Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust Commits $10.5 Million to Case Western Reserve University

William B. La Place, President Barbara R. Snyder and Phillip
A. Ranney.

The Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust has announced a $10.5 million gift to Case Western Reserve University to support the university center project. The gift includes a $500,000 grant from the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Memorial Trust.

The Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust, formerly the 1525 Foundation, was established in 1971 as an anonymous gift-giving entity by Kent Hale Smith and his wife, Thelma, who died in 1980 and 2007, respectively. Kent Smith was co-founder of Lubrizol Corp. and served as acting president of the Case Institute of Technology from 1958 to 1961.

Kent Smith was the eldest of three brothers who helped co-found Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe in 1928.  He and his brothers, A. Kelvin and Vincent, began by mixing oil additives in their mother’s large cooking pot in a garage in Cleveland. Later, they continued their chemistry education in the laboratories of what was then Case Institute of Technology (CIT). They were also inspired by their father, A.W. Smith, a chemistry professor at CIT who co-founded Dow Chemical Co. with friend Herbert Dow in 1897.

“We are honored to receive this support from a foundation that bears the name of such an esteemed graduate,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Kent Smith’s achievements as a scientist, businessman and acting university president are all inspirational. It is our hope that the university center will serve to uplift students, as well.”

To learn more about the university center project and see the video, visit the website. Read more.

Campus News

A construction fence for the Wind Turbine Project, being built just north of the Veale Garage, will be installed on Wednesday. The sidewalk that runs next to the north side of the Veale Garage and the sidewalk that runs west of the green space just north of the garage will be closed. The sidewalks east and north of the green space will remain open for pedestrian traffic, along with both the east and west entrances/exits to the Veale Garage (Garage S-53). A map  shows the area of construction.


All members of the campus community are invited to the President's Climate Action Plan Community Forum from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Thwing Ballroom.  Come hear the latest updates about the President's Climate Action Plan, ask questions, and provide feedback. Are you curious about what the university is doing related to sustainability? Are you inspired by what you're hearing? Identify your own environmental impact by participating in the Eco Challenge. Case Western Reserve University's sustainability office, undergrad and graduate chapters of Net Impact, and Accenture have partnered to offer this simple, online survey that shows what aspects of your life have the biggest impact, how you compare to others at Case Western Reserve and beyond, and offers suggestions for ways to live greener.

A candlelight vigil will held at 7:30 p.m. today on the Oval near Kelvin Smith Library in response to recent tragedies, including the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers who took his life last week after an online bullying incident. Among sponsors is the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity. For more information, contact Liz Roccoforte

For Faculty and Staff

The university has learned that outside vendors are soliciting Case Western Reserve personnel by phone regarding copiers. The only legitimate vendor for copiers is Meritech Inc. Free toner is supplied through Meritech only as part of the cost per copy agreement and will be delivered by Kenetics (a subsidiary of Meritech). Whenever a vendor other than Meritech or Kenetics contacts you regarding copiers, no information should be divulged. In such cases, please refer the caller to the cost per copy administrator, Lisa Sabato-Cengia, at 368.1667.

For Students

Students are invited to enjoy tea and snacks, play games, and make stress balls at the North Side De-Stress Fest, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 in the House 4 Great Room. Hosted by The Refuge. For more information, go online or call 368.3780.


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. Wednesday in Sears 374. The application for this trip is due by Dec. 1.  Additional information about both trips can be found online


Are you interested in making this year’s Engineers Week Celebration the best CWRU has ever seen? Now’s your chance. Come to the first meeting of the Case Engineers Council at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Sears 350. Undergraduates and grad students are all welcome. Lunch will be provided, so come hungry, and bring your friends. Questions? Contact Maria Campbell at or Jane Backus.


The Department of Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia presents an analysis seminar with professor Christopher Lin at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Yost 321B, Existence of Ground State in Quantum Layers. The seminar will address the region between two parallel non-compact surfaces in Euclidean 3-space. For more information, go online.

Leadership and the Implications for Women featuring Sarah Short Austin, MSSA, will be presented 3-5 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 108 of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. In this talk, Sarah Austin will speak about the principles of leadership in dealing with large systems. She will discuss how to build coalitions around public policy issues in the context of getting people to do something for the good of the community. Specifically with regard to women’s leadership, Austin will examine the “subtleties of the system,” specifically how gender assumptions make a difference in how one is perceived. Registration is required. Call 368.2281 or email Pamela Carson. Sarah Short Austin (MSSA ’62) served for 33 years on the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University, where she is trustee emerita.

Robert Kuhn, PhD, associate director, Genome Browser Project, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, will conduct a hands-on tutorial and user workshop on the UCSC Genome Browser from 1 to 4 p.m.  Wednesday at the School of Medicine Building E401. Bring your laptop for real-time practice. Presented by Center for Human Genetics Laboratory, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Department of Genetics and Case Western Reserve University.

Hal Hamilton, founder and co-director of Sustainable Food Lab, will share the story of the Sustainable Food Lab, its development and stories of businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) changing as sustainability becomes real for them. Sponsored by the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, the speech is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road. More information is available online or call 368.2160.


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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Sharona Hoffman

“The Importance of Immutability,” by Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, was accepted for publication in the William & Mary Law Review. Also, “Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology:  What About Safety?” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics (co-authored with Andy Podgurski). “Electronic Health Records and Research:  Privacy vs. Scientific Priorities,” was published in The American Journal of Bioethics (2010). Also, Hoffman was elected for a second term to the Board of Directors of the Public Health Law Association.

Melanie Scanlon, assistant director of Student Activities and Leadership within the division of student affairs, recently co-authored an article with Brian Browne, CWRU ’10 and current member of the Undergraduate Admission’s staff.  The article, “Digitizing Your Program Board:  Making Technology Practical,” was published in the October edition of Campus Activities Programming Magazine.

Oct. 11, 2010

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In the News

Mark Stovsky Presents Positive Results of Nanosphere Collaboration with AnalizaDx, Oct. 11, 2010
At the annual meeting of the North-Central American Urological Association, Mark Stovsky, MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine associate professor of urology, presented data on experimental ultra-sensitive PSA tests for prostate cancer.

Researchers Build Victorian-Inspired Computer Switch, Oct. 11, 2010
Te-Hao Lee, Swarup Bhunia and Mehran Mehregany of Case Western Reserve University used electron beam lithography and sulphur hexafluoride gas to etch the switches out of silicon carbide, a heat-resilient material, reducing its size to a few hundred nanometres, according to the university. This could be the first step toward building computers that could operate at extremely high temperatures, such as inside a jet engine.

Viktor Schreckengost's design legacy inspires dreams of reviving manufacturing in Cleveland

Plain Dealer, Oct. 10, 2010
The late industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost is credited as a catalyst for collaboration between the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in which business students create plans for new businesses based on innovative designs by students at the school.

Academy Warns Against the Danger of Transforming Your Eyes This Halloween, Oct. 11, 2010
Thomas Steinemann, MD, professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, warns that using nonprescription contact lenses, including those used as part of Halloween costumes, present danger. “Permanent eye damage can occur from using over-the-counter lenses. Any type of contact lens is a medical device that requires a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional,” Steinemann said. 

Higher Ed News

Will Technology Kill
the Academic Calendar?

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2010
As online education becomes more widespread, the concept of self-paced online education has drawn some detractors. Supporters see the self-paced model as a means to serve more students, since no one is turned away because of a full section, missed deadline, or canceled class. Others criticize go-it-alone learning as a second-rate system–students don’t interact or participate in group projects–that leaves students in greater danger of dropping out.