Research at Case Western Reserve University Examines What Motivates Blood Donation


There is typically a shortage of donated blood in the United States, and research at Case Western Reserve University is looking for ways of improving the life-saving supply.

Nicola Lacetera, assistant professor of economics at the university's Weatherhead School of Management, notes that about 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood and only about 8 percent do. Many of those who donate a first time don't donate again, and there are some population segments which very rarely give blood.

Lacetera's research team is planning extensive data analysis involving over 14,000 blood drives in northern Ohio to assess whether the provision of incentives boosts donations. Read more.

Campus News

February has been designated as Matching Gift Month by HEP Development's Matching Gift Advisory Council. Matching Gift Month allows nonprofits and companies nationwide to build awareness of matching gifts benefits, including doubling the impact of a donation, celebrating achievements and inspiring more companies to establish matching gift programs. The idea for Matching Gift Month was suggested by the Annual Giving team at Case Western Reserve University. Learn more about the university's program.

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting an Extended Wear Contact Lens Research Study. The study is enrolling healthy contact lens candidates, especially of Asian ethnicity, to wear daily contact lenses. This is a one-year study, and candidates must live locally. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call (216) 844-8552 for information.

The SAGES Café is now serving soup. All soups are made fresh at the Souper Market in Ohio City, and ingredients are all free range and organic.

For Faculty and Staff

The Case Employee Wellness Program is sponsoring a February Lunch and Learn series discussion on the topic of a "Healthy Heart" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in Nord Hall 310. Employees can learn more about the risk factors for heart disease. Attendees will have an opportunity to measure their major risk factors. Register by e-mail to Learn more by reading the Employee Wellness February newsletter.

For Students

Students are invited to become a fan of Financial Aid on Facebook and to follow the department on Twitter to stay up-to-date on deadlines, scholarship opportunities and events.


Elaine B. Greaves, assistant dean of admissions for the School of Law, will discuss the law school admission process at 12:30 p.m., Friday Feb., 26, in Sears 356. Free pizza will be available. Sponsored by Undergraduate Studies. Contact Terri Mester with questions.

Case Entrepreneurs will hold its monthly event at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Dively Building dining room. The featured speakers will be Bob Johnson of BioEnterprise and Reka Barabas of TiE Ohio. The meeting is an opportunity for potential entrepreneurs to network.

A re-launch party for Ignite TV will take place at 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at The Spot. There will be food and prizes. Contact Jonathan Edmunds for information.



David Miller, associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will speak on the topic of "The Intersection of Race, Politics and Higher Education" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Alumni House. This is the fourth lecture in the Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Free to the campus community. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

The Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art will be on the topic of "Myth, Athletics and the Iconography of the Parthenon's West Pediment," at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. The guest speaker will be Peter Schultz of Concordia College. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Art.

The Graduate Professional Council and the Graduate Student Senate will co-host the Brite Winter outdoor festival from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.

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.


Clare Rimnac, Wilbert S. Austin Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been promoted to associate dean of research at the Case School of Engineering.

Iwan Alexander, the Cady Staley Professor, replaces Rimnac as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Read more.

February 23, 2010

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University receives $6 million in gifts

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 22, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has received gifts totaling $6 million from five of its trustees. The gifts were announced following the trustees' meeting over the weekend. They follow in the footsteps of other trustees who have donated significant amounts of money to CWRU in recent years.

Avandia users have other, safer options, local doctors say

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 21, 2010
The FDA released a statement Monday saying that it is reviewing a long-term study on the cardiovascular safety of Avandia, and patients should continue taking the drug unless told by their physicians to stop. Armand Krikorian, endocrinologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and David Aron, endocrinologist and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, answer questions about Avandia and other options for diabetics.

Low-cost braces at dental school: Case Western offers discounted care through training program

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 19, 2010
Braces can take a bite out of any family's budget. The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is offering a lower-cost option. The Department of Orthodontics is seeking 200 patients to get discounted care through its training program.

The other side of Tibet's case

China Daily, Feb. 23, 2010
Although Chinese statistics on Tibet are hard to verify, it seems that material living standards among the 80 to 90 percent of the population living in rural Tibet are rising rapidly. Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynold Harkness Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center spins off first startup company

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 22, 2010
University Hospitals Case Medical Center has spun off its first startup company to license a new treatment for psoriasis and other skin diseases. Fluence Therapeutics Inc. has licensed photodynamic therapy technology in which light-sensitive chemical compounds are infused into tissue. When these compounds are exposed to light, they change how the affected cells react. UH researchers have been working on the technology for two decades. They are collaborating with scientists at Case Western Reserve University's medical school on a clinical trial in which they are testing the efficacy of using these compounds to treat psoriasis.

Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 22, 2010

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Feb. 22, 2010
The character is fictional, the law school is not. Students at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law are all abuzz over a (fictional) famous alumna. Addy Fisher, played by actress Tina Majorino on the new ABC show "The Deep End," is a first-year attorney at the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling Huddle Oppenheim & Craft. She graduated first in her class at CWRU. Michael Scharf, professor of law at CWRU and director of the international law center, said students at a moot court competition in Chicago earlier this month were talking about the show—and Addy's character—the whole time. Show creator David Hemingson told "The Docket," the law school's paper, that he made Addy a CWRU alumna "because one of the smartest people I know (went to CWRU), and it was actually a bit of a shout-out to that person."

Higher Ed News

Obama tries new tack to collect student data

Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2010
The Obama administration is opening a new campaign to persuade states of their full legal rights to develop and use student-records databases, after stalling in its bid to write new privacy rules that would make those rights unambiguous.