Climate Action Plan Team Gives Midterm Update

Gene Matthews at Wednesday's CAP forum.

At Wednesday’s Climate Action Plan Campus Forum, members of the Case Western Reserve CAP team presented an update on the university’s plan to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and progress on other sustainable issues.

Linda Robson, sustainability coordinator for the Institute of Sustainability, said the Climate Action Plan essentially is a plan to move the university toward climate neutrality–minimizing the university’s environmental footprint, its impact on the environment. “We’re only midstream in the climate planning process, so it’s not too late to chime in.”

Mike Walters, a consultant working with the university, presented the update. He said the idea of a climate action plan is to move an institution toward becoming “climate neutral” as soon as possible. The plan targets carbon neutrality by 2050.

Case Western Reserve pledged to make the campus carbon-neutral in 2008 when President Barbara R. Snyder signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

During a question-and-answer session, a student asked what she and other students could do to help on a smaller, personal scale.

Gene Matthews, director of facility services, said students and others don’t necessarily need to do anything big or demonstrative. “The most important things is to track utility consumption on campus,” he said. It’s the little things, like turning off the lights when you leave a room or shutting off the water while brushing your teeth. “If everybody does a little bit, collectively we do a lot.”

Gary Murphy, an associate professor of economics and a faculty adviser to the campus bicycle club, had another suggestion: Make it fun. One of his group’s projects involves building unique pedal-powered vehicles that challenge students’ imaginations and will grab attention.

The university expects to have finalized its Climate Action Plan in 2011. Read more.

Campus News

Please join us for Family Weekend 2010 Nov. 5-7.  Family Weekend provides a fun, unique and memorable opportunity for Case students to share campus life with their families. Take a few minutes to review this year’s dynamic schedule. There is fun for the entire family, whether you enjoy a faculty-led lecture or night out at Fat Fish Blue! Registration is $15 per person. Case students are free. Register online.

For Faculty and Staff

The 2010 Benefits Fair is scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10 in the Thwing Ballroom, and the 2011 Open Enrollment will be Nov. 8 through 30. Mark your calendar for the fair where you can speak with benefits staff and Benelect insurance carriers, make your 2011 Benelect selections, get your  flu shot and enter the annual SAC basket raffle. Significant changes are coming to Benelect for 2011; additional information will be announced soon. More information is available online.

The Vendor Fair on Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Veale Center, Sponsored by Procurement and Distribution Services, will have dozens of vendors on site to show faculty and staff what products and services are available. The first 700 staff and faculty with valid Case Western Reserve ID receive a free tote bag.  More information is available online and on a flier (PDF).


On Friday, President Barbara R. Snyder will deliver the annual State of the University Address to campus.  It will be held in Thwing Ballroom at 12:30 p.m.  Faculty and staff are invited. Cookies and beverages will be provided for attendees. When President Snyder is finished with the question and answer session following her remarks, a brief meeting of the University Faculty will continue. Professor Alan Levine, chair, Faculty Senate and Professor Ken Ledford, chair, Faculty Senate Committee on By-laws, will present the proposed changes to the Constitution of the University Faculty.


The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund, better known as SEEF, is holding a bake sale and 50/25/25 raffle today in three different locations on campus: Crawford-Sages area, the Biomedical Research Building Atrium and the Wolstein Building lobby. Spread the word in your department. SEEF helps staff on campus learn and develop new skills that benefit not only themselves but each of us at the university.

For Students

The Health Service will be providing 2010/2011 flu shots on campus starting next week. The cost of the vaccine will be $10. This year the H1N1 flu strain is included in the seasonal flu vaccine. Vaccine experts have voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the 2010-2011 influenza season. The flu vaccine will not be given at the Health Center. We will be providing on campus clinics at the following sites:

• Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-noon at Nord 310
• Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Great Room at House 4 in the Village
• Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fribley Fireside Lounge
• Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Great Room at House 4 in the Village
• Oct. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fribley Fireside Lounge.

Employees can get flu shots during the Benefits Fair at Thwing on Nov. 9 and 10.


The Department of Anthropology Kassen Lecture for 2010 will be held 4:15-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 in Mather Memorial R201. This year’s featured speaker is Sarah Lamb, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. The lecture title is Abandonment and Freedom: Elder-Care Institutions, Individualizing Subjectivities and the Ethics of Aging in Contemporary India. A reception will follow. More information is available online.  


Jennifer Montagu, professor emerita, Courtauld Institute, will present The Via del Pellegrino: Roman Silversmiths of the Baroque at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


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.

Mark S. 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. Friday 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. 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.

Following the August 2010 Core Utilization funding submissions, The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has awarded pilot funds for the following researchers:

Indu Malhotra, PhD, CWRU School of Medicine, Do Antenatal Maternal Infections Devalue Childhood Vaccination?
Alicia Mandujano, MD, MetroHealth Medical Center,  Has the Dawn Phenomenon Finally Set?
Mark Smith, PhD, Case Western Reserve, Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Neurofilament Protein.
Julian Stelzer, PhD, CWRU School of Medicine, Investigating the Phosphorylation of Myosin Binding Protein C (MYBPC) as a Biomarker for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Kingman P. Strohl, MD, University Hospitals, Novel Role for Apolipoprotein a2 in the Respiratory Neuroaxis.

The next submission deadline to request research funds through the CTSC cores  is Dec. 1. Investigators can access online.



Brian Gran, associate professor of sociology, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. This grant will support his research to develop an international measure of children's rights.

Oct. 14, 2010

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In the News

CWRU to Add Faculty at Case School of Engineering, Oct. 13, 2010
The university’s Strategic Hiring Initiative will allow the Case School of Engineering to expand on existing strengths and develop specific focus areas within those three categories, and yesterday the university announced it has hired Roger French, who will serve as the F. Alex Nason professor of materials science and engineering.

How to Clean Up Hungary's
16-Square-Mile Toxic Mess, Oct. 13, 2010
David Schiraldi, a professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, engineered hydrocarbon-loving aerogels as a means to clean up this summer’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Like smart sponges, the aerogels can quickly soak up the crude in an oil-water mix, leaving clean water behind. A properly engineered aerogel could separate toxic metals from soil or water in the same way.

Child-welfare panel says Cuyahoga County agency needs to improve services and practices

Plain Dealer, Oct. 14, 2010
A panel appointed by  Deborah Forkas, director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, issued a list of recommendations to improve child safety and welfare. David Crampton, the panel chairman and an associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University, said, “It's about all of us working together to protect our children.”

Obesity expert James Levine brings passion for good health to Cleveland

Plain Dealer, Oct. 14, 2010
James Levine will begin a program called the Cleveland Project next month when he starts working with University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University to combat obesity and its associated health risks. “A healthy Cleveland is a more viable Cleveland,” he said. “Happy people, happy city, happy economy.”

Non-Prescription ‘Fashion’ Contacts Can Harm Your Eyes, Oct. 12, 2010
Thomas Steinemann, a professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in Businessweek, “Many people believe that decorative lenses don't require the same level of care or consideration because they can be purchased over-the-counter or on the Internet. This is far from the truth.”

Higher Ed News

Colleges Push for New Technology Despite Budget Woes

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2010
A campus computing survey found that campus information technology departments are experiencing fewer budget cuts this year, in spite of difficult economic times.