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

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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.

Campus News

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

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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.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.

Events

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.

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.

June 12, 2008

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Case in the News

Quality of life for Ohio kids is slipping

The Plain Dealer, June 12, 2008
The quality of life for kids in Ohio has fallen to its lowest point ever, according to a national report that measures the well-being of children. Ohio was ranked 30th by Kids Count, put out annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. John Moore, a professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

ADA: Diabetes prevention hopes revived for Thiazolidinedione

MedPage Today, June 11, 2008
Pioglitazone (Actos) may prevent or delay progression to diabetes for patients with pre-diabetes, researchers found. Saul Genuth, professor of medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Ohio's public colleges join Voluntary System of Accountability program

The Plain Dealer, June 12, 2008
Ohio's public universities will soon give parents and prospective students an improved method of comparing campuses. The extensive data in Ohio College Portraits will include details such as graduation rates, student demographics, average class size and even how many students participate in extracurricular activities.

Paper calls for more sharing of financial-aid data

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, June 12, 2008
Colleges could free up more money for need-based aid if they could work together to end the bidding wars for high-achieving, low-need students, says a white paper out today.

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