Case Western Reserve University Receives
$4M from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to Fund
the Center for Synchrotron Biosciences

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine recently received a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund the Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences.

The center, to be funded through 2014, provides resources for the NIH-funded scientific community to support the study of the structure and dynamics of proteins and nucleic acids.

Mark Chance, the lead investigator and director of Case Western Reserve's Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, says these studies are critical for understanding the normal biology of all organisms and the molecular effects of disease. Read more.

Campus News


Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs, and the Office of the Provost announce the launch of the Fulbright Program Web site. Faculty and students can find information about application opportunities and learn more about Fulbright scholars in and from the university community.

The campus community is invited to stop by the Thwing Center ballroom from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 4, to meet representatives from University Circle institutions. Information about faculty, staff and student discounts, event schedules and coupons to University Circle businesses will be available. Snacks will be provided. The program is in conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's Community Service Fair.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Better Lectures and Discussion Classes" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 3, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Attendees will discuss ways to improve lectures and discussions for classroom teaching, presentations and meetings. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE .

August paychecks reflect an undercharge in payroll deductions for parking for all parkers except those who usually park in Lot 55. The Parking Office will forgo the differential in the deduction for payroll-deducted employees for August. September deductions will reflect the correct rate for fiscal year 2010. Lot 55 parkers have been contacted directly.

For Students

The Case Co-op Program will host orientation meetings for students who plan to co-op for spring/summer 2010 semesters at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 3, and at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 4, in Nord Hall 400. Check out what students had to say about their co-op experiences.

The American Medical Student Association will hold its first general body meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 3, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Attendees can learn more about this pre-med group while enjoying an ice cream bar.

Open auditions will continue for Eldred Theater's fall 2009 drama productions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening in the second floor theater of Eldred Hall. Sign up sheets are posted in the first floor gallery of Eldred Hall. Call 368-6140 for specific information on what to prepare for the audition.

Students have several options for learning about study abroad opportunities available through both the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Bioethics. The Mandel School will host information sessions from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 2, through Friday, September 4, in Nord Hall. Contact Deborah Jacobson for more information. In addition, applications are being accepted for short-term study abroad courses offered through the Department of Bioethics. Read the student testimonials to see what other students had to say about their experiences. Contact Michelle L. Champoir to reserve a space. For both programs, courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.


Navanethem Pillay, United National High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be honored Wednesday, September 2, with an award at the School of Law. The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center has selected Pillay for the 2009-2010 International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice. She will speak at noon in the Moot Courtroom (A59) on the topic of "Women’s Rights in the Human Rights System: The Past, Present and Future." The lecture is free and open to the public. A webcast will be available.

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.

September 1, 2009

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Case in the News

Biotech startup hopes light-activated nerve cells will make it a Northeast Ohio star

The Plain Dealer, August 28, 2009
One of Cleveland's newest technology companies plans to make light switches, but not the kind on your wall. LucCell Inc., which sprang from research at Case Western Reserve University, is at the forefront of a white-hot new field called optogenetics, which uses light to manipulate DNA. Stefan Herlitze, a Case Western Reserve neuroscientist, comments.

A grand goal for more U.S. manufacturing jobs

BusinessWeek, August 29, 2009
General Electric's chief executives recently suggested that the United States should aim to have manufacturing jobs make up 20 percent of the country's total employment. Susan Helper, professor of economics at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

This week in nature, August 27, 2009
A study led in part by Sanford Markowitz, professor and researcher of cancer genetics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, created a new technique to digitally count DNA methylation marks.

Joe D'Ambrosio retrial in Tony Klann murder faces problems after death of star witness Eddie Espinoza

The Plain Dealer, August 31, 2009
The death of the star witness in a controversial murder case that has spanned two decades presents a big challenge to prosecutors. Lewis Katz, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

The canon of college majors persists amid calls for change

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2009
Bachelor's degrees, regardless of the field of study, are almost all based on four years in the classroom. A handful of new majors are beginning to emerge on college campuses, and interdisciplinary programs like women's studies and environmental science have found a niche, but the basic constellation of college majors has been highly stable.