Case Western Reserve, Fulbright Scholar Team up to Investigate Alzheimer's Disease

Mark Smith

After spending some of his early years in the United States, Vladan Bajic has returned to the country as a visiting researcher at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, investigating cell cycle re-entry and chromosomal instability in Alzheimer's disease as a member of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

He is working with Professor Mark A. Smith from the School of Medicine towards connecting protein instability in the centromere and abortive neuronal cell cycle re-entry in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Instability and alterations in the centromere, a middle region of the chromosome involved in cell division, have been known to lead to several diseases, most notably cancer.

Bajic is one of only approximately 800 professionals from around the world who are doing research in the United States as part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program. Read more.

Student-athletes Earn Honors from University Athletic Association, U.S. Track and Field Association


This week is turning out to be a major one for athletics at Case Western Reserve University, as the University Athletic Association (UAA) and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced accolades for dozens of students representing various sports.

Four Case Western Reserve University winter athletes have been named Co-Athlete of the Week in their respective sports by the UAA: Freshman guard Caitlin Henry represented women's basketball; senior runner Esther Erb was selected in women's track and field; and senior Joe Smetona and sophomore Kristen Ko were honored in men's and women's tennis. In addition, Case Western Reserve University had 52 student-athletes earn UAA All-Academic honors this season.

Meanwhile, five cross country student-athletes have been named to the 2008 USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Academic teams. They are freshman Andrea Fischione, junior Britta Kumley, senior Esther Erb and sophomore Oiaogiao (Joy) Zhu from the Spartans women's team, and junior Mike Petro from the men's team.

Campus News


The Share the Vision Committee will present the "Decision 2008" open forum during the Community Hour beginning at 12:30 p.m., February 29 at Thwing Center. The open discussion will be moderated by Robert Lawry, professor emeritus at the School of Law, and will feature a panel of invited representatives from the Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee and John McCain presidential campaigns. They will address topics such as the cost of higher education, the media and information, and science and research. Free pizza and beverages.

The Graduate Student Senate and the School of Graduate Studies seek nominations for the 2008 John S. Diekhoff Award for excellency in graduate student mentoring. Submit nominations of full-time faculty in the humanities and social sciences in 200 words or less by February 28 via e-mail with the subject line "Diekhoff Nomination." For complete details, go to the John S. Diekhoff Award Web site.

The campus community's observance of Global AIDS Week of Action continues through February 29. Read more for a list of activities.

For Faculty and Staff

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on "Making Ideas Stick" from noon to 1 p.m., February 28 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Discussion will focus on making ideas stick, and how a subject matter can leave a lasting impression in the minds of students. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

The financial aid deadline for the 2008-09 academic year is May 15. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and the Case Financial Aid Form, and to submit any applicable tax documents by this date.

A "Peace Corps Information Presentation" will take place from 6-8 p.m., March 4 at the Sears Building, Room 462. Faculty members -- including the Department of Chemistry's Regan Silvestri -- and local volunteers will share their international service experiences.

The application deadline for the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Summer Research Program is March 1. Application documents can be found online in the "Formal Summer Programs" section.

Wellness Week continues through February 29. Read more for a list of activities.


Tim Westergren, creator of the Pandora music service, will speak from noon to 1 p.m., February 29 at the School of Law, Room 157. He will discuss legal aspects surrounding the service and will answer questions from students. Lunch will be provided. For details, send e-mail to Lou Kroeck.

Spike Lee

Critically acclaimed film director, writer, producer and actor Spike Lee will keynote the Office of Multicultural Affairs' signature event -- the Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit -- beginning at 7 p.m., March 28 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The annual event raises scholarship funds for underrepresented students attending Case Western Reserve. Ticket prices start at $70. Read more.

February 27, 2008

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Case in the News

Colleges teach 'Urban Development 101'

Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2008
Universities, increasingly, are extending their reach to off-campus development in an effort to give their surrounding areas and town centers a vibrant and modern feel. In the process, they are becoming major drivers of economic development after concluding that their fortunes are directly tied to those of their cities. Margaret Carney, Case Western Reserve University's architect and campus planner, comments on the university's plans for an arts and retail district.

Focus on fitness, not weight

The Collegian (University of Tulsa), February 26, 2008
The obesity epidemic has become one of the most prominent health issues in America over the past 20 years. The article cites research from Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University.

Esophageal cancer linked to obesity

The Times of India, February 26, 2008
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals have linked esophageal cancer to carbohydrates and obesity, by showing that the increase in the incidence of the disease in recent years mirrors the steep rise in carbohydrate intake and obesity during the same period of time.

Kucinich faces 3/4 fight

RealClearPolitics, February 2s, 2008
Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich may be facing the challenge of his career in the March 4 Democratic primary for his Cleveland-based 10th District seat. Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight about the political race.

Higher Ed News

Free college courses feed global hunger for learning

USA TODAY, February 25, 2008
When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology started making course content available free online, project organizers had no idea their site would become a favorite destination for science junkies across the globe.

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