Case Western Reserve Receives $5M
from Third Frontier Commission for the
Center For Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

The Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM), comprised of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Athersys, Inc., has received $5 million from Ohio's Third Frontier Commission under the Research Commercialization Program. The funding will help support new and innovative stem cell technologies including two commercial, four emerging and three pilot projects. This funding will be matched by each of the projects to create a $10 million grant benefiting stem cell and regenerative medicine in Ohio.

"This funding provides CSCRM the support it needs to continue to aggressively move new technologies from academic labs towards commercial development," said Stan Gerson, director of the Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine.

The continued research efforts will result in efficient clinical applications and commercialization of stem cells to benefit patients throughout Ohio. Read more.

U.S. Supreme Court Cites Law Professor's Work

In the recent Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts ruling, the United States Supreme Court recently cited Paul Giannelli's work. He is a professor of law.

This is the seventh time his work has been cited by the Court. Both the majority and the dissent cited his text, Scientific Evidence. Read more.

Campus News


The university's book club is currently reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Those interested in discussing the book are invited to attend the group's next meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, in Crawford Hall 720. Contact Susan Benedict for details.

The summer barbecue season continues Wednesday, July 1, with an All American Barbecue theme and music by Megan Slankard. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Crawford Deck every Wednesday through July 8. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert, as well as a front row seat to the entertainment. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) reminds researchers about the July 1 quarterly competition for small pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. The program is being supported by Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center, and investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible. Investigators at the Cleveland Clinic have access to internal pilot funds for clinical and translational research through the RPC Program. Additional details are available online.

The Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, is offering an onsite Investor Education Series. All interested staff and faculty are eligible to attend. Whether you currently have investments with TIAA-CREF, another investment firm or no firm at all, this series of workshops will prove timely and informative. The next session, "How Am I Doing?: Understanding and Achieving Your Long-Term Financial Goals," will meet from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, in Crawford Hall 209. Go online to register and learn more about the series.

For Students

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable will present a summer fiesta from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 9, at the Village at 115 courtyard between Houses 1-3 (rain location: House 2 Great room). The event is open to all women undergraduates on campus.


Joseph C. LaManna, professor of physiology and biophysics, neurology and neurosciences, announces that the Annual Meeting of the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT) will be held for the first time in Cleveland July 5-9. ISOTT is an interdisciplinary society featuring international members. LaManna is the organization's president. The annual meeting brings together scientists, engineers, clinicians, and mathematicians in a unique forum for the exchange of information and knowledge, the updating of participants on latest developments and techniques, and the discussion of controversial issues within the field of oxygen transport to tissue. The featured presenter will be Jay Dean on "Oxygen and the World War II Aviator." Go online for additional details or to register.

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.

June 30, 2009

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Case in the News

High court's bias ruling may reshape employer policies

The Online NewsHour (PBS), June 29, 2009
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a group of white firefighters was unfairly denied promotions because of their race. Analysts examine the impact on future labor policy. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, offers insight on the ruling.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law professor Paul Giannelli's research used by Supreme

The Plain Dealer, June 30, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court drew on the research of Paul Giannelli, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in ruling that defendants in criminal trials have a constitutional right to cross-examine lab analysts who prepare reports on drugs and other research used at trial.

CHA mixed-income building has class clash

The Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2009
Low-income apartment dwellers and middle-class condo owners have shared Westhaven Park Tower since the building opened in 2006—an innovative setup that the city hoped would unite residents and exemplify Chicago's $1.6 billion overhaul of public housing. Mark Joseph, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, said results of the effort are mixed in Chicago and nationally.

Auto struggles drive parts makers down

American Public Media, June 29, 2009
Chrysler is reopening several U.S. assembly plants, but it may be too late for some parts suppliers. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Top 10 gangster films hit their marks

The Plain Dealer, June 29, 2009
Al Capone had Congress to thank for Prohibition, creating bootlegging millionaires who controlled large chunks of American cities in the 1920s. And Hollywood has Capone to thank for a brazen personality that inspired legions of films. Lou Giannetti, film professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

How BioEnterprise helps a startup

The Plain Dealer, June 28, 2009
To build a business, you need talent to lead it and money to seed it. That's BioEnterprise's mission. The company works closely with researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

New plan ties reduced college loan payments to income

New York Times, June 29, 2009
Starting Wednesday, the federal Education Department will begin offering a repayment plan that lets graduates reduce their loan payments, based on their income.