National Institute of Aging Awards $16 Million
to Study Unexplained Anemia in Older Adults

Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center will participate in a consortium of the nation's leading experts formed to investigate why unexplained anemia is common in older adults. The consortium, which is the result of a $16 million grant awarded by the National Institute on Aging, will spend the next six years conducting clinical trials and translational studies with the goal of developing better treatments.

To date, little to no research has focused on unexplained anemia which accounts for one-third of cases in the elderly. "The population has been difficult to define and it has been challenging to enroll participants in clinical trials," says Harvey J. Cohen, director of the Center for the Study of Aging at Duke University Medical Center, who will serve as the overall principal investigator of the consortium, known as Partnership for Anemia: Clinical and Translational Trials in the Elderly (PACTTE).

"The overall goal of this study is to identify underlying causes of unexplained anemia in the elderly and to develop new strategies for its treatment" says Nathan A. Berger, director of the program at Case Western Reserve University and an oncologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Read more.

Sociology Major Heads to Russia
to Give Christmas to Orphans


Colleen Hosler, a Case Western Reserve University second-year sociology major from Pittsburgh, is busy packing her suitcase with "hoodies" and candy. She will be a Santa bringing gifts to orphans in Dmitrov, Russia, during the Russian Orthodox Christmas.

She plans to spend 10 days over winter break with disabled children who have no homes for the holidays.

"This will be a life-changing experience," predicts Hosler, who wants to be a social worker.

Hosler's trip has received support from campus. As a member of the Global Ethical Leaders Society (GELS) at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, she received a $1,000 grant towards her travel expenses. Read more.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost William A. "Bud" Baeslack cordially invite the Case Western Reserve University community to a reception welcoming Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment; David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs; and Donald Stewart, vice president for financial planning. The reception will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, in the Hovorka Atrium.

The cashier's, bursar's and student loan offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 22, between the hours of noon to 2 p.m. The offices will reopen after 2 p.m.

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve University is completing its university-wide e-mail transition from (iPlanet) to (Google mail). All accounts need to be moved before January 31, 2010.

To avoid any interruption of e-mail delivery, Information Technology Services (ITS) is encouraging campus members to update their e-mail settings to CWRU Google mail as soon as possible. ITS will not be automatically moving any e-mail for campus clients. ITS recommends that campus members move their accounts before January 31, 2010.

For details and documentation on how to make the transition, go to: Campus members who have questions or need assistance moving to CWRU Google mail should call local IT support or the ITS Help Desk at (216) 368-HELP (4357).

There are a series of short training sessions available and open to all Case Western Reserve faculty and staff. Go to for the current schedule and details.

For Students

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.


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of events and activities taking place in the community.

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.


Kathy Kash, a professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society for her invention and study of semiconductors, including pioneering work with quantum dots and wires, synthesis of crystals used in energy-saving light emitting diodes, and development of novel methods for growing crystals. The society has more than 47,000 members; Kash is one of 219 fellows named this year.

December 18, 2009

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Case in the News

Ohio Third Frontier awards $7.2 million to help companies commercialize high-tech energy systems

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 18, 2009
Novolyte Technologies, Inc., of Independence, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, is receiving $1.12 million for its project to develop new electrolytes for advanced lithium ion batteries.

Mandel Foundation donates $12 million to Israel Museum

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 21, 2009
Cleveland's Mandel Foundation is giving $12 million to the Israel Museum. The donation fulfills the museum's goal of raising $100 million for expansion in time for its 45th anniversary.The prominent Cleveland family has long supported the museum, which is located on Jerusalem's Hill of Tranquility. Other beneficiaries of the Mandel Foundation include Case Western Reserve University, with its Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Study shows Chagrin Falls arts groups need unified vision

Chagrin Solon Sun, Dec. 18, 2010
Can arts and culture organizations and programming contribute to the overall economic base of Chagrin Falls, Ohio? That's the question students from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management recently set out to research. Their main recommendations included working on a unified vision of where the arts in the village should go and creating a physical focal point for all the local arts organizations. The students—Priyanka Chigurupati, Jeewon Choi, Terrence Klein and Alexander Kraus—spent the semester analyzing data, conducting surveys and interviewing stakeholders to determine metrics that could be used to answer that question.

New Study Published in JAMA Supports Neurotez Plans for the Development of of Leptin as a Therapy for AD

Earthtimes, Dec. 16‎

The latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports on a long-term study that shows elderly individuals with high levels of the protein hormone Leptin in their systems had lower rates of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Mark A. Smith, chief scientific officer of Neurotez and professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case researchers testing tuberculosis drugs in Uganda and Philippines, Dec. 17, 2009
John L. Johnson, M.D., professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and pulmonologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, has been awarded a 10 year, $19.7M contract from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an international clinical trials site for the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium. Case Western Reserve School of Medicine will oversee international trial sites in Uganda and the Philippines.

Course looks at book on Abraham Lincoln

HudsonHubTimes, Dec. 20, 2009
Case Western Reserve University will offer a winter course, "Team of Rivals," beginning Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Lake Retirement Community. The instructor for the eight-week course is off-campus studies faculty member Ellen Erzen. The course will explore Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

Higher Ed News

A boost for higher education in Africa

NewsTimeAfrica, Dec. 20, 2009
South Africa, Ghana and Uganda stand to benefit from $30 million of assistance over the next three years in a bid to strengthen higher education in Africa. According to Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corp., a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the grant will be channeled into IT for research, stocking of libraries and access to information and investing in next generations in Africa.