New Research to be Spotlighted
at Research ShowCASE on April 16


Using electronic games to relieve post-surgical pain in teens, developing a new telescope system to search for extraterrestrial intelligence and many more research projects will be on display during Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009. The free, public event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in Veale Convocation Center.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students have submitted displays and posters reflecting this year's theme of Inspiring and Influencing the Future.

Research projects will span a range of topics from lowering noise levels in neonatal intensive care to developing sensors to track odors for defense and security. A number of researchers have studies about major health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Read more.

Campus News

Due to a recent number of laptop thefts, Case Western Reserve Police & Security would like to remind students, faculty and staff to secure valuable items such as laptops and avoid leaving them unattended. The campus community also is encouraged to call the police and security dispatch center at 368-3333 to report suspicious activities or people on campus at any time. The department has laptop locks available for purchase. Contact Karen Gregor at 368-6811 for prices and billing options.

The computer worm known as the Conficker C (or Downadup) has been affecting users of Microsoft Windows operating systems since early February. It is reported to increase activity on April 1, but is not expected to be detrimental on Case Western Reserve ITS operations and network availability. If a user's computer is already infected, it will attempt to contact more computers on this date. Faculty, staff and students who experience any unusual activity with their computers are advised to call the Help Desk at 368-HELP for instructions in identifying and removing the source of this computer worm. More details are available online.

The School of Dental Medicine is conducting a survey about its student operated dental clinic. The campus community is invited to take the survey.

Alpha Phi Omega's March for Marfan, an annual 5k run/3k walk, will be held on Saturday, April 4. The walk is a fundraising benefit for the National Marfan Foundation. Individuals can sign up for the event for $20/person or $60 for a group of four. Send an e-mail to the organizers or go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Using Pachyderm to Enhance Teaching and Presentations" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pachyderm is a software package available at Case Western Reserve. Megan Linos from the Department of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) will demonstrate how Pachyderm can be used to assist in teaching and professional presentations. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hiring paid undergraduate and graduate interns for the summer and the 2009-2010 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, April 10. Detailed information about the jobs is available on the Center for Women Web site.

The Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program announces that student funding opportunities are available through the Clinton Global Initiative University. Funding opportunities are available in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, peace and human rights, and poverty alleviation. The deadline is Friday, April 3. Learn more.

Applications for Springfest 2009 booths are due by Wednesday, April 1. Applications are available online.



Richard R. Ernst will be the keynote speaker for the Adamczyk Memorial Lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in the Rockefeller Building, Room 301. The topic will be "Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR and MRI." A pioneer of NMR and MRI technology, Ernst won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions toward the development of Fourier Transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the subsequent development of multi-dimensional NMR techniques. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register online. This program is sponsored jointly by the Adamczyk Memorial Lecture Fund in the departments of biomedical engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry, as well as the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology and the Case Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics.

The Cleveland Medical Library Association presents John Harley Warner of Yale University on the topic of "The Image of Modern Medicine: Professional Identity and Visual Culture in America at the Turn of the 20th Century" at 6 p.m., Friday, April 3, in Ford Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Powell Room, second floor of the Allen Library. RSVP by phone at 368-3648 or by e-mail to


A poetry recital featuring guest of honor Forrest Gander of Brown University will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Clark Hall 309. The event will feature an hour of student poetry, followed by a book signing with Gander. The recital is sponsored and organized by the College Scholars Program. Free and open to the public.

In honor of Women's History Month, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will co-host "She Did What?!—A Casual Open Mic Event" at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Arabica coffeehouse on Juniper Drive. The campus and general community are invited to listen and share stories of female strength. The event will include dessert and door prizes.

The Center for Global Health and Diseases will host a seminar, "Detecting Local Selection in Human Populations," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. Mark Stoneking of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. His research involves using molecular genetic methods to address questions of anthropological interest concerning the origins, migrations, and relationships of human populations. Call 368-4818 for more information.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host a discussion on the topic of "WellWomen: What No One Told You About Pregnancy and Childbirth" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Katie Hanna.

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 31, 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. On April 1, Kelvin Smith Library will host noted science historian and Darwin author John van Whye of the University of Cambridge. On April 2, Professor Irene Lee and the Department of Chemistry will host a talk featuring Julius Rebek Jr., director of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology and professor at the Scripps Research Institute. Learn more.

Case in the News

Boonshoft medical school hopes podcasts will help keep cream of its class

MedCity News, March 28, 2009
Medical students commonly apply—and get accepted—to multiple schools. So institutions continue to admit applicants as students finalize their choices. Institutions try several ways to keep their applicants. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine hosts a "Second Look Weekend" that brings back about 130 accepted but undecided applicants to Cleveland to tour the city and school.

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, March 30, 2009
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, was a guest on Conversations with Kathleen Dunn. He discussed current national and global news.

Babbling brook builds loyal viewership at University Hospitals: Healthy Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, March 31, 2009
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University has had a special visitor the last two months: Satomi Suzuki, a registered nurse from Japan. Suzuki, who is on the nursing faculty at Aichi University in central Japan, was in town to take a few courses in acute critical care and move along her nursing school's efforts to develop an extension of the Bolton school's Flight Nursing program—the first of its kind in Japan.

Municipal networks offer reachable challenge of serving the unserved, March 30, 2009
The morning session of the Freedom to Connect conference probed the status and conditions of broadband quality and access in municipal America. Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, urged a community model that might satisfy competing local interests.

Choice autism treatment offers benefits, has limits, March 30, 2009
At the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, children with communication and behavior difficulties get help through a rigorous empirical method called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Not everyone is so enthusiastic about ABA, however. Max Wiznitzer, associate professor of pediatric neurology at Case Western Reserve University, cautions that the treatment should fit the child, and ABA may not work as well for some children as other types of therapy.

Study: Being too thin will age your face

New York Daily News, March 31, 2009
Second helpings on dessert might seem like the sweetest way to celebrate new research that says being thin ages us more than anything else. Bahman Guyuron of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was the study's lead author.

Nanotech firms tout long-term potential

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 30, 2009
Northeast Ohio can become a major force in the nanotechnology field. Scott Rickert moved to Northeast Ohio from the East Coast in the mid-1970s to study what was then called molecular electronics at Case Western Reserve University, one of few schools that specialized in the subject at the time. He kept his company in this area despite his lack of family ties to Northeast Ohio.

Higher Ed News

For top colleges, economy has not reduced interest (or made getting in easier)

New York Times, March 29, 2009
The recession appears to have had little impact on the number of applications received by many of the nation's most competitive colleges, or on an applicant's overall chances of being admitted to them.