Case Western Reserve to Receive $19.7M
to Study Tuberculosis Treatment Drugs


John L. Johnson, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a pulmonologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, has been awarded a 10 year, $19.7 million contract from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an international clinical trials site for the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC). TBTC, established in 1993, is a partnership of U.S. and international clinical investigators who conduct research about the diagnosis, medical treatment, and prevention of tuberculosis (TB) infection and disease.

As the principal investigator, Johnson will lead two research teams in the testing of new drugs and shorter and simpler regimens for the treatment of TB that will benefit patients worldwide.

The School of Medicine will oversee international trial sites in Uganda and the Philippines. Read more.

Two Alumni Compete on Reality Program
Showcasing Cleveland


Viewers have dozens of reality programs to choose from on television and on the Web. However, one of the newest reality shows shines the spotlight on the positive aspects of Cleveland. And two of the contestants championing all of the great things about Cleveland are Case Western Reserve University alumni.

Got City Game Cleveland is a web-based reality game show aimed at showing what a terrific place Cleveland is to live and work, especially for young adults and professionals. The show features three teams of two contestants each participating in hilarious challenges all over the city.

The LiveCLEVELAND! team features Kimberly Sullivan (CWR '07) and Alex Hamberger (CWR '08). They auditioned for the show in early September and were selected to represent the general Cleveland population.

Although the contestants are competing for sweet prizes—including a one-year lease in Tremont Place Lofts, and free tickets to theaters, concerts, sporting events, restaurants and more—viewers also have an opportunity to win prizes. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the admissions office at 368-2280. Go online for more details.

Habitat for Humanity is selling holiday cards. The hand-drawn cards will support Case Western Reserve's chapter of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Each card reads "Happy Holidays!" and "a donation has been made in your name to CWRU Habitat for Humanity." The group is requesting a donation of at least $10 per card. The cards include envelopes and space for a personal message. Contact the group via e-mail at to purchase cards.

For Faculty and Staff


President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack invite you to attend the annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Party, which will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18. All university faculty and staff (all employees) are welcome to stop by to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform. Contact Erica Munson with questions.

Advance Opportunity Grants are available to faculty members. These grants provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources. Examples of funding support include grants to support writing of books, travel grants to explore new techniques or to attend advanced training courses and seed funding for unusual research opportunities or training. Applications should be submitted to Sharon Burke by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Complete details are available online.

For Students

The Summer 2010 Preliminary roster is now available now on the summer Web site. New courses this year include Chinese and Japanese language, Multimedia, Medical Anthropology and more. The campus community can become a fan of the Case Western Reserve Summer Session on Facebook and stay current with updates.



Quire Cleveland, the professional choral ensemble now in its second season, will present "Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds." The concert will celebrate music from around the globe. The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 3 p.m. pm, Sunday, Dec. 20, at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., downtown Cleveland. Tickets are $10 regular admission, $7 for seniors and students. One child will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult, senior or student. Additional children are $5. Tickets can be purchased online. The choir is directed by Case Western Reserve's Peter Bennett.

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.


Dale Dannefer, Chamberlain Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, recently received the 2009 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Aging and the Life Course. He will present a distinguished lecture at the 2010 annual meeting. According to an article about his selection "Dannefer has established himself as a sociologist with acute wide-angle and microscopic lenses on our field. He has been able to identify problems in our field that prevailing conceptualizations and methodological conventions have obscured. Today, Dannefer is the 'staple' theorist of aging research."

December 11, 2009

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Case in the News

Health care overhaul seen as a positive for Ohioans

WKSU, Dec. 14, 2009
J.B. Silvers ran an insurance company before becoming a professor at Case Western Reserve University. He's also on the board of SummaCare in Akron. And he's probably one of the few people who have read both versions of the health care bill several times over–part of his job is to explain the legislation to doctors and administrators at the medical school.

Ohio auto manufacturing caught between the high wages and low skills of other countries

90.3 WCPN, Dec. 10, 2009
As the American auto industry tries to recover from a year in crisis, industry executives and experts spent Thursday morning considering the future at a forum convened by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Susan Helper, chair of the economics department at Case Western Reserve University, moderated the auto symposium. She says Ohio, and American manufacturing in general, finds itself stuck in the middle between countries offering high skill or low cost.

CCAD to offer graduate degree

Earthtimes, Dec. 11, 2009
The Columbus College of Art & Design will offer its first graduate program next fall in an effort to increase its visibility and prepare students for careers in fine arts. Case Western Reserve University's program in dance and theater arts is mentioned in the story.

Entropy alone creates complex crystals from simple shapes, study shows

RedOrbit, Dec. 10, 2009
In a study that elevates the role of entropy in creating order, research led by the University of Michigan shows that certain pyramid shapes can spontaneously organize into complex quasicrystals. A quasicrystal is a solid whose components exhibit long-range order, but without a single pattern or a unit cell that repeats. A paper on the findings appears in the Dec. 10 issue of Nature. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University collaborated on the study.

Why the EPA did an end-run on climate change

The Atlantic Wire, Dec. 8, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared greenhouse gases a danger to human health, giving the agency power to cut emissions without Congressional approval. A roundup of opinions cites The National Review's Jonathan Adler, who ponders the legality of the EPA move. Adler is a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Finding Ways for Disabled People to Participate in Research is Goal of Case Western Reserve University Nursing School Study

Healthy Hearing, Dec. 6, 2009
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University will develop research tools and strategies to include individuals with vision and hearing impairments in future research.

Higher Ed News

College dropouts cite low money and high stress

New York Times, Dec. 9, 2009
Most dropouts leave college because they have trouble going to school while working to support themselves, according to a report released Wednesday by Public Agenda, a nonpartisan research group.