Case Western Reserve to Lead $14.7M NIH SPRINT Study Network in Ohio

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a $14.7 million, nine-year contract from the National Institutes of Health to be one of five institutions to lead a trial to determine if lowering systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients, without diabetes, to below the currently recommended level can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular and kidney disease and slow cognitive decline.

Case Western Reserve will head a Clinical Center Network consisting of investigators from its School of Medicine and three other Northeast Ohio clinical centers, as well as The Ohio State University College of Medicine. It will be directed by Jackson T. Wright Jr. professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve and director of the Clinical Hypertension Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

"The objective of the study is to evaluate whether treating patients to systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mmHg reduces the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease, or age-related cognitive decline, more than the usually recommended level of less than 140 mmHg," says Wright.

The results of this study will grow the small body of evidence supporting this hypothesis. Called SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial), the study findings will be used to reevaluate the optimal blood pressure for patients and have the potential to establish new guidelines for healthcare providers. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Psychology's Psychology Clinic is available to provide flexible, low cost counseling for adults and children in the Cleveland community. Call 368-0719 to learn about the clinic's psychological services or to speak with one of the coordinators.

Phi Kappa Tau will host its annual Paul Newman Memorial Phi-K on Saturday, Nov. 7. Proceeds will benefit Hole-in-the-Wall Gang camps, founded by the late Newman. These camps provide a free summer camp experience for children with serious chronic and terminal illnesses. Go online for details.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will celebrate the appointment of Elizabeth Tracy as the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work with a colloquium entitled "Social Networks—A Framework for Teaching, Service and Research." The event begins at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. RSVP to Pamela Carson .


Several Case Western Reserve students and an alumnus have created a social media company with a new focus on the way people share content on the web. Jim England, Tim Gasper and Huston Hoburg are looking to release the content exclusively to the Case Western community. lets users build virtual CorkBoards for sharing web content, including photos, videos and links with small groups of friends. The site can be used to share research for team projects, act as a discussion board for a club or simply to share videos and links with friends. CorkShare is launching the Web site to all students, faculty and staff today. Learn more.

Due to technical difficulties, the Oct. 30 edition of Case Daily was not delivered to some e-mail accounts. The campus community is invited to view the online version.

For Faculty and Staff

CAPS (Case Western Reserve University's Administrative Professional Series) will conduct "CAPS Week" Nov. 9-13. One of the core classes for the Financial Management certificate will be held every day beginning at 1 p.m. Go online for locations, registration and certification requirements.

The Employee Education, Training and Development Unit will host a session on "Understanding and Using Emotional Intelligence (EI) in Work and Life." This interactive seminar will assist participants with developing a basic understanding of (EI) and discover opportunities to incorporate it into professional and personal life experiences. The session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in Nord Hall 310. Register online.

For Students

The Case African Students' Association (CASA) will host an event, "Africa 101: Dispelling the Myths," at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Wade Fireside Lounge. CASA members will dispel common stereotypes regarding people of African descent. The group will display clothing and provide food to sample. Contact Modupeore Shenbanjo for more information.

The Spartan Tappers seek other student groups to help organize the Case Cabaret, a campus-wide talent show. This event will be open to all types of performances, and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Strosacker Auditorium. Contact Sarah Franjoine for information.


"An Evening with Stephen Post," author of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Amasa Stone Chapel. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 per person, $5 with a student ID. Tickets will be sold at the door and online. Proceeds will support emergency relief programs for global communities in need that are sponsored by International Orthodox Christian Charities and Orthodox Christian Fellowship.

Kuumba Fest will take place 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in the Thwing Center atrium. Kuumba Fest is a celebration of creativity and diversity, and will include food, dancing and musical talent. Part of Family Weekend 2009. Admission is free.

The Department of Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Cleveland and the School of Medicine announce "Leadership in Psychiatry: The Opportunity to Make a Difference," the Douglas Danford Bond Lecture featuring Ronald I. Dozoretz. The talk will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at the W.O. Walker Center Auditorium. The talk will cover several objectives related to psychiatry. Contact Kate Kilbane for details or to be added to the distribution e-mail list.

Douglas Farr, architect and author of the award-winning book, "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature," will deliver the Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in Ford Auditorium. Free, open to the public.

The Multicultural Business Student Association is hosting a salsa dance lesson from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. today at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 203. The instructor, Avelino Davila, will teach basic steps. No partner or previous experience necessary. Cost is $2.

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


The The American Council on Education Ohio (ACE) Women's Network has selected Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs, to receive the 2009 Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award.

The committee said Singer's "strong characteristics and the role model that you have exemplified for women have made you the outstanding candidate of a selected group of accomplished women."

The ACE Ohio Women's Network is a network of women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the state dedicated to the professional advancement of women.

The award will be presented to Singer on Friday, Nov. 6.

November 2, 2009

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Case in the News

Can angel investors earn heavenly returns?

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 31, 2009
An angel investor is anyone who privately provides capital to a promising business, often a start-up, that isn't run by a friend or family member. Scott Shane, an economist at Case Western Reserve University, estimates that the U.S. has at least 140,000 active angels who collectively invest some $20 billion a year in new businesses.

Pushing fresh produce instead of cookies at the corner market

New York Times, Oct. 30, 2009
Matt Russell, a coordinator with Case Western Reserve University's Center for Health Promotion Research, said a big part of any healthy foods initiative is getting store owners to be agreeable with selling produce rather than bags of cookies or chips.

New study ranks top-earners among presidents of private colleges and universities

The Plain Dealer, Oct. 28, 2009
The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual study of executive compensation at private, nonprofit colleges and universities reflects data from the 2007-08 academic year, the most recent available. The list includes information about Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University. Related article.

Whatever happened to...

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 2, 2009
Reporter John Mangels reports that Case Western Reserve University's 70-year old Burrell Schmidt telescope, which underwent a major upgrade last year, got the equivalent of a new set of eyes in May 2008. It is seeing better than ever, university astronomers report. With the addition of a more sensitive detector, and internal modifications that limit light scattering, the telescope can pick up much fainter objects than before. Astronomer Paul Harding led the upgrade.

Hoping to get picked

Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov. 2, 2009
Case Western Reserve University typically draws students from all over, but some of its more popular recruiting areas are expecting smaller high school classes said Bob McCullough, director of undergraduate admission and interim vice president for enrollment. The university is now spending more time in areas out west and in the northeast.

Stimulus grants mean jobs for local medical institutions

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 2, 2009
Cleveland's major medical institutions are beginning to reap millions of dollars from special National Institutes of Health stimulus grants, which they applied for earlier this year. Julie Rehm, senior associate dean of strategy initiatives at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

College enrollment hits record, mostly thanks to 2-year schools

USA TODAY (via The Associated Press), Oct. 28, 2009
More young Americans than ever are in college—especially community college, according to a new report.