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April 22, 2014

New Massive Open Online Course on entrepreneurial network-building draws students globally

Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management faculty member Michael Goldberg uses groundbreaking documentary style for new twist in online learning

News Release: Tuesday, April 21, 2014

CLEVELAND—A documentary-style Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on entrepreneurial strategies aimed at driving economic growth is drawing considerable interest internationally.

Approaching the Monday, April 28 start date of “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies” more than 12,000 people were enrolled, with about 80 percent from outside the United States.

Michael Goldberg, visiting assistant professor of Design & Innovation at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, designed the free, six-week online course to enable those from outside the U.S. to apply lessons learned from cities that have had to reinvent themselves—like Cleveland.

In addition to learning about Cleveland's attempts to support entrepreneurship in a Rust Belt business environment not often thought of kindly by venture capitalists, students in Goldberg’s MOOC will hear from business activists in diverse entrepreneurial markets around the world, including Greece, Vietnam, Tunisia, Argentina, Rwanda and China. They will describe their ways to form and grow start-ups.

Goldberg’s MOOC has been supported through a $69,000 grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Goldberg designed the MOOC, which is hosted by Coursera, to make each session as personal as possible—not just a classroom lecture. Each week will feature a quick-paced, professionally produced 12-minute video, or more than one, featuring people who have taken on big ideas with limited resources. Interaction is key part of the course with weekly sessions to be held with entrepreneurs and thought-leaders from around the world.

Here is a link to course information and registration:

Goldberg’s interest in documentary-style videos as a teaching tool was sparked in 2012 while in Vietnam with his family. His oldest daughter, Anna, who was 9 at the time, wanted to create a video explaining how to buy fresh chicken in a Hanoi outdoor market. Goldberg filmed her on his iPhone, and she created her own graphics and added them to the final product. Her YouTube lesson has attracted more than 4,000 views.

Goldberg was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2012 to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, and also lectured on behalf of Fulbright in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. During the summer of 2013, Goldberg taught entrepreneurial management at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

The Cleveland area, for decades, has faced a major entrepreneurial challenge, Goldberg said. Cleveland was ranked 61 out of 61 regions in a 2002 survey by Entrepreneur Magazine in terms of friendliness to entrepreneurs. Cleveland subsequently developed a number of creative programs, supported by government and philanthropy in partnership with the private sector, to support the growth of start-up companies. The course highlights not only what the region has done, but what it still needs to do.

“A dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem takes many years, even decades, to develop,” Goldberg said. “Sustaining long-term support for entrepreneurship is challenging.”

Here is a schedule for “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies”:
Week 1 (April 28): Overview/Role of Government
Week 2 (May 5): Role of Philanthropy/Donors
Week 3 (May 12): Creation of Intermediary Organizations
Week 4 (May 19): Leveraging Anchor Institutions
Week 5 (May 26): Access to Capital and Mentoring
Week 6 (June 2): Course Wrap-Up

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April 22, 2014

ILL Books No Longer Needed?

Here are some hints on what to do (and what to expect) when you no longer require the use of a book (or other returnable materials) obtained through your ILLiad account...

For books that you have not yet picked up --

* When these begin approaching their due date, we customarily send out courtesy reminder messages beginning about a week in advance. We ask that you please respond by e-mail (preferably in reply to the message received) or by phone, if they are no longer needed.

* If these are not picked up by the due date, they will be removed from the secured hold shelf at the KSL Service Center and returned to the lender library without further notice.

* This policy will apply to any such loaned items, including library-use restricted materials that are still waiting to be signed out by the user requesting them.

For LIBRARY USE ONLY items that have already been signed out, but are still being held at the KSL Service Center--

* Automatic notices indicating that the items will be due soon, or have already become overdue, will be sent out (as with any other items lent through ILL). We ask that you please also reply to the e-mail message or by phone if these are no longer needed.

* Restricted-use ILL materials still being held at the KSL Service Center will normally be removed from the secured hold shelf area once they have become overdue, regardless of whether you have signed them out already or not.

* Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to make clear to KSL Service Center staff that you either need to keep these restricted materials held for future usage periods, or that they can be returned immediately, whenever you turn them back in to the desk. We also suggest that you hand them back directly to a staff member rather than depositing them in the indoor book drop, to avoid any confusion.

