University Sets Plan to Become Carbon-Neutral

Earlier this month, Case Western Reserve University submitted its Climate Action Plan as part of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a national initiative of higher education leaders working together to impact climate change. President Barbara R. Snyder signed the commitment in 2008, in which she pledged to develop a Climate Action Plan to reduce the university’s carbon footprint to net zero within 40 years.

“To say this goal is ambitious represents the height of understatement,” Snyder wrote in the opening letter of the Climate Action Plan. “But this institution will not embrace anything less.”

To reduce emissions, the plan first calls on the university to find ways to avoid demand for additional energy. In addition, the university will work to reduce energy demand in existing facilities and equipment and replace carbon-intensive fuel sources with alternatives. As a last resort, the university will consider purchasing offsets to balance remaining emissions. Read more.

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Longtime Law Professor Loses Battle with Breast Cancer

Laura Chisolm
Laura Chisolm

School of Law Professor Laura Brown Chisolm died May 21 after a brave fight against metastatic breast cancer. A gathering to honor her life will be held May 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle.

Chisolm was an alumna of Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate and law degrees. As a law student, she won numerous academic awards, served on the Law Review and graduated summa cum laude.

After graduating, she spent three years at the Institute for Child Advocacy in Cleveland. She then became a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she taught courses in property, legislation, nonprofit organizations and wills and trusts. Read more.

Campus News

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For Faculty and Staff

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.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Presidential Advisory Council on Minorities invites the university community to attend “Creating Community Through Conversation: Diversity Book Discussion.” The first book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which raises questions around ethics in research, ownership of scientific discoveries and patient rights. The first discussion will be held May 25, 12-1 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall; RSVP here. Learn more online.

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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Irina Manta
Irina Manta
Michael Benza
Michael Benza

School of Law faculty members have appeared around the world as presenters recently. Visiting associate professor Michael Benza gave the keynote speech for the Geauga County Bar Association’s Law Day on “The Rule of Law and Defense of the Rights of the Accused,” while assistant professor Irina Manta served as an invited Conference Fellow for the Modest Proposals 4.0 conference at Cardozo Law School in New York City.

Sharona Hoffman
Sharona Hoffman

Additionally, law and bioethics professor Sharona Hoffman was a panelist on “Bridging the Gender Wage Gap” at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seminar in Cleveland, discussed “E-Health Hazards: Provider Liability and Electronic Health Record Systems” at the Case Western Reserve University Visiting Committee; and spoke on “Making the Most of Your Writing” at the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon

Law professor Richard Gordon gave a featured presentation to the International Corporate Registers Forum in Singapore. The presentation, titled “The Misuse of Corporate Vehicles Project: The role of corporate registries in finding the elusive beneficial owner,” was part of the Stolen Asset Recovery Project of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and World Bank, which focuses on preventing and recovering the proceeds of large scale government corruption.

May 24, 2011

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In the News

Local Soldiers Get Realistic Combat Medical Training

WTAM 1100, May 22, 2011
On Sunday, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center held a training event for 10 Army Reserve soldiers from the 256th Combat Support Hospital to practice care for combat casualties.

Is South Dakota the New Small Business Mecca?

Small Business Trends, May 23, 2011
According to a recent report, South Dakota is the most small business friendly state, but does that translate to having more small businesses per capita? Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, gives a quick analysis.

Perfectionist Students can Lose Confidence in High School

Savannah Morning News, May 16, 2011
Sylvia Rimm, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, gives advice on how to reassure children and build their confidence without putting too much pressure on them to succeed.

Higher Ed News

Dartmouth Sororities Team Up to Keep Fraternities in Check

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 19, 2011
After a recent incident at Dartmouth College in which a fraternity member threw a glass bottle at a sorority member and then shoved her against a wall, the sorority presidents at the university finalized a policy to curb violence against women through student-on-student sanctions.