Case Western Reserve University's Department of Bioethics Invited to Join Prominent International Ethics Group

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The Department of Bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been invited to join a group of internationally-renowned academic bioethics scholars to form the Global Alliance of Biomedical Ethics Centers (GABEX). GABEX, led by the University of Tokyo Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law in Japan, formally invited Stuart J. Youngner, chair of bioethics at Case Western Reserve, to serve as the university's representative on this influential panel of scholars.

Through a $6 million grant from the Japanese government, "Creation of a New Interdisciplinary International base for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research," the eight bioethics centers will work closely together to shape the future of bioethics and biomedical ethics from a global perspective. GABEX is a Center of Excellence within the Japan Society of the Promotion of Science (JSPS), which was established to foster young researchers, promote international scientific cooperation, award grants-in-aid for scientific research, support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and collect and distribute information on scientific research activities. Read more.

Case Western Reserve's Poverty Center at Mandel School Assists County in Assessing Readiness for School for Children in Child Care

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Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is assessing the school readiness of children in child care facilities, designated by Cuyahoga County as part of the Invest in Children's Universal Pre-Kindergarten pilot program.

The two-year, county-funded study looks at the relationship between the quality of the care setting and how prepared children are in their literacy skills for kindergarten, said Rob Fischer, the lead investigator and co-director of the Center on Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Work at Case Western Reserve.

The Poverty Center was contracted by Invest in Children, which funds programs for early childhood education and support for families. This study continues the collection of longitudinal data that began last year with a sample of children in preschool settings. The study will follow these children as they enter kindergarten to assess their transition. Read more.

Campus News

The open house for the new Mather Teaching Lab at Squire Valleevue Farm will be held until 4 p.m. today, not until 6 p.m. as reported in yesterday's Case Daily. Those who are unable to attend the open house today are encouraged to contact the farm's director to schedule a tour.

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Members of the campus community interested in hosting activities related to the university's observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2009 are invited to submit proposals to be considered for funding. Faculty, staff and students can complete the program proposal form online; a Case Western Reserve login and password are required. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, November 10.

The Kelvin Smith Library staff invites the campus community to look at the humanities in a new way with a morning workshop in text encoding for the humanities. One of the many new classes in the CaseLearns portfolio, the workshop introduces users to the Text Encoding Initiative, and includes hands-on time. Of particular interest to those in English, history, philosophy and humanities-related studies, the workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, November 12. The attendance policy is posted online at CaseLearns, where users also can register and review the semester calendar.

For Faculty and Staff

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Faculty members are invited to visit the university bookstore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, November 10, to receive a fitting from an Oak Hall representative and save 10 percent off of the purchase of academic regalia. Those who are unable to make it to the bookstore that day are invited to take advantage of the 10 percent off sale throughout the month of November. Bookstore staff will be available to take measurements. Owning regalia cuts out the hassle of renting year after year, allows faculty members to be prepared for any ceremony that arises, and is a tax deduction.

For Students

Students for Organ Donation Awareness (SODA) is hosting several events during Donor Sabbath, a time honoring organ recipients, organ donors and the families of organ donors. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13, in the 1914 Lounge, there will be an event featuring free food from Aladdin's and a candle ceremony in honor of those who have saved a life by donating one or more of their organs. Marcia Burke, a kidney recipient, will discuss her experience. Students are invited to play in SODA's 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 6-10 p.m., Friday, November 14. There will be prizes for the winners and runners-up of the tournament. The entry fee is $15 per team; CaseCash will be accepted. All of the proceeds will go to Donate Life America, an organization dedicated to organ donation education. Register in Nord Hall November 13 or 14 or e-mail case4soda@gmail.com.

Case Crew would like to congratulate its team members for a successful fall season. Students interested in joining the team for its upcoming season are invited to learn more.

Events

The Case Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit struggling music departments throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Beginning at 8 p.m. through midnight tonight, there will be a Battle of the Rock Bands at the Jolly Scholar. The fundraiser utilizes the game Rock Band to see which group of students can become the best rock n' roll band on campus. No musical talent is required. The entrance fee is $5, with all proceeds going to charity. In addition to musical entertainment there will be door prizes and free pizza made available through the generous donations of local businesses. The event is open to all students and the general public. For more information send an e-mail to kdg14@case.edu.

"Alliances and Methods for Practice Improvement Research" part of the 2008 Practice-Based Network Research Seminar Series, will take place from 6-7 p.m. this evening at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Building, first floor conference room. Dinner will be provided and parking is free in the attached garage. Attendees may earn continuing education credits.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis " with Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, November 7, at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.

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.

November 6, 2008

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Charity Choice 2008

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Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

Case in the News

NSF grant to launch undergrads from Case Western Reserve into math and science teaching

FirstScience News, November 5, 2008
The National Science Foundation is funding a new program at Case Western Reserve University to prepare 24 high-achieving science and math undergraduates for teaching careers.

You're never too young for cool internships

Solon Herald Sun, November 6, 2008
While walking through the halls of Case Western Reserve University, science student Sloan Zimmerman noticed the open door to a professor's office. She walked in. After some conversation, she landed a summer internship doing research in his micro-fabrication lab. And at the time she was only a freshman in high school.

Ways to downsize during retirement

Yahoo! News, November 6, 2008
In a nation obsessed with everything "biggie-sized," the thought of downsizing holds as much appeal as a root canal. One way retirees can save money is by downsizing their housing expenses. College towns also draw retirees. There is a trend with some Cleveland-area retirees who are moving into places like the University Circle district near Case Western Reserve University.

Staph germs harder than ever to treat, studies say

The Christian Post, November 5, 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. These widespread germs used to be easier to treat than the dangerous forms of staph found in hospitals and nursing homes. Doctors from Case Western Reserve University and the VA Medical Center 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.

Higher Ed News

Evaluating the adjunct impact

Inside Higher Ed, November 6, 2008
Adjunct faculty members are increasingly pointing out the inequities of the way they are treated—even as the recession leads some colleges to rely on them more and others to eliminate their positions.