Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

The Board of Trustees announced two new members of the board during its February meeting. The new trustees, Julie Gerberding and Vincent Gaudiani, are alumni of Case Western Reserve University and are prominent figures in the healthcare industry.

Julie Gerberding
Julie Gerberding

Gerberding is president of Merck Vaccines, where she handles the commercialization of the vaccine portfolio, plans for the introduction of new vaccines and helps broaden access to vaccines in the developing world. Previously she served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009. She has been named to Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list four times and Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2004. She received her undergraduate and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the School of Medicine.

Vincent Gaudiani
Vincent Gaudiani

Gaudiani is a practicing heart surgeon in Northern California and the leader of Pacific Coast Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, where he serves as chief of cardiac surgery in two of the group’s five hospitals. Additionally, he teaches surgical technique and serves as an adviser to several valve-manufacturing companies. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at University Hospitals, among other institutions.

“We are proud to welcome such prominent, dedicated and forward-thinking individuals to Case Western Reserve’s Board of Trustees,” said Charles “Bud” Koch, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Their insight and experience will be invaluable in guiding the university’s future.”

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Law Clinic Students Win $1.12 Million Verdict for Client

Case Western Reserve University School of Law students in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic recently obtained a jury verdict of $1.12 million in favor of their clients, a family victimized by a fraudulent home-repair and financing scheme. The students tried their damages case to a jury on Feb. 10 in the courtroom of Cuyahoga County Visiting Judge John E. Corrigan. This verdict was the largest in the clinic’s history and included compensatory damages, treble damages under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, and punitive damages.

3L students and Andrew Pollis
Students Jennifer Hadley and Brant DiChiera meet with School
of Law Professor Andrew Pollis.

Current third-year students Brant DiChiera and Jennifer Hadley represented the client. DiChiera explained how it felt to hear the verdict read: “As Judge Corrigan read the verdict, I realized the jury gave us the full amount for which we asked. In fact, they gave one of our clients $9,000 more. It was a complete adrenaline rush. Absolutely thrilling.”

School of Law Clinic Professor Andrew S. Pollis supervised the students involved with this case, which first came to the clinic in September 2008. Several students handled various stages of this case. Read more.

Campus News

The university holiday schedule has been revised for the 2011-2012 New Year’s holidays. The revised university-designated holiday will be Friday, Dec. 30, instead of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, as previously posted. The New Year’s Day holiday is unchanged and will be observed Monday, Jan. 2. The university will resume regular business operations on Tuesday, Jan. 3. There is no change to the Christmas day and university-designated holidays, which will be observed on Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26.

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The new café at Kelvin Smith Library will open soon, with a grand opening Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Stop by to join the festivities.

For Faculty and Staff

UCITE will host a seminar on Meeting the Mid-Career Challenge March 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen Building. The session will discuss not only how to get out of a mid-career rut but also how to prevent it in the first place. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to

For Students

Nominations for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the J. Bruce Jackson M.D. Award are now being accepted. The Wittke Award is presented each year to two faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. All undergraduate students and recent alumni (within two years) may submit nominations online. Nominated faculty members must have been instructors of record during the 2010-2011 academic year. The Jackson Award recognizes outstanding advising and mentoring of undergraduate students at the university. Students and alumni may make nominations online, but only faculty and staff currently working at the university are eligible for the award. The deadline to nominate for both awards in March 11.

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All students are invited to enter the Department of English’s writing contest, to win more than $1,500 in prizes in categories such as first-year student essay, advanced student essay (sophomore, junior or senior), poetry, creative writing other than poetry or outstanding writing for or about children. To enter, pick up an entry form in Guilford House Room 106B and submit by March 4 at 5 p.m. Prizes will be presented at the College Awards Assemblies at the end of the semester.


Case Western Reserve University’s Words Matter group is hosting a "Spread the Word to End The Word" day today until 4 p.m. Stop by KSL Oval to sign the pledge to eliminate the derogatory use of the word "retard" and promote inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Email with questions.

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Ray Leach
Ray Leach

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend The David Deioma Lectureship, sponsored by the Master of Engineering and Management Program, on March 3 in Severance Hall. Ray Leach, CEO of Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc., will discuss “How Northeast Ohio Has Become a Model for the Future Economy of the U.S.” A reception begins in the Smith Lobby of Severance Hall at 4:30; the presentation begins at 6 p.m. To register, click here.

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The community is invited to Weatherhead Showcase to learn more about pursuing a graduate degree in the Weatherhead School of Management. Attendees can meet faculty and alumni and will receive an application fee waiver for attending. The event will take place March 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building. Register 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.

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Lev Gonick
Lev Gonick

Government Technology magazine and Center for Digital Government selected Case Western Reserve University Chief Technology Officer Lev Gonick as one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” of the year. Winners were selected for their use of technology to “improve government performance, boost efficiency and strengthen citizen services.” The list includes individuals from state and local government as well as private, non-profit and academic institutions. Gonick, along with the other winners, will be featured in the March issue of Government Technology. “This year’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers showed the courage and vision to address long-standing problems and transform government operations in a tough environment,” said Steve Towns, editor of Government Technology. “We congratulate the 2011 Top 25 and acknowledge them for their service."

In Memoriam

Assistant Professor Emeritus of Medicine Edgar S. Bowerfind Jr. ("Pete") died Feb. 24. He served on the faculty from 1956 to 1992 and became an emeriti faculty member in 1992. The burial service will take place March 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights.

March 2, 2011

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In the News

Shire Once-Daily Guanfacine Tablet Gets FDA Approval for ADHD Treatment

Pharmaceutical Business Review, Feb. 28, 2011
After a study led by Robert Findling, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration approved once-daily pills for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.

Which Symptoms of PTSD Do the Most Damage?

Science Centric, March 1, 2011
Norah Feeny, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, co-authored a study that examined which problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder actually correspond with a lower quality of life. Trouble sleeping, irritability and vigilance were three symptoms linked to lower quality of life.

The Boehner Uncertainty Principle

The American, March 1, 2011
Last year, Speaker of the House John Boehner said increased government regulation would lead to delays in investment and hiring in the small business sector until the regulation is fully understood. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, points out theory and evidence that support this “Boehner uncertainty principle.”

Higher Ed News

How to Train Your Draconian

Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2011
In a speech to the National Governors Association, Bill Gates suggested governors looking to cut spending should analyze which government-subsidized higher education programs lead to job creation in the state, which may have many liberal arts supporters concerned.