SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT HUNDERT

As the spring semester gets under way, President Hundert welcomes everyone back to campus and looks ahead to the coming months in a brief presentation that can be found at http://blog.case.edu/casedaily/welcome06.htm. The movie is also available for download at http://blog.case.edu/casedaily/podcasts/welcome06.mov.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Case’s 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering flu vaccines today, January 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call x1121 or e-mail onetoone@case.edu for appointment times.

The Case Club will be closed January 20 due to a Cleveland Orchestra matinee performance.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to present their latest research and scholarship at Research ShowCASE 2006. The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentations is January 31. For details, go to http://ora.ra.case.edu/showcase/presentation.html. Research ShowCASE, a free public exhibit celebrating the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research and scholarship being conducted at Case and its affiliated hospitals, will be held April 5 and 6 in the Veale Convocation Center.

 

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Case ups assistance to poorer neighbors: Scholarships aim at stellar area students” The Plain Dealer, January 19, 2006 http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/
cuyahoga/1137663182189680.xml&coll=2

Case Western Reserve University will partner with the Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. to give academically bright students who can’t afford its tuition a chance to attend the private university. The university plans to raise $20 million in the next five years for grants and scholarships. The money will go to poorer students who choose to attend Case. “Our purpose is to improve the environment at the university,” said Chris Munoz, vice provost for undergraduate enrollment. “Students from diverse backgrounds bring different gifts and different points of view with them. It is their values and perspectives that we need.” Cleveland Scholarship has sent students to Case before. (There are currently 88 at the university.) But this is the first time that the two institutions will work together formally.

“New Presiding Judge Faces Opposition: An Iraqi official wants to block the elevation of a jurist to lead the Hussein trial” The Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2006 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq19jan19,0,4037083.story?coll=la-headlines-world

Days after its chief judge submitted his resignation, the court trying Saddam Hussein was thrown into further turmoil Wednesday when a senior Iraqi official vowed to block the appointment of a successor because of his alleged membership in Hussein’s Baath Party. The move against Judge Said Hammashi, who was assigned by colleagues on the trial panel to take over the case, is the latest of several government efforts to exert influence over a process beset by procedural delays, disorderly outbursts by Hussein and his co-defendants, and the slayings of two defense lawyers. If anything, Hammashi might be less disposed to give leeway to the defendants. Like the victims of the Dujayl killings, he is a Shiite. And he has “a more aggressive temperament” than Amin, said Michael P. Scharf, a Case Western Reserve University law professor who helped train the trial judges.

“Not All Law Is Politics in Robes” The Wall Street Journal (op-ed by Jonathan H. Adler, associate professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law) January 14, 2006 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113720229264846661.html (paid subscription required)

Samuel Alito has delivered an impressive performance under interrogation, revealing a humility – and a command of legal matters – well beyond that of his inquisitors. It was clear that many of those questioning him had little interest in the substance of his answers, particularly since he would not tell senators how he would resolve contentious issues that may come before the court. In response, Sen. Joseph Biden suggested in frustration that the Senate scrap confirmation hearings and simply debate the nominee’s decisions as if they were considering legislation. Mr. Biden’s remarks are symptomatic of a larger problem: the assumption that judicial nominees are politicians with policy views that they will – and should – impose from the bench.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Computer gender gap grows: Academics take action to enhance the topic’s appeal to young women” The Chicago Tribune (reprinted from a story in The Boston Globe), January 18, 2006 http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-0601180043jan18,1,1260953.story

As a young high school teacher in 1982, Diane Souvaine leapt into graduate school for computer science having taken only one class in the subject. Computers, she believed, offered an exhilarating way to apply her math skills to real-world problems. And because computer science was coming into its own in the feminist age, she also hoped it would be more welcoming to women than her undergraduate math department. Today Souvaine is chairwoman of the Tufts University computer science department, which has more female professors than male. But few younger women have followed in her generation’s footsteps. Next spring, when 22 computer science graduates accept their Tufts diplomas, only four will be women.

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EVENTS

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.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The University Administration and Staff Advisory Council (SAC) welcome ideas on how to improve the work environment, to increase energy, efficiency, and/or to save money. Employees can submit information to a suggestion box; suggestions will go to both Hossein Sadid, Case’s chief financial and administrative officer, and Judith Olson-Fallon, SAC Chair. For details contact Olson-Fallon, x8825.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Office of Student Community Service is sponsoring “Getting Involved in Service – Now and Later” on January 27 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. Current and post-graduation opportunities in community, national and international service will be discussed. For details go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/service/default.html.

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PERSONNEL

Thomas “Tom” J. Siu has recently joined Information Technology Services as the university’s chief information security officer. He will be principally responsible for managing IT security risk through the development and implementation of security policies and procedures. In addition, he will provide training in and dissemination of security policies and practices to university constituents and help develop strategies and plans to provide for timely business resumption in the event of a serious disruption. Prior to joining Case, Siu served as network security analyst/team leader at NASA Glenn Research Center. 

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ACCOLADES

James Zull, professor of biology and biochemistry, has been elected as a charter member of the new International Society for Brain, Mind and Education in recognition of his contributions in interpreting neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience for educators.

Christopher Rassi, who graduated from the School of Law in 2003, was one of a handful of lawyers selected to serve as associate legal officer of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, advising the judges on international criminal law, war crimes and human rights. The tribunal is trying major perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide