New Scholar Award Helps Medical School Assistant Professor Study Age-related Diseases

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The Ellison Medical Foundation in Bethesda, Md., supports basic biomedical research on aging relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities by offering the New Scholar Award in Aging.

To become a New Scholar, one must be invited to apply. They are typically nominated for the award for their outstanding promise in aging research. Such was the case for Chunyan Brian Bai, an assistant professor in genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The foundation particularly wishes to stimulate new, creative research that might not be funded by traditional sources or that is often under-funded in the United States. Bai is one of 18 recipients of the foundation's award, which provides support for newly independent investigators in the first three years after their postdoctoral training, when they are establishing their own labs and their careers are at a vulnerable stage. Read more.

School of Law to Present Series of Lectures

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Spring Lecture Series begins with four current "hot button" topics to start the new year.

The first in the series of lectures is January 15, with W. Michael Reisman, one of the world's leading experts in international law, discussing how international law and international institutions can be used to identify and intervene to prevent mass atrocities like those in Darfur and Burma.

On January 23, internationally-known privacy expert Daniel Solove will talk about the need for balance among privacy, free speech and anonymity on the Internet and the "dark side" of personal expression and communication online.

The Case Western Reserve Law Review will present the two-day Law Review Symposium January 25-26, looking at the evolving relationship of businesses and their communities. The series' January events culminate on the 31st, with labor and employment expert Matthew Finkin's talk about the choices employers face when dealing with references for former employees. Read more.

Security Alert

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued a security alert for an incident that occurred on January 4, 2008. Read the full alert.

Campus News

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To jumpstart a new year of health and wellness, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering the university community $25 off the initiation fee for those who bring in a copy of this newsletter. The center is offering several new programs this year, including "Take it Off," a 12-week nutrition-based weight loss program; sunless tanning; a new new massage room; smoking cessation programs; and new fitness equipment. For more details, contact the center via e-mail, or by calling 368-1121.

Need to locate an internship or job abroad, or study the trends of international employment? Use the newest database at Case: Going Global. A collaborative effort between the Case Career Center and the Kelvin Smith Library ensured that the license would grant access for the entire campus. The database has over a quarter of a million constantly updated entries for work and study abroad and in the United States. Check out this resource on the KSL Research Database list.

For Faculty & Staff

The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA), otherwise known as a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRA), provides a way for employees to contribute to a retirement account on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. The limits for calendar year 2008 are unchanged from 2007: For calendar year 2008, employees can contribute up to $15,500; employees aged 50 or older in 2008, can contribute up to an additional $5,000; and employees with more than 15 or more years of service may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $3,000. Call Sharon Fleischer at 368-6693 for more information.

For Students

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Summer 2008 will inaugurate a new three-week intensive May term. The new session — May 12-30 — fits between spring finals and the beginning of the regular summer session, and offers eight courses, all of which are designed to take advantage of the longer class meeting times. These courses will take undergraduate students out of the classroom and into the community, the natural world and, in two cases, across the Atlantic Ocean. Each is being taught by regular faculty. For more information, visit the summer Web site. A preliminary 2008 list of summer courses is also available.

Events

The next Science Café Cleveland, co-sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Kathy Krynak from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Tim Krynak from the Cleveland Metroparks, on the topic of "Leap into Action to Save Declining Amphibians" on January 14 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2516 Market Ave. New this year is the early discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m., and a late session, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Details online.

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.

January 7, 2008

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Case in the News

Manufacturing city races to capture wind

Muskegon Chronicle, January 6, 2008
This article, which references cities looking to make a comeback from their Rust Belt roots, highlights Cleveland and the Lake Erie Wind Energy Center, a proposal that has the support of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Case Western Reserve University.

Health care providers struggle to provide care to uninsured

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 4, 2008 (subscription required)
As local hospitals continue to try to handle the increasing population of uninsured and underinsured in Northeast Ohio, they'll also be fighting to stave off cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement levels, according to local industry insiders. J.B. Silvers, the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Science Café to explore the infectious disease MRSA

Marion Star, January 4, 2008
Article about the Science Café's at Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University, the only two locations in the state that host the free talks.

Higher Ed News

Spitzer wants to endow state's public colleges

The New York Times, January 7, 2008
In his annual address to the Legislature on Wednesday, Gov. Eliot Spitzer will propose establishing an endowment for New York state's higher education system and adding 2,000 faculty members. The proposals are part of an effort to put New York's public universities on a par with those in states like California and Michigan.

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