Ardiem Medical Obtains Non-Exclusive License for Neuromodulation Technology
Developed at Case Western Reserve and the FES Center

Ardiem Medical Inc. has obtained a non-exclusive license to make and sell neuromodulation devices based on intellectual property developed at Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center in Cleveland.

Technologies first developed for internal research at Case Western Reserve and the FES Center will now be directly available through Ardiem to other researchers working in the neuromodulation field. Neuromodulation is among the fastest growing areas of medicine, involving many diverse specialties. Read more.

Campus News

University Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Sales representative John Behler will be at the Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. For each auto or home quote Behler provides between now and April 30, Liberty Mutual will donate $5 to the Cleveland Food Bank. RSVP by contacting Heidi McCormick by e-mail or by phone at 368-6280.

The nomination process for the 2010 Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards continues. Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students may submit nominations online until Friday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. The program recognizes undergraduate students, advisers, organizations and/or campus programs that have made a positive impact on the Case Western Reserve community.

For Faculty and Staff

The Spartan Sports Camp will be held June 14 through August 6 in Veale Center. The camp is for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $100 per week for children of Case Western Reserve faculty and staff. Families can sign up for individual weeks or the entire camp season. The camp directors are Greg Debeljak, head football coach, and Marcus Macalla, associate head football coach. Contact Marcus Macalla at 368-0548 for information.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on the topic of "Improving Communication Skills in and Outside the Classroom" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Learn more.

For Students


The Department of Bioethics is offering four new short-term study abroad opportunities in summer 2010. All are three-credit courses open to all undergraduate and graduate students. An information session about the Global Health: India course, scheduled for July 18-Aug. 2, will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. Contact Michelle L. Champoir by e-mail or by phone at 368-5377 for information.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) and the Case Alumni Association are sponsoring a Paper Airplane Design Contest from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Nord Atrium. Teams of up to three students will receive materials to build paper airplanes. Cash prizes will be awarded. Go online for details.


In honor of Black History Month, a discussion on the topic of "The Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March: Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of a Civil Rights Landmark" will take place at noon, Tuesday, February 23, at the School of Law Room 157. The speakers will be Diane Phillips-Leatherberry, a civil rights activist who marched at Selma, and Daniel Clancy, a School of Law alumnus and executive director of alumni relations at the university. Clancy was an FBI agent assigned to the Selma march. The program will be moderated by Jonathan L. Entin, professor of law and political science.


The Second Annual Toni Morrison Read-in will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, in Clark Hall 206. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity and former president of the Toni Morrison Society, will lead an informal discussion about Morrison's literary work and cultural impact. Campus members are encouraged to bring their favorite Morrison book or passage to share. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series continues with the topic of "China: A Security Perspective" featuring Albert S. Willner, director of the China Security Affairs Group at CNA in Alexandria, Va. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Free, open to the public.

A group of students who went to the state of Georgia last fall to protest events at the School of Americas will discuss their experiences at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

The campus community is invited to attend an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at 4 p.m. today in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception will follow. Contact Tony Vento for information.

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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February 17, 2010

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Case in the News

Blood from newborn tests stir ethics debate

Chicago Daily Herald, Feb. 15, 2010
Blood tests save newborns' lives, but several states faced lawsuits over storing the samples. Bioethicist Aaron Goldenberg of Case Western Reserve University studied parent attitudes, and comments about the issue.

Lowe's will bring its workers to Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 15, 2010
With medical costs climbing and health care reform stalled, Lowe's Company, Inc., decided to shop nationally for the best deal in heart surgery for its employees, and it landed at the Cleveland Clinic. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The Stimulus Bill is one year old: So where are all the jobs?

90.3 WCPN, Feb. 15, 2010
It's been exactly a year since President Obama signed the Stimulus Bill into law as a way to create jobs fast. Since then, the unemployment rate has gone up about two more points...but the stimulus has created some jobs and more are in the pipeline. Case Western Reserve University has nearly 150 different projects that are being paid for at least in part with stimulus money. Dominique Durand, professor of biomedical engineering, and graduate student Brian Wodlinger, comment.

Can FTTH improve lives in blighted urban neighborhoods?

Broadband Properties , Jan. 2010
The effect of the ARRA program on fiber-to-the-home deployments remains to be seen, but the tap has now officially been turned on. This article profiles the FTTH project spearheaded by Case Western Reserve University. Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services, comments.

Higher Ed News

Study finds public discontent with colleges

New York Times, Feb. 17, 2010
Most Americans believe that colleges today operate like businesses, concerned more with their bottom line than with the educational experience of students, according to a new study. And the proportion of people who hold that view has increased to 60 percent, from 52 percent in 2007.