Kindergartners Receive Gummy Bears to Reduce Cavities through Case Western Reserve Dental Study
East Cleveland kindergarten teachers will pass out gummy bears three times a day as part of the Healthy Bears for Healthy Teeth program sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Researchers will test special gummy bears containing the anti-microbial sugar substitute xylitol to see if it reduces cavities in the first emerging permanent teeth.
Healthy Bears for Healthy Teeth is a research project under the direction of Suchitra Nelson, associate professor of dental medicine and researcher. She received a four-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resource and Services Administration. Peter Milgrom, a researcher from the University of Washington, studies xylitol and is collaborating on the project with Nelson. Read more.
DEXTER Presentation Today at 5 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to watch a demonstration of DEXTER, the university's dune buggy-like autonomous robotic vehicle that is headed to the semifinals of the $3.5 million DARPA Urban Challenge, at 5 p.m. today on the Case quad starting at Nord Hall. To provide space for DEXTER to practice and maneuver as it would in an urban setting, anyone attending the demonstration is encouraged to keep a safe distance from the car. Read more about DEXTER.
Information Technology Services announces that Docshare, a document sharing application which allows users to share documents between multiple users and computers, is currently available as an open beta test to anyone with a valid Case ID and password. Files can be manipulated using a simple Web interface or by mounting docshare folders as remote folders on a person's computer.
For Faculty & Staff
The ACT III Conversation Series about Racism, sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, begins today at 4 p.m. in Thwing Center, Room 309. The program continues on September 20, and October 4 and 18. Each of the four conversations in the series will address a different component discussed in the film The Color of Fear.
First-year students: Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program are due on September 10. The program allows for students to build leadership skills, meet new people and get engaged with the university. Read more to apply or for more information. Refer questions via e-mail.
Reminder: the deadline for the 2007 Common Reading Student Essay Contest is at 5 p.m. on September 14. Details are posted online.
The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group continues at 12:30 p.m. on September 7 in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Room 9, lower level of Crawford Hall. This week's event will feature Sharona Hoffman, associate dean for academic affairs and professor law and bioethics, and Andy Podgurski, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on "Finding a Cure: The Case for Regulation and Oversight of Electronic Health Record Systems."
Save the Date: The Third Annual Constitution Day Forum will take place at 4:30 p.m. on September 17 in Ford Auditorium, located in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. This year's topic is "Religion and the Constitution."