Administration vs. Finance in 10,000 Step Challenge during November

People are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps per day.

Who’s the fittest of them all?

In a race between the departments of Admini-stration and Finance, time and pedometers will tell.

Case Western Reserve University’s Senior Vice President John Wheeler and Chief Financial Officer John Sideras playfully put on boxing gloves to launch the 10,000 Step Challenge that runs Nov. 1-30.

“We’re going to have some fun,” Sideras told employees during breakfast at Thwing Center to announce and explain one of the new programs in the university’s wellness plan. 

Some 480 employees from the two departments are eligible to participate in the challenge to start walking 10,000 steps a day from Nov. 1 through the end of the month.

Eventually what is a friendly competition between two departments will go campuswide in early 2011, said Carolyn Gregory, vice president of human resources.

Each staff member was given a pedometer and told to begin wearing it to learn what his or her daily average steps are and, if needed, to boost those numbers.

While 10,000 steps may sound like climbing a mountain, it’s the amount of exercise needed to maintain health. Generally people log a few thousand steps in their normal routine. Some will have to supplement their numbers with several thousand more steps.

Teams from Administration and Finance need to register by Oct. 31 by email or call 368.1123. Read more.

Campus News

The Class Officer Collective invites you to Halloween at Home 2010. This fall Halloween at Home, which is Oct. 30, will be kicked off at 4 p.m. with a pumpkin-hurling trebuchet and followed by a number of entertainment groups. Throughout the evening, people can enjoy activities organized by student groups, munch on food from area vendors, help out the Cleveland Food Bank, kick back for a drink at the beer garden, and much, much more. As the sun sets, the feature performance will take the stage. Halloween at Home will be topped off at 9 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display. Come to Freiberger Field on Halloween Eve to celebrate this annual campus tradition. If your group would like to participate by having a Halloween-themed booth, please fill out a booth application online. Any questions or comments may be sent by email.   

Crews have completed their work to repair the stairs on the west side of Adelbert Hall. In addition to the exterior masonry restoration and additions, the project also included improvements to the drainage systems surrounding that side of the building. The university administration appreciates the patience the community has shown during the process.

Case Western Reserve University EMS (CaseEMS), a student-run EMS organization for the campus community, is staging a mass casualty incident drill (MCI) on Saturday. We have more than 70 volunteers to act as injured patients from a gas explosion at Van Horn Field. Cleveland EMS, Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland Heights Fire Department, Case Western Security, and CaseEMS will be present at the drill to evaluate the ability of the campus and municipal responders to triage and treat a large number of patients. Some patients will be taken to UH ER for further simulated treatment to evaluate the ER’s ability to handle more patients than they have beds.

For Faculty and Staff

The Faculty Women's Leadership Development Institute, recently funded by the Provost's Office, is calling for associate and recently appointed full professors to participate in a focus group to discuss the issues, obstacles, and motivations that are involved in going up for full professor. Individuals can attend either Nov. 4 or Nov. 10, noon-1:30 p.m. Third Floor Conference Room (303) of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in Thwing Center. Lunch will be provided. If you or someone you know falls into either of these two categories and would like to participate, please contact Susan Freimark by email or at 368.8860 by Oct. 30. Space is limited.

Are you a professional woman with a career in business or engineering? The International Women’s Group at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women pairs international graduate/ professional school students with a female professional in their field of interest. The International Women’s Group is recruiting professional women in the business and technology fields who might be interested in serving as a mentor to an international graduate student. Pairs will determine the type and frequency of their meetings: face-to-face over coffee or a meal, email and/or phone. Mentors are given basic guidelines, but the main requirement is a desire to share your experiences and knowledge and offer advice. For more information, please contact Tess Pottinger by Oct. 29.  

For Students

The university has established the new International Friendship Family Program for international students. Case Western Reserve University alumni, faculty and staff have volunteered to serve as friendship families.  Families get together with their assigned international student every other month for a home-cooked meal, events on campus or an outing in Cleveland. All international students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate. Interested students should review and submit the information sheet and request form online by next Wednesday. Students will be introduced to their friendship families in November. Completed applications and questions can be sent by email.

