Elevated Nitric Oxide in Blood is Key to High Altitude Function for Tibetans


How can some people live at high altitudes and thrive while others struggle to obtain enough oxygen to function?

That is the question Cynthia Beall, the S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, has been trying to answer. For two decades, Beall has been one of the world's leading researchers in the studies of high altitude adaptation in different populations in Ethiopia, South America and Tibet.

Beall and researchers from Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation report that Tibetans who live at altitudes around 14,000 feet have 10 times more nitric oxide (NO) and have more than double the forearm blood flow of low-altitude dwellers. The findings from a comparison of NO levels in the high and low altitude dwellers are reported in the article, "Higher Blood Flow and Circulating NO Products Offset High-Altitude Hypoxia among Tibetans," in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Read more.

Campus News

The Office of University Alumni Relations staff has officially relocated to the second and third floors of the new Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Drive. The reception area is on the first floor. The main phone number for the department -- 368-6280 -- remains the same. However, the office's location code is now 7155. The staff invites the campus community to stop by the Alumni House from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Also, the house will be open during special campus events to encourage current and future alumni to visit their new home on campus, including the remaining home football game days, November 3 and 10, from 10 a.m. until the start of each game. Tours will be provided to guests who are interested in viewing the house.

The next session in the 2007-08 Kelvin Smith Library Digital Library Lecture Series takes place from 1:30-2:45 p.m., November 1. Mark Kornbluh from Michigan State University will speak on the topic of "Digital Libraries and Cyberinfrastructure." Free, open to the Case and Ohio academic and library communities.

The field has been narrowed to 23, and DEXTER and Team Case are still in the race! Keep up with the group and its quest to win the DARPA Urban Challenge by reading updates on the official team blog.

For Faculty & Staff

Applications are now being accepted through November 15 for scholarships from the Case Educational Enhancement Fund to be used during the spring 2008 semester. To participate, an official request application must be submitted indicating how the training will increase the employee's ability to perform their current job, and how it will enhance and improve skills. For more information, go to the Staff Advisory Council Web site. The fund was established as a result of monies raised from the Gala Ball held last March.

For Students

Looking for something do on Halloween? Put on a creative costume, find a bag that will hold lots of goodies, and go trick or treating from 7-9 tonight at the Greek houses on campus. Maps of the locations of all chapters will be available at each chapter house. After that, head over to The Spot for the the Residence Hall Association's "Best Costume Contest," along with pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie eating contests, face painting, bobbing for donuts, and a concert featuring metal band Horror of 59 and ska band Johnny Red & The Skammunists, sponsored by the University Program Board.

Come watch wacky water relays and synchronized swimming at Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash from noon to 4 p.m., November 3 in Veale Natatorium. Admission is $2 and benefits Service for Sight and the Cleveland Sight Center. Featuring concessions and raffle prizes. Questions: Send e-mail to Anchor Splash. In conjunction with the event, vote in the "Most Beautiful Eyes" contest in Nord Hall this week.

Case Western Reserve University's jazz bands will play The Spot from 8-10 p.m., November 3. In addition to live music, show up at 7 p.m. for a beginner's dance lesson sponsored by the university's swing club; no partner required. Free. Details available on the swing club's Web site.


The university's five-day symposium, "Terrorism in Europe: The 'German Autumn' of 1977 after Thirty Years," will revisit the wave of terrorism that swept across Germany through a series of lectures, films and discussions, November 4-8, in order to explore the cinematic and historical exploration of this episode in history. Read more.

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 31, 2007

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Case in the News

Case on track to make first Division III playoff

The Plain Dealer, October 31, 2007
For the first time in 23 seasons, the Case Western Reserve University football team finds itself right where it wants to be. And if the 8-0 Spartans can maintain their winning ways for two more weeks, they will likely earn their first trip to the 32-team NCAA Division III playoffs. Related article.

Cleveland State University law grads excel at bar exam

The Plain Dealer, October 31, 2007
Law school graduates from Cleveland State University posted the highest passage rate in the region on the most recent Ohio Bar exam. Case Western Reserve University's passage rate for first-time test takers was lowest in the state, at 83 percent. Law school Dean Gary Simson comments, saying that the school will probably see some changes as a result.

Success tips

Inside Business, November 2007
Bob Herbold (GRS '66, mathematics, '68, computer science) emeritus university trustee, recently spoke to business leaders about success traps. He has written a new book, Seduced by Success: How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning.

Higher Ed News

Classroom of the future Is virtually anywhere

New York Times, October 31, 2007
Nearly 3.5 million college or graduate students, one of every five, took at least one online course last fall, double the figures of five years earlier.

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