Predicting IT Trends on Campus

Lev Gonick
Lev Gonick

For the past few years, Insider Higher Ed has engaged Lev Gonick, chief information officer and vice president of Information Technology Services at Case Western Reserve University, to provide his top 10 technology predictions for the coming year, and this year was no different. His predictions ranged from global engagement through technology to, of course, the popularity of iPads and other e-readers. But, he noted, “This year’s tech predictions are less about gadgets and new technology innovation [and more about] how innovation has led to a broad set of challenges.” Yet no list of tech trends could be without some acknowledgment of gadgets and their real-world applications. “Key technology trends like mobility, gaming, e-readers and social networking—four of the 10 trends from last year—are repeats [on my prediction list] this year. These technologies are gaining a foothold in interesting ways, while last year they were largely emergent.”

So exactly how do these national trends play out on the Case Western Reserve campus? “All 10 trends have direct consequence and relevance to Case Western Reserve University,” Gonick said.

For example, many faculty members are innovating in learning platforms like multipurpose e-readers, Gonick said, and many others use all electronic learning materials in courses, including texts. There still is a long way to go when it comes to complete implementation, though: “I would be surprised if e-texts, including electronic reserves and online resources represent more than 10 percent of the current textbook adoption/purchasing behavior of faculty and staff,” Gonick said anecdotally. Read more.

Campus News

There will be an interruption of services for Adobe Connect users on Friday, Jan. 14, between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. This is to allow Information Technology Services to perform scheduled maintenance. During this time, the service will be unavailable. If you have additional questions about this outage please contact the ITS Help Desk 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is making a second call for applications for its Research Working Group Seminars. Support of up to $2,000 is offered for research and critical inquiry in the humanities through research working group seminars. These seminars, to be organized on the semester model, will be composed of faculty and graduate students in the arts and humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Each group should have a targeted question or theme and be interdisciplinary in composition. Groups that duplicate, in the majority, the composition of any one department are not eligible. Funds should be expended between Feb. 1 and May 31. Final reports will be due in June and should include the names and institutional affiliations of all participants. Find more information and the application here.

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The Department of Religious Studies moved from Mather House to the second floor (north end) of Tomlinson Hall. The department and its faculty are now located in suite 243, effective Jan. 10.

For Faculty and Staff

Anthem is experiencing delays in distributing the 2011 subscriber ID cards. Human Resources is in regular contact with Anthem and will provide an update when a resolution date is known. If you are a new Anthem subscriber in 2011 and need to obtain health care services before your ID card arrives, please contact Benefits Administration at 368.6781 or to obtain your subscriber number and other important information that your health care provider will need to file a claim. Existing Anthem subscribers should continue to use their assigned subscriber number found on current ID cards until the 2011 replacement card arrives.

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A new microscope core facility is open to the Case Western Reserve University campus community. The facility houses a powerful Leica TCS SP2 Multiple Photon confocal microscope capable of state-of-the-art imaging. While the microscope is optimized for live imaging, it is also one of the best microscopes on campus to image fixed specimens. For more information about this facility or how to sign up to use it, visit this website.

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.

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A meditation group for students will resume Friday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of University Health Services. This is a drop-in group for students who are interested in learning more about meditation. Elements of Insight Meditation and visualization exercises also will be incorporated. It is ideal for both novices and experienced meditators. There is no need to register, but those with questions can contact Mary Hildenbrand at 216.368.5872 for more information.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events will be held through next week around campus. The following events will take place Friday, Jan. 14:

  • The Spring Community Service Fair: Nonprofit and Student Organizations will take place in Thwing Ballroom starting at 12:30. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, the fair allows students to learn about local nonprofits that need volunteers, post-grad service opportunities and student service organizations. Pizza will be provided.
  • The Departments of Physical Education and Athletics will sponsor the MLK Week Basketball Game: Case Western Reserve University vs. New York University at 6 p.m. in Horsburgh Gym in Veale Center. The award-winning Shaw High School band from East Cleveland will perform.
  • Ongoing events: the Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America display, sponsored by and held at Kelvin Smith Library, and the I Have a Dream display, sponsored by Office of Student Activities and Leadership, at Thwing Center Atrium.

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Visit the LGBT Center for a Welcome Back Open House Friday, Jan. 14 from noon to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to stop in to enjoy cookies and beverages, meet the LGBT Center staff and learn about upcoming programs planned for spring.

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Be sure to reserve a spot (and lunch) for "What You Should Know About Your Research Proposals and Budgets," presented by Robin Bissell, director of the Office of Grants and Contracts at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Deborah Hamzah, director of research administration Case School of Engineering. The workshop and discussion, sponsored by the Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. To RSVP, go online. For more information, contact Susan Freimark.

Et al.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded the distinction of fellow to four Case Western Reserve University faculty members because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished: James M. Anderson, professor of pathology, macromolecular science and biomedical engineering; Pierluigi Gambetti, professor in the Department of Pathology; Arthur H. Heuer, Distinguished University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics; and Jerry Silver, professor in the Department of Neurosciences.

Jan. 12, 2011

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In the News

Robotic Lawn Mower Competition Inspires Students to 'Do Engineering'

National Instruments, Jan. 11, 2011
Case Western Reserve University students developed a lawn mower that can autonomously navigate defined paths to cut grass and avoid obstacles. A detailed guide and video details the team's work.

Future Moms Can Participate in Children's Health Study

The Chronicle-Telegram, Jan. 13, 2011
Over the next two decades, local children will be monitored for health issues in a study seeking to unlock mysteries of childhood disease, according to a doctor at Case Western Reserve University who is overseeing the local effort. The pilot phase is beginning this year in Cuyahoga County and will involve 150 women, said Dr. Dorr Dearborn, chairman of the Department of Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Lose Weight While You Sleep

MSN Money, Jan. 10, 2011
No, you're not dreaming. Seven to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye can help you eat less, burn more calories and feel energized for your morning workout. The article cites a Case Western Reserve University study.

Higher Ed News

Watchdog: Universities Must Confront Their Conflicts of Interest

Science, Jan. 12, 2011
Although much ado has been made recently about whether universities are doing enough to police their medical researchers' financial conflicts of interest, less has been said about conflicts involving the institutions themselves. A new report from a federal watchdog office finds that although some universities have policies to manage institutional conflicts, many others do not.