Thanks for your cooperation. As always, we hope this information will be of help. Please feel free to contact ILL staff, by phone at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or by e-mail at

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April 22, 2014

Celebrate Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library!

Preservation week is an annual national event sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association) to increase public awareness of preservation needs. To celebrate, the following free events will be offered at Kelvin Smith Library. Attendees of one or more of three different webinars about preserving personal items will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of archival supplies from Dick Blick!

All webinars will be held in room LL06 B&C on the library's lower level. A live book repair demonstration will also take place at the library's entrance.

For more information, email

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April 21, 2014

Recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows Awards Selected

Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Freedman Fellows awards:

Dr. Goldstein and the Center for Research on Tibet have been collecting and translating oral history interviews and documents relating to modern Tibetan history and society for over three decades. These materials, all of which are part of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP), are a unique and invaluable primary source on the social and political history of modern Tibet and Sino-Tibetan relations. The collection consists of approximately 1,600 hours of oral interviews with both the “common folk” who lived in villages and towns in traditional Tibet, as well as a large group of in depth interviews with monks from Drepung, Tibet’s largest monastery.

In order to prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein will be working over the next year to correct TEI-XML syntax errors from this large corpus of data, as well as transcribe Chinese government documents. Encoding the data in TEI expands the availability of this valuable primary resource, and amplifies how it can be used by other scholars for years to come.

Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individual finances and migration decisions.  Data on tornado paths will be correlated with financial and migration information using GIS, resulting in a visual display of the results of the research. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.

The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

More information about the program can be found at:

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April 17, 2014

Where Does Sacredness Reside? Panel to Discuss Transformations of Religious Meaning in the Twenty-First Century

Usually we think of the sacred and the secular as inhabiting very different spaces. Today, however, they intermingle and merge in a variety of ways, from museums to social media to popular culture. We find the sacred in the very secular, and the secular breaking into the sacred. This breaking down of boundaries forces us to reconsider what secular and sacred mean in the contemporary world. It is increasingly difficult to discern where the secular ends and the religious begins, and vice versa.

We hope in this panel to begin an investigation of what it means when something moves from the secular realm to the religious realm or from the religious to the secular,and how these two realms intersect and influence each other.

Join us for a lively discussion with CWRU faculty & researchers who are exploring these questions, and what this may mean for the future of religion & religious culture.

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 ­– 4:30pm

Where: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library (2nd floor)


Refreshments, cookies and fruit will be served!

Contact Mark Eddy at 216.368.5457 or for more information.

**Please Note**
• A valid photo ID or Case ID is required for entry to KSL
• Parking Options: Underground lot beneath KSL/Severance Hall or metered parking on East Blvd. behind the library

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April 15, 2014

Women Who Lead Institute is June 25-27

WWL logo.jpgWhile women in corporate America still find many barriers on the way to “the executive suite,” nonprofit and public organizations are increasingly led by women. Leadership scholars predict that within 20 years, the majority of high level leaders across sectors will be women.

Become part of an extraordinary professional development experience for a new generation of women leaders when MSASS presents Women Who Lead, June 25-27 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH read more

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April 16, 2014

Western Reserve College’s First Student Organizations

In the earliest decades of Western Reserve College, student organizations were few. The very first student group was the Philozetian Society, one of several so-called literary societies. Today we would consider these debate clubs. Their purpose was to give students practice in debate, oration, and parliamentary procedure - all necessary skills for the ministry, law, and public affairs, for which students were being prepared.

The Philozetian Society was established on October 22, 1828, a little more than a year after the first classes were held. Meetings were held weekly, usually on Wednesday evenings. The meetings included extemporaneous debates during which the chairman proposed a topic and called upon members without prior notice. Topics for scheduled debates were assigned in advance by the program committee one week in advance. Topics included a broad range of contemporary issues, including, (1867) “Should the Right of Suffrage be extended to American Women?” (1871) “Should ministers preach politics?” (1874) “Is cremation better than burial?” (1879) “Have we anything to fear from Catholicism in this country?”

Together the literary societies published an annual newspaper, The Transcript, in the 1860s. Not surprising from debating clubs, editorials on issues of the day as well as the state of the College were a staple of the newspaper.

