School of Medicine Names New VP for Medical Development and Vice Dean for External Affairs

Carol Moss
Carol Moss

Carol L. Moss has been appointed vice president for medical development and vice dean for external affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Moss, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at the University of California, San Francisco, will join Case Western Reserve School of Medicine on June 1.

In her new position, Moss will provide the strategic leadership for, and development of, a comprehensive and global development program with the goal of increasing philanthropy and alumni engagement with the School of Medicine. This role oversees principal and major gifts, annual giving, foundation relations, corporate relations, alumni relations, special events and external affairs. Read more.

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Glennan Fellows Present Engaging, Original Approaches to Learning

From tissue engineering to musicology, the topics of the Glennan Fellows program are varied, but all share a common thread: innovative ideas from promising faculty. The projects, which were awarded to five tenure-track faculty members in 2010, will be presented April 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen Memorial Medical Library building.

The 2010-11 Glennan Fellows are Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery; Francesca Brittan, assistant professor of music; Xuan Gao, assistant professor of physics; LaShanda Korley, Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of macromolecular science and engineering; and Peter Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics, biology and cognitive science. Read more about their interactive initiatives in the classroom.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2011 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2011 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Nominations must be received by noon on May 2. Nomination forms and guidelines are available online.

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Communities Take RootVoting is open for the Communities Take Root competition to get an orchard added to the university farms. Bookmark the page and vote once a day until Aug. 31. The university’s project is not yet on the top 10 leaderboard.

For Faculty and Staff

Women faculty members are invited to join Professors Catherine Albers (theater and dance) and Sharona Hoffman (law) for a facilitated discussion about Time Management and Maximizing Your Writing. The event, part of the Advice from Full Professors program sponsored by the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will be April 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Room at Thwing Center. Space is limited, so RSVP and reserve a lunch by emailing Susan Freimark.

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Kristin Z. Victoroff
Kristin Z. Victoroff

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations presents “What are Our Students Learning?” on April 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mandel Center, Room 115. Kristin Z. Victoroff, associate dean for education at the School of Dental Medicine, will lead the discussion on the associations between admissions test scores, grades, emotional intelligence ratings and clinical performance. RSVP to Maria Sharron by email or 216.368.0266.

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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.

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, on April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Alumni House. Anyone is welcome to attend the event, sponsored by the LGBT Center and Alumni Relations. An RSVP is required for graduates by today. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

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The Thwing Study Over will be Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 8 p.m. Students can come to Thwing Center to relax, eat free food and celebrate the end of the semester.  There will be arcade games, inflatables and booths run by student organizations. Find more information online.

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Students are encouraged to take a break during reading days (April 26-27) to learn about the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ fall 2011 travel courses. The Health, Human and Social Development in Urban and Rural Ecuador course (SASS 375/575) will travel to Ecuador Jan. 2-15, while the Social Development & Micro-Finance (SASS 375/575) course will travel to Bangladesh Dec. 29–Jan. 13. Financial aid is available and all undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson, director of International Education Programs, by email to make an appointment for April 26 or 27.


Kelvin Smith Library will host a series of free webinars on preserving personal and professional items this Tuesday-Thursday in honor of Preservation Week. National experts from the Library of Congress and other academic institutions will lead the webinars. Read more about other special offerings that help you preserve your things on the KSL NewsBlog.

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A free, open CWRU Percussion Ensembles Concert will be held April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel.

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The Science is Fun! Family Day will be held April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. The free event features hands-on science for all, including two special Challenge Center e-mission simulations for a limited number of guests. Call 216.368.5075 or email for more information.

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Michael Clune
Michael Clune

Department of English assistant professor Michael Clune will present on Theory Post45 at the Post45 conference at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Post45 is a collective of scholars working on American literature and culture since 1945.



April 25, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University's Endowment Invests in Timberland

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2011
Timberland represents about 3 percent of the university’s endowment, said Sally Staley, chief investment officer. “It is part of our investment strategy in natural resources, which include oil and gas, minerals, mining and energy,” she said. “We started in 2003, and it's a little unusual but not uncommon, especially for larger endowments who have natural resources allocations, to have a piece of that be in timber.”

Is American Manufacturing Poised for a Comeback?

Yahoo! News, April 21, 2011
Manufacturing has actually emerged as a key driver of the economic recovery, some numbers show, but the Obama administration’s strategy for the future workforce is to make long-term investments in education and innovation. And, as Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, has argued, most Americans are already trained for work in existing industries, such as conventional manufacturing, and retraining can be expensive and time-consuming.

Middle-Aging and Cancer

WCPN-FM, April 18, 2011
As people age, their risk of cancer goes up. “Cancer is a disease of genetic mutations, and the longer we go, the more our cells divide, the more likely we are to acquire genetic mutations,” explained Nathan Berger, director of the Center for Science, Health & Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “We’re surrounded by all sorts of insults and environmental attacks, all of which increase the possibility of a chance mutation in any given organ, leading to cancer.”

Case Western Fills Long-Vacant Law Dean Post

The National Law Journal, April 21, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Law selected Lawrence Mitchell as its next dean. When discussing his future with the university, he said, “We’re going to get ourselves in great financial shape and we’re going to get the alumni re-engaged.”

Higher Ed News

A Chancellor Strolls His Campus in Disguise on CBS's 'Undercover Boss'

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2011
In an episode set to air May 1, University of California at Riverside’s chancellor will go incognito on “Undercover Boss.” He will don an earring and glasses, plus a mustache and false teeth, while operating a projector and transcribing formulas in front of an organic-chemistry lecture, among other jobs.