Clinical Scientist at School of Medicine Receives $1 Million Grant from NIH for "Unconventional" and "Innovative" Research


Janis J. Daly, associate professor of neurology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Research Career Scientist and associate director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center of Excellence in Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), has been awarded funding as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) $42.2 million program to fund 38 "exceptionally innovative research projects that could have an extraordinarily significant impact on many areas of science."

The grants, the first made in a new program called EUREKA (for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration), help investigators test novel, often unconventional hypotheses or tackle major methodological or technical challenges. The NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) led the development of the EUREKA program.

Daly and her research team will receive approximately $1 million over the next four years. Read more.

Cleveland's Division of Police Partners with Case Western Reserve, Other Agencies to Reduce Job Stress


The city of Cleveland's Division of Police has partnered with Case Western Reserve University, the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Defense to reduce on-the-job stress among police officers, who can find themselves in the middle of traumatic events.

Developed by this distinctive partnership, the innovative program trains police supervisors to identify and assist with operational stress.

These traumas take a high toll on police officers and soldiers, who suppress human emotions to get the job done and can be reluctant to share their experiences in an effort to spare others from their ordeals, according to a current Police Quarterly article, "Training Police Leadership to Recognize and Address Operational Stress," written by U.S. Army Lt. Col. (retired) Mark Chapin, Case Western Reserve University Professor of Social Work Mark Singer and Partnership for a Safer Cleveland Executive Director Michael Walker. Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will deliver the 2008 State of the University address to faculty from 4:15-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, in Strosacker Auditorium, and to staff from 12:15-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, in Ford Auditorium.

The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite faculty, staff, alumnae and the community to attend its annual Women of Achievement Luncheon & Mather Spotlight Prize Awards luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The keynote speaker is Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder on the topic of "The Future of Higher Education: Attracting and Advancing All of the Best Talent." In addition, the program will honor women faculty who have attained tenure, promotion and administrative posts, as well as women scholars chosen for outstanding excellence in research and scholarship. Reservations are required. RSVP to Denise Lin by Friday, September 19.

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is now enrolling women in a first of its kind clinical research trial for Cleveland. The trial is looking at two different female-controlled methods to prevent or decrease the sexual transmission of HIV: microbicides, which are topical gels, foams or creams, and pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, which involves taking antiretroviral medicines to prevent or decrease HIV infection. Because the trial is an earlier phase trial looking at the absorption, acceptability and adherence of the microbicide and PrEP drug, the site is not seeking women who are at high risk of infection. The trial is enrolling healthy, sexually active, HIV-uninfected women ages 18-45 for approximately 21 weeks, with 11 clinic visits during that time period. Compensation is provided to participants. All clinic visits will be at the Clinical Trials Unit site at University Hospitals. For more information on the trial, call (216) 844-2437 or go online.

A 15-mile bicycle ride celebrating the life of Miles Coburn, brother of Patrick Coburn in Research Administration at Case Western Reserve, will take place Saturday, September 20. Miles Coburn, a biology professor at John Carroll University, was killed in August while riding his bike in Geauga County. The ride will begin and end at John Carroll. Further details can be found online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion about a "Case study in increasing student interest and motivation." This session will examine a case study in getting students more interested in learning, and how some of these techniques can be used here. Horst von Recum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has adopted many of the strategies in his course Biomaterials for Drug Delivery, and will address the group. The session will meet from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 18, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

All graduate and professional students are invited to attend the Aetna Health Plan and University Health Services information and discussion forum from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 18 in DeGrace Hall, Room 312. The forum will address the university's health care services and the new Aetna Student Health Plan. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate.


The Student Alumni Association is sponsoring a free dinner with School of law students, an opportunity for undergraduate students to find out more about what it is really like to attend law school. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., Friday, September 19 at the Alumni House. Interested students should send an e-mail to Kathleen Norman to reserve a spot. For additional information, send an e-mail to Vera Avkshtol.

Representatives from GE, IBM, Lubrizol, National City Bank, Sherwin-Williams, and other area companies will be on campus to conduct practice interviews with students during Mock Interview Day on Friday, September 19. This is an excellent opportunity for students to receive feedback on their resumes, sharpen their interviewing skills and learn about career opportunities. To sign up, students should visit the Career Center in the Sears Building, Room 206, or call 368-4446.


The Chapel, Court & Countryside concert scheduled for this evening in Harkness Chapel has been postponed due to injury. Any announcements about a rescheduled show will be posted on the program's Web site.

The Technology Transfer Office is hosting "State of Ohio Research Funding Opportunities: What to Do, Where to Go, and How to Apply," at 4:30 p.m. today in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. This event is part of the sixth annual Inventors Forum, a series of lectures about the entire innovation and technology commercialization process. Refreshments will be offered. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

The Fourth Annual Constitution Day observance on campus will feature Oren Gross from the University of Minnesota School of Law on the topic of "Torturing the Constitution: The (Un)Constitutionality of Waterboarding," beginning at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, in the 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Kelvin Smith Library, the Office of Government Relations, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science.

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.

September 16, 2008

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Case in the News

Small firms see financing harder to get

The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2008
As Wall Street quaked Monday, small and midsize businesses prepared to feel the aftershocks in the form of tighter credit and tougher borrowing standards. Scott Shane, an entrepreneurship professor at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Fish, literature on the line

The Plain Dealer, September 13, 2008
To understand the great literature spawned by the sport of fly fishing—books written as long as 500 years ago—pick up a fly rod and learn to cast and catch fish. So says Case Western Reserve University Professor John Orlock. Orlock is teaching freshmen the art of fly fishing and quite a bit more this fall with his course Reflections on the Water: The Metaphysics, Sport and Literature of Fly Fishing.

14 time-savers to nix, September 2008
With today's busy lifestyles, most people are looking for ways to save time, including in their health and wellness routines. One of these habits is sleeping in contact lenses. Thomas Steinemann, associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, explains why this is a bad habit.

Migraine sufferers face greater blood clot risk, September 15, 2008
Migraine patients face a higher risk for developing a blood clot in their veins, a team of Austrian and Italian researchers reports. Rose Dotson, a clinical associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said she viewed the findings as having great importance.

Good call!

The News-Herald, September 12, 2008
Feature story on five Case Western Reserve University students who won the Entrepreneurship Educational Consortium contest last month. They invented an electronic coupon card, and won the top $4,000 prize.

Higher Ed News

An ambitious approach to overseas expansion

Inside Higher Ed, September 16, 2008
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business announced ambitious plans Monday to develop a network of deep partnerships and branch campuses—what the dean calls a "physical presence of real scope and scale"—in Dubai, London, New Delhi, Shanghai and St. Petersburg.