As was common among college literary societies, the Philozetian Society established its own library, separate from that of the College. Books were purchased, using society dues and fines. Members, former members, and friends of the College were also encouraged to donate books from their own libraries. Some of the Philozetian Societies’ books can still be found in Kelvin Smith Library’s Special Collections. The group continued to operate after Westen Reserve College moved to Cleveland in 1882, but was much less active and seems to have ceased around 1890.

Philozetian Society seal from an 1868 membership certificate

Philozetian Society records in the University Archives include:
Meeting minutes, 1828-1884
Constitutions and by-laws, 1828-1886
Financial and membership ledgers, 1867-1886

Secondary sources about literary societies at WRC and at other schools include:
Waite, Frederick C. Western Reserve University - The Hudson Era: A History of Western Reserve College and Academy at Hudson, Ohio, from 1826 to 1882. (Cleveland: Western Reserve University Press, 1943)

Harding, Thomas S. “College Literary Societies: Their Contribution to the Development of Academic Libraries, 1815-1876” The Library Quarterly. v.29 no.1 (Jan. 1959): pp. 1-26 and v.29 no.2 (Apri 1959): pp. 94-112

Saslaw, Rita. Student Societies: Nineteenth Century Establishment. Thesis (Ph.D.) Case Western Reserve University, 1971

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April 15, 2014

New method to isolate immune cells allows researchers to study how they ward off oral diseases

News Release: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Case Western Reserve University dental researchers have found a less invasive way to extract single rare immune cells from the mouth to study how the mouth’s natural defenses ward off infection and inflammation.

By isolating some specialized immune cells (white blood cells known as “leukocytes”) to study how they fight diseases in the mouth—or reject foreign tissues, such as in failed organ transplants—researchers hope to learn more about treating and preventing such health issues as oral cancers, cardiovascular disease, AIDS and other infectious diseases.

To this point, researchers have had to rely on studying and growing immune cells from blood. Studying tissue immune cells allows researchers to learn how they function at the site of infection.

The role of adaptive immune cells in the stomach and intestines is more widely known, yet the role of similar cells in the mouth is unclear. There are no reliable methods to extract immune cells from mouth, which are more accessible and easier to extract than harder-to-reach tissues in the stomach and intestines.

But, until now, immune cells removed from the mouth couldn’t be isolated with enough viability or grown to study their activities, Pushpa Pandiyan, assistant professor of biological sciences at the dental school, explained.

The new method, developed by Pandiyan, the study’s lead author, is described in Biological Procedures article, “Isolation of T cells from mouse oral tissues.”

Pandiyan, who studies oral diseases associated with HIV, found no reliable method existed to isolate and keep a single cell from the tongue, gums and palate alive long enough to study.

Pandiyan and her team developed a way to do so successfully. The researchers reported that more than 94 percent of the isolated cells lived long enough to study.

Their method

Using mouse models, the researchers isolated two important specialized immune T lymphocytes that play a role in fighting oral diseases. The cells are part of the adaptive immune system in which cells respond to pathogens invading the body.

The researchers took tissue samples from the mouths of mice and washed them several times in saline and chemical solutions with antibiotics. This was followed by disintegrating the tissue using salts and enzymes. The solution was centrifuged and strained to separate different tissue parts with more washings and separations before the cells could be studied and grown.

Pandiyan, who received an early career travel award from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) will present her findings at the organization’s annual meeting, May 2-7, in Pittsburgh.

Natarajan Bhaskaran, Yifan Zhang and Aaron Weinberg, from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Biological Sciences, contributed to the study, which was funded by the university’s dental school.

To view the complete article, visit

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April 15, 2014

Colloquium: Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Monday, April 21, 2014
2:00 pm, AW Smith, Rm. 104

Variations in the Isotopic Composition of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and of Moisture in the Unsaturated Zone of a Semi-arid Region Due to Biotic and A-biotic Processes by Dr. Israel Carmi (Weizmann Institute of Science)

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April 15, 2014

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April 14, 2014

Study links boardroom team dynamics with profitability

Case Western Reserve University management researcher finds corporate finances reflect how well board members play as a team

News Release: Monday, April 14, 2014

CLEVELAND—A board of directors can better accomplish a company's goals when the members function well as a team, according to a management researcher who studied what makes boards effective and good for the bottom line.

