Mark Coticchia Resigns from Technology Transfer Office

Mark E. Coticchia
Mark E. Coticchia

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that Mark E. Coticchia, Vice President for Economic Development, Industrial Research and Technology Management, has resigned, effective April 1.

“Over the past decade, Mark built our technology transfer office into an operation renowned nationally for its success,” President Snyder said. “He also played a key role in developing an innovation infrastructure within the greater Cleveland community. I am grateful for his extraordinary contributions, and wish him all the best in his next professional venture.”

Coticchia plans to launch his own independent company to provide products and services for technology transfer, venture development and economic growth to universities, hospitals, governments, and private institutions. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the community to participate in nominations for the 3rd Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award. Four winners will be selected in the areas of Faculty Excellence, Staff Leadership, Graduate/Professional Student Achievement and Undergraduate Student Achievement. A luncheon celebrating the four award winners will be held on April 14. For more information and to nominate, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

The grace period for 2010 Health Care Flexible Spending Account expenses will end March 15. The grace period is an extended period of coverage at the end of the plan year that allows you extra time to incur expenses that can be reimbursed from your remaining 2010 Health Care FSA balance. If your 2010 expenses were less than the amount you put aside in your FSA, you have until March 15 to incur additional expenses. You will need to submit a Health Care FSA Reimbursement Claim Form to receive reimbursement. Your Meritain Benny debit card can only be used with your 2011 health care FSA. All claims submitted for services provided during the grace period will automatically be processed against the previous year's plan year first. If your claims exceed the available funds from the previous plan year, any excess will be automatically applied to your 2011 health care FSA election. Claims for your 2010 FSA account must be submitted to Meritain by June 30.

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Joseph Fagan
Joseph Fagan

UCITE presents a grant writing course for faculty Thursday, Feb. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen Building. Leffingwell Professor of Psychology Joseph Fagan, who has been awarded grants from the NIH, NSF, the Edison Biotechnology Project, the Spencer Foundation and more, will present an overview of his popular summer course on grant writing. Pizza lunch and beverages will be provided. Email to RSVP.

For Students

There will be a SOURCE Seminar on Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities On and Off Campus on Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Crawford Hall 11A. Register online.

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Senior portraits will be taken Feb. 24-25 in the 1914 Lounge in Thwing Center. Sign up here for a free five-minute session. This is your last chance to have your senior photo taken this semester! Email Megan Schulstad or visit for more information.

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Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship’s Rocks and Traub Funds. These funds support a wide range of undergraduate student projects, including the support of research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or project-oriented travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The average award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25. Go online for complete details.


Phi Mu is hosting its 5th annual three-on-three basketball tournament benefiting Rainbow Babies Hospital through Children's Miracle Network on Feb. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. in Veale Center. The donation is $35 for one team and $60 for two teams. Additionally, there will be activities, raffles and a halftime show. Registration will take place every day this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall.

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The pre-medical chapter of the American Medical Student Association will host a Benefit Dinner for the Heart Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the entire campus. A raffle will held for a $2,000 Kaplan course and other prizes, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Extra credit is being offered for many classes for attending this event.

Et al.

Stephanie Liscio
A School of Law moot court team consisting of (from left) Angie
Daling, Jimmy Hoffman, student coach Morgan Sigman,Will York
and professor/coach Katy Mercer.

The Case Western Reserve University National Moot Court Team, consisting of Angie Daling, Will York and Jimmy Hoffman, student coached by Morgan Sigman, and coached by Professor Katy Mercer, advanced to the National Competition after beating out the teams who participated in the Regional Rounds in Toledo this past November. At the beginning of February, the team traveled to New York City where they advanced to Day 3, the "sweet 16 round," beating out at least 12, ultimately winning on orals but defeated by a small margin overall in the final round. More than 190 law schools from around the country competed in this competition. The National Problem involved what standard a court should apply in granting a motion for preliminary injunction, and whether a city's healthcare security ordinance conflicted with existing federal law.

Feb. 23, 2011

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In the News

Obama Courts Favor in Ohio, a Key Voter State

The Washington Times, Feb. 22, 2011
President Barack Obama's visit to Cleveland yesterday showed how crucial the state remains in voting. “Republicans have never won the White House without carrying Ohio and that’s very much on the minds of Democrats,” said Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science who said recent signs don’t bode well for Obama.

College Student Leaders Discuss Issues with White House Official, and Meet President Obama

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 22, 2011
Student leaders, including Undergraduate Student President Minh-Tri Nguyen, met with White House Youth Liaison Kalpen Modi to discuss jobs, leadership and programs for veterans and inner-city youth, but they also got the opportunity to meet President Obama.

My Take: There’s No Such Thing as the Bible and Never Has Been, Feb. 21, 2011
Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, penned a blog explaining why there is—and never has been—one true “word” of God in existence.

Malaria Strain Spreading to Africa
The Press Association, Feb. 21, 2011
A malaria parasite has broken through a natural genetic barrier and now infects previously immune Africans. Center for Global Health & Diseases Professor Peter Zimmerman surveyed eight populations in Madagascar and found they are being infected.

Higher Ed News

American Universities Have Major Stake in Immigration Reform, Speaker Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2011
American universities could become obsolete if the U.S. doesn't reform its immigration system, scholar Vivek Wadhwa said during the annual meeting of the Association of International Education Administrators. With the current system, 1 million highly educated immigrants are in limbo because of tight caps on visas, and this could lead to a "reverse brain drain" as they leave the country.