New Public Health Professorship at School of Dental Medicine

Stephen Wotman (seated right) made a $1.5
million commitment to endow a chair at the
School of Dental Medicine. His wife, Sara (left),
is joined by Dean Jerold Goldberg and
President Barbara Snyder.

A $1.5 million commitment from former dean and faculty member Stephen Wotman, DDS, to Case Western Reserve University will establish the Wotman Chair for Public Health at the university’s School of Dental Medicine.

Shortly before his death in October, Wotman informed the university that he wanted to celebrate his career by establishing the school’s second endowed chair. He was able to attend a private celebration of his generosity on Oct. 12, a few days before his death from an illness. A memorial service for Wotman took place Nov. 10 at Amasa Stone Chapel at Case Western Reserve.

 “Stephen was an important mentor and friend to many and is missed, both professionally and personally,” said Jerold S. Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “His vision, energy, and commitment are largely responsible for the strong public health orientation that is emblematic of our school today.  He worked hard to ensure the quality of the faculty and students, and he played an important role in planning and implementing our current curriculum.”

Wotman came to the School of Dental Medicine from Columbia University.  He was also the principal investigator on the first National Institutes of Health-funded dental practice-based research network grant. 

Campus News

All offices within the Controller’s Department (including payroll, the bursar’s, student loans, collections and the cashier’s offices) will close at noon Dec. 17.  They will resume regular hours Dec. 20.

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The university’s Climate Action Plan has a new home on the web. Connected to the Sustainability website, the CAP’s online presence offers updates on the planning process, links to sustainability resources, event details and information on who’s leading the effort. Perhaps most important, it allows community members to join the discussion about sustainability and the university’s efforts to become a carbon-neutral campus. Ask questions, share opinions and get involved online.

For Faculty and Staff

Resources are available from University Archives to help departments and offices determine how long records need to be kept, which ones should be transferred to the archives for long-term preservation, and how to dispose of records containing confidential information. Records disposition schedules are a well-established tool to ensure that records are kept as long as needed. Schedules are available online. Guidelines for records that should be transferred to the archives also are available online.

For Students

Undergraduate students: If you need your spring 2011 RTA pass prior to leaving campus this month, please email your request. We will email you when the pass is ready for pickup at Access Services. Graduate students may purchase spring 2011 RTA passes at Access Services for $75. Spring RTA passes are valid from Jan. 6 to May 20.

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The Retrospect Yearbook would like to remind everyone that you can go online to order your 2010-2011 yearbook now. Yearbooks are only $55 until Dec. 31. Senior ads can also now be purchased and designed through a link on the website. For those of you who missed it the first time, you will have another chance to take your senior portrait with Focus One Photography on Feb. 24 and 25. More details will come later, but this will be your last chance to get your picture taken for the 2010-2011 school year. Please contact the Retrospect Editor Megan Schulstad with any questions regarding senior photos or the yearbook.

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All university-operated undergraduate housing, other than The Village at 115, the Property Management Apartments, Tippit House and Staley Houses (upperclass students only), will close at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. At that time, the doors will be secured and everyone must be out of the buildings. First-year and second-year students must vacate their residence hall rooms within 24 hours of their last exam. The buildings will reopen at 9 a.m. Jan. 6.

The university will offer winter break housing on campus for residents whose buildings are closing for winter break. Space will be available in Cutler House for current students on a first-come, first serve basis. Please complete the Guest Housing application, which can be found online.

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Have you had a great professor this semester who  has excited you about a course and who is invested in the success of his or her students? Nominate your favorite professor for the 2011 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Awarded annually since 1971, the Wittke Award recognizes two classroom instructors each year who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. Nominated faculty need to be an instructor of record during the 2010-2011 academic year. Students and recent alumni are eligible to nominate instructors. To nominate, go to online.


Darin Croft

Paleontologist Darin Croft presents Teeth, Toes and Tales of Mammals Extreme at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Croft, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, explains the difference between Thylacoleo and Thylacosmilus and how to weigh something that’s been dead for 25 million years. Croft is a collaborator of the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Extreme Mammals exhibition, which will be on display at the Museum through April 17. Details (tickets, etc.) can be found 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.

Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics, presented E-Health Hazards:  Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems at the CWRU Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on Nov. 22 and to the CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering on Nov. 29.

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Maxwell Mehlman, professor of bioethics and law, is the co-investigator on a grant titled Enhanced Warfighters: Risk, Ethics & Policy, which has been funded by the Greenwall Foundation for nine months beginning on Jan. 1.

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Andrew Pollis, visiting professor of law,  recently released the 2010-11 edition of his book, Ohio Appellate Practice. Pollis was quoted in the fall issue of Litigation News magazine.

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Martha Woodmansee, professor of English and law, organized a workshop on Geographies of Intellectual Property, which took place Sept. 24-25 at American University in Washington, D.C. This was the second annual workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, of which she is a founding director. Professor Woodmansee spoke on The Mischievous Author Trope in copyright at the inaugural meeting of the EU-funded interdisciplinary HERA project Of Authorship and Originality. The meeting was held Oct. 30 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Dec. 10, 2010

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Multimedia Moment

Swimming and Diving Coach Doug Milliken looks at the progress the Case Western Reserve swimming and diving teams in the latest video edition of Poolside With Doug Milliken.

In the News

Protecting Yourself From IP Theft

CM&P Magazine, Dec. 7, 2010
Professor Craig Nard, founding director, center for law, technology and the arts, is quoted in CM&P Magazine regarding the damages intellectual property thieves can expect to pay for stealing trade secrets. “The amount of money depends on the company size, evident damages and testimony judged by a panel of experts,” Nard says.

‘Anatomica Aesthetica’ exhibition at Cleveland Institute of Art mixes shock and awe, Dec. 10, 2010
The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Galleries features several display cases of medical illustrations by H.F. Aitken, an early 20th century medical illustrator. The Aitken works are on loan from the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University.

Forty percent of fifth-graders in 15 inner-ring suburbs are overweight, study shows, Dec. 10, 2010
Case Western Reserve University researchers are among several groups developing programs to combat obesity and high blood pressure among schoolchildren in Northeast Ohio. Work by three Case Western Reserve researchers is being paid for with a $12.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Higher Ed News

Virginia Tech Faulted Over Response to 2007 Killings

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 10, 2010
An Education Department report issued this week faulted Virginia Tech for failing to notify the campus of danger after the first shootings in April 2007, a massacre that that left 32 dead. The university issued a statement objecting to the report.