Solange Charas, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, summarized her research in a recent post—The Key to a Better Board: Team Dynamics —in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Charas, who has 25 years of consulting and executive management experience, surveyed 182 randomly chosen directors with an average of 12 years of board experience for companies with market values of $2 million to $78 billion.

The directors were asked to rate their interactions based on various characteristics, such as engagement, active listening, solidarity, openness and ability to have power and influence. They were also asked what their boards’ interactions would have to be like to maximize their effectiveness. Then she measured the gap between those two scores.

Charas, who runs a New York management consulting firm, found that boards with smaller gaps between the two scores tended to oversee companies that are more profitable.

"I have personally worked with over 25 board teams in this research process, and the results are consistent—improve boardroom dynamics, and overall board creativity, innovation, satisfaction and outcomes are enhanced,'' she said.

Charas said most companies mistakenly rely on the “same old approaches” to finding board directors by recruiting friends and others thought to have appropriate experience and expertise. But teamwork can suffer, especially if each board member is a high-profile, successful executive used to intense competition and possibly uncomfortable with teamwork outside of his or her own organization, she said.

"My recent research provides evidence of what directors (and academics) have intuitively known for years, but have been unable to verify: Namely, that the quality of board members’ interaction is crucial to board success," Charas said.

Her research arrived at three key findings:

 Cultural intelligence (CQ) of directors, meaning their predisposition to working well in teams and relating well to others, is critical;
 The quality of board-level team dynamics is highly correlated with firm profitability; and
 Boards able to work effectively as a team can have a significant impact (up to eight times better) on the bottom-line than boards not as team-oriented.

Charas also has researched team dynamics among senior managers using a sample from more than 120 publicly traded companies, concluding that the quality of the team explains 20 percent of a firm’s profitability, and that a team’s effectiveness can have a 400 percent greater impact on the bottom line than any one executive.
When comparing team dynamics between boards and management teams within the same company, there is a 75 percent chance that they will be about same, she said.

“In other words, team dynamics is contagious,” she said. “Dynamic-healthy teams generate dynamic-healthy teams at levels below them in the organization, and dysfunctional teams generate dysfunctional teams,” Charas said.

Although her research focused on for-profit company boards and executives, Charas said the findings are just as valid for non-profit boards and senior management teams.

Here are some high-level management tips from Charas:

Rethink your recruiting criteria: Two rules of thumb: 1. Recruit the best-qualified candidate to your board and C-suite—which may mean recruiting a “stranger” not a “friend.” My prior research shows that recruiting “strangers” or the best qualified (not necessarily a “known quantity”) to boards/C-suites tends to generate higher levels of governance quality and team effectiveness. 2. Screen directors and executives for high levels of CQ to ensure that the director/executive has the skill and motivation to work well with the existing board/C-suite.

Determine your team’s dynamic: If it’s healthy, great! If it’s weak, there’s work to be done to best position the board/C-suite to meet its fiduciary requirement to the shareholders–that is, to have a positive bottom-line impact. Make sure you source a validated assessment tool that is administered by a third-party and is non-biased.

Get “team enabled”: If there are gaps in your team dynamics, then “facilitated enablement” or “team coaching” by a third party can do wonders. Transforming a weak dynamic team to a strong dynamic team is not investment intensive, improvements manifest quickly (within three to six months), and the financial benefits are significant (improving bottom-line performance 4 percent to 20 percent).

Her research was essential to her recent PhD dissertation and defense at the Weatherhead School of Management. Charas measured board dynamics, in part, with an assessment tool developed by Tony Lingham, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School. His Team Learning and Development Inventory (TLI) shows that a two-hour team coaching session to address the gaps identified by the TLI can improve team dynamics scores by 50 percent to nearly 200 percent within months, and the improvements proved sustainable.

