NIH Selects Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to Participate in National Children's Study

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been awarded $26 million in funding to participate in The National Children's Study, the National Institutes of Health's comprehensive study on the interaction of genes and the environment on children's health.

At a briefing today, NIH officials named Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as one of 36 new and existing study centers which would recruit study volunteers from a total of 72 locations. When it is fully operational, 1,000 children will be recruited from 105 counties across the United States. Each funded study center will recruit children from two to three different counties. Read more.

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Recognizes Accomplishments of Faculty


The Case Western Reserve University community recently celebrated the accomplishments of dozens of faculty during the Fifth Annual Women of Achievement & Mather Spotlight Prize Luncheon.

Presented by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Office of the Provost, this was the first year the two signature programs were combined. Over 100 faculty, staff, students, alumnae and community members attended the program, where President Barbara R. Snyder discussed the topic of "The Future of Higher Education: Attracting and Advancing all of the Best Talent." Read more.

Late Inventor and Engineering Alumnus Subject of Oscar-buzzworthy Feature Film


Case Western Reserve University alumnus Robert W. Kearns, the independent inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper system, is the subject of a new film opening today. Kearns used one of the university's labs to work on the wiper system while he also completed his doctoral dissertation.

The movie is generating international Oscar buzz.

Playing the role of Kearns in "Flash of Genius" is Oscar-nominated actor Greg Kinnear, who has appeared in such box office hits as "Little Miss Sunshine" and "As Good As It Gets." Co-starring with Kinnear is television actress Lauren Graham ("The Gilmore Girls") as his first wife, Phyllis. Kinnear, as Kearns, briefly refers to Case Western Reserve in the film.

"Flash of Genius" chronicles the legal struggles he faced prior to winning one of the most well-known patent cases against corporate goliaths Ford and Chrysler. Read more.

Campus News


In preparation for tomorrow's Homecoming football game, the campus community is invited to learn more about Case Western Reserve's football team. In addition, the university's sports information department produces two video stories each month on its student athletes. Watch a video featuring Dan Whalen, a junior quarterback. Fans are invited to wear their Case Western Reserve gear and cheer on the Spartans as they face off against Denison University at 1 p.m. at the Village at 115 Athletic Stadium. Dozens of events are taking place now through Sunday, October 5 on and around campus as part of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming.

The Kelvin Smith Library invites the campus community to join the Knovel University Challenge. Participants take a three-question quiz for an opportunity to win a Nintendo Wii, an iPod Nano or free iTunes music. Find out why over 10,000 people a day around the world find answers to their applied science questions on Knovel by watching a quick video that offers search tips on answering the questions. Knovel guarantees Case Western Reserve will have an iPod winner if there are at least 100 entries. Find out how to play on the KSL NewsBlog.

Case Western Reserve community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day or have sleep apnea are invited to learn more about a new clinical trial, the HomePAP study. The study will compare two different approaches to diagnosing and determining optimal treatment pressures for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who will be using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat their sleep apnea. Potential participants should meet the following basic requirements: At least age 18 with symptoms of OSA (snoring, choking, gasping, stopping breathing while they sleep at night) and problem sleepiness during the day. Patients who have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea or tried CPAP in the past are not eligible to participate. For more information, contact the HomePAP study coordinator, Rawan Salem via e-mail or by phone at (216) 844-6278, or Carol Rosen, principal investigator for the HomePAP study.

Those who plan to vote in the November 4 General Election in Ohio must be registered by October 6. The Office of Government Relations has posted voter registration resources on its Web site. In addition, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering voter registration opportunities that are open to the campus community and the public. Go online for dates and times.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of the Chief Information Officer/Vice President for Information Technology Services (ITS) is making available up to $250,000 during fiscal year 2008-2009 to support its initiative in Advanced Research Computing. These funds are intended to supplement external funding obtained by faculty researchers who invest in the central High Performance Computing (HPC) Resource operated as a core facility by ITS. Up to a 100 percent match may be obtained for hardware acquisition, software licensing and other expenditures related to use and support of the core facility's HPC Resource.  Applications are reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Research Computing. For more information on this program, go to the Web site or contact Roger Bielefeld, director of Advanced Research Computing.

For Students

CREATE (Case's Rising Engineers and Technological Entrepreneurs) will be holding its first general body meeting of the academic year at 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 6, in Nord Hall, Room 310. CREATE is a student-run engineering design organization with a goal of providing students the tools and resources to learn engineering design and to practice those skills by designing and building real devices. For more information, go online or e-mail the group.


