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October 11, 2015

Several bits from a wedding I sang recently

I haven't blogged here in awhile, but this seems as good a place as any to park several mp3s.

First, the responsorial psalm. Response is by Royce Nickel , verses set to a falsobordone in the 6th mode that I wrote for this purpose.

Then there's a setting of O Sacrum Convivium by Francesco Feroci, cathedral-master in Florence 1719-1757. I edited this from a manuscript on the Internet Culturale; you can download the edition from cpdl.

I'm the crappy-sounding out of tune guy, with Evan Bescan, tenor, and Brian MacGilvray, bass.

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October 09, 2015

CWRU's International Initiatives

In its five-year Plan for Case Western Reserve University, 1990-1995, the university adopted as one of its priorities, “Global and international orientation in teaching, research, and scholarship.” At that time CWRU had students and faculty from over 70 countries and was committed to expanding previous international initiatives and developing new programs.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences responded to the challenge by reviewing past programs and planning new ones. In 1993 its faculty committee, Local-INternational Konnections (LINK), issued the Report on MSASS International Activities: A Look at the Last 20 Years. LINK’s assessment of the school’s situation in 1993 was that, “international work at MSASS has increased significantly since 1990. However, in comparison to the organized structures for international work at other professional schools at CWRU, MSASS is behind considerably. At the same time, however, MSASS is probably substantially ahead of other schools of social work in the United States.”

MSASS traced its international involvement to student and faculty exchange programs in the 1920s. Students and faculty have come from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, and others.

MSASS has provided technical assistance to other countries developing social work education and professional associations. Research has explored the emergence of non-profit organizations, community organizing, and needs of and services for handicapped children.

In 1999 MSASS established the Office on International Affairs and Non-Governmental Organizations. Both international field placements and local field work with an international emphasis have been offered. The Herman D. Stein Lectureship in International Social Welfare, endowed in 1999, brings prominent international figures in social work to campus annually. Among numerous global activities, Stein, Dean of the school from 1964 to 1968, was president of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UNICEF, and conducted social welfare missions all over the world.

These global perspectives and action in the field of social work education and practice have been part of the school’s proud 100-year tradition of service, teaching, and scholarship.

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October 09, 2015

New $1.17 million National Institutes of Health grant creates pipeline for minority students to pursue PhDs in nursing at CWRU

News Release: Friday, October 9, 2015

A new five-year, $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will prepare 20 nurses from underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue doctorate degrees at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

The NIH-funded “Bridges to the Doctorate” training program will create a pipeline of masters in science of nursing students (MSN) from Cleveland State University and Ursuline College to enter the Frances Payne Bolton PhD program.

Ultimately, the goal is more highly trained nurse educators from underrepresented ethnic groups on faculty and working in leadership roles at hospitals.

“Hospitals serve people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, and more nurses from underrepresented groups targeted in this project are needed to reflect the patient population,” said program leader Elizabeth Madigan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Independence Foundation Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. “And that starts with having a more diverse faculty that can serve as role models for future nurses.”

Fewer than 3,000 nurses (less than 2 percent nationally) have obtained doctorate degrees, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Future of Nursing Scholars.” And minorities make up less than 12 percent of the faculty at nursing schools nationally.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that nursing students from underrepresented ethnic groups (African-American, Hispanic) actually begin pursuing higher education degrees at higher rates than whites, but get stalled somewhere along the line in their pursuit of doctorate degrees, Madigan said.

The Bridges to the Doctorate program introduces MSN students to the PhD program at Case Western Reserve and allows them to begin building a network of researchers and educators. The program will provide MSN students with:

· Two mentors (one each from their home school and CWRU).

· Research opportunities, with support for related research materials.

· Compensation for research assistantships, working up to 20 hours with Case Western Reserve researchers.

· Support to attend scientific conferences.

Madigan is collaborating with Patricia Sharpnack (a Case Western Reserve alumna), dean of the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College, and Maureen Mitchell, director of the Graduate Program at CSU.

Family responsibilities and economics often delay or prevent the pursuit of doctorate degrees, Madigan said. Many potential candidates work as registered nurses (RN) while attending school.

Research assistants aren’t paid as much as RN’s, which is a disincentive, she said. The three participating institutions hope to encourage more MSN students to take on research projects by nearly matching hourly RN salaries.

Two students each from Ursuline and CSU will enter the program this fall, earn MSN degrees and then apply to the Case Western Reserve PhD program. Four more MSN students will be added to the program each year.

If successful in recruiting four students for the first year, the university could receive $234,485 annually from the National Institute of General Medical Services of the NIH.

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October 06, 2015

CWRU Technology Transfer Office wins Licensing Executives Society “Deals of Distinction” Award

News Release: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada) Inc. (LES) will honor the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of Case Western Reserve University with a prestigious “Deal of Distinction Award” at the society’s annual meeting in New York on Oct. 27. CWRU’s TTO is the only representative of an academic institution to receive the award this year.

The awards recognize outstanding intellectual property licensing deals. Among them is an agreement that advanced the research of David Schiraldi, professor and chair of Case Western Reserve’s Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, from technology to startup phase.

In 2014, Case Western Reserve’s TTO completed negotiations with AeroClay LLC of Austin, Texas, to commercialize Schiraldi’s technology, which produces a wide range of materials for packaging, insulation and absorbency from freeze-dried clay with small amounts of polymer additives.

The technology enables an array of lightweight, durable and environmentally friendly aerogel materials. The resulting product is a spongy, feather-light but sturdy, heat- and flame-resistant and eco-friendly material for applications as an absorbent, insulator or packing material.

The ongoing relationship with AeroClay was cultivated and enhanced through TTO’s negotiation of an exclusive license agreement. The deal, while defining specific applications for the technology, also creatively allows the licensee to quickly adjust to new uses.

“The license encourages the licensee to maximize the product applications quickly in different sectors by offering low-cost hurdles to participate in the chosen market,” said Michael Allan, TTO senior licensing officer. “The licensee is then charged commensurately higher fees to buy extensions of time to develop a product for other uses as they are identified.”

With this award, CWRU and AeroClay join the illustrious ranks of past award recipients, including Yale University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and Oncolys BioPharma; University of Pennsylvania and AstraZeneca; and the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and Bayer Healthcare AG.

In its 50th year, LES is an independent, professional organization that facilitates global intellectual property commerce through education, networking, standards development and certification.

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October 06, 2015

NIH awards CWRU nurse scientist $2.48 million to help families make critical health-care planning decisions with avatar-based software

News Release: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CLEVELAND—A new $2.48 million federal grant will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University to revise and test the effectiveness of an interactive avatar-based technology that helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an ICU emergency.

Each year, millions of Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), which can trigger a cascade of difficult decisions about treatment and end-of-life care, especially for patients with chronic illnesses.

But more than half of ICU patients haven’t documented their end-of-life preferences in any formal way, such as with a living will or medical power of attorney.

“What this does is put their loved ones in very uncomfortable positions,” said Ronald Hickman Jr., PhD, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute-care nurse practitioner. “It can be an intimidating situation, so people often default to clinicians and later regret doing so.”

With the grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, Hickman and his Case Western Reserve research colleagues hope to alleviate much of that stress and regret.

