Case Western Reserve Biologist Starts Studies on Facial Skin Development

Radhika Atit

Consumers spend billions of dollars on cosmetics to enhance their facial features, but if a face is injured, burned, scarred or marred by disease, little can be done to restore full function—from sensation to growing new hair.

Radhika Atit, assistant professor of biology from the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, hopes to eventually change that with findings from a new project funded by a RO1 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Genetics and Dermatology in the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She has begun a five-year, $1.6 million study to understand how multi-potential cells become dermal cells, specifically those that develop into the craniofacial skin. Atit said she feels particularly fortunate to receive this RO1 grant on her first application. Read more.

Campus News

The Kelvin Smith Library Open House 2007 will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 3. Open house features displays of services, resources, spaces and more. See GIS, top Web sites, tour the Freedman Center, check out ILLiad, OhioLINK and more. Food, fun, gifts, prizes and a showcase of the library's best. More details on the KSL NewsBlog.

Input from faculty, staff and students is needed to help in planning future food service facilities on campus. Take a moment to respond to a short online Campus Food Services Survey. Participants who provide an e-mail address will be entered into a drawing for an iPod shuffle.

For Faculty & Staff

The 2008 Entertainment Books are available for purchase from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Adelbert Hall, Room 310 through December 1. Cost is $25. Books offer discounts to a host of Northeast Ohio establishments, including restaurants, movies, theaters, dry cleaners, travel and much more. Method of payment: Cash or check, payable to Case Western Reserve University. Call Shirley Mosley at 368-8877 for information.

For Students

In preparation for the upcoming Fall Career Fair on October 4, students are invited to attend a free workshop: Making the Most of Your First Career Fair, from 6-7 p.m., Monday, October 1 in Nord Hall, Room 400. Not sure what to expect at the fair? This workshop will cover how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of time at a fair, making the first impression a good one and follow-up after the fair. In addition, sign up to volunteer at the fair.

Get help with writing projects by using the services of the Writing Resource Center (WRC), with four locations available on campus: Bellflower Hall, Room 104; Nord Hall, Rooms 407 and 408; SAGES Cafe; and Kelvin Smith Library, first floor. WRC consultants work with students at any stage of the writing process. To make an appointment, refer to the WRC Web site and click "Make an Appointment." Hours vary according to location.


"Neanderthals, Monkeys and Lunch" will all be featured from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 2 in the anthropology department in Mather Memorial, Room 201. Come hear presentations on summer research by anthropology and evolutionary biology majors. Make lunch reservations by sending e-mail to Barbara Reebel. For questions, send e-mail to Professor Cynthia Beall.

Biomechanics of Jazz Piano: From Ragtime to BeBop, the First Joint Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Music Seminar, will be presented by Peter Niederer, professor emeritus from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Talk begins at 4 today, September 28 in the Thwing Center ballroom, followed by a reception. This event is sponsored by the Case School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

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.

Et al

After 34-years of service as the university's team physician, it is only fitting that Thomas McLaughlin serve as an honorary captain at a Case Western Reserve football game. It is a long way from the cornfields of Hastings, Nebraska. Read more.

Stan Gerson, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, is slated to the speaker of the fall dinner for the Harvard Club of Cleveland on November 6.

September 28, 2007

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Case in the News

Most cases of neonaticide go undiscovered, experts say

Philadelphia Daily News, September 28, 2007
Phillip Resnick, a psychiatry professor at Case Western Reserve University, who coined the term neonaticide to define the killing of a newborn child within its first 24 hours of life, comments in an article on the topic.

Witness: Hoax victim mostly recovered

Louisville Courier-Journal, September 27, 2007
Andrea Stolar, an assistant professor and residency program director in the psychiatry department at Case Western Reserve University, testified in a trial regarding a hoax victim's well being.

Foul winds for renewable energy

National Review Online, September 28, 2007
Column by Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, on environmental regulations and interest groups that slow or oppose the growth of wind farms.

New study tracks male, female entrepreneurs

USA TODAY, September 20, 2007
Scott Shane, a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, recently coauthored a study about male and female entrepreneurship. It is highlighted in a USA TODAY business blog.

Higher Ed News

Columbia plan to expand riles its neighbors

USA TODAY, September 27, 2007
Columbia University wants to add 17 acres to its cramped campus and construct buildings for the arts and research over the next 23 years. The school promises that the $6.3-billion project will bring thousands of jobs and new vitality to a fading neighborhood, but the plan has stoked old tensions from its past controversial expansion efforts.Some community leaders say they fear that the college will callously displace its poorer neighbors.

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