Anonymous Gift of $2 Million Advances Translational Research at Case Western Reserve

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Case Western Reserve University has received an anonymous $2 million gift to endow the program directorship of the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Biomedical engineering is a joint program of the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Case Western Reserve is one of only nine schools in the U.S. selected to participate in the Translational Research Partnerships in Biomedical Engineering, sponsored by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The department of biomedical engineering receives $4.5 million over five years from Coulter to participate in the partnership.

The goal of the partnership is to accelerate the introduction of new technologies into patient care by supporting collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the department of biomedical engineering and clinical departments at the School of Medicine and affiliated institutions. Read more.

Seinfeld Campus Bus Tour to Visit Campus October 29

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A full decade after Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer ended their run on of the most successful shows in television history, Seinfeld is back—in the form of 60-foot long bio-diesel fueled bus. As part of its nationwide trek, the Seinfeld Campus Tour is coming to Case Western Reserve University Wednesday, October 29.

The Emmy-winning show that made catchphrases like "Yada yada yada" and "No soup for you!" part of the American lexicon is logging over 10,000 miles this fall to target the next generation of Seinfeld fans. Sony Pictures Television is targeting college campuses and retail outlets in the top 50 metropolitan markets, hoping to capitalize on the show's continued popularity among the 18-49 demographic. Read more.

Campus News

Several finalists for the Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity position will be on campus this week and next week to participate in open forums with the campus community. The next forum is scheduled for 4:15-5:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, in Ford Auditorium. Each candidate will speak for between 10 and 15 minutes, and then open the floor to questions. The names and backgrounds of each candidate will be posted on the search webpage. The first open forum was held yesterday. For those who were unable to attend, the candidate's information is posted on the Web site.

Case Western Reserve ID cards feature proximity readers that will not work if holes have been punched in the cards. Access Services says that holes should not be punched in the ID cards. A replacement fee will be incurred for badges that need to be replaced. Badge holders are available for purchase at Access Services and the bookstore in Thwing Center.

The Undergraduate Student Government is sponsoring shuttle rides from campus to the Cuyahoga Country Board of Elections for members of the university community who would like to vote early. The shuttles will run about every 45 minutes from noon to 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, October 29, and from 1-5:30 p.m., Sunday, November 2. The shuttle stop will be on Euclid Avenue in front of Thwing Center. In addition, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and the university's Office of Government Relations want all voters to be aware that they may take advantage of the vote by mail option in the November 4 General Election. All registered voters may take advantage of this option. Follow the Web link to download a ballot application.

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The campus community is invited to bring in items for the Office of Multicultural Affairs Annual Thanksgiving Food & Toiletries Drive October 20 through November 3. Food items needed include: cans of yams/sweet potatoes; cans of corn/green beans; boxes of instant mashed potatoes; instant stuffing mix; and corn bread mix. Toiletries needed include: shampoo; conditioner; bars of soap; ethnic hair products; shaving cream; and razors. Items can be dropped off in specially marked boxes in Thwing Center. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Center, the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will offer free flu shots to faculty and staff during the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday November 5, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 4, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 5. One thousand vaccine injections are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointments are necessary. Employees must review a vaccine information sheet and complete a consent form prior to receiving the shot. In addition, employees will need to present their Case Western Reserve ID when checking in.

Linda Robson, Finance and Administration Fellow for Energy Studies, will present a lunch and learn session, "Sustainability 101," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 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. Go online to register.

For Students

The Unite for Sight Chapter of Case Western Reserve is holding its second general body meeting at 7 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Unite for Sight is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving eye health and eliminating preventable blindness. The university's chapter is currently looking to welcome new, motivated volunteers to participate in vision screenings and help with fundraising for international eye health.

The Department of History's The Sixties in America class is hosting a free voter awareness luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 30, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The goal of event is to demonstrate how lessons learned from student activism in the 1960s are applicable in today's political environment. In addition to student presentations, a number of political figures will be in attendance to speak to students about issues that matter to them. Representatives from several campaigns were invited; Confirmed speakers include independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, an independent presidential candidate; Paul Conroy, chair of the Libertarian party of Cuyahoga County and candidate for the House; the grass roots organization Progressive Future; and representatives from Marcia Fudge's Congressional campaign. All students are invited. Contact Mikell Yuhasz for more information.