Hickman, working with Marc Buchner, an associate professor in electrical engineering and computer science at Case School of Engineering, will create a prototype software program that can be personalized to fit specific patient situations. The technology is called Interactive Virtual Decision Support for End of Life and Palliative Care (INVOLVE).

The prototype will be tested with 270 patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Periodic surveys to gauge their sense of stress and regret will measure the software program’s effectiveness, compared to providing information-only support and usual methods of care.

The chronically critically ill are at high risk for cognitive impairment, prolonged use of life-sustaining care and the need for a surrogate decision-maker, who often describe high psychological stress associated with a patient’s condition and preferences.

Hickman’s commitment to research that helps ease the emotional burden of end-of-life decisions and treatment is based on personal experience.

He previously worked as an ICU nurse, but says he really didn’t understand the need for a new, perhaps more sensitive and more effective tool to make better-informed decisions until his grandparents were patients together in an ICU.

“Given my experience and training, I came into the situation with resources, yet I still found it very challenging,” he said. “I can only imagine what it’s like for most families.”

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September 29, 2015

University Librarian to give talk celebrating 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' 150th anniversary

Join us this Saturday 10/3, 2-4 pm in the Dampeer Room, for a talk from our very own University Librarian and Associate Provost, Arnold Hirshon. In conjunction with Octavofest, a month-long celebration of books and paper arts, this talk focuses on the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' The presentation will highlight visual artists and their translation of Alice. Illustrations by CIA students of Lewis Carroll’s text are displayed in the KSL Art Gallery and throughout the library. Light refreshments will be served.

More information and RSVP link can be found on the KSL events page.

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October 02, 2015

Stephanie Endy named associate VP for research in CWRU’s Office of Research and Technology Management

News Release: Friday, October 2, 2015

Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Research and Technology Management (ORTM) has added Associate Vice President for Research Stephanie Endy as a key member to its administrative team.

Endy, who began her new position Oct. 1, brings extensive career experience at top research universities, including more than 10 years interacting directly with sponsored research programs.

“The search committee did an excellent job finding a candidate who brings a wealth of experience and great vision,” said Suzanne Rivera, the university’s vice president for research. “Stephanie is not just an accomplished administrator, she’s a nationally-recognized leader in the field of research administration. I am delighted she will be a member of the ORTM team.”

Among Endy’s many duties will be overseeing research administration, which includes pre- and post-award services, research compliance and IT support of research applications through the Sparta (Sponsored Programs Application for Research Tracking and Administration) system.

“I’m honored to join the CWRU family,” Endy said, “and I’m excited to support the university’s internationally recognized researchers. The breadth and depth of the research here and the reputation of the university as a research institution are stellar.”

Endy will work closely with the associate deans for research from all the schools and the college to promote research opportunities for CWRU faculty. She will also coordinate strategic initiatives, such as negotiating master research agreements and multi-school projects, Rivera said.

Since 2013, Endy has served as a board member-at-large for the Society of Research Administrators International, assisting this year as strategic plan committee chair.

Endy comes to Case Western Reserve from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-LIJ Health System, in Manhasset, N.Y., where she served since 2012 as assistant vice president for extramural funding. In that position, she oversaw research grants management and funding policy, while developing and supporting a culture of compliance.

Previously, she was director of research and sponsored programs at Lehman College, City University of New York, CUNY Research Foundation, and worked as a grant and contract administrator at the University of Washington’s Office of Sponsored Programs. While there, she was responsible for proposals and awards within the School of Medicine.

She was assistant director for the Computation Institute, which was an interdisciplinary research institute with joint appointments at University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

A violinist, recreational diver and former amateur ballroom dancer, Endy worked as a development operations coordinator for Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.

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September 28, 2015

Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga County to collaborate in White House “Smart Cities” initiative

News Release: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

CWRU researchers, county to address sustainability, cybersecurity and other regional issues as part of new national MetroLab Network of civic leaders and universities

CLEVELAND—Cuyahoga County and Case Western Reserve University will team up to analyze and tackle some of the region’s pressing concerns as part of a new national network of civic-university partnerships the White House launched Monday (Sept. 14) as part of the administration’s “Smart Cities” initiative.

Called MetroLab Network, its goal is to use advances in science and technology to collaborate on solutions to such community challenges as traffic congestion, crime, job creation and public service improvements.

The MetroLab Network will bring together university researchers with government decision-makers to explore, develop and apply technology and analytics to address problems facing the systems and infrastructure on which regional economies depend—solutions that they then can be shared across the Network.

As one of the founding regions of the initiative, Cuyahoga County and Case Western Reserve have identified the following opportunities to collaborate as part of the MetroLab Network:

Sustainability analysis and community website
A multi-level project of research, action and community outreach and education, the effort will include gathering and analyzing environmental and energy-use data and developing efficiency recommendations to create an online tool that educates and encourages residents to reach sustainability goals.

More specifically, Case Western Reserve researchers will use a data-analysis engine patented at CWRU to assess energy use at county buildings—including housing authority buildings—based on smart-meter data. The analysis will identify efficiency issues and retrofits or others solutions to minimize energy waste.

The county and university will establish sustainability and environmental goals and metrics—such as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by sector (transportation, manufacturing, etc.), combined sewer overflows, renewable energy generation costs and outputs across the county’s 59 communities. This data will be made available on a public website to educate and engage citizens about the best choices for their health, neighborhoods and household finances.

“Our Cuyahoga County IT department has some great ideas about using data and technology for a more livable community,” said Mike Foley, the county’s sustainability director. “We have some real environmental issues, such as CO2 emissions, water and stream quality, recycling rates and transportation patterns, which we want assistance in measuring and reporting in understandable ways to the public. We think this partnership with the White House, CWRU, Cuyahoga County and other communities and research institutions across the country will be wonderful for our region.”

Geographic Information System (GIS) regionalization
The county has invested in a regional GIS platform to serve constituents and local governments. The county has also established partnerships with local governments, such as the Cleveland Metroparks, which has been piloting unmanned drones to update its GIS park data. The county and Case Western Reserve will partner on this regional effort to gather and share comprehensive GIS data throughout the communities.

Cybersecurity for county databases
University researchers will work with county information technology (IT) directors to develop systems and tools to ensure county data security and protect from data breaches. This work will analyze weaknesses and metadata and monitor systems to predict and prevent outsider access.

“The unique collaboration between the county and Case School of Engineering, the Great Lakes Energy Institute, the Sustainability Alliance, the Strategic Innovation Lab and the other schools/colleges throughout Case Western Reserve University allows us to not only be a great neighbor and partner, but address together some of the most important challenges the region will face in the near future,” said Jeffrey Duerk, PhD, dean of the engineering school. “Energy efficiency, cybersecurity of our infrastructure systems and improved services by collecting and analyzing vast amounts of data provide opportunities for us to understand how the county and region can improve services.”

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October 02, 2015

$3.73 million federal grant awarded to Case Western Reserve-led education alliance

News Release: Friday, October 2, 2015

Program designed to produce more minority students with doctoral degrees in STEM

In the last decade, national attention has increasingly focused on improving the path to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers—especially for minority students significantly underrepresented in the STEM workforce and academia.

