible without the pioneering work of Kevin Speer, GSS President 2007-2008 and Craig Rudick, Chair, GSS Mentoring Committee 2007-2008, who authored the Mentoring Guidebook for Faculty. Together with the Mentee Guidebook, these resources emphasize that the mentor-mentee relationship is truly a two-way conversation. 

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) will work with the Faculty Senate, Provost's Office, School of Graduate Studies, and UCITE to distribute and publicize both the Mentoring Guidebook for Faculty and Mentee Guidebook for Students to become a centerpiece of every mentor-mentee relationship. You can download the guidebooks at the GSS website.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members of all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve University are invited to apply to become Learning Fellows and/or Mentor Fellows for the spring 2011 semester. The deadline for applications for both is Oct. 15. Each program carries with it a grant for $2,500 upon successful completion of the program.

For details on the UCITE Learning Fellows program and the application process, go online here. For details on the Mentor Fellows program and the application process, go online here. While a single individual can apply for both programs, applicants will be selected for only one for any given semester.

For Students

Do something constructive next spring break.

Do you want to do something different this spring break?  The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning offers Alternative Spring Break (ASB) opportunities to New Orleans and Nicaragua.  Spend the week working on meaningful service projects and getting to know a different part of the world. There will be an information session about the ASB to Nicaragua at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in Sears 374. The application for this trip is due by Dec. 1. Additional information about both trips can be found online or call 216.368.6960.   


Ditch the workout–join the party! Operation Smile University Club is holding a Zumba event to raise money for reconstructive surgery to correct cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities of underprivileged children across the world. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. The event is 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday in Veale. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nord, or at the door. Email Theodora Jacobson for more information.


Mark Humayun

In a neural prosthesis seminar, Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell & Neurobiology Director, University of Southern California, presents Interim Performance Results from Second Sight Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Study at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15 in BRB 105. Humayun will report on the results of retinal prosthesis implants on patients with retinitis pigmentosa who had bare light perception or worse because of the disease of retinal degeneration. As of March, more than 30 patients have been implanted. They were evaluated using a number of tests such as grating visual acuity, object and letter recognition and orientation/mobility. More information is available online



If an internship or job is in your career peripheral vision, attend the Career Center’s University Career Fair to connect with employers, inquire about internships, practicum and full-time positions. Case Western Reserve University students and alumni are welcome to attend the fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Veale Center. The fair provides an opportunity to gather firsthand information from company and organization representatives, make a positive impression with employers, and the chance to establish a professional image by distinguishing yourself from other candidates. There will also be three 20-minute, employer-led sessions during the fair. Contact the Career Center with questions, 216.368.4446. More information is available online.

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) would like to express its appreciation for those members of our research community who served as reviewers for the CTSC Pilot Project Grant Program since the beginning of the year.
Their efforts for the CTSC Pilot program have aided fellow researchers in obtaining funding for research projects designed specifically to establish collaborative research effort among the participating CTSC institutions: Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Through nurturing and fostering collaborative participation, the CTSC program hopes to strengthen the quality of research conducted in northeast Ohio and translate these findings from the bench to the bedside with the overall goal of improved health care for the community.

If you are a researcher interested in learning about future CTSC funding opportunities, utilizing CTSC core resources, or perhaps even volunteering as a CTSC reviewer, please do not hesitate to contact the CTSC Research Concierge Office. A list of the 2010 CTSC reviewers can be found on the website.

In Memoriam

Geraldine “Gerri” Gardner, a beloved Case Western Reserve University employee, died last Friday after a short battle with cancer. Gerri began her career in 1980 at the university, and for nearly 30  years she served in various positions including SOM mailroom clerk, administrative assistant to Kurt Fretthold, and most recently, stockroom manager with the Department of Biochemistry. The viewing will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gaines Funeral Home, 9116 Union Ave., Cleveland.  The funeral home number is 216.641.4801. The wake will begin at 10 a.m. Friday followed by the 10:30 service at Mount Zion of Oakwood Village, 1 Mount Zion Circle, Oakwood Village.

Oct. 6, 2010

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In the News

Student developers at CWRU ’s Qube Lab drive Cleveland’s technological innovation, October 2010
The “Mommy Count” application for the Android phone allows moms to track their kids’ behavior. Through the app, moms can add points for good behavior and take away points for less than favorable actions. Mommy Count can be purchased on any Android for 99 cents (and soon on the iPhone). And it was created by a group of student developers from Case Western Reserve University who work at the Qube Lab to develop mobile and web applications. Lab director Omri Shiv is pursuing his PhD in information systems. For more information go online.

Diamond-Studded Electrode
Could Cure Paralysis, Oct. 6, 2010
Case Western Reserve University researchers Heidi Martin, a professor of chemical engineering, and Christian Zorman, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, are building implants made of diamond and flexible polymer that are designed to identify chemical and electrical changes in the brain of patients suffering from neural disease, or to stimulate nerves and restore movement in the paralyzed. The work is still years from human trials but early success has drawn interest worldwide.

STIMULUS TRACKER: Scientific Research in Northeast Ohio, Oct. 6, 2010
BioInVision Inc. of Mayfield Village has been awarded nearly $350,000 for work with Case Western Reserve University to develop a system for the 3-D imaging of mice. According its federal report, the project will serve several applications in biological research and the biotech industry.

More Than Just Jobs

The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2010
Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor and chairwoman of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, writes: "Economic issues in Ohio, however, involve more than jobs. Likely voters in Ohio are concerned about the level and–not terribly progressive–distribution of the individual tax burden in the state. They are increasingly concerned as local school levies fail and state funding for education, public libraries and other key services decreases."

Higher Ed News

As Pledges Fall Short,
Colleges Face the Music

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2010
Over the past two years, colleges big and small have seen donors fall through on commitments or hesitate to make new ones, representing a loss of millions of dollars.