A pre-law information session sponsored by Undergraduate Studies will take place 12:30-1:45 p.m. Oct. 29 in Sears 354. The guest is Niki Schwartz, who will talk on the Trials and Tribulations of a Criminal Lawyer.  Lunch is included; please respond to Terri Mester if you plan to attend.


The Office of International Affairs sponsors a Campus Community Forum 12:30-2 p.m. Friday at the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations, with an introduction by President Barbara R. Snyder. Bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. For more information contact the Office of International Affairs 368-2397. Your input is invited. Any comments or questions may be emailed


Monday is Adobe Day at Case Western Reserve

Adobe and ITS will provide tips and tricks for creating multimedia, animation, design, web design and video with Adobe Creative Suite 5 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Thwing Ballroom on the second floor. This session is free and open to students, staff and faculty. Tim Plumer, Senior Solutions Engineer at Adobe System, will be on hand to demonstrate the software and answer questions. For information and to register, go online


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Muthiah Manoharan

Distinguished nucleic acid chemist and inventor Muthiah Manoharan will talk about using the powerful biological process of RNA interference to make and deliver treatments for disease when he gives the Ford Distinguished Lecture at Case Western Reserve University on Monday Manoharan, senior vice president of Drug Discovery at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and the recipient of more than 125 U.S. patents, will present a summary of progress and specific applications to various therapeutic programs. The 4 p.m. lecture and a 5 p.m. reception at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium are free and open to the public. For more information, go online or call 368.4063.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program announces the second installment of its 2010/2011 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Symposium Series. Seth R. Bordenstein, PhD, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, will present two seminars on Wednesday in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB1413). At 10 a.m. he will discuss Symbiotic Control of Human Diseases followed by a lecture titled Mobile Elements in Obligate Intracellular Bacteria at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow. All members of the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland scientific community are welcome to attend. For more information please visit the CMBTP website.


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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The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has nominated George Kikano for appointment to a four-year term on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Governmental Advocacy. He served as a member of the OAFP board of directors and OAFP’s Legislation and Advocacy Commission. Kikano also served as president of Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio and as president of Cleveland Academy of Family Physicians. Kikano is the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University Department of Family Medicine. He is also the chair of the Department of Family Medicine. More information is available online.

Eva Kahana, professor of sociology, will give a talk at the inaugural meeting of the National Instititues of Health End of Life Palliative Care Special Interest today in Bethesda, Md.  Her talk is titled, What the Aged Can Teach Us about the Final Years of Life.

Oct. 21, 2010

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In the News

The 2% Solution – Milk
as a Styrofoam Superlative, Oct. 2010
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University including researcher David Schiraldi, PhD, professor and chair, macromolecular science and engineering, have discovered a way to make a stronger, lighter, and far more biodegradable packaging option than those currently on the market–using milk protein and ordinary clay.

Vitamin D may have the potential of avoiding esophageal cancer, Oct. 21, 2010
Physicians from the University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center are apparently analyzing the benefits of vitamin D in restricting esophageal cancer. Linda Cummings, a gastroenterologist with the UH Digestive Health Institute and assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the lead investigator, and colleagues believe that vitamin D is capable of restricting esophageal cancer.

Higher Ed News

Measuring 2-Year Students’ Success

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 21, 2010
The U.S. Department of Education’s 14-member Committee on Measures of Student Success, mandated by the 2008 legislation that extended the Higher Education Act of 1965, convened in Washington on Wednesday for a series of meetings intended to produce recommendations to Education Secretary Arne Duncan on whether and how to revise the data that the department collects on graduation and completion rates. It could end up reshaping how the federal government measures the success of community colleges and other two-year degree institutions.

The Economy and College Admissions

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 20, 2010
The State of College Admission 2010, a report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, appears to confirm predictions that students would approach the college decision differently in an economic downturn, and that colleges would plan conservatively to make their new classes. The report, released Wednesday, documents changes in student and college behavior in the 2009 admissions cycle. Counselors reported that more students were considering two-year schools and public colleges because of cost considerations.