Specifically, the National Science Foundation's (NSF’s) Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program is designed to overcome obstacles and increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) completing STEM doctoral degrees and possibly becoming university professors.

Toward that goal, the NSF has awarded a $3.73 million grant to the Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance (NOA-AGEP) for research directed by Case Western Reserve University and involving the six other alliance-member institutions. The 42-month project, to recruit and guide talented URM students through graduate work and research, begins this month.

"We believe this consortium will be transformative in multiple ways, for diversity in Northern Ohio, for workforce development in science and engineering and, most importantly, for the careers of the graduate students in the programs,” said Lynn Singer, PhD, Case Western Reserve’s deputy provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology.

With the new round of funding, NOA-AGEP will develop and study a model to improve URM student participation, preparation and success in STEM graduate education—an approach that will involve all participating institutions and, hopefully, provide an approach that can be replicated nationally. The alliance will study the model’s ability to prepare students for graduate research and maintain or increase their interest in becoming STEM professors.

“Case Western Reserve will recruit six underrepresented minority PhD students (30 total across the seven NOA-AGEP institutions), selected from biological sciences, chemistry and engineering, to be admitted in fall 2016, said Charles Rozek, PhD, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at Case Western Reserve. “They will be designated as AGEP Scholars.”

Rozek is the NSF grant’s principal investigator (PI). Singer and Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, the university’s vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and an English professor, are co-PI’s.

The NOA-AGEP partnership includes: Case Western Reserve, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron, University of Toledo and Youngstown State University.

The study also involves Tuskegee University in Alabama and Central State University near Dayton. At Tuskegee, graduate engineering students will be mentored and participate in summer exchange programs with member institutions in Northern Ohio. Some AGEP Scholars will also spend time conducting research at Tuskegee.

At Central State, undergraduate students will participate in a two-year summer research “bridge” program at NOA-AGEP institutions, which will prepare them to enter graduate programs in STEM fields.

Producing sufficient numbers of graduates who are prepared for STEM occupations has become a national priority as a strategy to compete internationally. The shortage is especially acute among minority populations.

“Increased URM participation in advanced STEM education and training is critical for supporting the development of a diverse professional STEM workforce,” said NSF Program Director Mark Leddy, “especially a diverse STEM faculty who serve as the intellectual, professional, personal, and organizational role models that shape the expectations of future scientists and engineers.”

Of more than 35,000 doctorate degrees awarded by colleges and universities nationally in science and engineering in 2012, 3.9 percent were awarded to Hispanic or Latino students, 2.7 percent to African-American students and 0.2 percent to Native Americans, according to NSF’s most recent analysis.

In fall 2013, of all full-time faculty in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, 79 percent were white, 6 percent African-American, 5 percent Hispanic and 10 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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October 01, 2015

Sensory Feedback Shapes Individuality to Provide Everyone Equal Opportunity for Behavioral Excellence

News Release: Oct. 1, 2015

CLEVELAND—We can quickly tell from the way someone walks whether that person is young or old, male or female, healthy or sick, because patterns of movement vary from one person to the next. In fact, we can often recognize a friend from a distance, even if he’s walking with his back to us, because of his characteristic strides.

Scientists have assumed that evolution would push us toward a single “best” method for walking—or for any movement. But even one person’s repeated steps, watched closely, are rarely identical.

“Is this variability in walking just noise that the nervous system must overcome, or does it contribute to normal function?” asks Hillel Chiel, a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Chiel worked with Case Western Reserve’s Miranda J. Cullins, Jeffrey McManus, Hui Lu, and Kendrick Shaw, who are recent PhD graduates, and current PhD student Jeffrey Gill to find the answer. Their research, published today (Oct. 1) in the journal Current Biology, suggests maintaining variability is essential both for normal behavior and for longer-term evolution.

“Most people see variation as a problem to get away from, but it is the solution,” Chiel said. “Our bodies change throughout life, and our nervous system handles variation to enable us to function as things change.”

The findings have implications for rehabilitating those who have suffered injuries, debilitating illness or stroke; training athletes; and for building better robots.

Gait and the human nervous and muscular systems that control it are highly complicated, so, to address variability, the researchers investigated swallowing motor patterns in the marine mollusk Aplysia californica. This sea slug is known for its large, identified neurons, which have been used to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and motivation.

The team looked down to the level of motor neurons. The researchers removed sensory inputs from the slugs and looked at motor patterns in the animal’s isolated brain. They found that the motor patterns varied more from one animal to the next than with sensory feedback.

When the sea slug’s sensors provide feedback as it feeds, all the slugs responded similarly—that is, it became harder to tell one slug from another just by looking at their motor patterns. Their response ranges were nearly identical when the movement was essential to swallowing, such as how long the feeding grasper was closed as it pulled seaweed into the mouth.

Surprisingly, however, the researchers didn’t find that feedback reduced variability within each sea slug. Just the opposite: the range of responses within each animal became broader.

But how does increasing variability within individual animals reduce variability across the group?

“One way to reduce individuality is to give all the animals access to a broader range of responses—a common solution space,” Chiel said.

But having a range of options within that space is an advantage in a world that’s constantly evolving, Chiel said. “Darwin’s big insight was that variation is the raw material that can be used to allow animals to adapt to a changing environment, and thus enhance their fitness.”

Changes include those within each individual. A person who suffers a stroke, especially with disruption to sensory feedback, would benefit more from therapy to regain access to the full range of movement possibilities rather than training him or her to step one way, the researchers said.

For training athletes, skills such as shooting free throws in basketball may improve by narrowing variability in that part of their body that must connect with the ball; but they may need to increase variability in other parts of their body at the same time to take full advantage of their body’s special characteristics.

Robots that have a built-in range of responses they can use to automatically adjust to variations in tasks would be more useful than those that must be reprogrammed to handle each change, the researchers said.

Chiel’s lab is now looking into whether their observation in sea slugs is relevant to vertebrates, including humans, and investigating cellular and synaptic mechanisms that allow sensory feedback to shape motor variability.

“We think that these results are not unique to slugs, but a general phenomenon for all animals,” Chiel said. Research by others lends support and, “We believe it’s why we each have a different way of walking – and why our unique individuality is so important for success in what we do.”

Cullins, the first author, who received her Ph.D. in 2014 under the guidance of Chiel, found the problem of variability personally interesting as she spent some time during her Ph.D. training for the Olympic crew team. Trading off speed and power was crucial for success, and each person on the team had to find their own way to do this best. These considerations influenced her work on this project. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. McManus is doing postdoctoral research at the Cleveland Clinic, Shaw is now doing an internship in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Lu is a research associate in Chiel’s laboratory.

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October 01, 2015

CWRU researcher to transform clot makers into clot busters

Sen Gupta adapting platelet technology to treat stroke and heart attack

News Release: Oct. 1, 2015

CLEVELAND—A Case Western Reserve University researcher has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to transform clot-forming synthetic platelet technology into devices that dissolve clots to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Anirban Sen Gupta, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case School of Engineering, and his collaborators Samir Mitragotri, PhD, at University of California Santa Barbara; and Wei Li, MD, PhD, at Cleveland Clinic; believe that platelet-inspired synthetic particles can be used to deliver anti-clotting medicines directly to clots that pose a serious health risk.

