NIH Awards Case Western Reserve $1.33M to Improve Informatics Support

Case Western Reserve University has been awarded a two-year contract for $1.33 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding will support a pilot project that will expand informatics support for investigators, providing improved collaboration and sharing of information between investigators from multiple disciplines.

Case Western Reserve University was one of three universities awarded this pilot project funding. The contracts were awarded to institutions that receive NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), and represents a collaboration among individuals at three or more institutions. Administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), Case Western Reserve University received a $64 million CTSA award in September 2007 and in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center formed the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC).

The Case Western Reserve project, headed by Susan Redline of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and G.Q. Zhang, the co-principal investigator from the Case School of Engineering, includes investigators from the Marshfield Clinic, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Michigan. Read more.

Campus News


The Annual Case Concert Celebration will take place Wednesday, February 18, at Severance Hall. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform an exclusive concert for the Case Western Reserve community. Sponsored by the Payne Fund, the concert begins at 8 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelvin Smith Library. Concert tickets are $5 for students, $10 for university alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Learn more.

Volunteers are sought for the Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant. The program, which provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students in the Greater Cleveland area, meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Materials, training, supervision, and free parking are provided. To volunteer, send an e-mail to the program, or call (216) 421-0482 x281. 

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services is sponsoring a free self defense program for women. The Rape Aggression Defense system teaches women to use their own strengths to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and if necessary, how to defend themselves and escape. The program consists of four classes beginning February 2 and continuing the next three Mondays in February. The classes meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Veale Center. Contact Karen Gregor at 368-6811 to register or for more information.


The Case Men's Glee Club (CMGC) will perform Singing Valentines on campus Friday, February 13. The valentines, which cost $5, will be on sale Monday, February 2 through Thursday, February 12. Go online for more information or to order a Singing Valentine. Faculty who would prefer that Singing Valentines not be delivered to their classes are asked to e-mail CMGC's president, Stephen Trompak, at by January 31. Specify the course number, time and location of the class.

For Faculty and Staff

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites SAGES faculty to participate in the upcoming WRC SAGES Faculty Brown Bag from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Thursday, January 29, in the WRC Library (Bellflower 104). The topic will be "Helping Students Generate Topics." Faculty members can RSVP by e-mail.

A session on "Effective Performance Management" will be held from 1-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Attendees will learn more about the purpose of a performance review, and should come prepared to complete a review of a staff member that is meeting expectations and one that is below expectations. Register online.

For Students

Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack III will host a tuition forum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 30, in Strosacker Auditorium. He will discuss tuition rates for 2009-2010. Refreshments will be available.

Discussions, the university's undergraduate research journal, is currently accepting submissions for its spring issue. The journal publishes research from any field that is written by an undergraduate or team of undergraduates. The spring deadline is Sunday, February 1. Send an e-mail to the staff for more information.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) is hosting a tour of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 29. Undergraduate and graduate students are admitted free with their university ID. RSVP by January 28.

Undergraduates who would like to learn more about a one-year master's degree in a business discipline are invited to attend two Weatherhead School of Management open houses January 28. Science operations research and supply chain management will be discussed from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis building, Room 120.  The master's degree in science and finance will be discussed from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the same location. Both sessions will include pizza and soda. Students should contact Monica Eastway if they are unable to attend but are interested receiving more information.


The campus community is invited to hear the University of Michigan's Kathleen M. Sutcliffe discuss "Mindful Organizing and Reliable Performance: Implications from Healthcare and Firefighting" from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, January 30, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 118. Her research is devoted to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of organizational adaptation, reliability and resilience. Sponsored by the Weatherhead School of Management. Contact Retta Holdorf at 368-2144 for information.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Jeffrey Duerk, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Jeffrey Sunshine, director of the MRI program at University Hospitals, on the topic of "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) from the Inside Out." The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, February 9, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.


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.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. The final phases of the data center renovation project involves moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Services affected by the moves this week include:

Wednesday, January 28

Yost Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone services to Yost Hall
  • Data network services to Yost Hall
  • Wireless network services to Yost Hall

Other services:

  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • Department of Research Database / offline
  • Department of Research Web Server / offline
  • University Library Development / offline
  • Sevis System / offlline

Thursday, January 29

Eldred Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Eldred Hall
  • Data Network Services to Eldred Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Eldred Hall

Other services:

  • Data Warehouse / Should remain online
  • Password Management / offline
  • Domain Name Services / Should remain online
  • Active Directory Services / Should remain online
  • Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

    January 27, 2009

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    Year of Darwin


    Campus members who have missed some of the events that have been part of Case Western Reserve University's celebration of Charles Darwin are invited to go to the official Web site. Choose from several videos featuring experts who've already visited campus as part of the academic observance of Darwin's life and work.

    Case in the News

    A strong signal on global warming

    The New York Times, January 26, 2009
    A group of experts are weighing in on President Barack Obama's new stance on auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is part of the expert panel.

    Get help to kick the habit

    The Plain Dealer, January 26, 2009
    Research shows that most people who smoke would like to quit, yet an overwhelming percentage of those who try fail. The biggest mistake people make is telling themselves they can do it themselves. Scott Frank, associate professor of family medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, discusses the importance of getting help.

    Three new informatics pilot projects to aid clinical and translational scientists nationwide

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, January 26, 2009
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded three contracts for pilot projects to improve informatics support for researchers conducting small- to medium-sized clinical studies. Case Western Reserve University received one of the grants.

    Job loss in the recession: If you work for yourself, are you worse off?

    U.S. News & World Report, January 26, 2009
    Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about how the job recession is affecting the self-employed.

    Higher Ed News

    Colleges adjust as endowment returns plunge

    USA TODAY, January 26, 2009
    Average college endowment returns dropped about 3 percent over the 12 months ending in June, then plummeted an estimated 22.5 percent more on average over the next five months, three surveys show today.