The Case Medical Center is the home for the Center for AIDS Research, the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, and an HIV/AIDS research collaborative with Makerere University in the African nation of Uganda. On May 18, the campus community is invited to show support for HIV vaccine research by wearing AIDS ribbons upside down to symbolize a “V” for vaccines. For more information about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, vaccine research or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day events at the local level, visit or call 1-800-HIV-0440.


“Court denies appeal from researcher”

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider the appeal of Dr. Thomas Butler, an internationally known scientist convicted of crimes related to his plague research.  Butler, 64, who earlier in his career was a Case Western Reserve University faculty member, was at Texas Tech University in January 2003 doing plague-related studies when 30 vials of the bacteria vanished. After Butler reported the loss, FBI agents quickly decided he had made up the story to draw attention from a university investigation into his alleged mishandling of research money.

“Case prof helping abandoned children abroad find families”

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2006

The kids smiling from dozens of snapshots tacked to Victor Groza's office wall aren't his. But they do share a global family. During the last 15 years, the professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University has teamed with officials in other countries to move orphaned or abandoned children from government institutions to foster or adoptive families.

“California venture capital firm gives Oberlin biz a boost”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 15, 2006

The late actor Christopher Reeve may have put Synapse Biomedical Inc. of Oberlin on the map, but a California venture capital firm has helped increase its visibility by leading a $1.25 million investment in the medical device company. Synapse makes an implantable device that electronically stimulates the diaphragm to make the lungs inflate and deflate. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland helped to develop the product.

“Xbox spurs rivals

At video game expo, Nintendo and Sony stand out”
News & Observer, May 16, 2006

The next generation of video game technology was born last week in a neuron-blowing, ear drum-rupturing celebration of noise and light. Peter Van Fleet, a worker in the computer lab at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, waited for more than an hour to see the preview. "I am excited about it," Van Fleet said.

“Cleveland bio projects get $16M”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 12, 2006

Two biomedical research projects in Cleveland have received nearly $16 million from the state’s Third Frontier Program for continuing research. The Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine has received an $8 million grant to continue its adult stem cell commercialization programs for the next three years. The center is a joint effort between Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland and biotechnology firm Athersys Inc.

“Glance at Embattled College Presidents”

Washington Post, May 13, 2006

March 15. Following a faculty no-confidence vote, Case Western Reserve University President Edward Hundert announces plans to resign. Hundert had aggressive plans to improve undergraduate education, but fundraising fell short, leading to budget cuts that angered faculty.

“Joseph Calabrese, MD Receives Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor”

PRnewswire, May 15, 2006

Joseph R. Calabrese, MD, a psychiatrist with University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC) and professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, was selected as a recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

“Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine receives $8 million from Third Frontier Program”

EurekAlert, May 15, 2006

The Biomedical Research and Commercialization Program (BRCP) of the State of Ohio Third Frontier Program (TFP) has announced that Case Western Reserve University (Case) and its partners, University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC), Cleveland Clinic, and Athersys, Inc., will receive $8 million to continue clinical commercialization programs in the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) for the next three years.

“Taught at home, off to college is new trend”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 15, 2006

There are nine children in the Taylor family, all of them homeschooled. And all of them, dad William Taylor says, are college-bound. Elyshia is at Franciscan University of Steubenville now. Ashley was just accepted to Case Western Reserve and Denison universities on full scholarships.

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Mandatory Retirement as Women’s Issue

Inside Higher Education, May 16, 2006

Mandatory retirement was once the norm in higher education — and most of the academics who had emeritus status forced on them were male. Today, mandatory retirement is far from the norm and is illegal for faculty and many other positions. But a significant number of colleges, using loopholes in federal age-discrimination law that apply to executives and top decision-making officials, still have mandatory retirement for presidents and other top administrators.

“JHU to take on global health”

Baltimore Sun, May 15, 2006,0,108363.story?

The Johns Hopkins University is starting an organization to help coordinate efforts to fight global health threats such as AIDS, malaria, avian flu and heart disease. Known as the Center for Global Health, it will integrate work done by three existing Hopkins institutions -- the medical school, the nursing school and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Medical Ethics: Judaism and End-of-Life Issues will feature two Case faculty members. Stuart J. Youngner from the School of Medicine, and Jessica Berg from the School of Law. They will join Rabbi Moshe Adler of Beth El–The Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Ave. in Cleveland Heights. The program will be held on May 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.  For more information or directions, call (216) 320-9667.

The campus is invited to celebrate the appointment of Pranab Chatterjee as the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work today, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Mandel School. There will be a colloquium on "Toward a mission-based practice in social work: the legacy of the settlement movement," followed by a reception. RSVP to, or to 368-2281.

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For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site at Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

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Satsumi Roos recently joined the university as a technician with the department of pharmacology.

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The Community Service Committee of the Staff Advisory Council announces that Margaret Smith, an instructor in the nurse anesthesia program, won an airline ticket from Continental Airlines from the Ronald McDonald House Mother's Day fundraising raffle.