University Names Wittke Award Winners

For more than 45 years, Case Western Reserve University has honored faculty members for exemplary teaching skills with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching.

The award, named for Carl Frederick Wittke, professor of history, chair of the Department of History and vice president of Western Reserve University from 1948 to 1963, is given to any faculty member who teaches undergraduate students.

The 2011 Wittke Award winners, nominated by undergraduate students, are Bernard Jim and Brian Metrovich. Learn more about the winners.

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Genes vs. Environment: What Plays a Role in Math, Reading Success of ADHD Individuals?

By Sarah Gavac for the SAGES Seminar, Reading and Writing Science

Girl's feet at schooldeskHumans are not born as blank slates for nature to write on. Neither are they behaving on genes alone.

Research by Lee A. Thompson, chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Psychological Sciences Department, and colleagues found that the link between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and academic performance involves a complex interaction of genes and environment. 

Genetic influence was found to be greater on reading than for math, while shared environment (e.g., the home and/or school environment the twins shared) influenced math more so than reading. The researchers don’t know why. Find out more about the study.

Campus News

BlackboardOn May 14, the next generation of Blackboard will make its way to Case Western Reserve University. In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard 9.1 will simplify the process of creating and editing courses, facilitate classroom collaboration, allow for better organization of course materials and assignments, and streamline the notification system of course updates. To assist with this upgrade, a wide range of training programs and resources will be available. Watch for details and more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Learn to manage performance by understanding your learning style and that of your employees during “Keys to Supervisory Success,” from the Office of Human Resources. Participants will learn to determine the developmental needs of their staff, flex their management style and understand the leadership styles of effective managers. This workshop is ideal for new or aspiring supervisors. It will be held May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. Register online.

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In recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Department of Audiology is offering free hearing screenings to Case Western Reserve University employees throughout May. Call 216.844.7191 to schedule.

For Students

Residence halls close Friday at 3 p.m. for anyone not involved in commencement; for move-out information, click here.


This weekend, a fellow University Circle institution will host one of the largest used book sales in the area. The Eleanor Squire Library Book Sale will be held May 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and May 8 (noon-5 p.m.) at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Admission to the book sale is free to garden admission. About 16,000 books will be for sale including books on gardening, art, history, sciences, children’s, fiction and more. Call 216.707.2812 for details.

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Helen Salz
Helen Salz

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women announced that the provost’s office will sponsor Helen Salz, professor in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, to attend the 2011 HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute. The institute is a nationally esteemed professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education. A campus committee selected Salz, and then HERS leaders accepted her into the program. The 12-day intensive residency program on the Bryn Mawr campus will take place June 19-July 3 and will host women faculty and staff from institutions of higher education from across the country.

May 4, 2011

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In the News

Colleges Court Gay Students With E-Mail and Dance Parties

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2011
As the population of openly gay applicants becomes more visible, colleges are increasing efforts to recruit these students through a variety of ways, including highlighting rankings on LGBT-friendly campus lists. First-year student Zach Galliger saw Case Western Reserve on one such list during Welcome Days, which “sealed the deal” for him. “I got really, really excited about that and said, ‘Yes, I have to come here,’” he said.

Environmental Outlook: Endangered Species Act

The Diane Rehm Show, May 3, 2011
School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler discussed a new provision that removed some wolves from the Endangered Species list and the new debate it sparked.

Let the Crowd Buy Equity in Private Companies

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 3, 2011
The SEC is considering making regulatory changes to allow entrepreneurs to raise modest amounts of equity through online sites. Such changes “would make a lot of sense by giving capital-constrained entrepreneurs a further source of equity funding,” wrote Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

Higher Ed News

How to Turn a Summer Job into a Full-Time Gig

U.S. News & World Report, May 3, 2011
Whether you’re about to leave after finishing your first year or you don’t have a full-time post-graduation nailed down yet, here are tips on how to make a summer stint become a career.