University's 2D Code Cell Phone Trials to Highlight World Wireless Event


Case Western Reserve University will be the epitome of innovation as its first-ever U.S. trials involving new 2D code cell phone technology highlight an international conference of the wireless telecommunications industry April 1-4 in Las Vegas.

Sponsored by CTIA-The Wireless Association -- an international, nonprofit organization representing service providers, manufacturers, wireless data and Internet companies -- the CTIA Wireless annual trade show is the premier event representing the world's $500 billion wireless industry. Case Western Reserve and 2D codes are expected to be one of the main attractions this year.

The university started using the 2D codes as part of an experience-based learning project in its Master's of Engineering Management program. The codes also are being used as a means for students to track campus shuttle buses, take class quizzes in real-time and make reservations or get event details about social functions.

In addition to already incorporating the innovative technology in educational programs, the university also will be the site of the QVC-sponsored "The Q Code: Make It or Break It" campaign March 31 through April 21. Read more.

Campus News

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is accepting applications until April 15 for open positions in the master of science degree in clinical research. The primary goal of this program is to develop a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia and industry through the combination of formal didactic education and individualized research programs, including mentoring from a member of the CRSP faculty and the student's research project adviser. Read more for a description of the program. For questions, send e-mail to Carol Tolin.

Campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day or have sleep apnea may qualify for a new research study investigating how the treatment of sleep apnea affects the markers of oxidative stress in blood. Throughout the study, participants will come in for two overnight visits at the Dahms Clinical Research Unit in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital to have their progress monitored. Eligible participants will be compensated for their time, and will receive a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to keep following the study. Potential volunteers should meet the following requirements: Be between the ages of 20 and 75; have sleep apnea or a history of snoring; have excessive daytime sleepiness; and must be in otherwise good health. For information, contact Amanda Hayes via e-mail or at (216) 844-6269.

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with President Barbara R. Snyder from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 11 at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library.

For Students


Online registration for Case Western Reserve University's 2008 Commencement Ceremonies is open through 5 p.m., April 1. This year's commencement activities will take place May 18. Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative of the Internet classified ad giant and a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the keynote address.

The Seniors' Salute Reception, hosted by the Upperclass Cohort, begins at 12:30 p.m., April 11 at the Village at 115, House 5. The event allows graduating seniors an opportunity to publicly thank faculty and staff who have served as mentors or impacted a student's college experience. A light lunch will be provided. Business casual attire. RSVP online.

Spectrum will be giving away "Gay? Fine By Me" T-shirts in Nord Hall's atrium during the Community Hour on April 4 as part of Break the Silence Week activities. The shirts will be handed out on a first come, first-served basis. Spectrum will conclude its Break the Silence Week programming with the annual Lavender Ball from 9 p.m. to midnight, April 5 in Hovorka atrium. There will be food and music.


Case Western Reserve is a co-sponsor of the Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland, a showcase of six recent Italian films screening tonight through April 8 at the university's Strosacker and Schmitt auditoriums. Linda Ehrlich, associate director of the College Scholars program, will introduce Alla luce del sole which recounts the true story of Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who tried to help the poor of his hometown parish in Sicily, at 2 p.m., April 6 in Strosacker Auditorium. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. All films are free and open to the public.


The university is co-sponsoring the Cleveland Clinic's Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series event featuring J. Craig Venter, an unconventional scientist, author and entrepreneur who led the effort to sequence and publish the first human genome in 2001. He was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2007. Venter's free talk will begin at 5 p.m., April 3 at the Bank of America Conference Center located at the InterContinental Hotel. RSVP online.

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 31, 2008

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Case in the News

Opening Day schedule

The Plain Dealer, March 31, 2008
The Tribe's ballpark debuts as Progressive Field today when the Indians play their 108th American League home opener. Local singer Ashley Nemeh, a Case Western Reserve University student, will perform the national anthem.

Case Western Reserve to conduct gene therapy clinical trial

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 31, 2008
Case Western Reserve University plans to conduct a Phase 1 clinical trial later this year to test a gene therapy technology that it licensed in the fall to biotechnology company Lentigen Corp.

UD, three other Ohio schools in line for military grants

Dayton Daily News, March 29, 2008
Four Ohio universities -- including Case Western Reserve University -- are among schools nationwide chosen by the Department of Defense to receive federal grants for buying instrumentation to support research that could benefit military agencies.

Paternity can be settled by home kit

The Columbus Dispatch, March 29, 2008
Rite Aid and Meijer stores in central Ohio and across the country are selling the Identigene DNA paternity home test kit. Anne Matthews, a genetics professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Brent Larkin: City must have road to its future

The Plain Dealer, March 30, 2008
Brent Larkin, director of The Plain Dealer's editorial pages, writes about the proposed Opportunity Corridor, which would connect Interstate 490 with the part of Cleveland with the greatest economic potential: University Circle, which includes Case Western Reserve University and the city's many cultural treasures.

Higher Ed News

Among the uninsured: 1.7 million college students

Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2008
About 1.7 million traditional-aged college students, or 20 percent, are uninsured in the United States. And student health plans -- offered by 57 percent of all colleges -- vary dramatically in terms of services covered.

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