GENERAL INFORMATION

The university will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A commemorative for Martin Luther King Jr. will take place in February as part of the university’s Black History Month celebration.

The quality password policy will go into effect this month . The policy is applicable to all active Case network users. Users will be prompted to change their passwords and may do so online anytime between January 3 and February 15. After this time, users who have not yet changed their passwords will be unable to access network resources until they have changed their password to meet the quality password requirements. Go to: http://www.case.edu/its/.

Starting in mid-January, a Case ID will be necessary for computer printing in KSL. New computers and new print queue management will offer quality printing, save time, and reduce waste. During Spring Semester 2006 printing will be free with a Case ID. Go to http://library.case.edu/ksl/info/news/20051206print.html .

The Weight Watchers at Work program begins with a registration meeting at 11:30 a.m. in Thwing Center’s Spartan Room on January 10. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning January 17 through April 4. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144 payable by cash, check or charge. Contact Gail Reese at X 2992 or e-mail gail.reese@case.edu.

In Memoriam : Jim Adams, 57, of North San Juan, Calif. died on December 24 . Adams had a Ph.D. pending from Case, and also had a master’s degree in public management science from the university.

CASE IN THE NEWS

Spectacular fraud overshadows successes in space: Faulty stem-cell research, debate on evolution leave their mark on past year

The Columbus Dispatch, January 10, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Last January, it seemed amazing: NASA's twin rovers - expected to run for no more than 90 days - celebrated a full year of scooping, drilling and picturetaking on Mars. Stem cell research had its own explosion at year's end. Hwang Woo-suk was a superstar in Korea and was considered one of the world's leaders in stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research has been "incredibly tainted by the Korean effort," said Dr. Stan Gerson, director of the National Center for Regenerative Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. But Gerson said work with adult stem cells has not been affected. When a system to clone embryonic stem cells is developed, Gerson said, it will be rooted in success with far less controversial adult stem cells.

State school board is expected to revisit evolution lesson plan

The Plain Dealer, January 10, 2006

COLUMBUS - A divided State Board of Education today was expected to reopen debate on a contentious model lesson plan that encourages biology students to debate the merits of evolution. The new interest in the lesson plan is fueled by a court ruling striking down a Pennsylvania plan that required students to learn alternatives to evolution, Charles Darwin's widely accepted theory that life on Earth descended from common ancestors. Critics, including most mainstream science groups, say the Ohio lesson plan mirrors intelligent design writings and contains inaccurate information about evolution. "It centers on misstatements that come directly from creationist literature," said Patricia Princehouse, a Case Western Reserve University professor and a board member of Ohio Citizens for Science.

Angioplasty or surgery ups heart failure survival

Reuters Health, January 6, 2006

NEW YORK - In a study of people with severe heart failure, those treated early with angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the heart had significantly better survival than those treated with drug therapy. "It surprised us that the patients who had open-heart surgery or (angioplasty) did so much better," Dr. Michael S. Lauer, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said in a statement. "Right now the standard care for patients with? heart failure is medicine." The pros and cons of surgery or angioplasty in people with heart failure have been unclear, according to the report in the medical journal Circulation. These treatments can potentially reverse heart dysfunction, but whether this outweighs the risk of surgery and actually improves long-term outcomes is unknown.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

NCAA's Division III Preserves Playing Limits and Tables Proposal to Cap Membership

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Colleges in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III voted on Monday to preserve limitations on out-of-season play and to keep in place a rule preventing "redshirting," a practice in which athletes are allowed to sit out a season without losing one of their four years of eligibility. Proposals to reinstitute redshirting and to allow colleges to exceed the 20 days of practice and one day of competition they are currently allowed during a sport's off-season were "bellwether" issues for the division to consider, said Phillip C. Stone, president of Bridgewater College, in Virginia, and chairman of the Division III Presidents Council. He said strong opposition from many of the presidents had helped defeat those proposals.

"New Orleans universities seeing real homecoming"

USA Today, January 10, 2006

NEW ORLEANS - Dillard University sophomore Marvin Palao was living off-campus with his family when Hurricane Katrina hit in August. He had to swim out of his Gentilly home when the levees broke and swamped the house with 11 feet of water. As Dillard's spring semester begins this week, Palao is living on campus - at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. "The Hilton is my home now, because I have no home," Palao says. All New Orleans colleges saw some damage, but none more so than Dillard, a historically black university in Gentilly, about a mile from Lake Pontchartrain. Every building flooded the elegant 55-acre campus, causing $500 million in damage. More than 30,000 students will return to four-year colleges in New Orleans this semester after a fall term that wasn't.

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EVENTS

Understanding the New Dynamic: Art, Technology and the Mind takes place Thursday, January 19, 4-6 p.m., at the Cleveland Play House Bolton Theater. This event complements the Museum of Contemporary Art "Cleveland's All Digital" exhibition, on view January 20 through May 7.  Seating for the January 19 event is limited. To register, go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/dean/cogsci/newdynamic/index.html

Case Concert Celebration 2006 will be at 8 p.m. January 23 in Severance Hall. Go to: http://www.case.edu/events/ccc/gen.html .

Jared Diamond , author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies,” will be the guest speaker for the Distinguished Lecture Series. He will speak about his most recent book, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.” The lecture will take place Wednesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in Severance Hall. Go to http://www.case.edu/events/dls/.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Nominations are being sought for The Glennan Fellows program, which includes an award of $6,500 that can be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. Nominees must be regular faculty members who are in the tenure track but not yet tenured. The nomination letter is due to UCITE by January 20. For complete details go to http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/ and click on "Grants and Fellowships.

TIAA - CREF Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions : 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 17, 18, 19 and 20 in 209 Crawford. To schedule an appointment to meet with an individual consultant, please contact Kay Fulk or Alisia Powell at 877-209-3138.

The university’s policy and procedure governing the personal use of university property can be found at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/benefits/StatementPersonalUse.pdf.

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FOR STUDENTS

The next Student Affairs Academic Happy Hour, “ Moving Forward: Making Change at Case, ” will be from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. February 10 in Thwing Ballroom.

PERSONNEL

Norman Tien has been appointed as the Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as of January 1. Prior to coming to Case, Tien served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at Davis and held a joint appointment at the University of California at Berkeley. He also served as codirector of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.

ACCOLADES

James M. Anderson , professor of pathology, macromolecular science and biomedical engineering, received the Elsevier Biomaterials Gold Medal in October for the most accumulated significant contributions to biomaterials science by an individual from 1980 to 2005. During that 25-year span, he made 650 contributions to the literature, including 237 peer-reviewed publications. He is a 1976 medical alumnus of the Case School of Medicine.

Scott Frank , an associate professor of family medicine with a secondary appointment as an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, was one of six recipients of the 2005 Voices Against Silence Awards from the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. He received his award in early December.

Carol Musil , an associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was inducted recently as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) at its Annual Meeting and Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The award acknowledges Musil’s outstanding contributions to nursing and health care, advances that will have a strong and lasting influence on nursing practice and health policy nationwide.

Myron Roomkin , dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, has been named to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Commission on Entrepreneurial Curriculum.

John Ruhl and Glenn Starkman, professors from Case Western Reserve University’s department of physics, have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society in honor of their work in area of astrophysics.