School of Medicine Researchers Receive $2.4 Million to Study Contact Lenses-related Infections


Contact lens wearers are often warned to properly clean their lenses to prevent infections that can lead to severe inflammation, intense pain and sight impairment.

Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Case Medical Center, a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals, have been awarded a $2.4 million grant over five years from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to study corneal infection (keratitis) brought on by disease-causing fungi that can be lurking on contact lenses, in the air, in the dirt, or even on common household surfaces. Read more.

Campus News

Nominations are now being accepted for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, which recognizes exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty. The Hovorka Prize is conferred at the university's annual commencement convocation, and includes a monetary award of $5,000. Any member of the university community may submit one or more nominations in letter form, each not to exceed two pages in length. Submissions should be e-mailed to Lois Langell by March 31.

case2dcode is offering the campus community a chance to Scan 4 Ca$h! Scan the 2d barcode on this page with a camera phone by March 28, and enter to win a $250 Visa Gift Card. The first 100 people to scan the code will receive a free six pack of Red Bull. Sign up online and begin scanning and creating personal 2d codes, or come to the Ice Cream Code party from 5:30-7 p.m., March 27 at the Spot. Sponsored by the Master of Engineering and Management Degree program.

Nominations are being sought for the Judson 2008 Smart Living Awards, which honor individuals of all ages who perpetuate the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. The organization encourages people to nominate movers and shakers, as well as the unsung heroes who contribute to the vitality of this region's cultural and educational jewel. Submission deadline is March 25. For information, call (216) 791-2321 or go to the Judson Smart Living Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity continues its Spring Diversity Workshop Series with "Taking the 'Dis' out of Disability" from noon to 1 p.m., March 26 in Adelbert Hall, Room 352. The session will explore and dispel myths and stereotypes associated with individuals who have disabilities. Register via e-mail or call 368-4786

For Students

A Summer Session Information Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 25 and 26 at SAGES Café. The fair will include information about summer courses, an opportunity to enter a raffle for a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, and free giveaways for prizes such as backpacks.


Students who are looking to be role models, leaders and a resource on campus are invited to apply for a position as an Orientation Leader. Application deadline is March 31. For information, contact Kate Kraus via e-mail, or by phone at 368-8827.

Abstract submissions are being accepted for the 31st Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS), which takes place May 9. The keynote speaker for the event is Mark M. Davis, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Go online for abstract guidelines.


Campus Freethought Alliance, in partnership with the Case InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, will present a screening of The God Delusion beginning at 7 p.m., March 25 in Strosacker Auditorium. The DVD program features Richard Dawkins, a famous atheist, discussing points from his book with John Lennox, a similarly lauded Christian scholar. Immediately following the program will be a panel discussion and refreshments.

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.

Et al

The university recently won a Telly Award for the MediaVision production of The Story of Case Western Reserve University. The Telly Awards are considered premier awards that honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The piece was chosen from among 14,000 entries, and won in both the Charitable/Not-for-profit and History/Biography categories. This was the MediaVision's team first entry into the competition.


Jeffrey Duerk has been named chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). A BME alumnus, he is a professor of radiology at the School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in biomedical engineering. Read more.


Thomson Scientific, a premier information provider, recently awarded its Quantum 2 InfoStar Award to Brian Gray of the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). Gray, the engineering, math and statistics librarian, is the first academic librarian to win this award. Read more. In related KSL news, the Pocket Virtual Worlds project -- which the Freedman Center is part of -- was recently highlighted in an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project. Read more.

March 21, 2008

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Higher education chief backs expansion of NEOUCOM

Akron Beacon Journal, March 21, 2008
Eric Fingerhut, head of Ohio's higher education system, supports the expansion of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) into Akron and Cleveland. In Cleveland, Fingerhut would have NEOUCOM do more to train primary care physicians, which is needed and would complement more specialized training done at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.

A cancer survivor's story: Emily Friedlander

The Observer, March 21, 2008
As Case Western Reserve University prepares for its first on-campus Relay For Life event, the newspaper profiles Emily Friedlander, a nursing student and cancer survivor.

U.S. students make up a smaller portion of first-year residents

The Plain Dealer, March 20, 2008
American medical students continue to make up a smaller percentage of applicants to residency programs, according to numbers released by the National Resident Matching Program. The article includes information from Robert Haynie, associate dean for students at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

5 years later, Ohio has falling insurance rates; fewer obstetricians

Insurance Journal, March 20, 2008
Five years after a law trying to reduce the malpractice rates went into effect, Ohio has fewer doctors who deliver babies than at the height of protests about high costs. Maxwell Mehlman, a professor of law and medicine at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight on the topic.

'Up Tight,' starring Ruby Dee, gets a rare local showing at Cinematheque

The Plain Dealer, March 20, 2008
In 1968, an all-black cast led by director Jules Dassin made Cleveland's Hough neighborhood the backdrop for Up Tight, a drama about black revolution. The film, starring native Clevelander Ruby Dee, is rarely shown, but will be screened March 25 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque as part of Case Western Reserve University 's Humanities Week.

Higher Ed News

The professor as open book

New York Times, March 20, 2008
Professors of all ranks and disciplines are revealing personal or quirky information about themselves on public, national platforms: blogs, Web pages, social networking sites, even campus television.

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