JumpStart and Case Technology Ventures
Invest in Neuros Medical

JumpStart Inc., the Northeast Ohio venture development organization that accelerates the progress of high growth early-stage businesses, and Case Technology Ventures, a pre-seed stage venture capital and technology validation fund at Case Western Reserve University, recently announced an investment commitment of $375,000 in Neuros Medical Inc., a Cleveland company commercializing neurostimulation technology developed at Case Western Reserve University.

The technology was created by Kevin Kilgore and Niloy Bhadra of Case Western Reserve's Department of Biomedical Engineering and MetroHealth Medical Center, in partnership with the Cleveland FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) Center. It is referred to as "Nerve Block" and delivers high-frequency stimulation to sensory nerves in the peripheral nervous system to block chronic pain. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of the Provost is accepting nominations for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize. The Hovorka Prize was established in 1994 by Dorothy Humel Hovorka, an honorary member of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees and a leader in the arts and community affairs, in honor of her late husband, Frank, who was a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. The award recognizes a faculty member for exceptional achievements in teaching, research and scholarship that benefits humanity. Nominators should send a two- or three-page nomination letter, along with the nominee's CV or other biographical information. Information should be submitted to Lois Langell by April 5. Learn more.

The American Red Cross of Cleveland will hold two blood drives on campus this month. The first one will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Wade Commons. The second drive will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Fribley Commons. Campus community members who have not donated blood within the past 56 days are invited to donate. Make an appointment online.

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1-2-1 Fitness Center invites the campus community to join its Spring Into Fitness eight-week weight loss program. The new program begins Monday, March 23, and ends the week of graduation. The program includes full access to 1-2-1 Fitness, weekly weigh ins and prizes, nutrition and bootcamp group sessions, and three grand prizes. Go online for details or call 368-1121 to join by Friday, March 20.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites faculty to participate in a WRC SAGES Brown Bag Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the WRC Library (Bellflower Hall 104).  The topic will be "Research and Documentation."  RSVP to the WRC.

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The submission deadline for faculty textbook orders to the bookstore has been extended. Faculty are asked to provide textbook information for summer and fall 2009 classes by Friday, March 20. Place book requests by this date and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Orders can be submitted via campus mail, by e-mail to rjr17@case.edu or online (click on the faculty button). Help students save money by submitting orders now.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites students to participate in a WRC Campus Workshop on "Research and Documentation." This interactive workshop will provide students with valuable strategies for constructing strong research papers. The workshop will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 20, in the WRC Library (104 Bellflower Hall). While not required, students are encouraged to bring their laptops. Go online for more information or send an e-mail to the WRC staff.

Phi Delta Theta is organizing its inaugural Phi Delt Food Fest to raise money for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. The event will be a competition between groups, and campus organizations are invited to showcase their finest cuisine to benefit ALS research. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21, in Carlton Commons. Registration information is available online.

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Biomedical Graduate Student Organization will host a "Hangover Hump Day Breakfast" from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 18, at the Biomedical Research Building lobby. The breakfast is free for all graduate students. Contact Amanda Svenson for information.

Events

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Stephen Hazan Arnoff will discuss "About Man and God and Law: Bob Dylan and Religion" at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in Clark Hall 309. In a discussion illustrated by selected clips of music, video and text, Arnoff, a Cleveland native and a scholar of popular and Jewish culture, will explain how Dylan's pursuit of spiritual truth embodies a modern quest of many great artists and intellectuals to make sense of ancient traditions and folkways. Sponsored by the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies

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The Footlighters, the university's musical theater group, is bringing The Pajama Game to the Thwing Ballroom stage. This Tony award-winning musical is about a workplace romance in the middle of a pajama factory labor strike. Featuring famous songs such as Hernando's Hideaway and Hey There. Show times are 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26; 8 p.m., Friday, March 27; and 8 p.m. and midnight, Saturday, March 28. Tickets can be purchased at the door ($5 with student ID) or online until Wednesday, March 18.

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As part of Women's History Month, Linda Niccolai of Yale University will discuss "A Harm Reduction Approach to HIV Prevention for Women: Examples from Around the Globe" from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320A. Her talk will focus on transnational research on HIV/AIDS in women, and more specifically on using harm reduction as an approach to improving women's health in the U.S. and abroad. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the University Program Board and Greek Life. Learn more.

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

The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

March 17, 2009

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Year of Darwin

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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

Neuros Medical receives $375,000 investment

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 17, 2009
Neuros Medical Inc., a Case Western Reserve University spinoff company, is to receive a $375,000 investment from JumpStart Inc. and Case Technology Ventures.

Focus: Cleveland Diocese not alone in closing churches

WKYC.com, March 17, 2009
The people of the Diocese of Cleveland are not alone in going through the painful and difficult process of closing and merging churches. John Grabowski, noted Cleveland historian of both Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society, comments.

Ted Gup's disclosure of the Greenbrier bunker still controversial 17 years later

The Plain Dealer, March 15, 2009
Seventeen years after the outing of the top-secret Greenbrier bunker by journalist Ted Gup, the incident is still a flash point at the resort. Gup, now a journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University, says the shelter, built in the 1950s, was obsolete in 1992, when he wrote the story for The Washington Post. Related article.

Navigating Internet's choppy waters can be tricky, some firms find

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 2, 2009
The tools lumped under the umbrella of social media can be a blessing or a scourge, depending on what side of the mouse you fall. For businesses, these tools quickly can promote a product or service. But many owners have discovered that crossing the wrong customer can lead to negative postings or Internet gripe sites. Jacqueline D. Lipton, professor of law and co-director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Coalition pushes IT student, co-op match

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 2, 2009
A coalition of 26 higher education institutions, businesses and economic development groups in Northeast Ohio is designing a program aimed at helping the schools properly prepare IT students for the business world while encouraging companies to offer more internships and co-ops in the field. The group includes some of the region's largest schools, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

College study finds two-year 'penalty'

USA TODAY, March 17, 2009
A study being released today shows that people with a bachelor's degree who transferred from a community college earn less than those who start at a four-year school.