School of Law Names New Dean

CWRU School of Law dean
Case Western Reserve University School of Law named Lawrence Mitchell its new dean yesterday during an event at the law school. Mitchell, who is an internationally prominent business law scholar and professor at George Washington University, said the law school is an "extraordinary place. Many of its faculty are leaders in their fields, and the legal skills program is one of the most forward-thinking in the nation." Here, Mitchell (right) meets law school professors Michael Scharf (left) and Jonathan Entin.

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Researchers Develop Material to Fix Scratches in Paint, Furniture through Light

Stuart Rowan
Click here to view a video of how it works.

Your 6-year-old found a nail in the garage and drew pictures across the side of your new car.

Gnash your teeth now, but researchers at Case Western Reserve University, led by Kent Hale Smith Professor Stuart J. Rowan, say the fix-up may be cheap and easy to do yourself in the not-too-distant future.

Together with partners in the USA and Switzerland, they have developed a polymer-based material that can heal itself when placed under ultraviolet light for less than a minute. Their findings are published in the April 21 issue of Nature.

The scientists envision that re-healable materials like theirs could be used in automotive paints, varnishes for floors and furniture, and many other applications. Read how the material works.

Campus News

Denny's All Nigher
Denny's AllNigher prototype.

Bon Appétit will open a Denny’s AllNighter this fall, to be located in what is now the Silver Spartan Diner space. The quick-serve eatery will fill student demand for late-night dining and will offer Denny’s signature breakfast and lunch dishes, burgers, munchies, and a barista bar offering blended specialty beverages, iced and frozen coffees and fruit smoothies.

Also coming soon to CWRU is the expansion of Einstein Bros. Bagels at Nord Hall—adding new equipment to expedite orders more efficiently—a refurbishment at Starbucks NRV that includes new furniture and counter space, and a facelift to Subway at Tomlinson Marketplace. Subway will also debut its breakfast program May 2.

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There will be an interruption of services for SmartCART users Saturday, April 23, from 6 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m. to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the SmartCART vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance and implement an update of the system. Users attempting to reach the SmartCART online ordering system while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Wellness Program will host a free wellness seminar on holistic and energy medicine April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Francoise Adan, director of Mood and Mindfulness Clinic, and Judy McCracken, president and CEO of Reiki Rays of Hope for Caregivers, will present during the seminar. Register online.

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Internal funding is available for Case Western Reserve University faculty to support innovation projects to foster the translation of bio-related research into commercial products. This NSF-funded Partnership for Innovation (PFI) program links faculty members, students and the business community with different but complementary skill sets, providing $5,000–$40,000 for research and development plus “business expenses” for the period of one year. Find more details online or contact Alexis Abramson with questions.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Seminar on Reproductive Health will continue April 27 with a talk by Sheryl Kingsberg, professor of reproductive biology and psychiatry, on “Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction.” The talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Zverina Room on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Attendees should bring their lunch, although light refreshments and cookies will be provided. For more information, email Leila Jackson or Vanessa Hildebrand.

For Students

Any graduating LGBTQA undergraduate or graduate/professional student is invited to participate in Lavender Graduation, an annual celebration across the nation to honor graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied individuals. Anyone is welcome to attend the event, sponsored by the LGBT Center and Alumni Relations. An RSVP is required. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

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Join Case Center for Inquiry April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. for its annual Good Friday for a Barbecue at Leutner Pavilion and enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers and more.


Case for Community Day 2010Mark your calendars—the annual Case for Community Day will be held Friday, Sept. 16. Join hundreds of faculty, staff and students as volunteers in the Greater University Circle community. Since 2003, nearly 4,000 CWRU faculty, staff and students have invested 10,000 hours of volunteer service for 500 service projects throughout the Greater Cleveland community—an economic value of $208,500. In addition, over the past eight years, local businesses and residents received in-kind donations and services worth approximately $640,000 from Case Western Reserve University. The impact of CFCD extends far beyond the one day of volunteer service in the Greater Cleveland region as new relationships are formed or strengthened among our faculty, staff and students with community organizations. Check the website this summer for event details and registration.

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Elijah Wald
Elijah Wald

The Rock and Popular Music Institute will present author, journalist and musician Elijah Wald on April 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Harkness Chapel Classroom. Wald—a Grammy Award winner for his liner notes to The Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box, among other awards—will present a lecture titled “Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.” The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary pizza and soda will be provided for all event attendees. Find more information online.

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In continuation of Vergil Week, there will be a symposium on “Tradition: Vergil in Literature and the Arts” April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Clark Hall 206. Additionally, the keynote address with Jan Ziolkowski, chair of the Department of Classics at Harvard University, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. For more details, 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.

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Three Case Western Reserve University students participated in Cleveland Clinic’s Fourth Annual Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference, representing minority students from all over the U.S.

First-year student Vashti Aguilar was one of 30 students chosen to participate in coaching and mentoring sessions with Cleveland Clinic staff members, while juniors Giselle Jarrett and Omar Gutierrez were two of just 10 students selected to present their original research at the conference. Jarrett presented on “Is IQ a Factor in Prader-Willi Syndrome Eating Disorder?” and Gutierrez presented on “Fluorescent Timer (FT) Serves as a Superior Tool to Study Cardiomyocyte Differentiation in Zebrafish.”

The three-day conference aims to increase participation of underrepresented minority groups in research and medicine by establishing a student-physician networking opportunity and a forum for science and research discussion. Find more information online.

April 21, 2011

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In the News

Maserati’s Expensive Scratches May Be Fixed With Self-Repairing Material

Bloomberg, April 20, 2011
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University, Switzerland’s Fribourg University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., made a polymer that absorbs ultraviolet light and converts it into localized heat, allowing material made from the molecules to flow into small scratches and dings to repair them.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Names New Dean

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 20, 2011
The School of Law at Case Western Reserve University named Lawrence E. Mitchell, a business law scholar at George Washington University, as its next dean, pending approval of the board of trustees.

Protecting Children in the Face of Disaster

Medscape Medical News, April 20, 2011
Taking care of children affected by disaster requires special preparedness, said Michael Anderson, associate professor of pediatric critical care at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, vice president and associate chief medical officer at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and pediatric critical care specialist at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He discussed challenges that children face as opposed to adults, as well as plans for helping children after the recent crises in Japan and lessons learned post-Hurricane Katrina.

Higher Ed News

5 Myths About the 'Information Age'

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2011
A Harvard University professor and librarian discusses five misconceptions about the digital age that often go unchallenged, such as "The book is dead" and "Libraries are obsolete."