Case Western Reserve Leads RecycleMania Category Two Weeks in a Row


For the second week in a row, Case Western Reserve University earned first place among University Athletic Association schools participating in RecycleMania's Waste Minimization category.

"We're doing a great job! Please keep encouraging your colleagues, friends, students and faculty to get into the game," said Linda Robson, campus planning and operations fellow.

Case Western Reserve ranked No. 1 for Week 5 with a cumulative average of 22.79 pounds per person. In the Waste Minimization category, schools compete to see which produce the least amount of municipal solid waste (including recyclables and trash) per person. Case Western Reserve's numbers were better than Carnegie Mellon University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Brandeis and Emory universities. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Pharmacology announces to the scientific community a new state-of-the-art X-ray Crystallography Facility. To learn more, go online or contact Chris Dealwis at 368-1652.


Volunteers are needed 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 is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the university's emergency notification system, called CaseWARN. Users go to a web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.

For Faculty and Staff

The Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces a quarterly competition for pilot funding of up to $10,000 which will be made available to support studies conducted through any of the CTSC core facilities. This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center, and investigators based at these sites are eligible for this competition. There are several cycles, with the next applications due April 1 and July 1. Learn more.

For Students

Abstracts are being accepted through Friday, March 13, for the Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top student talks and posters. The symposium, scheduled for Friday, May 8, will feature keynote speaker Louis J. Ptacek from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, San Francisco.


Astrophysicist Carlos Frenk will speak on the topic of "The Great Cosmic Gamble: Making Galaxies from Nothing" at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Part of the 2008-2009 Frontiers of Astronomy Series. Co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy.

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.

March 10, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research March 17–19. Angela Belcher of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be on campus for several events. Learn more.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve medical school wins almost $1 million in grants

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 10, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received three grants totaling nearly $1 million. Irina Pikuleva was awarded the $650,000 Jules & Doris Stein Professorship from the Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation. Pikuleva studies key enzymes involved in cholesterol elimination. Related article.

Obama lifting of embryonic stem cell research ban to benefit local National Center for Regenerative Medicine

The Plain Dealer, March 10, 2009
With President Barack Obama signing an executive order Monday to permit federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, researchers will now be able to attract more of the cutting-edge research to Northeast Ohio. The National Center for Regenerative Medicine, which houses the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, is based in Cleveland. It's a collaboration among Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Stan Gerson, the center's director and a professor of medicine, comments.

Cleveland stem cell researchers celebrate Obama decision, March 10, 2009
At Case Western Reserve University, genetic scientists like Paul Tesar are doing ground breaking research in stem cell science every day. Under the leadership of Stan Gerson, director of the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, the researchers at Case Western Reserve have already published several of their discoveries in stem cell applications. Most of them are happy about President Barack Obama's decision regarding embryonic stem cell research.

Cleveland-area homes can be yours for $1 each—133 of them, at least

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2009
More than 60 percent of foreclosed properties in Cleveland sold for $10,000 or less through the first six months of 2008, compared with about 40 percent in 2007 and less than 15 percent in 2006, according to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. Mike Schramm, a researcher at the center, comments.

Higher Ed News

Double take

Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2009
As endowments continue to lose value and economic outlooks grow ever bleaker, some of the nation's wealthiest universities are calling for greater sacrifices than they were just a few months ago.