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April 30, 2008

Medical school faculty member suggests new model for development of schizophrenia

Doctors have long known schizophrenia has a genetic basis, and have hypothesized that the disease resulted from combinations of common genes, or alleles, each contributing towards the disease in a small way. But a new study, co-authored by a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty member, suggests that a predisposition to schizophrenia may instead be caused by just a few, rare genetic mutations, each contributing significantly to the disease.

Case Western Reserve University athletics awards handed out at annual banquet

Case Western Reserve University Athletics handed out its annual department awards tonight at the 2008 All-Sports Banquet in Horsburgh Gymnasium. Below are the description of each award and the winners.

April 29, 2008

Case Western Reserve University students take honors in Goldwater Competition

Three undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University who have been actively involved in research along with their academic achievements have brought them recognition by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

University Releases Details of Upcoming Yearlong Celebration of Darwin

Case Western Reserve University is planning a yearlong celebration to help mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth -- and the 150th anniversary of the publication (November 24, 1859) of his influential book On the Origin of Species -- and has launched a Web site with the first details of events to be conducted on campus from fall 2008 to summer 2009.

April 28, 2008

UCITE to Honor Five Glennan Fellows April 30

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) invites the campus community to come out and learn about the research of and to celebrate the five faculty members who were selected as Glennan Fellows during the Annual Glennan Fellows Program, noon to 1:30 p.m., April 30 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

April 25, 2008

Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine Professor Honored for Two Decades of Pediatric Work in Thailand

Karen N. Olness, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, launched the Rainbow Center for Global Child Health (RCGCH) in 1987 and is recognized as a world leader in the fields of global child health, pediatric disaster relief and behavioral pediatrics. Olness visited the Lao Medical School and Khon Kaen University (KKU) in Thailand to meet with faculty, students and administrators. While there, she accepted a KKU honorary degree from a Thai princess.

April 24, 2008

Do dogs think? Undergraduates explore animal cognition, disposition in interdisciplinary philosophy course

Dogs listen to iPod music. Cats stare at computer animation. It's all part of students observing animals during Sara Waller's service learning philosophy class on animal behavior, consciousness and cognition at Case Western Reserve University.

Select collections go live on university's YouTube channel

Case Western Reserve University is expanding its reach in cyberspace with the launch of its own dedicated YouTube channel.

April 23, 2008

Risk, learn, grow: Peter B. Lewis to be honored with Case Western Reserve University's First President's Award for Visionary Achievement

Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. and one of the country's leading philanthropists, will be honored next month with Case Western Reserve University's first President's Award for Visionary Achievement. Lewis will accept the award from President Barbara R. Snyder at the university's commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18, at the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

April 22, 2008

Case Western Reserve University, city of Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic make landmark commitment to social responsibility

Case Western Reserve University, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic marked Earth Day 2008 with a joint commitment to corporate responsibility towards the environment, human rights, labor rights and anti-corruption. The three organizations became members of the United Nations Global Compact today (April 22) at city hall with President Barbara Snyder, Mayor Frank Jackson and Oliver Henkel, Chief External Affairs Officer from Cleveland Clinic, signing on to support and advance the 10 principles of the compact.

April 21, 2008

Sudeck's legacy lives on in naming of outdoor track

The track at Case Western Reserve University's Case Field has a new name. As of April 26th it will be the "Coach Bill Sudeck Track" after the University's legendary coach, mentor and friend.

Case Western Reserve University’s Chief Financial Officer Steps Down, New Administration Team Announced

Hossein Sadid, Case Western Reserve University’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, announced his retirement effective September 30. President Barbara Snyder has announced that John Wheeler, Vice President of Cleveland and Regional Affairs, will become Senior Vice President of Administration and John Sideras, former President and CEO of MetroHealth System, will become the Interim Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer effective May 1.

April 18, 2008

Medicaid children in Cuyahoga county face dental crisis says dental medicine student-researcher at Case Western Reserve University

According to an award-winning study on children with and without Medicaid, a Case Western Reserve University third-year dental student found that Medicaid children have three times the unmet dental problems and treatment needs than other non-Medicaid children.

University to Discuss, Demonstrate Collaborative Technologies During May 8 Campus Summit

Case Western Reserve University will highlight new technologies and how they enhance research and discovery during its campus Collaboration Technologies Summit 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 in Thwing Center. In addition, the keynote and panels will be streamed in ClevelandPlus in SecondLife.

April 17, 2008

Engineering professor and researcher honored with important 2008 American Chemical Society Award

Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been named winner of the 2008 American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, citing her for her "pioneering contributions in understanding the connections between hierarchical structure and properties of polymers, their blends and composites."

April 16, 2008

Research ShowCASE opens today, continues April 17 at Veale Convocation Center

Research ShowCASE, Case Western Reserve University's annual event which highlights ongoing research from the university and its collaborating partners, is now open. From real-world applications to critical insights to creative and intellectual activities, the event highlights the research of more than 500 students and faculty, as well as findings from collaborating partners including University Hospitals, the MetroHealth System, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.

Smetona stocking-up victories, bonding with brother

The University Circle area certainly won't have a shortage of Smetona's in the coming years, because not only do senior Joe Smetona and his brother John play tennis here at Case Western Reserve University, but there are likely four more Smetona siblings on the way to campus, all of whom plan on playing tennis for the Spartans.

