Interim president Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., announced today that Bruce Loessin, a senior administrator with extensive experience in institutional development and external relations, has been named senior vice president for university relations and development at Case Western Reserve University. He will start on January 16.

Loessin, senior vice president and chairman for institutional relations and development for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, returns to Case where he led university relations and fund-raising efforts from 1991 to 2001.

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The Winter Leadership Conference is scheduled for February 17. The Office of Student Activities & Leadership, and the Office of Greek Life are requesting that faculty, administrators, staff, students, and members of the community submit proposals for conference sessions at Submit proposals before January 15 for full consideration. The conference's theme is "Beyond the Classroom: Applying leadership to your academics and to your future." For more information, refer to

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The School of Law will hold a memorial service for Professor Emeritus Peter D. Junger who died in November. The service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 11, in Gund Hall, Room 159. A Wyoming native, Junger received his A.B in 1955 and his LL.B. in 1958, both from Harvard University. He joined the law school faculty in 1970. His specialty was property law. He retired in 2001 and received emeritus status in 2002. Read more about Junger at Former students, colleagues and friends who would like to speak at the service or submit written anecdotes about him should send e-mail to or


Why our hero leapt onto the tracks and we might not

The New York Times, January 6, 2007

Maybe some people are more hard-wired for heroism than others. Like, for example, Wesley Autrey, the man behind a stunning rescue last week in a Manhattan subway station. People wondered, because they had asked themselves, "Could I have done what he did?" and very often the answer was no. But is there something in Autrey that the rest of us lack? Probably not, experts say. Except for sociopaths, humans are built to feel and act out of empathy, said Stephen G. Post, a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University's medical school and coauthor of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, scheduled to be published in May.

NASA shooting for the stars, via the moon

The Chicago Tribune, January 7, 2007

NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface. But the reality is likely to be far more modest, many scientists say, with few tangible scientific benefits in the short term. "Sometime in [the] next 100 years we may have the construction base on the moon to do this, but in the near term it makes no sense," said Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University who supports building a human presence on the moon over the long term.

JumpStart adds pharmaceutical firm to portfolio

The Plain Dealer, January 6, 2007

JumpStart Inc., the Cleveland entrepreneurial development organization, has added Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Concord Township to its investment portfolio with a commitment of $300,000. Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals was formed more than a year ago by Ricerca Biosciences LLC, also of Concord, and Case Western Reserve University and its medical partner, University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

JumpStart invests in Ricerca spinoff

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 5, 2007

An investment from JumpStart Inc. will help a new company prepare a product aimed at preventing many hospital infections, which one study pegged as the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States. JumpStart on December 29 finalized a $300,000 investment in Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals of Concord Township, a spinoff company of Ricerca Biosciences that is preparing to test a formula intended to prevent infections caused by catheters that remain in hospital patients for extended periods of time. Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals was formed in spring 2006 as a joint venture between Case Western Reserve University and Ricerca, which provides the company with lab space.

Cerebral palsy declines in high-risk infants

The Washington Post, January 5, 2007

British researchers are reporting a decline in cerebral palsy among the most vulnerable newborns, and American pediatricians say a similar trend is probably happening in the United States. A paper reporting a similar decline in the incidence of cerebral palsy in high-risk infants at one U.S. hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, is about to be published, said Maureen Hack, a professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. Hack is coauthor of that paper and an editorial accompanying The Lancet report. She's also in charge of high-risk infants at the hospital. But her coauthor, Deanne Wilson Costello, an associate professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, said, "Anecdotally, pediatricians seem to be reporting similar trends, and I suspect we will see similar reports pop up around the United States."

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Democrats plan evolves (and narrows)

Inside Higher Ed, January 5, 2007

Perhaps the realities of governing are setting in. On the campaign trail, and even in the first giddy days after they swept into power in November's elections, Congressional Democrats discussed an expansive (and expensive) plan to make college more affordable for students. Among its elements: Slashing the interest rate on student loans in half, making permanent a tax deduction for college costs borne by middle income families, and providing significant increases in the Pell Grant (up to a maximum of $5,800 over several years).

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The Saddam Show: A Messy Trial, a Botched Execution, What's Next? Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, will be the keynote speaker at the City Club of Cleveland. He will share his insights about the trial at noon on Friday, January 12. To make a reservation and for additional details, refer to

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In order to prepare everyone for the February 5 deadline for submissions, the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration and the Grants and Contracts Office at the School of Medicine are offering several training sessions. The remaining sessions take place this week: 9 a.m., Tuesday, January 9; and noon, Friday, January 12. All sessions will take place in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413. No registration required. All proposals for should be submitted 10 days in advance of the deadline.

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This section will only be updated occasionally during winter break. For general university information, please visit the "Campus News" section of Case Daily, or go to Classes resume January 16 for the start of the spring semester.

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Melanie Scanlon joined the Office of Student Activities & Leadership as an assistant director.

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Kudos to the Case community for its support of the women of the Hitchcock Shelter. In addition, youths from Brush High School helped prepare gift baskets and participated in the distribution. In total, 60 gift baskets were presented by Case and Cuyahoga Faith Center volunteers.