Registration is now open for Saturday of Service, taking place Saturday, October 11. The service day offers students the opportunity to contribute to the local community at least one day a semester. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL).

The Undergraduate Indian Students Association at Case Western Reserve University is hosting its annual Navaratri Garba beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Adelbert Gym. The event will include a night of festive dancing ranging from garba and raas to bhangra/fusion. There also will be free Indian snacks. Contact Nirmala Swayambunathan for information.


The Stochastic Models in Engineering and Science symposium will take place at Case Western Reserve Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. The programming will focus on stochastic models in applied fields such as signal processing, turbulence, chemical processes, finance and fluids. These topics are central to the research orientation of the Center for Stochastic and Chaotic Processes in Science and Technology at Case Western Reserve. Talks will take place at the George S. Dively Building and Thwing Center. Refer to the Web site for more information.

The ninth annual conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL): Meaning, Form and Body, takes place October 18-20 at Case Western Reserve University. CSDL features papers in the fields of cognitive linguistics, functional linguistics, discourse, corpus linguistics, and speech and language processing, especially among scholars exploring the interface between language and cognition. Registration and fee information is available online.


The Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities is hosting Meredith Minkler, who will discuss her experience in community-based participatory research in her lecture "Collaborative Research with Communities: Challenges and Opportunities for Addressing Health Disparities" from 12:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, October 15 at MetroHealth Medical Center, Rammelkamp Building R240. Minkler is a professor and director of health and social behavior at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and she has over 30 years experience in developing and implementing community partnerships and community-based participatory research. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sabina Hossain.

The Glass Menagerie is playing now through October 5 at the Cleveland Play House (CPH). Students in Case Western Reserve University's theater program benefit from a unique educational and professional partnership with CPH.

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.

Et al

"Wakes of Innovation in Project Networks: The Case of Digital 3-D Representations in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction" received an Academy of Management Award for Best Published Paper in the Organizational and Communication and Information Systems Division. The paper was written by Professors Richard J. Boland Jr. and Kalle Lyytinen from the Department of Information Systems at Case Western Reserve and Youngjin Yoo of Temple University.


Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity announces that Nicoletta Frankenstein is being awarded a 2008 John Mack Scholarship Award. The scholarship is for members who exhibit leadership and participation in extracurricular activities to benefit charitable or humanitarian organizations. Recipients of the Mack Scholarship are awarded $500 toward their educational expenses. She was initiated into Alpha Phi Omega's Theta Upsilon Chapter at Case Western Reserve in November 2006. She has served her chapter as treasurer and is involved in the Alpha Phi Omega leadership development programs.

Assistant Professor of French Cheryl Toman's new book, Contemporary Matriarchies in Contemporary Francophone Literature, was recently published. It provides a comprehensive history of Cameroonian women's writing in French, using an anthropological approach to literature.

Earl Overstreet, chief executive officer of General Microsystems and a Case Western Reserve University alumnus, was featured in Fortune magazine in a story about Bellevue, Wash.

October 3, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve Medical School gets $26 million to study child development

The Plain Dealer, October 3, 2008
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will get $26 million to help the National Institutes of Health study how genetics and environment affect children's health.

How serious are the Inner Belt Bridge's problems?

The Plain Dealer, October 3, 2008
The nearly 50-year-old Inner Belt Bridge, one of Ohio's major transportation links, is deteriorating beyond anyone's expectations. And its future as a rehabilitated span could be in jeopardy. The lanes are expected to remain closed until at least until the end of next week while experts at the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University help ODOT measure the strain on key areas of the steel trusses.

Case Western Reserve University researchers track Chernobyl fallout

Science News, October 1, 2008
When a reactor in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986 in what was then the Soviet republic of Ukraine, radioactive elements were released in the air and dispersed over the Soviet Union, Europe and even eastern portions of North America. More than 20 years later, researchers from Case Western Reserve University traveled to Sweden and Poland to gain insight into the downward migration of Chernobyl-derived radionuclides in the soil.

AIDS research network expands

Pharmacy Choice, October 7, 2008
A national AIDS research consortium led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham has added new university partners. Case Western Reserve University is already a member of the consortium.

Higher Ed News

A tale of two GI Bills

Inside Higher Ed, October 3, 2008
The new Post-9/11 GI Bill, signed into law this summer, marks a major investment in veterans' educational benefits. It's also an undeniably complex piece of legislation.