Editors and reporters note: The Solange Charas article in Harvard Business Review Blog Network is available at this link:

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March 28, 2014

Colloquium: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00 p.m. AW Smith, Rm. 104

The Potential Role of Geochemical Environments and Minerals in Protocell Evolution by Dr. Nita Sahai (University of Akron)

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April 09, 2014

Colloquium: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Noon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

In Deep Water: New Insights into Geologic Fluids
 of the Deep Crust and Upper Mantle by Dr. Craig Manning (UCLA)

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April 07, 2014

Association of University Technology Managers and Case Western Reserve University to present inaugural industry partnering forum

Medical imaging takes center stage

News Release: Monday, April 7, 2014

CLEVELAND—Technology managers at companies and research institutions get a chance to express their visions for medical imaging when the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) brings its inaugural partnering forum to Cleveland in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University's Technology Transfer Office.

A daylong slate of business development activities is planned for Thursday, April 24, at the new Global Center for Health Innovation, part of the recently redesigned Cleveland Convention Center. A networking opportunity is set for the previous evening.

The medical imaging industry partnering forum includes exhibits and panel discussions. An afternoon discussion focuses on how technology transfer professionals at research institutions can best position imaging technologies for better “matchmaking” with potential commercial partners. Three hours are set aside for one-on-one meetings.

AUTM, based in Deerfield, Ill., near Chicago, is planning similar regional partnering forums nationally, such as one on medical devices Sept. 23-24 (Wake Forest University) and another focused on energy Oct. 22-23 (Rice University). The aim is to build industry partnerships necessary to advance technology more quickly for commercial use.

Stephen J. Susalka, AUTM vice president for meeting development, said the forum offers a “one-stop shop” for technology commercialization offices and industry scouts to develop strong business relationships. He said the forum helps participants as they advance the next generation of medical imaging. Susalka also is associate director of commercialization for Wake Forest Innovations in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"The strong partnering focus makes this an economical and efficient deal-making conference for both technology commercialization offices and industry," Susalka said. "These new AUTM partnering forums are designed specifically for university, hospital and government technology commercialization offices to meet with their industry counterparts to discuss technology licensing and research opportunities in a focused technology field."

Several major companies in the medical imagining sector are expected to attend, as are technology managers from research universities and other research organizations.

Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office is excited to help AUTM present its inaugural industry partnering conference at Cleveland's new venue for health care technologies, said Mike Allan, senior licensing manager.

"Case Western Reserve University is a recognized leader in biomedical imaging research, and our research programs serve as a cornerstone for a number of interdisciplinary programs, including cancer detection, gene therapy, nanotechnology, drug delivery and understanding of metabolic diseases like diabetes," Allan said.

Editors and reporters note: An agenda for the AUTM Partnering Forum is available at this link:

About AUTM
The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,200 technology managers and business executives. AUTM members—managers of intellectual property, one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy—come from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as numerous businesses and government organizations.

About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 4,200 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

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April 07, 2014

Journalism and Social Change in Cleveland in the 60s and 70s

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Cleveland journalist Dick Peery discusses his experiences working in the city of Cleveland during the late 60s and 70s and the changing race relations of the time.

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(left) Dick Peery, Cleveland journalist
(right) Gladys Haddad, host of Regionally Speaking

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April 07, 2014

CWRU music conference rolls out drumbeat for “pulse” of pop music

News Release: Monday, April 7, 2014

Guitarists, keyboard players and vocalists might take center stage, but music’s pulse is the drummer.

Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Music will give a nod to rock and jazz drummers during the Center for Popular Music Studies’ conference, “Drumming,” on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Rd. on the CWRU campus.

The conference, free and open to the public, presents many acclaimed musicians among the speakers. The event concludes with a concert, featuring Mark Ferber, a freelance drummer from New York City, on drums; CWRU’s award-winning jazz pianist and music department chair David Ake, and Marty Block, a Cleveland area jazz bassist on bass.

“Drumming is the great understudied and underappreciated side of popular music,” said Robert Walser, professor and director of the Center for Popular Music Studies.
“Drums are always there, but few people have actually tried to explain why or how they work.”

Walser is directing the conference and also will give a talk, called “A Typology of Drum Fills.”

Case Western Reserve graduate student Mandy Smith will open the conference with her presentation, “’The Rhythm is Gonna Get you:’ The Primitive vs. the Virtuosic in Rock Drumming.”

