Medicaid Children in Cuyahoga County Face Dental Crisis Says Dental Medicine Student-researcher at Case Western Reserve

Anita Bhavnani

According to an award-winning study on children with and without Medicaid, a Case Western Reserve University third-year dental student found that Medicaid children have three times the unmet dental problems and treatment needs than other non-Medicaid children.

In a related study, Anita Bhavnani also surveyed nearly 400 dental providers to find out what prevents dentists from taking on Medicaid patients.

"Medicaid children have an urgent need for improved access to dental care -- including preventative services," said Bhavnani, lead researcher on the studies, "The Oral Health Status of Medicaid and non-Medicaid Children," and "Dentists' Perception about the Medicaid Dental Program in Cuyahoga County, Ohio." Read more.

Case Western Reserve to Discuss, Demonstrate Collaborative Technologies at May 8 Campus Summit

Watching Case.TV in Second Life

Case Western Reserve University will highlight new technologies and how they enhance research and discovery during its campus Collaboration Technologies Summit 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 in Thwing Center. In addition, the keynote and panels will be streamed in ClevelandPlus in SecondLife.

All university faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighborhood and community partners are invited to attend the symposium and demonstration event that will be conducted simultaneously at collaborative sites throughout world. Read more.

Campus News

Faculty, staff, students and alumni can reserve a University Farm Community Garden Plot for $25. Interested gardeners should fill out the reservation form by May 16. Confirmation and plot number will be confirmed via e-mail. For information, contact Patty Gregory via e-mail or at 368-0274.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2008 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2008 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination. Nomination forms and detailed guidelines for both awards are available on the Mandel Center Web site. All nominations must be received by noon on April 23.

The university's Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting its first Starbucks fundraiser. Campus members are invited to stop by the Village at 115 Starbucks from 6-11 p.m., April 21 to grab some coffee, chat with Habitat reps, and look at pictures from the group's work projects and spring break trip. For each $25 gift card purchased, the coffee chain will donate $5 to Habitat for Humanity. In addition, 50 percent of the profits from purchases made during the fundraiser will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Habitat will hold other events during the fundraiser, including its general body meeting at 8 p.m.; petitions and letters for all students to sign that will be sent to Cleveland-area politicians regarding the housing crisis facing the region; and the opportunity to make welcome cards for Habitat families moving into their new homes this year. For questions, send e-mail to Katie Rabovsky.

Memorial services for Kim Hauenstein, who served as executive director of the United Protestant Campus Ministries in Cleveland (UPCaM), will begin at 2 p.m., April 19 at the Church of the Covenant. Hauenstein died March 10. UPCaM provides ministry to Case Western Reserve University and several other local colleges.

For Faculty and Staff

The Commencement Office is seeking dependable Case Western Reserve employees to help make Commencement 2008 a special and memorable day for graduates. Those who are interested in working the event (per approval from direct supervisor) should go online or review the volunteer form for additional details. For additional information, contact Lauren Dettmer at 368-2229.

For Students

The Cedar Residential Arts Community is hosting a charity benefit to raise money for the Rainey Institute, a program which aims to provide social change for Cleveland's economically disadvantaged youth. Several of the college's residents will be performing as part of the Cedar Cabaret, featuring Broadway musical numbers, at 8 p.m. tonight and at 6 p.m., April 19 at the Spot. A $5 donation is suggested; CaseCash will be accepted. Those who donate $5 will receive a wristband entitling them to food.

The Pre-Dental Society will host Philip Aftoora, director of student services at the School of Dental Medicine, at 2 p.m., April 20 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. He will discuss how to craft personal statements and résumés for dental school. For information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.


There will be several upcoming seminars featuring Lorna Gibson, Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) Distinguished Lecturer, later this month. Gibson is an associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 9-10 a.m., April 29 at the Glennan Building, Room 420, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will have an opportunity to meet Gibson. Refreshments will be served. Later that day, she will discuss "Mechanical Behaviour of Cells on Tissue Engineering Scaffolds" from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the White Building, Room 411. Refreshments will be served. From 2-3 p.m., April 30 at the Glennan Building, Room 421, Gibson will give a talk on the topic of "Engineering a Career at MIT," followed by a wine and cheese reception.

The Case African Students' Association is hosting its Third Annual African Cultural Show beginning at 7 p.m., April 19 in Thwing Center's ballroom. Admission is $5 for dinner and the show, or $2 for the show only.

A lecture and demonstration followed by a concert featuring global artist Veena Jayanthi Kumaresh will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 19 at Harkness Chapel. The topic will be "An Introduction to Indian Carnatic Music and the Indian Saraswathi Veena." Free, open to the public.

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.

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J.B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management, was recently appointed a member of the National Academies Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications. The group is charged with improving the quality of government decision making, helping to maintain a vibrant mathematical research enterprise, and serving as a resource for federal agencies.


Ellen G. Landau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Art History and Art, has won the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for the article "Double Consciousness in Mexico: How Philip Guston and Reuben Kadish Came to Paint a Morelian Mural," American Art, Spring 2007.

Elianna Bootzin, a third-year student, was recently awarded the Ohio Campus Compact 2008 Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award. She has served with distinction in a leadership capacity with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL)'s Case SERVES program, through which she leads a student volunteer group each week at East End Neighborhood House's after-school program.


Six faculty members from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing were awarded honors at the recent Midwest Nursing Research Society's 32nd Annual Research Conference (MNRS). The 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dean May L. Wykle. Meanwhile, the Senior Scientist Award was presented to Shirley Moore, Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research; Susan Ludington, Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing; Barbara Daly, Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor in Oncology Nursing; Carol Musil, associate professor; and Jaclene Zauszniewski, Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education. In addition, several students received recognition from MNRS: Clareen Wiencek, Ron Hickman, Patricia Adler and Abir Bekhet.

April 18, 2008

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Clinic, others to study battle injuries

Akron Beacon Journal, April 17, 2008
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced an $85 million investment to create an Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The Cleveland Clinic will receive $10 million of that money to help lead a consortium of 15 research centers. The Cleveland Clinic, along with Rutgers University, will lead a team that includes experts from Case Western Reserve University, Case Medical Center (a partnership between the university's School of Medicine and University Hospitals) , the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic, among others.

Google, QVC attempt to revive QR codes

Advertising Age, April 16, 2008
Google and QVC are taking another crack at using bar codes to link print and online ads -- but this time around, the bar codes can be scanned using a mobile phone. Google; a research group at Case Western Reserve University and Mobile Discovery; and QVC, the home-shopping network, are all betting on 2008 as the year marketers will finally help crack the QR code.

'Dancing With the Stars' inspires Clevelanders to take lessons

The Plain Dealer, April 17, 2008
Since the television show Dancing with the Stars debuted, business at Arthur Murray International, a dance studio and show sponsor, has increased 240 percent. Clevelanders from all walks of life are taking dance lessons, including James T'ien, an engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Research ShowCASE: The wrap

The Plain Dealer, April 17, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE was a centerpiece for research and debate this year. The article includes wrap up coverage featuring videos, news stories and blogs.

Higher Ed News

Online college faces criticism for renting out space on '.edu' domain

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 17, 2008
Web addresses ending in .edu are usually reserved for accredited colleges and universities, but an online college in Missouri has started renting out blog space on its .edu domain to just about anyone willing to pay $50 a month. And the practice has quickly raised objections from college officials worried that such rentals undermine the .edu designation.


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