Campus Community Invited to Go Red February 1 to Support Women's Heart Health

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Although the university's colors are blue and gray, the Case Western Reserve University community is encouraged to Go Red this Friday, February 1. By wearing a favorite red sweater, blouse, tie, socks or accessories, campus members can show support for a campaign that raises awareness about the number one killer of women in America: heart disease.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is sponsoring "Wear Red Day," and students, faculty and staff are invited to visit informational displays on heart disease and stroke, have a heart-healthy snack and to pick up a Red Dress pin to wear as a show of support. Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the nursing school.

On the morning of February 1, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May Wykle, associate dean for research Shirley Moore, and several research associates from the school will be making a presentation to President Barbara R. Snyder in honor of Women's Heart Health Month. In addition, Snyder will make a proclamation declaring February as "Women's Heart Health Month" at the university.

"Go Red" is a national awareness campaign sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association to teach Americans about heart disease in women. According to the organization, each year 460,000 women succumb to the disease. For more information, go to the campaign's official Web site.

Security Alert

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued a security alert for an off-campus attempted kidnapping that occurred on January 29, 2008. Read the full alert.

Brandon Bradford Continues Impressive Voyage in His Final Basketball Season

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Although Case Western Reserve University's Brandon Bradford's trip from his hometown of Detroit is less than 200 miles, he has traveled many more miles since arriving in Cleveland in 2004 to play basketball for the Spartans.

Bradford and his teammates log just under 5,000 miles a year in University Athletic Association travel alone. Add to that a nearly 8,000-mile roundtrip to South America in August and a 2,000-mile roundtrip to Tampa Bay, Florida last month, and one could say Spartan basketball has enabled him to see the world.

His travel numbers aren't the only interesting ones; Bradford has put up some impressive stats on the court. To date, he has 302 career assists, which currently places him second on the all-time list at Case. Read more.

Campus News

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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 Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities announces the "Getting Funded" series for faculty and graduate students. Each Friday in February from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206, representatives from the university, consulting firms and grant programs will share their expertise and strategies for finding resources, budget preparation and proposal writing, and will empower participants with information needed to write successful funding applications for research in the humanities. Light refreshments will be served. Call 368-8961 for more information.

Researchers from the School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a partnership between the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, are recruiting 240 post-menopausal women to participate in a dental health study related to gum disease. Study participants will receive bone density scanning and diagnosis, calcium and Vitamin D supplementation, blood work and related medical and dental treatment during the course of the study at no cost. For more information, call the MacDonald Clinical Trials Unit at (440) 995-3810.

For Faculty & Staff

The Case Men's Glee Club will deliver Singing Valentines around campus on February 14. Faculty who would prefer that Singing Valentines not be delivered to their classes can opt out by sending an e-mail to the organization by February 1. Specify the course number, time, and location in which the class meets. The organization will honor requests and notify any prospective senders that certain classes are unavailable. Faculty members who would like the men's glee club to perform a Singing Valentine for their class also can send a request via e-mail. The valentines cost $5.

For Students

Discussions, the undergraduate research journal, is accepting submissions for the Spring 2008 issue. Research papers from all classes and majors are welcome. Submissions are due by February 3 to Bethany Pope.

Juniper Star Search will take place at 8 p.m., February 1 at the Spot. Consider signing up, or plan to come out and support classmates and friends in the talent show. For more information, send e-mail to Aqueelah Jordan.

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.

In Memoriam

Joseph Gould, a retired clinical professor emeritus of the orthodontics department at Case Western Reserve's School of Dental Medicine, died last Saturday at the age of 100. He was on the faculty for more than 50 years. An alumnus of the Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, he joined the faculty in 1950. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gould Endowment Fund, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio 44122, or to the Department of Orthodontics, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106-4905.

January 30, 2008

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Case in the News

Case research spinoff ventures draw record $130 million investment

The Plain Dealer, January 30, 2008
Seven companies spun off from research at Case Western Reserve University over the years attracted a record amount of venture capital investment last year -- $130 million. All of the companies are in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical or medical device industries. And all but one is based in Northeast Ohio.

Soft Contact lens corneal infections fueled by resistant microbes

Science Daily, January 29, 2008
In 2006, Bausch & Lomb withdrew its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution because a high proportion of corneal infections were associated with it. Now in a new study from University Hospitals Case Medical Center -- a partnership between University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine -- researchers show that these infections were fueled and made resistant to treatment by the formation of a highly resistant structure of microbial cells held together with a glue-like matrix material.

Iraqi High Tribunal judges visit Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, January 30, 2008
Iraqi courts have two challenges as they try the country's former leaders for their crimes, judges from Iraq's highest court told law students at Case Western Reserve University Tuesday. Case faculty helped train the judges before the trial, and the school has a link to war-crimes cases: Professor Henry King, who attended the presentation, was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials after World War II.

Higher Ed News

Academic group convenes to tackle archiving of digital data

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2008
Preserving digital data is a costly and time-consuming task, especially when the amount of data keeps growing exponentially. A new group is tackling the problem with a two-year grant totaling $525,000 from the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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