Researchers from School of Medicine Awarded Nearly $1 Million for Blindness Research

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has been awarded an unrestricted grant along with three individual awards that could total up to $1 million by the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Foundation. These are the most grants awarded in a single year to the Case Western Reserve visual sciences program since 1997. In that time, the program has received $2,712,500 from RPB, one of the world's leading voluntary organizations supporting eye research.

One highlight is the awarding of the $650,000 Jules & Doris Stein RPB Professorship to Irina A. Pikuleva, who was the only RPB Stein awardee in the United States this year. A nominee for a Jules & Doris Stein RPB Professorship—RPB's premier award—must be recruited into a primary appointment in an ophthalmology department, with a secondary appointment in the basic sciences. To date, the program has helped to attract 44 exceptionally talented basic scientists to devote their careers to eye research. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve University faculty authors. Hosted by librarian William Claspy, the site currently features an interview with Thrity Umrigar, associate professor in the Department of English.

The Educational Community Outreach (ECO) Initiative within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry invites the campus community to its third educational forum, "Childhood Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder: Educational Forum," beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at University Hospitals' W.O. Walker Building auditorium. Aaron Ellington of University Hospitals Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will give a presentation. Continuing Education Units might apply for professionals. Registration and refreshments will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. RSVP by calling (216) 844-3922.


The university's book club is currently reading Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. Those interested in discussing the book are invited to attend the group's next meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in Crawford Hall, Room 720. Contact Sue Benedict for details.

The Weatherhead School of Management and the Department of Organizational Behavior will host an informational open house about the Master of Science Program in Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the George S. Dively Building. MPOD explores appreciative inquiry, leadership development, emotional intelligence and sustainable enterprises. Register online.

For Faculty and Staff

The iD Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University will open in June. The weeklong day and overnight program is for children ages 7-17, who will have an opportunity to create video games, design Web sites with Flash®, film digital movies, learn programming, build robots and more. Case Western Reserve staff and faculty can save $75 by using code USF88 by March 15. Go online or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for more information. 

For Students

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


The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant at Case Western Reserve will present its final installment of the Model Organisms Seminar Series. The last installment will focus on the use of viruses as model organisms with guest speaker Michael Barry of the Mayo Clinic. He will speak at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the Wolstein Auditorium, and later that day at 4 p.m. Both sessions are on the topic of "Adenovirus." Learn more.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve, and Cindy Holland, professor of psychology at Cuyahoga Community College, on the topic of "Intelligence Begins at Infancy: How We Know It, and What Difference Does it Make?" The talk starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

March 9, 2009

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Case in the News

Researchers eagerly plan for NIH cash influx

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 9, 2009
Like many of her colleagues, Pamela Davis isn't waiting for the National Institutes of Health to describe exactly how it will dole out $10.4 billion in federal stimulus money. Davis, dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, instead is encouraging the institution's researchers to get their proposals for NIH money ready—even if they must tweak those proposals as rules for securing the money are made public.

More employers choose to force workers to take temporary, unpaid time off as a way to reduce costs

The Plain Dealer, March 8, 2009
Companies, colleges and governments are flocking to embrace the furlough during these hard financial times. Once applied mainly to blue-collar manufacturing workers, the modern furlough is an equal-opportunity cost-cutter, taking money out of the pockets of white-collar workers as well. Paul Gerhart, a Case Western Reserve University professor or marketing and policy studies who teaches and does research on human resources, comments.

People who kill relatives usually driven by revenge or a false altruism

The Plain Dealer, March 8, 2009
Revenge or a misguided altruism is the typical motivation for people who kill relatives, experts said Friday. But with details still sketchy, it's unclear whether the killings of two women and three children Thursday night on Cleveland's West Side fit the pattern of what experts call "family annihilation" or "familicide." Phillip Resnick, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Scientists shine light on dark matter: International workshop set in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, March 9, 2009
Astronomers and physicists may be close to cracking one of science's biggest mysteries—what makes up most of the universe. A dark matter workshop is coming to Cleveland this week. One of the organizers is Case Western Reserve University Astrophysicist Chris Mihos.

Court defies pro-business label

The Plain Dealer, March 9, 2009
After the Supreme Court completed its first full term with both of President George W. Bush's appointees in place, business groups and those who represent them could hardly come up with the accolades to describe the new court. But since then, a more nuanced portrait of the court has emerged. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

College newspapers face weak ad revenue

USA TODAY, March 7, 2009
Students working on college newspapers across the United States are learning an all-too-real-world lesson: Their papers face the same advertising revenue declines and expense cutbacks as their professional counterparts.