School of Medicine Professor Supports Schistosomiasis Elimination in NEJM Perspective

In today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), schistosomiasis expert Charles H. King, professor of international health at the Center for Global Health and Diseases at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, concludes global eradication of schistosomiasis is feasible if the current infection control strategy shifts to a proactive, comprehensive elimination strategy. King supports the community-based trial by Long-De Wang and other researchers as a viable model for interrupting disease transmission by using a combination strategy, including supplementary education and sanitation, with many secondary environmental benefits.

Schistosomiasis, also known as "snail fever," is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting more than 207 million people worldwide, often in the poorest areas. The decades-long disorder has challenged researchers for many years.

King and his colleagues at the Center for Global Health and Diseases are part of a new movement to control and reduce schistosomiasis. Read more.

Campus News

Due to technical difficulties, the January 7 edition of Case Daily was not delivered to some e-mail accounts. Readers are invited to view the blog version.

Science is Fun! Family Day 2009 has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2. Contact Kathryn Kwiatkowski for information.


Submissions for presentations are being accepted now through January 30 for Research ShowCASE 2009, which will take place Thursday, April 16. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's graduate and post-doctoral poster competition includes cash prizes. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.


Registration ends Friday, January, 9, for 1-2-1 Fitness Center's 2009 Weight Loss Challenge. The series will include individual and team competitions with grand prizes, health risk assessments, weekly weigh-ins, group sessions and prizes, free access to the fitness center and more. The program is open to everyone.

For Faculty and Staff

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


As part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a student group is organizing the exhibit Gandhi, King and Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace Exhibition. The display will run from January 16-25 at the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL), with an opening ceremony at noon on January 16. Exhibit hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit is sponsored by KSL and organized by the SGI Case Western Reserve Buddhist Club. Contact SGI for information.

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.

January 8, 2009

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Case in the News

U.S. Treasury losing favor as investors seek profits, January 6, 2009
Investors are moving back into stocks and corporate bonds in search of something else–profits. Dennis P. Barba Jr., an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, offers insight.

Case Western Reserve proposes research wind turbine at Squire Valleevue Farm, January 7, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is looking to install a research wind turbine at Squire Valleevue Farm. Input from neighbors near the Farm and the village's planning and zoning committee on Fairmount Boulevard is almost unanimously positive, according to the university.

NorTech report shows high-tech job growth in Northeast Ohio, points to more

The Plain Dealer, January 7, 2009
NorTech, a regional technology-development organization, hopes the past year's harsh economic conditions won't reverse the growth seen in high-tech employment between 2004 and 2007. Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, said he expects all numbers to be down for 2008.

Hospital scrubs are a germy, deadly mess

The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2009
Nurses, doctors and medical technicians oftentimes shop, dine in restaurants and take public transportation while wearing their scrubs or lab coats. However, harmful bacteria might be on these garments. The article cites research from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center which found that even after routine cleaning, 78 percent of surfaces still had the bacteria C. diff.

Nine people to watch in 2009: Vogel, Obama, Vilsack, Pacelle, Crossen, Smith, Galbraith, Clatterbuck, Pryor/Clark

Farm and Dairy, January 8, 2009
Trevor Clatterbuck, a 2008 Case Western Reserve University alumnus and co-founder and CEO of Fresh Fork Market, has been named along with his colleagues as a group that might make an impact in the agricultural industry this year.

Higher Ed News

Online social networking on campus

Inside Higher Ed, January 8, 2009
Student affairs administrators are increasingly debating how to use Facebook and other social networking tools—and whether and how to monitor student use. A new book aims to offer some guidance.