Case Western Reserve, Research Partners Conclude Pivotal Cornea Research Study

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Case Western Reserve University and its research partners have completed a first-ever study that bolsters findings of a national project confirming the viability of older corneas for transplant.

The unique five-year Specular Microscopy Ancillary Study (SMAS) conducted by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Case Medical Center, a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals, and carried out in Cleveland analyzed 347 patient images from 80 sites across the United States. The images were of patients who had not experienced graft failure after corneal transplantation. Read more.

Case School of Dental Medicine Looking for 250 Youth Who Need Braces

Does your child need braces? The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 250 youth between the ages of 11 and 16 and who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school's discounted braces program that begins in July.

Normally braces costs $5,000 or more, but the university will treat youth for $2,500. Each youth will have a team that includes both a faculty and a resident orthodontist in the school's graduate programs that trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics, according to Dennis Beeson, director of the orthodontic clinic.

Patients will have the benefit of the most current and newest practices in correcting abnormal alignment of the teeth and jaw. Read more.

Campus News

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The campus community is invited to show its support for the upcoming Relay For Life event by wearing purple on Power of Purple Day! April 10. Look for signs, decorations, and information around campus designed to promote Relay For Life and to educate the community on cancer awareness. Later that evening from 8-10 p.m., the Jolly Scholar (formerly Wackadoo's) is hosting a fundraiser to support Relay For Life. Tickets will be available for a suggested price of $10, which includes dinner, drink specials and entry into a raffle to win gift certificates from local businesses. To purchase a ticket, stop by one of the tables in Nord Hall and Thwing Atrium April 10 during lunch hours. The Relay For Life event will take place 6 p.m. to noon, April 18 and 19. There is still time to register. In addition, volunteers are needed for shifts throughout the 18-hour celebration. If interested, e-mail the organizers.

Case Western Reserve's campus radio station -- WRUW-FM 91.1 -- launches its annual on-air telethon today, running though April 13.

Those who have not taken Information Technology Services' annual Measures of Success Survey still have time; the online survey closes at 5 p.m. today.

Campus members interested in soccer are invited to enter the Cleveland 3v3 Soccer Tournament beginning at 11 a.m., April 13 at the Case Western Reserve athletic field at the Village at 115. Teams are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the tournament start. Teams may have up to five participants, and may be co-ed. Registration is $100 per team and includes T-shirts for each member. All entries must be received by 6 p.m., April 11. Registration is available online, along with tournament rules. Prizes will be awarded, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

For Faculty and Staff

RSVP's are being accepted through April 8 for the Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon taking place from noon to 2 p.m., April 22 in Thwing Center's ballroom. The annual luncheon and raffle honors women administrative professionals at Case Western Reserve University. This year's featured speaker will be LaTida Lester, senior program officer at the St. Luke's Foundation, on the topic of "Talking Back: The Power of Telling Our Own Stories." RSVP via e-mail or by calling 368-0985. Sponsored by the Center for Women, and co-sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae association, the Staff Advisory Council and the Department of Human Resources.

For Students

The International Women's Group will present a free women's health workshop for international women students and wives of international students from noon to 1 p.m., April 9 at Sears, Room 541. The talk will feature physician Beth Sersig. Ask questions about family planning, relationships, women's medical visits, pregnancy, child birth, and more. Free lunch will be provided. RSVP to Jiling Yang.

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Case Western Reserve's American Medical Student Association is hosting several events April 7-11 in honor of National Public Health Week. This year's theme is Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance. Events include a speaker, Athan Barkoukis, from Green Energy Ohio tonight at 6 p.m. in Schmitt Auditorium. Leonardo Dicaprio's newly released 11th Hour will be shown beginning at 5:45 p.m., April 10 in Schmitt Auditorium. A health fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 11 in Adelbert gym. Co-sponsored by Bon Appétit, with participation from University Health Services, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, 1-2-1 Fitness Center, University Counseling Services and more. The fair will include free blood pressure screenings, vision checks, LASIK consultations, and information ranging from nutrition to sexual health to low-carb foods. Free food and door prizes. For information, contact Debra Zauner.

Letters of intent are due by midnight via e-mail for those interested in running for open positions on the Student Alumni Association (SAA). The group is holding elections for the executive board -- president, vice president, public relations, treasurer and secretary -- beginning at 8:30 p.m., April 10 at the Village at 115's House 4. For questions, send e-mail to Vera Avkshtol.

Events

The Third Annual Samuel M. Savin SAGES Lecture begins at 4 p.m., today in Amasa Stone Chapel. The keynote speaker is Michael Schoop, president of Cuyahoga Community College's Metropolitan Campus, who will speak on the topic of "Teaching Imagination in the Age of Digital Experience."

The campus community is invited to attend "Israeli Politics and Palestinian Politics: Internal Pressures and the Prospects for Peace," a conversation with Abraham Diskin, associate professor of political science at Hebrew University, and Rex Brynen, professor of political science at McGill University, from 7:30-9 p.m., April 8 at Ford Auditorium, Allen Medical Library. Co-sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies and the Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies. Learn more.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

April 7, 2008

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Case in the News

Cleveland zoo tackles gorilla health puzzle

The Plain Dealer, April 7, 2008
A team from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, along with graduate students from Case Western Reserve University, are studying gorilla behavior for outward indicators of internal troubles related to heart ailments.

Ohio anti-smoking group fights state effort to raid its budget

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2008
Plans are in the works to divert state funds from smoking prevention efforts into an economic stimulus plan. Ohio and two of its cities - Toledo and Cleveland - had some of the nation's highest smoking rates seven or eight years ago. Last year, the federal government reported a 19.5 percent rate in the metro area stretching from Mentor to Elyria. A recent survey by Case Western Reserve University 's Center for Health Promotion Research and the Ohio Tobacco Research and Evaluation Center shows that Cuyahoga County's rate is below that.

Stem cells mature

Akron Beacon Journal, April 6, 2008
The bulk of today's stem-cell research relies on adult stem cells. Scientists have even managed to coax adult skin cells to mimic the versatility of embryonic stem cells. At the National Center for Regenerative Medicine -- a partnership of the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and Case Medical Center (a partnership between the university's School of Medicine and University Hospitals) -- adult stem cells are the sole focus.

Do the math

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 7, 2008
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Dozens of companies in Northeast Ohio see education assistance as a way to lure employees and build up the work force at all levels. The employees attend classes at several area colleges, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

In a new generation of college students, many opt for the life examined

New York Times, April 6, 2008
Philosophy is being embraced at universities by a new generation of college students who are drawing modern-day lessons from the age-old discipline as they try to make sense of their world.

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