School of Medicine Receives a Robert Wood Johnson Grant to Establish Public Health Practice Based Research Network

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a Robert Wood Johnson grant to fund a Public Health Practice Based Research Network called The Ohio Research Association for Public Health Improvement. The grant, $90,000 over two years, was one of 7 practice-based research networks awarded this year, making the School of Medicine one of only 12 networks in the country.

"With increasing threats to public health and safety from emerging infections such as H1N1, climate change, and infections spread through the food chain, the need for public health is greater and more visible than ever," said Scott Frank, co-principal investigator, director of the School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, and Health Commissioner for Shaker Heights, Ohio. "Finding solutions to health problems such as chronic disease, obesity, mental health, and substance abuse will depend on an effective public health system."

Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that supports the development of research networks for studying the reach, effectiveness, efficiency and equity of public health practice. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces that the "Inclusion and Diversity" campus calendar is now available on on the department's Web site. This calendar seeks to be a central space for all diversity and inclusion programs and events at the university. To include related events or programs for staff, students, faculty or alumni, contact Liz Roccoforte.


As an exclusive extension of its benefits discount program, Case Western Reserve University is offering free, digital subscriptions to Crain's Cleveland Business to more than just its employees. Sponsored by the university's Office of University Relations and Development, the free subscriptions provide all members of the university community with access to the online version of Crain's Cleveland Business at no cost. Learn more.


For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is reminding faculty and staff to enroll in Benelect, the university's 2010 benefits program. The deadline to enroll and/or update benefit elections is 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30. Stop by Crawford Hall 209, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to use computer kiosks or to talk with a human resources representative. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 for questions. Go online for more information.

For Students

The Confused Greenies will hold its annual Masquerade Dance in conjunction with La Dolce Vita's Carnevale Night in Thwing Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 6. Student organizations, individual students or others in the campus community who wish to perform should send an e-mail 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. In addition, students could be eligible for continued support via a $15,000 scholarship their senior year. Contact Denise Davis for details.

The National Science Foundation and several other organizations are offering a variety of paid summer internships, graduate school opportunities and post-doctoral opportunities to students or former students considering undergraduate summer research and/or applying to graduate school. Paid summer 2010 undergraduate research placement information is available online. For those considering graduate school, opportunities are posted on the Pathways to Science Web site and the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Information for post docs also is available online.


The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program will present John R. Yates III as part of the Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Sciences Symposium Series. Yates will present two seminars on Dec. 2, in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB1413). He will discuss "Interpreting Mass Spectrometry Bar Codes" at 11 a.m. and "Driving Biological Discovery using Quantitative Mass Spectrometry" at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Go online for more information.

On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species, appeared in print for the first time. A birthday party will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Goodyear Auditorium (Clapp 108 ). Bruce Latimer, professor of anthropology, anatomy and cognitive science, will deliver a talk. Birthday cake will be served. Free. Sponsored by the Evolutionary Biology Program, the EvoClub, and the Institute for the Science of Origins.

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.

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Christina Mastrangelo, assistant director of student activities and leadership, was recently honored is the 2009 recipient of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-East Outstanding New Professional Award.

The award honors outstanding service to the winner's institution, innovation or creative efforts within his or her institution, and active involvement in NASPA and/or other professional organizations.

November 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Smart homes

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 20, 2009
Case Western Reserve University is preparing to embark on an 18-month research project, beginning in early 2010, in which it plans to transform 104 homes in the impoverished neighborhoods near its campus into "smart homes," powered by a super-high-speed network that is approximately one thousand times faster than a normal high-speed Internet connection. The idea, says Lev Gonick, Case Western Reserve's chief information officer, is to study whether hyper-speed networks—and the suite of services they can support—can help fix the health and education problems in those communities.

New lethal injection policies put Ohio at center of legal and ethical debate over executions

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 23, 2009
Legal and ethics experts comment on the state's effort to find a single drug to execute death row inmates. Stuart Youngner, chair of the bioethics department at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Case Western Reserve's playoff run is a short one, as Spartans fall to Trine, 51-38

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 21, 2009
After jumping out to a 14-point lead, the Case Western Reserve University Spartans struggled against the Trine running game. Head football coach Greg Debeljak comments.

When it comes to DNA evidence, nothing's perfect

Pioneer Press, Nov. 20, 2009
Despite its portrayal on TV shows, DNA evidence has its share of problems, from contamination by lab technicians to human error to less than optimum samples that leave conclusions open to interpretation. Beyond that, DNA may be essential to securing a conviction, but it doesn't stand alone, said Dale Nance, a law professor with Case Western Reserve University.

Oprah says goodbye to viewers in emotional speech during Friday's show

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 21, 2009
Longtime "Oprah" watcher Latisha James connected with Winfrey's philosophy that we are all capable of living our best lives every day and giving love to those around us. "She feels like she's your personal friend, giving you great advice about yourself and relating to others," said James, director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Teaching with Twitter: Not for the faint of heart

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 22, 2009
Sugato Chakravarty, a professor at Purdue University, asks students to post questions on Twitter during his class on personal finance. His course is one of two at Purdue now testing software that lets students key in questions from their cellphones or laptops.