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From the Executive Director

sample imageA new year brings new leadership to Case Western Reserve.  
In the Case School of Engineering Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD,took the helm as dean of the Case School of Engineering.  Prior to his new role Jeff was the Biomedical Engineering Department Chair and Founding Director of the Center for Imaging Research in radiology. Jeff is an alumnus of Case Western Reserve and has been a member of our faculty since 1988. His leadership in elevating the status of the biomedical engineering program will prove useful in leading the Case School of Engineering. Jeff has significant experience working with industry as well as starting his own company.  
In November, we welcomed Robert H. Miller, PhD, as our new Vice President for Research.  Bob previously served as the Vice Dean for Research in the School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience.  He was selected by Provost Baeslack to lead the alliances during the strategic planning process.  His valuable expertise in research and his leadership role with the alliances will help raise the university’s research activities to a new level. 
We are excited to work with both Jeff and Bob on our existing corporate partnerships, as well as building new engagements with industry. We look forward to introducing you to them in the coming months.
As always, I welcome your comments at
All my best,
Anne M. Borchert
Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects

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Parker Hannifin Helps Establish Professorship in Integrative Oncology

In November, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine announced gifts to establish the inaugural Parker Hannifin – Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation Professorship in Integrative Oncology. This professorship will establish the medical school and its affiliate hospitals as national leaders in teaching, research and patient care in the field of integrative oncology. 

The gifts from The Parker Foundation and Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation, among other donors, will establish an umbrella program for integrative oncology. The professorship seeks to change the way cancer is treated by employing the practice of integrative medicine and therapies designed to extend the lives of cancer patients using a more holistic and natural approach, along with traditional medicine. 

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Kaiser Permanente Funds Diversity Efforts, Excellence in Medicine

NYSP student receiving a health screening.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care and is recognized as one of America’s leading nonprofit health care organizations. 

Kaiser has long supported a variety of Case Western Reserve programs, including the summer youth experience the National Youth Sports Program. Last year, it was a proud sponsor of the Inamori Ethics Prize and this year of the annual MLK Convocation, featuring keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson, PhD.

Additionally, Kaiser has two prestigious endowment funds at the university, supporting experts in bioethics and excellence in medical education: the Kaiser Permanente Endowed Lectureship in Bioethics and the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Join us: upcoming events

The Ford Distinguished Lecture was delivered on February 16 by Nicholas J. Valeriani,  chairman for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
For more information about the lecture, please visit the Ford Lecture website.




The CEO of Procter & Gamble, Bob McDonald, will deliver this year’s keynote speech at the Engineers Week Banquet Feb. 23. Read more about Engineers Week.



Visiting campus on March 27 is Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, who will deliver the latest installment in the Power of Diversity Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Read more about the lecture series

We welcome your attendance at all of these events.

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Local materials company works with CWRU

Anupam Ghildyal, a 2009 MEM graduate
and Senior Business Associate at MesoCoat.

MesoCoat, a nanotechnology materials science company, is growing fast and investing in the revitalization of Northeast Ohio. The organization, recently ranked No. 50 on the Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies, is working to retain local talent, and currently more than 10% of their employees are Case Western Reserve graduates, including several from the Case School of Engineering and Master’s of Engineering and Management (MEM) program. 
MesoCoat and its parent company, Powdermet,  have attracted multiple state and federal grants and are building a new facility in Euclid, Ohio, on a former TRW property, further spurring the growth of the local economy. These grants, along with substantial equity and customer financing, have helped enable MesoCoat and Powdermet to be active users of the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For more than 10 years, their work in the Swagelok Center has been instrumental in the development of their products.

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