April 15, 2008

Case Western Reserve University Law School moot court team wins world championship

For the first time in its history, Case Western Reserve University School of Law won the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Saturday, April 12, in Washington, D.C. The Jessup Competition, now in its 49th year, is the world's largest and most prestigious Moot Court tournament.

April 14, 2008

Gravity wave "smoking gun" fizzles, according to Case Western Reserve University physics researchers

A team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University has found that gravitational radiation -- widely expected to provide "smoking gun" proof for a theory of the early universe known as "inflation" -- can be produced by another mechanism.

Benefits, challenges of wind energy take center stage at Research ShowCASE

The world is addicted to electrical power, and the demand is increasing. Annual global generation of electrical energy was 16,424 billion kilowatt-hours in 2004; it's predicted to increase to 30,364 billion kilowatt-hours by 2030. The increase in oil prices, along with the desire to balance the need for increasing demands without ruining the environment is just one of the topics that will be discussed during the "Wind Energy: A Resource for the Future?" forum beginning at 12:30 p.m., April 17 at Case Western Reserve University's Sixth Annual Research ShowCASE.

April 11, 2008

Will commitment to endow chemistry professorship at Case Western Reserve University

Gilles Klopman, the Charles F. Mabery Professor Emeritus of Research in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and president and CEO of Beachwood, Ohio-based MultiCASE, Inc., has made seven-figure will commitment to the chemistry department in Case Western Reserve's College of Arts and Sciences.

Instructional Technology and Academic Computing/MediaVision offering campus departments opportunity to earn videoconferencing equipment

Videoconferencing offers countless opportunities for Case Western Reserve University departments: Meetings involving participants from different geographic locations; interviews of potential faculty or businesses outside of the Cleveland area; distance learning, research and project collaboration, just to name a few. However, one of the barriers to videoconferencing technology is cost. Taking note of this issue, the university's Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group is offering campus departments the opportunity to apply for Videoconferencing Opportunity Grants.

April 10, 2008

Now reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Boston…senior Yvette Cendes

Case Western Reserve University physicist Lawrence Krauss—a writer of popular science books—may have some future competition for the bestsellers' list. Recently the National Science Writers Association (NASW) chose senior physics major Yvette Cendes as one of 10 undergraduates to participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston.

Latest developments in umbilical cord blood-derived stem cell studies to be discussed at Research ShowCASE forum

Exciting developments are taking place in the development and application of stem cells, considered the body's "master" cells because they create all other tissues, organs and systems in the human body. Researchers have concluded that stem cells are the key to the body's regenerative ability.

April 09, 2008

Case Western Reserve Community assists high school band on dream trip

When the call went out in the local media about East Cleveland's Shaw High School Marching Band needing financial assistance to help defray the costs of a once in a lifetime trip to the 2008 Summer Olympics, Greater Clevelanders not only responded but helped them surpass their goal.

Ko plays tennis and finds research at Case

Although Case Western Reserve University sophomore Kristin Ko had a successful four-year tennis career at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, she did not plan on playing for the Spartans. Ko was interested in trying something new.

Case Western Reserve University's MaDaCol presents spring concert, April 17-19

Case Western Reserve University's MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective) will present its spring concert. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 17 and 18 and at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 19 in the Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road, behind Church of the Covenant.

April 08, 2008

Leading geneticist Francis Collins named first recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve University

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project, has been named recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.

Experts gather in Cleveland to combat terrorist financing as part of world conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

ow can financial institutions identify suspicious transactions that could be related to terrorism financing? Does creating a list of terrorists and terrorist organizations violate human rights? What is the future of international cooperation in stopping terrorism financing? These questions and more will be addressed during a day-long conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The "World Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing" will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the school's Moot Courtroom (A59), 1075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

April 07, 2008

Case Western Reserve University, Research Partners Conclude Pivotal Cornea Research Study

Case Western Reserve University and its research partners have completed a first-ever study that bolsters findings of a national study confirming the viability of older corneas for transplant.

Case School of Dental Medicine looking for 250 youth who need braces

Does your child need braces? The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine' is recruiting 250 youth between the ages of 11 and 16 and who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school's discounted braces program that begins in July 2008.

April 04, 2008

Senior Class Kicks Off 2008 Gift Campaign

The Senior Class Gift Campaign kicked off its fundraising effort during the Grad Fair last week, offering commemorative t-shirts to those who made a commitment. The event was the first in a series of activities designed to raise support for the campaign, which strives to show undergraduate seniors the impact private support has at the university.

April 03, 2008

Victor Groza—changing lives of children…one country at a time

Orphaned children need homes. Victor Groza from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has been working to reform child welfare systems around the world.

April 02, 2008

Case Hall of Fame class of 2008 to be inducted April 25

On Friday, April 25, the Case Reserve Athletic Club will induct nine new members into the Hall of Fame, joining the 302 members that have previously been inducted since 1975.

April 01, 2008

Link between dental health, overall wellness to be explored at Research ShowCASE

For years, dentists have believed that there is a link between a person's gum and teeth wellness in comparison to overall health. A Research ShowCASE forum -- "Oral 'Fix'ation: Oral-Systemic Health" -- will explore this concept in-depth from 8:30 to 10 a.m., April 17.

Embryonic stem-cell research, corporate governance, terrorist financing and torture of prisoners in U.S. custody highlight School of Law's April lectures

How do attitudes towards embryonic stem-cell research shape legal actions? How are international organizations and countries cooperating to fight terrorism financing? These questions are among the many that will be explored during the month of April as part of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Spring Lecture Series.