Three Named Diekhoff Award Winners for Graduate Teaching, Mentoring

The Diekhoff Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising and classroom teaching. It was established in 1978 in honor of John S. Diekhoff, who served as a professor, department chair and vice provost, among other roles, during his time at the university from 1956 to 1970.

The annual award honors full-time faculty members who excel in the teaching of graduate students, or who epitomize what it means to mentor graduate students: to connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically in a forthright and collegial manner, and actively promote their professional development.

The 2011 Diekhoff Award winners are T. Kenny Fountain, Jeffrey R. Capadona and LaShanda Korley. Read all about the winners.

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Campus News

Access Services released 2011-2012 parking rates. Check out the new rates online.

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The International Planning Committee approved a draft of the university’s Plan for Internationalization, and its members invite the university community to give their input on the plan by May 13. A copy of the plan is available online; email Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler with comments. For more information on the planning process, click here. Email or call Fleshler at 368.2397 with questions or comments.

For Faculty and Staff

There will be a seminar on “Protecting Sensitive Data” May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. During the talk, Boyd Kumher, university compliance officer, and Mark Herron, information assurance analyst, will discuss the steps required to safeguard sensitive information, including guidelines, procedures and practices. Administrators, researchers and others with access to sensitive information in the performance of university business should attend.

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For the third summer in a row, Varsity Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski will host a youth tennis camp on campus, with sessions running June 13-17 and June 20-24. The camp is run through the All-American Tennis Camps and is open to boys and girls ages 8-18 of all skill levels. For more information, go online.

For Students

CWRU off-campus housingAnyone interested in renting university-owned off-campus apartments and houses should check the Office of Commercial Development & Property Management’s website to see available properties. Additionally, they are renting three-bedroom apartments in the Noble on East 116 St. Contact to schedule a viewing.


John Stevenson
John Stevenson

Case Western Reserve University alumnus and structural-mechanical design expert John D. Stevenson will speak on “The Effect of the Recent Earthquake and Tsunami on Japanese Nuclear Power Plants” May 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bingham Building 103. Stevenson—who has more than 35 years of experience in the structural-mechanical design of potentially hazardous facilities in the nuclear, petrochemical and biomedical industries—will discuss the nature of earthquakes, tsunamis and seiches, seismic design differences between nuclear and conventional power plants, recent earthquake and tsunami effects on Japanese nuclear power plants and radiological consequences of nuclear power plant failure.

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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SAGES Fellow Amy Absher is the 2011 winner of the Richard A. Bloom, MD, Award for Distinguished Teaching in the SAGES Program. The award was established in 2008 to honor distinguished teaching in the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University.

Absher's nominators cited her enthusiasm for the material, her ability to motivate students to do their best work, and her success with the seminar style of learning.

“She is the type of professor that is 100 percent committed to teaching and nurturing each student,” one nominator said, while another noted that she “knows how to keep every class interesting and enjoyable, while still effectively teaching the subject matter.”

May 2, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University Chooses Perkins + Will Firm to Design $50 Million Student Center

The Plain Dealer, April 30, 2011
Case Western Reserve University chose Perkins+Will to design the new university center. "We really need something as a magnet to draw people together," said Stephen Campbell, vice president for campus planning and facilities management.

Amid 'War on Obesity,' Skeptics Warn of Stigma

ABC News, May 1, 2011
As states, cities and the first lady herself campaign against child obesity, critics worry that discrimination toward the overweight will only increase. "To declare we're going to eliminate childhood obesity — that's actually a very stigmatizing thing to say," said Paul Ernsberger, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition. "The overweight child hears that and thinks, 'They wish I wasn't here.'"

Natural Cures that Really Work, April 26, 2011
Some natural remedies do more harm than good, but some actually work. In a breakdown of remedies found online, Jerome Z. Litt, School of Medicine assistant clinical professor of dermatology, discusses the issues that go along with using tea tree oil to get rid of acne.

Diet Danger: Carl Monday Investigates Dangerous Diets

WOIO-TV, April 27, 2011
A new weight-loss plan includes a 500-calorie diet and injections of HCG. Mary Beth Kavanagh, senior instructor in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said it’s unhealthy to consume so few calories per day. “The diet itself can lead to health problems,” she said.

You’re a Lawyer Now, So You Can Stop Sounding Like One

ABA Journal, May 1, 2011
Jim McElhaney, Baker and Hostetler Distinguished Scholar in Trial Practice at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, penned an article on tips on how to effectively speak as an attorney.

Higher Ed News

For Free Food on Their Campus, Hungry Students Consult ‘Food-Bot’

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 28, 2011
Food-Bot, which scans messages and event listings to find free food on college campuses, is available at more than 10 campuses around the country, including Case Western Reserve University. Its creator used the service to eat free for five months.