Stimulus Projects Designed to Heal, Prevent
and Restore

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering have been awarded more than $3.5 million in National Institutes of Health stimulus grants aimed at improving human health and economic development.

The scientists, at the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, are devising new ways to see and treat cancer, help amputees reach and grasp a ball with a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, grow blood vessels essential to engineering replacement tissues for injured or diseased patients, and more.

The grant money will support new researchers, new equipment and the research itself. Down the road, scientists expect to commercialize technology they develop and contribute to industries in this part of the state. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Biomedical Engineering Students Try Speed Networking in a Rough Economy

Leave it to engineers to mold a dating strategy into a job-finding mechanism.

In an age of instant information and an economy that continually cries "Faster!," approximately 80 Case Western Reserve biomedical engineering students, alumni and industry partners will meet one-on-one in the briefest of face time, called a speed networking session.

Speed networking is based on speed dating. Over matters of the heart, studies show people know within seconds whether they'd like to meet again.

Do the same speedy perceptions work over matters of the mind and wallet? Well, this is Case School of Engineering's first try.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the department will host the inaugural speed networking session at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Nord Hall. Read more.

Campus News


A series of town hall meetings will focus on the clean up of older private date with Identity Finder as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month. Identity Finder is a software tool that helps a user find and protect sensitive information on computers, laptops, flash drives and external media. The next two sessions are from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Strosacker Auditorium, and from 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in BioEnterprise 155. Additional meeting schedules and details are available online.

The Case Engineering Co-Op Program has a new Web site. The campus community is invited to view the site, as well as watch an informational video.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at Fribley Commons. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be taken first. Register online by using "casewestern" as the sponsor code.


Blue and White Day is Friday, Oct. 23. In honor of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, the entire campus community is invited to show their Spartan pride by wearing the school's colors. On the same day, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Spartan SpiritFest from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Atrium. Attendees will have an opportunity to grab free lunch while listening to music from throughout the decades, which is keeping in step with this year's Homecoming theme of Spartans Through the Decades. During SpiritFest, the Homecoming Court, the winning Powder Puff team and the banner/office/department decorating contest winners will be announced. Attendees should arrive early to receive a blue and white give-away.

Here & Near, the 12th edition of the continuing Campus Markings Contest, is accepting entries through the end of today. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, the contest is open to all members of the campus community. Prizes are awarded to those who most accurately and promptly identify the campus locations pictured. This edition offers views of on-campus and neighboring sites. Visit the ISUS gallery in the Sears Library Building or online.

Case Western Reserve's Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance will host a discussion on ways to continue the university's commitment to these topics on campus and beyond from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Clark Hall 112. All campus community members are invited. Pizza and beverages will be available.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Statistics, GIS & Research Guides" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Anne Holstein and Brian Gray of the Kelvin Smith Library will introduce attendees to GIS (geographic information systems) and show examples of how to use it for research and how to incorporate it into teaching. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

Faculty and staff are invited to take cycling classes October 22-December 3. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Veale Center Multipurpose Room. The cost is $50. Contact Steve Thompson for details.

For Students

Fall break continues today.

The Graduate Student Senate will host a Health Care Forum with Aetna and Student Health Services from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Rockefeller Hall 309. Students will be able to get answers to general questions about health coverage, H1N1 information and other questions. Free food and drinks. RSVP to

Students are invited to participate in PowerShift Ohio 2009, a nationwide youth- and student-driven movement focused on climate change, Oct. 23-25 at Oberlin College. Registration is $35, and includes housing, meals, a concert, movie screenings and more. Questions should be directed to Trevor Allen, chair of Case Western Reserve's Student Sustainability Council.


The College of Arts and Sciences invites the campus community to an evening of science and theater. Case Western Reserve University's Institute for the Study of Origins and the Case/Cleveland Play House MFA Program will come together for the opening weekend production of Inherit the Wind. A pre-performance reception and talk featuring Bruce Latimer, former executive director of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Cleveland Play House. After the reception, watch the theater MFA students take the stage in the classic courtroom drama about evolution, creationism and an American society struggling to balance science and scripture. Tickets for the show can purchased by calling (216) 795-7000 or online. Mention or enter the code "Origins" for a ticket discount. For more information, e-mail or call 368-0097.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will present Norbert Perrimon as the inaugural speaker in the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. He will present two seminars on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. He will discuss "Tissue Culture and in vivo Genome-wide RNAi:Methods and Applications" at 11 a.m., and "Muscle Growth and Remodeling during Drosophila Development" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Go online for information.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) invites the medical and research communities to a seminar presentation today at 4:30 p.m. in Frohring Auditorium. Susan Wentz, director of the Office of Urban Health, Urban Area Health Education Center and NetWellness, will discuss "Research, NetWellness and the CTSC: Engaging the Public through the World Wide Web."

The campus community is invited to "The Rocky Horror Commedia Show," the first comedy musical from the Confused Greenies. It is a parody of the cult movie classic in celebration of more than 10 years of tradition of the Film Society's live floorshow cast. The two, free performances are at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, in Nord Hall.

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.

October 20, 2009

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Case in the News

Governor: $499,942 to CWRU for wind energy research, Oct. 19, 2009
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland says the State Controlling Board has approved $499,942 in Ohio Third Frontier Research and Development funds for a wind energy research center proposal by Case Western Reserve University. Case Western Reserve was awarded the grant in support of the Wright Projects Program proposal for an Ohio Wind Energy Research.

The "regional" law schools with an unusually good eye for faculty talent

Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, Oct. 19, 2009
Which of the more "regional" law schools (those whose graduates mostly practice in the region where the school is located) have a particularly good eye for faculty talent? As a measure of "faculty talent," this blog looked at faculty at the school over the last decade-and-a-half (roughly) who ended up being hired by top 20ish law schools. The results conform reasonably well to the "common wisdom." The blog references Case Western Reserve University.

Is medical education better if residents are forced to get some sleep?

MedCity News, Oct. 19, 2009
Keith Armitage, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, which coordinates residents at the Cleveland VA and University Hospitals, comments about residents needing sleep.

Head of ethics center to speak in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 20, 2009
Andrew Light, environmental author and head of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at Amasa Stone Chapel. The speech will keynote Humanities Week 2009 for the Baker-Nord Center For Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Admissions flexibility

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 20, 2009
A new survey suggests modest movement by colleges away from standards that use strict measures of academic performance and potential. Measures of high school grades and test scores remain extremely important for most colleges in the survey, but on a series of criteria from which colleges were asked to name the ones that have "considerable importance," some institutions appear less certain than in the past about such factors. The decline was particularly notable for standardized test scores.