Cancer Drug Delivery Research Speeds Time from Two Days to Two Hours


Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a technique that has the potential to deliver cancer-fighting drugs to diseased areas within hours, as opposed to the two days it currently takes for existing delivery systems.

Using laboratory mice, drug delivery time from injection to the cancer cells was reduced to mere hours. Using this as a model for potential human use, cancer patients may someday soon receive the benefits of cancer-fighting drugs within hours of injection.

Findings are discussed in a paper, co-authored by Clemens Burda, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Chemical Dynamics and Nanomaterials Research at Case Western Reserve University and graduate student Yu Cheng, that appears in the current edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read more.

Spartan Football Welcomes 28 New Players


The Case Western Reserve University football team recently announced its class of 2012. The list of 28 incoming freshman includes an overwhelming amount of student-athletes from Ohio.

"Although we have had a lot of kids from out of state come in and contribute, the backbone of our team is from the state of Ohio," said Head Coach Greg Debeljak. "It's a great football state as far as guys knowing what it takes to be successful."

The Spartans will welcome 10 defensive, 13 offensive, four defensive/offensive and one special teams recruits to camp on August 12. Read more.

Campus News

Summer is a time when blood donations are low. To answer the call for more donations, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 29. Donors can stop by the bloodmobile that will be parked on the quad. To schedule an appointment online, enter sponsor code CaseWestern.


There are a lot of "green" buzzwords these days, but many people don't know what these words mean, or how these issues impact their lives. Linda Robson, finance and administration fellow for energy studies, will present at a lunch and learn session, "Sustainability 101," from noon to 1 p.m., July 30 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The workshop will focus on tips for managing the rising costs of energy and food and building healthy communities both at home and at the university. In addition, find out how Case Western Reserve is going green. To register, send an e-mail to Erica Merritt, director of employee, education, training and development.

For Faculty and Staff

The ERP Training Team will be conducting half-hour information sessions on how to submit student grades via the grade roster in the faculty center of the Student Information System (SIS). The sessions will be held from 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 24 in Nord Hall, Room 410, and 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 25 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Registration is not required. Training on the grade roster will continue throughout the coming terms to coincide with periods when instructors submit grades. Information on the grade roster is available in the SIS faculty guide. Instructions for entering grades in SIS are available online as quick reference guides for both instructors and assigned grading proxies. Contact the ERP Training Team via e-mail with any questions.

For Students


Returning and transfer undergraduate students are invited to enter the 2008 Common Reading Essay Contest. Students must answer a prompt related to the introduction of this year's book, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen. The deadline is August 6. Winners will be eligible to receive a $300 gift certificate to the university's bookstore, and will be announced at the University Convocation on August 28. Information, including the specific prompt, can be found on the Common Reading Web site.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature the American rock and swing sounds of Abby Normal & The Detroit Lean.

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 23, 2008

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Case in the News

Modern war crimes are increasingly being tried, July 23, 2008
The arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the alleged architect of Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 war, highlights the long path to create a system of international justice. It all seemed impossible 15 years ago, when the creation of the first war crimes tribunal since World War II was being discussed. Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

For women, four alternatives to Viagra

U.S. News & World Report, July 20, 2008
Viagra and related erectile dysfunction drugs appear to counteract sexual dysfunction in some women taking antidepressants. But those pills aren't going to help all depressed women overcome a common side effect of their psychiatric medication. Robert Taylor Segraves, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Destination: Moon

The Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 2008
Before NASA astronauts rocket to Mars, they're supposed to return to the moon in a sweet new ride to test-drive everything from high-tech maps and buggies to new spacesuits and next-generation power sources. David Zeng, a professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is working to design the next-generation rover and exploration tools to excavate lunar soil and rocks.

Ahead of the curve

The News-Times, July 22, 2008
Danbury Hospital is offering its nursing staff the opportunity to continue their education by taking courses right at the hospital. Faculty from different universities, including Joyce Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, teach the courses.

Mash-up model

New York Times Magazine, July 20, 2008
Girl Talk (real name Gregg Gillis) has released a new collection of songs, Feed the Animals, composed almost entirely of more than 200 samples of other artists' music, none of which Gillis has obtained permission to use. A New York Times magazine writer suggests the collection could be a breakthrough for both music and Gillis, a 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

At libraries, taking the (really) long view

Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2008
Librarians from research universities and other institutions around the world are collaborating to tackle a whole host of problems associated with digital resources.

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