Bioethics Goes to the Movies in Spain
for Study Abroad Experience


Case Western Reserve University's International Bioethics Education Program will go to the movies in Spain, May 9-24, to explore major bioethical issues in films like Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside," the story of Ramán Sampedro's 30-year struggle to end his life.

Up to 20 people enrolled in the course will engage in discussions with Spanish film directors such as Juan Luis Buñuel (the son of legendary filmmaker Luis Buñuel and director of the 2007 documentary "Calandra: 40 Years Later," critics, professors and film students during the three-credit, two-week study abroad course, "Perspectives on Illness and the Art of Healing in Spanish Cinema." Read more.


A story in Thursday's edition of Case Daily contained information about James Clair Wyant, one of the university's new trustees, that was incomplete. Case Daily regrets the discrepancy. Please read the correct version here.

Campus News

Information Technology Services (ITS) experienced a brief network outage Wednesday morning. The outage was caused by hardware failure. ITS identified the problem and re-established service within 20 minutes. The equipment vendor has been contacted, and ITS will continue to monitor network performance. Campus members who have questions about the outage should contact the Help Desk by phone at 368-HELP (4357) or go online for information. Campus members can also stay informed by following ITS on Twitter under "CWRUITS_status" for updates.


Campus members are invited to learn more about the Saturday Tutoring Program, one of the university's community partners. Volunteers provide free tutoring for Greater Cleveland students in grades 1-12. Tutors can volunteer on a flexible basis. Materials and training are provided.

Retired Bishop Anthony Pilla will celebrate the only Mass on campus during Lent at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, at the InterFaith Center Chapel. A free, light vegetarian lunch will follow. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. Contact Colleen Barker Williamson or Tony Vento for information. Sponsored by Newman Catholic Campus Ministry.

For Faculty and Staff


Faculty and staff are invited to join the Case Western Reserve Faculty and Staff Relay For Life Team. Rachel Tuttle, coordinator for first year residence education, will captain the team. Go online to get started by clicking the "Sign Up" icon located above the main picture on the homepage. Faculty and staff interested in joining this team should click the "Join a Team" option and then type CWRU Faculty and Staff Team in the "Team Name" section.

For Students

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is calling for proposals for the newly established Inamori Research Fellowship. One research fellowship award of up to $10,000 will be presented annually. The fellowship is designed for the purpose of facilitating ethical leadership in research and is open to all Case Western Reserve graduate and professional students. The application deadline is Monday, March 15. Go online for more information.


Renowned author and engineer Henry Petroski will give the 2010 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in Severance Hall. He will speak on the topic of "Engineering and Civilization: Bridges, Infrastructure and Sources of Success and Failure.". Among his works are The Pencil, The Toothpick and The Evolution of Useful Things and his memoir Paperboy. The talk is free and open to the public. Learn more.

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.

President Barack Obama recently nominated two Case Western Reserve University School of Law alumni for prestigious appointments: Motley Rice attorney Jack McConnell (LAW '83) for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and Judge Kate O'Malley (LAW '82) for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. O'Malley has handled numerous intellectual property cases. She regularly teaches patent litigation at the School of Law as Distinguished Visiting Jurist. Learn more. McConnell is the managing partner of the Providence, Rhode Island, office of Motley Rice LLC, where he directs the environmental practice group. Learn more.

March 12, 2010

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Case in the News

Cleveland pediatrician aids Haitian earthquake victims

Cleveland Jewish News, March 9, 2010
Two weeks after Haiti's densely populated capital Port-Au-Prince experienced a catastrophic earthquake on Jan. 12, Cleveland pediatrician Ximena Valdes arrived in the city on a medical mission. The pediatrician with the Center for Global Child Health at Case Western Reserve University joined other volunteers.

Review: Play House's 'Emma' is no plain Jane

The News-Herald, March 10, 2010
The Cleveland Play House understands Jane Austen. Its appreciation of Austen's work is again on display in "Emma," running through March 21. The director taps superb national talent and a solid core of Case Western Reserve University Master of Fine Arts third-year students to populate this play.

Researchers use Fluidigm nanofluidic digital PCR array to quantify mutations in lung cancer gene

GenomeWeb, March 11, 2010
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Fluidigm have published a paper demonstrating how Fluidigm's nanofluidic digital PCR platform can detect and quantify EGFR mutations at the single-molecule level from lung tumors, including formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples. The method may help provide deeper insight into the specific roles of clinically relevant mutations during different stages of lung tumor progression, and may be useful in predicting the clinical response to EGFR-targeted inhibitors, according to the study.

New way found to mend traumatic bone loss

United Press International, March 11, 2010
Two Cleveland researchers say they've developed a method of using natural or artificial sheaths to mend traumatic bone loss using the body's own stem cells. Case Western Reserve University Professor Melissa Knothe Tate and her husband, Cleveland Clinic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ulf Knothe, report using a sleeve-like cover on bone to heal serious bone injuries faster and more simply than current methods.

Higher Ed News

One-third of faculty members see dip in their salaries

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2010
More than a third of all college faculty members took a pay cut during 2009-10, and overall faculty pay showed no salary increase, according to a report released this week. The results are in contrast to those in the recent past, when professors' pay increased nearly 4 percent per year.