Suzanne Rivera Joins University's Research Management Team

Suzanne Rivera
Suzanne M. Rivera

Today, Suzanne M. Rivera joined Case Western Reserve University as its new associate vice president for research. Rivera comes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as vice president for research administration and as an assistant professor in the division of ethics and health policy.

“Dr. Rivera possesses an impressive breadth of experience as a scholar, administrator and leader of research programs,” Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack said.
At Case Western Reserve, Rivera will be responsible for managing sponsored projects’ administration, overseeing sponsors' funds and complying with external regulations. She hopes to increase and enhance research programs by bringing together faculty, external sponsors and others to develop proposals that build on the research strengths of the university.

“I am pleased to join an institution with such a wide-ranging record of research achievement,” Rivera said. “I am eager to contribute to Case Western Reserve’s efforts to increase research, in particular in interdisciplinary areas.” Read more.

Campus News

Looking for ways to meet new people and share a special hobby or talent? Thinking about building your resume and increasing your presentation skills? Presenting a SatCo is a great way to get a head start. If you are interested in presenting, submit a program proposal here. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 28. Spring SatCo will be held Feb. 26-27.

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This week, reminder messages about campus climate surveys will be sent to faculty, staff, and students who started at the university before April 2010. Students and staff will receive a reminder email from Vice President Marilyn Sanders Mobley. Full-time faculty will receive a reminder from Deputy Provost Lynn Singer. Survey results will allow comparison of how different campus constituencies perceive the environment for inclusion and diversity. The faculty survey is a follow-up to the climate survey conducted in 2007 and will help the university learn more about how faculty view the quality of the academic community on campus. Results will be compared to those from similar surveys of faculty at other research universities. Questions about the surveys can be directed to the Office of Institutional Research.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members can get instant in-person support to set up Blackboard sites for spring semester. The Blackboard Clinic walk-in hours will be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, at the Kelvin Smith Library Room 212B. Blackboard support is also available anytime by calling the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) and at

For Students

The deadline to apply for spring and summer break study abroad opportunities has been extended until mid-January. All opportunities are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Many students are able to qualify for financial aid.

Programs offered through the Department of Bioethics include spring break courses in Paris, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires and Salamanca, Spain. Go online for more information or contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, at 216.368.5377 or by email.

Programs offered through the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences include the following: spring break in Guatemala, Turkey, the Netherlands and Ecuador (May). With the exception of the Netherlands, all are approved as global and cultural diversity electives. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs for the Mandel School, at 216.368.6014 or by email for details.


Today is the deadline to apply for the workshop, Is There a PhD in Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation: A Practical Workshop for Doctoral Students. Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies, Kelvin Smith Library and the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development committee, this workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Also, don't miss your chance to win one of the dissertation completion care packages (valued at $200). For more information or to register (by today), go online.

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Case Western Reserve University, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Co. will sponsor Spider silk: an evolutionary experiment in biological supermaterial. The event, featuring Todd Blackledge of the University of Akron’s Department of Biology, Cecilia Boutry, PhD candidate, and Sara Suva, biology undergraduate, will be held Jan. 10 at The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. (2701 Carroll Ave., Cleveland). Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion starting around 7 p.m. For details, go online.

Et al.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams each were honored with the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award. The NSCAA Team Award is given to programs with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Niro Wimalasena
Niro Wimalasena

Case Western Reserve University is one of 133 schools from all divisions throughout the nation to have both its men’s and women’s teams honored, with 3.17 and 3.21 GPAs, respectively. This is the seventh consecutive season for both teams to earn the awards.

Additionally, men’s junior defender Niro Wimalasena, a chemical engineering major with a 3.71 GPA, was named to the NSCAA’s Scholar All-East Region team.

Jan. 4, 2011

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In the News

As Boomers Wrinkle

The Economist, Dec. 29, 2010
In the next two decades, people over the age of 65 will rise from 17 percent of the voting population to 26 percent, and because older people vote more regularly than younger people, their actual percentage will be about 29 percent, said Robert Binstock, professor of bioethics, epidemiology & biostatistics, medicine, nursing, political science and sociology.

Expert Answers on Alopecia

The New York Times, Dec. 27, 2010
Wilma F. Bergfeld, asssociate clinical professor in the department of dermatology, answered readers questions on alopecia areata, a condition that causes hair loss.

2010 Brought Us a Dose of Good Health News

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 27, 2010
Ohio recently ranked seventh in terms of the most farmers' markets, which is great for residents, as often the produce is organic or pesticide-free. Plus, said Jane Korsberg, senior instructor of nutrition at the School of Medicine: "When you get locally grown things, they're picked when they're at their best, fully ripened and with the nutritional content at its peak, so you get all of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients."

Case Western Reserve University Looks to Liven Up Its Library

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 27, 2010
Arnold Hirshon, associate provost and university librarian, is taking action to make the Kelvin Smith Library more active. A cafe will open soon, and the competition to redesign the first floor is underway. "It should be the logical place on campus where people should meet," he said.

Higher Ed News

Colleges to Confront Deep Cutbacks

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 2, 2011
In states such as Ohio where new governors have pledged to not increase taxes, university budgets likely will suffer.