There was a significant traffic jam this morning due to a construction-scheduling mistake by the City of Cleveland. All work on Euclid Avenue is supposed to be done between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to avoid rush hour. The scheduling mistake should be corrected beginning on Wednesday.


Protective Services is sponsoring a free rape aggression defense class for women. It is a 12-hour course spread over four weeks, with the first class on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Veale Center. The remainder of the classes will be on the next three Mondays at the same location. The class consists of safety and avoidance of assault and a viable way for all women to defend themselves in their homes, on the street and in social situations. For more information, or to register for the class, contact or call x6811.

Theta Chi fraternity is hosting a computer recycling drive through February 4. Computer equipment, cell phones, monitors and software will be recycled by Job Corp. of Cleveland; materials will be sorted and either refurbished for donation to schools and other non-profits or recycled in an environmentally safe manner. Please bring any material to Theta Chi House, next to Leutner. Pick-ups also can be arranged. For information call 216-754-2404.

Volunteers are needed for a free study of the effects of Tai Chi exercise on older adults with arthritis pain. The study will start at the end of January on the eastside at the Shaker Community Building and on the west side at River’s Edge at the St. Joseph Center. Contact Pat Adler, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, at 216-221-6807 or


“Guess who’s coming to dinner?”
The Boston Globe (op-ed by Amos N. Guiora, professor of law and director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Martha Minow, professor at Harvard Law School), January 21, 2006 articles/2006/01/21/guess_whos_coming_to_dinner/

The airstrike in Damadola, Pakistan, on Jan. 13 is yet another example of how the Bush administration’s policies are harming the interests of the United States. The short-term and long-term harm to the U.S. military is clear. The seemingly botched job, with five children among those killed, increases the risk of revenge to U.S. soldiers should they be captured. The credibility of the military is shaken because it seems that those planning the operation did not know who was coming to dinner. By violating the sovereignty of an ally, we embarrassed a key U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism and jeopardized General Pervez Musharraf’s already tenuous hold on power as president of Pakistan.

“New Judge in Place for Hussein’s Trial: Iraqi tribunal names a Kurd for the temporary post”
The Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2006,0,2284870.story?coll=la-headlines-world

Former President Saddam Hussein’s trial was set to resume under a new chief judge today after the first presiding jurist resigned and his initial replacement was accused of having belonged to the deposed dictator’s Baath Party. The Iraqi High Tribunal on Monday named Raouf Rasheed Abdel Rahman, a 64-year-old Kurd, to take temporary charge of the five-judge panel. Independent legal observers have voiced concern over the turmoil surrounding the trial, which has previously been delayed by procedural wrangling and the slayings of two defense lawyers. “The game of musical chairs that is unfolding at the trial is bound to take its toll on local and world opinion about the credibility of the proceedings in Baghdad,” said Michael P. Scharf, a Case Western Reserve University law professor who helped train the tribunal’s officials. “But the tribunal is far from critically wounded,” he added. “I think it will pull through this latest setback.”

“Art Science Literature: Imagining hidden worlds”
The Plain Dealer (op-ed by Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University), January 23, 2006 index.ssf?/base/opinion/1137922463271080.xml&coll=2

When four English children walked through a wardrobe into a strange new world on the big screen this past month, it renewed the 50-year-old debate about how closely Narnia’s lion king resembles Christ, and how closely C.S. Lewis’ story resembles a Christian allegory. But his story is much more than that. It has captured the imaginations of generations of children precisely because, like his fellow Oxford colleague J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings,” it tapped into a longstanding human yearning for a hidden universe where the rules may be different, life may be better and new evidence for meaning and purpose may exist.

“Case killer spins conspiracy yarn, with no apology”
The Plain Dealer, January 24, 2006 index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1138095393222040.xml&coll=2

Biswanath Halder finally spoke publicly Monday about his shooting rampage, offering little apology and accepting none of the blame for his deadly seven-hour siege at Case Western Reserve University. Halder claimed during a 40-minute news conference from jail that he faces life in prison only because members of “the master race” at the university weaved a sinister conspiracy to bring him—a dark-skinned Indian immigrant—down. “Had I not done anything, the cybercriminals would have destroyed civilization in short order,” the former Case graduate student said. “I’m paying the price because of some criminal acts on the part of power brokers at Case Western Reserve University. When the power is evil, innocent people suffer.”

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“Swelling Textbook Costs Have College Students Saying ‘Pass’”
The Washington Post, January 23, 2006

As students come back to campus and get their spring semester assignments, many will pause in the bookstore and make a choice. They can buy everything on the syllabus—or take a chance. Sometimes the math is easy: $189.75 for a thick text on principles of management? No thanks. Textbook prices have been rising at double the rate of inflation for the past two decades, according to a Government Accountability Office study. In Virginia, more than 40 percent of students surveyed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia said they sometimes just do without. That’s been increasing, said Jennifer Libertowski of the National Association of College Stores; recently the group found that nearly 60 percent of students nationwide choose not to buy all the course materials.

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Harry Belafonte, actor, singer and social activist, will give a motivational lecture drawing upon his extensive background in entertainment and social activism on February 7 at 7 p.m., Strosacker Auditorium. The free, public event is sponsored by the University Program Board. For information, contact UPB at x2438.

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. For information, contact

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ACES (Academic Careers in Science and Engineering) researchers are conducting an interview study about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty on campus. If you are interested in participating in a confidential interview, please contact or call x6204.

The department of Orthopaedics DNA Sequencing Core has expanded its services to include Real-Time PCR for all school of medicine researchers. Contact for more information.

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Qualified students are offered the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C., through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Placements are available with the government, nonprofit associations and interest groups, businesses, law firms, cultural and arts institutions, embassies and other organizations. To learn more, attend the information meeting on February 7 from 6­–7 p.m. in Mather House 100, or contact or x2696.

The USHAPE “Welcome Back” meeting takes place January 24 from 7:30–8:30 p.m. in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center.  Pizza will be served. For details go to

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Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor at the School of Law, will step down from the dean’s position in June. He will remain on the school’s faculty. Korngold was named dean in 1997, having joined the law school’s faculty 10 years earlier.

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Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, received the Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership from Sigma Theta Tau International, the international nursing honor society. She was awarded for her excellence in contributions to nursing scholarship, leadership, research and practice.

Gene C. Anderson, emeritus professor of nursing, was honored with the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children from Sigma Theta Tau International. The award is presented to nurses who have significantly advanced the health and well-being of children via research, policy development, administration, evidence-based clinical practice or education.