Faculty Members Encouraged to Apply for
UCITE Learning Fellowships

Faculty members are invited to apply to become fall 2009 University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education Learning Fellows.

The program promotes collaboration with teachers from across the university. Faculty will discuss research on learning, and ways to translate that knowledge into practical classroom strategies for students.
Upon completion, an academic grant of $2,500 will be available for each participant to use during the following fiscal year. Funding is provided by the Office of the Provost.

The application deadline is July 6. More.

Campus News


An Executive M.B.A. Open House will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 29, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni to learn first-hand about what makes this program unique. Learn more.

The new issue of art/sci, a semi-annual publication of the College of Arts and Sciences, is now available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host a session on "Becoming an Effective Team Member" from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in Nord Hall 310A. Participants will learn the essential skills necessary to develop and maintain highly effective teams. Whether the participant is a team member or a team leader they will gain the skills necessary for effective team performance. Register online.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of events and activities taking place in the community.

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.

Et al


More than 70 people—including CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric—attended a recent School of Medicine Research Event in New York City. The reception presented Sanford Markowitz's quest to reduce colon cancer death to Case Western Reserve University and School of Medicine alumni and friends, and updated and educated attendees about initiatives and other cutting edge research at the School of Medicine. Couric is an active proponent for colon cancer awareness, screening and research after losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to the disease in 1998. In 2000, she directly impacted Markowitz’s research efforts by inviting Today Show viewers to participate in his colon cancer family study. With help from Couric and families across America, Markowitz identified the specific genes that cause colon cancer and developed a simple, noninvasive stool-sample test currently marketed as ColoSure and produced by Laboratory Corporation of America. He is also working to develop a blood test as an even simpler way to detect the disease.

Prevent Blindness America recently announced recipients of the 2009 Investigator Awards. Case Western Reserve's Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, and co-investigator Mahmoud Ghannoum, received an award for their research project entitled, "Prevention of Soft Contact Lens Associated Fusarium Biofilms." Szczotka-Flynn is associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesGhannoum is director of the Center for Medical Mycology, Department of Dermatology. The study will utilize a model of soft contact lens biofilms to assess the efficacy of contact lens solutions against them and test mechanisms of their prevention.


Jason Chao, professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was one of only five in the country to receive the 2009 President's Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). He received this award for his work on the fmCASES project, a project designed to teach and create the family medicine curriculum to medical students through computer assisted simulation. Chao played a pivotal role when outlining content and learning objectives of the individual classes, and identifying case authors and determining the project schedule for the computer assisted simulation.


June 26, 2009

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Case in the News

NIH to fund $2.9 million cataract, Alzheimer's study

MedCity News, June 25, 2009
A multi-institutional team of researchers, led by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, will begin a five-year, $2.9 million National Institutes of Health-funded study. They will examine the lives of patients with both cataracts and Alzheimer's disease to document how restored vision improves everyday life for people with dementia.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic researchers benefit from grant on biodefense and infectious diseases: Communities

The Plain Dealer, June 26, 2009
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $37 million five-year research grant to the St. Louis-based Midwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Researchers for the center, who come from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, among other institutions in the Midwest, focus their efforts on developing new or improved ways to respond to infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats.

Competition and health care costs

Health Care Cost Monitor (The Hastings Institute), May 29, 2009
Joseph White, chair of political science, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about health care costs and reform.

Public health plan, mandate to buy insurance, may help solve disruptions in medical care

MedCity News, June 25, 2009
Many people in Northeast Ohio who lose their jobs in the ongoing economic recession also lose their health insurance, according to Better Health Greater Cleveland's third community report. Randall Cebul, director of Better Health Greater Cleveland who also directs the Case Western Reserve University Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth, comments.

Bullying top issue for school safety chief

Education Week, June 25, 2009
The selection last month of Kevin Jennings as the assistant deputy secretary in the Department of Education's office of safe and drug-free schools sends an important signal, experts in school safety and student mental health say, that safety is about more than keeping guns and knives out of schools. Stephen Sroka, a health education consultant and adjunct assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Help wanted for new graduates

Inside Higher Ed, June 26, 2009
As difficult as it may be for some to pay to enroll in college these days, it may be more difficult to graduate...without a job. Groups representing the generation of students and graduates facing that prospect announced on Thursday a policy agenda for their group, 80 Million Strong For Young American Jobs, a collaborative organization fighting for legislation to create and sustain new jobs.