University Named Top Biomedical Research Center

Biomedical researchersCase Western Reserve University earned an at-large bid in The Hartwell Foundation’s Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research. Ten institutions, including Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University, earned spots on the list, while Case Western Reserve and Yale University are the only two at-large participants. This is the first year Case Western Reserve has been selected for participation.

Case Western Reserve is eligible to nominate two individuals for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, which provide funding to individual researchers in the U.S. for three years, at $100,000 direct cost per year. Each year, the foundation funds 10 Hartwell Investigators for their innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children––high-risk research that, if successful, will be transformative, explained Fred Dombrose, president of The Hartwell Foundation.

“We are truly honored to be included on this prestigious list,” said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs. “But the importance lies not only in being part of a top echelon group, but in the opportunity it could provide to our exceptional researchers whose research is in the early stages and cannot receive traditional funding.” Read more.

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Spartan Baseball Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournament Berth

CWRU baseballFollowing a school-record season (30-13 overall), the Case Western Reserve University baseball team has earned the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Spartans will play at the Mideast Regional as the No. 6 seed in Marietta, Ohio, May 18-22. CWRU opens the week versus Adrian College (Mich.) at 1 p.m. on May 18 at Don Schaly Stadium.

“It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for us,” said fifth-year head coach Matt Englander. “We are really excited to get the opportunity and I’m ecstatic for our guys most of all. They have worked incredibly hard and the ground that our upperclassmen have covered the last few years is remarkable.”

The Spartans, who have set the school-record for wins in two consecutive seasons, have been one of the top hitting teams in Division III, tying for the national-lead with 507 hits and ranking ninth with a .344 batting average as of last week’s NCAA rankings. Read more.

Campus News

As revealed in the Career Center’s 2010 First Destination Survey Report, small, medium and large-sized organizations and graduate/professional schools continued to open their doors to new undergraduates of Case Western Reserve University. Almost an equal number of the class of 2010 chose to begin their careers upon graduation as those opting for an advanced degree (40 percent and 41 percent, respectively). The 2010 First Destination Survey Report, along with reports from the past five years, can be found online. For more information, contact Kim Paik, assistant director for Graduate Career Services.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for representatives through June 24. All regular, full- or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university are eligible. Representatives will be elected for a two-year term; find out what positions will be filled online. Individuals can be nominated by others or can nominate themselves; all nominations should be emailed to the SAC Elections Committee. Contact committee co-chairs or with questions.

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Information Technology Services (ITS) significantly updated its High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster infrastructure to provide more online storage, faster computing and increased energy efficiency. The HPC cluster consists of a collection of servers functioning as a single computing system. High-speed parallel disk storage was increased from 20 Terabytes to 70 Terabytes, and the upgrade more than doubles overall computational performance. Find more information online.

For Students

SatCo is a great opportunity for student organizations and campus departments to get involved in Welcome Days. SatCo, or Saturday College, offers fun, non-credit, no-tuition courses that engage new students as they familiarize themselves with the university and the Cleveland community. Past SatCo events have included shopping excursions, workshops, theater trips, beach visits and more. This year’s Welcome Days SatCo will be held Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m. To participate, submit a program proposal online by June 1. Questions? Contact Melissa Turk.


The university community is invited to an open forum to review and discuss the first draft of the Diversity Strategic Action Plan. During the forum, representatives from Criticality Management Consulting will discuss how they crafted the plan and request feedback and responses to the draft. The open forum will be held May 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Inamori Center for International Ethics in Crawford Hall. Questions? Contact Liz Roccoforte by email or at 368.8877.

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Marilyn Sanders Mobley
Marilyn Sanders Mobley

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program from the Greater Cleveland Partnership, honored Case Western Reserve University with a 2010 Best-in-Class award in workforce diversity. Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, accepted the award. “It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition for our efforts,” she said. “We are inspired to continue telling the diversity story at Case Western Reserve University and to do the hard work of addressing our opportunity areas to do more.”

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WISER engineering dayThe Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable’s (WISER) third annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) received the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)’s Introducing a Girl to Engineering Award. The award, which will be presented June 22 at the WEPAN National Conference, recognizes a person or organization that holds an outstanding IGED event. This year’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was a daylong event in February in which 60 female middle school students from Cleveland participated in various E-week events, toured labs and took part in activities focusing on promoting engineering as a good career option.

In Memoriam

Emeritus Professor of Astronomy William P. Bidelman, an astronomer who played a vital role in the spectral classification of stars, died May 3 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 92.

His many academic contributions included the identification of the Barium class of "giant" stars, discovered along with Dr. Philip Keenan. No service is planned at present; in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for its planetarium programs.

May 17, 2011

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In the News

Inner Belt Bridge Rusty and Corroded, but Still Handling Traffic Safely, ODOT Says

The Plain Dealer, May 14, 2011
The Inner Belt Bridge is in decline but in need of constant watch, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation engineer. Additionally, Arthur Huckelbridge Jr., professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, said he didn’t find any startling information in a January inspection report. “It reads like a description of a pretty tired bridge, trying to soldier on a little longer until the cavalry arrives,” he said.

Parkinson's Disease Researchers in Cleveland Play Important Role in Hunt for Cure

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2011
More than 1 million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s disease—for which there is no known cause or cure. Shu Chen, associate professor of pathology, and Amy L. Wilson-Delfosse, associate professor of pharmacology and assistant dean for basic science education, are two School of Medicine researchers searching for genetic mutations in Parkinson’s patients. “The hope is that someday we will understand what is happening at the molecular level,” Chen said.

Cleveland Marathon will have Kids Running for Life

WKYC, May 13, 2011
Sunday’s Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon and 10K race featured 683 students from 37 Cleveland public schools. The students are taking part in the We Run This City program, a collaboration among Case Western Reserve University's Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Auto Suppliers Still Standing Face Tough Test

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 16, 2011
About 9 percent of auto suppliers around the U.S. didn’t survive the recession, said Susan Helper, chair of economics and AT&T Professor of Economics. Of the ones still surviving, there are two camps, she explained: the strong, viable companies and those that have become mere shells of companies—“the zombies.”

Higher Ed News

Crisis of Confidence Threatens Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2011
Two major surveys of the American public and college presidents have come out recently that show public anxiety over college costs is at an all-time high and that more than one-third of college presidents are concerned about the direction in which the higher education industry is headed.