Case Western Reserve University Professor to Lead Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Joseph C. LaManna

Joseph C. LaManna, professor of physiology and biophysics, neurology and neuroscience at the School of Medicine, has been voted president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a major advocacy organization for biological and biomedical research.

The Federation is the nation's largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 23 scientific societies and more than 90,000 researchers from around the world.

"We try to be as objective as we can, lobbying for people doing science, people who are improving public health," LaManna said.

He doesn't have to look far for constituents: "Most of the faculty at the School of Medicine belong to at least one of the member societies," he said. Read more.

Campus News

The Spartans baseball team will take on the College of Wooster at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday, April 21. An annual tradition, the game begins at noon. Print a ticket to the event. Campus members also are invited to read a feature story about junior centerfielder Clay Hurley, who has his own special connection to Cleveland's Major League Baseball park.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting a clothing drive for victims of sexual assault. When a victim of sexual assault seeks help, his or her clothes are often collected for evidence. Area hospitals are in need of clothing for victims. New underwear, T-shirts, shorts, sweatpants and sweatshirts are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the Center for Women through the end of the month. Call 368-0985 for information.

Bon Appétit Management Company, Case Western Reserve's food services provider, will hold its third annual Low Carbon Diet Day Thursday, April 22. In recognition of Earth Day, Bon Appétit will make significant menu changes at Case Western Reserve cafés in an effort to educate café guests about the importance of eating low carbon food. Bon Appétit has made purchasing and operational changes to decrease its carbon “foodprint” in the highest impact areas by 25 percent over three years.

For Faculty and Staff

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A Greater Circle Living Home tour will be held for Case Western Reserve employees on Friday, April 23. Employees will be picked up at 5:15 p.m. in the visitor parking lot adjacent to Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel for a Lolly the Trolley tour of University Circle. The tour will showcase a variety of homes available in neighborhoods in and adjacent to University Circle. Employees could be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in down payment assistance toward the purchase of a home in University Circle neighborhoods. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available on the tour. RSVP to Wyonette Cheairs, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, at (216) 361-8400 Ext. 230

The Employee Education Training and Development unit is sponsoring a session on "Email Etiquette" from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This course is designed to help employees understand the appropriate use of the Internet while at work, as well as behaviors they should avoid. Register online.

For Students

The Biochemistry Student Association is hosting a talk with Nikki Harter of the Department of Biochemistry at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in Nord 410. Harter will speak on the topic of "Analysis of human melanocytes in the context of tissue after exposure to UVR." The student association also will host officer elections for the upcoming year. Free pizza and beverages will be provided. All majors are invited to attend.

The Residence Hall Association will host a food forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center atrium. Students will have an opportunity to learn about existing university policies. Free food will be available.


"An Evening of Poetry" begins at 8 p.m. tonight in Guilford Parlor. The event will feature visiting poets Melissa Kwasny and Dick Miles, along with Sarah Gridley, assistant professor of creative writing at Case Western Reserve. Complete details are available online. Part of Writing Week 2010.


The Department of Music will host a concert featuring guest artists Panorámicos at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Harkness Chapel. The event will feature works by Case Western Reserve's Paul Ferguson and more. Free and open to the public.

The Case Reserve Athletic Club will induct ten new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, April 23. The annual Hall of Fame event is an opportunity to support inductees and reconnect with friends, classmates and teammates. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 each ($40 is tax deductible). Go to the athletics Web site to learn more about the 2010 inductees.

Case Western Reserve University and the Department of Biomedical Engineering will welcome Michael D. West, CEO of BioTime Inc. and Embryome Inc., for the Ford Distinguished Lecture. He will speak on the topic of "The Practical Uses of Immortality: The Confluence of Pluripotency and Tissue Engineering" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Wolstein Research Building. West has focused his academic and business career on the application of developmental biology to the age-related degenerative disease, and pioneered the use of stem cells. Register today.

The " Nonprofit Career Fair" will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at Thwing Center. is known as the leading resource for people seeking nonprofit employment. The career fair provides a forum for job seekers, organizations and career service professionals to meet face-to-face. Job seekers can also attend workshops on understanding the culture of nonprofits, learn tips for finding their first job in the sector, and distribute resumes. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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April 19, 2010

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In the News

The dark side of adoptions: Why parents and kids don't bond

LiveScience, April 19, 2010
A recent adoption case has raised international furor, with Russian authorities suspending adoptions to the United States. It has also drawn attention to a rare but dark side of adoption: What happens when the bond between adoptive parents and children doesn't form. Victor Groza, a professor of parent-child studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

STEM is in

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 19, 2010
Science, technology, engineering and math degrees aren't just for nerds anymore. Local colleges are seeing significant increases in the number of students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM disciplines – compared with even a few years ago. Schools such as Case Western Reserve University and the University of Dayton are working closely with local companies that focus on areas such as math and engineering to create scholarships and internship programs for students.

Third Frontier backers hoping votes follow dollars

Columbus Business First, April 16, 2010
Money from the state's Third Frontier program has flowed decidedly toward northeast Ohio over the past seven years, leaving the Columbus region and others behind it in the race for technology investment. Experts say northeast Ohio has more research organizations, including Case Western Reserve University.

Thin isn't necessarily akin to healthy

The Plain Dealer, April 18, 2010
Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, writes a letter to the editor about the newspaper's recent series of articles on obesity.

Willoughby fencing club trains athletes in competitive sport growing in popularity

The News-Herald, April 19, 2010
The sport of fencing's popularity continues to grow by 10 percent every year, according to Brian Jao, a Cleveland Heights resident and senior at Case Western Reserve University, described fencing as a physical form of chess.

Higher Ed News

How colleges could better prepare students to tackle society's problems

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2010
How can colleges do more to teach students about important social problems and provide them the tools to tackle them?