University Center on Aging and Health Funds New Project

With the aid of funding from the University Center on Aging and Health supported by the President's Strategic Initiatives Fund and the McGregor Foundation, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine will look for evidence within the brain for proteins important to the peripheral body's natural defense system against infection from the outside environment.

They will examine brain tissues to explore the possibility that the beta defensins contribute to degenerative brain diseases, and in particular Alzheimer's disease.

Wesley M. Williams, a neurobiologist and researcher in the Department of Biological Science at the dental school, and Mark A. Smith, a professor from the Department of Pathology at the medical school, are co-investigators for the University Center on Aging and Health-funded pilot study, "Beta defensin antimicrobial peptides — compromised immunomodulators of inflammation within the aging and Alzheimer's brain." Sandy Richardson and Sandra Siedlak, both research assistants, are also engaged on the project.

While the blood-brain barrier generally blocks harmful pathogens from reaching brain tissue, Williams said not all parts of the brain have this protection. Those pathogens reaching the brain can produce an inflammatory response, which is known to have a role in brain cell death. The big question is what role, if any, do beta defensins play in the development of chronic inflammatory response in the brain, Williams said.

The researchers received a $20,000 launch grant to pilot a study to gather evidence that they hope leads to further research projects.

"We don't know what we will find. This study is thinking outside the box for something that has not been studied previously," Williams said.

Additional research projects funded by the University Center on Aging and Health will be announced soon. Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, at the Mandel Center. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Go online.


The Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine seeks 200 children between the ages of 10 and 16 to participate in the 2010 braces program. The participants will become patients of the incoming fall class of orthodontic residents. Each youth will receive a free orthodontic examination to assess the patient's individual needs and form a treatment plan that will be undertaken by the resident under the constant supervision of experienced orthodontists. The orthodontic treatment will be available at a reduced rate. Call 368-1259 or send an e-mail to to learn more about the program.

Gartner's research portal is available to the campus community. Gartner is a leading consulting firm that provides independent research and analysis on all aspects of the Information Technology industry. The Case Western Reserve community has access to Gartner's core research content through the CWRU-Gartner portal. The information available through Gartner is pertinent to many academic disciplines. This resource is made available by the Information Technology Services department in collaboration with Kelvin Smith Library. Access to the CWRU-Gartner research portal is available online.

For Faculty and Staff

Information Technology Services is working with the Office of the President to reach out to staff and faculty who use adaptive equipment to complete their daily work activities. If you or anyone you know on campus uses hardware or software of this kind, or if you are in need of additional equipment, contact Wendy Shapiro by e-mail or by phone at 368-1006. Shapiro is the university's senior academic technology officer. The ITS team will ensure that your hardware/software is the most current version available, and will establish a method for updates and ongoing maintenance. Departments or divisions will not be responsible for any associated costs.

For Students

Spring Saturday of Service

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is partnering with Greek Life to offer a variety of on-campus and off-campus service opportunities through the Spring Saturday of Service on April 10. More than 15 different projects will be available throughout the day, including painting, gardening, urban landscaping and visiting senior citizens. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate individually or as a group by registering online by Thursday, April 8. Contact Angela Lowery for information.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women announces the Create Change Art Contest. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, college students are invited to submit a unique or creative expression on the topic of sexual violence. Drawings, paintings, photography, performance art, videos, printmaking, spoken word, poetry, ceramics and multimedia are being accepted through Tuesday, April 20. Go online for complete details.

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors office (SOURCE) will host a seminar as part of the Intersections event on "How to Present Your Academic Poster" at 9 a.m., Friday, April 9, in Nord Hall 400. Learn more.


The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center will present the Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights, "Human Rights and Humanitarian Law – Conflict or Convergence," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom. Sir Christopher Greenwood, a judge on the International Court of Justice, is the keynote speaker. A reception will follow.

The Third Annual Italian Film Festival at Case Western Reserve begins Wednesday, April 7, and continues through Thursday, April 15. All films are being shown in Strosacker Auditorium at 7 p.m. The festival is co-sponsored by the Italian section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the CWRU Film Society, Italian Film Festivals USA and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Complete details are available online. Contact Denise Caterinacci for more information.

For a limited time only, several Case Western Reserve students are selling Pandora-like beads, including one made for Case Western Reserve. The items will be on display at two parties taking place on campus in Nord Hall 310 on Tuesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,and at the Peter B. Lewis Building Room 121 on Tuesday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the bead sales will benefit the Weatherhead Annual Fund. Send an e-mail to for information.

The Norman A. Sugarman Tax Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, presented by the Center for Business Law & Regulation, will be on the topic of "Tax Avoidance: the Never Ending Search for Resolving Clashing Principles." The talk begins at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, at the School of Law, with keynote speaker. John Tiley, emeritus professor of tax law at Queens College, University of Cambridge.

Et al.

Case Western Reserve University recently won two prizes in the Higher Education Marketing Report's 2010 Advertising Awards Competition. The university won a Silver Award in the Student Viewbook category for the Admitted Student Welcome Packet. The project was originally written by Tim Marshall, who is now director of marketing and communications at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; designed by JoAnn Dickey, design manager in University Marketing and Communications; and edited by several current and former members of the enrollment management team. The university also earned a Gold Award in the Newsletter category for a series of viewbooklets.

April 5, 2010

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In the News

Will there be enough family care doctors to treat newly insured?: Health Care Fact Check

The Plain Dealer, April 5, 2010
Will there be enough primary care doctors to treat the millions of new insured patients estimated to enter the country's medical system over the next several years? George Kikano, chairman of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, says there is plenty of reason for concern.

Once they see benefits, critics might change mind

Columbus Dispatch, April 4, 2010
The anxiety that some Americans feel about the new health-reform law was something doctors felt when Medicare was created in 1965. Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Editorial: Wiring and wind: Cleveland is the scene of new efforts in technology

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2010
Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in an editorial written by The Plain Dealer editors. The editorial highlights the positives related to new efforts in technology.

Ethical questions

The Robin Swoboda Show, March 31, 2010
Robert Lawry, emeritus professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, tackles tough questions people are sometimes hesitant to ask.

Book review: It is Well With My Soul

Christian Science Monitor, April 2, 2010
The Christian Science Monitor reviews It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman. It is the memoir of Ella Mae Johnson, a 1928 graduate of the university's social work school.

Winners cap Cleveland game show's first season

Cleveland Jewish News, April 2, 2010
Got City Game! Cleveland, a web-based reality show highlighting urban living, has awarded its top prize, a year's free rent at a two-bedroom Tremont loft. The winners are Kim Sullivan and Alex Hamberger, Case Western Reserve University alumni.

Higher Ed News

New Jersey towns seek fees from colleges

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2010
Several college towns in New Jersey are organizing a drive for legislation to charge colleges $100 for every full-time student and to give the funds to local colleges to finance various services that colleges use.