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Issue: Spring 2011


  ISSUE: FALL 2011  

Results of second Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant competition

The second Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant competition was held in 2011 with two funding tracks. One focused on smaller ($50,000/one year), less constrained, groundbreaking pilot projects, while the other involved five larger (up to $250,000/two years), invited/targeted projects.

The alliances received 56 concept papers and selected 24 to move to the full proposal stage in the pilot competition. A team of 12 faculty members from across campus reviewed the proposals and then met to discuss their assessments. They scored the proposals on overall quality and innovation, extent of interdisciplinary research and/or education, significance relative to the university’s mission, vision and core values and feasibility and sustainability. The review team recommended the following 11 proposals for funding:

  • Controlled Assembly of Core Shell Viral Nanoparticles for Image-Guided Therapy – Anna Samia (CAS) and Nicole Steinmetz (SOM), Materials Alliance
  • Establishing Evolutionary Medicine at Case Western Reserve University – Eric Arts (SOM), Origins Alliance
  • Promoting Health Across Boundaries – Kurt Stange (SOM), Human Health Alliance
  • Broken Homes, Broken Dreams: What Happens to Families After Foreclosure – Cyleste Collins (MSASS), Social Justice Alliance
  • Collaborative Effort to Evaluate Emerging Low Cost Water Treatment Technologies for Developing Countries – Banu Yildiz (CSE) and Emmitt Jolly (CAS), Sustainability Alliance
  • Large Scale Synthesis and Applications of Graphene Via Plasma Processing – R. Mohan Sankaran (CSE) and Xuan Gao (CAS), Materials Alliance
  • The Orpheus Experience at CWRU – Mary Davis (CAS), Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance
  • Case Electro-Clinical Epilepsy Research Data Resources – Hans Luders (SOM) and Samden Lhatoo (SOM), Informatics Alliance
  • Impact of Drug Abuse on Infectious Disease – Alan Levine (SOM), Infectious Disease Alliance
  • Intergenerational Health Action: An Innovative Health and Wellness Practice Model – Peter Whitehouse (SOM), Sustainability Alliance
  • Planning the Technology and Health Institute at Case (THINC) – Jeff Duerk (CSE/SOM), Human Health Alliance

Additionally, five senior faculty members evaluated five invited proposals. The process and criteria were similar to those used for the pilot projects. Three of the five were selected for two years of funding.

  • Robert Salata (SOM) and his team received $250,000 for the project “Improving Awareness and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in High Burden Cleveland Neighborhoods: A Collaborative, Community-Based Approach”
  • “think[box],” led by Gary Wnek (CSE), received a $100,000 award
  • The “Art Museum Research Collaborative” (AMRC) under the direction of Catherine Scallen and Anne Helmreich (CAS) was awarded $200,000.

In 2010, the provost held the first IAIG competition, which resulted in 12 awards ranging from $35,000 to $700,000, as well three seed grants. Progress reports on these initiatives will be available on the provost’s website in November.



In This Issue


Important Dates

  10.19, 10.26: Institute for the Science of Origins’ lecture series, “The Evolving Future,” at Cleveland Museum of Natural History at 6 p.m.

10.17: Infectious Disease Alliance’s series, “Relationships and Reality,” begins, exploring issues affecting youth aged 9-18. Topics include sexual health, relationships, body image and awareness and drug/alcohol abuse.

10.31: Provost’s Annual Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat

11.2: Origins Alliance lecture: “Student Bodies: 19th Century Med Student Cadaver Portraiture”

11.10: Grand opening of the Center for Advanced Polymer Processing (third floor of Kent Hale Smith Building)

11.16: Origins Alliance lecture: “Do the Locomotion: Lucy’s Feet Were Made for Walking”

11.30: Origins Alliance lecture: “Virus, Epidemic and Evolution”

5.30-5.31.2012: IEEE Energy Tech 2012, sponsored by the CWRU Great Lakes Energy Institute, IEEE Cleveland Section, Cleveland Chapter of IEEE Power and Energy Society


  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty and staff informed about implementation of the university's strategic plan. For more information or to offer feedback, visit the Office of the Provost's website.  




Making Strides


DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS: A second cohort of Distinguished University Professors was honored at this year’s convocation. This is the highest honor the university bestows upon a professor. There are now 13 faculty members who have received this distinction. More information on all appointees can be found here.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: A Faculty Development Council (FDC) has been established to help realize the goals of the university’s strategic plan, which calls for “developing a strong, vibrant and diverse university community” by recruiting outstanding individuals, recognizing and rewarding excellence and offering high-quality mentoring and career-development opportunities. The council’s mission is to provide a comprehensive framework for all faculty development initiatives and to establish campuswide priorities for improving faculty recruitment, advancement, retention and performance.

The council is creating an agenda for fiscal year 2012 and beyond to address issues found in the Climate Survey.

Each school has a representative on the council, which first met in January. Diana Bilimoria, professor of organizational behavior at Weatherhead School of Management, is FDC chair. For more information, view the council’s newly launched website.




OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: This year the ODIEO will focus primarily on addressing issues that emerged both from the diversity climate survey as well as the development of the draft of the Diversity Strategic Action Plan (DSAP). The results of the climate survey have been posted. OIDEO will continue to seek feedback on the draft of the DSAP to increase buy-in, engagement and commitment to advancing diversity at CWRU. The office will conduct focus groups, campus forums and meetings with multiple constituencies about the content and expectations of the DSAP.

Throughout the year, attention will be focused on the three goals identified in the DSAP:

  • Creating a welcoming campus climate
  • Increase retention, recruitment and support of underrepresented minority faculty, students staff
  • Greater coordination of efforts to advance diversity

After securing endorsements from the campus community, the official DSAP will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

STUDY ABROAD: This fall, students returning to campus found a newly established Office of Education Abroad. The office appointed its first study abroad adviser, Lisa Brown, moved to renovated space on the first floor of Tomlinson Hall and held its first fair in September. The office offers more than 700 study abroad opportunities for students, including short-term faculty-led options, exchange programs, provider partners and direct-enroll programs. Additionally, students can take part in on-campus international experiences.




UNIVERSITY BUDGET COMMITTEE: One of the Budget System Review Committee’s (BSRC) recommendations was to create a University Budget Committee (UBC) to serve as an advisory group for the provost and CFO. The provost convened the UBC on a trial basis, and it has met almost weekly since January.

A top priority was to develop a multi-year financial planning calendar to allow the university to create and evaluate three-year projections during the fall and winter that will roll into the next year’s budget in the spring. The model launched earlier this year. Look for more details when the UBC launches its website.

For now, the UBC reviews all budget assumptions and plans at all stages of the process for administrative and academic units, including the annual budget preparation and rolling financial plans.

The committee is also expected to recommend to the provost and CFO changes in the processes, rules and exemptions governing allocations, funding, initiatives, indirect cost recovery and tuition sharing among and across the university and its constituent units. It will take a universitywide rather than school-focused viewpoint in all of its deliberations and recommendations.




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