Smarter Treatment for Killer Infections

Sepsis is a major killer in hospital intensive care units. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found that manipulating a genetic factor that can launch or throttle the body’s defenses can improve survival rates during bacterial infection.

“Currently, our therapies for sepsis are very limited,” said Mukesh K. Jain, Ellery Sedgwick Jr. Chair, director of the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and chief research officer of the Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Lead author Ganapati H. Mahabaleshwar, assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine spearheaded the effort, which included researchers from St. James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Learn what they found can improve chances of survival.

Campus News

The university will be closed Monday, May 30, to observe Memorial Day. The Daily will resume publication May 31.

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There will be an interruption of services for QuikPAY on May 30 from 2 to 4 a.m. to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the QuikPAY vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance. QuikPay is the system used by students to pay tuition and process credit card payments. If you have further questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members are invited to apply to participate in the third Mentor Fellows program, to be conducted by UCITE during the fall semester. This series of seminars is designed to engage faculty in thoughtful discussions with other faculty on mentoring and on how to improve the quality of mentoring across the university. The sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Aug. 30-Dec. 6. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a grant of $2,500 to be used at their discretion for academic purposes during the fiscal year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1. For more details on the program and application instructions, see the UCITE website.

For Students

SatCo CWRUSatCo is a great opportunity for student organizations and campus departments to get involved in Welcome Days. SatCo, or Saturday College, offers fun, non-credit, no-tuition courses that engage new students as they familiarize themselves with the university and the Cleveland community. Past SatCo events have included shopping excursions, workshops, theater trips, beach visits and more. This year’s Welcome Days SatCo will be held Aug. 27 starting at 1:30 p.m. To participate, submit a program proposal online by June 1. Questions? Contact Melissa Turk.


Anyone who already is—or is interested in becoming—an advocate for children affected by natural and manmade disasters can register for the 15th annual “Management of Humanitarian Emergencies: Focus on Children and Families” training course on disaster preparedness and relief. The course, presented by the Global Child Health Program at the School of Medicine, will be held June 11-14 in Wolstein Research Building. Find more information online.

Et al.

More news out of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law: Professor Jonathan Adler edited “Rebuilding the Ark–New Perspectives on Endangered Species Act Reform,” which will be published by AEI Press in June.
Maxwell Mehlman has been reappointed to the Arthur E. Petersilge Chair for a five-year term, which began April 12.

Plus, associate professor Cassandra Robertson was awarded a 2011-12 Glennan Fellowship to pursue a project on developing casefile-based teaching modules for Professional Responsibility.

May 27, 2011

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In the News

Study Finds More Water Inside Moon

UPI, May 26, 2011
The moon may have 100 times more water than previously believed, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Institution for Science and Brown University. “The interior seems to be pretty similar to the interior of the Earth, from what we know about water abundance,” said James Van Orman, associate professor of geological sciences.

Boy Says Heaven is Real After Allegedly 'Visiting' It

Fox 8 Cleveland, May 25, 2011
Heaven is for Real is a best-selling book about what a 4-year-old boy says was a trip to heaven and back after he slipped out of consciousness following an emergency surgery. "Children can be very observant, very articulate at the age of four. A child can absolutely report back what he or she has seen at age of four," said Donald Freedheim, professor emeritus of child psychology. "At four years old, children have tremendous imaginations, as well."

Ohio Researchers Study Iron Flow Battery Potential for Solar Storage, May 25, 2011
Case School of Engineering associate research professor Jesse Wainright and George S. Dively Professor Robert Savinell are leading a team to build a flow battery out of iron to cheaply store solar and wind energy. Savinell wanted to build the battery 30 years ago, but it wasn't as feasible. “The difference now is that wind and solar are for real,” Wainright said. “They certainly weren’t 30 years ago. Now, adding storage to the grid is something we really need to do.”

Science Diplomacy in High-altitude Tibetan Biology

LiveScience, May 20, 2011
Distinguished University Professor and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology Cynthia Beall, whose National Science Foundation-funded research focuses on how humans adapt to being oxygen-deprived at high altitudes, answers 10 questions, from the societal benefits of her research to the best advice she's ever received.

Higher Ed News

Thiel Fellowship Pays 24 Talented Students $100,000 Not to Attend College

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2011
Twenty-four students from top-ranked universities are being paid $100,000 to not attend college for two years and develop business ideas instead. The fellowship, headed up by the co-founder of PayPal, is a controversial one, as it seems to call into question the importance of higher education.