Fifth Annual Throwback Weekend
Begins Feb. 5


After holding Throwback Weekend at the old Adelbert Gymnasium over the past four years, the Case Western Reserve University basketball teams will return to Horsburgh Gymnasium—the Spartans current home and the past home of the Case Institute of Technology Rough Riders—for the fifth anniversary.

Horsburgh Gym was dedicated on May 24, 1957, and it was a major improvement over the Rough Riders' previous basketball home, according to Don Zito (CIT '62).

"They had been playing on the third floor of Fenn College (now Cleveland State University)," Zito recalled from his winter home in Nevada. "It had a mat on the wall at one end because behind the basket there were only a couple of feet. After a layup you would run into the wall."

The Case Western Reserve men will wear fire engine red Western Reserve University (Red Cats) uniforms on Friday, Feb. 5, when they host Brandeis University, and they will put on the brown of CIT on Sunday, Feb. 7, against New York University. The women's team will wear Mather College yellow for both games. Read more.

Campus News


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. No appointment is needed for the first-come, first-served exams from 9 a.m. to noon. 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.

Two days left: Case Western Reserve is completing its university wide e-mail transition from (iPlanet) to (Google mail). All accounts need to be moved before Jan. 31. Go online for details and documentation about how to make the transition. Call the ITS Help Desk at 368-HELP (4357) with questions or for additional assistance.


The campus community is invited to learn more about the Mangrove Fund. Established in 2007 to help existing organizations and people who provide sustainable assistance and support to impoverished Haitian communities, 100 percent of donations received go directly to programs in Haiti. One of the fund's co-founders is Peter Galen (CIT '76). For earthquake relief efforts, initiatives will focus on increasing funding to several organizations involved on the ground, including Vwa Ayiti, as well as entities devoted entirely to assisting Haiti's thousands of orphaned children.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will hold its "New Faculty Orientation on Diversity and Inclusion" from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in the Guilford Hall lounge. All new faculty are encouraged to attend.

For Students


Applications are being accepted for graduate assistants through the Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life for the 2010-2011 academic year. Each position has varied job requirements and responsibilities. The deadline to apply is by Friday, Feb. 12. Applications and more information are available online.

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) will host an "IRB Workshop for Summer Undergraduate Research" at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in Nord 310B. Register online.

Students are invited to participate in the "24 Game Tournament" from 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Spot. Hosted by PME, the Math Honors Society and the Case Math Club. Free food and prizes. Check out the facebook page for more details.


The next installment of the Case CCC Scientific Series will take place today at 4 p.m. in Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1413). Presentations will be related to the Case Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center, led by Nathan Berger, professor of medicine, biochemistry and oncology. In addition to a panel of speakers, there will be a reception.

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 feature Case Western Reserve's own Ellen Hargis, Julie Andrijeski, Debra Nagy and Peter Bennett, along with cello player Rene Schiffer. Free.


The next Friday Public Affairs discussion will be on the topic of "Chimeras, Cyborgs, and the Moral Limits of Science" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Jason Scott Robert of Arizona State University will be the guest speaker. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Department of Bioethics, Conversations in Bioethics and the Center for Policy Studies.

Craig Nard, professor of law, will discuss "Opportunities in Intellectual Property" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29, in Sears 356. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Terri Mester.

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.


Lyndy Rutkowski, associate director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, is featured on the front cover of the February issue of Cleveland Business Connects magazine. The article features her work in "green networking" as founder of Cleveland Green Drinks, as well as her work at the university. The magazine also features a story on Roger Saillant, executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.

Campus community members and groups are invited to share their academic and departmental accolades. Send announcements to Case Daily.

January 28, 2010

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve receives grants for breast cancer research

Crain's Cleveland Business, Jan. 26, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received six federal grants totaling nearly $2.8 million, all of which will be used for breast cancer research. Three of the grants from the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs were awarded to three postdoctoral researchers in the School of Medicine to further their breast cancer research. The other three Idea Awards were given to three medical school faculty members to continue their research in breast cancer.

Cleveland Clinic to begin multiple sclerosis trial, Jan. 27, 2010
There are medications to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), but none of them repair the damage done by the disease and that makes some daily chores a challenge. That's why doctors are optimistic about a new clinical trial. Doctors and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University will study a certain type of stem cell as a possible treatment for MS.

Art notes

Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 28, 2010
A free, three-hour documentary about American landscape artist Rockwell Kent, produced, directed and written by Frederick Lewis, associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, will be shown at 6 tonight at Case Western Reserve University.

IRSF announces translational research award funding to test potential therapeutics for Rett syndrome, Jan. 27, 2010
The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) announced that it will commit $446,000 in 2010 to fund a large translational research program to test potential therapeutics for Rett Syndrome. The program will be carried out by a team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, led by David Katz, professor of neurosciences.

Researchers to test newest implant in restoring vision damaged by disease

The Medical News, Jan. 28, 2010
Researchers trying to restore vision damaged by disease have found promise in a tiny implant that sows seeds of new cells in the eye. Gary Wnek, Joseph F. Toot, Jr. Professor of Engineering, and Meghan Smith, a recent doctoral graduate at Case Western Reserve University, joined a team of researchers from Harvard University and the University of California, Irvine, to design an implant that clears scar tissue left by disease and delivers progenitor cells.

Higher Ed News

Report: College endowments suffer huge declines

The Miami Herald (Associated Press), Jan. 28, 2010
The global economic crisis shrunk the ranks of billion-dollar endowments from 77 to 54 in a year's time, according to a report Thursday that provides the fullest picture yet of endowment performance in the 2008-2009 fiscal year. The value of university and college endowments fell almost 19 percent on average during that period in what report authors described as the worst decline since the Great Depression. But, things appear to be headed up again, mirroring trends in the stock market and most other investments.