GENERAL INFORMATION

An “Introduction to Proposal Writing Workshop” takes place January 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Wolstein Research Building’s auditorium. Featuring a presentation by Robert A. Lucas, director of the Institute for Scholarly Activity in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Register online at http://ora.ra.cwru.edu/research/orc/education/onlinecalendar.cfm, or contact the Case Office of Research Compliance at X 6925.

The City of Cleveland is installing a red-light camera system at various intersections throughout the area.  A red-light camera is a device designed to identify drivers who have run red lights.  A vehicle owner whose car has crossed through the intersection while the light is red will receive a ticket in the mail from the City of Cleveland.  Five red-light cameras are or will be installed at the following University Circle intersections: Chester Avenue at Euclid Avenue; Cedar Avenue at Murray Hill Road; Euclid Avenue at Mayfield Road; Carnegie Avenue at East 100th Street; and Carnegie Avenue at Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Due to the beginning of construction on the Adelbert Road Bridge, there will be some restrictions to the traffic flow for the lot 53 garage.  Beginning January 16, the upper entrance to the garage will be made one-way entering the garage between midnight and noon. From noon until midnight, this will be reversed to one-way exiting the garage. This will be in effect for the duration of the bridge repair project. The lower entrance and exit to the lot 53 garage will remain open under normal operation during this time.

 

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Hard to oversee all those teeny tiny little particles…”
NPR’s “Marketplace,” January 11, 2006 (link to audio)
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2006/01/11/PM200601113.html

Nanotechnology involves tiny lab creations with the potential to revolutionize everything form makeup to surgery, and it’s big business. But a new report says government oversight of the industry comes up short. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin explains. (NOTE: Clemens Burda, assistant professor of chemistry at Case Western Reserve University, is interviewed in this report.)

“Israelis and Palestinians adjust to life without historic, larger-than-life leaders”
The Associated Press, January 11, 2006
http://www.cjp.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=172743

JERUSALEM – Both Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon did the unthinkable: Arafat recognized Israel’s existence and Sharon gave up the Gaza Strip. With Arafat dead and Sharon felled by a stroke, both Palestinians and Israelis are having to adjust to life without their historic, larger-than-life leaders. “Israel, like the Palestinians, is witnessing no more icons… no more warriors,” said Mahdi Abdul-Hadi, the director of the Palestinian think tank Passia. For the Palestinians, the loss of an icon has coincided with an alarming slide into chaos, though some argue it is giving Palestinian society more democracy. Former Israeli peace negotiator Amos Guiora (now a professor of law and director of the Institute for Global Security at Case Western Reserve University School of Law), said he doubted Sharon’s political successors would ever be embraced as warmly. “Now we are a little bit fatherless,” Guiora said.

“A lack of intelligence – but by design? Our embarrassing state school board”
The Akron Beacon Journal (column by editorial writer Steve Hoffman), January 12, 2006
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/editorial/13607544.htm

What might a judge eventually say about the state school board in Ohio, which this week refused by a narrow margin to revise its guidelines for teaching biology? Those guidelines create false controversy over Darwinian evolution, singling it out from all other scientific theories for critical analysis, indirectly but quite deliberately guiding students toward the conclusion that an intelligent designer (God) must have shaped each amazing, complex organism. Last week, during an appearance at the Akron Press Club, Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University helped put the growing mistake into broad perspective. Krauss, a physicist and astronomer, has written and spoken widely about how the religious right attacks science and what some on the right believe is a philosophy of “scientific materialism” that leads to a rejection of God and morality. (Tom DeLay once blamed the Columbine High School shootings on the teaching of evolution.)

“Court rules for Moreland Hills in challenge to 2-acre lot size”
The Plain Dealer, January 12, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/1137058225210090.xml?nohio&coll=2

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a constitutional challenge to a Moreland Hills zoning law with an opinion that could give other communities an edge in dealing with developers. By a 5-2 vote, the court ruled that the East Side suburb could impose a minimum lot size of two acres on developer Charles Chudakoff, who wanted to build 29 houses on 18 acres in the Chagrin Valley. Melvyn Durschlag, a Case Western Reserve University law professor who teaches land use in state and local government, said the decision most likely will pose problems for builders. “I think this case narrows the kinds of challenges that developers can bring to the courts,” Durschlag said.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

 

“Boehner’s Candidacy for Leadership Post Throws Spotlight on His Ties to Student-Loan Providers”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2006 (paid subscription required)
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/01/2006011301n.htm

With Rep. John A. Boehner a leading candidate to be the next majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Ohio Republican’s ties to Sallie Mae are coming under scrutiny by the news media and some lawmakers. The nation’s largest student-loan provider has been one of the top contributors to the campaign war chest of Mr. Boehner, who as chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has been shepherding through Congress student-loan legislation that will affect the company’s bottom line. According to Federal Election Commission records, Sallie Mae officials contributed more than $100,000, both individually and through political-action committees, to Mr. Boehner during the 2003-4 election cycle – a time in which he was drafting legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the law that governs most federal student-aid programs.   

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EVENTS

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.

The Case Technology Transfer Office invites all interested members of the Case community to attend Seminar #4 of the Third Annual Inventors Forum on January 19 at 4 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The topic is “Show me the money! Sources of Funding for My Technology.” To register visit http://techtransfer.case.edu and click on the
“Inventors Forum” link, or call X 6837.

University Wide Meeting for Women Faculty: Institutionalizing ACES takes place January 26 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Nord Hall 310 A & B. The agenda includes ACES Initiatives, progress and research findings, institutionalizing ACES initiatives, and more. RSVP by January 20 to shelley.white@case.edu.

A free, community screening of the film “A Doula Story: On the Front lines of Teen Pregnancy” takes place January 27 at 7 p.m. in the Clapp Hall Auditorium. A discussion of teen pregnancy and doulas in Cleveland and community initiatives will follow.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Due to the success of SAGES, the university is committed to appointing several more visiting fellows to meet the demand for University Seminars. Faculty are asked to help identify outstanding prospective fellows for the 2006-2007 program. Go to http://www.case.edu/sages/pres_fellows.htm.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Winter Leadership Conference, which is free to all Case students, is February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. The conference features David Coleman, the author of trend-setting relationship books, including 101 Great Dates, Date Smart!, Leadership's Greatest Hits, and his new release, Making Relationships Matter! The conference is open to students and staff from any college in northeast Ohio and includes free dinner at Wackadoo's and a free t-shirt to the first 150 attendees who complete a final evaluation of the conference at the dinner. Go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/division/leadership/.

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PERSONNEL

Kathy Robinson is the new executive director of donor relations. She brings to Case a wealth of development experience from several area non-profit institutions. 

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ACCOLADES

Roland W. Moskowitz, professor of medicine, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation at the foundation's national meeting in October. The Lifetime Achievement Award is newly created by the Arthritis Foundation to recognize individuals whose sustained and outstanding accomplishments have significantly improved the lives of people with arthritis, and whose contributions, leadership and impact are widely acknowledged by peers and the broader arthritis community.

Maureen Hack, a professor of pediatrics and director of high-risk follow-up at Case’s School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, was recognized as a “Local Legend” at a December ceremony. The Local Legends program honors the women doctors who are transforming medical practice and improving health care for people around the globe.