Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient Delivers Keynote Address, Discusses Importance of Access to Medical Care

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Stan Brock with his Inamori Ethics Prize medal.

On Wednesday, before a crowd of university and community members, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence awarded its annual prize to Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a program that sponsors free medical clinics.

Brock, also known for his work on the Wild Kingdom television program, gave the event’s keynote address and said he plans to donate the prize money to RAM.

Brock’s initial idea for RAM came while he was living in the Central Amazon Basin with the Wapishana Indians, where medical care was 26 days away on foot. He survived a variety of illnesses and a near-fatal horse-riding accident without a doctor’s care.

The Inamori Ethics Prize, named for Kazuo Inamori, the founder of Kyocera Corp., honors outstanding international ethical leaders who have used their influence and actions to greatly improve the condition of humankind.

Read the complete story and watch a video of Stan Brock’s address.

Congresswoman Betty Sutton Tours Campus, Meets with Engineering, Medicine Faculty

U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton came to campus late last month to meet with Case Western Reserve University faculty and learn about cutting-edge research taking place in the university’s labs and centers, as well as economic development and job creation spurred by federal investment in university research and programs. 

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U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (right) on the CWRU campus.

Sutton met with Norman Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering; David Zeng, professor of civil engineering; and P. Hunter Peckham, Distinguished University Professor and Donnell Institute Professor of Engineering.  At the School of Medicine, Sutton met with Robert A. Bonomo, professor of medicine and director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center; and Mark R. Chance, director of the Center for Proteomics & Bioinformatics. Read more.

Campus News

The west entrance to Adelbert Hall will be closed effective Tuesday to allow repairs to the stairway and installation of interior drainage and electrical equipment. Access to Adelbert from the Case Quad is available by going around the north side of the building and then using the doors on the east side of the building. (The sidewalk on the south side of Adelbert also will be closed). Contractors expect that the renovation will continue for at least the next three weeks. The university will update the community regarding progress on the project later this month.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s One-to-One Mentoring program for international female students is now accepting applications through the end of September. This program works to bring international women graduate and
professional students and international alumnae together, to provide support with career development, networking and to share experiences between alumnae, community professionals and international students studying and working in the United States. If you are interested in the mentoring program, please fill out the survey online. You can also contact Di Huang for more information or to be added to the email list.

The Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars, Department of Human Resources, has changed its name to the Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services. This change has been implemented to better identify the university’s core values and commitment to globalization. Location and contact numbers remain the same.

For Faculty and Staff

The Case Western Reserve Administrative Professional Series (CAPS) has classes on a variety of topics related to financial management.  Classes are always being added. Check out the program online. The classes are free of charge.  Register online.

For Students

Discussions, Case Western Reserve University’s undergraduate research journal, is looking to publish research papers written by undergraduate students for its fall 2010 edition. Submissions for consideration are due Sept. 27 for the fall 2010 Discussions. To learn more about Discussions, review guidelines and submit a paper, go online

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) presents a seminar, How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions: On and Off Campus, on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Please register online.

Events

Michael E. Greenberg, department chair and professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the Louis A. Bloomfield Lecture at 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the School of Medicine Room T501. His topic is Signaling Networks that Regulate Synapse Development and Cognitive Function. The event is being hosted by Richard Zigmond, PhD, of the Department of Neurosciences.

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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Clay M. Kelly, MD, has been appointed to the APT (Advanced Platform Technology) Center as an associate medical director.

He joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center as a staff physiatrist in 1991, simultaneously joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve University as senior instructor and was promoted to assistant professor at CWRU in 1999. Kelly received his MD from Creighton School of Medicine in 1987.

Kelly has been nominated for and won multiple awards for excellence in clinical practices, most recently being named one of the Best Doctors in America.

Sept. 3, 2010

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In the News

Cleveland startup inspired by snake’s fang for airway devices

Medcitynews.com, Sept. 2, 2010
Second-year Case Western Reserve University medical student Rick Arlow and Zachary Bloom, a recent CWRU graduate in healthcare economics, have raised $100,000 for a medical device startup, LifeServe Innovations. In their discussions with emergency physicians and paramedics about difficulties in trauma situations, they found inspiration in how some snakes use their fangs to bite their prey and designed two devices to mimic that process.

Attitudes More than Growth Response Drive Growth Hormone Therapy

Medpagetoday.com, Sept. 2, 2010
A study of how doctors handle patients receiving growth hormone treatment is gaining more attention. Doctors' attitudes and other factors, such as parental preference, had more influence on continuation decisions than did the patients’ growth response to therapy, Leona Cuttler, MD, of Case Western Reserve University, and colleagues reported in Pediatrics.

UCSF unveils model for implantable artificial kidney to replace dialysis

Science Centric.com, Sept. 3, 2010
A former Cleveland Clinic researcher now at the University of California, San Francisco, is collaborating with researchers at universities including Case Western Reserve to unveil a prototype of the first implantable artificial kidney, which could one day eliminate the need for dialysis.

Higher Ed News

Public Higher Education Is 'Eroding From All Sides,' Warn Political Scientists

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept, 2, 2010
Scholars in Washington, D.C., warn that the ideal of public higher education in America may have entered a death spiral during a discussion Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. They worry that this crisis could have lasting harmful effects on universities and democracy itself.