Case Western Reserve Research Finds First Oral Bacteria Linking a Mother and Her Stillborn Baby

Yiping Han, a researcher from the Department of Periodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, reports the first documented link between a mother, 35, with pregnancy-associated gum disease to the death of her fetus.

The findings are discussed in the article, "Term Stillbirth Caused by Oral Fusobacterium nucleatum," in the February issue of "Obstetrics & Gynecology."

An internet search in 2008 led a friend of a mother, who had just delivered a stillborn baby, to Han's research lab—one of the few in the world working on understanding the role variations of the oral bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum, have on pre-term labor and stillbirths. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Transitioning to Google Apps

Case Western Reserve University is in the process of adopting Google Apps for Education.

Google Apps consists of a number of different applications such as e-mail, calendars, document preparation, Web sites and more.

"Google offers these services for free to educational institutions," said Jeffrey Gumpf, chief information technology architect at Case Western Reserve. "Google Apps is implemented in the 'software as a service' (SAAS) model. In a SAAS model, the vendor operates and maintains the software applications, which comprise the service as well as the systems (servers, storage, data centers, etc.) on which the applications run," he explained. Learn more.

Campus News

Due to an urgent seasonal shortage, the American Red Cross will hold an on-campus blood drive Tuesday, Jan. 26. Campus members can find out more details and schedule an appointment online. "Casewestern" is the online sponsor code.


Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to start signing up teams for the CWRU Relay For Life. The 18-hour fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 16, through Saturday, April 17. The goal is to raise $85,000 this year in support of the American Cancer Society.

The University Bookstore is running a promotion on Champion products of buy one, get one 50 percent off through Saturday, Jan. 23.

Today is the deadline to submit abstracts for Research ShowCASE 2010.

For Faculty and Staff

Benny™ prepaid benefits debit cards were recently sent to all employees who enrolled in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2010. The cards have been pre-loaded with the annual contribution amounts elected by participating employees. Once the card is activated, the entire elected amount is available. The debit cards can be used at doctors' offices and hospitals, as well as participating pharmacies, discount stores, department stores and supermarkets that can identify FSA-eligible items at checkout. Learn more about the FSA debit card. FSA-eligible expenses paid using the debit card are deducted from employees' account balances without the need to file a reimbursement claim. When eligible expenses are paid by any other method employees should continue to submit the reimbursement request form, along with appropriate expense documentation, to Meritain Health. Be sure to retain receipts for all purchases made using the debit card. Read more.

For Students

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) will host a session on "Summer Undergraduate Research Applications: Got Questions? Get Answers!" from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Nord Hall 310A. RSVP online.

Information sessions on spring semester DJ training at WRUW-FM will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, and at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in Mather Memorial 125. Students interested in being on the radio should attend one of these sessions.

Project Club, a campus organization dedicated to the support of student projects, will hold a meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Project Club Lab, Olin 101. The lab serves as a space for storage of projects-in-progress, as well as a repository of tools and materials.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events for Saturday, Jan. 23:


  • "Break Out of the Bubble: Project STEP-Up's Tutor Training" will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Students will learn more about becoming a tutor and mentor through the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's numerous programs. Register online.

The International Society for the Study of Narrative conference will take place in April. Early registration for individuals at a reduced cost is available through Monday, Feb. 1. The conference is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and the Center for the Study of Writing.


The Department of Music will present an "Early Music Faculty Recital" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in Harkness Chapel. The all-French program will highlight renowned soprano and Case Western Reserve lecturer Ellen Hargis. Julie Andrijeski (violin), Debra Nagy (oboe), Rene Schiffer (viol and cello) and Peter Bennett (harpsichord) also will perform. Free, open to the public.

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.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is receiving major props on ABC's new television series "The Deep End." The show focuses on five new and eager law associates being accepted into one of Los Angeles' most prestigious law firms. The characters are said to come from some of the best law schools in the country. One of them, Addy Fisher, is a CWRU School of Law alumnus. The show's first episode, which referenced the university, aired last night.


Elaine A. Borawski, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as president of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) in 2011-12. Shei has been a member of AAHB since 2001 and initially joined the AAHB Board in 2007. Borawski is also the director of the Center for Health Promotion Research and PI/co-director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, both in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

January 22, 2010

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Case in the News

Mother's gum disease linked to infant's death, Jan. 22, 2010
Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows. Yiping Han, associate professor of periodontics and pathology at Case Western University, is the study's lead author. Related article.

'Deal Maker Awards' announced by Cleveland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 20, 2010
Three local companies and a group of business students from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University took top honors Thursday night at the annual "Deal Maker Awards" ceremony sponsored by the Cleveland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

13 neighborhoods in need

Toronto Star, Jan. 16, 2010
Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's associate director for community information, Mike Schramm, is quoted in a Toronto Star article about an ambitious campaign to lift up Toronto's 13 most troubled neighborhoods.

Change how little kids learn and you change the future—Brent Larkin

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 17, 2010
Brent Larkin writes that those who champion investments in Greater Cleveland's at-risk children as the most effective way to reverse this community's decline have some powerful new allies. New results from the most ambitious early childhood pilot program ever undertaken in Cuyahoga County leave no doubt that quality early education targeting 3- and 4-year-olds can begin to change young lives. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the project evaluator. Robert Fischer, co-director of the urban poverty center, comments.

Higher Ed News

American universities rush to the front lines in Haiti

Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 21, 2010
Several American colleges and universities have longstanding connections to Haiti. They immediately sent help after the recent earthquake, and their medical students and faculty are providing life-saving aid.