Sessions to follow include:

• “Perspectives of Pedagogy of the Drumset,” by Ferber, adjunct instructor at the City College of New York and the School of Improvisational Music in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ferber is a freelance drummer, touring and recording with Ralph Alessi’s group, This Against That, and Jonathan Kreisberg’s Trio and Quintet.

• “Toward a Cultural History of the Backbeat,” by Steven Baur, associate professor of music at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In addition to writing about and researching 19th-century popular music, Baur is an accomplished drummer, who performs in Halifax with the group The Sorrys.

• “Embodied Experience, Autoethnography, and Rock” by Gareth Dylan Smith from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. Smith has toured with the Irish psycho-ceilidh band, Neck, and has appeared on albums and tours with Stephen Wheel, Gillian Glover, Eurptörs and Mark Rueberry. He has contributed 24 articles on drummers to the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition and wrote the book, I Drum, Therefore I Am.

For information, contact Walser at

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April 04, 2014

Social work students join medical and nursing school peers to provide service at Case Western Reserve University’s Student-Run Free Clinic

News Release: Friday, April 4, 2014

In addition to medical attention for acute illnesses, Northeast Ohio residents can now turn to Case Western Reserve University’s Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) for social work services.

In a broad cross-disciplinary approach that stresses coordination and cooperation among multiple health professions, social work student volunteers from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences join students from the university’s medical and nursing schools to offer free services to the uninsured. Patients must be at least 18 years old.

The acute-care, walk-in clinic, which opened in October 2011, is operated entirely by students, from check-in to discharge. It’s housed in the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, at 12201 Euclid Ave. in University Circle, easily accessible by public transportation. The clinic is open bimonthly on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student nurses and doctors are supervised by faculty from both schools and offer free care for patients with such acute medical needs as flu, strep throat and sexually transmitted diseases. The clinic also provides work physicals to patients who may not have a regular doctor.

Patient numbers continue to climb

Since the clinic’s opening, students have treated 551 patients, including 241 so far in the 2013-14 school year, according to first-year social work student Eric Moizuk, co-director of the clinic’s quality assurance.

During each clinic, approximately 25 volunteers staff the operation:
• 15 student clinicians (five teams of three students each).
• Three students at the front desk.
• Four student board members, including clinical coordinators.
• Two licensed preceptors (faculty).
• The medical director.

The students provide about 3,600 volunteer hours annually.

Many faculty members from both schools volunteer in the clinic as preceptors, while others work with students outside the clinic as advisors, on quality improvement and outreach programs.

“The students are amazingly independent,” said faculty advisor Ellen Luebbers, MD.

With the addition of social work students, SRFC expands its services to include such assistance as helping patients navigate Medicaid applications and new government-sponsored health-care options. Mental health referrals and health education are also now offered.

As in medicine and nursing, social work students are monitored and advised by
licensed social work instructors or practicing social workers.

The clinic was founded with grant support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The four-year grant has supported the SRFC as well as other interprofessional programs at CWRU. A 20-member interprofessional student board manages clinic operations, outreach programs, quality improvement and fund raising (including a 5K run on April 19th (

The idea for the clinic was to help students in each profession—early in their education—understand the strengths each brings to patient care while serving those in need.

While dental students are not technically part of the SRFC, two dental students at a time rotate and see patients through the Free Clinic as part of their curriculum.

“The real-life setting and early exposure to patients provide experiences in which they can learn patient-centered collaborative care,” Luebbers said. “This group of students learns about the other professions in a very personal way, working through differences in (each profession’s) language, differences in the way professions do things and conflicting schedules.”

While Moizuk’s field placement work connects him to other social workers, he said working with professionals and students from other disciplines has been a learning experience.

“The leadership opportunities have taught me about organization and management while working with a large team of people that I find to be a very valuable foundation for my professional career,” he said.

Working in student doctor-nurse teams, the volunteers meet with patients, take medical histories and conduct examinations. Medicines, if needed, are called into a local pharmacy, where student couriers pick up prescriptions when patients can’t.

Even a dose of team training was recently added to the interprofessional mix.

Ellen Burts-Cooper, an alum of the Weatherhead School of Management and senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, gave the SRFC board free team training to help foster interprofessional work.

“Every year, the new board takes the clinic to a new level,” Luebbers said. “It is quite inspiring.”

