CWRU Receives Funding for Post-doc Training in Papua New Guinea

New funding from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Nursing Research will support three post-doctoral trainees in anthropology, epidemiology and nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Over the next year, the trainees will undertake behavioral science research in Papua New Guinea to study self-management of potential drug treatments for lymphatic filariasis.

As part of the training, they will collaborate on a trial of potential drugs to destroy the lymphatic filariasis parasite that causes blockages in the lymphatic system.

Elizabeth Madigan
Elizabeth Madigan

James Kazura and Christopher King from the Center for Global Health and Disease at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine direct the drug study. The principal investigators on the new, one-year $228,000 grant are Elizabeth Madigan, professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Janet McGrath in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Daniel Tisch in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine.

The post-doc trainees represent three schools participating in the Global Health Framework project at Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Global Health and Disease. Read more.

Campus News

Case Men's Glee ClubThe Case Men's Glee Club will deliver Singing Valentines around campus on Monday, Feb. 14. The valentines cost $5, and can be purchased weekdays through Feb. 11 at Leutner and Fribley Commons from 5 to 8 p.m., and in the atrium at Nord Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email the Men's Glee Club if you would like to purchase one or have any questions.

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The Northeast Ohio Regional Science Olympiad, a competition for middle and high school students, will be held on campus Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is looking for volunteer event captains to prepare each competitive event in advance and volunteers to facilitate events throughout the day of competitions. All Olympiad volunteers are invited to a pre-event appreciation dinner on Feb. 25, will receive lunch on the day of the event and will receive a Science Olympiad T-shirt. To volunteer, call 216.368.5075 or 216.368.5257 or email or no later than Feb. 21.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members are invited to attend the Maximizing Your Chances for Promotions and Tenure workshop, co-hosted by the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine and the Office of Faculty Affairs. The event will take place Feb. 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. Presenters will be Dan Anker, associate dean for faculty affairs and human resources at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Cathy Carlin, professor of molecular biology and microbiology and co-chair of the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure, School of Medicine; and Robert A. Bonomo, professor in the Department of Medicine and co-chair of the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure, School of Medicine.

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Often faculty members are asked to be guest lecturers for someone else’s class. On Feb. 3, UCITE presents Best Practices for the Occasional Lecturer. The discussion will cover the opportunities and challenges of being an occasional lecturer and will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen Building. Pizza and beverages will be provided; RSVP to

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life is looking for positive, hard-working and team-oriented graduate students to work during the 2011-2012 academic year. Check out the positions in more detail online or email with any questions.

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Students on campusThe Summer Session offers students classes in introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, Chinese, Italian and many more. Find more information online, and look for the summer brochure in your mailbox this week. Email with any questions.

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The Peace Corps will hold an information session Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Sears Library Building Room 354. During the session, a representative will talk about the application process and benefits of service, including financial assistance for graduate school, full health and dental coverage, increased job skills and employment potential and more.


Female students, staff and faculty are invited to a two-hour Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) workshop Feb. 10. The event is facilitated by Case Western Reserve University Police and cosponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. RSVP online. Contact or with questions.

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All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Global Water Issues: A Conversation with Engineers Without Borders Feb. 4 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Students from Engineers Without Borders will discuss global water issues from a public health, sociopolitical and engineering perspective. Free pizza will be provided.

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Ars Poetica, a poetry organization on campus, will hold an event Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sages Cafe in Crawford Hall. The event will include poetry, live jazz music and an open mike for willing volunteers.

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IES Abroad selected Case Western Reserve University junior Elliot Schwartz to blog about his study abroad experiences in Barcelona, Spain, spring semester 2011. He was one of 31 bloggers chosen from a pool of more than 200 applications. Schwartz, a history major on the pre-medicine track, will share his passions for art and travel during his semester abroad on the blog.

Feb. 2, 2011

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In the News

Cleveland Mayor Names Committee to Help Shape Search for New Schools CEO
The Plain Dealer, Jan. 31, 2011
Mayor Frank Jackson named a committee of 28 people to create a profile of the next Cleveland schools’ CEO. David Carney, assistant professor in the School of Law, former school board member and parent, and Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will sit on the committee. "I'm really worried that the state is going to balance its budget on the backs of poor kids," Carney said. "It's a tough job we're hiring for."

Family Sues When Mom Dies After Undisclosed Fall at Nursing Home
WKYC, Feb. 1, 2011
A family is suing a nursing home because they were never told their mother had fallen 17 times in 16 months, including a fall that the coroner said contributed to her death. Though nursing homes are reducing the number of falls, about one in five falls may be preventable, said Evelyn Duffy, associate director of the University Center on Aging and Health.

Newt on Ethanol: ‘Folks in Big Cities Dictate What Should Happen in Rural America.’
National Review Online, Jan. 31, 2011
School of Law Professor Jonathan Adler’s article was quoted in a blog on Newt Gingrich’s remarks on critics of ethanol.

Expert Panel Discusses Potential Link Between Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, Cancer
Cardiology Today, Feb. 1, 2011
Dan Simon, Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, sat on a panel discussing the results of a study that found an association between angiotensin receptor blockers and cancer.

Higher Ed News

Absent Students Want to Attend Traditional Classes via Webcam
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 30, 2011
Many professors allow guest speakers to reach the class via webcam, but is it OK for students to attend class in that way too?