Spotlight on Weatherhead Faculty Publications: Conversations with the Authors takes place on January 23 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the George S. Dively Building. Featuring Sayan Chatterjee, Richard Boland, Ernesto Poza and Betty Vandenbosch, who will discuss business research occurring at the Weatherhead School of Management. Call X 6413 or go to

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, with funds from an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, will provide seed money to foster cancer-related prevention and control, behavioral, health sciences or epidemiologic research by junior faculty who have no current national grant support of their own and who have not received prior support from the Institutional Research Grant. will be awarded to investigators who intend to gather preliminary data to be used in seeking future and independently funded programs. Contact



“Old Kid on the Block: Buying Childhood Home Is a Ticket to the Past – And a Better Neighborhood”
The Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Trying to satisfy a longing for meaningful roots and connections, some Americans are buying their childhood homes. Often the buyers are baby boomers, perhaps the last generation to have childhoods so centered around a single house. In the case of adult children who inherit a house, moving in can be emotionally easier than selling. In terms of building an attachment to a house and neighborhood, ages 9 to 12 are formative years, says Claudia Coulton, a social-sciences professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. When Mary Beth Renaud was that age, she was living with her parents in Carthage, N.Y. But when her parents put a “for sale by owner” sign on the front lawn in 1999, Ms. Renaud almost let the home slip away.

“Flight nurses need a variety of skills: They have more authority than colleagues on the ground – and more demands”
The Dallas Morning News, December 20, 2005 (free registration required)

Flight nursing typically requires two to three years of critical-care experience. But the nurse shortage has created a situation in which fewer qualified workers are available to transfer into flight nursing. Moreover, registered nurses with this expertise move quickly into management positions and other jobs, said Christopher Manacci, director of the acute care nurse practitioner flight nursing program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. “Getting experts to the patient is the goal,” he said. “Currently, we have to wait until we can get the patient to the expert, as demonstrated in recent natural disasters – not an easy task.” Founded in 2002, the Cleveland program is reportedly the first to provide formal training in this niche. Five students have graduated, and eight are currently enrolled, working toward master’s degrees.

“Diaper-free babies”
The Plain Dealer, January 12, 2006

The nurse at St. John Westshore Hospital stared at Lisa Wilkins in disbelief when Wilkins explained she was teaching her daughter, Lauren, to go to the bathroom without diapers. Toilet training is hardly new, but you can’t blame the nurse for being a little taken aback. After all, little Lauren was only 1 day old. In the 11 months since then, Wilkins, of Fairview Park, has gotten used to the stunned looks she receives when she describes how she and her husband, Ryan, use elimination communication – or EC – with her daughter. EC is about developing better communication with your baby by paying close attention to their facial expressions, gestures and routines. But all that hovering might do more harm than good, says child psychologist Sylvia Rimm. “If the mom is anxious, then the baby will be anxious,” says Rimm, author and clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine whose parenting column appears in The Plain Dealer. “If we analyze every little expression they make, we’ll turn them into little worriers.”

“Flutie’s drop kick for Patriots was holiday treat” (Indiana), January 12, 2006

It came late in the game on New Year’s Day, at the close of an interminable year-end holiday season. A jubilant [Doug] Flutie turned and headed for the Patriots bench, grinning, yelling and pumping his fist. Sharing Flutie’s elation was his coach, Bill Belichick, who embraced him on the sidelines. Quite possibly at this moment his thoughts turned to his father Steve Belichick, who died Nov. 29, 2005, at the age of 86. He had played for the Detroit Lions in 1941, his only year in the NFL. In high school in Struthers, Ohio, Steve was a capable 160-pound running back and went on to play at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where kids went who were not recruited by the Big Ten. A charter member of the Mid-America Conference, it was not long before Reserve found that the league was too competitive for its more modest program. They dropped out and subsequently merged with Case Institute of Technology, a neighbor on Cleveland’s east side. Today the school is known as Case Western Reserve.

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“Urban Colleges Learn to Be Good Neighbors: Universities Also Reap Benefits From Investing in Their Communities”
The Washington Post, January 9, 2006

PHILADELPHIA – Ten years ago, the University of Pennsylvania was under siege, its ivy towers wreathed by an abandoned industrial wasteland, filth and soaring crime. Parents feared for their children after two student homicides. The neighborhood McDonald’s was nicknamed McDeath. Students were virtual prisoners on campus. Administrators began to worry that enrollment was threatened as one of the nation’s oldest and prestigious schools was fast developing a reputation as unsafe. Today, Penn is among the hottest schools in the country – sitting smack in the middle of a clean and vital retail neighborhood where crime has been reduced by 49 percent in the past decade, where students swarm the streets shopping at upscale stores. Penn is at the forefront of a national trend of urban colleges that are aggressively trying to bridge “town-gown” tensions by investing heavily in adjacent troubled neighborhoods – and by making a connection with local civic life.

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Case Concert Celebration 2006 will be at 8 p.m. January 23 in Severance Hall. Go to:

The Case Athletic Department will be taking a step back in time the weekend of February 3-5 when they host a Throwback Weekend at Adelbert Gymnasium. Both the Spartan men’s and women's basketball teams will be wearing uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats), Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders), and Mather College. WRU and CIT federated in 1967 to become Case Western Reserve University. For more information regarding the event please call X 6517.

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The SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) Web site is now online. Faculty and staff are encouraged share news of students’ accomplishments, as well as their experiences with undergraduate research and creative endeavors either as a mentor or as an undergraduate. Also, for updates about the Symposium and Poster Session, Intersections, and SOURCE summer funding applications, please visit the Web site at or contact

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International Student Services will sponsor a “Welcome Back” party for international students on January 20 in the Nord Atrium. For information go to


At the School of Law, Rebecca Krumhansl has been promoted to Director of Regional Development and Annual Giving.


Case Western Reserve University is being recognized for its commitment to the community with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D.  is scheduled to accept the award on behalf of the university during The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert at Severance Hall on January 15 at 7 p.m.

Gary Stonum, the Oviatt Professor of English, plans to deliver a pre-concert talk, “Emily Dickinson: Bolts of Melody,” for the New World Symphony in Miami via high-speed Internet connection on January 12. Stonum, ­a Dickinson scholar and editor of the Emily Dickinson Journal,­ was invited by the New World Symphony to illustrate a program of songs based on Dickinson’s poems with a glimpse into the poet’s life. Thomas Knab, the chief information officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, with Case’s MediaVision staff members Ronald Petransky and Michael Kubit, will connect Stonum with his Miami audience.