School of Medicine to Participate in First of its Kind Genomic-based Brain Tumor Research


The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been named one of nine leading institutions to collaborate in the Ivy Genomics-Based Medicine Project grant (Ivy G.B.M. Project), established by the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation), a newly formed family foundation dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with brain tumors.

The Ivy G.B.M. Project is a collaboration among nine top brain tumor centers in the U.S. working together to better understand how the genetic differences in individual brain tumors can potentially predict what will be the most effective treatment option for each patient.

"This project has the potential to provide groundbreaking advances for the treatment of brain tumor patients in Northeast Ohio by translating what we have learned from the human genome into 'personalized treatment' for brain tumors," said Andrew Sloan, associate professor of neurological surgery at the School of Medicine and the lead investigator at the Cleveland site. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Exec Named Senior Economic Development Adviser to Board of Regents Chancellor


Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced that Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University, will serve as his senior adviser for economic development for a one-year term.

Coticchia, an international expert in technology transfer and linkages between higher education and the economy, is an executive on loan from the university, tasked with the responsibility of advising and assisting Chancellor Fingerhut in launching the Board of Regents' new Division of Economic Advancement. He will be directly involved in developing strategies that make Ohio's research centers magnets for private capital looking for inventions to build into businesses, which create jobs and economic prosperity for the state. Read more.

Campus News

A new phishing e-mail hit the university today with the subject line "Email Account Update Information." The university will never ask for passwords. Learn more about protection against phishing scams.


The July 9 Campus Summer Barbecue on the Crawford deck -- the last one of the summer -- will feature a Mediterranean barbecue with grilled Italian sausage with peppers and onion, herb marinated chicken, a cucumber, onion, tomato and feta salad, a potato and prosciutto salad, and a grilled Mediterranean vegetable platter. Vanilla and anise pizelles with fresh strawberries, black pepper and balsamic syrup for dessert will finish out the menu. Admission price of $7.95 includes the main dish and salad, featured beverage and dessert. Bottled water and sodas are extra. All summer barbecues feature vegetarian options. Will Cheshier, a pop, funk, jazz and visceral blues musician, will entertain the crowd. In the event of rain, Cheshier will perform in Tomlinson Marketplace.

The campus community is invited to cool off at 1-2-1 Fitness Center's Recovery Zone. Conveniently located in the center's lobby, the natural smoothies are made from fresh, vine-ripened fruit.  There are plenty of fruit smoothies, iced coffee drinks or performance shakes to choose from, and supplements such as protein, vitamins, fiber and more can be added in. Bring in this Case Daily notice for a free 12-ounce shake. Customers must present the coupon prior to ordering. This offer expires August 31, 2008. Go online for more information and a link to the menu.

For Faculty and Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has reopened the search process for a 2008-2009 resident assistant position. Job requirements, description and application information are available online. The early consideration deadline is July 9. E-mail questions or comments to Jamie Elwell.



The campus community is invited to observe the Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO) program at work in Wade Oval. YANEO has hired more than 80 local high school students to apprentice in the arts this summer. They are on the job 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday through July 31 in preparation for public exhibitions and performances to be held at 6 p.m., July 10, and 5 p.m., July 30. The public is invited to attend these free performances/exhibits, as well as observe apprentices each day.

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.

July 8, 2008

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Case Western Reserve exec to serve regents

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 7, 2008

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Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut has tapped Case Western Reserve University's Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management, to be his economic development adviser. Coticchia will serve a one-year term as the regents' economic development counsel. One of his first tasks will be the launching of a division of economic advancement.

Talent Blueprint Project promotes bringing in foreign-born business talent

The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2008
The Talent Blueprint Project is being hailed as the type of program Northeast Ohio needs -- bringing foreign-born business talent to seed its struggling economy and fill job shortages -- says an influential band of Clevelanders. Norman Tien, dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Home from the war, many veterans battle substance abuse

International Herald Tribune, July 8, 2008
There is growing evidence that alcohol abuse is rising among veterans of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them are trying to deaden the repercussions of war and disorientation of home. Richard McCormick, a senior scholar for public health at Case Western Reserve University who served on the Pentagon task force, comments.

The quarterback intern, July 7, 2008
Career counselors throughout the nation's college campuses have given students advice to "do what you love." Case Western Reserve University football player Dan Whalen is following that recommendation as he pursues his interest in sports journalism. A star quarterback and English major, he landed a summer internship at Sports Illustrated.

Researcher retreats on sexual enhancement claim for watermelon

MedPage Today, July 3, 2008
A Texas A&M plant scientist recently backed away from his claims that watermelon actually can promote erections. But he didn't abandon the notion entirely. Allen Seftel, a urologist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Rethinking student aid -- really?

Inside Higher Ed, July 8, 2008
Financial aid administrators are acknowledging that the federal financial aid system is broken and needs fixing.

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