CAMPUS NEWS

As part of the Clear the Air initiative, the Case health science schools are offering smoking cessation classes for faculty, staff and students in the health science schools who would like to quit smoking. The course is comprised of four sessions that will run from March 22 through April 12. For more information go to http://casemed.case.edu/clearair/.

The University Center on Aging and Health is accepting nominations for the Marie Haug Award, which was established to honor Haug’s pioneering work in aging at Case. This award is presented annually to graduate students who have shown exemplary performance in their gerontological studies. Each recipient will receive a plaque and a check that will be presented at a program sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies. To nominate a graduate student, please submit a nomination letter by March 30 to sandra.hanson@case.edu.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents its 16th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit on March 31 at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The theme for this year’s banquet is “Strength in Numbers,” and will feature Judge Greg Mathis, civil rights activist and nationally syndicated talk show host. For more information, go to http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2006/03/13/
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Case is participating in the Harvest for Hunger campaign throughout the month of March. Donations received will assist more than 100,000 children and families in Cleveland. Visit any one of Bon Appétit’s on-campus locations, including the residential dining halls, to make a donation.  To learn more about Harvest for Hunger, visit http:www.harvestforhunger.org.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Everyone Risks Bad Health Care”

The Plain Dealer, March 16, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/
base/news/1142501667100950.xml&coll=2

It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor, insured or uninsured, a college graduate or a high-school dropout: All Americans are at risk of receiving poor-quality health care, a nationwide study has found. The research highlights the need to fix the health care system so that it’s possible to improve quality of care for everyone, said Dr. Ashwini Sehgal, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center.

“Developmental Biology: Telling Up from Down”

Nature.com, March 15, 2006
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7082/full/440258a.html

Cells need to know which way is up to coordinate growth, division and migration, and biologists are curious to know how they make this distinction. Two groups of researchers, led by Christine Jacobs-Wagner of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and Patrick Viollier at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, studied the process in the crescent-shaped bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, which divides asymmetrically to create two different daughter cells.

“Neuroscientists discover new cell type that may help brain maintain memories of smells”

Eurekalert.com, March 15, 2006
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/cwru-ndn030906.php

Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have discovered a new cell type in the part of the brain that processes our sense of smell. This new cell type, the Blanes cell, is a member of a group of previously unstudied brain cells described by the Spanish neuroanatomist Blanes in the late 1800s. Blanes cells have unusual properties which may help the brain maintain memories of smells and also opens a new approach to understanding the basis of memory impairments in Alzheimer’s disease. Their paper appears in the March 16 issue of the journal Neuron.

90.3 WCPN Program

WCPN, March 15, 2006
http://www.wcpn.org/podcast/audio/2006/03/0315nine.mp3
 
Erin Strout from the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the Case Western Reserve University situation and talked about her campus interviews with various administrators and faculty about the no-confidence vote. She talked about the climate on college campuses and university presidents and the issues they face. She attributes many of the abrupt leavings and resignations of presidents to financial problems. Also talking about the situation was Lawrence Krauss, Case physics professor.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Nanotech restores vision in hamsters”

MSNBC.com, March 15, 2006
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11812319/

Scientists partially restored the vision in blinded hamsters by plugging gaps in their injured brains with a synthetic substance that allowed brain cells to reconnect with one another, a new study reports.

“2 National Ad Campaigns Focus on Higher-Education’s Value and Expanding College Access”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006031501n.htm (paid subscription required)

If higher-education officials have their way, their concerns about the availability of public funds and college access will be as familiar to Americans as Coca-Cola, thanks to two national advertising campaigns set to kick off this year. One, unveiled on Tuesday and scheduled to begin this month, is aimed at bolstering the image of higher education with the public. A second campaign by the Ad Council, scheduled to start in August, will focus on increasing access to college for students from low-income families and minority students.

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EVENTS

“Managing Healthcare Costs through Incentives,” part of the Weatherhead Breakfast Series sponsored by Crowe Chizek, will feature J. B. Silvers, faculty director of the Health Systems Management Center. The event takes place March 27 at 7:30 a.m. For registration information go to http://www.weatherhead.case.edu/breakfast.

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, co-authors of “Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future,” will speak at Case on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center. The topic of their lecture will be “Can I Be a Feminist and …Shave, Love My Boyfriend, Make Money, Get Married, Be Pro-Life?” A book-signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. For information go to http://www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen/.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case will honor recipients of the Leadership in Nonprofit Management and the Organization Innovation Awards at a luncheon on March 28.  Renowned author Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength, will deliver the keynote presentation on nonprofit sustainability. For ticket information or reservations call x5214, or go to http://www.case.edu/mandelcenter/community/awards/

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The competition for the 2007-2008 round of Fulbright Scholar grants has opened.  The application deadline is August 1. Go to http://www.cies.org for details on the new awards, eligibility guidelines, and downloadable materials. 

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell professor, will again offer his workshop on grant preparation this summer. The class is open to both faculty and advanced graduate students. Classes run June 6 through July 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:20 p.m. in Mather Memorial Room 143. For information contact joseph.fagan@case.edu.

The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) announces its 2006 seed grant program. All Case faculty who are interested in developing research projects on issues in ethics, science policy, and law relevant to the design and conduct of human genetic research are eligible.  Applications are due March 20.  More information can be found at  http://www.case.edu/med/bioethics/cgreal/seedgrants.htm.

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FOR STUDENTS

Hard Hatted Women is currently recruiting counselors for Rosie’s Girls, a trades exploration camp for girls in grades six through eight. Summer camp counselors will be responsible for assisting with the preparation for camp and ensuring that camp activities run smoothly. The position is considered ideal for education, psychology, or social work students. For further inquiry call (216) 861-6500 ext 207, or e-mail info@hardhattedwomen.org.

A ceremony honoring graduates of the Case Emerging Leaders Program takes place March 29 in the Wolstein Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Approximately 50 first year students have successfully completed the program and will graduate before the Case Community. For information contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership at x2679 or go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/activities/journey/emerging.html.

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PERSONNEL

Samantha Skutnik recently joined the university as director of the Harris Library at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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ACCOLADES

The Career Center staff was recognized recently with a national award from General Electric. The 2005 Corporate Recruiting Career Center Partnership Awards were recently given to three of General Electric’s leading executive schools: Case, the University of Florida, and Boston College. The awards started in 2002 as a way to recognize university career centers for efforts in assisting GE with finding top talent.