“We originally designed synthetic platelets to potentially assist in stabilizing soldiers wounded on the battlefield or civilians injured in accidents and also treat patients who are at bleeding risks due to various disease scenarios,” Sen Gupta said. “We soon realized that the technology can be refined to also do the opposite—deliver clot-busting drugs to dissolve clots in blood vessels before they trigger stroke and heart attack. ”

Targeted treatment would reduce the risk of uncontrolled internal bleeding and other harmful side effects that can result from injecting anti-clotting medicine directly into the blood stream. For this new line of research, the Sen Gupta and Mitragotri team will engineer artificial platelets loaded with anti-clotting medications. The particles will be designed to home in on clots and deliver the drugs to dissolve the clot. Li will test this clot-busting technology in animal models of arterial thrombosis.

This new research will run in parallel to their ongoing research in which Sen Gupta developed and patented a synthetic platelet technology called SynthoPlate, supported by a $1.9 million grant from the NIH awarded in 2014. The synthetic platelets mimic the form and surface biology of natural platelets. They’ve been shown to stop bleeding 70 percent faster in small animal models—a step toward stabilizing patients who could otherwise die from severe bleeding.

To advance the original work, Sen Gupta is currently working with Keith McCrae, MD, at Cleveland Clinic; and Vikram Kashyap, MD, at University Hospitals; to optimize and test the SynthoPlate’s ability to treat bleeding in large animal models. This research is supported by two additional grants from the NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations based at Cleveland Clinic and the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership based in the biomedical engineering department at Case Western Reserve.

Sen Gupta’s laboratory ( focuses on platelets as a drug delivery device paradigm because platelets are key players in various cellular and molecular interactions found in multiple pathologies. To that end, the laboratory is also exploring the role of platelets in immune response and cancer metastasis.

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September 25, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of Ohio Chapter

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The Alpha of Ohio chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Western Reserve College 10/28/1847. It was the 10th chapter established and the first chapter west of the Allegheny mountains.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at William and Mary College 12/5/1776. An honor society in the arts and sciences, it is the country’s oldest honor society. Before the William and Mary chapter was suspended during the Revolutionary War (when the college was temporarily closed), charters were granted to Yale (1780) and Harvard (1781). According to Western Reserve University historian Frederick C. Waite, it was the connection between Yale and Western Reserve College (WRC) that led to the Alpha of Ohio Chapter.

In 1841 six members of the WRC faculty petitioned the Alpha of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (at Yale) to establish a chapter. Five of the six faculty members were graduates of Yale and members of Phi Beta Kappa. (By the time the charter was granted the non-Yale alumnus had left WRC and been replaced with a Yale alumnus.) The Yale chapter approved the request pending approval by the other Alpha chapters. On 10/19/1847 the Connecticut Alpha of Phi Beta Kappa granted the charter.

The WRC charter members convened on 10/28/1847 to organize a branch of Phi Beta Kappa. Elijah Barrows was appointed chairman and Henry Noble Day was appointed secretary. At this meeting the six faculty invited two other faculty members (Dartmouth alumni and Alpha of New Hampshire Phi Beta Kappa members) to unite in the organization of the Alpha of Ohio chapter.

The Alpha of Ohio charter members were: George E. Pierce,WRC president, Elijah P. Barrows, Henry Noble Day, James Nooney, Jr., Samuel St. John, Nathan P. Seymour. Faculty members Samuel C. Bartlett, and Clement Long were the two additional organizing members.

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Samuel St. John and Nathan P. Seymour

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The chapter was commonly referred to as the Alpha of Ohio at Western Reserve College. In 1882 Western Reserve College moved from its Hudson campus to Cleveland and became Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. The Alpha of Ohio chapter was then referred to as the Alpha of Ohio at Adelbert College.

In 1901 the College for Women faculty voted to petition for a chapter. By 1903 the petition was endorsed by 5 chapters and presented to the Senate of the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1904 an Alpha of Ohio chapter committee was appointed to outline a plan concerning the College for Women. However, at the 6/15/1905 chapter meeting it was reported that a separate chapter could not be granted by the Senate of the United Chaptesrs to the College for Women. The custom was that 2 charters should not be granted to closely affiliated institutions. The women’s college could gain membership through the Alpha of Ohio Chapter. On 6/9/1906 the College for Women section of Alpha of Ohio was established.

After July 1931 the business of the 2 sections as it pertained to matters of common interest was conducted by an Executive Council of 6 members (3 from Adelbert College and 3 from Mather College). The chair of this council rotated every year. In 1959 the by-laws were revised and women students of Cleveland College who were candidates for the B.A. were considered for membership in the Mather section and men students of Cleveland College pursuing the B.A. were considered for membership in the Adelbert section.

After the merger of the 3 undergraduate colleges (Adelbert, Cleveland, and Mather) in 1971, the 2 Alpha of Ohio sections merged in 1972.


Phi Beta Kappa key of Charles W. Palmer, 1848 and Arthur H. Palmer, 1879, obverse and reverse

(The portraits of Barrows, Long, and Seymour hang in the University Archives. The portrait of St. John hangs in the School of Medicine. The portrait of President Pierce hangs in Adelbert Hall.)

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September 25, 2015

Kelvin Smith Library is a SHARES Member

So what does this mean? Well, the SHARES Research Libraries Group is a worldwide consortium consisting of over 100 participating institutions. Membership in this group affords us preferential treatment for interlibrary loan services among our peer libraries. Researchers from our university also enjoy comparable on-site collection and service access (short of full borrowing privileges), while visiting any of these locations. This is particularly valuable to traveling scholars in facilitating their research endeavors while away from our campus.

For your convenience, below is a list of those institutions closest geographically to our university, primarily within Ohio and its surrounding states (and province). Note there are currently no SHARES members in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia or Wisconsin.


Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingalls Library
Hebrew Union College, Klau Library
Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library
Ohio State University Libraries


University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Law Library


Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library
Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
Haverford College Library
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Swarthmore College, McCabe Library
Temple University, Paley Library
University of Pennsylvania, Biddle Law Library
University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library


Cornell University Library
State University of New York, Binghamton, Bartle Library
Syracuse University Libraries


Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries
Northwestern University
University of Chicago Library


University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, Engineering & Computer Science Library
University of Toronto, Mississauga Library

Others of Major Importance:

Library of Congress
New York Public Library

During the course of our membership in the SHARES program, we have been provided easier access to the collections of a number of specialized and international libraries. This has allowed us to obtain use of materials we previously were not permitted to borrow or have reproduced. We hope our users will also choose to take advantage of the special benefits available with on-site use at other member institution locations.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ILL services and the SHARES library consortium, please contact us, by phone at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or by e-mail at

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September 08, 2015

Weatherhead School of Management plans new academic track: Master of Science in Management - Business Analytics

Application process starts now; first class in July 2016

News Release: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CLEVELAND—Data analysis and evidence-based decision making are becoming critical skills for management students seeking an edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is preparing a new advanced academic track, the Master of Science in Management - Business Analytics (MSM-Business Analytics), a full-time study track that can be completed in less than a year within an existing degree - Master of Science in Management.

Orientation for MSM-Business Analytics is planned for July 11, 2016, with classes starting two days later.

