World AIDS Day is today

Nearly 30 years after the start of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the disease remains a major threat to public health. At the university, the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is the primary focus for the institution’s efforts to combat this terrible disease.  Research in this area represents a major commitment for the institution with more than 160 faculty associated with the CFAR and total annual research support of approximately $20 million per year.  

As part of World AIDS Day, we urge everyone to get involved in your local community to work with and help those that are affected by HIV.  If you are interested in HIV research, or would like to hear more about HIV-related activities and seminars, please join the CFAR community.  For more information on CFAR visit the website.

Two Designs Available for CWRU Greeting Cards

Two cover designs are available for university greeting cards.

As members of the Case Western Reserve University community anticipate the holiday season, they will find university-branded holiday cards available through Printing Services. Two designs are being offered by University Marketing and Communications for university business purposes.

Note that the cards are not intended for personal use and the designs cannot be altered.

Call Printing Services at 216.368.2550 to order or obtain more information.

Campus News

The renewal period for parking has begun. If you currently have a parking permit, you should have already received an email with renewal instructions.  The deadline to renew your current parking spot is Monday December 20 at 4 p.m. If you want a different parking lot please participate in First Come First Serve on Dec. 28.  If you have questions or did not receive the renewal email, please contact Access Services.

Spring 2011 First Come First Serve will begin Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Students who do not have parking permits may log into the parking system using their network ID and password to purchase parking permits that have not been renewed.  Please go to the website to get information on the types of permits that may be available.  You may also email with specific questions.

For Faculty and Staff

December's Wellness Seminar, Healthy Holidays and Setting Realistic and Achievable New Year's Resolutions, is at noon Thursday in Nord Hall Room 310. Holidays are a time associated with great food and overindulgence. With more than 65 percent of adults overweight, this time is often followed by the guilt of those pleasures and determination to change for the New Year. Join Case Western Reserve University's Carolyn Hodges, MS, RD, LD to discuss healthy holiday food choices and Ben Parks, NSCA-CPT, as he discusses healthy holiday activities to help battle the extra calories. Both will also share tips on how to set realistic and achievable New Year's resolutions for 2011. Register here.

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The 10th annual Staff Advisory Council Community Service Basket Raffle was a great success. Thanks to the campus for all the spectacular baskets and for their continuing participation. Proceeds totaled more than $4,000. The Suicide Prevention Education Alliance will benefit from this year’s proceeds. A full list of winners along with photos is available on the SAC website.

For Students

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program announces its call for applications for the 2011 Campus Climate Fellowship Program. Application Deadline is Jan. 15. Since 2000, NWF has awarded more than 130 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campuswide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. For more information and application materials please visit the website.  

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On Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight, come to Thwing Study Over. This university tradition, presented by the Thwing Study Over Committee, features free food, fun activities, and relaxing massages. Bring your friends and enjoy a great break from studying. Learn more online.


Deborah Hernandez

On Friday at 4 p.m. in the Harkness classroom, Deborah Pacini Hernandez, professor of anthropology and American studies at Tufts University, will be giving a lecture titled “Latin Lingo: Locating Latinos, Latins and Latin Americans in the U.S. Popular Music Landscape.”

She is the author of the new book, Oye Como Va!  Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music

The lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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Science Cafe Cleveland presents Fire, fish, and flow: from burning rivers to living rivers at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. The event sponsored by Case Western Reserve University, WCPN ideastream and Great Lakes Brewing Company. In this talk, Jeff Opperman of The Nature Conservancy will summarize recent advances in the science of rivers and describe how the conservancy and partners are working to find sustainable solutions for providing water and energy while maintaining and restoring healthy rivers.

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The SOURCE Office will hold its first ever fall Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session on Friday. The entire campus community is invited. Come see and celebrate the research that undergraduates have conducted on and off campus during the past year. The session will be from noon to 2:45 p.m. at Adelbert Gym.

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Wear comfortable walking shoes for Health, Fitness and Art: A Tour of the Putnam Sculpture Collection. Meet Evelyn Kiefer, assistant to the director of the Putnam Sculpture Collection at the sculpture and fountain Merging on Bellflower, just outside of Guilford House at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The fast-paced, cross-campus tour will last approximately one hour. The Putnam Sculpture Collection is now in its 30th year. Learn more about the more than 45 sculptures included in the collection, many by award-winning and world-renowned artists. For more information or to arrange a tour for your group please contact Evelyn Kiefer at 368.4951 or email.


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.

Richard W. Hanson

Richard W. Hanson has been awarded the Ellison Foundation Senior Scholars Award for his project, The Role of Energy Metabolism in the Prolonged Lifespan of PEPCK-Cmus Mouse. Hanson is a Distinguished University Professor and Leonard & Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry.

Hanson is internationally recognized for his work on PEPCK and in the current project has focused his attention on the energy metabolism and lifespan. The project incorporates a unique mouse model to understand the effect of physical activity on the aging process. What is remarkable about these animals is that they largely disprove the currently accepted dogma that limiting caloric intake extends lifespan since the PEPCK-Cmus mice eat twice as much as their controls and live 30 percent longer. Hanson’s project will provide critical insights into the interplay of energy metabolism and aging.

Dec. 1, 2010

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In the News

Cancer drugs offer new hope for Crohn's disease and sarcoidosis, Dec. 1, 2010
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine research team has identified two existing FDA-approved drugs, Tarceva and Iressa, that are able to inhibit the activity of NOD2's binding partner, the kinase RIP2, and therefore, also inhibit the activity of NOD2. The discovery could lead to treatment of two inflammatory diseases, Crohn's disease and sarcoidosis.

CWRU Grants Thermalin Diabetes Exclusive License For Insulin Analog Therapies, Dec. 1, 2010
Case Western Reserve University has granted an exclusive license on a group of insulin analogs to Thermalin Diabetes LLC, which has assembled more than $3 million to support the development of these important new drugs.

Researchers Track A Century Of HIV Evolution And Migration, Dec. 1, 2010
“The evolution of HIV-1 has been rapid,” write researchers Denis M. Tebit and Eric J. Arts from Case Western Reserve University. “This extreme and divergent evolution has led to differences in virulence between HIV-1 groups, subtypes, or both.” This understanding has implications for control and prevention efforts.

Frank Russo's campaign donors got big tax breaks, Nov. 28, 2010
Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO, a data system containing demographic, economic and property data, provided the Plain Dealer with county property values from 2003 through 2009 as part of the newspaper's investigation of Cuyahoga County corruption.

Higher Ed News

A Tech-Transfer Operation Where Profits Aren't the Only Goal
Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2010
University College London Business, a wholly owned for-profit company of the university, with revenue last year of about $21.7-million, manages technology transfer and other elements of “knowledge transfer” for the university of 4,000-plus researchers with a balanced and well-defined mission. For UCL Business, profit is not the sole purpose.