GENERAL INFORMATION

The American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive in the ballroom of Thwing Center on January 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and January 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go to http://www.givelife.org and enter the sponsor code casewestern. For questions, contact dana.leach@case.edu.

Donations of gift cards, restaurant cards and cotton or wool men’s socks are being requested to help the homeless community in Cleveland. Alice Bach, an associate professor of religion, and several of her students will distribute the supplies. Items are needed by February 6, and can be dropped off at Mather House, Room 105. For details contact Bach at x1637.

Case’s 1•2•1 Fitness Center is offering flu vaccines January 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. Supply is limited; the first 50 appointments will be accepted. Please call x1121 or e-mail onetoone@case.edu to schedule.

The City of Cleveland Division of Water’s contractor is installing fire hydrants along Euclid Avenue. During this time, construction vehicles may be blocking the east and westbound curb lanes at various times and locations along Euclid Avenue from Stokes Boulevard. to East 123rd Street.

 

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Shooter spared in Case slaying”
The Plain Dealer, January 23, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1138008744263410.xml&coll=2

Biswanath Halder will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the bloody shooting spree at Case Western Reserve University nearly three years ago that left one student dead and two wounded. But the incident that sparked the murderous, seven-hour rampage could result in charges against whoever hacked into Halder’s computer files in 2000, sending the former graduate student into an explosive spiral of bitterness and rage. Assistant County Prosecutor Rick Bell acknowledged Sunday that his office and Cleveland police are still determining whether charges will result from the hacking incident.

“Youth support abstinence as sex education”
The Washington Times, January 22, 2006
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060122-120548-3633r.htm

Critics of abstinence-only sex education programs may be too hasty in judgment. There is support for the method among age groups that count—the young. According to a new Harris Poll, 56 percent of people ages 18 to 24, and 60 percent of those 25 to 29 think abstinence programs effectively reduce or prevent occurrence of HIV/AIDS. Another 49 percent of people ages 18 to 24 and 52 percent of those ages 25 to 29 say the programs reduce or prevent unwanted pregnancies. The [U.S. Department of Health] found that students had become more supportive of abstinence and less supportive of teen sex, with a keener awareness of the consequences of risky behavior. Researchers at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine had similar findings after they examined the effectiveness of For Keeps, an abstinence-until-marriage program for 25,000 students in Cleveland.

“Jewish culture ‘withering on the Russian vine?’”
The Cleveland Jewish News, January 23, 2006
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2006/01/20/news/local/culture0120.txt

Much has been written about the revival of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union since the fall of communism. Peter Haas, director of the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University, hoped to be a firsthand witness to this revival during a trip to Russia last fall. To his disappointment, Haas didn’t encounter a “vivid, living religion” growing slowly but steadily from the tainted soil of oppression. Instead, he met a sector of the Russian Jewish community that believes Jewish communal life here is “withering on the vine.” Haas was part of an academic delegation that traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg in mid-September.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Princeton to Receive Record Gift for the Arts”
The New York Times, January 21, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/21/arts/21prin.html

Peter B. Lewis, the Cleveland philanthropist known for his tough standards, is giving his alma mater, Princeton University, $101 million to expand its creative and performing arts activities, including the creation of an artists-in-residence program. The gift, the largest in the school’s history, [was announced Saturday]. Mr. Lewis, who said he chose the figure of $101 million to top the last large donation to the university ($100 million) called the arts “an important part of life I didn’t know when I was at Princeton and didn’t know when I was a kid.” Mr. Lewis, 72, resigned from the board of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year—leaving the institution without its biggest benefactor—because of differences over the museum’s direction and financial management. In Cleveland, Mr. Lewis withdrew his support from every cultural and charitable organization in the city to pressure Case Western Reserve University’s board to exercise greater fiscal restraint or to resign.

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EVENTS

The Iraq and Vietnam War series of lectures begins on January 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom; additional dates are January 30, February 1 and February 2, featuring a variety of speakers. Sponsored by the university’s Center for Policy Studies. For details go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/cps/.

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 call x6517 or go to http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/winter/throwback.htm.

The Case Concert Celebration 2006 is sold out.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

MetLife has extended the guaranteed issue enrollment for the Long-Term Care plan through January 31. For additional information, visit http://www.metlife.com/mybenefits or call (800) 438-6388.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) announces the opening of the 2007–08 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program Awards Competition. Applicants should submit materials by May 1. Details at http://www.cies.org/ab_dc/download/Chairs.pdf or go to http://www.cies.org/ab_dc/.

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FOR STUDENTS

University Counseling Services (UCS) offers several support groups, educational programs and walk-in clinics for students. For more information about UCS, visit http://www.case.edu/stuaff/ucs.

The Spartan Tappers are offering free tap classes—beginner, intermediate and advanced level—for Case students on January 24 from 7–8:30 p.m. at Strosacker Auditorium. Please bring tap shoes if you have them. For information, go to http://home.case.edu/tappers.

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PERSONNEL

Frank Lenior, director of Human Resources, has accepted a position with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard University. Several programs that Lenior developed and worked on over the past two years at Case have been recognized as best practices by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

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ACCOLADES

Research to Prevent Blindness has awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to support research in the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Jonathan H. Lass, M.D., chair of the department at Case and University Hospitals of Cleveland. The funding will go towards faculty support, equipment and pilot studies.

Lawrence Krauss, the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Case, has been elected the chair-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Physics Division. His term begins in February.