School of Medicine Assistant Professor Receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that Brian Cobb, assistant professor of pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is a 2008 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Recipient. As one of only 31 grant awardees in the nation, Cobb will receive a grant of $2.35 million over five years for his research program.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award enables recipients to pursue exceptionally innovative approaches that could transform biomedical or behavioral science. Cobb is developing new tools to study how the immune system recognizes carbohydrate molecules and how they may be used in vaccine development. This prestigious grant, part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, was established in 2007. Read more.

EFDA Program Helps Hygienists and Assistants Move up in the Dental Profession


A special program in Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine offers hygienists and assistants the educational opportunity to advance their careers in dentistry by becoming an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA).

The EFDA Program, established in the early 1970s at the university, is one of the first of its kind in the country.

"EFDAs are a valuable member of the dental practice," said Shelly Feiwell, director of the Case Western Reserve EFDA Program. "In addition to expanding professional options, EFDAs can increase their incomes with the additional educational and skills training." Read more.

Campus News

To help ensure timely, accurate and clear communication takes place with members of the Case Western Reserve University community during a potential crisis, the Communications Committee of the university's Security Task Force is testing the university's layered emergency notification network, commonly referred to as CaseWARN. The test, which will include voice mail, text messages and outdoor speakers, will take place during business hours Wednesday, October 22. All members of the campus community who have subscribed to the CaseWARN voice or text alerts will receive a test message. No response is necessary. In addition, all outdoor speakers around campus will be sounded at this same time, first with an alarm then with a voice message that the alarm is only a test. The university recommends all faculty, staff and students subscribe to the voice and text message alerts.

In order to improve service to on- and off-campus users, will be be moving to today. The new online phonebook will feature faster search capabilities and high availability. Those who have previously bookmarked this page, or maintain a site that links to this page, are encouraged to update their bookmarks or links.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will begin its next session on Wednesday, November 12, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group meets each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge at the November 12 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to to learn more.

For Students

Fall break continues Tuesday, October 21.



The Schubert Center for Child Studies will host New Directions in Policy-Relevant Research on Adolescence: Perspectives from Psychological Anthropology November 7 and 8 at Case Western Reserve. All who are interested in adolescence and policy are encouraged to attend. Free, open to the public. Online registration is due by Wednesday, October 22. Go online to register and to learn more about the conference speakers.

Election Speaker Series: Economics Faculty Spotlight 2008, presented by Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society, will take place Wednesday, October 22, through Monday, October 27. During the series, faculty members from the Department of Economics will analyze the state of the economy and the positions of the candidates on various important issues in the upcoming election. Wednesday, October 22: James Rebitzer on "Labor, Outsourcing, and Unemployment" from 5-6 p.m. in 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center; Thursday, October 23: Robin Dubin on "The Housing and Credit Crisis" from 5-6 p.m. in 1914 Lounge; Friday, October 24: Susan Helper on "The Candidates and the Environment" from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Clapp Hall, Room 108; and Monday, October 27: Mark Votruba on "Health Care and the Election" from 5-6 p.m. in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. Contact Tim Gasper for additional information.

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation will present "An Evening with Alan Dershowitz" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at Severance Hall. Dershowitz will examine recent events and how they impact prospects for peace in the Middle East. In addition, he will address global perspectives on justice and civil liberties. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $10 for students, and are available online or by calling (216) 231-1111.

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 21, 2008

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, with Jerry Coyne. The University of Chicago professor is a leading evolutionary geneticist and authority on speciation. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve's budget back in the black, ahead of schedule

The Plain Dealer, October 21, 2008
Case Western Reserve University is operating in the black for the first time in four years—a full two years ahead of schedule—President Barbara Snyder announced Monday. Related article.

Resurrecting Hubble

The Columbus Dispatch, October 21, 2008
When it works, the Hubble is an astronomical wonder. But when it breaks down, the 18-year-old space telescope is an orbiting question mark that punctuates concerns about NASA mission priorities, money and astronaut safety. Chris Mihos, a Case Western Reserve University astronomer who studies the origin and evolution of galaxies, comments.

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, October 20, 2008
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, discussed the battleground states with radio host Kathleen Dunn on her October 20 program.

Case Western Reserve University football up to 13th in national poll

The Plain Dealer, October 20, 2008
The Case Western Reserve University football team moved up two positions in the Top 25 poll this week, from 15th to 13th. The 6-0 Spartans are one of 17 undefeated teams to make the list. Coach Greg Debeljak comments.

Higher Ed News

The politics of Election Day classes

Inside Higher Ed, October 21, 2008
Should Election Day be a college holiday? Alternatively, should professors grant an automatic excused absence to students who miss class come November 4? Variations of those questions are coming up on campuses with Election Day— not a cause for canceling classes at most colleges—now two weeks away.