Case Western Reserve, Industry Partner to Debut Breakthrough Mobile Technology


Most university professors would frown upon the idea of students using cell phones in the classroom, but at Case Western Reserve University, chemistry professor Mike Kenney is actually encouraging college kids to bring their phones to class.

Beginning February 1, students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve will be participating in the nation's first trial of "2D codes" -- commonly referred to as "QR Codes" -- by bringing the cell phone technology to campus.

The 2D codes, first introduced on campus during fall orientation, are not unlike bar codes found on cereal boxes and other grocery store items. Only instead of revealing the price of corn flakes, the printed symbols link to mobile content in the form of pictures, music, videos, news articles and other interactive media.

For companies, the codes present an avenue for extending the value of their product packaging. For students, the codes are a way to deliver information and entertainment to friends. For professors, they allow a new level of interactivity for engaging the Facebook generation. Read more.

School of Medicine's Robert Elston Receives Genetics Education Excellence Award

Robert C. Elston, Ph.D.

Recognizing a teaching career that has spanned almost half a century, the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) recently presented its Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education to Robert C. Elston, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The award is given annually by the ASHG in recognition of outstanding dedication, commitment and contributions to human genetics education.

Elston joined Case Western Reserve in 1995 and now directs the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' division of genetic and molecular epidemiology. He collaborates with other researchers to develop methods of statistical analysis. Read more.

Case Concert Celebration Set for February 29, Tickets On Sale Today


The Case Western Reserve University community will come together once again for an exclusive celebration with one of the world's most revered symphonic ensembles, The Cleveland Orchestra.

Sponsored by The Payne Fund, the annual Case Concert Celebration is at 8 p.m. Friday, February 29, in Severance Hall. A 6:30 reception precedes the concert. Business attire is required.

All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend the orchestra's special performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 4, Staud's Apeiron and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, conducted by The Cleveland Orchestra music director, Franz Welser-Möst.

Tickets for the concert are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning today through the Severance Hall Ticket Office at (216) 231-1111. Tickets are $10 for university alumni, faculty, staff, and friends and $5 for students with a limit of two tickets. A valid student ID must be presented at the ticket office to purchase tickets at the student price.

Additional information is available on the Case Concert Celebration Web site.

Campus News

Students, faculty and staff can receive a free LASIK screening and $200 off per eye for LASIK surgery through the University Hospitals Laser Vision Center. To take advantage of the offer, campus members must mention their university affiliation when scheduling an appointment and must present their Case Western Reserve ID during the screening. This offer has no expiration date, and financing is available. Details: Call (440) 720-0331.

January 31 is the deadline to submit abstracts for Research ShowCASE 2008, being held April 16 and 17. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest.

As part of the Euclid Corridor project, permanent lane closures will begin today on Euclid Avenue from Stokes Boulevard to Mayfield Road. The south lanes of Euclid Avenue between Stokes Boulevard and Mayfield Road will close. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction utilizing the north half of Euclid Avenue. Drivers should be prepared for lane shifts near Stokes Boulevard and Mayfield Road.

For Faculty & Staff


The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will welcome President Barbara R. Snyder at noon, January 31 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The lunch meeting is meant to allow for an informal conversation with faculty about her vision for the research, teaching, and service functions of the university and its faculty as well as an opportunity to respond to ideas, questions and concerns. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

Representatives from two study abroad programs will be on campus in February. Chris Bragdon from Butler University's Institute for Study Abroad will be available to meet with students from 1:30-3:30 p.m., February 7. Also, Dru Simmons from the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University will be on campus from 1:30-3:30 p.m., February 11. Both sessions will take place in Nord Hall, Room 304A. For more information, call the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 368-2928.

Students who wish to vote in the Ohio presidential primaries on March 4 must submit a registration form to the County Board of Elections by February 4. Additional information about voter registration can be found online.



The campus community is invited to wear their best Hawaiian gear to Horsburgh Gym on February 1 to cheer on the Case Western Reserve men's and women's basketball teams as they take on Brandeis University. The women's game will begin at 6 p.m., and the men's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. A 19-inch LCD-HDTV/DVD player will be given away during halftime of the men's game. For a chance to win, pick up a ticket at Quizno's at University Circle. Part of the Friday Night Basketball Promotions.

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.

In Memoriam


Sanford Neuger, who taught future orthodontists for 50 years at what is now Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, died last December at age 82. He was honored last February when the orthodontics department renamed one of its top student awards the Sanford Neuger Award for Clinical Excellence. He earned his dental degree from Western Reserve University in 1953, joined the faculty in 1957, and became a clinical professor in 1975. Memorial contributions can be made to the School of Dental Medicine's Department of Orthodontics Chairman's Fund, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4905.

January 29, 2008

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University Hospitals completes merger to form medical group

The Plain Dealer, January 29, 2008
University Hospitals has completed the merger of nearly two dozen clinical practices, forming one of the biggest physician groups in the state. The creation of University Hospitals Medical Group, with about 850 full- and part-time physicians, enables both the hospital system and its affiliated research partner Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to improve how they recruit and retain faculty.

New debate on some blood pressure drugs

WebMD, January 28, 2008
Researchers say a new analysis questions the preferred use of certain blood pressure medications over diuretics in people with metabolic syndrome. In the study, Jackson T. Wright Jr., a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues analyzed the results of a large national study, which was published in the January 28 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Guam to hold first annual History Day

Marianas Variety, January 29, 2008
The Guam Preservation Trust and the National History Day Inc. have teamed up to provide a method of teaching history by challenging Guam's students to conduct meaningful historical inquiry. National History Day started in 1974 as a small contest created by members of the history department at Case Western Reserve University.

Researchers crack mystery of diamond's conductivity

Chemistry World, January 2008 (updated article)
Researchers have cracked one of the most baffling mysteries in materials science -- why diamond, the supreme insulator, becomes a conductor under certain conditions. The group, led by John Angus at Case Western Reserve University, has solved the puzzle.

Higher Ed News

The sociology of 'hooking up'

Inside Higher Ed, January 29, 2008
Kathleen Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at LaSalle University, has written Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus. She conducted in-depth interviews with students and graduates from two unnamed universities and places the culture of "hooking up" in a historical context. She says the book was written with several audiences in mind, including college administrators, parents and college students.

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