University Researcher Will Explore How Genes Malfunction to Cause Deafness

Brian M. McDermott

Schools of zebrafish dart back and forth in tanks in the research lab of Brian M. McDermott, assistant professor from otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He will study thousands of fish with a Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award from the March of Dimes to understand deafness.

McDermott will produce zebrafish with genetic mutations that result in deafness. He hopes this research will help him understand how similar mutations cause deafness in humans and why one in 1,000 people are born deaf. Read more.

Campus News

As a courtesy to the campus community, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, in conjunction with the Presidential Advisory Council on Minorities, is providing free online subscriptions to Diversity Inc. Details are available online.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is holding an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, March 22 at the school, 11235 Bellflower Road. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. For details, go to the school's Web site, or call 368-2290.

The American Red Cross is hosting a campus blood drive until 7 p.m. this evening in Fribley Commons. To schedule an appointment, go online and enter sponsor code CaseWestern.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to view the new Office of Faculty Diversity Web site, which features information on conducting faculty searches, links to policies, work/life balance resources, information for new faculty, Diversity@Case (links to diversity-focused organizations on campus and readings on diversity) and more.

For Students


Online applications are now being accepted for the Student Turning Point Society a select group of undergraduate leaders, chosen by their peers, committed to promoting the spirit of Case Western Reserve University and dedicated to the ideal that students are responsible for leaving the university a better place than they found it. Applications are due by March 28 to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. E-mail Alex Hamberger with questions.

Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) announces a new summer undergraduate research program in the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Application deadline is March 31. Details are available online.

The Premedical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association invites premedical and medical students to a talk featuring Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology, at 12:30 p.m., March 21 at the Wolstein Research Building. He will speak on topics related to his book, The Myth of Alzheimers. Lunch from Aladdin's will be available beginning at noon. Details available online.


Refer to the Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group Web site for a listing of upcoming discussions, which take place most Fridays during the academic year from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.


"Speaking Out through Spoken Word," featuring actor, director, activist and poet Amalia Ortiz, begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Ford Auditorium. Free. Refer to the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women calendar for details.

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will host a reception to unveil the International News Commons until 4 p.m. today. Located on the lower level of KSL, this newly furnished area includes dozens of international newspapers with same-day publication, as well as access to international news broadcasts. The reception will feature demonstrations of related services, a chance to talk with Freedman Center staff and librarians, international refreshments and gifts.

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.

March 20, 2008

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Case in the News

The producers

The Free Times, March 18, 2008
Fresh Fork Market, a new online produce company comprised of a several Case Western Reserve University students, recently presented its services to a group of restaurants, producers and diners in search of ways to secure local products.

The death of a visionary

Science Daily, March 19, 2008
Arthur C. Clarke, author of The Sentinel, died earlier this week. He inspired many fans, including Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, to choose careers in a science-related field.

Genetic medicine making inroads against disease

Dental, March 18, 2008
An explosion of knowledge in genetics is poised to revolutionize medicine, say scientists such as Georgia Wiesner, director of the Center for Human Genetics at the Case Medical Center, a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals.

Higher Ed News

Demographic boom and bust

Inside HIgher Ed, March 20, 2008
A long-anticipated period of moderate declines in the number of graduates -- and traditional-aged college applicants -- is soon set to begin, which could increase competition among colleges and intensify financial pressures on tuition-dependent institutions.

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