double rainbow CWRU
There's a bright spot in the seemingly endless rain: a double rainbow, which could be
seen on campus this morning. Photo by Susan Griffith.

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The Daily to Launch News Website

In an attempt to better serve the university community, The Daily will take on an additional form: an ever-evolving, constantly updated news website. The site will debut May 31.

The new site will feature all of the content that previously appeared in the newsletter in an easy-to-navigate format—plus tons of all-new material.

All subscribers still will receive a daily enewsletter to their inboxes, but the enewsletter will appear in a more readable, abridged format that drives users to the website for more information.

The new format allows the university community to stay up to date on Case Western Reserve news throughout the day, as news happens. Read about some of the highlights of the new site, including a community message board.

Campus News

thermometerThe Department of Facilities Services has updated its temperature standards: In warmer weather, temperatures will be set at 74 degrees (plus or minus 2 degrees) for all buildings with central air conditioning, except for research or other areas where lower temperatures are required. During non-occupancy periods (typically 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays), HVAC systems will be shut down.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women received a Pay It FORWARD (Focus on Reaching Women for Academics Research and Development in Science, Engineering and Mathematics) grant. The grant will support a regional career development workshop for pre-tenure women professors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from six partner universities. The workshop series, “To Tenure and Beyond: Building an Intentional Career in STEM,” will help women develop strategic skills, build confidence and enhance their understanding of academe while helping develop a strategic career plan that incorporates achieving tenure and a successful career. Find more information online.

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The Employee Wellness Program will sponsor a free cooking demo on Asian cuisine May 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. One of the Bon Appetit chefs will demonstrate how to prepare delicious, healthy Asian dishes—plus offer free samples to attendees. Register online.

For Students

The renewal period for student parking has begun. Students with current parking permits should have already received an email with renewal instructions. The deadline to renew current parking spots is May 31 at 4 p.m. If you have questions or did not receive the renewal email, contact Access Services.

Those who want a different parking lot can participate in First Come First Serve, beginning June 7 at 9 a.m. Students who do not have parking permits may log into the parking system using their network ID and password to purchase parking permits that have not been renewed. Go to the website to get information on the types of permits that may be available or email with specific questions.


Anyone who already is—or is interested in becoming—an advocate for children affected by natural and manmade disasters can register for the 15th annual “Management of Humanitarian Emergencies: Focus on Children and Families” training course on disaster preparedness and relief. The course, presented by the Global Child Health Program at the School of Medicine, will be held June 11-14 in Wolstein Research Building. Find more information online.

Et al.

On May 6, the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium was held, featuring 78 poster and six oral presentations. Award winners were:

  • The Vance Lemmon Award for excellence in poster presentation (first- and second-year graduate students): Andrea Boyd Tressler (pharmacology), Bradley Lang (neuroscience), Luis Muniz Feliciano (pathology) and Maricruz Rivera (molecular medicine)
  • The Jonathan Leis Award for excellence in poster presentation (third-year and above graduate students): Sumantha Bhatt (immunology), Yi-Hsin Cheng (physiology), Melissa Hinman (genetics), Elizabeth Rodkey (biochemistry) and Lachelle Weeks (pathology)
  • The Marcus Singer Award for excellence in poster presentation (third year and above graduate students): Brent Cameron (neuroscience), Amar Desai (pharmacology), Wataru Kudo (pathology) and Julie Wolfram (pathology)
  • The president’s award for excellence in oral presentation (1st place): Joseph Racca (biochemistry)
  • The Cleveland Clinic award for excellence in oral presentation (2nd place): Stephanie Doerner (genetics)
  • Honorable Mention for excellence in oral presentation (3rd place): Gabriel Zentner (genetics)

May 18, 2011

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In the News

Investigator: Do Juvenile Sex Offenders Attend Your School?

WKYC, May 17, 2011
More than 130 juvenile sex offenders live in Cuyahoga County, but most people—including school administrators—don’t know if they attend their school. Many times, even if the schools do know, they don’t have a policy on how to handle it. “The only thing worse than having a policy and not following it is not having a policy at all,” said School of Law visiting assistant professor Carmen Naso. “When you have a policy, at least you are taking some steps to minimize the potential risk of harm to the student body and to the public.”

What If the Indians Finished the 94 Season?, May 16, 2011
Senior Zach Hass spent close to 100 hours devising a formula to run 1,000 season simulations of what might have happened if the 1994 Major League Baseball season didn’t end in strike. “Of course, a simulation is just a simulation and nothing’s definite, but it looks like [the Indians] would have stood a good chance if they had kept playing the way they were playing,” Hass said.

University Hospitals Plans $30 Million Proton Therapy Center

The Plain Dealer, May 17, 2011
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center will establish a $30 million proton therapy center, which will be the only one in Ohio when it opens in 2014. “With the addition of a proton beam facility, we will be able to offer a full array of the latest in cutting-edge radiotherapy,” said Mitch Machtay, professor and Vincent K. Smith Chair of radiation oncology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and chairman of radiation oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Higher Ed News

Most Presidents Prefer No Tenure for Majority of Faculty

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2011
Nearly 70 percent of college presidents who took part in a recent Pew Research Center survey said they would prefer that a majority of faculty members work under long-term or annual contracts as opposed to becoming tenured.