Clinic expands social work school’s community service

Stephanie Garcia, the student social work clinical coordinator, is integrating the social work students into the interprofessional team. She coordinates activities with the newly appointed 2014-15 student directors, first-year medical student Kelly Manger and Alexa Lange, a first-year master of nursing student.

SRFC’s mission from the beginning has been "To Serve, To Learn, To Collaborate," Lange said.

“We have greatly expanded in all three of these areas,” she said, “but I think the expansion of the collaboration piece is the most interesting and is a great reflection of the changing health care landscape in which nursing and social work are taking on more vital roles in completing the patient-care experience.”

Outgoing board member and Vice Director Elliot Schwartz was instrumental in bringing in the social work students. He worked with second-year social work student Jillian Baugh, who organized the first social work volunteers and faculty and alumni preceptors for the clinic last fall.

The clinic experience augments community field placements already required of social work students, who gain hands-on learning while providing service to more than 350 Northeast Ohio organizations.

Garcia, who took on Baugh’s role, said the clinic volunteer experience provides an opportunity to work with two other professions.

“Together,” she said, “we provide well-rounded services that ultimately benefit our patients.”

Luebbers, with Jesse Honsky, MSN, MN, RN, and Carol Savrin, CPNP, FNP, BC, FAANP, serve as faculty advisors from the medical and nursing schools, respectively. Andrea Porter, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW, a clinical instructor and assistant dean for student services, is the social work school’s advisor. Lisa Navacruz, MD, who serves as a faculty preceptor, has worked with the students every Saturday since the clinic opened.

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April 03, 2014

Congratulations to KSL Science & Engineering Info Fair Winners!

Kelvin Smith Library organized a Science and Engineering Info Fair on March 21 to showcase many of the resources available in the library. Publishers and vendors were available to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products. With the help of event sponsors, event attendees had a chance to win a Kindle Fire and gift cards.

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April 03, 2014

next issue focused on CMR

the upcoming issue of 'Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy' will be focused on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.
several of the submissions are already 'online' at:

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April 02, 2014

Freedman Fellow Dr. Mark Pedretti to Discuss "Cartography as Memory in Hiroshima Literature"

On Wednesday, April 16, Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Mark Pedretti. Dr. Pedretti will discuss the challenges and solutions related to his research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support.

Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less the name of a city than an unthinkable event or an incalculable fear of nuclear war. While an official culture of commemoration has grown up around the site of the actual bombing, Dr. Pedretti examines literary artifacts that paint a very different image of the city, and suggests a different form of historical memory. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti uses the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city, and of suggesting the relative importance of surrounding towns and villages in witnessing the effects of the bombing. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction.

Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship) will present with Dr. Pedretti to discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map. Holstein will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars may consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.

For more information, visit

The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. This program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.

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March 31, 2014

Tutoring Outreach Programs

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Arthur Evenchik, assistant to the dean for special projects in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and Beth Hodges, undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University discuss their experiences and involvement with the tutoring programs at Case Western Reserve University.


(left) Beth Hodges, student and tutor at Case Western Reserve University
(middle) Gladys Haddad, host of Regionally Speaking
(right) Arthur Evenchik, assistant to the dean for special projects at the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University

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March 31, 2014

Can't Miss Events at the Mandel School This Week

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This is the last day of Social Work Month, so be sure to stop by the Harris Library -- one of the few social work school libraries in the nation! -- to register to win some great prizes to commemorate the month.


12:45PM - 1:45PM (THIRD FLOOR ATRIUM): Stop by the Student/Faculty Raffle, where just $5 buys you 10 raffle tickets to win great prizes and all the proceeds help future students with scholarships. Prizes include lunch with Dean Gilmore, a painting lesson with Dr. Groza, bike riding with Dr. Chupp, a 2-hour pass to 121 Fitness to exercise with Dr. Mark Singer, movie tickets to the Cedar Lee, gift baskets and more! Prizes drawn every 10 minutes. All proceeds benefit the school fund for student scholarships. (Event is 12:45pm - 1:45pm)

12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

12:50 - 1:50PM (ROOM 112): Information Session on MSSA/JD Dual Degrees with the School of Law

1-2PM (ROOM 225): Kick off Minority Health Month with the BSA with a special viewing of the documentary "When the Bough Breaks," about the health disparities of African-American infants in the NICU, followed by a brief discussion after led by March of Dimes Coordinator Emily Speerbacher. (1 PD hour)


12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

3:00 - 6:00PM (MANDEL CENTER): Career Fair - a chance for students to meet with employers and recruiters about social work and nonprofit positions.


