$1.6 million Gift Fuels Groundbreaking Research in Arthritis, Transforms Undergraduate Labs


Inspired by Case Western Reserve University biology professor Arnold Caplan's work with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in skeletal research and its potential use in developing treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, Case Western Reserve alumnus L. David Baldwin (CIT '49) has donated $1.6 million to the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

His generous support will fund the new L. David and E. Virginia Baldwin Program for Cell-Based Therapy in the Department of Biology, upgrade undergraduate biology labs, and defray startup expenses to attract new faculty in physics.

Baldwin wanted to do something to advance the university where small classes had allowed him to know and interact with faculty. He looked to Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for guidance. Read more.

Campus Smoking Policies

Based on recommendations from Case Western Reserve University's Smoking Issues Task Force, which consists of faculty, staff and students, the university modified its smoking policies in May to comply with Ohio's new smoking law. The task force has continued to review campus smoking policies and expects to make further modifications in order to permit smoking in a limited number of designated areas. Full implementation of the university's newest smoking polices will take place when designated smoking locations are finalized.

This additional policy change, which will further support the university's ability to comply with the state smoking law, originally was scheduled to begin October 1. Complete implementation is expected to start around mid-October. Final designated smoking locations will be announced in Case Daily prior to full implementation.

Currently smoking is not permitted in university buildings, including residence halls, or within 30 feet of the entrances to buildings or in university vehicles. In addition, the entire health sciences campus—all buildings and grounds—is designated a nonsmoking area. Smoking now is limited to areas of campus where trash cans with ashtrays are available. Information is provided online regarding smoking cessation and other wellness plans offered by the university.

Campus News

The American Red Cross thanks all those who sought to donate blood during Case for Community Day on Friday, September 21. A larger than expected number of peopled turned out for this first-ever drive during this event and had to be turned away. The Red Cross apologizes for the inconvenience as well as for those whose wait was longer than anticipated. Please consider participating in one of the upcoming drives: October 17, 18 or 25.

Beginning Wednesday, September 26, East Boulevard will be narrowed to a single southbound lane between the lot 29 garage entrance and Euclid Avenue. Traffic will remain two-way north of the Lot 29 garage entrance on East Boulevard. Traffic heading north on East Boulevard will be detoured to either Martin Luther King Jr. Drive or Ford Road. This work is part of the Euclid Avenue Corridor project and will last approximately four weeks.

For Faculty & Staff

Annual Meeting of the University Faculty will take place from 4:15-5:30 p.m., September 25 in Strosacker Auditorium, where President Barbara R. Snyder is scheduled to report on the state of the university. On Wednesday, September 26, she will present the report to staff from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

For Students

Students are invited for free pizza and an opportunity to share their opinions about forming a new student alumni association from 7-8 tonight in the Rough Rider Room. Questions? Call Kathleen Norman at 368-6260.

University Counseling Services is cosponsoring the 2007 Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll (SDR2) Week: "Rethinking Gender at Case," from September 26-28. Annual conference includes lectures, movies, live music, giveaways and more.


Fred Collopy, professor and chair of information systems, will lead an online seminar at 10 a.m., September 26 in the George S. Dively Building, Room 214. Collopy will discuss "Managing as Designing." To attend virtually, register online. To attend in person, register by e-mail to Lynn Kaperak-Miller.

The Case student group Asha for Education will have its annual fundraiser on September 29 featuring an a cappella concert by the premier South Asian group Penn Masala. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus auditorium. Asha works to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India. For tickets and other information, call(216) 392-2279.

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.

In Memoriam

Roselle M. Hoffmaster, 32, a 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine died in Iraq. A captain in the army, she died September 20 of injuries suffered in a non-combat-related incident, according to a news release issued by the Department of Defense. Read the full story.

John E. Biaglow, 70, who began his groundbreaking cancer research when he taught at Case Western Reserve University, died of complications from diabetes on September 13 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The Cleveland native was the former director of the Division of Radiation Biology in the Case Western Reserve's radiology department. Read more.

Sports accolades

The Spartan varsity football team ended its losing ways against longtime rival the College of Wooster Scots with a 30-17 victory at Case Field on Saturday night. Read more.

September 24, 2007

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Case in the News

The key

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 24, 2007, (editorial)
In medicine, the three key elements to securing federal research dollars these days are collaboration, collaboration, collaboration, a point proven once again with the $64 million award bestowed last week upon Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland Foundation awards $13.5 million in grants

The Plain Dealer, September 22, 2007

The Cleveland Foundation on Friday awarded $13.5 million in grants, including $1 million to help develop an arts and retail district around Case Western Reserve University. Story quotes Russell Berusch, the university's vice president for commercial development and John Wheeler, vice president for Cleveland regional affairs.

Case alum L. David Baldwin donates $1.6 million to college

The Plain Dealer, September 21, 2007
L. David Baldwin of Amherst, N.H., a graduate of what is now Case Western Reserve University, has donated $1.6 million to the university's College of Arts and Sciences to support the research of Arnold Caplan, a biology professor and director of the Skeletal Research Center.

Case grad gives $1.6M gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 21, 2007

The Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences has received a $1.6 million gift from 1949 Case graduate L. David Baldwin.

Higher Ed News

A year later, Spellings report still makes ripples

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 24, 2007 (subscription required)
A year ago, Charles Miller, a former chairman of the University of Texas' Board of Regents, walked into the U.S. Education Department here and dropped off a glossy 76-page document with a crisp red cover.

Universities rethink unarmed police

USA TODAY, September 21, 2007
Five months after the Virginia Tech massacre, some of the few remaining universities that do not permit campus police to carry guns are rethinking the firearms ban.

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