Case Western Reserve Student Presents Research at Prestigious Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates


A Case Western Reserve University senior recently presented her original research on the compatibility of polymer-based materials with whole human blood, which could be applicable in choosing suitable polymers for future use in biomedical implants and drug delivery devices, at the prestigious Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Madhumitha Ravikumar presented her work, "Comparison of Hemocompatibility of Biomedical Polymers by Analyzing Platelet Adhesion Under Shear in a Rotating Disc System," at the symposium, held Nov. 7-8 in Chicago.

The research involving the compatibility of polymer-based materials with whole human blood showed that Ravikumar was able to quantitatively correlate platelet adhesion and activation on the polymer under sheer stress, and hence, enabled comparison of hemocompatibility of the polymers. Her insight could work in choosing appropriate polymers for various blood-contacting biomedical device applications, such as polymer-based implants for drug delivery. Read more.

Campus News

Just in time for the holidays, the University Bookstore is featuring a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on Champion items through November 30. All men's, women's and children's apparel is included in the sale. The bookstore offers a variety of Champion items bearing the university name and logo. The second item must be of equal or lesser value.

Grandmothers are needed for a research study about how to manage stress while raising grandchildren. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study is being conducted by researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For more information about participating in the study, call 368-0552 or send an e-mail to


Women in Leadership Week, today through November 23, features a variety of workshops and speakers on numerous issues related to women in leadership roles in their community and workplace. Most events are free and open to the public; Sunday's event requires an RSVP to Anne Kowalski via email. Inquire by e-mail to Mary Rouse or call 368-6858 for more information on any event. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

The Center for Community Partnerships announces the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage's Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay Contest. Campus community members with middle and high school students living in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties are invited to submit an essay. The Maltz Museum is asking students to be guided by the words of Edmond Burke and Martin Luther King Jr. and describe an act of discrimination, reflect upon their response and to put forth a plan of action to affect change in one's self, school and/or community. Entries will be judged on content, originality, the potential for the plan of action to be implemented and presentation. Entries must be postmarked by November 21. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will host an all-college meeting for all College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at the Amasa Stone Chapel.

The Department of Human Resources is sponsoring a session on the topic of "Coaching vs. Mentoring" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, in Nord Hall, Nord Hall, Room 310. The presenter will be Denise Douglas from the Office of Graduate Studies. The session will explore the difference between being a mentor and being a coach, as well as advice on when to use each method. Register online.

For Students

The 2009 Springfest committee is seeking creative and energetic people to serve on the planning committee for the largest student-run event on campus. Go online for position information and an application. The application period ends at 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 26. No previous Springfest experience is necessary. Applicants will be selected based on their qualifications and how they relate to the committee descriptions. Send an e-mail to with any questions.

Students are invited to stop by Nord Hall or Fribley or Leutner commons Tuesday, November 18 through Monday, November 24 to vote for the professor they would like to see dress up as a turkey for the second annual Case Western Reserve Mortar Board Turkey for a Day event. All proceeds will benefit First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to disadvantaged children. Every $2.50 donated provides a new book for a child in need. Sponsored by the Mortar Board Lux chapter at Case Western Reserve. Contact committee chair Melanie Stipp.

Unite for Sight is hosting its inaugural benefit dinner at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, in Thwing Center ballroom. Guest speakers will include physicians from University Hospitals, speaking on the importance of eye health. Tickets are on sale this week in Nord Hall and on the day of the event for $5. Several math and chemistry professors have offered to provide additional assistance for anyone who attends. Contact Monique Farone for details.


The Case Film Initiative will present a screening of King Kong, the original 1933 version, at an event to announce and celebrate the new film minor beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at Mather Memorial, Room 125. There will be free food and prizes.


HIV/AIDS Awareness Week 2008 is being observed now through November 21. The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the HIV/AIDS Action Group are hosting a variety of events that the campus community can attend, including "HIV/AIDS: An American Crisis" panel discussion at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Room NA 5-08. Contact Natasha Dolgin for information.

The ACLU of Ohio and a panel of local experts and activists will host an "Election Dissection" forum at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at the Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, 4506 Chester Ave. Free, open to the public. RSVP by calling (216) 472-2220 or by e-mail to the ACLU.

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 17, 2008

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Media Moment


The Case Western Reserve University Spartans defeated Washington University in St. Louis on November 16. The football team clinched the UAA title and capped a second straight undefeated season. Watch videos on YouTube highlighting the team's road to victory.

Case in the News

Lung cancer genetics different in black patients: Study

Washington Post, November 14, 2008
Non-small cell lung tumors tend to have a different genetic makeup in blacks than in whites, a finding that may explain why treatment and outcomes are different among races, a new study says. Rom Leidner, a clinical fellow in hematology/oncology at Case Western Reserve University, is the study's co-author.

Guitar stars salute Les Paul in Cleveland concert

The Plain Dealer, November 13, 2008
A star-powered, sold-out concert in honor of Les Paul, the original guitar hero, turned out to be a lot more exciting than any video game. Slash of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and other musical luminaries were on hand Saturday night at Playhouse Square's State Theatre for a salute to Paul. The 13th annual American Music Masters series was a weeklong Paul tribute presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University and Gibson Guitar Corp.

Local couple bequeaths $39 million to Cleveland Foundation

Philanthropy News Digest, November 16, 2008
The Cleveland Foundation has received a $39 million bequest from the estate of Dr. Donald J. and Ruth Weber Goodman to support research and education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center.

Case Western Reserve, Mount Union are undefeated again

The Plain Dealer, November 16, 2008
Derek Bush and Dan Whalen each ran for a touchdown, and Case Western Reserve had another perfect ending. The Spartans completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season by downing Washington University, 17-0, in St. Louis for the first time in 18 years Saturday in Division III college football play. Case (10-0, 3-0 University Athletic Association) captured its second consecutive UAA title.

Higher Ed News

U.S. schools' foreign enrollments soar

USA TODAY, November 17, 2008
The number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges surged 7 percent last year to 623,805, an all-time high and the largest one-year increase on record. It is the strongest sign yet that post-9/11 declines are history.