Medical Researchers Report Shows Progress in Ohio's Efforts to Curb Tobacco Use


The first-ever Ohio Tobacco Key Indicators Report completed recently by the Ohio Tobacco Research and Evaluation Center (OTREC) shows a steady decline in the prevalence of cigarette smoking among Ohio adults and youth.

The OTREC is part of Case Western Reserve University's Center for Health Promotion Research in the School of Medicine. The report shows that since 2000, adult smoking rates dropped from 27.6 percent in 2001 to 22.4 percent in 2006. The rate outpaces the national decline.

The report, using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Key Outcome Indicators for Evaluating Comprehensive Tobacco Control programs as a guide, assesses the progression of tobacco control efforts in Ohio, focusing on three areas: preventing initiation of tobacco use by young people; eliminating non-smokers' exposure to secondhand smoke; and promoting quitting among adults and young people. Read more.

Vote for Player of the Year; Brew in Running for Honor


Tom Brew, a senior linebacker on the Case Western Reserve University football team, has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the outstanding football player in Division III. The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.

The 15th annual Gagliardi Award will be presented on Thursday, December 13 in Salem, Va., as part of the festivities leading up to the Division III national championship game played on Saturday, December 15 in Salem. A national committee will announce the winner. Fans can vote online for their favorite finalist up until December 4. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services announces that Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 (replacing Symantec Anti-Virus) is now available on the Software Center. Symantec Endpoint Protection combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention to deliver an unmatched defense against malware for laptops, desktops and servers. It provides protection against even the most sophisticated attacks that evade traditional security measures, such as rootkits, zero-day attacks and mutating spyware. Learn more.

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans are back for its third year participating in the World Swim Against Malaria. Started by now-alumnus John Erickson (CWR'07), the Spartan varsity swimming and diving team uses its annual fall taper meet, the Wooster Invitational, as its designated Swim Against Malaria. The three-day trials and finals meet is set for November 29 to December 1 and also serves as a showcase for Spartan swimmers and divers. Online donations welcome. All money raised will provide protective bed nets in developing countries.


The seventh annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Community Service Basket Raffle received 39 baskets from university departments and vendors. Through raffle ticket sales and a contribution from the Office of the President, $4,000 will be donated to Restore Cleveland Hope for the Cozad-Bates House Restoration Project/Education Center. The Cozad-Bates House is the only pre-Civil War structure in University Circle and was once a safe house for slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. Read more.

For Faculty & Staff

"Creating a Dynamic Workplace" is the topic of a workshop designed for nonprofit leaders and managers sponsored by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Session takes place from 4:30-6 p.m., December 5 at the center, 11402 Bellflower Road. Faculty members Duncan Neuhauser and Leslie Yerkes (GRS '89, organizational behavior) will lead. Fee involved. Call 368-5214 to register.

Reminder: Be sure to enroll in Benelect, the university's 2008 benefits program for faculty and staff. Deadline to enroll and/or update benefits information is 8 p.m., November 30. However, vendor applications, which are required if changes are made to coverage elections, are due to human resources by 5 p.m., December 7. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209 between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to use computer terminals or to talk with a human resources representative. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 for questions.

For Students


The Case Footlighters will host open auditions for its spring 2008 production of Chicago. Auditions will take place in Denison Rehearsal Hall from 2-7 p.m. on December 2; 10 p.m. to midnight on December 3; and 9 p.m. to midnight on December 4. Open to all Case, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Art students regardless of major or prior experience. Come to auditions with a prepared song. The Case Footlighters is a completely student-run organization dedicated to promoting musical theater on campus. The Chicago performance will commemorate the group's 10-year anniversary.

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) office will host the session "Finding research and creative endeavor opportunities, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., December 4 in Nord Hall, Room 310B. RSVP to SOURCE, if attending.


A "Thank You Open House" in honor of recent retiree Joy Willmott of University Counseling Services will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, November 30. A new Program Room in the university's Recovery House will be dedicated in her honor at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jes Sellers, 368-5872. Willmott is also the 2006 Mandel School Distinguished Alumnae and a founder of the Recovery House.


The annual Holiday CircleFest will take place from 1-5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 2. University Circle institutions will open their doors to guests and families for activities, live music, refreshments, demonstrations and displays. Free. Learn 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.

November 28, 2007

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Case in the News

There goes the neighborhood: A local study challenges the lending industry's claims that it's color-blind

The Free Times, November 28, 2007
Charles Bromley, a Presidential fellow at Case Western Reserve University, comments about a housing study done in Shaker Heights that examines foreclosure rates in neighborhoods with high African American populations.

Nationwide fluoride shortage being felt here, November 27, 2007
James Lalumandier, associate professor and chair of community dentistry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, comments about the effects of a possible shortage of fluoride in Cleveland's water systems.

Natural product discovery blocks tissue destruction

Science Daily, November 26, 2007
Report on a new study in the Journal of Inflammation prepared by lead investigator Tariq Haqqi, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, regarding the discovery of a natural product derived from the Amazon rainforest that could lead to broad applications in joint, skin and gastrointestinal diseases. Read related story.

Higher Ed News

Blurring the line between a college application and a slick sales pitch

The New York Times, November 28, 2007
Branding is a buzzword among corporations, and colleges, too, are desperate to distinguish themselves. And so the philosophy--some might call it an affliction--has filtered down to those applying to the most selective colleges.

Ending the intellectual property frenzy

Inside Higher Ed, November 28, 2007
In a recommendation that might stun officials at universities that have experienced windfalls from certain business relationships, Bill Destler, the new president of Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that universities should seek a modest payment from businesses to cover the basic costs of research they perform and simply relinquish intellectual property rights.

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