Case Western Reserve Partners With Jiao Tong University to Open Orthodontic Clinic in China


Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine has partnered with Jiao Tong University to sponsor AmeriChin, the first private orthodontic clinic in China's major business hub in Shanghai -- and home to international corporations with employees and families from around the world.

AmeriChin, targeted to open in mid April, will be located in a downtown facility and will provide the orthodontic services that international and U.S. citizens are accustomed to in their home countries.

Currently, China has 3,000 orthodontists in a country of more than a billion people. "The number of practicing orthodontists is at the level it was in the early 1900s in the United States," according to Mark Hans, chair of orthodontics at Case Western Reserve's dental school. "There is a niche to be filled in this partnership."

Hans will share the title of co-director of the new clinic with Feng Bing, chair of orthodontics at the Ninth People's Hospital. Richard Griffith, a Case lecturer in orthodontics, will become AmeriChin's director of patient care, and Chi-Min "Jimmy" Teng, adjunct professor of orthodontics at Case Western Reserve who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, will coordinate logistics. Read more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Day Five of MLK Events to Feature Dinner with Tubbs Jones, Performance Arts Programs


Case Western Reserve University will host a dinner with alumna and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones -- the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio -- from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, in the Excelsior Ballroom of Thwing Center as part of the university's weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event, "A Night to Remember Because of a Dream Never Forgotten," also will include a discussion of the career and legacy of King and feature a series of performances including dancing, singing, stepping and poetry from various student groups to demonstrate how the activist's dream of diversity is apparent on the campus. The program is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Also at 6 p.m. January 24, at King Kennedy Estates in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve's Medical Students Invested in Children's Health will celebrate the MLK holiday by sponsoring an interactive workshop in memory of King. The program, "Healthy Kids Make Healthy Connections," with the King Kennedy Boys and Girls Club encourages youths to take charge of their own health.

In addition, the offices of Student Activities and Leadership and Multicultural Affairs and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities present "Food for the Soul" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. January 24 in the Dorothy M. Pijan Atrium of Thwing Center. Members of the campus community will express their sentiments regarding King through poetry while sharing a meal of soul food.

A complete schedule of MLK celebration events can be found online.

Football's Jeff Mayer to Receive Courage Award


Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Jeff Mayer will be honored at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards banquet on January 24 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel where he will be awarded the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award.

The announcement was made by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission this month. The Courage Award is given to an athlete who displays courage beyond the boundaries of the playing field, inspiring those around him.

Mayer was nominated for the award by the Cleveland Clinic for his remarkable determination to overcome several sports-related injuries and a near fatal hit- and-run accident that took place in 2005 when Mayer attended Baldwin-Wallace College. Read more.

Campus News

The 15th Annual Academic Happy Hour will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., February 1 in Thwing Center ballroom. This year's theme focuses on university and Cleveland connections, and the featured speakers are Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder, Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and Latisha James, director of the university's Center for Community Partnerships. The annual event brings together students, faculty and staff for a conversation focusing on topics of importance to the university community.

The Fitness/Wellness Program at Veale Center is offering a Kundalini Yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. beginning January 29 in the multipurpose room. The class will last six weeks. Registration forms are available online. For more information, contact Mina Moore via e-mail, by phone at 368-2191 or by visiting Veale Center, Room 346.

For Faculty & Staff

The Faculty Diversity Office is sponsoring a free, three-part workshop series for faculty featuring money management educators. The first session, "Tax Favored Investing," is from 12:30-2 p.m., February 1 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This session will provide faculty members with a solid foundation for proper long-term tax-conscious planning. For questions, contact Amanda Shaffer at 368-8874 or via the Faculty Diversity Office e-mail.

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on "Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum," featuring assistant professor of philosophy and cognitive science Sara Waller from noon to 1 p.m., January 24 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Issues surrounding critical thinking and how it can be taught will be discussed. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students


It's not too late to enroll in the 2008 International Spring Break Study Abroad Programs through the Department of Bioethics. Visit Amsterdam, Paris, Salamanca, Spain or Buenos Aires and earn three credits. Open to all students. Application deadline is January 25. Contact Michelle Champoir via e-mail, or at (216) 244-4875.

Have a desire to wow the campus crowd with a song, a dance or another type of performance? Consider participating in Juniper Star Search beginning at 8 p.m., February 1 at the Spot. Sign up lists are posted around campus, or register via e-mail to Aqueelah Jordan with a brief description of the act, the names of all group members, and the approximate length of the performance. Registration is $2.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is welcoming back undergraduates this semester with its "Spartan Shape Up" membership, which includes four free personal training sessions, a diet consultation, access to over 40 group exercise classes per week, and full access to the facility, including dozens of new equipment, massage rooms and sunless tanning. Call 368-1121 for information.


The Department of Music is co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Northeast Ohio Band Invitational beginning at 2 p.m., January 27 at Severance Hall. The program will feature several area high school bands, along with the Case Symphonic Winds performing at 4 p.m. Ticket prices and information can be found 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 23, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University to open orthodontic clinic in China

The Plain Dealer, January 23, 2008
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will open its first private orthodontic clinic in China this spring. The clinic, called AmeriChin Orthodontics, will be located in downtown Shanghai and is part of a collaboration with the city's Jiao Tong University.

MBA programs at a glance

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 21, 2008 (subscription required)
A roundup of business programs offered by area colleges and universities includes information on the MBA degree offered through Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Cut in interest rates should help locally, but it will take time, according to officials

The Morning Journal, January 23, 2008
The Federal Reserve's drastic cut in the interest rate should make an impact in the local economy -- but it might be months before it is felt. Robin Dubin, an associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Scientists disprove mRNA theory

United Press International, January 22, 2008
U.S. scientists have disproved a widely held theory that attempted to explain how cells recognize and destroy mutated messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA. One of the researchers is Kristian Baker, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Cleveland's former reality 'stars' get back to real life after TV turns

The Plain Dealer, January 20, 2008
Where are Cleveland's former stars of reality television? The article profiles several people, including Margaret Bobonich, a local nurse practitioner who participated in the 2005 installment of Survivor. Bobonich now works with her alma mater, the Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, to bring a medical team to Guatemala every October.

Higher Ed News

Dartmouth joins push to reduce costs for middle class

New York Times, January 23, 2008
Dartmouth College announced on Tuesday that beginning in the fall undergraduates from families with incomes less than $75,000 would receive free tuition.

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