New Graduate Certificate Blends Law, Science and Management

Craig Nard
Craig Nard

This fall, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Weatherhead School of Management will launch Fusion, a graduate-level certificate program. Fusion blends legal, scientific and management disciplines to guide graduate students from different academic backgrounds through the complex path of identifying and cultivating the commercial potential of scientific discovery to bring inventions and technology to the marketplace.

MBA, JD and PhD students in the sciences and engineering can now register for courses in the newly approved universitywide Graduate Certificate in Design, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management.

“This nationally distinctive, interdisciplinary program will prepare our students to become leaders in the field of innovation management,” said Craig A. Nard, Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and a founding faculty member of Fusion. Learn about the program and its course requirements.

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The Mouth as the Gateway to Your Body

By David Huang for the SAGES Seminar, Reading and Writing Science

woman brushing teethAfter cleaning your mouth, plaque begins forming before your brush even hits the cup.

A key to plaque formation, said Yiping W. Han, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University is one of the most abundant and persistent bacterium that inhabits the mouth, Fusobacterium nucleatum.

She’s found that the bacterium not only helps contagions attacking your teeth and gums but enables disease and infection to spread throughout the body. Read more about Han’s research and the dangers of oral diseases.

Campus News

Hey seniors: Case Western Reserve alumni license plates are available through the Ohio BMV. Find more information online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, with funds from STERIS Corp., will provide seed money to faculty to foster research in emerging and healthcare-associated infections. The deadline for grant proposal submission is May 27. For more information, contact Martha Salata.

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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.

For Students

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


The university community is invited to attend a tips, tricks and training update on SmartCART and also celebrate the program’s first birthday. The training sessions will be held May 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., with a cake and punch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Wolstein Research Building. RSVP online for a training session.

Et al.

Sharona Hoffman
Sharona Hoffman

School of Law Professor Sharona Hoffman’s article on “The Importance of Immutability in Employment Discrimination Law” was published in William & Mary Law Review, while her article “E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems” was featured at Medicine 2.0 Legal and Ethical Dilemmas of Online Medicine International Conference at University of Haifa Law School in Israel.

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Maxwell Mehlman
Maxwell Mehlman

Law professor Maxwell Mehlman presented during a conference on Exploring Human Enhancement, held April 8-9 at University of Texas at Dallas. He spoke on “Extinction by Design: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Human Evolution” and “Biomedical Enhancement and the Military.”

May 5, 2011

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In the News

Muslim Students and Professor React to the Death of Osama bin Laden

NewsNet5, May 3, 2011
Muslim students on campus, as well as Ramez Islambouli, lecturer and section head of Arabic language, discussed the death of Osama bin Laden. “We are American citizens before we look at our religious affiliation. If it is best for our country, we should all feel that way. The Muslim community shouldn't have a different feeling,” Islambouli said.

Experts Explore Ripple Effect of Bin Laden’s Death

Charisma, May 3, 2011
Pete W. Moore, associate professor of political science gave his take on the death of bin Laden, explaining he believes it is more important for politics in Washington, D.C., than in the Middle East and in the Muslim world. “Bin Laden and his organization were never a serious political or social force in the region, as assumed by leaders in Washington and the dwindling number of Arab autocrats and monarchs who today cling to power,” Moore said.

Goodyear Plans Replacements for its 3-blimp Fleet

Associated Press, May 3, 2011
With the announcement that Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will team up with German manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to build three new blimps, Rakesh Niraj, assistant professor of marketing and policy studies, believes the forthcoming upgrades to the blimps would help the company present an updated image.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Preliminary Findings in Libya Investigation

KCBS AM San Francisco, May 4, 2011
School of Law Professor Michael Scharf answered questions about the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s preliminary findings that actions by Moammar Gadhafi warrant criminal charges. “The focus is on crimes against humanity, which is defined as systematic attacks against the population in Libya that occurred since the uprising began,” he said.

Episode 19: Captives and Corsairs with Gillian Weiss

Off the Shelf, April 29, 2011
William Claspy, humanities librarian and coordinator of library instruction, sat down with Gillian Weiss, associate professor of history, to discuss her new book, Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean.

Higher Ed News

Limited Education Behind Bars

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2011
A lack of government support, restrictions on financial aid and limited Internet access in prisons all contribute to inmates having little access to higher education, according to a new report. Removing these barriers could help reduce prison populations and save states money, the report argues.