Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Departments rank in Top 10 NIH Funding

Several departments within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine placed in the top 10 for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This significant federal government funding to the School of Medicine reflects Northeast Ohio's leading medical research and treatment. The top ranking departments within each discipline include:

  • First: nutrition ($2.77 million)
  • Third: pediatrics ($26.4 million)
  • Fourth: dermatology ($4 million)
  • Fourth: orthopaedics ($3.2 million)
  • Fifth: public health and preventive medicine ($10.3 million)
  • Ninth: family medicine ($1.58 million)

Combined, the six departments brought in more than $48.4 million in fiscal year 2007, according to NIH. Equally notable was the department of internal medicine/medicine which brought in nearly $45.5 million and encompasses 11 medical specialty divisions, including: cardiovascular, hematology and oncology, endocrinology, pharmacology, geriatrics and gastroenterology. Read more.

Commencement 2008

Donald Feke, Richard Osborne Named 2008 Wittke Award Recipients

Donald Feke and Richard Osborne

Case Western Reserve University recognizes excellence demonstrated by professors in the classroom annually with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This year, Donald Feke, chemical engineering professor, and Richard Osborne, professor for management policy practice, have been named Wittke Award recipients.

The Wittke Award was established in 1971 in honor of Carl Wittke, a professor, department chair, graduate school dean and university vice president during his tenure at Western Reserve University (1948-1963). Read more.

Campus News


Cleveland Bicycle Week continues through May 18. Activities include Bike to Work Week now through May 16 and the Case Alumni Association (CAA) 2nd Annual CAA Larry Mattson '57 Metric Century Bike Ride beginning at 8 a.m., May 17.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering two specials during May to help campus members get into shape for summer. Case students can join before May 18 for $0 initiation fee and $0 May dues. Summer vacations allowed. Meanwhile, campus employees can join during the month of May for $25. For information, go online or call 368-1121.

For Faculty and Staff

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities announces opportunities for research support for the 2008-09 academic year for arts and humanities faculty. Awards include Faculty Seminar Fellowships, Research Working Group awards, Digital Technology grants, and foreign travel to conferences and research collections. Go online for guidelines and application forms. For information, call 368-8961.

For Students

The Software Center has entered into an agreement with Adobe, providing Case Western Reserve students the ability to purchase Adobe software for WIN and MAC platforms at discounts amounting to as much as 85 percent. Unlike software downloaded from the Software Center (which is required to be removed upon termination of status at the university) each software license purchased by the student under this enrollment agreement is then owned by the student. To purchase, connect to JourneyEd by selecting "Adobe Software for Students" from the Software Center.

Due to changes in the licensing agreement with Adobe, at the end of the spring 2008 semester, students will no longer be able to download and install concurrent use licenses (managed by KeyServer) of Adobe Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended and CS3 Web Standard. Students who have downloaded and installed these products from the Software Center in the past must uninstall the Adobe products first, then the KeyServer client software. These changes do not apply to Adobe Acrobat Professional software licenses.


Information Technology Services will host an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 15 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. The featured topic is "Data Center Remediation Update."

Those unable to attend the May 18 commencement ceremonies who would like to hear keynote speaker Craig Newmark have another opportunity. TechSync is hosting "The Craig's List Story: An Accidental Success?" at 5 p.m., May 17 at The Forum, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street. Tickets are $40 for the general public. TechSync will reserve a handful of free tickets for students on a first come, first served basis. Students should send an e-mail to Nikki DiFilippo if interested.

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.

May 13, 2008

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Case in the News

Cleveland Clinic considers ending affiliation with Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, May 13, 2008
Cleveland Clinic is considering ending its relationship with Case Western Reserve University in favor of a union with Columbia University. Meanwhile, a new affiliation agreement between MetroHealth Medical Center and Case is nearing completion with little controversy or rancor.

Ethicists debate ambulance for organs, May 9, 2008
Ethicists and emergency medicine experts are raising concerns over New York City's plan to dispatch the first ambulance service in the country equipped to preserve the organs of the newly deceased. Maxwell Mehlman, director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Darwin and deduction

The Scientist, May 9, 2008 (free online subscription required)
Neil Greenspan, a professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, writes an op-ed piece about Charles Darwin. Greenspan and several of his colleagues have organized a Celebration of Darwin and Evolution spanning the 2008-2009 academic year at Case Western Reserve.

Geekdom goes cool @ The Science Café, May 8, 2008
The overwhelming success of The Science Café has amazed and delighted not only participants but founders, including Case Western Reserve University's Tom Mortimer, Darin Croft and Cynthia Beall.

Doctor deficit

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 12, 2008

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Local hospitals and medical schools say a physician shortage exists. University Hospitals has been able to capitalize on its affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University to recruit well-known physicians to head up various departments, and Case's medical school also acts as a natural pipeline for recruiting young doctors.

State wants to ban powerful hallucinogenic herb

Canton Repository, May 13, 2008
Salvia divinorum -- or Sally D -- is a perennial, legal and cheap herb related to the mint family, with powerful hallucinogenic effects. Bryan Roth, a former faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, tries to find useful derivatives of Salvia divinorum and its primary component, Salvinorin A, for medicinal purposes, and feels it should be regulated. Case holds the patent on that discovery.

Higher Ed News

Emerging Higher Ed Act compromise

Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2008
A small group of U.S. senators and representatives and their staffs are working at breakneck speed with the hope that Congress can wrap up its work by Memorial Day on compromise legislation to renew the Higher Education Act.

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