GENERAL INFORMATION

A new, university-wide Council on Entrepreneurship and Personal Initiative has been created as an advisory vehicle for promoting, sustaining, and counseling parts of the university dealing with the education of entrepreneurs and their ventures. Representatives from several colleges and departments are represented, and additional members will be added as appropriate. The council will report to the Provost.

Microsoft Corporation announced that it has released a patch for a critical security vulnerability that was discovered recently.  If left unaddressed, the vulnerability poses a serious threat and, in extreme cases, permits unauthorized users to gain control of computers remotely. If you are a Windows user, please install this important patch immediately.  More information, including a link to Microsoft's patch, is available at Critical Patch for Microsoft Vulnerability

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Book Club: “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” a novel by Azar Nafisi, will be discussed from noon to 1 p.m. on January 11 in 720 Crawford. Contact rosemary.alexander@case.edu

The most recent edition of the Case Research Newsletter is now available at http://ora.ra.cwru.edu/ospa/news/index.cfm

All NIH research grant applications will soon have to be submitted electronically through Grants.gov using the SF424 Research & Related (R&R) form set. The Office of Sponsored
Project Administration is sponsoring half-day webcast training sessions on January 11 in Ford Auditorium’s Allen Memorial Library. Eric Cottington, Associate Vice President for Research, a staff member from Sponsored Projects Administration and/or departmental
grant administrators will be on hand to answer questions. Register at
http://ora.ra.cwru.edu/research/orc/education/onlinecalendar.cfm

 

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Blueprint: Living in Cleveland”
The Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2006 (paid subscription required)
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-bprint-060111-cleveland.html

Newcomers in the Cleveland area are often pleasantly surprised by just how far their housing dollars will stretch in a region that offers many older, colonial-style homes that can rival houses in New England for charm. Though home to such prestigious institutions as Case Western Reserve University, the metro area has lost about 59,000 jobs over the five years through November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some investors may see the area’s low-priced homes as a bargain but the slower appreciation rate could pose problems for anyone interested in leaving Cleveland down the line.

“Students will continue to debate the merits of evolution: School board votes to keep lesson plan”
The Plain Dealer, January 11, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/
plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/113697198836390.xml&coll=2

COLUMBUS – A bitterly divided Ohio Board of Education Tuesday voted 9-8 to keep a controversial lesson plan that encourages biology students to debate the merits of evolution. The action could set the stage for a court challenge similar to a recent Pennsylvania case in which a judge struck down a school district policy of teaching an alternative to Charles Darwin’s theory that life descended from common ancestors. “We had the Pennsylvania panda trial,” said Case Western Reserve University professor Patricia Princehouse, referring to the book “Of Pandas and People,” an intelligent-design tome that was at the center of the Pennsylvania court case. “Maybe now we’ll have the Ohio ostrich trial because the board has put their heads in the sand.”

“Clinic gets $2.5M donation”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, January 10, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/
pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060110/FREE/60110005/1007

The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center has received a $2.5 million donation from the Northeast Ohio native who invented the Nike-Air cushioning system for athletic shoes. The donation came from Marion “Frank” Rudy and his wife, Margaret Domiter Rudy, who have donated a total of $4.5 million to Taussig in recent years. Mr. Rudy has deep roots in Northeast Ohio. He was born and raised in the area before attending Fairview Park High School and Case Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He also has donated $2 million to Case Western Reserve University to establish a chaired position in biomedical engineering and has given $3 million to his former high school for scholarship programs.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Pitt, Carnegie Mellon each trying to raise $1 billion”
PhillyBurbs.com, December 27, 2005
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/103-12272005-589374.html

The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are among 25 U.S. colleges and universities in the midst of campaigns to raise $1 billion or more. Experts say that’s not just good news for the schools, but for the economy of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Pitt officials have raised $862 million toward t heir goal. Although Carnegie Mellon officials don’t plan to announce their fundraising target until mid-2008, faculty officials say administrators have put the goal at about $1 billion. The school has raised about $244 million so far. Nationwide, the University of Virginia is about 25 percent of the way into a campaign to raise $2 billion, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. New York University, Michigan, UCLA and Johns Hopkins are among other U.S. universities involved in multibillion dollar campaigns.


“Ehrlich plans stem cell effort: Governor to announce $32 million for center, research activities”
The Baltimore Sun, January 10, 2006
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-stem0110,1,4561193.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is scheduled to announce [today] a commitment of $20 million for stem cell research and $12 million to build a new center for regenerative research on Baltimore’s west side, a spokesman said Tuesday. The move, which comes as Democratic lawmakers mount their own push for $125 million in state stem cell research funding over five years, marks Ehrlich’s first concrete backing of the controversial scientific research opposed by President Bush and more conservative members of the Republican party. Wednesday, Ehrlich is scheduled to propose the construction of a center for regenerative research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Matthew Crenson, a Johns Hopkins University political scientist, called Ehrlich’s announcement “a change in his position.”

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EVENTS

Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Minority Public Health will have its first V-Fest, a Women’s Health Festival on February 23. The theme for the educational and networking event is “Celebrating Women’s Health Across the Life Span.” Contact Jenice Contreras at (216) 651-6191 for information.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Nominating Committee of the Faculty Senate is seeking faculty to serve on committees for the 2006-2007 academic year. All standing committee terms are three years except the Nominating Committee, which is two years. Contact victoria.cleveland@case.edu.

To learn more about MetLife’s Long-Term Care plan, visit http://www.metlife.com/mybenefits or call 1-866-414-7076.  Long-term care is the type of care needed if you require assistance with everyday activities. Deadline for guaranteed issue is January 13.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Career Center will sponsor an “On Campus Interviewing Orientation” on January 19 at the ESS Computer Lab, Sears Room 464, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn how to use this program in the search for an internship or full-time position. RSVP via ecompass by Jan. 17.

PERSONNEL

Kate Callahan has accepted a position as director of major gifts in the Department of Regional and Planned Giving.  She comes to Case from the Cleveland Clinic where she was a major gifts officer, as well as experience in development from John Carroll University.

La’Tia Mays recently joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations as a department assistant. She comes to Case with experience in recruiting at Thompson Hine LLP and administrative experience at Kentucky State University.

ACCOLADES

George I. Gorodeski, professor of reproductive biology in the division of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, has been named chair of the special emphasis panel, part of the division of biologic basis of disease, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.