Former Weatherhead Dean to Deliver Commencement Address

Scott Cowen
Scott Cowen. Photo courtesy
of Tulane University.

Scott Cowen, former dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and current president of Tulane University, will deliver the keynote commencement convocation address to approximately 1,750 graduates on Sunday, May 15. Named as one of the nation’s top 10 best college presidents by TIME magazine, Cowen has earned national recognition as a business scholar and community leader.

For more information on commencement, go online.

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CWRU Researchers Find Improvements to Chemotherapy Drugs

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a little bomb that promises a big bang for cancer patients. Preliminary tests show an anti-cancer drug loosely attached to gold nanoparticles starts accumulating deep inside tumors within minutes of injection and can be activated for an effective treatment within two hours. The same drug injected alone takes two days to gather and attacks the tumor from the surface—a far less effective route.

Speeding anti-cancer drugs directly into tumors enables patients to receive lower doses of the toxic chemicals, thereby saving healthy tissue from damage and other harsh side effects suffered in traditional chemotherapy.

“We hope to lower the dosage by at least a factor of 10,” said Clemens Burda, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the paper. The research team comprised Burda, graduate students Yu Cheng and Joseph D. Meyers, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering Ann-Marie Broome, chemistry professor Malcolm E. Kenney and associate professor of biomedical engineering James Basilion. Read more.

Campus News

The Common Reading Selection Committee is soliciting suggestions from the entire university community for the 2012 Common Reading. Since 2002, the Common Reading program has provided a free copy of the selected book to all new undergraduates as a summer reading that will be discussed during Welcome Days and throughout the fall semester. This 2010 selection of Elizabeth Royte’s Bottlemania led to the Year of Water theme and associated programs and speakers.  All previous selections can be seen on the Common Reading website. To make a recommendation for the 2012 Common Reading, complete the online recommendation form.

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Case Western Reserve University 121 Fitness Center will be open during spring break. Additionally, the center has expanded weekend hours, operating Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, it is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round. Visit, call 216.368.1121, or stop in for more information. Bring a copy of this issue of The Daily in and receive 50 percent off your initiation fee through March 31.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Human Resources’ Erica Merritt will lead a seminar titled “Leader as Coach” on March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. During the session, participants will explore the strategies, skills and behaviors of effective coaches and will gain an understanding of how to match coaching styles with the staff member and situation. Register online.

For Students

David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs, and other faculty and staff working on international issues want to have a dialogue with students about the university’s international direction—including making study abroad better, assuring international students are integrated into campus life, research opportunities overseas, the upcoming international plan and more. Students are invited to come enjoy free pizza and talk about these issues at one of two sessions: Monday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room in Wade Commons, or Tuesday, March 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Fribley Fireside Room in Fribley Commons. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at 216.368.2397 or by email.

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There will be an interruption of service for QuickPay between 2 and 4 a.m. March 7 to complete scheduled maintenance. Users attempting to reach it while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

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Not sure how to format your résumé? Kim Paik from the Case Western Reserve University Career Center will present “What Goes in a Résumé or CV?” March 14 at 4 p.m. in the Wood Building W331. Minority Graduate Student Organization, Graduate Student Senate and the Office of Graduate Education will sponsor the event. Email with questions.


Intersections: Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session will be held April 15. The abstract proposal deadline is March 18. For more information, click here.

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The Department of Astronomy, in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society and with support from the Arthur S. Holden Sr. Endowment, present “The Search for the Most Distant Galazies and the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages” as part of the 2010-11 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. The free event, held March 10 at 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will be led by Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Barton from University of California, Irvine. Find more information online.

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St. Baldrick'sThe university community is invited to take part in the 9th annual Cleveland St. Baldrick’s Foundation event March 17 at A.J. Rocco’s. This year, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will have a team of “shavees” who will shave their heads in solidary with children who have cancer. Members of the Case Western Reserve University community can consider joining Team Rainbow or create their own team. Donations also are accepted. To join the team or make a donation, click here.

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.

Justia’s Blawgsearch named School of Law Professor Peter Friedman’s blog, Ruling Imagination: Law & Creativity, as one of the top 50 intellectual property blogs.

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A number of School of Law faculty members have made presentations lately. On Feb. 23, Michael Benza presented at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on the Comparative Analysis of the Death Penalty. On Feb. 17, Jon Groetzinger presented a webinar to executives from large U.S. corporations on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance and Enforcement Trends for Compliance Online. And on Feb. 10, Sharona Hoffman spoke at the American Health Lawyers Association in Las Vegas on The Promise of E-Health: Patient Safety, Provider Liability and Health Information Technology.

March 4, 2011

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In the News

When Optimism Is Unrealistic

The New York Times, March 3, 2011
A new study shows that, despite being told otherwise, many participants in clinical trials hold an “unrealistic optimism” that the treatment will help their health, which causes an ethical debate. “You have oncology, a field of medicine that is strongly evidence-based and research-intensive, and you have a population of patients who are experiencing an immediate threat to their lives,” said Neal J. Meropol, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Alleviating Alzheimer’s Symptoms By Improving Vision

WCPN, March 3, 2011
Grover C. Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, discussed research that looks at the connection between vision and dementia, and whether improving the eyesight of dementia patients can alleviate some symptoms.

Opponents of Senate Bill 5 May Wait Until 2012 to Fight

WKYC, March 3, 2011
Opponents to Senate Bill 5 might want to wait until 2012 to overturn the bill by a statewide vote because voter turnout would be higher in a presidential election, said Jonathan Entin, professor of political science and law.

Higher Ed News

Cornell Faculty Senate to Consider 'Strongly Discouraging' Surprise Homework Over Breaks

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2011
Members of the faculty senate at Cornell University are expected to vote on a resolution this month to “strongly discourage” faculty members from giving last-minute assignments that would require students to do work over breaks in the academic calendar. “The idea was not to forbid homework over break, but to make academic work over break the choice of the student,” a professor said.