Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center Receives More Than $27 Million from NIH, CDC

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The National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center based at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine has received renewed grants amounting to up to more than $27.5 million over the next five years to fund the continual efforts of the center, where any suspected case of prion disease -- such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) -- is reported, characterized and tested, as well as prion research.

The grants were awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Pierluigi Gambetti, center director, department of pathology, Case Western Reserve University, professor of pathology and neurology at the School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, is the principal investigator on all CJD research and diagnostic efforts. Read more.

Weatherhead School Names Distinguished Alumnus

Charles D. Fowler, president and CEO of Fairmount Minerals receives honor

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Case Western Reserve University's newest trustee -- Charles D. Fowler, president and CEO of Chardon, Ohio-based Fairmount Minerals -- is the Weatherhead School of Management's 2007 Distinguished Alumnus.

In October 2007, Fowler, who received his Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 1990, became the university's 38th current trustee. Less than two months later, he has become the 15th recipient of the Weatherhead Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award is presented annually to a Weatherhead School graduate who has a record of distinguished career accomplishments. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to submit program ideas that would be appropriate for the University Community Hour, held each Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30-2 p.m. The time is set aside to encourage student and faculty attendance at campuswide gatherings and special events, especially those that foster community building at the university. Submit ideas to Kate Police. Refer to the Community Hour Web site to review the list of programs held this past fall.

For Faculty & Staff

The university administration will recognize December 31 as a university holiday. Payday will remain Monday, December 31. Employees with direct deposit will have their funds available on December 31. Individuals not on direct deposit will have their checks mailed to them before the 31st. Interested persons can sign up for direct deposit by completing the direct deposit application and submitting it to the payroll department.

The Faculty Senate will meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m., December 18 in the Topefer Room in Adelbert Hall. Refer to the senate Web site for additional information.

The office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars is reminding all non-resident aliens to complete an 8233 form for 2008 tax purposes before December 31, 2007. Stop by the office located in Sears 212 to complete this form.

For Students

Reminder: The Writing Resource Center will offer limited hours through December 18. View available hours online. All writing appointments on December 17 and 18 will be held in Bellflower Hall only. Questions: Send e-mail to the Writing Center.

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has launched the fourth annual Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards (BMEidea). Student teams must submit by April 4, 2008. The top prize is $10,000. Winners are announced in June. Contact Ed Caner, director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at 368-3710 or visit the NCIIA Web site for more details.

Events

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.

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This fall, the Greek Life Awards for Academic Excellence honored dozens of students and Greek organizations. During the scholarship reception, 49 new members were inducted into the Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Academic Honor Society; Recipients of the Cristina Camardo Greek Leadership Award were Priya Sonty of Sigma Psi and Dan Dennhardt of Phi Kappa Psi; Order of Omega welcomed nine new members; Phi Mu and Phi Kappa Tau received the Order of Omega Scholastic Achievement Award for Superior Scholastic Achievement, awarded to a fraternity and a sorority with the highest combined grade point average for the preceding fall and spring semesters; Order of Omega Scholastic Achievement Award for the Most Improved Academic Performance for the fall and spring semesters combined was presented to Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Sigma Rho, Sigma Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon were honored for their commitment to the 365 Days of Service challenge; the groups reached their goals after last year's scholarship program presentation.

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Elizabeth Madigan (GRS '96, nursing), associate professor in the School of Nursing, has received the Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award that honors one nurse leader whose efforts to renew self and others exemplify purposeful reflection in practice, mindful understanding of human interrelationships, and display an appreciative, futuristic vision for the practice of nursing. The award is presented through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Robert Elston, director, division of genetic and molecular epidemiology; professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case School of Medicine, was recently recognized with the ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. Awardees are recognized nationally or internationally for exceptional contributions to human genetics education.

December 14, 2007

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Case in the News

Diabetes cases up statewide

The Plain Dealer, December 14, 2007
Saul Genuth, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments about the medical community's increased efforts to discover people with diabetes.

Who cares for foreclosures?

The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 14, 2007
Report references a study by Case Western Reserve University regarding the number of foreclosures and undocumented deeds on foreclosed properties to help officials grasp the severity of the problem.

Business growth worthy of praise

Akron Beacon Journal, December 14, 2007
Spotlight on the Weatherhead100 list, begun at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, to recognize top companies in Northeast Ohio based on consistent economic growth.

Higher Ed News

Housing market's credit crisis raises worries in higher education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 14, 2007 (subscription required)
The tightening of the credit markets amid the meltdown in U.S. housing prices is nibbling at higher education. Although the sense of crisis now rattling Wall Street and the mortgage industry hasn't reached the same fever pitch with students or colleges, the economic turmoil is beginning to make it tougher for some colleges to cover their day-to-day expenses, and for some student-loan companies to stay in business. Families may also have a harder time borrowing against their homes to pay for college.

The Educational payoff of paying an AP bonus

Inside Higher Ed, December 14, 2007
A study, "A Little Low for a Lot Later," finds that giving a financial incentive to disadvantaged students who pass Advanced Placement courses -- and to their teachers -- has a range of positive impacts.

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