The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), known as the Case HRPP, is an effort that involves the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) of Case, University Hospitals of Cleveland, the MetroHealth System, and the research community. The Case HRPP covers all human research conducted by any student, employee, or faculty member of the above named institutions. For information go to

The Case Center for Biomolecular Nanoscale Engineering of Targeted
Therapeutics (BioNETT) invites applications for Exploratory/Pilot Projects in Cancer Targeted Therapeutics and In Vivo Biomedical Imaging of Targeted Therapeutics. The deadline is February 7, and the full announcement can be viewed at



“Chief Judge in Hussein Trial Asks to Resign: He is said to be upset over criticism of his handling of the case, which has seen repeated outbursts from the deposed dictator”
The Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2006,0,5697356.story?coll=la-iraq-complete

Stung by criticism for tolerating Saddam Hussein’s courtroom tirades, Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin has submitted his resignation from the tribunal that is trying the deposed Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants, two fellow judges said Saturday. Iraq’s Cabinet has yet to act on the resignation letter, and Amin’s colleagues said they were trying to persuade him to withdraw it. “It would be a huge setback for the process,” said Michael P. Scharf, a Case Western Reserve University legal scholar who helped train the Iraqi trial judges last year. Amin’s resignation, Scharf said, could be a gamble to gain a vote of confidence from his fellow judges and the Cabinet. “If he wins, he would stay on the bench and reassert his authority to conduct the trial as he sees fit,” Scharf said. “He would get the critics off his back.”

 “Annual King tribute is glorious, in spots”
The Plain Dealer, January 16, 2006 (review of Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert by Cleveland Orchestra)

Is it my imagination, or does the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual concert celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. need a bit of tweaking? Here’s the traditional format: speeches, classical pieces, works by African-American composers, spirituals. But as the 26th annual concert Sunday at Severance Hall suggested, shouldn’t there be more spirituals and fewer under-rehearsed performances of orchestral fare? Before the concert, this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards were conferred on Case Western Reserve University (to President Edward Hundert from Mayor Frank Jackson) and Akil Marshall, founder of Dance Afrika Dance.

 “Diabetes Update: Preserving Vision”
The Saturday Evening Post, January 15, 2006

A new study offers hope in preserving the vision of millions of people in the United States living with type-1 or type-2 diabetes. Initial results in a multicenter international trial, chaired by researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, demonstrated that 32 milligrams per day of a new compound called ruboxistaurin (RBX) was not only well tolerated but also helped reduce the risk of moderate vision loss, especially in patients with diabetic macular edema. People who maintain vigilant control of their glucose levels are at a significantly lower risk of heart disease, according to researchers at the annual scientific meeting of the American Diabetes Association. “The longer we follow patients, the more we're impressed by the lasting benefits of tight glucose control,” said Saul Genuth, M.D., of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who chairs the follow-up study of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial.

 “Class difference can't quiet heart: ‘The Space Between Us’ shows relationship between women, India's caste system”
The Akron Beacon Journal, January 15, 2006

The relationship between a wealthy woman and her domestic servant isn’t a new subject in the world of fiction. Think of Shakespeare’s Juliet and her maid and Scarlett O’Hara’s ties to Mammy. But by setting such a relationship in India, a culture ferociously bound to class identities, author Thrity Umrigar has infused the story with particular richness and depth. The Space Between Us, Umrigar’s second novel, traces the relationship between the upper-class Parsi Sera Dubash and her illiterate, slum-dwelling servant Bhima. Umrigar, a former Beacon Journal staff writer, lived in Bombay until she came to Ohio State University at age 21. “I think human beings are hard-wired for hope,” Umrigar said in a phone interview from her office at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she teaches English. “The instinct is to pick up and move on.”

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“Tulane’s Engineering Students Strive to Save Their School”
The New York Times, January 14, 2006

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 12 - In the early 1900s, the Sewerage and Water Board hired a young student from Tulane University’s School of Engineering to help deal with flooding and drainage, the city’s most vexing problems. The student, Albert Baldwin Wood, designed a pumping system that not only drained areas that routinely flooded but also allowed the city to grow into a modern metropolis on what had been its swampy hinterlands. Four months ago, his pumps, some more than 90 years old, continued to churn water out of the city even as Hurricane Katrina knocked newer models out of service. Given that legacy, engineering students at Tulane say, they are finding it hard to accept that the university, the city’s premier academic institution, has chosen to eliminate majors in civil, environmental and electrical engineering, among others, as part of its own post-hurricane recovery plan.

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The Case Technology Transfer Office invites all interested members of the Case community to attend Seminar #4 of the Third Annual Inventors Forum on January 19 at 4 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The topic is “Show me the money! Sources of Funding for My Technology.” To register visit and click on the “Inventors Forum” link, or call X 6837.

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The next UCITE session takes place January 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen building.  Pizza and sodas will be provided at the session. RSVP to or call X 1224.  

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The Winter Leadership Conference, which is free to all Case students, is February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. The conference features David Coleman, the author of trend-setting relationship books, including 101 Great Dates, Date Smart!, Leadership's Greatest Hits, and his new release, Making Relationships Matter! The conference is open to students and staff from any college in northeast Ohio and includes free dinner at Wackadoo’s and a free T-shirt to the first 150 attendees who complete a final evaluation of the conference at the dinner. Go to

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Natalie Samples has joined the College of Arts and Sciences development team as a department assistant. She comes to Case from Avbase Flight Services/Ultrajet, where she was the administrative assistant to both the executive assistant and director of human resources. 

Jan Wolf has joined the College of Arts and Sciences development team as a department assistant. She will be supporting Tom Neville, assistant dean of development and external relations.

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Case Western Reserve University’s technology transfer program has continued its impressive growth, according to the latest statistics from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The AUTM survey, which covers the period July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004 ranks Case 20th in the U.S. in licensing revenue, the first time the university has placed in that top tier. The university generated $11 million in licensing revenue for the period.