Visual Sciences Research Center Gets Major Space Boost

Ram H. Nagaraj

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a partnership between the medical school and University Hospitals, are celebrating the grand opening of their newly renovated Visual Sciences Research Center. Festivities will take place at 4 today, October 29, in the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Performance Area and Hall.

"Overall, these newly renovated facilities will enable an expansion of our vision research efforts as the leading vision research center in Ohio and one of the leading centers nationally," said Jonathan H. Lass, the Charles I. Thomas Professor of Ophthalmology and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the School of Medicine and Case Medical Center.

The celebration also will honor the appointment of Ram H. Nagaraj as the Carl F. Asseff, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology. Nagaraj, who has been with the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine since 1987, investigates two major complications of the eye: cataract and diabetic retinopathy. Read more.

Charity Choice Campaign Enters Final Week

Case Western Reserve University's Charity Choice Campaign 2007 continues through Friday, November 2. Help the university reach its goal of $150,000. Learn more about how to donate during Charity Choice, and how the beneficiary charities work to address the social, economic and environmental issues evident in our community.

Campus News

The K12 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) was developed as part of the NIH Roadmap initiative to "re-engineer the clinical research enterprise." The Case-Cleveland Clinic MCRTP seeks candidates to fill Clinical Research Scholar positions beginning July 2008. Qualified candidates will hold a medical degree, doctorate degree or equivalent, and will have demonstrated interest in careers that focus on patient-oriented or translational research. Online applications will be accepted until November 7.

Case Western Reserve University's Energy Advisory Committee works to build connections and momentum across campus for sustainability at the university. Learn more about energy saving tips and recycling efforts around campus.

For Faculty & Staff

Looking for patent information and do not know where to start? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques" at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 30 in the Kelvin Smith Library. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register on the KSL Web site to participate.

The monthly Money Management Education program sponsored by the Department of Human Resources will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 30 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. This workshop is designed for those in the wealth accumulation phase of life. Setting and reaching realistic financial goals will be covered, including the financial pyramid, a financial EKG, determining the proper amount of risk, the wonder of tax deductible investing and annual asset reallocation. Registration required.

For Students

The Office of Student Affairs announces that Case students have been invited to a free concert at 7:30 tonight featuring the international pop group 12 Girls Band. The show takes place at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre, downtown Cleveland. Students must show a valid student ID at the box office to receive a free ticket.


The ADVANCE Distinguished Lecturer will be Kathryn Johnston of Columbia University who will give a public talk, "Galactic Cannibalism: You Are What You Eat," from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 in Sears Building, Room 552. A reception will follow the presentation. In addition, she will give a research seminar beginning at 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 2 in Sears Building, Room 562. Her visit is sponsored by the university's Department of Astronomy.

Join the Master of Public Health program and the Division of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for a showing of the Salud! documentary on the Cuban health system at 3:30 today, October 29 at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. William Keck, one of the executive producers and an associate dean at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, will introduce the film. A discussion will follow.

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.

October 29, 2007

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve chief seems up to the test

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 29, 2007
Crain's Cleveland Business offers suggestions on how Case Western Reserve University and its new president, Barbara R. Snyder, can weather the budget deficit.

Editorial: Budgetary woes at Case Western Reserve have to be rectified, with cooperation from all

The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2007
In an editorial, the newspaper's editors suggest that Case Western Reserve University's budget issue is a problem for more than the school's officials and board members; it's a significant concern for the entire region.

Making fast food even faster

New York Times, October 28, 2007
A story about incorporating new technology into fast food service cites O-Web Technologies, whose three founders graduated in May from Case Western Reserve University. They worked in their residence hall rooms to develop the ONOsys online ordering system.

Nanotechnology: Small but mighty in manufacturing

Youngstown Vindicator, October 27, 2007
About 70 people from throughout Northeast Ohio attended the Nano Manufacturers Forum, which was organized by Nano-Network of Cleveland and the Mahoning and Shenango Valley Advanced Manufacturing Initiative. Alexis Abramson, director of the Nano Engineering Lab at Case Western Reserve University, explained the current and future uses of nanotechnology to the group.

Higher Ed News

When Wikipedia is the assignment

Inside Higher Ed, October 29, 2007
At the recent Educause conference, presenters showed how Wikipedia -- often viewed warily by educators who worry that students too readily accept unverifiable information they find online -- can be marshaled as a central component of a course's syllabus rather than viewed as a resource to be banned or reluctantly tolerated.

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