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.

Campus News

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.

For Students

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."

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

September 6, 2007

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Case in the News

Cleveland Clinic link with Columbia would be formidable, but would damage CWRU

The Plain Dealer, September 6, 2007 In an editorial, the newspaper's editors write that it will be disappointing if the Cleveland Clinic ends its medical school affiliation with Case Western Reserve University.

Exhibition brings Pollock mystery to life, September 2, 2007
The Pollock Matters exhibit at Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art is now open. The publication's art reviewer writes that the paintings do look very similar to the artist's style. Ellen Landau, the exhibits curator and an art professor at Case Western Reserve University, acknowledges that doubts raised by circumstantial and forensic evidence call for further investigation before Pollock's authorship can be affirmed or denied.

Doing the distance thing

Inside Higher Ed, September 6, 2007
Reports that the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine is in negotiations to end its affiliation with nearby Case Western Reserve University and align with Columbia University -- nearly 500 miles away in New York City -- suggest that teaching hospitals might be ready for some long-distance relationships.

What are your rights?

The Plain Dealer September 6, 2007
In a story about customers' rights, Lewis Katz, a Case Western Reserve University law professor and author of Know Your Rights, answers questions.

Higher Ed News

Surge in students studying Arabic outstrips supply of teachers

USA TODAY, September 5, 2007
Since 9/11, the number of students interested in the Arabic language has been skyrocketing. More than 20,000 people in the United States enrolled in an Arabic-language higher-education program in 2006, double the number who signed up from 1998 to 2002.

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