The area of study will help students learn advanced analytical skills necessary to transform big data into insights that become the foundation for business decisions.

"We are delighted to be in a position to deliver a top education in business analytics, especially at a time when organizations across all sectors are grappling with the challenges and opportunities involved with big data," said Weatherhead School of Management Dean Robert Widing.

MSM-Business Analytics will train students to master analytical skills for application in operations and marketing. It includes professional development to equip students to successfully handle managerial, consulting and analyst positions.

MSM-Business Analytics is expected to attract students who are familiar with tools specific to analytics in various organizational roles and functions. Courses include Data Mining, Digital Analytics Optimization and Advanced Marketing Analytics.

“We expect to produce students who can act as a bridge between pure data scientists and mangers at all levels,” said Rakesh Niraj, an associate professor in Weatherhead’s Department of Design & Innovation and co-director of the analytics endeavor.

The ability to collect and analyze data and information has long been part of business education, Niraj said. “However, a traditional MBA is a broad degree. Exposure to all business functions necessarily limits the time students have to dig deeper into analytics training,” he said.

MSM-Business Analytics is designed with three core areas. The Business Core provides students with a holistic understanding of the underlying business context for succeeding in any industry. The Analytics Core equips students with the general data handling, data presentation and analysis skills, and courses in Applied Business Analytics improve the students' ability to make evidence-based decisions.

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September 23, 2015

CWRU Assistant Professor Michael Goldberg among speakers at TEDxFulbright in California

News Release: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Michael Goldberg, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management, will be speaking at TEDxFulbright, at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center in California on Saturday, Sept. 26. The prestigious program has been designed under the interdisciplinary theme, “Fights Worth Fighting.”

Goldberg’s Fulbright experiences have involved presenting entrepreneurship in parts of the world where new businesses have plenty of space to take root and grow, but not much financial backing. He was awarded Fulbright fellowships to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam (2012) and at the Polytechnic in Windhoek, Namibia (2015).

The upcoming TEDxFulbright gathering is an opportunity for Goldberg to reflect on his Fulbright-inspired massive open online course (MOOC) Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 58,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 13 languages.

Goldberg, in the Department of Design and Innovation, also spoke about his MOOC at TEDxHeraklion in Crete in February 2015. He has taught courses on entrepreneurial management and finance at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and the ALBA Graduate School of Business in Athens, Greece. He has conducted seminars on behalf of the U.S. Department of State on entrepreneurship in Botswana, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Laos, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Spain, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“I plan to share anecdotes from some of my MOOC students from around the world,” Goldberg said. “It’s amazing to see the impact we have had, particularly in the developing world.”

The content of his MOOC is also a Sages seminar this semester at Case Western Reserve.

TEDxFulbright board member Ramesh Ramakrishnan said event planners are pleased that Goldberg will be among “an elite set of internationally acclaimed speakers, who include dreamers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders.”

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September 23, 2015

Knovel Academic Challenge - KSL sponsored online-competition


Knovel is an resource that KSL subscribes. It offers e-books, data sets, and interactive tools (equation editor, etc.) for all Case faculty, staff, and students. Each time Knovel has run the challenge described belong, Case has had 1 or more winners. Lets keep that streak alive.

Knovel Academic Challenge campaign is a 5-week problem-set based competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Based on player performance, weekly and grand prizes are granted to the winning students.

In order to play, students must register (for free) at Please note that registration remains open from now throughout the 5-week challenge, so students can enroll at any time.

Beginning on 9/28, every Monday at 12:00:00 AM PDT, a new set of problem sets will be live in the game. Each week, students will log in with their KAC credentials and solve 7-10 multiple choice problem-sets with direct links to Knovel accessible from within the game interface. Students have the option to exit and reenter the game anytime between problem-sets, and they have as much time as they need to answer each question, as long as they finish all problem sets each week by Sunday at 11:59:59 PM PST.

Students have 3 attempts to answer each question correctly. If the question is answered correctly on the first attempt, they get 4 points; on the second attempt, 3 points; and on the third attempt, 1 point. Each week, students accumulate points to compete for weekly and grand prizes. Only grand prizes depend on total accumulation of points. The weekly prize only depends on points from that respective week.

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September 22, 2015

AACSB International honors Weatherhead School of Management’s David Cooperrider as Influential Leader

News Release: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) today honored David Cooperrider as one of its inaugural group of 100 influential leaders worldwide.

Cooperrider is Fairmount Santrol -David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

AACSB is a nonprofit organization of nearly 1,000 member institutions and businesses devoted to management education. At its Annual Accreditation Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 22, AACSB announced the 100 influential leaders representing more than 20 industry sectors in 48 countries. The honorees were selected from the organization’s first “Influential Leaders from AACSB Business Schools Challenge.”

Cooperrider is founder and faculty chair of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School. He is most widely known for pioneering and advancing Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a method of organizational behavior that focuses on the discovery and design of positive institutions. AI is credited with helping to create the field of positive psychology and the strengths revolution in management.

In 2012, guided by Cooperrider's vision, the Fowler Center launched a major world inquiry project to identify businesses that are agents of world benefit. The Flourish Prizes for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is a student-driven initiative at management schools globally using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Those business stories will become nominations for the inaugural Flourish Prizes, to be awarded in June 2017. Learn more at

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September 22, 2015

Open-Science van der Waals Interaction Calculations Enable Mesoscale Design and Assembly


Open-Science Implementation of van der Waals interactions: Anisotropy, Retardation, Temperature, and Solvent Effects

News Release: Sept. 22, 2015

CLEVELAND—As molecular-level electronic, photonic and biological devices grow smaller, approaching the nanometer scale, chemists, physicists and materials scientists strive to predict the magnitude of the fundamental intermolecular interactions, and whether new hierarchical combinations of these material components will assemble and function as designed.

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and collaborators at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of Missouri-Kansas City, unveil Gecko Hamaker, an open-source computational and modeling tool with a full-spectral optical web-service, highlighted on the cover of today’s issue of the American Chemical Society’s journal Langmuir.

Researchers can use this software to calculate van der Waals forces between molecules and meso/nanoscale units, predict molecular organization and evaluate whether new combinations of materials will stick together, thereby facilitating the design of meso/nanoscale self-assembly.

“We open a whole range of insights into deep physics and share it with the scientists who are working on new self-assembled materials,” said Roger H. French, the F. Alex Nason Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and faculty director of the Applied Data Science Minor at Case Western Reserve. “The free distribution of the Gecko Hamaker source code and its optical spectra open-data has great utility for design and fabrication of new mesoscale systems.”

French’s team has been investigating optical properties and van der Waals interactions with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences. Their latest research based on the Gecko-Hamaker project, is also reported in Langmuir: the calculations of van der Waals interactions between DNA, carbon nanotubes, proteins and inorganic materials.

Simply speaking, van der Waals forces are the intermolecular attractions between atoms, molecules and surfaces that control interactions at the molecular level. The stability of materials are governed by these forces in the meso- and nano-scales.

“In this work, we now provide the ability to determine both van der Waals forces and torques that arise from cylindrical shaped materials or optically anisotropic materials,” French said. “Our methods don’t only address simple geometries, but also non-isotropic, complicated shapes. Our methodology allows us to address orientation, which is more difficult than simply describing van der Waals forces.”

