Founder of Free, Remote Medical Service to Receive 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve University

Stan Brock

Stan Brock, the humanitarian who has been delivering free health care worldwide through his nonprofit organization Remote Area Medical (RAM) for 25 years, will be recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize, awarded by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.

Brock, who assembles teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals to provide free medical services anywhere they are needed, will receive the honor on September 1 at the Inamori International Center. Brock will give a keynote address and take part in a panel discussion as part of the celebration.

He joins Dr. Francis S. Collins, previous leader of the Human Genome Project, and The Honorable Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, as winners of the prize.

"It's very easy to become overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world and feel like there's nothing you can do to help," said Shannon French, director of the Inamori Center. "Stan Brock's story teaches us that if we are willing to tackle just one problem with passion and persistence, we can make a real difference. The work of RAM has improved and even saved thousands of lives and touched countless hearts." Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to learn more about the 2010 CWRU Relay For Life. The 18-hour fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 16, through Saturday, April 17. The goal is to raise $85,000 this year in support of the American Cancer Society.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2010 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2010 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination for these prestigious awards. Nomination forms and guidelines for both awards are available online. All nominations must be received by noon on Monday, May 3.

For Faculty and Staff

The Commencement Office is seeking dependable Case Western Reserve employees to help make Commencement 2010 a special and memorable day for graduates. Compensatory time off will be given with approval from a direct supervisor. Contact Lauren Biddlecombe at 368-2229 for additional details.

An Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The event will honor the university's women administrative staff. RSVP by Friday,  April 16, by e-mailing or by calling 368-0985. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Office of the Provost, the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

For Students

Students are invited to share their ideas for next year's commencement speaker. The Commencement Speaker Committee is surveying the campus community for commencement 2011 speaker nominations. The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates: Have high degree of name recognition among students; have notable achievements in academic, artistic, humanitarian, environmental and/or other enterprises; can serve as a role model for students; may have Case Western Reserve or Cleveland connection; and strong public speaking skills. Submit suggestions online by Friday, May 1.

The 33rd Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium will take place Thursday, May 6. This is an all-day symposium organized by graduate students. Prize money will be awarded for the best presentations. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 15. Go online for more details.

Students interested in acting or directing original works of theater during Players Theatre Group (PTG)'s New Playwrights Festival are invited to attend a meeting at 8 p.m. tonight in the Eldred Theater Green Room. Send an e-mail to for more information.


The English department's Journalism and Media Lecture Series talk with Harold Evans scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, has been canceled.

Philosopher John R. Searle's April 16 and 17 appearances at Case Western Reserve have been postponed. The Department of Modern Language and Literatures and the Cognitive Science Student Organization announce that noted experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist Edward M. Hubbard of Vanderbilt University will present a free lecture, "Synesthesia as Cross-Activation Between Brain Maps: A Window into Human Nature," at 4 p.m., Friday, April 16, in DeGrace Hall 312. His talk is part of the Brain, Mind and Behavior series. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, Hubbard will present, "Number Lines: From Synesthesia to Education and Back," at the Cognitive Science Student Research Conference taking place at the Inamori Center. The conference, a forum for students to present their research in all fields related to cognition, is free and open to the public. Presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended by e-mailing

M. Christopher Brown

The final lecture in the in the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity's 2009-2010 Lecture Series is scheduled for Thursday, April 15. M. Christopher Brown, Fisk University provost and executive vice president, will discuss "The Future of Collegiate Affirmative Action in Pseudo-Postracial America" beginning at 3 p.m. in the Guilford House Lounge. All staff, faculty, students, alumni and community members are invited to attend the talk. A question and answer session and light refreshments will follow. RSVP to Liz Roccoforte.

Writing Week 2010 continues with Student Creative Readings through 3 p.m. today in the Guilford House Parlor and Dining Room. Later in the week the "Celebration of Student Writing" event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Adelbert Gym. Writing Week is sponsored by The Center for the Study of Writing and the Department of English. Complete details are available online.

Students will continue to present their Capstone work during the "Innovations in Population Health: Research, Programs, and Policy Conference" today. The program is sponsored by the Master of Public Health Program at Case Western Reserve University. Formerly called Capstone Presentation Day, the conference highlights the work of graduating Master of Public Health Students. Contact Amy Rivera at 368-3725 for complete details.

The Global Ethical Leaders Society will host a screening of “Ethical Dilemmas" from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, at the Inamori Center. The screening will also lead to a discussion about situations that necessitate moral courage. Dinner will be served.

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.

Congratulations to the following 2009-2010 Ph.D. graduates who earned the Doctoral Excellence Award in their programs:

  • Matthew Lalonde – Biochemistry
  • Jeffrey Beamish – Biomedical Engineering
  • Johnie Rose, M.D. – Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Phillip Larimer – Neurosciences
  • Charlie Huang – Nutrition
  • Joshua Rosenblum – Pathology
  • Philip Kiser – Pharmacology
  • Bryan Doreian – Physiology & Biophysics

The Doctoral Excellence Award recognizes Ph.D. graduates with outstanding research scholarship in the Biomedical Sciences. (Office of Graduate Education, School of Medicine). Learn more.

April 13, 2010

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In the News

Your bionic brain: The merging of brain and machine

FOXNews, April 12, 2010
The six-million dollar man was pure fantasy in the 70s – but largely realistic technology today. And the future of this tech is even wilder: Implantable brain electrodes may be just around the corner. Futurists and science-fiction writers have long speculated about merging human and machine, especially human brains and computers. These dreams are slowly becoming reality. Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue is teaming up with biomedical engineer Hunter Peckham of Case Western Reserve University, who has developed an electrical device that stimulates nerves or muscles to enable some movement after a partial or lower-level spinal cord injury.

Start-ups have been shrinking

Small Business Trends, April 12, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about new jobs created related to newer businesses.

Why volcanic eruptions can spark lightning

Wired News, April 12, 2010
It's the ultimate love-at-first-sight story: In the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from anything else, lonely sand grains meet up in a crowd and decide to electrify each other. Sparks fly. Physicists have long puzzled over why sand grains and other small particles can build up electrical charges as they collide with one another, sometimes to the point of discharging lightning in dust storms or plumes of volcanic ash. Now, a paper in an upcoming issue of Nature Physics suggests that particles transfer electrical charge vertically during a smashup, such that positive charges move downward and negative charges move up in the cloud. Daniel Lacks, C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland Browns get firsthand look at CWRU QB Dan Whalen

The Plain Dealer, April 12, 2010
Dan Whalen hoped he saved his best for last. The Case Western Reserve University quarterback was pleased with his workout for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Protein targets found for diabetic ED

United Press International, April 12, 2010
U.S. scientists said they've found molecular targets for diabetes-related erectile dysfunction – a condition affecting up to 75 percent of male diabetics. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine said they have identified some of the molecular changes that accompany the onset of diabetes-induced ED. Case Western Reserve Professor Mark Chance, the study's corresponding author, said he and his colleagues used a proteomics approach.

Higher Ed News

No letup from Washington

Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2010
Virtually all of the national higher education leaders who spoke at the Higher Learning Commission's annual meeting sent a version of the same message: The federal government is dead serious about holding colleges and universities accountable for their performance, and can be counted on to impose undesirable requirements if higher education officials don't make meaningful changes themselves.