Stan Gerson to continue as CWRU School of Medicine’s interim dean through summer 2022

Stan Gerson, interim dean for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will continue in his term through June 30, 2022, according to a news release.

CWRU’s interim president, Scott Cowen, and provost Ben Vinson III announced the one-year extension on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

“We knew Stan’s deep familiarity with the medical school and its hospital partners would give him distinct advantages as he started in this role,” Cowen said in a provided statement. “But his ability to apply them in such an engaging and inclusive way has far exceeded even our heightened expectations. We are delighted he will helm the school throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.”

Gerson is a Distinguished University Professor and longtime director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC), a consortium including CWRU, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Gerson accepted the interim role after now-president emerita Barbara R. Snyder announced she would step down to lead the Association of American Universities starting Oct. 1. Gerson had been serving as co-chair for the university’s search for a new medical school dean, but Snyder and Vinson decided her successor should get to choose the next permanent dean, given that the medical school is responsible for about 80% of the university’s research and 43% of its revenues, according to the release. Pamela B. Davis, who previously held the dean title, announced in 2018 her plans to step back from that role and rejoin the faculty.

“Once we decided to appoint an interim dean, Stan quickly emerged as a top choice,” Vinson said in a provided statement. “Not only is he a renowned researcher in his own right, but he also has helped elevate our cancer center to distinguished prominence, making it among the nation’s most highly regarded programs.”

While serving as interim dean and with support from his leadership team, Gerson is continuing to lead the CCCC, which in 2018 received a $31.9 million grant and the highest possible rating from the National Cancer Institute. It has 400 investigators across the three institutions and supports roughly 15,000 people newly diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the release.

“I am honored by the confidence that the interim president and provost have shown in me by awarding this extension and look forward to continuing to work with our faculty, staff, students and hospital partners to advance education, research and our community’s well-being during the next 20 months,” Gerson said in a provided statement.

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Covid cases continue to climb in almost every state, as U.S. braces for possible ‘third peak’

Texas, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands stand alone in recorded decreases in Covid-19 cases over the last two weeks, as the country braces for a possible “third peak” of the disease.

Although the Lone Star State reported a “slight decrease” in cases over a 14-day period that ended Saturday, its news was better than most: 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam are all seeing increases in cases over the past 14 days, and nine states have plateaued, according to NBC News tallies. Rhode Island, which like Texas has also seen a net decrease, does not report data over the weekend, and Missouri is not currently reporting data due to a technology issue.

In Vermont and New Mexico, cases have spiked, as both battle around a 117% spike in cases over the past two weeks.

“We are really struggling,” Dr. Todd Vento, director of the Telehealth Infectious Disease Program of Utah-based Intermountain Health, told NBC”s “TODAY” show. “People are doing heroic work, but they are really getting to the point where it’s going to be literally unsustainable.”

On Saturday, thousands of people, many without masks, attended a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, as health officials urge residents not to gather with anyone outside of their immediate families. The state, which does not release case counts over the weekend, saw a record 3,861 new cases on Friday, according to the state’s health department.

In North Dakota, a whopping 4% of the state has contracted Covid-19 since March, most of those cases coming within the last few weeks.

North and South Dakota lead the United States in weekly virus cases per capita, according to an NBC News tally, and ICUs are filling up across the state. According to the most recent data released by the North Dakota Department of Health, there are 16 ICU open beds in the state, just one in the capital city of Bismarck. The state, which does not have a mask mandate, only recommends that its residents cover their faces.

“You know, from my perspective, the mask mandate, it’s gonna be hard to enforce,” Kirby Kruger, the North Dakota director of Disease Control, said. “I think there’s a segment of the population that doesn’t want to do this…it’s not something that they feel that the government should be forcing on them.”

Gov. Doug Burgum has continued to stress individual responsibility as the state sees cases rise. “I think it’s important to the future of our state that we do understand there is something that is more powerful than an executive order — infinitely more powerful than a mandate — and these are the beliefs that individuals hold in their hearts,” he said in a press conference.

Burgum said he was “amazed” people were still debating the mask mandate because “there is no other way to get someone to wear a mask other than for that person to choose to do that.”

Texas, where illness is slightly declining, has seen more than 860,000 cases and almost 17,500

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