$3 Million AIDS Grant Awarded to CWRU School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic

A three-year, $3 million gift from the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation will fund research by a pair of Cleveland physicians into HIV and the body’s response in autoimmune diseases.

Stephanie Liscio
Michael Lederman

The award will support the joint efforts of immunologists Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Leonard Calabrese of Cleveland Clinic, two nationally recognized investigators of HIV/AIDS who were among the first researchers to study the virus. The researchers will continue their nearly 30-year collaboration to investigate potential relationships between autoimmune, inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and HIV/AIDS.

The grant will support the physicians’ Cleveland HIV Immunity Project (CHIP) around three specific goals. Read more.

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Adelbert Road To Be Closed for Water Project

Road closed signEffective Monday, Feb. 14, Adelbert Road will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic just south of Euclid Avenue as part of a major infrastructure project for the area.

In addition, the Binary Walkway will reopen to pedestrians on that day. Pedestrians may use the Binary Walkway to access buildings along Adelbert Road that are south of the closure.

As a result of the road closure, vehicle traffic from Euclid Avenue will not be able to access Adelbert Road directly. Similarly, vehicles on Adelbert will not be able to access Euclid directly. The construction is expected to last about four weeks. Read more.

Campus News

SPSS Modeler Premium 14.1 Campus Edition for Windows is now available on the Information Technology Services (ITS) Software Center. This is a free download for all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty or staff. An option to install SSS Text Analytics 14.1 is included. SPSS Modeler is a powerful, versatile data and text analytics workbench that helps you build accurate predictive models quickly and intuitively, without programming. Go to the ITS Software Center now to download. For best results downloading software, use a wired on-campus connection. This product uses an annual license that expires Jan. 31, 2012. If you have additional questions about SPSS Modeler, please contact the ITS Help Desk 216.368.HELP (4357) or go to help.case.edu and click on “Live Chat.”

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Take care of your sweetie’s heart this February—couples that join 121 Fitness Center save $100. If you’re already a 121 Fitness Center member, bring your significant other in and save $50! Secondary members are just $22/month. Payroll deduction is available and Case Cash is accepted. Membership includes more than 55 group exercise classes, free parking, four free training sessions, lockers, towels and more. For more information, visit the 121 Fitness website, stop in for a tour or call 216.368.1121.

For Faculty and Staff

Women Faculty’s Work Life Balance: An Oxymoron? will be presented Thursday, March 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. Dr. Ellen Kossek, a leading researcher on organizational change, will lead a discussion on the blurring of boundaries between work and home lives. A Work Style Profile Assessment, complete with a personal report and training guide, is available for free to the first 20 respondents. The fee is $25 for all others and must be completed by Feb. 15. You do not need to take the assessment to attend the lecture. To attend the lecture only, RSVP by March 18 to Susan Freimark.

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Procurement and Distribution Services announces the debut of its enewsletter, proCWRUment Quarterly. Check out the inaugural issue online.

For Students

The deadline for SURES (Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability) is March 4. For more information, click here.

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Interested in grad school for Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology? Join the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA) student group tonight for a panel discussion on the admissions process and learn what it is like to be a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. The program begins at 4 p.m. in the new Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Room 305. Dinner will be provided.


Mark Smith
Mark Smith

A memorial service will be held for Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology and renowned Alzheimer’s researcher, on Feb. 14 at 5:15 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception will follow in the first floor of Crawford Hall. For questions or additional information, contact Kathy Malone at 216.368.3109 or Barbara Nicol at 216.368.5515.

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cut-out cookieThe Staff Advisory Council will hold a bake sale Monday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. until the bakery runs out. Bake sales will be held in Biomedical Research Building Atrium, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Lobby and Crawford Hall-Sages Café. As a special Valentine’s Day treat in Sages and the BRB Starbucks, if you buy a baked good you receive a discount on a drink that day. Proceeds benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF). To donate bakery, contact the individual closest to your campus office for the exact drop-off locations: Crawford Hall: Theresa Grigger, 216.368.5887; BRB: Shannon Swiatkowski, 216.368.1490; Mandel School: Kathy Dowdell, 216.368.2264.

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Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Delta Gamma's Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast to benefit Service for Sight on Monday, Feb. 14 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Nord 310. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per couple for all-you-can-eat pancakes and musical performances. Case Cash is accepted.

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Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University continues its drama series with Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, by James McLure. Performances are Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Feb. 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. Liquor and the Texas heat are constants in this bitterly comic set of one-acts that explores the lives of three women and three men in a small Texas town, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Funny, poignant, and with a touch of madness, each play focuses on one gender, and how each deals with the changes that life brings. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve University personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call the box office for the department of theater at 216.368.6262.

Et al.

A delegation of Case Western Reserve University resident assistants from the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life attended the Northeast Ohio Housing Officers (NEOHO) RA Conference on Jan. 29 at John Carroll University. The CWRU team of Nick Kuzma and Peter Schmidt placed first in the case study competition, and a presentation by students General Lee, Patrick Murphy, Bharath Velagapudi and Lindsey Beasley was recognized as one of the Top 10 programming sessions at the conference.

Feb. 11, 2011

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In the News

CWRU's Timothy Beal Broaches the Bible as an Accidental Book
The Plain Dealer, Feb. 10, 2011
In Florence Harkness Professor of Religion Timothy Beal’s new book, The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book, he said the Bible as we know itis not a single book, and that its readership—and the Bible itself—will be changing with the times.

Lucy Had a Spring in Her Step
Science Now, Feb. 10, 2011
The 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of Lucy is one of the most complete skeletons of human ancestors, but it was discovered without any feet bones. Now, feet bones of another of the same species have been found and prove the species already had arched feet, similar to other footprints found in Laetoli in Tanzania. “Finally, we can put the mystery hominid at Laetoli to rest,” said Bruce Latimer, professor of anthropology, anatomy and cognitive science.

New Blood Test May Predict Heart Attacks
KY3, Feb. 8, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are developing a blood test to measure MRP814 protein in humans because people who have heart attacks have high levels of MRP814 in their platelets, said Daniel Simon, Herman K Hellerstein Professor of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Colleges' Student Health Plans Would Offer More Protections Under Proposed Rules
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 10, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulations that would guarantee students on college-sponsored health-insurance plans would have protections similar to those that the health-care reform law provides to the general population.