Proposals Being Accepted for
Johnson & Johnson – CWRU Challenge Grant

Case Western Reserve University Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack announces a request for proposals for the Johnson & Johnson – CWRU Innovation Challenge Grant. This is the inaugural year of funding from The Johnson & Johnson – CWRU Innovation Challenge Grant, which was announced to the campus community in February.

The funding is designed to support research that will lead to improvements in health care. Faculty and clinicians participating in this program will develop technologies in a broad range of areas. Researchers in the fields of science, medicine and engineering conducting projects to improve human health are encouraged to apply.

One page quad charts are due April 21. Read more.

"Healthy Minds Across America" Forum
to Take Place April 24

The campus community is invited to attend the free "Healthy Minds Across America" forum April 24. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is joining more than 40 other institutions across the country to partner with NARSAD, a national charity primarily focused on advancing research related to the causes, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders.

The "Healthy Minds" event is designed to bring science to families seeking hope for better treatments of a broad range of mental illnesses. The forum will feature several presentations and speakers affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

To date, NARSAD has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to support the work of researchers affiliated with the university. Read more.

Campus News

For the past six years, the Division of Information Technology Services has surveyed the Case Western Reserve community as a part of its “Measures of Success” effort to gauge the community’s assessment of its operations and services. The online survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Campus members are asked to complete the survey by 5 p.m., Monday, April 19, for an opportunity to enter a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle DX.


The Student Sustainability Council is partnering with several groups to host a stream cleanup from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at Rockefeller Park. All campus members are invited to join in on this event as part of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebration. Volunteers should meet in front of the Peter B. Lewis Building at 1 p.m. Go online to register or to find out more information.

Relay For Life kicks off this evening at 6 p.m. at the North Residential Village stadium. The 18-hour American Cancer Society fundraising event runs through Saturday, April 17. Due to the predicted chilly weather forecast, participants are encouraged to bring cold weather gear. Extra blankets and hot chocolate are being provided. Campus members are invited to come out and cheer on friends and colleagues. All of the money raised during Relay For Life will go directly to cancer research and cancer support programs.

For Faculty and Staff

An Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The event will honor the university's women administrative staff. RSVP today by e-mail to or by phone at 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

The Commercial Development and Property Management Offices recently merged Web sites to create the new Office Of Real Estate Web site. Campus members are invited to go online to learn more about what they do, such as leasing off-campus residential units and commercial property owned by Case Western Reserve. While there, check out available properties, find roommates for the upcoming year, and discover fun stuff to do in Cleveland.

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.


Case Western Reserve’s Eldred Theater concludes its 2009-10 drama series with William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, "Othello, the Moor of Venice." Performances run through April 18. To explore new context with the production, the director and the designers are setting "Othello" in the turn of the 20th century in South Africa. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and university personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call 368-6262.


The "Intersections: Source Symposium and Poster Session" runs until 3 p.m. today in Adelbert Gym. Intersections is an opportunity for the university community and others to see the broad and diverse work being done across campus by outstanding undergraduates. Learn more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will present the Norman A. Sugarman Memorial Lecture in Nonprofit Law on Thursday, April 22. This year’s lecture, given by Gregory L. Colvin, is on the topic of “Political Tax Law after Citizens United: A Time for Reform.” Colvin is a principal with Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco-based firm committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Mandel Center Room 115. A reception will follow. Admission is free, but online registration is required.

The Writing Resource Center's "Writing Idol Contest" will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. today in Adelbert Gym. This light-hearted competition will celebrate the art and science of writing on campus. Winners will receive iTunes gifts cards. The contest is taking place during the Celebration of Student Writing, and is sponsored by the Writing Resource Center. For more information on the Celebration of Student Writing, go to the Writing Week Web site.

A group of students affiliated with the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is partnering with the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) for an electronic educational display at the CIA Spring Design Show. The event takes place April 18-21 at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The show is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Performances for the spring Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) will run through April 17. The production consists of new work by Shelley Blanton, Sherry Harper and Rachel Stoneking, graduate students in the dance program at Case Western Reserve University. Tickets are $4 for general admission and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance.

