School of Medicine Dean
Addresses City Club of Cleveland


Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, recently shared just a few highlights from the groundbreaking research taking place at the school with a City Club of Cleveland audience.

In her speech last week, Davis discussed what she described as "the twin passions of my professional life: achieving medical discoveries and using them to change the lives of patients." As the head of the School of Medicine, Davis leads an academic division ranked among the top 25 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The campus community can hear the complete talk by listening to the podcast. Read more.

Campus News

Lot 13A has transitioned to a University Hospitals permit lot and will no longer be available to visitors during daytime hours. Visitor and special event  parking will still be available after hours and on weekends. Visitors may utilize lots 29 or 53 as an alternative. Contact Access Services at 368-2273 with questions or for more information.

Campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day, or have sleep apnea may qualify for a new clinical trial. The HomePAP study compares two different approaches to diagnosing and determining optimal treatment pressures for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who will be using continuous positive airway pressure to treat their condition. Contact Rawan Salem for specific details. Learn more.


Photo submissions are being accepted for the 2009-2010 Coming of Age Birthday Card, a Case Western Reserve University tradition. When students turn 21, they receive a birthday card signed by the president of the university and the vice president for student affairs recognizing this milestone birthday. Photos should reflect a major campus event, a significant place, or something that clearly represents the student experience. Entries are due by midnight, Tuesday, April 7. The Student Life Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government will select the photo(s) that best personify the criteria. Winners are scheduled to be announced in Case Daily and The Observer. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 368-2020 with questions. Complete details and submission guidelines are available online.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

In honor of Financial Awareness Month, the Department of Human Resources is offering its Money Wise Series. The next session is "Take Control of Your Retirement Planning" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Crawford Hall 209. Amy Sheldon, benefits manager, will provide an overview of Plan C, investment options in Plan C, and information on how to take control of planning for retirement. Register online.

For Students

Educational Services for Students and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will sponsor a session with a writing coach from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the OMA office. Nárcisz Fejes has taught a variety of writing courses in the SAGES program. The session is designed to help students generate ideas for research papers, organize their thoughts, find relevant research material, understand common grammar and sentence errors, and more. Lunch will be provided. Send an e-mail to RSVP for the session. Call the OMA office at 368-2904 for more information.


Volunteers are needed for Springfest 2009, which will take place Saturday, April 25. Possible tasks include assisting with set up and clean up, crowd control, handing out raffle tickets, and more. Volunteers will receive food and a free Springfest shirt. Contact Ashley Thomas for more information.


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 College of Arts and Sciences will host Richard R. Ernst as he speaks on the topic of "Aesthetic and Scientific Perspectives of Central Asian Painting Art" at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, in Nord Hall 410. The fascination of a scientist-and-art-collector for an astounding culture in the remote areas of the Himalayas and beyond is put into words and illustrated by several paintings from his collection. Ernst won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host "Women in Academia: A Panel Discussion" from 12:45 to 2 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The panel will include Mary Barkley, Department of Chemistry; Heather Broihier, Department of Neurosciences; and Alexis Abramson, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Lunch will be provided. Go online for more information.

The Department of Mathematics will host Bill Arveson of the University of California, Berkeley, from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 3, in Yost Hall 300. Refreshments will precede the talk. Learn more about his talk, as well as other upcoming events.

The Department of Anthropology will continue its Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series: Applying Anthropology to Real World Problems when it hosts Ruth Sando from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in Mather Memorial 201. Sando will discuss "Applications of Anthropology in Business: Thinking and Working 'Outside the Box.'" A reception will follow the talk.

Prevention and Recovery Services (PRS), University Counseling Services and Share the Vision will host the Fourth Annual Celebrate Recovery at Case from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 3, in the George S. Dively Building. David Lawrence, an actor on the NBC television program Heroes, will be the guest speaker. The event will benefit PRS and The Recovery House at Case Western Reserve, and will feature food, music, raffles and more. Tickets are $10 for students; $35 for faculty, staff and the community; and $45 at the door. Group rates are available. Lawrence also will speak during the Community Hour at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, in Thwing Center.

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.

April 2, 2009

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Case in the News

Entrepreneurial pessimism or worse news coming on the job front?

Small Business Trends, March 30, 2009
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about small business openings and hiring trends.

Adoptees find birth family using the Web

FindingDulcinea, March 28, 2009
In addition to bringing families together, the Web has had an impact on the adoption process. The article references Victor Groza, Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Research at DU: Inquiring minds go to work during summers

Newark Advocate, April 2, 2009
An article about research opportunities at Denison University references Case Western Reserve University.

Magnetic nano-'shepherds' organize cells

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, March 31, 2009
The power of magnetism may address a major problem facing bioengineers as they try to create new tissue—getting human cells to not only form structures, but to stimulate the growth of blood vessels to nourish that growth. A multidisciplinary team of investigators from Duke University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst created an environment where magnetic particles suspended within a specialized solution act like molecular sheep dogs.

Journal club: A chemist welcomes an ingenious advance in plastics technology, March 30, 2009
According to Nature magazine, Anne Hiltner of Case Western Reserve University, and her colleagues, take two well established facts— confined polymers form single crystals, and a blend of polymers, when stretched and folded by clever processing, makes very many thin layers—and use them to make something novel: a two-polymer blend with an oxygen permeability 100 times lower than either of its components

Higher Ed News

Colleges are the ones fearing rejection letters

USA TODAY, April 2, 2009
For college-bound students, it's time to make decisions—and to navigate a transformed landscape where acceptances and wait-list status might have different implications than they did just a year ago.