The Asian American Alliance continues the sale of $1 candy-grams for Halloween through Wednesday, October 29, in Nord Hall, and Fribley and Leutner commons. Each candy-gram can include a personal message, and will be delivered to the selected recipient on Halloween.

Events

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The School of Law's Center for Business Law and Regulation presents "Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research" from 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The guest speakers are Wendy Wagner, a professor at the School of Law, and Thomas McGarity of the University of Texas School of Law. A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Professor Jonathan Adler, director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation. Free, open to the public. Learn more.

The Case Western Reserve Premed American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is hosting an evening of lectures regarding current health care policy issues beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Representatives from the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to attend. The event will include a surrogate from the Barack Obama campaign, who will highlight the senator's proposed health care plan. In addition, David Pavlick from the Ohio Single Payer Action network will discuss the organization's perspectives on a single payer system and what a single payer system would mean for Ohio. Finally, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich will discuss his perspectives on universal health care. Audience questions will be accommodated. Contact Jeffrey Shuster for more information.

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Brad Ricca, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, will speak on the topic of "What's So Funny? Race, Gender and Stereotypes in Comics" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for museum members.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women continues its programming for the sixth annual Project on Men & Gender at 7 p.m. this evening with a program featuring Jackson Katz, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education. His talk will take place in Strosacker Auditorium. Lectures and activities continue through Saturday, November 1. Free, open to the public. Complete list of events.

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.

In Memoriam

Sydney D. Kahler-Rountree, 51, of Mansfield, Ohio, died last week. She was pursuing doctoral studies at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

October 28, 2008

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Year of Darwin

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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 Thursday, October 30. The University of Michigan's John Holland, a pioneer in computer science and the originator of genetic algorithms, will speak at two separate events on campus. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve gets $2 million for translational research efforts

The Plain Dealer, October 27, 2008
An anonymous donor gave Case Western Reserve University $2 million to create a program directorship at the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership.

Experts: Staph germs becoming harder to treat

MSNBC.com, October 27, 2008
Drug-resistant staph bacteria picked up in ordinary community settings are increasingly acquiring "superbug" powers and causing far more serious illnesses than they have in the past, doctors reported Monday. Doctors from Case Western Reserve University and the VA Medical Center in Cleveland found that by the time hospitals isolated and tested new patients to see if they harbored MRSA, many had already contaminated their skin and surroundings. Within about a day of being admitted, roughly a third had already started to spread the germ.

Small firms take on insurance reform

The Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2008
Where do small businesses stand on proposals to overhaul the health-insurance system? A new survey suggests many small employers currently without coverage aren't willing to pay much, if anything, to get insurance. The article cites research from Scott Shane, a Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurship professor.

Rebuilding a neighborhood: Group works to revitalize Fairfax, one house at a time

The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2008
The nonprofit Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. is buying up dilapidated homes in the neighborhood to restore them. The Fairfax group also manages the Greater Circle Living initiative, started this year. That initiative gives cash incentives to employees of University Circle nonprofit institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Case Western Reserve University who may be interested in moving to any of the seven neighborhoods surrounding University Circle.

New 3-D optical imaging method created

United Press International, October 27, 2008
A U.S. scientist has developed a technology he says can provide 3-D optical imaging of such anisotropic fluids as liquid crystals. Case Western Reserve University Professor Charles Rosenblatt and colleagues say their achievement provides optical imaging of anisotropic fluids at a volumetric resolution 1,000 times smaller than existing techniques.

A career of note

The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2008
Dan Whalen wants to become a sportswriter. The former Willoughby South High standout made a move in that direction when he worked in New York this summer as an intern for Sports Illustrated. However, until that goal comes to fruition, the junior quarterback will have settle for rewriting the Case Western Reserve University record book.

Higher Ed News

GRE vs. GMAT

Inside Higher Ed, October 28, 2008
The Educational Testing Service, which had and lost the lucrative market for admissions testing for those aspiring to earn M.B.A.'s, is increasing its efforts to gain back a good share of that business.