Inaugural Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair
in Cardiovascular Innovation Announced


Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, announced today the appointment of Jonathan S. Stamler, M.D., as the director of the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine and the first to hold the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at the Case Western Reserve University Cardiovascular Center and University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute.

The newly established chair was made possible by a $1.5 million gift from the Reitman Family Foundation and was slated to be held by a preeminent physician scientist dedicated to advancing cardiovascular medicine through compassionate patient care, clinical research and training of fellows and residents.

As director of the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine, Stamler will be charged with developing the Institute, with purview across Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals. His efforts will catalyze scientific discoveries in molecular medicine, formulate new therapies that benefit humankind and inspire the next generation of physician scientists. Read more.

Emergency Preparedness Drill to Take Place Sept. 19

CaseEMS, Case Police and Protective Services and the Cleveland Heights Fire Department will host a Mass Casualty Incident Drill in front of Carlton Commons on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the event, which is taking place during Campus Safety Awareness Month. During the drill, the university community should be prepared to see and hear realistic-looking victims dressed in "blood" from head to toe as they reenact a disaster scene. The campus community should note that this is only a drill and practice session.

Volunteers are still needed to portray victims and bystanders. Read more about the drill, as well as how to prepare for an emergency.

Campus News

The Department of Biochemistry recently updated and redesigned its Web site. The campus community is invited to visit the new site and bookmark the page.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is encouraging campus community members who have written poetry about the natural world they live in—and have unpublished works to share—to enter its poetry contest by 5 p.m., Friday, September 18. Winners will participate in the humanities center's "Poetry in the Garden" at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, October 3. Go online for the poetry contest guidelines.

The 2010 Relay For Life committee seeks passionate and enthusiastic individuals to join its executive committee. Applications are due Friday, September 18.

For Faculty and Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Employee Assistance Service (EASE) programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of  professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

More than 70 employers will be attending the University Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, October 1, in Adelbert Gym. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Case Western Reserve alumni. The event is co-sponsored by the University Career Center and Weatherhead School of Management Career Development Center.

CWRUSwing club is hosting a dance featuring the Dave Bennett Quartet from 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, September 18, in Carlton Commons. A beginner's lesson will take place at 8 p.m. Free with a Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Art or Cleveland Institute of Music ID.


The Oscar D. Ratnoff Symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 2, at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The symposium honors the contributions and achievements of hematologist Oscar Ratnoff, former faculty member in the Department of Medicine. Those working in hematology, oncology, pathology and cardiology, as well as other interested researchers, should RSVP to Kelly Sliter by e-mail or by phone at 368-1177.


The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Go online for a complete schedule of upcoming events and speakers.

As part of National Recovery Month, the university's Prevention and Recovery Services, part of University Counseling Services, will host John McCardell from Choose Responsibility. He will lead a discussion on "The 21 Year-Old Drinking Age: Bad Social Policy & Terrible Law?" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 18, in Thwing Center.

Professors, students, principal investigators and scientists are invited to attend the "Neural Prosthesis Seminar" from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Friday, September 18, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. The keynote speaker is Takeo Kanade, director of the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center. Sponsored by the Cleveland FES Center and the APT Center.

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 17, 2009

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Case in the News

Mandel family offers $16 million to Jewish Community Federation to move its operations from Cleveland to Beachwood

The Plain Dealer, September 16, 2009
The Mandel family, long supporters of Cleveland and local Jewish institutions, has offered $16 million to move the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland flagship from PlayhouseSquare to Beachwood. Major beneficiaries of the Mandel foundations have included Case Western Reserve University, home of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Why and how to put together a family medical history

Hartford Courant, September 16, 2009
Most of us are aware of our family medical history on some level—we're pretty familiar with our parents' recent ailments, for example, and probably could tell you what our grandparents died from. But if pressed to be more specific, we might not have all the details--and those can be important. George Kikano, professor and chair of the department of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Help wanted: The ripple effects of one man's job loss, September 15, 2009
Job loss clearly impacts those who are out of work but each pink slip also has ripple effects through the economy. That's the focus of WCPN's latest installment of "Help Wanted." Justin Sydnor, a behavioral scientist at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Treating stress and skin disease in tandem

National Public Radio, September 14, 2009
Dermatologists at Columbia University Medical Center have reviewed all the studies on the relationship between stress and bouts of skin disorders. Joseph Locala, a psychiatrist at the Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis at University Hospitals and a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, explains the connection.

In very few words, alumni notes pack a punch

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2009
Who hasn't felt a tug of self-doubt reading class notes? Love them or loathe them, these boldface messages in the back of the alumni magazine have an uncanny ability to arouse our best—and worst—emotions. One reason class notes may be such a big deal: They're incredibly popular. Julie Exline, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

New drug targets C. diff infection

WebMD, September 15, 2009
Researchers are developing a novel antibiotic that they hope can help turn the tide in the epidemic of the nasty bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The potentially dangerous diarrhea bug causes several hundred thousand human infections and several thousand deaths each year in the United States. Curtis Donskey, an infectious diseases specialist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Worry, but not panic

Inside Higher Ed, September 17, 2009
The economic collapse of the last year has left many academic employees worried about how they will afford retirement. But despite evidence of these fears, as documented in a survey by TIAA-CREF, shifts in retirement strategies have been relatively modest.