$4.9M NIH Grant Awarded to
Case Western Reserve University
for Colon Cancer Research


A prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Transformative R01 Program grant for $4.9 million has been awarded to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The five-year grant will fund research to identify patients' inborn genetic susceptibility to the development of colon cancer metastasis. Case Western Reserve was one of only 42 recipients of this competitive new grant designed to support exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.

"The distinction of being selected for this award reflects the leading role played by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center at the national level," says Sanford Markowitz, the study's principal investigator and the Markowitz-Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics. Read more.

Campus Safety Awareness Month Continues
with Sept. 30 Luncheon

Campus Safety Awareness Month at Case Western Reserve University continues with a special luncheon, "Safe@Case," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room.

Jason Goodrick, associate director for emergency management, said as employees continue to become acclimated to the fall semester—and the everyday activities associated with work—topics such as safety might take a back seat to more pressing issues. However, he said it's important for everyone to either start or continue safe habits. Read more.

Campus News

The Bon Appétit Management Company chefs at Case Western Reserve are ready for the upcoming Eat Local Challenge on Tuesday, Sept. 29. They plan to create memorable, made-from-scratch fare relying solely on products from within a 150-mile radius.

For Faculty and Staff


Case Western Reserve employees are invited to donate to the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign, which benefits hundreds of local and national nonprofit agencies.

The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the fall 2009 semester is Wednesday, Sept. 30. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall, Room 224.  Completed applications can be submitted in person (Crawford Hall, Room 224), by campus mail (Benefits Administration, LOC 7047) or by e-mail to tuition-waiver@case.edu. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the Oct. 1, 2009 quarterly competition for pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center, and investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible for this competition. Learn more.

For Students

Students interested in learning about the possible formation of an Alpha Psi Lambda chapter—a Latino fraternity open to both men and women—on campus are invited to learn more during an information session at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. Members of the Ohio State University chapter will give a presentation and share their experiences. Those who are unable to attend can contact Omar Gutierrez for information.

The 2010 Springfest committee seeks a second executive co-chair. This position is usually held by a past member of the board, but this year it is open to others in the campus community. The application is due by noon, Monday, Sept. 28. Contact the committee via e-mail with questions.

The Cleveland Orchestra's education department seeks student volunteers who enjoy working with children and families. Students will assist with pre-concert activities on Sunday, Sept. 27, prior to its "Meet the Orchestra" Family Concert. Send an e-mail to sjones@clevelandorchestra.com if interested. Volunteers will be offered two tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra concert (subject to availability).



"Courbet avant le lettre?: The Angels of Caravaggio," an art history talk featuring Steven Ostrow of the University of Minnesota, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Free, open to the public, with a reception sponsored by Friends of Art to follow. The talk is presented by the Department of Art History and Art.

The Department of History and History Associates will present the 2009 Ubbelohde Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom. Michael Grossberg, a professor of history and law and director of the Indiana University Political and Civic Engagement Program, will speak on the topic of "The Politics of Marriage: Same-Sex Unions and the Dilemmas of American Legalism." This is the second annual Ubbelohde Lecture, an endowed lecture series sponsored by the History Associates in memory of Carl Ubbelohde, former chair of the Department of History. Learn more.


Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend an informal talk beginning at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Attendees will be able to hear Cheryl Toman, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, speak about her Fulbright experience in Lebanon. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by September 28 to Lois Langell by e-mail or by phone at 368 4342.

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


Athletics updates: Erin O'Neill was recently promoted to head softball coach. She previously served in an interim capacity. Meanwhile, Jeff Gorski was named full-time assistant men's basketball coach. And several students were named University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week in September: Dale English, Elaine Simpson, Dan Whalen and Kaitlyn Yule. Go to the athletics news site for complete details.

Omar Gutierrez, a second year anthropology student, participated in the 2009 Cornell University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program in the Dominican Republic. The program spanned nine weeks, and focused on ethnobotanical approaches to medical drug discoveries.


Jeremy Stone was named recipient of the inaugural Lawrence M. Sayre Student Award. The Sayre award was established using funds Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology, received as part of his Jackson Mentoring Award. "I knew immediately that donating my winnings would provide a lasting and fitting tribute to Larry," Smith said. Sayre, professor of chemistry, died in May.

September 25, 2009

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Case in the News

New treatment is showing potential for acute myeloid leukemia patients

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 24, 2009
Traditionally, patients with a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia don't have much hope of long-term survival. But new, encouraging research being published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine has begun to change the standard of care for some patients. The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, which includes Case Western Reserve University, conducted the multi center study.

Metropolitan opens first exhibition of Jean-Antoine Watteau's paintings in the United States in 25 years

artdaily.org, September 22, 2009
Watteau, Music, and Theater, the first exhibition of Jean-Antoine Watteau's paintings in the United States in 25 years, will be presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through November 29. The exhibition will demonstrate the place of music and theater in Watteau's art. The exhibition is organized by Katharine Baetjer, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of European Paintings, with Georgia J. Cowart, professor of music at Case Western Reserve University.

Are entrepreneurs born or made?

New York Times, September 21, 2009
Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, presents ideas on whether entrepreneurs are born or made.

Scholar: Pollock painting contains a secret

ArtInfo, September 24, 2009
Jackson Pollock left quite a bit of himself in some of his paintings, including coins, buttons, and even a cigarette. Now art historian Henry Adams from Case Western Reserve University claims to have discovered another such contribution hidden by the artist in one of his abstract canvases: a massive signature.

Wind turbines on our horizon?

The Lakewood Observer, September 23, 2009
LakewoodAlive, a nonpartisan economic development corporation, announces a fall forum, "Wind Turbines On Our Horizon?" This community event features Cuyahoga County Wind Energy Task Force members who will present summary findings and conclusions from the recently completed feasibility study concerning the prospects for offshore wind energy in Lake Erie. David Matthiesen, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, will take part in the discussion.

Higher Ed News

Managing the admissions challenge

Inside Higher Ed, September 25, 2009
Ninety percent of colleges reported increases in financial aid applications this year, and 74 percent of colleges reported an increase in the number of students offered institutional grant aid, according to a survey being released today by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.