University Researchers Breed a Mighty Mouse


Case Western Reserve University researchers have bred a line of "mighty mice" (PEPCK-Cmus mice) that have the capability of running five to six kilometers at a speed of 20 meters per minute on a treadmill for up to six hours before stopping.

These genetically engineered mice also eat 60 percent more than controls, but remain fitter, trimmer and live and breed longer than wild mice in a control group. Read more.

Campus to celebrate Team Case


The Case Western Reserve University campus is gearing up to welcome back its DARPA Urban Challenge team from their first appearance in the national robotic car competition. Team Case and the Case School of Engineering's autonomous robotic vehicle, DEXTER, finished in the top 20. DARPA accepted only 11 teams in the final race, which is November 3, at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. The team returns to Cleveland November 5. Information on a campus celebration is forthcoming. Read more.

Case Western Reserve, Rock Hall to Honor Legend


Key-pumping piano player and country music great Jerry Lee Lewis will be hailed as one of music's founding fathers of rock 'n' roll when Case Western Reserve University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum present the 12th Annual American Music Masters Conference, "Whole Lotta Shakin': The Life and Music of Jerry Lee Lewis."

Part of a weeklong celebration of Lewis's music and legacy that begins November 5 and features concerts, films and related events, the conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 10 in the Wolstein auditorium of the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Civic Engagement and Learning is collecting used ink cartridges and cell phones. Donations can be dropped off on the ground level of Thwing Center through the end of November. The collection will benefit the agency STAIRS (Steps Toward Advancement in Resettlement Skills), which works with local refugee families.

Case Western Reserve University's Police and Security Services is sponsoring a free rape aggression self defense class for women. Classes will be held from 1-5 p.m. on November 4, 11, and 18 at Wade Commons. E-mail Beth Mandl for more information.

The Alumni Travel Program and The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) are sponsoring a service trip, "Katrina Relief V," in New Orleans March 8-15. An information session will be held at 5 p.m., November 6 in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. Applications are available in the CCEL office. E-mail Janice Eatman-Williams.

For Faculty & Staff

Flite II American Express has been contracted as the preferred travel agency for local hotels. With appropriate approval, reservations and direct payment for hotel rooms and room tax can be arranged through this agency. Read more.

"Balancing Family and Work Life," an interactive workshop to help participants think about integrating work and family and identifying personal and professional challenges, takes place from noon to 1 p.m., November 6 at the Inamori Center. Local author Ilinda Reese will facilitate. Register via e-mail

For Students

"Grad Night Out 2007" will take place from 7-11 p.m., November 8 at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood. Free food, drinks, bowling and more. Transportation provided. This event caps a week of collecting items for the Cleveland Food Bank.

The African American Society's "34th Annual Ebony Ball: A Night Under The Stars," will take place November 9—not November 3—at the Embassy Suites in Beachwood. Tickets: $15 single/$25 couple. Dinner begins at 8 p.m. E-mail to Courtney Lowe.


Eric Juengst, a professor of bioethics at the university, will take part in a panel discussion, "Perfecting People -- The Promise and Perils of Modern Science," beginning at 2 p.m., November 4 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood. Admission fee. Read more for program details.

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

Jeffrey Duerk, professor of radiology research, has been granted Honorary Membership in the Korean Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and is the first honorary member.

Carol Kelley, assistant professor of nursing, has been named as an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Graduate award winner. This award is given for outstanding work in disseminating and implementing the ELNEC-Graduate curriculum at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

November 2, 2007

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Case in the News

Mice genetically engineered at Case Western Reserve are superathletes -- with attitude

The Plain Dealer, November 2, 2007
Mighty mice genetically engineered at Case Western Reserve University can gallop on rodent-sized treadmills for as long as six hours and cover more than three miles before they're tuckered out. In this article, Richard Hanson, a biochemistry professor discusses the mighty mice he and researchers at the university are studying.

Team Case robot eliminated from military contest

The Plain Dealer, November 2, 2007
Judges announced Thursday that the team representing Case Western Reserve University would not be among the 11 finalists to compete Saturday in a military contest of autonomous robotic vehicles. Wyatt Newman, an electrical engineering and computer science professor, discusses Team Case's experience with DEXTER.

Creation creates a buzz

Louisville Courier-Journal, November 2, 2007
It's been six months since the Creation Museum opened to crowds and protests, and the controversial attraction has proven more popular than even organizers had predicted. Lawrence Krauss, head of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University, says the museum misleads people.

10 years later, Orthodox campus revisited

Cleveland Jewish News, November 2, 2007
The issue of constructing a campus of Orthodox institutions in Beachwood is revisited in this article. Stephen Post, a professor of philosophy and religion at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

Higher Ed News

Colleges pledge to close minority, low-income gaps

USA TODAY, November 1, 2007
In a coordinated stab at one of higher education's most pressing problems, some of the country's largest university systems pledged Wednesday to cut in half the achievement gaps for minority and low-income students on their campuses over the next eight years.

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