Leading Geneticist Named First Recipient of Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Francis S. Collins, a physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project, has been named recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.

The Inamori Ethics Prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders. It is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership and whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind. The Inamori Ethics Prize carries with it a $25,000 cash award, intended to support the ongoing work of the prize recipient.

A ceremony recognizing Collins will be held in conjunction with an ethics and genetics symposium and lecture September 4 at Severance Hall. Read more. Additional information also is available in the April issue of Message from the Director, the center's monthly newsletter.

Experts Gather in Cleveland to Combat Terrorist Financing as Part of World Conference at School of Law

School of Law

How can financial institutions identify suspicious transactions that could be related to terrorism financing? Does creating a list of terrorists and terrorist organizations violate human rights? What is the future of international cooperation in stopping terrorism financing? These questions and more will be addressed during a day-long conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The "World Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing" begins at 9 a.m., April 11 in the school's Moot Courtroom (A59).

The symposium, sponsored by the School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law & Policy and the Association Internationale de Droit Penal (AIDP), is part of the preparatory colloquium for the 18th International Congress of Penal Law and is open to the public. The colloquium runs April 10-12 at the School of Law. Only the second day is free and open to the public. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University Plan Steering Committee continues its series of strategic planning open forums with a meeting for faculty, staff and students at 3:30 p.m. today at Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building. President Barbara R. Snyder is scheduled to attend the forum. Another session for the entire campus community will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., April 9 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 202. The committee recommends the review of the newly revised draft of the university-wide planning document prior to the meeting. A series of meetings will be held throughout the month for the campus community to discuss the university's emerging goals, priorities and strategic initiatives and to offer suggestions on action steps during these open forums. Faculty, staff and students who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others. Alumni are invited to attend any of the forums.

Students for Organ Donation Awareness (SODA) is sponsoring an entire week devoted to organ donation awareness now through April 11. SODA members will be at Nord Hall's atrium with information on organ donor registration, Donate Life wristbands and free giveaways. Passersby also will have the opportunity to guess the number of people in Ohio awaiting transplants for certain organs; those with correct guesses have the chance to win jars of organ-themed candy. In addition, the group is sponsoring a talk on mechanical circulatory support, which involves implantable devices that act as bridges for patients awaiting heart transplants, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 10 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Lunch will be provided.


The campus community is invited to attend Intersections: Symposium and Poster Session, an event celebrating the research of undergraduate students, April 18 in Thwing Center's atrium. Oral presentations begin at 10 a.m., and poster presentations begin at noon. Refreshments will be provided from noon to 2 p.m.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is holding an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, April 12 at the school, 11235 Bellflower Road. The campus community is invited to learn about social work degrees, the master's program, field education and financial aid. For details, go online or call 368-2290.

For Faculty and Staff

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on the university's new Student Information System (SIS) from noon to 1 p.m., April 10 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Registrar Amy Hammett will demonstrate how to use the new SIS, which will provide enhanced academic services to students, faculty and staff, including course registration processes, grade reporting and transcripts, academic advising and degree progress reports. In addition, the new SIS will offer enhanced information security, as the university will no longer rely on Social Security Numbers as the primary student identifier. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors and Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable are sponsoring the "How to Present Your Poster" workshop from 5-6 p.m., April 10 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The session is for students who are presenting a poster at Intersections, Research ShowCASE or other spring forums, and is designed to help sharpen presentation skills. More information is available online. RSVP via e-mail.

A multimedia presentation, "Walk in My Shoes," will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event is designed for participants to discuss how body image, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity affect students and the Cleveland community. Sponsored by the Juniper Residential College.



Eldred Theater presents Molieres' classic French comedy Tartuffe at 8 p.m., April 11-12 and April 17-19, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., April 13 and 20. This outrageous comedy attacks religious hypocrisy. Translated into English. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve personnel, and $5 for students.

The Department of Music concludes the 22nd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness at 7:30 p.m., April 9 in Harkness Chapel with "Choral Masterworks of the 16th Century," a concert by the British vocal consort Alamire. Their first concert in North America offers choral masterworks from the 16th century, sung by six vocalists from England under the direction of David Skinner. Read more.

The Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven Series will host a luncheon featuring Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder April 9. Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon and program at noon. A short question/answer period will directly follow the program. For ticket prices, reservations and additional information, go online.

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In Memoriam

Erwin Levin, a clinical assistant professor emeritus of medicine, recently died. He was an expert in topics such as the treatment of peptic ulcer disease.

April 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Attacking Alzheimer's

Forbes.com, Issue dated April 21, 2008
Some of the world's biggest drug companies have begun final-stage trials of drugs that aim to slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Mark Smith, a neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

So much for the Information Age

Chronicle of Higher Education, Issue dated April 11, 2008
Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University, writes an op-ed piece exploring why despite an abundance of technology, some college students are not informed about current events.

Bar code sales tool is failing campus test

New York Times, April 8, 2008
In parts of Asia and Europe, marketers have been using bar code technology to help sell things to people on their cell phones. However, the technology has not caught on as quickly in the United States. The article details some of the challenges with the bar code experiment currently underway at Case Western Reserve University.

Internal development programs key to tapping worker, firm potential

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 7, 2008
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Industry experts say in-house training and leadership programs are an essential element in employee and workplace development. Michael Devlin, associate dean of executive education at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

N.J. medical imaging firm moving to Highland Hts.

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2008

M2m Imaging Corp., based in New Jersey, has moved its headquarters and seven research, development, sales and marketing professionals to Alpha Park in Highland Heights. The company chose Northeast Ohio because it has a medical imaging technology cluster that includes Case Western Reserve University's Center for Imaging Research and Biomedical Engineering and hospitals that use imaging equipment to do research and patient care.

Higher Ed News

Affirmative action challenged anew

Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2008
A new lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin from critics of affirmative action argues that because of the success of a percent plan, the institution should not be permitted to consider race in admissions.

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