Case Western Reserve Faculty Member, Alumnus Receive NIH Funds for HIV Research


Even if the HIV epidemic in Uganda ended today, the impact on the lives of the nearly one million people living there with the disease, and their families, would be felt for years to come. That is why there is a critical need to train social scientists to address the current and future effects of HIV, according to anthropologist Janet McGrath from the Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences.

McGrath and Charles Rwabukwali (GRS '93 and '97 anthropology), associate professor of sociology at the Makerere University in Kampala, are co-investigators on a new five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's Global Partnerships for Social Science Research on AIDS. They will initiate a program to strengthen social science research on AIDS in Uganda.

Funds from the grant will establish a new center at Makerere University in Kampala called the Center for Social Science Research on AIDS (CeSSRA) that integrates training and research related to HIV/AIDS. CeSSRA will be directed by McGrath and Rwabukwali. Read more.

Benefits Enrollment Through HCM Continues This Month

Case Western Reserve University's open enrollment period for selecting 2008 benefits continues on the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system through 8 p.m., November 30. Vendor applications must be received in the human resources office by 5 p.m., December 7. Benefits enrollment must be completed online. Faculty and staff are required to enter their Case network ID and password in order to access the HCM system. For best results, employees should use Internet Explorer as the Web browser when enrolling in benefits. Questions regarding network access need to be directed by e-mail or phone to the university's Help Desk, 368-HELP. Employees who may be out of town and unable to access the HCM system can call the Benefits Administration office at 368-6781 or send e-mail to Benefits Administration no later than November 30 to make other arrangements. Terminals for use in enrollment and human resources representatives, who can assist, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 14-16, November 19-20 and November 26-30 in Crawford Hall, Room 209 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. November 21 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Send e-mail to Benefits Administration or call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for questions and/or assistance.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to the Information Technology Services Open Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 15 in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. Send e-mail to Pat Greene for additional information. Free.

Case's Sustainability Web site provides information for all things sustainable at the university including recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors and more. Refer to the site often for ways to recycle and/or reuse items, whether on or off campus.

Miss an issue of the Case Daily or inadvertently delete it? Visit the Case Daily Archives. Search by word(s) or date to find specific information and back issues.

For Faculty & Staff

The Supervisory Education and Excellence Development (SEED) program for November will focus on Hiring and Employment Practices at Case. Sessions are 1:30-3:30 p.m., November 14 and 29 in Nord Hall. Each seminar will focus on job descriptions and evaluation processes, behavioral interviewing, reference checks, hiring and employment laws. All Case Supervisors and Hiring Managers should attend. E-mail SEED to register.

Second chance to win: Place book orders by Friday, November 16 and be entered into a drawing for a $50 giftcard as a thank you. Faculty can submit textbook orders via campus mail, e-mail or fax to 368.5205. Order online through the University Bookstore Web site. Help students save money by submitting textbook requests as soon as possible.

The 2008 Entertainment Books are available for purchase through December 1 from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Adelbert Hall 310. Cost is $25. Method of payment can be either cash or check payable to Case Western Reserve University. Contact Shirley Mosley at 368-8877.

For Students

Students interested in combining math and biology are encouraged to apply by November 15 to RIBMS, an NSF-funded undergraduate biomath research program. Students majoring in biology, systems biology or biochemistry work in teams with students majoring in math or statistics to do research at the interface of math and biology. Research is full time during the summer; part time the following academic year.

The University Community Hour is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday during the fall and spring semesters. No required academic activities of any type may be scheduled during this period. The University Community Hour facilitates student and faculty attendance at campuswide gatherings and special events, especially those that foster community building at Case Western Reserve University. Learn more.


"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Patents (but were afraid to ask)," sponsored by the Technology Transfer Office, takes place at 4:30 today, November 13 in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413. Guest speaker is Richard Wesorick. Free. Refreshments will be offered. RSVP appreciated but not required. Please contact Angela Smolik if attending.

Save the Date: "Doc Opera 2007: License to Heal!" will be performed on December 1. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Doc Opera, an annual variety show written and performed entirely by medical students from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Details provided in an upcoming issue of Case Daily.

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.

November 13, 2007

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Case in the News

Wi-Fi finds its way despite nixed plan for free system

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 12, 2007 (subscription required)
Case Western Reserve University is cited in this story about efforts to bring wireless communications to the city of Cleveland.

Cancer fight could pull Ohio researchers together

Crain's Cleveland Business November 12, 2007
Stanton Gerson, director of the Ireland Cancer Center, the National Center for Regenerative Medicine at University Hospitals and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks about his efforts to create more collaboration among the 41 comprehensive cancer centers across the United States.

Steris kills hospital superbugs with vapor

The Plain Dealer November 13, 2007
Robert Salata, chief of infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discusses the challenges hospitals face with superbugs--aggressive, hardy bacteria that resist treatment with antibiotics and cause life-threatening infections.

Higher Ed News

Smoke-free college trend growing Health, November 12, 2007
When 19-year-old Reid Overton wants to smoke a cigarette on his college campus, he has to walk to a distant parking lot and get into his car, but he doesn't seem to mind. Overton is one of 5,300 students at Gainesville State College, an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia. A four-year-old ban prohibits anyone from using tobacco products on campus, including students, faculty and visitors.

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