Momentum: $1.5 Million Cleveland Foundation Grant Continues to Build Proteomics Infrastructure at Case Western Reserve

On May 4, 2009, Case Western Reserve University announced nearly $9 million in new philanthropic commitments to the School of Medicine. This story is the second in a series that will highlight these new gifts.

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The Cleveland Foundation has made a $1.5 million grant to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to support second-phase funding for the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The grant will allow the school to continue to build strength in a field that is a cornerstone of the future of medical care—proteomics, the study of proteins and their changes in disease.

This funding allows the university to advance its leadership role in developing customized technologies and research that will make a significant impact on human health. The grant further lays the groundwork for attracting biotech start-up companies to the area. Read more.

Campus News

The Mood Disorders Program at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals is currently enrolling participants in a clinical trial. The trial is looking at how pioglitazone can treat the symptoms of depression and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of medical risk factors found in individuals that may include being overweight, having high blood pressure and/or elevated cholesterol levels, and a family history of heart disease and/or diabetes. The trial is enrolling men and women ages 18 to 70 who have been diagnosed with both major depressive disorder and metabolic syndrome. For more information on the trial, call (216) 844-2869 or go online.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor swine flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases of swine flu have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

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 $25 if they register by Monday, May 11. Go online for more information.

For Students

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering two International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to El Salvador and Bangladesh during winter break 2009. For spring break 2010, courses will take students to the Netherlands, Israel and Guatemala, and in May 2010 to Ecuador. Courses have been approved as Global and Cultural Diversity electives. The programs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, alumni and professionals. Contact Deborah Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.

Events

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will present its Cancer Center Scientific Series from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 11, in the Wolstein Auditorium. The research presenters are Alex Huang, Patrick Ma, and Alan Zhu. The program is open to the campus community. Learn more.

Joan Steitz will present the Harland G. Wood Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m., Monday, May 11, at the School of Medicine, Room E501. Steitz has earned an international reputation for her research on RNA and will present "MicroRNPs: Versatile Regulators of Gene Expression in Vertebrate Cells." A reception will follow in W428. This event is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and is free and open to the public.

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The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Arthur Huckelbridge, associate professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve, as a co-presenter on the topic of "An Innerbelt Traversing the Rustbelt." The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, May 11, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

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Cynthia M. Beall, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2009 Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award from the Human Biology Association (HBA). Beall is the Idel Pyle Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet. The HBA's Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award is the premier award given to scholars who have made exemplary contributions to human biology in science, scholarship, and other professional service to the field of human biology. Beall also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The School of Graduate Studies announces the winners of the the 2009 Postdoctoral Research Awards from Research ShowCASE 2009. Outstanding poster winners were Jevan Furmanski, Brian Grimberg, Emhonta Johnson, and Hany Sobhi. The honorable mention poster prize was awarded to Elshad Allakhyarov. The Postdoctoral Research Award is a monetary award to be used for travel expenses related to attending professional meetings in the scholarly spirit of sharing research, enhancing expertise, and bridging the gaps between research areas. 

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) announces the student winners from the Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster SessionGo online to view the complete list.

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Ica Manas-Zloczower, professor and associate dean of faculty development in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, was recently voted president-elect of the Polymer Processing Society. She will be assisting the current president during the 2009-2011 term, and will serve as president during 2011-2013 term. The organization has a membership of about 700 university professors and practicing engineers involved in research, development, and technical innovation operations applied to polymeric systems.

Kenneth Klika, assistant dean for facilities management at the College of Arts and Sciences, has passed the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) exam. According to a congratulatory letter to Klika from the APPA Board for Educational Facilities Professionals, "You now represent the best of the best in educational facilities. Your success in earning the CEFP confirms your achievements and illustrates your understanding and application of creating and maintaining safe, functional and inspiring learning environments, now and for future generations." Klika also is an adjunct professor of civil engineering.

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.

Friday, May 8:

  • ERP Student Development Servers (Application Development only)
  • LDAP Server (Redundant replica, no outages expected)
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

May 8, 2009

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve debuts private version of Second Life

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, May 7, 2009
Higher education has embraced Second Life. But the marriage of universities and virtual worlds has sometimes been marred by concerns over security, privacy, and intellectual property. Case Western Reserve University announced a new venture with the potential to allay some of those concerns. The university will be the first to host a private, stand-alone version of Second Life behind its fire wall. Faculty and staff members and students will have access to the fantasy space.

'Breakthrough' grant for proteomics, AIDS centers at Case Western Reserve medical school

MedCity News, May 8, 2009
A $3 million grant to two research centers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine could lead to better treatments for the HIV/AIDS virus. The Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, and the Case Center for AIDS Research have received the first installment of the grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—$989,108. Mark Chance, director for the proteomics center and primary investigator on the grant, comments.

Three regional banks need only modest amounts of more capital

WCPN.org, May 7, 2009
Three of the Midwest's biggest banks need to raise more capital. That's what the U.S. Treasury Department says after releasing the bank stress tests. But the amounts are less than some expected. The banks are KeyBank, Fifth Third and PNC. Bill Mahnic, a finance professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ask the experts: What you should know about the H1N1 (swine flu) virus

The Plain Dealer, May 6, 2009
This week's NetWellness column is authored by Amy J. Ray, a clinical instructor and division chief at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Robert A. Salata, a professor and division chief at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. They answer questions about the H1N1 influenza.

UCLA fined following fatal lab accident

Chemistry World, May 6, 2009
The University of California, Los Angeles has been fined nearly $32,000 following the death of a laboratory assistant in January. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health concluded that there are significant weaknesses in the school's hazardous chemical training, workplace safety procedures and laboratory record keeping. Robert Latsch, a chemical safety specialist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve University and Second Life building a private virtual world for university

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2009
Students in Carolina Perera's Spanish language class don't need an airplane to visit Mexico, Spain or Colombia. They go virtually. Perera, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, assigns her students to use Second Life, an online 3-D virtual world, to visit other countries and interact with native Spanish speakers. It is one of many ways Case Western Reserve and other universities are incorporating virtual reality into education.

Higher Ed News

Mystery donor may have started handing out gifts more than a year ago

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, May 8, 2009
The mystery surrounding the top-secret donations to colleges led by women shows no signs of abating, with more gifts announced this week and a new report suggesting that the donor may have started distributing the multimillion-dollar checks as early as the beginning of 2008.