Professor Mark A. Smith, a renowned Alzheimer’s disease researcher and revered mentor and colleague, died early Sunday morning after being struck by a car in Bainbridge Township.
“Mark Smith’s passion for scientific discovery was matched by his complete dedication to students and colleagues,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “His death is a tragedy for his field, for Case Western Reserve and, most of all, for his family. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who are grieving this terrible loss.”
Professor Smith, 45, earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in England and then spent two years as a research fellow in Austria. He joined Case Western Reserve in 1994, launching an academic career that quickly drew attention and accolades. Smith’s work focused on understanding how and why neurons cease to function in cases of neurodegenerative diseases. He published more than 800 peer-reviewed articles, and his work was cited more than 21,000 times. In 2007, he was named as the 21st most-cited author (of 3,170) in the fields of neuroscience and behavior over the previous 10 years. In 2009, he was named the No. 3 Alzheimer's investigator in the world in a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
Along with this international recognition, Professor Smith also earned multiple campus awards for teaching and mentoring. In 2009, he received the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, one of the highest University honors given to a member of the faculty. Read more.
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There will be a planned outage of services for the Student Information System (SIS) between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 2. This is to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform scheduled maintenance to the system. During this time the SIS will be unavailable. If you have additional questions about this outage please contact the ITS Help Desk 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to help.case.edu.
The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) announces its 2011 seed grant program, open to all Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic faculty interested in developing research projects on ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) in the design and conduct of human genetic research, the translation of research results into clinical medicine, public health and health policy needs related to genetics. These grants are designed to support exploratory efforts toward the development of larger scholarly projects or lines of research related to CGREAL’s mission. The evaluation will focus on the potential for expanding and enriching perspectives brought to genetic research ethics and law at CGREAL and evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration. Preference will be given to projects that are likely to foster further research that could attract outside support.
Requests may be made for up to $5,000 per year. Funds may not be used for faculty salary support. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the first round of projects likely will be funded in January 2011. To apply, send a statement of project goals, resource needs and a preliminary project timeline to Richard Sharp, 216.445.1257, or Patricia Marshall, 216.368.2502. Contact Sharp or Marshall for questions.
Kelvin Smith Library's holiday hours include online access and expert reference help with research, even during the long holiday weekends. This week, KSL is open until Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and will be open New Year's week Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Go online for information on early January hours and later evenings the week before classes begin.
Over the last week the Red Cross has been unable to collect more than 500 blood donations for patients at local hospitals because of weather related issues. The American Red Cross fears that additional drives may cancel, putting a further strain on an already less than sufficient blood supply. To help, make an appointment and encourage others to attend the next on-campus blood drive, held at 1-2-1 Fitness Center from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 28. Make an appointment online or stop by and save a life this holiday season.
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The 25th season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness continues at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 with Sequentia: Ensemble for Medieval Music's show “Voices from the Island Sanctuary”: Ecclesiastical Singers in Paris (1180–1230). Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. An international group of singers and instrumentalists, it is united in Paris under the direction of the legendary performer and teacher Benjamin Bagby. Ticket information is available online.