International Resident Affiliate Program Continues Providing Valuable Technology Transfer Experience

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Europeans Fabien Lieval and Massimo Paturzo have eagerly learned from brief but intensive experiences with American higher education, research, business and investment cultures.

Lieval, of Rouen, France, and Paturzo, of Cosenza, Italy, say they will use knowledge gained to enhance technology transfer careers at home. They also will be part of Case Western Reserve University's growing international technology-to-business network.

The university's Technology Transfer Office, through its International Resident Affiliate Program, provides sponsoring organizations with a way for selected participants to experience first-hand how valuable research can smoothly transfer into commercial enterprise. Technology transfer is a young but emerging concept in much of Europe. Read more.

Coach Debeljak One of Five Finalists
for Coach of the Year

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For the third consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University Head Football Coach Greg Debeljak has been named one of five finalists (NCAA Division III) for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award. Coach Debeljak is the only three-time finalist at the Division III level.

"Coach Debs has the right mentality to win at this level, especially at a university like Case," said 2008 AFCA All-American defensive back and team captain Bobby Bott. "He understands that a balance between football and academics is needed. He and his staff have changed the culture here and set the bar high for Spartan football."

The criteria for the honor includes coaching excellence, sportsmanship and integrity, academic excellence and community commitment.  This year's winner will be announced January 6. Read more.

Campus News

The university recently received 1,000 doses of injectable H1N1 vaccine. All students, faculty and staff who have not already received the H1N1 nasal vaccine are eligible to receive the injection. Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis at the following clinics: Friday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Nord 310; and Monday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center ballroom. Individuals who have a fever of 100 degrees or higher the day of the H1N1 clinics will not be eligible to receive the vaccine. Questions regarding the H1N1 vaccine should be directed to Tim Eppich, associate director of nursing.

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Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to start signing up teams for the CWRU Relay For Life. The 18-hour fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 16, through Saturday, April 17. The goal is to raise $85,000 this year in support of the American Cancer Society.  

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Treu-Mart Fund announce that nominations are being accepted for the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program. The fellowship is a professional development program designed for adults who work with middle-school-aged youths during out-of-school time. The fellowship curriculum is based on resilience and positive youth development, supports participants in the continued development of their planning skills, and builds on the strengths of the Fellows. The nomination form is available online. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Dec. 11. There is no charge to either an agency or a Fellow to participate.

For Faculty and Staff

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Case Western Reserve employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands by donating to an agency of their choice during the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign. The annual campaign benefits hundreds of local and national nonprofit agencies that provide a range of services from providing emergency food and shelter to "green" organizations. The campaign ends Tuesday, Dec. 15.

For Students

The university has negotiated discounts for students at different venues throughout the Cleveland area. A list of these places, as well as a ticket order form, can be found online. In addition, several area establishments offer discounts to all students in Northeast Ohio. These discounts are not negotiated by the university and are subject to change without notification, thus students are encouraged to call ahead to confirm discounts. These discounts are listed online.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust announces the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), a ground-breaking initiative taking place in New York, Berlin, and Poland that challenges medical and law students to consider contemporary ethical issues facing their professions using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for the study. FASPE is now accepting applications for the inaugural program, which will take place in summer 2010. Applications are available online. Students will be chosen based on demonstrated superior academic ability and interest. Applicants will be required to submit academic transcripts, references and a letter of recommendation, in addition to two essays. Completed applications are due by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Those selected for the program will have all costs of the program covered, including travel, lodging and food.

Events

The campus community is invited to enjoy a break during finals with "The Phantasmagorical Contraptions of Dr. A. P. Pliance," a Victorian comedy performed by The Confused Greenies. The event will be followed by an ice cream sundae social. The free performance and social begin at 8 p.m. tonight and on Friday, Dec. 11, in Nord Hall 410.

Case VOX, (Voices for Planned Parenthood) will host a Pro-Choice Clergy Panel event and discussion at 7 p.m. tonight in the Thwing Center ballroom. Clergy members from a variety of religious organizations will talk about being religious and pro-choice, and the doctrines which support these beliefs. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Case Cooperation Circle. Contact Sarah Robinson for more information.

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.

Researchers from the School of Medicine's Department of Nutrition discovered two new metabolic pathways by which products of lipid peroxidation and some drugs of abuse, known as 4-hydroxyacids, are metabolized. The pathways were identified by a combination of metabolomics and mass isotopomer analysis. The findings shed new light on the mechanism of action of the drug of abuse gamma-hydroxybutyrate, also known as "the date rape drug." The manuscript, published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, was named a "Paper of the Week." Such papers are chosen from the top one percent of all articles submitted to the prestigious peer-reviewed journal. This type of rare breakthrough sets the ground work for future discoveries. Read more.

December 10, 2009

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Case in the News

Are entrepreneurs born or made?

CNNMoney.com, Dec. 9, 2009
When Bill Gates's children become adults, they'll probably launch their own businesses. And not just because of their father's example. Entrepreneurial tendencies—including the ability to recognize business opportunities—are heavily influenced by genetic factors, according to a study co-directed by Scott Shane, a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Corning Cable Systems collaborates with Case Western Reserve University in landmark gigabit fiber-to-the-home pilot research project

Earthtimes, Dec. 10, 2009
Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated's Telecommunications segment, will supply product and design assistance to Case Western Reserve University and its partners in a historic initiative to test the power of super-high-speed Internet access to change people's lives in inner-city neighborhoods. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Science estimates that as many as 72 percent of the households in and around the University in the city of Cleveland have no Internet access. Traditional use of the Internet, however, is the least of their problems, as many families fall well below the definition of poverty. Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services, comments.

Geek Dad: 1d4 for the win

Wired, Dec. 10, 2009
A team of professors from Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan have set a new world record for packing the most tetrahedra into a given volume. According to the announcement from Kent State, "The researchers were able to obtain the highest packing fraction of 85.03, meaning tetrahedra fill 85.03 percent of the volume of the container. This shattered the previous record of 78.2 percent set by two Princeton University researchers in August 2009."

McGregor Foundation disburses more than $365,000 to 17 local agencies

SYS-CON Media, Dec. 9, 2009
The McGregor Foundation, in its semiannual round of grants, has distributed $365,050 to 17 local programs and institutions that reflect the Foundation's grant making priorities: providing affordable senior housing with services, educating the workforce serving the aging, and improving the quality of life of vulnerable seniors. Case Western Reserve University received $10,000, Living Through Legacies to produce memoirs of seniors with mild cognitive impairments.

Higher Ed News

Slight rebound for endowments

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 6, 2009
Preliminary study suggests that after steep drop in last half of 2008, college investments edged upward in first half of 2009. Overall decline—19 percent—would be biggest in 35 years.