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.
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 mail.case.edu (iPlanet) to webmail.case.edu (Google mail). All @case.edu 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: http://www.case.edu/its/services/GoogleApps.html. 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 http://www.case.edu/its/services/Google%20Training.pdf for the current schedule and 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.
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.
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.