In celebration of Earth Day, Elizabeth Kolbert, a journalist and author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change," will give a talk at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She will discuss how people can live a more sustainable lifestyle. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Philosopher John R. Searle's April 16 and 17 appearances at Case Western Reserve have been postponed. Instead, 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. today 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

The Case African Students' Association is hosting its Fifth Annual African Cultural Show, "We are Africa," on Saturday, April 17, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and the show at 7. The keynote speaker is a young man named Maijer, considered to be one of the "lost boys" from Sudan. The event will also include Moroccan food, West African drummers, fashion and dance performances. Admission is $7 for CWRU students, $10 for non-students. Contact Ore Shenbanjo with questions.

The Department of Music announces several events taking place over the next several days. At 7:30 p.m. tonight in Harkness Chapel, the Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra and the University Singers will pair up to perform a program based on Music of the British Isles. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Harkness Chapel, the Case Concert Choir will perform a concert based on the theme of “transformations.” At 3 p.m. on Sunday in Harkness Chapel, the University Circle Wind Ensemble will perform. And at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Harkness Chapel, guest artists Panorámicos will perform. The event will feature several Cleveland Orchestra members and CWRU faculty composer Paul Ferguson.

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.

Arthur Heuer

Case Western Reserve University’s Arthur Heuer has been selected as a 2010 Materials Research Society Fellow, an honor for sustained and distinguished contributions. During four decades, Heuer, the University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has published more than 500 papers ranging from discoveries about crystals and coatings to metals and ceramics; conch shells and egg shells to methods to authenticate Renaissance art.

Campus community members and groups are invited to share their academic and departmental accolades. Send announcements to The Daily.

April 16, 2010

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In the News

CWRU, OSU again top state in graduate-school ranking, according to U.S. News & World Report

The Plain Dealer, April 15, 2010
Case Western Reserve University remains the state's top medical school, according to the latest graduate-school survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine. CWRU's medical school rose five points to No. 20 nationally in the research category for the magazine's annual list of best graduate schools.

Science news: New insulin molecule reduces cancer risk

United Press International, April 15, 2010
Case Western Reserve University scientists say they've developed an insulin molecule that significantly reduces insulin-related cancer risks .Previous studies have shown obesity and excess insulin -- whether naturally produced by the body or injected in synthetic form -- are associated with an increased incidence of some common cancers, the researchers said. But they said their invention of a "smart" insulin protein molecule that binds considerably less to cancer receptors solves that problem. Led by Michael Weiss, professor of cancer research, the scientists said the analog self-assembles under the skin by a means of "stapling" itself by bridging zinc ions, thereby providing a slow-release form of insulin.

Earth Day celebrations flourish across area

Akron Beacon Journal, April 15, 2010
A roundup of Northeast Ohio 40th annual Earth Day celebrations references an April 22 talk by author-journalist Elizabeth Kolbert. The event is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law stagnant in U.S. News rankings

Crain's Cleveland Business , April 15, 2010
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, stagnant in its ranking in the annual U.S. News and World Report law school list out this week, is making changes intended in part to lift it into the top 50 law schools. Robert H. Rawson Jr., interim dean of the School of Law, comments.

The heart of the matter

New Electronics , April 13, 2010
Ask someone what they associate the Mayo Clinic with and you'll probably get a response that includes the words 'celebrity' and 'therapy'. Over the years, the Clinic has certainly been the celebrity treatment location of choice, but that is a minor aspect of the clinic's work. Alongside regular medical activities, the Mayo Clinic is also a pioneer in the development of diagnostic and treatment technologies. The Mayo-based Deep Brain Stimulation Consortium is co-directed by Paul Garris, an electroanalytical chemist from Illinois State University, and Pedram Mohseni, an electrical engineer at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

'Glee' inspires college show choirs to be heard

USA TODAY, April 14, 2010
Students on college campuses across the country have found inspiration in the television show Glee – which follows members of the fictional William McKinley High show choir, and its often over-the-top performances of show tunes and pop hits. While show choir-style groups are popular at high schools, few colleges have had them. That is, until Glee.