Case Western Reserve Works with
Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
to Improve Human Health

Case Western Reserve University has received a $250,000 challenge grant from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. through The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT), and its affiliates. The university will utilize this research grant to support science, medicine and engineering projects to improve human health.

CWRU will match or possibly exceed COSAT's commitment in support of these projects. Applicants for these grants must be affiliated with a CWRU school or department, and preference for funding will be given to interdisciplinary and translational projects. Grants will range in size from $50,000 to $100,000.

"We're pleased to advance interdisciplinary research and development across the campus in key areas of biomedicine," said W. A. "Bud" Baeslack, Case Western Reserve provost.

The translational and commercial perspective at CWRU has been highly accelerated by the university's relationship with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The agreement with COSAT is modeled after the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) process that has been instrumental within the biomedical departments at Case Western Reserve in promoting translational research on campus. Some funds may be used to support new or further accelerate existing CCTRP projects on the pathway to the patient.

Campus News

To help researchers understand why to include persons with disabilities in research, how to include them within a project budget, and how to modify research methods for participants with vision and hearing challenges, the SMART Center of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host its first FIND (Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research) Lab workshop, Avoiding Unintended Bias: Approaches to Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The program is free; light refreshments will be available. To register or for more information, contact Heather C. Terry. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and the Cleveland Sight Center. The SMART Center and FIND Lab are federally funded by grants from the National Institute for Nursing Research, NIH.

Kundalini Yoga classes for spring semester are starting this week. Classes will meet in the Veale Center Multipurpose Room on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Sessions will run for 12 weeks. Contact Mina Moore by e-mail or by phone at 368-2191 for information.

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

A meditation group for students meets at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays on the second floor of University Health Services. This is a drop-in group for students interested in learning about meditation. Elements of Insight Meditation and visualization exercises will be incorporated. The group is ideal for both novices and experienced meditators. Registration is not required. Call Mary Hildenbrand at 368-5872 for information.

The 2010 Winter Leadership Conference theme is "Gleadership," based on the hit show "Glee." The show's message is one of perseverance and demonstrates the value of teamwork, diversity and passion. Undergraduate and graduate participants will choose from a variety of sessions to personalize their goals toward their leadership potential. The conference will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in Nord Hall and Sears. Register online today.



The Department of History and History Associates will present John Flores, Climo Junior Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences, on the topic of "Deporting Dissidence: Examining Transnational Politics, Civic Assimilation and the Cold War through the Life of Refugio Roman Martinez," from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Mather House 100. This lecture will reconstruct the migration, labor and political experience of a Mexican immigrant named Refugio Roman Martinez who immigrated to Chicago during the 1930s and was deported from the United States during the Cold War. Contact Kalli Vimr for more details.

The Confused Greenies will host a Masquerade Dance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The dance is in conjunction with La Dolce Vita's Carnevale Night. Additional entertainment, contests, mask-making and dancing will fill the rest of the festive evening. Send an e-mail to for details.

John A. Jackson, author of "A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul," will lead a discussion as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities' celebration of Black History Month at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in Clark Hall 309. He will discuss the history of Philadelphia soul music.

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.

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Book TV on C-SPAN2 will air the Joseph Beth Booksellers talk that features Michael Scharf. Program times are 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, and 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7. Scharf, professor of law, and his co-author, Paul Williams, professor of law and international relations at American University, will discuss their book "Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser."

February 5, 2010

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Case in the News

Toyota puts cost of defects at $2-billion

The Globe and Mail, Feb. 4, 2010
The price of Toyota Motor Corp.'s defect fiasco is now $2 billion and counting, as the Japanese car maker faces a U.S. government investigation of the brakes on its prized Prius hybrid. The best-case scenario for Toyota is that the damage is already contained, and that the bill will be limited to $2 billion or $3 billion, said Susan Helper, an auto industry expert and economist at Case Western Reserve University.

Scientists make ultra-lightweight sponge that can absorb and conserve oil, Feb. 5, 2010
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have made an ultra-lightweight sponge from clay and a bit of high-grade plastic that can absorb and conserve oil out of contaminated water. According to the research team, the material, called an aerogel, will effectively clean up spills of all kinds of oils and solvents on factory floors, roadways, rivers and oceans.

RecycleMania at CWRU

The Observer, Feb. 5, 2010
RecycleMania, a 10-week, national competition amongst universities, is in full swing at Case Western Reserve University. Trevor Allen, chair of the Student Sustainability Council, comments.

In 'Tom and Jack,' biographer Henry Adams gives the complex dance between Jackson Pollock and his teacher Thomas Hart Benton full measure

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 2010
Henry Adams' new book, "Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock," unravels some of the complexity by focusing on the turbulent relationship between Pollock and his mentor, the American painter Benton. With this engaging, accessible book, Adams, a specialist in American art at Case Western Reserve University, untangles the ropey strands of Pollock's personality and technique, set within the larger story of the emergence of modern art.


Cleveland Scene Weekly, Feb. 3, 2010
Aspiring attorneys and practicing lawyers from China, Thailand and Vietnam filled the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Gund Hall. It was a first session of Law of the Music Industry, a class attorney Mark Avsec teaches each spring.

Parents more likely than strangers to murder children: researcher

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 3, 2010
Children are more at risk of being murdered by family than they are by strangers, says a prominent U.S. researcher. Phillip Resnick, who heads forensic psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. An estimated 400 children are killed in the United States annually by one of their parents.

Higher Ed News

Rising college costs: A federal role?

New York Times, Feb. 3, 2010
Supporters of the Pell Grants, which began in 1973, want to make them an entitlement, as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Is there a connection between federal education aid and the inflation rate in higher education? More broadly, what can Washington do, if anything, to improve the effectiveness of its programs and reduce the costs of college? Various experts provide viewpoints.