With Nicole F. Steinmetz, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve and colleagues nationally, the lab developed a sophisticated theoretical approach for calculating Hamaker coefficients, interaction free energies, forces, and torques of a wide range of geometries, and have accumulated hundreds of experimental and computational optical data for inorganic and organic materials.

“The open-source project and database are helpful to scientists in a variety of fields,” Steinmetz said “In biomolecular engineering, for example, it would be very interesting to run a Gecko Hamaker calculation to predict how virus-like nanoparticles would approach each other or form self-assembly in a medium.”

The open-source Gecko Hamaker software project and its online spectral database web-service gives other scientists access to these computational approaches and the open-data of the materials.

As it was being developed, “Gecko Hamaker has been downloaded more than 3,000 times in the past three years,” said Yingfang Ma, the CWRU doctoral student who made available the full spectral optical properties of more than 100 materials in the open-data webservice.

Jaime Hopkins, a UMass doctoral student and co-author, said that as a refined open-science project, Gecko Hamaker makes calculations and data transparent to users, and continued user feedback will improve its quality and ease of use while also facilitating reproducibility.

This work was supported at CWRU under DOE-BES-DMSE-BMM under award DE-SC0008068, and at UMass/UMKC under award DE-SC0008176.

Researchers interested in Gecko Hamaker may contact French at

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September 22, 2015

Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1 million in funding and support for promising biomedical engineering university technologies

News Release: Sept. 22, 2015


CLEVELAND—The Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership has announced more than $1 million in funding and support for the 2015 cycle. This includes six full biomedical engineering projects, from an affordable and easy method to screen for Barrett’s esophagus, to synthetic life-saving blood platelets, to a technology that reduces pain after joint-replacement surgery.

The 9-year-old program, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, invests more than $1 million a year in direct funding and support services to help research teams from Case Western Reserve advance products from the laboratory to the marketplace, where they can be available to improve patient care.

“For nearly 10 years, the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership has provided unique direct resources for successfully moving concepts toward becoming products, and has enriched the culture of the Biomedical Engineering Department and the entire university through faculty education and support for the translational process,” said Robert Kirsch, PhD, professor and chairman of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Funding for full projects can range from $50,000 to $200,000 per year. Smaller pilot grants are available as well. The money goes toward preparing projects for commercialization, such as demonstrating technical feasibility, and gauging their market feasibility and industry interest.

The Case-Coulter oversight committee received 32 proposals this program year.

“We are fortunate to be in an environment at Case Western Reserve where having to narrow the possibilities to these six projects was an incredibly difficult task,” said Stephen D. Fening, PhD, director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership. Projects must have the potential to leave the university within 12 to 30 months and be led by an engineer-clinician team.

The technologies and researchers

Screening system for Barrett’s esophagus (Amitabh Chak, MD; Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD; Joseph Willis, MD)
Barrett's esophagus, a complication of chronic acid reflux, is diagnosed when patients with heartburn undergo upper endoscopy with biopsy. Endoscopy is expensive, time-consuming and uncomfortable. This novel technology allows caregivers to more regularly follow at-risk patients to either prevent or detect early cancer of the esophagus. The new method uses a laboratory DNA test performed on material obtained from a tethered sampling capsule, which is far less expensive than endoscopy, less invasive and can be performed in minutes. 

Direct current nerve block (Niloy Bhadra, PhD; Kevin Kilgore, PhD; Elias Veizi, MD, PhD)
This technology proposes to use direct current nerve block, using temporary, removable electrodes passed through the skin to decrease pain following surgical procedures, especially after joint-replacement surgery. The technology could also be used to reduce peripheral pain from other sources, such as cancer, and to reduce muscle spasms and spasticity after stroke and spinal cord injury.

CorCalDx: dual energy X-ray coronary calcium scoring (David Wilson, PhD; Robert Gilkeson, MD)
This game-changing software enables fast and high throughput detection of coronary calcium using the commonly ordered dual-energy chest X-ray exams. An excellent biomarker for coronary artery disease, coronary calcium scoring has long been assessed using expensive computed tomography. As the chest X-ray is the most common medical imaging procedure by far, CorCalDx will help radiologists screen for coronary calcium and identify coronary artery disease risk with little or no additional cost or radiation. 

SynthoPlate: synthetic platelets (Anirban Sen Gupta, PhD; Vikram Kashyap, MD)
Platelets are blood cells that help form clots to stop bleeding. With severe bleeding injuries, natural platelets derived from donor blood are transfused to stop bleeding faster and stabilize the patient. However, platelets have limited availability, high risk for bacterial contamination in storage and a short shelf life of three to five days. SynthoPlate stops bleeding in a way similar to natural platelets, while providing advantages of large-scale manufacture, low contamination, portability and long shelf-life. 

HemeChip: point-of-care diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease (Umut Gurkan, MD; Jane Little, MD; Connie Piccone, MD)
Half to 80 percent of babies born with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in countries with limited resources die before age 5, due to lack of diagnosis. The World Health Organization estimates at least 70 percent of those deaths could be preventable with simple, cost-efficient approaches, such as newborn screening, followed by standard treatment and care. HemeChip technology promises to break the diagnostic barrier by providing an affordable, easy-to-use, point-of-care method for newborn screening of SCD and other hemoglobin disorders.

NeuroRadVision (Pallavi Tiwari, PhD; Lisa Rogers, DO, Anant Madabhushi, PhD)
NeuroRadVision promises to solve one of the most challenging problems in the management of brain tumors: distinguishing benign radiation induced effects from recurrent brain tumors after radiation treatment. Currently, invasive biopsy offers the only reliable diagnosis, since benign radiation effects and tumor recurrence have a similar appearance on follow-up MRI. This decision support technology leverages advanced image analysis techniques to discriminate recurrent brain tumors from benign radiation effects on MRI to obviate unnecessary biopsy

The Translational Research Partnership between Case Western Reserve and the Coulter Foundation fosters collaborations among clinicians and biomedical engineering faculty on translational research projects with the potential to impact patient care.

“The partnership’s goal, since the outset, was to focus on outcomes which save, extend and improve patient lives around the world,” said Mara Neal of the Coulter Foundation. “This latest round of Case-Coulter project funding is a perfect example of what we hoped to achieve then and for years to come.”

The partnership has funded more than $6 million in Case Western Reserve research projects since 2006, leading to more than $40 million in follow-up investment. The partnership provides $700,000 in capital for projects annually—a vital step in moving research from lab to real-life applications. Projects are vetted by an external oversight committee of expert advisors from the startup community, biomedical industry and clinicians.

“In our current environment,” said Michael Haag, executive director of technology management for the university’s Technology Transfer Office, “early-stage capital at this funding level is very difficult to find but critical to a successful commercial translation.”

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September 21, 2015

Case Western Reserve University receives fourth consecutive national award for excellence in diversity and inclusion

News Release: September 21, 2015

For a fourth consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University has received national recognition for its diversity and inclusion initiatives and achievements. The university received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from the national magazine, Insight Into Diversity.

Case Western Reserve has been recognized by the magazine for its diversity work each year since the inception of the HEED award in 2012. This year, the university is one of 92 colleges and universities nationally to receive the award.

