Dental School to Host
Annual Free Dental Exam Day Jan. 30


The public is invited to a free dental exam, X-rays and teeth cleaning on Saturday, Jan. 30, during Prophy Day at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, at Cornell Road and Emergency Drive (University Hospitals of Cleveland). No appointment is needed for the first-come, first-served exams from 9 a.m. to noon.

Walk-in patients must be 18 years or older, not a current patient or someone with full dentures.

The dental exam includes X-rays and cleanings during the volunteer service day organized by dental students from the school's Student Council. Read more.

Campus News

The campus book club will discuss Jane Austen's "Persuasion" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Crawford Hall 720. Contact Susan Benedict for details.

Grandmothers are needed for a research study about how to manage stress while raising grandchildren. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study is being conducted by researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Call 368-0552 or send an e-mail to for more information.

As the weather gets colder, the university's fire safety and prevention coordinator is offering helpful information regarding the use of space heaters on campus.

Campus community members experiencing difficulties with the heat in their buildings should contact Plant Services at For urgent building issues call 368-2580.

People have different levels of comfort regarding heat. Space heaters are permitted to be used as a temporary solution during these cold winter months provided that they are used safely. As a reminder, students are prohibited from possessing space heaters in university housing per the Student Code of Conduct.

Employees who use space heaters should follow these safety requirements and tips:

  • Only use listed and labeled space heaters that have been tested by a recognized testing laboratory (i.e. UL).
  • Do not plug space heaters in to extension cords. Space heaters need to be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
  • Keep all combustibles (anything that can burn) at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Only use in areas where the manufacturer designed them to be used.
  • Do not use near water or in areas where flammable/combustible liquids or gases are in use.
  • Place the heater on a level surface.
  • Do not leave a space heater unattended.
  • Be sure to turn it off and unplug it when leaving for the day.
  • Do not place power cords under carpeting.
  • Before using the heater, inspect the unit for any damage and the cord for any signs of deterioration (cracking, fraying, broken or loose connections). If any damage exists do not use the unit.
  • If any problems occur while using the space heater, stop using it immediately.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations on use.
  • Use space heaters that have tip-over protection, so in the event the space heater falls over it automatically shuts off.
  • Use heaters that have thermal cut-off protection, so in the event the space heater becomes too hot it shuts off the heater.

Any questions or concerns regarding the use of space heaters should be directed to Jim Dahle, fire safety and prevention coordinator, at 368-3120 or at

For Faculty and Staff


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the next quarterly competition for pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center. Investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible for this competition. Additional information is available online.

For Students

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity is seeking diverse students to join the Be The Match Registry. Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. For many of them, the best hope is a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from a matching donor. SigEp also is raising funds to cover the HLA (human leukocyte antigen) tissue typing cost for every person who joins during this event. To maximize the number of people who can be added to the registry during their event, any type of financial contribution is appreciated. Contact current SigEps or go online for more details.



Donna Brazile, veteran political strategist, will speak about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as part of Case Western Reserve University's Annual MLK Celebration Week, January 15-22. Brazile will give the 2010 MLK Convocation, which begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, in Amasa Stone Chapel. The theme of her talk is "Where Do We Go From Here? Building on the Legacy of Dr. King." The event is free and open to the public. Additional announcements about the celebration are forthcoming.

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.

Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law, received a $3,000 grant from the United States District Court Attorney Admissions Fund toward the costs of a recent symposium, Signifiers in Cyberspace: Domain Names and Online Trademarks. A webcast of the symposium is available online.

Chris Mihos

Chris Mihos, chair of the astronomy department, is scheduled to participate in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week. Mihos will discuss the work researchers have been doing at the telescope in Tucson, Ariz. The theme of his talk is "Diffuse Star Streams in Virgo Ellipticals."

Theresa Backman, a DNP student at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was named a 2009 Community Hero by The Plain Dealer. Backman was selected because of her volunteer work at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

January 6, 2010

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Case in the News

Why corporations provide little venture capital

Dayton Daily News, Jan. 5, 2010
Although some academics and business pundits had thought that established corporations were changing strategies and becoming more willing to invest in startups to help manage technological change, that trend appears to have been little more than aberrant feature of the dot-com boom, writes Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, in a Viewpoint column.

Research work at Case Western Reserve University could save lives on battlefield

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 5, 2010
A Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineer and her former doctoral student have developed synthetic platelets that may help slow internal bleeding, saving lives after injury on the battlefield or other serious trauma. The research involves Erin Lavik, professor of biomedical engineering, and James Bertram, who is now a fellow at the Food and Drug Administration.

Clinton fundraiser kicks off early Ohio campaign

Dayton Daily News, Jan. 5, 2010
National figures are arriving in Ohio to raise money for incumbent Ted Strickland and challenger, former Rep. John Kasich, in the governor's race, as well as for the candidates in the race to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Watch your step on January's slippery slope: It's icy and treacherous in Cleveland again

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 5, 2010
Winter always follows fall–and sometimes vice-versa. In fact, it's right about now—right after the first full freeze of the sidewalks, steps and other walkways (the ones we nimbly managed just days before)—that we fragile, upright humans tend to take our worst winter tumbles, some experts say. John Wilber, professor of orthopedic traumatology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

High-tech Zone, Case Western Reserve University leaders met with the U.S. Guests, Dec. 2010
Norman Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering, and Case Western Reserve University are referenced in a Chinese-language newspaper article about a meeting with business leaders.

Será un difícil 2010 para el Presidente (It will be a difficult 2010 for the President), Jan. 3, 2010
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in a Spanish-language newspaper about the political landscape in 2010.

Fla. attorney general challenges health bill

Boston Globe, Dec. 30, 2009
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum recently said he is reviewing whether the health care legislation under debate in Congress is constitutional because it requires that individuals buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Beyond the shift reports: Community Hero 2009

CRCC Advocacy, Jan. 5, 2010
To most of the people she helps, Theresa Backman is invisible. She's a calm voice at the end of a phone line, patiently listening as sexual assault survivors seek help for what is largely an invisible problem…She is a trained sexual assault nurse examiner and also has experience working with patients who have post-traumatic stress disorder. She is currently working on a doctorate in nursing practice at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Rethinking science education

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 6, 2010
The traditional introductory courses to science disciplines are a major reason why so many students drop science as soon as they can. That was the message of Shirley M. Tilghman, a molecular biologist who is president of Princeton University, in a speech at a meeting of the Council of Independent Colleges.