Researchers Take the Inside Route
to Halt Bleeding

Erin Lavik

Blood loss is a major cause of death from roadside bombs to freeway crashes. Traumatic injury, the leading cause of death for people age 4 to 44, often overwhelms the body's natural blood-clotting process.

In an effort to enhance the natural process, a team led by Erin Lavik, a new Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineering professor, and her former doctoral student, James P. Bertram, built synthetic platelets that show promise in halting internal and external bleeding.

Their work is published in Science Translational Medicine.

The researchers were inspired by studies showing there are few options to treat soldiers suffering from internal injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq. They wanted to develop a treatment medics can keep in their field packs. Read more.

Dan Whalen Named All-American by AFCA


Dan Whalen has been awarded the prize that has eluded him over his four-year football career at Case Western Reserve University. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) recently recognized him as the best quarterback in NCAA Division III by naming him an All-American. Read the AFCA release.

Being named an AFCA All-American, "is the highest honor a Division III football player can receive," Head Coach Greg Debeljak explained. "Dan became only the second player (DB, Bobby Bott, 2008) in the history of the school to receive this great honor and it is well deserved."

Only 25 players made the list. "It's pretty nice–pretty neat," Whalen said. "I don't know if those words can really represent how I really feel, but it's quite an honor. Especially to be as respected as you have to be to make the list." Read more.

Campus News

The fall/winter issue of art/sci, the semi-annual publication of the College of Arts and Sciences, is now available online.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to stop by for an informal holiday celebration and to offer best wishes and a fond farewell to Brenda Marshall, associate executive director, and John Yankey, interim executive director. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the center. Light refreshments will be served.

For Faculty and Staff


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity announces that Melissa K. Burrows has joined the team as its new equal employment opportunity and diversity specialist. Burrows will assist Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president of inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, in overseeing university compliance with equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and regulations. Burrows will serve as a facilitator for addressing staff diversity issues particularly relating to equal employment opportunity, ADA, employment, Affirmative Action Plan and related Office of Federal Contract Compliance requirements.

She will conduct informal complaint reviews of allegations of sexual harassment and/or discrimination and will review disability requests for staff. As the equal opportunity and diversity specialist, Burrows will assist Mobley in organizing and guiding the university's staff diversity efforts; assist with the diversity education for staff orientation; and work to enhance the university's overall commitment to diversity.

"I am very excited to add such a respected diversity professional to my team. She not only enjoys an excellent reputation for addressing diversity issues, but also for navigating nonprofit, corporate and governmental workplace environments," Mobley said. "Her commitment to community service as a way to sustain positive change makes her an asset to our university.

Burrows holds a bachelor's degree in sociology, a master's degree in urban planning and policy, and a doctorate in public administration and urban affairs from Cleveland State University. She previously promoted diversity efforts within human resources at KeyBank.

For Students

1-2-1 Fitness Center invites students to join now for $50 and pay no dues until February 2010. Students will save $77, and can start enjoying the center, voted Cleveland's Best Gym, today. Membership includes free group exercise classes, lockers, towel service, 28,000 sq. ft. of top exercise equipment, new showers, saunas and more. This offer ends Dec. 31. Go online or call 368-1121 for details.


Act III, a drop-in group for women of retirement age, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (Thwing Center 309). Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Center for Women. To be added to the Act III distribution list, send an e-mail to

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 Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's Faye Gary, Medical Mutual of Ohio/Kent W. Clapp Chair and Professor of Nursing, has received the Medical Trailblazer Award from the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Martin Luther King Jr. Gary was chosen for her perseverance, hard work and determination as a community and global human rights medical advocate in educating the underserved. She will be honored at a reception on Friday, Jan. 15, in Euclid, Ohio.

December 16, 2009

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Case in the News

Health Briefs: Tuberculosis and stem-cell research; tai chai for arthritis; and elder care

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 15, 2009
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine a 10-year, $19.7 million contract as an international clinical trials site for the Tuberculosis Trial Consortium. As the principal investigator, John L. Johnson, professor of medicine and also a pulmonologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 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.

McGregor Foundation grants more than $365,000 to local agencies

Foundation Center, Dec. 16, 2009
The McGregor Foundation recently announced grants totaling $365,050 for 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. Recipients include Case Western Reserve University, awarded $10,000 for Living Through Legacies to produce memoirs of seniors with mild cognitive impairments.

Case Western Reserve anthropologist to study local drug culture

Crain's Cleveland Business, Dec. 12, 2009
A Case Western Reserve University anthropologist has received a $1.6 million grant to work with local drug addicts and dealers to learn their patterns and determine how social service programs affect them. Lee Hoffer will use the five-year grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to recruit 204 local drug addicts and dealers for his study.

Novel device decreases vent dependence, Dec. 14, 2009
A 2002 motorcycle accident left Laszlo Nagy a C3 quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. Raymond Onders, chair of surgical innovation and director of minimally invasive surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, freed him of the ventilator with a diaphragm stimulation system.

Break your bad habits–Today!, Dec. 14, 2009
TV is not an ideal way to engage your brain. For every hour beyond 80 minutes that you watch daily, your risk of developing Alzheimer's increases by 30 percent, say researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

'We'll work for free,' say retired professors, but colleges struggle with how to use them

Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 14, 2009
In tough times, some retired faculty members have volunteered to teach or do other work. Only a few institutions have taken them up on the offer.