HEED recipients will be highlighted in the magazine’s November issue, and on Oct. 6, magazine publisher Lenore Pearlstein will be on campus to present the HEED award to President Barbara R. Snyder. The award presentation will be held at this year’s kick-off event for Case Western Reserve’s “Power of Diversity Lecture Series,” featuring award-winning journalist and NPR host Maria Hinojosa.

Institutions receiving the award are chosen based on their commitment to diversity and inclusion, exemplary diversity initiatives and for their inclusion of all aspects of diversity in their programming, including issues related to gender, race, religion, ethnicity, the LGBT community and those with disabilities.

“Case Western Reserve University is committed to advancing diversity across campus,” said Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. “We are honored to be recognized for the fourth year for our commitment, accomplishments and array of inclusion and diversity programs and initiatives.”

CWRU’s application for the award highlighted the success of the Sustained Dialogue program, which provides a safe space for faculty, staff and students to meet weekly to engage in critical conversations around diversity and inclusion. The application also highlighted Diversity 360, a new campus-wide, comprehensive diversity education program that was piloted last semester and launched in August.

The President’s Cabinet and incoming students and faculty have already completed the program, and the university’s Board of Directors will participate in the program at its next meeting. In the next several months, the program will be made available to departments, offices and various campus groups.

Diversity 360 is jointly operated by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which has provided the program to incoming students as well as student leaders. The university’s HEED application also highlighted the various programs CWRU schools and colleges use to recruit and retain students and faculty of color.

The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application, which includes questions related to recruitment and retention efforts and initiatives targeted at various campus constituents.

For a complete list of HEED winners and more information about the award, visit

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September 21, 2015

New NSF Postdoctoral Scholar: Jeff Pigott

Jeff Pigott joined the Department as a Postdoctoral Scholar in September 2015. Dr. Pigott earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in August 2015. He specializes in high pressure and high temperature experiments and molecular models. He is working with Jim Van Orman on a project to determine the influence of pressure on diffusion rates in Earth's inner core. Dr. Pigott received a prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship to pursue this work.

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September 16, 2015

Kanopy Streaming Video


Kelvin Smith Library is excited to offer Kanopy to the campus community. Kanopy is a streaming video service, featuring many of the educational and documentary films faculty use frequently in classes, students use in activities, or that may be used for research support. It has a wealth of content and many subjects of interest to CWRU programs. The films can be embedded into Blackboard courses, shown in class, and watched at home.

Some important features include:

You can access Kanopy at:

Want to see an example? A CWRU student, Imani Scruggs, was featured in one of the movies. Imani's story was documented by the College of Arts & Sciences in March of 2015 and we have access to the movie "Finding the Gold Within" on Kanopy.

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September 18, 2015

Join us for the Science & Engineering Research and Resources Fair

Kelvin Smith Library will host a Science & Engineering Research and Resources Fair on Tuesday, September 29 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm in Nord Hall, room 356. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about many science and engineering resources available through the library. All CWRU students, faculty and staff are welcome!

Come and enjoy free food, prizes, and resource demos.

For more information, contact Daniela Solomon:

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September 16, 2015

Psychology research links distress to perceived Internet pornography addiction

News Release: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A study of Internet pornography users suggests a person’s own feeling of being addicted to online pornography drives mental health distress, not the pornography itself.

Researcher Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Psychological Sciences, said the finding adds a fresh perspective to commonly held concerns that Internet pornography can be a threat to mental health. The research, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, suggests that feeling addicted to Internet pornography is associated with depression, anger, and anxiety, but that actual use of pornography is not.

Grubbs is part of a research team that did a study titled Perceived Addiction to Internet Pornography and Psychological Distress: Examining Relationships Concurrently and Over Time. The article is now published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a journal of the American Psychological Association.

With Grubbs on the research team are Nicholas Stauner and Julie J. Exline, also of Case Western Reserve University; Kenneth I. Pargament of Bowling Green State University, and Matthew J. Lindberg of Youngstown State University.

Grubbs said Internet pornography viewing online is increasingly common, more among adult males than adult females. The study did not involve minors. Data used for the study came from research participants who were granted anonymity. These participants were assigned numerical identities for confidentiality and were paid for their participation. A second group involved psychology undergraduate students at three separate universities in the United States. Those students received course credit for participation. The research team used these two cross-sectional samples and a 1-year longitudinal study.

“Collectively, these findings suggest that perceived addiction to Internet pornography, but not pornography use itself, is related to psychological distress, which runs counter to the narrative that many people have put forth. It doesn’t seem to be the pornography itself that is causing folks problems, it’s how they feel about it,” Grubbs said. Prior research by Grubbs and Exline has shown that perceived addiction to Internet pornography is partially driven by religious beliefs sand moral disapproval of pornography.

“Perceived addiction involves a negative interpretation of your own behavior, thinking about yourself, like, ‘I have no power over this’ or ‘I’m an addict, and I can’t control this.’ We know from many studies that thinking something has control over you leads to psychological distress,” Grubbs said.

Even so, if a person is comfortable with using Internet pornography, the person would not be immune from psychological distress tied to that activity, Grubbs said.

“Someone can be called out and publicly shamed, a marriage can become troubled, or maybe you are caught at work and get fired. Any of that causes psychological distress. We’re only looking at one internal pathway—what you perceive is bad but can’t change due to addiction,” Grubbs said.

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September 16, 2015

Researchers pursue ideal ingredients for cartilage recipe

News Release: Sept. 16, 2015

A 5-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Harvard University to build a microfactory that churns out a formula to produce joint cartilage.

The end product could one day benefit many of the tens of millions of people in the United States who suffer from cartilage loss or damage.

Articular cartilage coats the ends of long bones, bearing loads, absorbing shocks and, with sunovial fluid, enabling knees, hips and shoulders to smoothly bend, lift and rotate. Since the tissue has little ability to repair or heal itself, there is a critical need for new therapeutic strategies.

Artificial substitutes can’t match the real thing, and efforts to engineer articular cartilage have been stymied by the complex process of turning stem cells into the desired tissue.

“Cells are very responsive to cues presented to them from their surroundings,” said Eben Alsberg, professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve. “We hope to learn what signals can steer stem cell behavior with the ultimate goal of engineering cartilage quickly with the functionality of natural tissue,”

He’s teaming with Ali Khademhosseini, a professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology, on the research.

“We will do a systematic study of the effects of cellular microenvironmental factors on cellular differentiation and cartilage formation,” Khademhosseini said

Alsberg has previously coaxed stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow and fat tissue into cartilage. His lab has designed an array of new materials with controllable characteristics, such as physical properties, cell adhesive properties and the capacity to control the delivery of bioactive factors.

By controlling the presentation of these signals to cells, both independently and in combination, along with the regulated presentation of mechanical signals, his group aims to identify key cues that are important for changing stem cells into cartilage-producing cells.

Khademhosseini is an expert in microfabrication, and his lab specializes in developing micro- and nano-scale technologies to control cell behavior. He will develop a microscale high-throughput system at his lab that will speed testing and analysis of materials engineered in Alsberg’s lab.

