Case Western Reserve, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Investigators Inhibit Corneal Inflammation
Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Penn State Hershey College of Medicine identified a novel therapeutic that reduces sterile inflammation within the cornea. Published in the June issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Dr. Eric Pearlman and Dr. Mark Kester identified a novel ceramide, a natural compound that when delivered in nano-sized packages reduces corneal haze, corneal thickening and inflammation. These nano-sized packages permit the use of ceramide as an eye drop.
Pearlman and Kester are working towards human trials with this reagent. Read more.
2008 President's Award for Distinguished Service: The second in a three-part series
Colleen Barker-Williamson Recognized for Programs, Leadership Work with Students, Staff
As a director for programs and leadership at Thwing Center, Colleen Barker-Williamson is well known as adviser, mentor and friend to students, but she has made, perhaps, an even greater impression on her staff.
In recognition of her service to students and her programs and leadership team, Barker-Williamson -- along with Ramona David, admissions and program manager for The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME), and Michael Yeager, analyst programmer at the Kelvin Smith Library -- received the President's Award for Distinguished Service from President Barbara R. Snyder during the university's 2008 Staff Awards Brunch yesterday in the Thwing Center ballroom. David was featured in Case Daily yesterday, and Yeager's story will appear tomorrow. Read more.
The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will offer CaseLearns summer classes beginning June 16. The campus community is invited to take free classes on topics including research skills, software, technology, patent searching, basic poster making and more. Five new classes have been added, including Adobe Connect, Adobe InDesign and HTML 1 and 2. More details, including convenient online registration, are available on the KSL NewsBlog.
The university is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the university's emergency notification system, called CaseWARN. Users go to a Web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.
More than 400 elementary, middle and high school students from Northeast Ohio are getting to know the Case Western Reserve University campus over the next five weeks as part of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). Members of the campus community can learn more about the NYSP program and its participants during an open house beginning at 10 a.m., June 20 in Strosacker Auditorium. At the event, NYSP students, staff and administrators will share stories of how the program -- now in its 38th year on campus -- is changing the lives of young people in Greater Cleveland.
For Faculty and Staff
The training and development committees of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. SAC members are collecting recipes for a new cookbook, In Case You're Cooking. The deadline to submit a recipe is June 15. Read more.
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The Continuing Medical Education program is hosting a conference, Neurocritical Care 2008: Getting Better, September 11-13. An international group of experts will review the latest information in neurocritical care and cerebrovascular disease. Continuing education credits are available, and neurointensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, critical care physicians, internists, anesthesiologists and emergency medicine physicians are invited to attend. Nurses and other allied health professionals may also find the conference to be of value.
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.