12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

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March 28, 2014

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Gwinn Girls

In preparation for the March 1967 retirement of Evelyn Svoboda, Assistant to the Comptroller, the Gwinn Girls was formed. Comprised of women administrators, executive aides, secretaries and other non-academic staff of WRU, the group came together to have fun several times a year, holding their functions at Gwinn Estate in Bratenahl. Thirty-eight women attended the first party. Dinner was $5.00, dinner with cocktails was $6.50. The ladies donated $39.00 for a retirement gift. Hough Caterers did not charge for the bartender or for gratuities for personnel, “consequently , the ‘treasury’ had an unexpected balance” of $39.10.

The original “Volunteer Committee” consisted of Matilda Jameson, Administration Assistant in the President’s Office; Ethel A. Oster, Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Finance; Thya Johnson, Secretary to the Dean of the Graduate School; Rose Psenicka, Secretary to Secretary of the University; and Julia Scofield, Secretary to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The Gwinn Girls quickly held another retirement party in June 1967 and the group was off and running. The women who had worked at Case Institute of Technology were invited to join after Federation. This included women such as Helen Stankard. As women retired they suggested their replacements be invited to join, and sometimes they stayed members themselves. They tried to have every building represented in the membership. A different woman was the hostess for each party and made all the arrangements.

In 1970 they started calling their events “meetings” instead of parties since Gwinn was only to be used for meetings. In 1974 they had a record attendance of 73 and discovered that the limit for dinner at Gwinn was 60 and they had to start capping attendance. Speakers were sometimes invited to address the group. This included our own Ruth Helmuth, University Archivist. (Mrs. Helmuth was also a Gwinn Girl and regularly attended events.)

The significance of such a network should not be overlooked. These women knew who to contact for any situation and had relationships set up across campus. It could only aid in the smooth flow of the day job at the university.

The last documented event the University Archives has of the Gwinn Girls was May 31, 1979. In 1997 Rose Psenicka, one of the founders, visited the Archives and dropped off the Gwinn Girls records with a note: “This is how it all began. Evelyn Svoboda worked for a long time in the Controller’s Office. We had such a success we did it again & again. (That is partied.)”

See other Women's History Month entries from 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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March 28, 2014

Collaborative to End Human Trafficking Symposium on April 5

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking will present “Responses of Professionals to the Pandemic of Human Trafficking” at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Robbins Building (2210 Circle Drive) on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The symposium calls on practitioners and students from nursing, medicine, social work, law, business, and law enforcement to broaden their knowledge of human trafficking and how they may encounter it within their discipline; to discuss tools available and still needed in the local community to assess, intervene, and assist victims; and to network more effectively across the disciplines to address prevention, protection, and prosecution.

Keynote speakers include Timothy Mulvey, U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons; Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services in New York.

In addition, the morning session will include a plenary panel made up of local professionals from the various disciplines to address how the crime of human trafficking presents itself within their field. Panelists include M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, MSASS; Judith P. Lipton, MSSW, JD, Professor of Law, CWRU School of Law; and Roger Saillant, PhD, Executive Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management.

The afternoon includes breakout sessions facilitated by local professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, law enforcement, business, and law to provide participants an opportunity to contribute to the conversation regarding challenges and solutions within the multiple disciplines. Facilitators include Maureen Kenny, JD, Professor of Law, CWRU; Kirsti Mouncey, LISW, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, MSASS Adjunct Instructor; and recent CWRU alumna Charity Taylor, BS, BA, Analyst, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

CE credits for nurses, physicians, social workers and counselors are available.* The application for CLEs has been submitted.

The cost to attend the symposium is $60 for professionals and $15 for students. Free parking and lunch are provided for participants. To register for the event, visit or contact the Collaborative at 440-356-2254.

The symposium is supported by the following: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Catholic Health Partners, Cleveland Clinic, and Nord Family Foundation.

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