Case Western Reserve University Theoretical and Experimental Physicists Create "Blackmax"


A team of theoretical and experimental physicists, with participants from Case Western Reserve University, have designed a new black hole simulator called BlackMax to search for evidence that extra dimensions might exist in the universe.

Information about BlackMax's creation has been published in Physical Review Letters in the article, "BlackMax: A Black-Hole Event Generator with Rotation, Recoil, Split Branes and Brane Tension."

Black holes are theorized to be regions in space where the gravitational field is so strong that nothing can escape its pull after crossing what is called the event horizon. BlackMax simulates these regions.

Glenn Starkman, a Case Western Reserve physicist, and other collaborators are working on the project. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Researchers Find Age-Related Macular Degeneration Slowed by Drug "Candidate"



Research results from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine show that the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is markedly slowed in new laboratory-engineered mice when they received treatments of retinylamine, a trial drug that has been tested in a medical school lab. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

The findings from the National Eye Institute-funded research are reported in the prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Led by postdoctoral researcher Akiko Maeda, an investigator in the lab of one of her co-authors, Krzysztof Palczewski, the findings provide evidence for biochemical change in the retina that resemble AMD. Palczewski is chair and the John H. Hord Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine. While the drug itself was developed in Palczewski's former lab at the University of Washington, it was brought to Case Western Reserve when he and his team of researchers, including Maeda, arrived here in 2005. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is "rolling out the green carpet" for the third annual Procurement and Distribution Vendor Fair, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, in Adelbert Gym. This year's theme is "Sustainable Purchasing at Case Western Reserve University and Beyond." There will be raffle prizes, including roundtrip airfare for two good for anywhere in the continental United States, a Wii system, a Dell laptop, an Apple 8gb iPod, and more. The campus community is invited to stop by the event; be sure to bring a university ID for special prizes.

The American Red Cross is sponsoring several blood drives during the month of October. Drives will be held 2-7 p.m., Thursday, October 16, in the Wade Fireside lounge, and on Thursday, October 23 at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Nord Hall, and 2-7 p.m. at Fribley Fireside lounge. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

For Faculty and Staff

The fiction book club for Case Western Reserve staff has selected its next four books. The next four book discussions and meeting dates are: October 14, Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes; November 11, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant; December 9, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; and on January 13, We the Living by Ayn Rand. Meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room 720. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. For questions, contact Susan Benedict.

For Students

Educational Services for Students is introducing two new programs to help students enhance their skills, create more powerful presentations and perfect their delivery. "Preparing Your Presentation" will be offered on the following Tuesdays: October 14, November 11 and November 18, 4-6 p.m., in the PDELC lab located on the fourth floor of Sears Building. "Practicing Your Presentation" will be offered on the following Fridays: November 14 and November 21, 4-6 p.m., in Sears, Room 480. Students will have an option of having their presentations video recorded for further review. Register online.



Department of Bioethics is offering three-credit spring short-term study abroad opportunities to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes courses in Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina, France, the Netherlands or Belgium during winter and spring breaks. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377 or visit one of the information sessions from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, or Friday, October 17, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. Read student testimonials.


In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy is sponsoring the 2008-09 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. Eric Herbst from the Ohio State University will begin this year's series at 8 p.m., Thursday, October 16, on the topic of "Chemistry Meets Astronomy: The Role of Molecules in Understanding Stellar and Planetary Formation." Light refreshments will be served.


The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is hosting Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technologies at Arizona State University, who will speak on the topic of "Murder Genes and Dangerous Minds: New Roles for Genetics and Neuroscience in the Courts?" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 17, at Inamori Center. Attendees are welcome to bring brown bag lunches; snacks and beverages will be provided.

The School of Law presents the Sumner Canary Lecture from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, at the Moot Courtroom (A59). Michael W. McConnell, Presidential Professor of Law Judge, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will speak on the topic of "Natural Rights, Enumerated Rights, and the Ninth Amendment." Learn more about upcoming lectures at the School of Law.

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.

October 13, 2008

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Media Moment


Campus community members interested in thought-provoking public policy issues and discussions can stay informed through Case Western Reserve University's participation on the University Channel (UChannel), a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. Oren Gross, a recognized authority in the areas of national security law, recently spoke at Case Western Reserve.

Case in the News

Research finds drug candidate slows age-related macular degeneration

Science Centric, October 13, 2008
Research results from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine show that the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is markedly slowed in new laboratory-engineered mice when they received treatments of retinylamine, a trial drug that has been tested in a medical school lab. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

Whalen's QB magic helps Spartans scorch the Scots

The Plain Dealer, October 12, 2008
Case Western Reserve University junior quarterback Dan Whalen might be the NCAA Division III version of Brett Favre.

Spanish Exposition

San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 2008
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but in this economy, purchasing them might make the pocketbook queasy. Eccentric jewelry, which can be more affordable and versatile than diamonds, may be just what the doctor ordered. Maria Pujana of Case Western Reserve University has a new line of jewelry inspired by her world travels and ancient cultures.

Higher Ed News

Finance students keep their job hopes alive

New York Times, October 11, 2008
For students who set their sights on Wall Street during the boom years, the end has come just as they are getting ready to join the party. But even as the markets spiraled downward, business and finance students at top universities said they were not panicked about their futures and were confident that the financial markets would recover.