Case is hosting the 2006 NCAA Division III Wrestling Regionals on February 18 at Veale Center. The event will feature the top wrestlers from around the Midwest. Volunteers, who have a working knowledge of the sport, are needed to serve in positions such as scorer and/or timer. The deadline to apply is February 1. Go to

NetWellness, a free consumer Web health site sponsored and operated by Case, Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, allows users to ask medical questions of experts from the universities. Go to


“Med schools urged to keep tabs on drugmakers”
USA Today, January 25, 2006

Medical school faculty must set an example for their profession by distancing themselves from drug companies’ marketing efforts, a group of academic medicine leaders urges in a paper [released today]. The relationship between academic medical centers and drugmakers represents a “serious threat” to trust in doctors, according to the paper, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Some medical school may find the [group’s recommended] guidelines difficult to implement because of how much they depend on drug company money, says co-author Jerome Kassirer, a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine [and adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine]. The Case Western Reserve medical school hopes to implement its new policy by July 1. Says Dean Ralph Horwitz: “Medical schools need to be the conscience of American medicine.”

“Missouri health care startups are attracting investors”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 25, 2006

Health care startups in Missouri last year attracted $80 million in venture-capital funding, more than those in all but two other Midwestern states, according to a new report by a Cleveland-based organization. Topping the list were Minnesota, with $151 million invested, and Ohio, whose health care entrepreneurs raised $86 million. The results of each state are impressive, said Baiju Shah, president of BioEnterprise, a Cleveland partnership that supports health care startups there. Even more significant, he said, is the overall performance of the Midwest: Out of 11 states surveyed, eight had health care startups that raised a total of $490 million in venture capital. BioEnterprise, whose partners include Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, wants to bring venture capital to its home city.

“Hussein Trial Halts Again, Setting Off Wave of Criticism”
The Washington Post, January 25, 2006

After months in which three different men have been named head judge, two defense attorneys killed and one court session held without the vituperative lead defendant—all played out under intense political pressure—the trial of Saddam Hussein ground to a halt again Tuesday amid growing accusations that the U.S.-dominated tribunal was failing. Outbursts by Hussein and his co-defendants actually were providing more evidence against them, the official said. And despite the delays, he said, the court had heard testimony from 14 witnesses on atrocities in the eight days of hearings. Michael Scharf, another U.S. law professor who helped train the judges and a defender of the proceedings here, called that “a very efficient pace even by American judicial standards.” Scharf posted his comment on a Web log set up by Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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“RoboSnail Tackles Any Terrain – Slime Not Included: First Robotic Snails Developed at MIT”
ABC News, January 26, 2006
The snail may seem like a humble creature, but it turns out walking with one foot on a trail of slime is quite a feat. For the first time, researchers have developed a robotic snail that can do just that. Anette Hosoi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her team, including graduate student Brian Chan, have developed RoboSnails I and II that move the way snails do. The battery-powered devices are larger than the average snail and don’t exactly resemble the mollusks, but they crawl using two modes of locomotion that snails employ to travel across their trails of slime. The team published the results of its work in the most recent issue of the Physics of Fluid. According to Hosoi, the possibilities [for RoboSnail] are endless. “There are a lot of interesting applications,” she said. “Snails may be slow and may require a slime trail, but they can crawl over anything—sand, mud, twigs. If they encounter a wall or ceiling, they keep moving.”

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The Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Spring “Work In Progress” Series begins today, January 26, in Clark Hall 206, 4:30 p.m. Assistant Professor of History Marixa Lasso will discuss “The Harmony of War: Race and Republicanism in the Age of Revolution—Cartagena, Colombia, 1795–1831.” Light refreshments will be served beginning at 4 p.m. For details about the entire series, go to

Current events and other topics are discussed during the weekly Friday Public Affairs Lunch gatherings. Most talks are to meet in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall from 12:30–1:30 p.m.  For a schedule of speakers or more information, go to

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Nominations are being sought for the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate support for the advancement of girls and women in the fields of natural or physical sciences. The nomination deadline is February 28. For nomination forms and criteria, go to

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Information on the 2006 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women is now available. These summer internships are salaried positions, with the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations. Applications must be submitted by January 31. Complete details on the program and how to apply are available at

The 2006 Graduation Trip: Classic Europe, is designed for new graduates and young alumni and offers the opportunity to enhance education and visit some of the world’s must-see destinations before settling down into a new job or graduate school. Visit London, Paris, Rome and more May 24 through June 3. For information and registration, go to, or call the Office of University Alumni Relations at x6874.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are offering special discount nights for college students with valid ID on selected games through March 22. A $25 ticket will cost $15. For information, go to or call 216-420-2100. 

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The Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees recently approved changing the name of the Department of Anesthesiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. According to Howard Nearman , chair of the department, the change is a case of form following function, in that the role anesthesiologists play in managing surgical patients has expanded. The change pertains only to the department at University Hospitals and not MetroHealth Medical Center nor the Cleveland Clinic.

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Jack R. Kless, lecturer of nursing and director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was honored as a 2005 Program Director of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Established by the AANA in 1991, the Program Director of the Year award honors Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who have made significant contributions as program directors of educational programs for student nurse anesthetists.

Marty Pagel, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received the Young Investigator Award from the organizers of the Contrast Media Research Symposium. Pagel received the award and presented his research at the fall 2005 Symposium in Evian France. CMR2005 attracted an audience of international experts in the development and application of chemical and biochemical agents for biomedical imaging.