GENERAL INFORMATION


Case has endorsed a new password policy that requires all Case network users—faculty, staff and students—set a robust, quality password to access protected Case network resources. Strong passwords play an important role in securing the university’s network resources and information security. For information go to http://www.case.edu/its/password. Users who have not changed their passwords by February 15 will be unable to access protected Case network resources. Access will be restored once the password is changed.


Case, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), among others, are co-sponsors of MOCA’s groundbreaking new exhibition, “All Digital,” which opens January 20.  For information go to http://www.mocacleveland.org/exhibitions/exhibitions_coming.asp


IN MEMORIAM


Irving Rothchild, professor emeritus of reproductive biology at the School of Medicine, died on January 9. He joined the faculty of Western Reserve University as an associate professor in 1956, and was promoted to professor in 1966.  He became professor emeritus in 1982 and continued to publish in his retirement. His wife, Ellen, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Case and is affiliated with the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


CASE IN THE NEWS


“In Switch, Scientists Share Data to Develop Useful Drug Therapies”
The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2006
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113771683011951408.html (paid subscription required)


From Alzheimer’s to diabetes to cancer, schizophrenia and even baldness, the list of ailments that elude cure marches on. The crisis in “translational science,” or turning basic discoveries into therapies, has been brewing for years, but it hit a depressing nadir in 2005, when just 20 new drugs won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The 80 general clinical research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health will close by 2010 as NIH revamps its translational research program, a recognition that the centers have failed to wring something helpful to patients from biomedical research. The foundation’s [new] insistence that its scientists exchange results every two months is a sea change from the standard every-two-to-five-years progress report. “This has been one of the most difficult transitions, getting scientists to understand accountability in the short term,” says Robert Miller of Case Western Reserve University.


“Research paying off for Ohio universities”
The Plain Dealer, January 20, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/113774978255330.xml&coll=2


The amount of research and development money at Ohio colleges continues to grow, according to a report by the Ohio Board of Regents. Total research spending by Ohio universities increased from $903 million in 1998 to $1.25 billion in 2003. That translates into an increased knowledge base and direct stimulus to Ohio’s economy. That’s because the bulk of the money comes from outside the state, says Darrell Glenn, director of performance reporting and analysis at the Board of Regents. In 2003, Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University were the top three universities in the state for bringing in research dollars. Case is using its research dollars to find ways of preventing the transmission of HIV and using gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis.


“Case sponsors biz plan contest”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, January 18, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060118/FREE/60118002/1006&Profile=1006


Case Western Reserve University is sponsoring a business plan contest that will award $100,000 to the winners. The contest is open to students from across the country and Northeast Ohio-based entrepreneurs who head startups that have received less than $100,000 in financing, according to a statement from Case. Of the total prize, $75,000 is earmarked for a Northeast Ohio student or entrepreneur. The remaining $25,000 will go to a student from anywhere in the country. The competition is sponsored by Case’s Institute for Management and Engineering and the Weatherhead School of Management’s student entrepreneur club. Note -- Executive summaries are due February 13 to The100K@Case.edu. For information go to http://www.tiime.case.edu or http://www.weatherhead.case.edu.


“Area family uses 50th anniversary to gather donations for Alzheimer’s”
The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH), January 16, 2006
http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/288081014583868.php


Forgoing a party, Margaret and Dan Becker celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer by helping to raise more than $8,000 for the University Memory and Aging Center in Cleveland to help fund Alzheimer's disease research. “I never knew about the University Memory and Aging Center,” which is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the University Hospitals of Cleveland, said Becker.


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HIGHER ED NEWS


“Antiwar Protests on 8 Campuses Appear on Pentagon List of ‘Threats’ to National Security”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 19, 2005
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/01/2006011901n.htm (paid subscription required)


Antiwar protests at eight colleges have made a Pentagon watch list of “suspicious incidents.” The 400-page list, which was obtained by NBC News, includes information on 1,500 “threats” to national security that occurred over a recent 10-month period, and characterizes them as either “credible” or “not credible.” The campus protests, all of which were aimed at military recruiters, occurred at New York University (twice), the State University of New York at Albany (twice), Southern Connecticut State University, City College of the City University of New York, the University of California campuses at Berkeley and at Santa Cruz, an unspecified campus of the University of Wisconsin, and “a New Jersey university.” Only one of the events, the protest at Santa Cruz, was cited as a “credible threat.” A Pentagon spokesman denied reports that the department was spying on college students, but confirmed that the department maintains a database of “unfiltered” threat information, known as Talon.

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EVENTS


“The Middle East…to Where? Life after Ariel Sharon” takes place January 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Case School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59), featuring Amos Guiora, director of the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy. For information call x055.


Today’s Friday Public Affairs Luncheon topic is “New Generations? Political Transitions in Israel and Palestine,” January 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. The speakers are Peter Haas, professor and chair of the religion department, and Peter Moore, assistant professor of political science.  For information contact joseph.white@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF


The Case Chapter of the American Association of University Professors invites all faculty members to its annual open meeting with Edward M. Hundert, M.D. on January 23 at noon in Thwing Center’s 1914 Lounge. The meeting provides an opportunity for the faculty to interact informally with the president. For information contact William Fickinger at  x4100.


The new Supplemental Retirement Amount (SRA) limit has increased to $15,000.  In addition, for employees over the age of 50, the catch-up limit has increased to $5,000.  If you would like to revise your salary reduction to meet the new SRA limits, please complete a Salary Reduction Agreement and Investment Election form, which can be found at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/policies/forms.html. Return the form to Benefits Administration via confidential fax at x3582. Deductions will begin at the end of the month in which the revised agreement form is received.

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FOR STUDENTS


International Student Services will sponsor a “Welcome Back” party for international students tonight, January 20 in the Nord Atrium. For information go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/international/news/1944.aspx.


UTURK (Union of Turkish Students at Case) is presenting a free showing of the Turkish movie Eskiya (The Bandit) with English subtitles at 3 p.m. on January 22, Clapp Hall, Room 108. For details go to http://uturk.org.


Students interested in publishing their work in the new undergraduate research journal can find information at http://www.case.edu/provost/source/journal. The deadline is January 27.

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PERSONNEL


Sarah Drazetic has been appointed assistant dean for professional program management at the Weatherhead School of Management. She is responsible for the support of the MBA full-time and part-time programs and the master’s programs (with the exception of the EMBA). Her duties include recruiting and admissions, program support/student life, academic affairs and career services.

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ACCOLADES


Thrity Umrigar’s new book, The Space Between Us, has received praise from the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and Publisher’s Weekly. Umrigar, an assistant professor of English, is scheduled to have a book signing on January 23 from 7–8 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road, Legacy Village.


Eric Pearlman, professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, has been granted a $65,000 Senior Scientific Investigator Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Pearlman will use the funds to study the immunology of the eye.