Sustainability Lessons Abound
This Week on Campus


More than 10 campus departments have special activities planned for the Sustainability "Teach-in" today and tomorrow. Interwoven into lessons is information about how individuals can contribute to protecting limited resources now and in the future.

The two-day initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Weatherhead School of Management faculty, the Institute for Sustainability and the University Sustainability Office. Faculty will address such issues as climate change, social justice, advanced energy, emerging economies, "green" technologies and society's relationship with the environment.

Linda Robson, the university's sustainability coordinator, has encouraged faculty to incorporate sustainable issues relevant to their fields of study into classroom conversations. Read more.

ICU Patients on Ventilators to Flex and Stretch
in Study at Case Western Reserve University

Few people have thought about providing an exercise workout in the intensive care unit, especially for patients on ventilators or those who are comatose. A researcher from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will do some bedside coaching and exercising to get patients stretching and flexing their muscles.

Chris Winkelman, assistant professor of nursing, will study the benefits of a range of exercises for people bed-bound, awake or comatose, and hooked to ventilators for breathing, to see if the workouts improve their physical and mental health.

She will lead a two-year, $431,000 National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Nursing Research study, "Dose of Early Therapeutic Mobility: Does Type and Frequency Matter?" Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the week of January 18, 2010. The annual MLK Convocation will be held on Friday, January 22, and will feature author and political commentator Donna Brazile. As part of the celebration, student organizations, university offices, academic departments and schools may submit proposals online until Monday, Nov. 9. Last year, co-sponsorships ranged from $100 to $2,000. Go online to see a list of previous events and programs that have received funding.

A series of town hall meetings will focus on the clean up of older private data 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. today 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 Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 24, at the school. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. Call the admissions office at 368-2280 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members representing all colleges and schools are invited to apply to become University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) Learning Fellows. The fellowships support faculty who want to meet with other faculty from across the university to explore ideas on how people learn, and apply those ideas in the classroom to improve teaching. Applications (electronic or hard copy) should be received at the UCITE office by Monday, Oct. 26.

The Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program is seeking qualified candidates to apply for an innovative career development program designed to train clinician investigators. The program trains the nation's future leaders in clinical and translational research. Applications are being accepted for the July 2010 program. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 23.

The Writing Resource Center will host its second brown bag session of the fall term, "SAGES Writing Outcomes for Skills in Argumentation." The session will focus on providing strategies for teaching argumentative writing in SAGES courses. The discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in Crawford Hall 111. RSVP to if attending.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center will present a workshop, entitled "Developing and Writing Argumentative Papers," from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in Bellflower Hall 104. It is open to all Case Western Reserve students. Space is limited. RSVP to

Junior math and science majors are eligible to apply for mid-year scholarships through the Case Western Reserve University-Fisk Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. Students interested in high school math or science teaching careers may apply for $7,500 scholarships to be applied to the spring 2010 semester. In addition, students could be eligible for continued support via a $15,000 scholarship their senior year. Contact Denise Davis for details.

The Case Association for Computing Machinery is hosting a Nerd Cultural Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. In addition to a sampling of "nerd cuisine" (pizza, chips and soda), there will be brief student technical presentations, followed by a screening of the movie Nerdcore Rising.

The Case Western Undergraduate Bioethics Society is hosting its inaugural "Euthanasia Day" discussion all day today. The event features scholarly debate and discussion regarding the ethical controversies centered around end-of-life decision making. The agenda includes a video presentation featuring Stuart Youngner, chair of the Department of Bioethics, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Rough Rider room; a panel discussion featuring faculty from the religion, medicine, philosophy and public policy departments from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Rough Rider room; and more. Extra credit is available to CHEM 105, CHEM 111, CHEM 223 and PHYS 115 students. Contact Monique Farone for information.


Students will present cutting-edge research as part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering's 40th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 22. Graduate students Melissa Krebs, D. Michael Ackermann, Christine P. Fleming and Prasad Oruganti will discuss their works on bone regeneration technology, designing electrodes to block neuropathic pain and spasms, using new imagery techniques to guide heart ablation, and determining if cancer cells use intracellular transport as a mechanism to survive lethal drugs. Their discussions begin at 8:45 a.m. in Nord Hall. Read more.

A panel discussion on "Healthcare Reform: What Is It? How Does it Affect Medical Practices and Patients?" will take place from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library. The panelists are J.B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management; Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society; Steven Altschuler (MED '79), president and CEO Of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Joseph Hahn (EMBA '90), chief of staff, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and Brandon Collier (LAW '97), attorney with Collier, Sarner & Associates. Free, open to the public. The introduction will be given by Nancy Kurfess Johnson (MED '54). Send an e-mail to or call 368-4421 to RSVP.


The next Art Talk lecture will be on the topic of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: Anxieties (Cold War And Otherwise) in George Tooker's Cornice" at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Mark Cole, associate curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will speak. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

The Community Engagement Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative will host a seminar featuring Glenn Flores from the University of Texas Southwestern and Children's Medical Center. He is the founder and former co-director of the Pediatric Latino Clinic at Boston Medical Center. He will discuss "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children's Health and Healthcare: How We Can Level the Playing Field" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at the School of Medicine E501. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling 778-3858 or e-mailing Michele Abraham.

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 21, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules and catch up on recent scores and news. This week, watch a video featuring Amy Bishara and Caroline Garber of the women's soccer team.

Case in the News

Study: Heart failure drug guidelines often ignored

The Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2009
Most hospitalized heart failure patients are sent home without widely recommended inexpensive pills, despite a program to get more doctors to follow treatment guidelines, a study suggests. Ileana Pina, a spokeswoman for the heart group and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, said the results aren't surprising since other reports have shown doctors don't always follow guidelines.

40 Years on the Leading Edge: Case Western Reserve University's Biomedical Engineering Department Commemorates Achievement, Looks to Future, Oct. 20, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has set trends for academia and launched medical inventions benefiting newborns and the aged, the critically ill and traumatically injured. The department will reflect and look to the future as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, Thursday, Oct. 22.

Foundation's research model in Saratoga aims to halve clinical trial time

San Jose Business Journal, Oct. 21, 2009
A local nonprofit launched to advance the cause of new treatments for multiple sclerosis has become a national model for research collaboration, helping pure science move from the lab into the commercial market. The foundation further negotiated agreements with Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and others to to handle the intellectual property.

CHMC gets grant for brain trauma center, Oct. 20, 2009
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has won a $4 million, five-year federal grant to establish a new center that aims to find effective treatments for traumatic brain injuries in children. The interventions will be tested through large-scale clinic trials involving The Children's Hospital; Nationwide Children's Hospital; Case Western Reserve University; and Western Oregon University.

Higher Ed News

College costs keep rising, report says

The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2009
The price of a college education rose substantially last year, despite a 2.1 percent decline in the Consumer Price Index from July 2008 to July 2009.