School of Medicine Launches Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine recently announced the establishment of the CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN), a collaborative research center to address common health issues faced in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods in and around Greater Cleveland.

The PRCHN will also serve as a regional research and public health data source. It is being developed with an initial $790,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support both the infrastructure of the center and one demonstration research project, with the potential to receive up to $1 million annually for up to five years through additional CDC funding opportunities. The Center's goal is to engage a wide spectrum of disciplines both within the university and the community to foster a unified vision for community-based prevention research.

"The new PRCHN provides a framework for fostering partnerships within urban neighborhoods to develop, test and implement effective strategies and interventions in preventing and reducing the burden of chronic disease," said Elaine Borawski, director of the Center for Health Promotion Research at the medical school and the PRCHN's principal investigator and co-director. Read more.

Inaugural LGBTA Alumni Reunion Emphasizes
Case Western Reserve's Commitment to Diversity


Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2009 will feature alumni from different class years, schools and programs as they reminisce about the past, enjoy the present and gain insight into the future direction of Case Western Reserve University.

This year's Alumni Weekend will also mark the beginning of a new alumni gathering: The inaugural LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) Alumni Reunion. Read more.

Campus News

Blue and White Day is Friday, Oct. 23. In honor of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, the entire campus community is invited to wear the school's colors. On the same day, the campus community is invited to attend the Spartan SpiritFest from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Atrium. Detailed activities about the football and soccer games, the Homecoming parade and tailgate, and more are available on the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Web sites.


A pre-selected group of Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Art students are creating studio-quality music, videos and photography on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus today and tomorrow. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff


The university bookstore will host a regalia sale on Monday, Nov. 9. Faculty will receive 10 percent off the purchase price of regalia. Representatives from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be on hand to take custom measurements. Faculty who can't make it that day are invited to stop by the bookstore anytime during November to take advantage of the savings.

For Students

The Choices 2009: Exploring Academic and Experiential Opportunities Fair, sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, takes place 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at Veale Center. The fair will provide students with an opportunity to learn about major, minor and degree offerings by speaking with faculty and student representatives from academic departments and programs. The event is mandatory for all first-year students and lunch will be provided with Case ID. Undeclared upperclass students also are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Graduate Student Senate will host a Health Care Forum with Aetna and Student Health Services from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today 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

Graduate and professional students from the School of Graduate Studies, the Weatherhead School of Management, the School of Law and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences should have received an e-mail asking for participation in the Graduate and Professional Student Survey. This voluntary, web-based survey asks questions about students' experiences at the university. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of six prizes: one $500 and five $100 MasterCard gift cards.


"Somebody's Watching Me: Surveillance and Privacy in an Age of National Insecurity," a two-day seminar sponsored by the School of Law, is taking place this afternoon and on Friday, Oct. 23. Go online for a complete schedule and list of speaker. The talks will be webcast live.


Case in Point is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls basketball game at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at Quicken Loans Arena. The campus community is invited to come down and cheer on the Cavs and Case in Point. An order form for discounted tickets is available by e-mailing Roshni Rao, president of Case in Point.


Ross Pillari, former chairman of BP America and a Case Western Reserve alumnus, will discuss "Business Ethics in the International Energy Industry" from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Free, open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Contact Gail Papay via e-mail or by phone at 368-2456 for information. Sponsored by the Inamori Center.

Andrew Light, author of Environmental Values and an internationally recognized expert on environmental policy and ethics, will give the keynote address for Humanities Week 2009, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. His free, public talk begins at 6 p.m. tonight in Amasa Stone Chapel. Online registration is required. Read more.

The next Frontiers in Biological Sciences seminar will focus on the topic of "Good News About Autism" with Martin Raff of the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London. His talk begins at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the School of Medicine E501. A reception will follow in Room E739. Sponsored by the Department of Neurosciences.

The topic for the next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group is "Mission Impossible? Promises and Potential of County Government Reform." The speakers will be Bruce H. Akers, mayor of Pepper Pike, Ohio; Mike Foley, Ohio State Representative; and Joel A. Lieske, professor of political science at Cleveland State University. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at the Inamori 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.

October 22, 2009

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Case in the News

Study tests weight-gain limits in obese pregnant women

USA TODAY, Oct. 21, 2009
An upcoming clinical trial at Kaiser Permanente will challenge the notion that women who start out obese need to put on a minimum number of pounds when pregnant, as advised by the Institute of Medicine. Patrick Catalano, obstetrics chair and professor at Case Western Reserve University, co-wrote the Institute of Medicine guidelines; he comments.

Case Western Reserve University nursing school receives $3.7M in stimulus grants

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 21, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has received six stimulus grants totaling $3.7 million to fund research and academic programs. Dean May Wykle comments.

In health care, nobody knows anything, Oct. 20, 2009
Fifty million Americans are unable to buy health insurance and premiums have doubled over the past decade. Health care spending in 2009 consumes more than 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. Joseph White, professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Wright State business school among top 100

Dayton Business Journal, Oct. 20, 2009
Wright State University's Raj Soin College of Business has been ranked among the top 100 business schools in the world, according to a report released Wednesday by the Aspen Institute. Case Western Reserve University was ranked No. 33.

Cleveland Clinic continues search for new medical school partner

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 22, 2009
This article examines the future of the Cleveland Clinic's medical school relationship with Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Dashboard fever

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 22, 2009
The accountability movement has hit human resources, as departments develop new ways to measure performance—and potentially productivity—of campus faculty and staff.