Case Western Reserve Cardiologist Receives National Institutes of Health MERIT Award

Daniel Simon is first university researcher to receive prestigious award since 2002


Based on a decade of discovery and success in the field of inflammation and vascular injury, the research work of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor Daniel Simon has been rewarded with a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Simon, Herman Hellerstein Professor of Medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine at the School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, was recently selected to receive the Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the NHLBI. The support grant funding is initially for a five-year period but may be extended to 10 years. Its initial value is $1.9 million for the first five years, with a possible total value of $3.86 million over the full 10 years.

Simon is the first Case Western Reserve researcher to receive a MERIT Award since Claire Doerschuk in 2002. Read more.

"Ethics of Eugenics" Kicks 0ff Inamori Center Programs

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, will explore the question, "if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we," (as posed by 1962 Nobel laureate James Watson) during "Eugenics 2007: Is the Customer Always Right?," a discussion of the ethical issues arising from genetic manipulation.

The forum will take place December 5 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and feature Case faculty members Eric Juengst, bioethics; Max Mehlman, law; and Georgia Wiesner, genetics and medicine. Gregory L. Eastwood, director of the Inamori Center, will moderate. Read more.

Campus News

The sixth annual Giving Tree program continues through December 12. Be sure to stop by Thwing Center atrium to select a gift tag describing a gift to be donated to neighborhood pediatric clinics affiliated with the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. Contact Maura O'Beirne-Stanko, 368-2654 for details. Gifts should be returned to Thwing Center by December 12 for distribution.

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.


Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology, is hosting Mitten Mania, a community service project benefiting Cleveland elementary school students. Drop off new or gently used winter outerwear by December 7 in the red boxes in Mather Memorial Building.

The Mood Disorders Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center has a new project with the Ohio National Guard that needs volunteers to participate in a brief one-time interview to help the study staff gain experience with rating assessments. Compensation provided. To enroll or for more information, call James Pontau at 216-844-2863 or Emily Caldes at 216-844-2869.

For Faculty & Staff

A "Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and the Workplace" workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 in Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room. Facilitators are Erica Merritt and Kathryn Hall of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Participants will be provided information about preferred language and tools to effectively manage difference as it relates to these elements of diversity. Bring a lunch and join the discussion. To register, contact Erica Merritt, 368-4786.

For Students


The 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.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences International Travel/Study spring semester courses for graduate and undergraduate students has trips to El Salvador, India, the Netherlands, Kenya and other locations. Attend an information session at 12:45 p.m., December 4 in the Mandel School, Room 224 to learn about the program including costs, departure dates and other details. Visit the Web site or send e-mail to Deborah Jacobson.


Case student performing arts groups Speakeasy and Case in Point are having their winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 6 in Harkness Chapel. Free. Come for a night of entertaining a capella and fun.

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.

December 3, 2007

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Case in the News

Major bingo hall run by rabbi

The Columbus Dispatch, December 2, 2007
Ohio's most lucrative bingo game benefits a synagogue. Federal laws are geared toward not interfering with how religious organizations are run, including how they spend their money, said Barbara Clemenson, an instructor at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University.

Universities vie for money to hire researchers

The Plain Dealer, December 1, 2007
Ohio universities submitted 43 proposals to the state, vying for nearly $160 million in grants from the Ohio Research Scholars program largely funded by the Third Frontier Project. Case Western Reserve University wrote three letters of intent.

Chemical fallout: Journal Sentinel watchdog report

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 2, 2007
In the first analysis of its kind by a newspaper, the Journal Sentinel reviewed 258 scientific studies of the chemical bisphenol A, a compound detected in the urine of 93 percent of Americans recently tested. An overwhelming majority of these studies show that the chemical is harmful. Scientists began looking for a link between bisphenol A and spikes in cancer, obesity and hyperactivity. Others, such as Patricia Hunt, a scientist at Case Western Reserve University, stumbled upon it.

Higher Ed News

Caught in the Web

Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2007
The Internet age has posed a new set of challenges to traditional newspapers everywhere — decisions about what content to post when and where, questions about how to allocate staff (separate editors and reporters for print and Web?), and the like.

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