University Center on Aging and Health Grants Inspire New Research on Aging

The University Center on Aging and Health in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing recently received money from the President's Strategic Initiatives Fund with support from the McGregor Foundation. The funding enabled the center to launch a new initiative to help faculty members undertake research projects.

These projects have the potential to leverage larger grants after some initial findings, say Diana Morris, executive director of the aging center.

A second round of proposals is being accepted by the aging center. The deadline is Friday, August 21. Read more.

Campus News

Researchers in the University Hospitals Department of Family Medicine are looking for healthy volunteers ages 50 and older to participate in a research study about Vitamin D levels and nutritional intake. Volunteers must be free of chronic medical problems. Study participants will come in for a one-hour visit to the UH Dahms Clinical Research Unit where up to two teaspoons of blood will be drawn and information about diet and sunlight exposure will be collected. For questions or to see if you qualify, call 216-844-2637.


The SAGES Café is offering Peet's Guatemalan Blend this week. The coffee is from Finca Santa Isabel in Guatemala.

The Case Kung Fu sports club has put together a three-session self-defense intensive program for women. The sessions will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday July 23; 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 24; and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25. The classes will meet at Veale Center. The program will focus on basic kicks, strikes, and take-downs anyone can do. The cost is $20 for all three sessions. Contact James Van Doren to reserve a spot.

For Faculty and Staff


The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Improving Learning Outcomes Using the New Collaborative Technologies" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 23, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. There has been a recent explosion of new technologies that provide new opportunities for collaborative work, such as Web conferencing, blogs, wikis, virtual worlds, cell phones, e-mail, discussion boards, Twitter, and Facebook. Mace Mentch in the Office of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing will give an overiew. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students

The Case Western Reserve Ice Hockey club is currently in the process of recruiting players for the upcoming season. Students interested in playing should contact Joseph Timpona for more information.


A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, August 2, at the Stadium Bar & Grill in Mentor, Ohio. The benefit will help defray the medical expenses of Ben Somerlot, a doctoral student in molecular genetics who was recently diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. Tickets are $10.

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.

July 21, 2009

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Case in the News

Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine in vapor rather than smoke, but some fear health risks

The Plain Dealer, July 19, 2009
Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing, but they are battery powered to deliver nicotine in a vapor rather than tobacco smoke. Scott Frank, director of the public health program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Facing the mortgage crisis: What Detroit can learn from Cleveland

Michigan Radio, July 20, 2009
The City of Cleveland has a goal of rehabbing 150 vacant homes, demolishing 300, and preventing another 300 homes from going into foreclosure. It's all part of a program called Opportunity Homes. The program relies on data from Mike Schramm and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

Study: Patent proposal could be costly

National Journal, July 20, 2009
Proposed changes to the Patent and Trademark Office's post-grant review process would increase the patent pendency waiting period by more than 25 percent, and could add to the cost of defending patent validity by billions of dollars, according to an analysis by Case Western Reserve University economist Scott Shane.

European musicians using barcode marketing to stream music from posters to phones

Paste Magazine, July 20, 2009
A dance producer in the U.K. is making use of some pretty newfangled technology to promote his work. The artist uses 2D barcode marketing to make his music accessible to anyone walking down the street. A trial run at Case Western Reserve University found that 73 percent of participants thought that code scanning was valuable.

Higher Ed News

Colleges in the city

Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2009
America's cities and their residents face a wide array of problems—and the universities located in those metropolitan areas have a central role to play in fixing them.