“The fabrication of such a system that can test many different such combinations in a high throughput manner is rather challenging,” Khademhosseini said. “We will use advanced microfluidics and fabrication technologies combined with biomaterials to be able to do this.”

The team expects to test and analyze more than 3,000 combinations of factors that may influence cell development, including different types and amounts of biochemicals, extracellular matrix properties, compressive stresses and more. They hope to begin testing conditions identified from these studies in animal models by the end of the grant term.

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September 16, 2015

CWRU leads solar power study inspired by field of medicine

DOE funds worldwide project to diagnose solar panel weaknesses, spur technologies extending lifetime performance and predictability

News Release: Sept. 16, 2015

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University will do an epidemiological, disease control‐type study of more than 5 million solar panels at hundreds of power plants around the world to learn how photovoltaic modules degrade under varying conditions.

Funded by a $1.35 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative award, the study’s goal is to drive designs that make modules last longer and have more predictable power output, which can help reduce the cost of clean power and add certainty for renewable energy investors.

The DOE seeks to predict precisely, and thereby extend, the performance lifetime of solar panels, which are expected to generate power for 30 years or more. But, to create a predictably longer lifetime, manufacturers need better information about what factors contribute to the end of a module’s usefulness.

Rather than study portions of photovoltaic modules in the lab, “We take a bioinformatics and data analysis approach,” said Roger French, the F. Alex Nason Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension (SDLE) Center. “Like doctors who study 30,000 nurses over 20 years, looking at how many smoke, how many are overweight, and how many exercise…We’re using this same approach to analyze solar PV modules.”

“In that kind of study, you can ask sophisticated questions and get answers,” French said.

The researchers will collect and analyze data from various brands of modules, in varying climates at various ages and installations, on four continents. They will also develop new tests at the SDLE Center to understand the physical processes taking place in the field. The center will accelerate aging, exposing modules to the equivalent of decades of solar radiation and weather in just a few years.

“We will determine, and rank in the importance of prediction accuracy, the variables that change modules’ predicted lifetime performance using our statistical/epidemiological, degradation science approach,” said Jiayang Sun, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in CWRU’s School of Medicine and director of the Center for Statistical Research, Computing and Collaboration.

By combining that information with the degradation mechanisms found in the lab tests, the researchers will identify the factors that most contribute to a module’s decline. Those factors will be the targets of improvements in the technology.

“We will be able to more accurately estimate how much energy and money modules will produce over their lifetime—information that’s useful to manufacturers, users and investors,” said Timothy Peshek, a Case Western Reserve materials science and engineering research professor and one of the project leaders.

Partners in the effort include Underwriter’s Laboratories; SunEdison, maker of solar systems for homes, businesses and power plants; Terraform Power, a renewable energy company that will provide data from nearly 400 solar power plants it owns and operates in North and South America; Sandia National Laboratory; and Fraunhofer-ISE, the largest solar energy research institute in Europe.

The research group at the Case Western Reserve SDLE Center will also be a sub recipient of another SunShot Initiative award focusing on the study of backsheets of more than 200 modules. A backsheet is a thin, multilayer sheet that covers the back of a module, protecting workers from high voltages and the other panel materials from damaging ultraviolet light and the elements.

Underwriter’s Laboratories will lead the backsheet study. Partners in that project include Arkema, an international chemical and advanced materials company; 3M, an advanced materials manufacturer; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Northeastern University.

The SDLE will perform epidemiological analysis of backsheet data provided by the rest of the group and will test for weaknesses in the lab.

The backsheet, like insulation on an electrical wire, protects installers and maintenance workers from electric shock. The covering also protects the insides from humidity, rain and snow, dust and chemical pollution.

“Degradation leads to safety failures and failures of the module itself,” said Laura Bruckman, a CWRU research professor in materials science and engineering who will lead the analysis. “Our goal is to understand how the backsheets fail in the real world in different climate zones.”

The studies begin in October and may continue through 2018.

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September 15, 2015

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Art Show at KSL

To celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), a special art exhibit featuring local Latin-American artists will be on display at Kelvin Smith Library. The show will open Sept. 15, from 3-6 pm, with an artists’ reception at the library gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

The show will feature work by the following artists: Bruno Casiano - Elia M. Pestana Knight, M.D. - Alex Rivera - Eldis Rodriguez - Rafael Valdivieso

The reception and art exhibit are free and open to the public with valid photo ID. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours through October. The show is sponsored by CWRU’s community resource group, Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance The Bruno Casiano Gallery and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit this site or contact Edna Fuentes-Casiano at or 216.844.2104. Visit the CWRU Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance website for more local Hispanic Heritage Month events.

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September 14, 2015

EEPS Colloquium: Friday, September 25, 2015 Noon

Friday, September 25, 2015
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

Revelations from MESSENGER: The Northern Smooth Plains on Mercury by Dr. Lillian Ostrach (Goddard Space Flight Center)

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September 11, 2015

Namesakes - John C. Hutchins Professor of Law

In 1961 Carleton C. Hutchins bequeathed over $500,000 to establish a trust fund to support Western Reserve University’s School of Law in honor of his father, John C. Hutchins. WRU’s Trustees, in turn, established the John C. Hutchins Professor of Law, the Law School’s first endowed professorship. Elmore L. Andrews and Frederick K. Cox, the Hutchins Trust trustees, recommended that the professorship not be filled until an evaluation and plan for the school be developed. They offered to pay the cost of an extensive evaluation from the Hutchins Trust. The evaluation committee was headed by Derek C. Bok. The resulting “Bok Report,” issued in 1965, guided much of the Law School’s planning for many years.

John C. Hutchins was a distinguished Cleveland lawyer and jurist. From the 1870s through the 1890s, Hutchins served as Cuyahoga County prosecuting attorney, and Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court. In 1895 Hutchins was appointed Postmaster of Cleveland. Hutchins was also a member of the Cleveland School Board, the Cleveland Public Library Board, and the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission.

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Sidney B. Jacoby (left) and Lewis R. Katz (right)

The first John C. Hutchins Professor of Law, Sidney B. Jacoby, was named to the professorship in 1975. Jacoby earned the J.D. in 1933 from the University of Berlin and the LL.B. from Columbia University in 1939. From 1940 to 1957 he was an attorney for the United States in a variety of positions, including the Interior and Justice Departments. He also served on the prosecutor’s staff for the Nuremberg war crimes trials. From 1957 till 1968 Jacoby was Professor of Law at Georgetown University. In 1968 Jacoby joined the CWRU Law School faculty. He was appointed John C. Hutchins Professor of Law in 1975 and John C. Hutchins Professor Emeritus of Law in 1976. Jacoby taught and wrote extensively on civil procedure, government litigation, and comparative law.

The second John C. Hutchins Professor of Law, Lewis R. Katz, has held the professorship for nearly forty years. Katz earned the A.B. from Queens College in 1959 and the J.D. from Indiana University in 1963. He taught at the University of Michigan and Indiana University before coming to CWRU in 1966. Katz was appointed the John C. Hutchins Professor of Law in 1976. He also served as Director of the Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice from 1972 till 1991. Katz is an expert on Fourth Amendment rights, criminal procedure, and search and seizure processes. He was the recipient of the first Distinguished Teacher Award from the CWRU Law School Alumni Association in 1984.

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