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“Mice Deaths Are Setback in Gene Test”

New York Times, May 25, 2006

A large number of mice died unexpectedly in a test of a new technique for inactivating genes that has been widely proclaimed a breakthrough, scientists are reporting today. The finding could give rise to new caution about the technique, called RNA interference, which is already widely used in laboratory experiments and is starting to be tested in people as a means of treating diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. "It's a very striking result — all of the fatalities observed and the toxicity, which was unexpected," said Timothy W. Nilsen, director of the center for RNA molecular biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. "It's really a note of concern for rapid therapeutic development of RNAi."

“Pulmonary-Artery versus Central Venous Catheter to Guide Treatment of Acute Lung Injury”

The New England Journal of Medicine, May 25, 2006

The balance between the benefits and the risks of pulmonary-artery catheters (PACs) has not been established. The members of the Writing Committee (Arthur P. Wheeler, M.D., and Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville; B. Taylor Thompson, M.D., and David Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Herbert P. Wiedemann, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; Ben deBoisblanc, M.D., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans; Alfred F. Connors, Jr., M.D., Case Western Reserve University at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland; R. Duncan Hite, M.D., Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Andrea L. Harabin, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Md.) assume responsibility for the integrity of the article.

“Ex-official defends Hussein
Dujail crackdown was justified, Aziz tells court”

Indianapolis Star Tribune, May 25, 2006

It was a stark contrast for Tariq Aziz, who once walked the halls of the United Nations in designer suits with a cigar in his mouth. On the witness stand Wednesday, the ailing 70-year-old was pale and hoarse, and wore faded pajamas. It was, in effect, an attempt to do what he always did as Hussein's foreign minister and deputy prime minister: present the regime's case to the world. "His role was always to make Saddam look reasonable, and he was still playing that role," said Michael Scharf, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland who helped train judges and prosecutors in the Hussein tribunal.

“American pupils still lag in science
National test shows poor 'report card'”

The Plain Dealer, May 25, 2006

At next year's science fair, somebody would do well to design a panic button. Educators and CEOs for years have warned that U.S. youngsters are not prepared to compete in a global marketplace. Still, most American students fail to advance beyond a basic grasp of science, according to an influential national test released Wednesday. Since 2002, the Cleveland district has been in a partnership with Case Western Reserve University that provides intensive training for math and science teachers. The program is designed to get the teachers - many of them licensed in elementary education - certified to teach math or science in middle school. By 2008, about 240 teachers will have gone through the program.

“Study: Music reduces pain, depression”

United Press International, May 24, 2006

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 percent and depression by up to 25 percent, a British journal reports. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing finds music can make people feel more in control of their pain and less disabled by their condition. The participants, who had an average age of 50, had been suffering from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disk problems and rheumatoid arthritis, for an average of six years, according to Marion Good of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“Lose weight by switching to decaf?”

WKYC, May 24, 2006

A study from Case Western Reserve University finds women who get less than five hours of sleep a night tend to gain more weight than those who get a solid seven hours. Researchers suggest sleeping less could affect a person's basal metabolic rate, which accounts for the number of calories you burn when you rest.

“Not enough sleep associated with weight gain”

ABC News (Reuters), May 24, 2006

Women who fail to get enough shut-eye each night risk gaining weight, a Cleveland-based researcher reported at a medical conference in San Diego today. In a long-term study of middle-aged women, those who slept 5 hours or less each night were 32 percent more likely to gain a significant amount of weight (adding 33 pounds or more) and 15 percent more likely to become obese during 16 years of follow-up than women who slept 7 hours each night. This level of weight gain — 15 kg, or 33 pounds — is "very clinically significant in terms of risk of diabetes and heart disease," Dr. Sanjay Patel of Case Western.

“Renowned Physician and Endoscopist Gary W. Falk, MD, Named ASGE President “

PRNewswire, May 24, 2006

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy announces its 2006-7 President, Gary W. Falk, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Falk is Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Named to the list of Best Doctors in America (gastroenterology) six times, Falk has received numerous honors, awards and recognitions. He is a member of a number of professional organizations and serves on local, state, national and international task forces and committees.

“N.C. arts school provost named dean of UF’s College of Fine Arts”

University of Florida News, May 24, 2006

The provost of the North Carolina School of the Arts has been named dean of the University of Florida’s College of Fine Arts, Provost Janie Fouke announced today.Lucinda Lavelli succeeds Don McGlothlin, who stepped down in June after serving as dean for 15 years. Barbara Korner has served as interim dean since then. Lavelli’s appointment is effective July 1, 2006. Lavelli earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management and a master of fine arts in theater arts and dance, both from Case Western Reserve University; a bachelor’s in psychology from Denison University.

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“Some Allowed to Sit Out the SAT
Admission Requirement Will Be Waived for Select Students”

Washington Post, May 25, 2006

Officials at George Mason University in Fairfax announced yesterday that the school will allow some high-achieving students to apply for admission without submitting SAT scores, joining a growing list of colleges that are moving away from requiring applicants to take the standardized test.

“Faculty Rights, Post-Katrina”

Inside Higher Education, May 25, 2006

When colleges want to eliminate a faculty job (and not get a bad reputation), there are extensive procedures they can follow that have been set forth by the American Association of University Professors. Rules cover how to determine whether colleges face a financial necessity to eliminate a job, the rights that should be accorded to someone losing a position, and so forth.

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The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is holding an information session on June 8 from 5:30–7 p.m. at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave. Learn about obtaining a certificate or degree in nonprofit management. The new application deadline for fall 2006 admissions is July 15, and the application fee will be waived for those attending this session. To RSVP, contact, or call 368-6025. 

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UCITE announces a summer series of seminars on the effective use of technology for teaching and professional advancement. The sessions will be run in conjunction with Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) and Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) personnel. Advanced PowerPoint is being offered on June 15. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP to, or register at and click on "Events."

The Case Wellness Committee invites the campus community to participate in a "Walk for Wellness" scheduled for noon on May 26. The one-mile course will start at Severance Hall and wind through some of the most scenic areas of campus. Participants who complete the walk will receive a pedometer. To register, contact

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This section will only be updated occasionally during the summer. For general university information please visit the "Campus News" section.

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William Jacobberger recently joined the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Ralph I. Horwitz, dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The committee advises the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the assistant secretary for Health, and the director of the NIH on policy matters pertinent to NIH mission responsibilities in the conduct and support of biomedical research, medical science, and biomedical communications.