The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital needs volunteers interested in community service opportunities. Family Room volunteers would serve as room hosts, as well as perform other duties such as registering visitors or answering phones. Students are welcome. For details and a volunteer application, call Diane Weiner, family room coordinator, at 216-229-5757, Ext.122, or e-mail to

Do you have a special skill, talent, or expertise in a given subject? Consider presenting a program, lecture, or workshop for SatCo, Case's non-credit, no tuition Saturday College. An individual, a club, or a student organization can sponsor programs. The deadline to submit a program proposal is Friday, September 29. Classes will take place Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. For more information and to submit your proposal online, refer to


Case Med School to have cancer imaging center

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 21, 2006

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will be the site of a new National Foundation for Cancer Research Center for Molecular Imaging. The center will be led by Case professor James P. Basilion and will focus on identifying specific genes suited for molecular imaging and improved diagnoses for earlier-stage treatments for cancer patients. The National Foundation for Cancer Research, based in Bethesda, MD., funds cancer research and prevention education.

Wary consumers can reduce contact with E. coli bacteria

The Plain Dealer, Thursday, September 21, 2006

The recent outbreak of illness from E. coli 0157:H7 caused by the consumption of raw spinach has rattled the nation's shoppers and the produce industry. That strain of E. coli has long been largely associated with meats such as ground beef. Yet with all the attention focused on bagged spinach and salad mixtures containing that virtual "superfood," a bigger question looms. But "it would be a shame if people didn't eat fruits and vegetables. God knows they need them," said Trudy Lieberman, a fellow at Case Western Reserve University, who is an expert on consumer health. "But they must be prudent in making their choices. If you're offered a choice, I'd choose a properly cooked vegetable."

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House panel backs NIH extension

Inside Higher Ed, September 21, 2006

A House of Representatives committee overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would extend the National Institutes of Health's authority to operate for three years -- but not after rejecting along party lines several Democratic attempts to increase the legislation's commitment to providing funds for the biomedical research agency. As passed 42 to 1 by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the reauthorization bill, as it is called in Washington parlance, would call for Congress to increase spending on the NIH by as much as 5 percent a year beginning in the 2007 fiscal year, which starts in October.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host Sex Signals, "the real life, funny, sort of improv show about sex and stuff," at 7 p.m. September 21, in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Building. The show is a dramatic, interactive performance that addresses the issues of healthy dating, relationships, sex, gender, and sexual assault on college campuses. The show is designed to entertain and inform. It's free. For more information, refer to

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"Moving from Saving to Investing -- Painlessly," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today, September 21, in the Sages Seminar Room on the first floor in Crawford Hall. The Financial Wellness session, sponsored by the human resources department, will offer ways to avoid common investor mistakes. For the complete list of seminars, refer to

Faculty members are invited to the UCITE seminar, "Ethics in Learning and Teaching," which begins at noon, today, September 21 in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of Allen Memorial Medical Library. William Deal, Inamori Professor of Ethics, will lead the discussion. Pizza and sodas will be provided.

The Department of Human Resources is sponsoring two staff development sessions on the topic, "Making Change Work for You," The first will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, September 25, in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Building; the second convenes from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, September 29 in the Mandel School of Applied Sciences, Room 320ABC. Employees need only attend one session.

September 30 is the deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for fall 2006 semester. All applications must contain a completed Certification for Tuition Waiver form and a copy of the student's official class schedule. Employees taking job-related courses should also include a completed Affidavit of Qualification for Tuition Waiver Tax Exemption form. Each fall semester, applications for dependent children must include a copy of the parents' federal income tax return page listing the child as a dependent or a completed Proof of Dependency form. First-time applications for a spouse/spouse equivalent must include a copy of the marriage certificate or the completed Affidavit of Domestic Partnership/ Acknowledgement of Domestic Partnership forms. For complete policy, procedures, and forms for tuition waiver and reimbursement benefits, visit the Education Benefit Web page,

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Case Career Services will host a Resume Emergency Room in Sears 206. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 22 for assistance. Details:

Students for Organ Donation Awareness (SODA) is a new organization that seeks to help people make informed decisions about becoming organ and/or tissue donors through education and advocacy. For more information on how to get involved and to be added to the SODA mailing list, e-mail to

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Jin Hua Wang, has joined the campus community as a research associate in the pathology department.

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A study released Wednesday by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, independent economic think tank in Santa Monica, Calif., places Case in the top 100 of U.S. universities in biotechnology research and turning that research into commercial applications. As for Ohio universities specifically, Ohio State University ranked the highest, at 50th, followed by University of Cincinnati, 60th; University of Akron, 65th; and Case, 68th.