CAMPUS NEWS

The fourth annual Research ShowCASE will be held April 5 and 6 in the Veale Convocation Center. Research ShowCASE is a free, public exhibit celebrating the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research and scholarship being conducted at Case and its affiliated hospitals. By registering in advance at http://ora.ra.case.edu/showcase/registration.html, you will receive all program materials and the 2005-2006 edition of “The Value of Research,” Case’s signature research publication. For additional information go to http://showcase.case.edu

As part of the Clear the Air initiative, the Case health science schools are offering another wave of 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/.

In conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, NetWellness premieres a new section on colon cancer. On the new site, consumers will be able to find a comprehensive approach to understanding colon cancer. The information reflects the medical expertise found at the three academic medical centers operating NetWellness: Case, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. Go to http://www.netwellness.org/.

Dress for Success celebrates S.O.S. (Send One Suit) week March 19-25. The non-profit organization requests that women donate one new or nearly new interview suit to help local low-income women enter the workforce. Dressbarn is the national drop-off site for SOS Week. For a list of store locations go to http://www.dressbarn.com.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Beyond Self-Tying Sutures”

MIT Technology Review, March 20, 2006
http://www.technologyreview.com/NanoTech/wtr_16610,318,p1.html

Shape-memory polymers -- materials that transform themselves into a pre-determined shape when activated -- will reach clinics beginning this year in the form of self-tying sutures, fast-adjusting orthodontic braces, and other devices. But these polymers require direct triggering by light or direct heat. Now Andreas Lendlein and colleagues have created shape-memory polymers that are triggered remotely by a magnetic field -- making it possible to activate them anywhere in the body... “He figured out how to get these small particles very well dispersed -- this is not easy to do,” says Patrick Mather, professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University. “This is a big challenge to nanomaterials in general.”

“New clues to remembering smells”

BBC News, March 18, 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4806166.stm

The team found that a cell type, discovered in the late 1800s but never studied, has unusual properties that help the recognition of smells. The study in the journal Neuron found the cells, called Blanes cells, could retain information about a smell, and magnify the brain’s response to it. One of the puzzling aspects of smell is how our perception of an odour can evolve over multiple sniffs. The latest research, by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, suggests that Blanes cells play a key role because they have a unique ability to maintain their activity between sniffs.

“Lawn mores”

Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-oe-steinberg18mar18,1,345310.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

Ted Steinberg from Case Western Reserve University writes in an essay about his new book, American Green, “Only in America, with its 50-odd-million households participating in lawn care and its 16,000 golf courses, is turf an estimated $40-billion-a-year industry. That is roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Vietnam. The United States is far and away the world’s leader in cultivating perfect, weed-free, ultra-trim, supergreen grass. How did the greening of America come to pass?”

“Hoban puts Windon in Hall of Fame”

Akron Beacon Journal, March 20, 2006
http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/sports/high_school/14141401.htm

She’s still only 27, but Jacki Windon is beginning to feel old. Windon, the second-year women’s basketball coach at Case Western Reserve, was honored Sunday night by being inducted into the Archbishop Hoban High School Hall of Fame

“Study: Entrepreneurs Find Edge in Tech, Science”

Inc.com, March 16, 2006
http://www.inc.com/criticalnews/articles/200603/tech.html 

Small, fast-growing firms are more likely to find success in industries that employ a high percentage of technology, science, and engineering employees, according to a new study by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Using the Inc. 500 list, which ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, from 1984 to 1997, Jon Eckhardt, assistant professor of management and HR at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Scott Shane, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, spent three years working on the project.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“The Real Bias in the Classroom”

Inside Higher Education, March 20, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/20/politics

Much of the debate over the Academic Bill of Rights has concerned the claims of conservatives that students are punished by liberal professors for deviating from some sort of ideological orthodoxy. There may be political bias in the classroom, but headed in the other direction. A new study — soon to be published in PS: Political Science & Politics — finds that students are the ones with bias, attributing characteristics to their professors based on the students’ perceptions of their faculty members’ politics and how much they differ from their own.

“Glenn A. Olds, 85, Ex-Kent State Head, Dies”

NYTimes.com, March 20, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/20/national/20olds.html?pagewanted=all

KENT, Ohio, March 19 (AP) — Glenn A. Olds, who became president of Kent State University in the aftermath of the 1970 killings of four students by National Guardsmen, died March 11 in Sherwood, Ore., his hometown. He was 85.

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EVENTS

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the regulation of the U. S. telegraph industry occasioned a great deal of discussion in Congress and the popular press. A lecture, “Unnatural Monopoly: Western Union’s Gilded Age,” takes place March 22 at 4 p.m. at Mather House Room 100. Sponsored by the department of history.

The Footlighters - the student-run musical theater organization – will stage Footloose, the musical version of the pop hit movie from the 1980s, in the Thwing Ballroom on March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m., and April 1 at 8 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $5, and can be bought online or reserved in advance.  More information can be found at http://footlighters.case.edu.

The campus community is invited to attend the first game at the new Spartan baseball facility. On March 22, Case will take on John Carroll University at 3 p.m. at Nobby’s Ballpark, named in honor of benefactor and alumnus Nobby Lewandowski. The ceremonial first pitch will be at 2:50 p.m.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Applications are being accepted for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research. Submissions are welcomed from a variety of fields, with a maximum award of $275,000 available for two to three years. Deadline for receipt of applications is March 29. For information go to http://www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/rwjf/applications.

The Staff Advisory Council’s Staff Training and Development Committee is organizing a campus/University Circle tour for new employees for March 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will board a bus at Thwing Center. Space is limited. To register, e-mail sactours@case.edu.

The division of Information Technology Services has been piloting a flexible work program for the division’s central ITS employees.  The program, called CASEworks, will permit central ITS employees to adopt flexible work arrangements that include a structured combination of working both on- and off-campus. More information about CASEworks can be found at https://www.case.edu/its/caseworks/.

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FOR STUDENTS

The deadline for abstracts is today for Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session.  Please see http://www.case.edu/provost/source/symposium for information or contact bethany.pope@case.edu.

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies (SURES) seeks to engage undergraduate students in discussion of energy issues and to expose students to technological and policy driven solutions, while receiving hands on research experience.  SURES is a 10-week, funded program, training undergraduate students in the basic concepts of energy research, as related to their discipline. Program and application details can be found at http://www.case.edu/provost/source/opp/funding.htm. Deadline for accepting applications is April 5.

The Residence Hall Association is hosting a Find a Roommate Mixer for students looking for roommates or those who need to fill housing groups on March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Spot.

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PERSONNEL

Huicheng Wang recently joined the university as a research associate in the proteomics department.

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ACCOLADES

A list of Case students who are featured in this year’s “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges” are posted online at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/division/whoswho/. Students selected for the award have third or fourth-year status, are above the Case academic mean, and are active participants in academic and extracurricular organizations and activities.