ODOT contractors are currently assembling a new temporary pedestrian bridge at the Adelbert Road Bridge. Once the new pedestrian bridge is in place, pedestrian traffic will be shifted to it. Lighting and emergency phone service will be installed on the bridge courtesy of Case. While some entrance ramps to the Veale Parking facility have been altered due to the adjacent bridge construction, access to Veale Parking will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic also will be maintained throughout this construction project. As soon as all railroad approvals are received, complete demolition of the old bridge structure will begin. The project's expected completion date is Fall 2006.


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 and enter the sponsor code casewestern. For questions about scheduling or donating, contact

Case’s 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering flu vaccines January 26 from 4–5:30 p.m. Limited supply, first 50 appointments accepted. Please call x1121 or e-mail to schedule.

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) Symposium and Poster session takes place April 20. Applications for poster or paper presentations from faculty, staff and students are due March 20. In addition, applications for SOURCE summer funding are due March 8. For information, contact, or go to

Case’s 1-2-1 Fitness Center is celebrating YogaDay USA on January 28 by making it a free guest day at 1-2-1. There will be an 8:30 a.m. yoga salutations class and a 4 p.m. yoga flow class. Call x1121 or email for information.


"UAW is Bracing for Hard '07 Talks"
The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2006

The national labor negotiations between General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers are never easy, but next year the struggle could be among the most complex, important and unusual ever. Faced with a withering market share, Ford said Monday it wants to close 14 plants and eliminate 25,000 to 30,000 jobs by 2012. In November, GM announced plans to close seven assembly plants and several other facilities with the loss of up to 30,000 jobs by the end of 2008. The issue is whether Ford and UAW can somehow find their way through the financial and political complications so each will benefit. The UAW is still a powerful union and it could cause problems for Ford, but it simply isn't rational for a union to bring down its company, said Paul Gerhart, a professor of labor and human resources at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

"Alito Would Likely Change Supreme Court in Unexpected Ways"
San Jose Mercury-News, January 25, 2006

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee moved Samuel Alito one step closer to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court on Tuesday, where he could immediately shift the court's stance on high-profile issues such as abortion, the death penalty, religion and executive power. Yet it is Alito's vision of judicial restraint and a limited role for courts - a vision he shares with new Chief Justice John G. Roberts - that could produce an even more fundamental change in the high court. together, the two are likely to bring a narrow and lawyerly approach to deciding cases that, if persuasive, could help remove the justices from some of the high-profile political squabbles that now define them. "Overall, I think the court could appear a lot less political with these two new justices, and that's a good thing," said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a constitutional scholar. "Both Roberts and Alito seem to feel that courts are most effective and respected when they operate within a limited role, rather than seeking to intrude into a lot of other contexts."

“Energy Secretary Bodman Announces $119 Million in Funding and Roadmap to Advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles”
Fuel Cell Works, January 24, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman [today] kicked off the Washington Auto Show with the announcement of $119 million in funding and a research “roadmap” aimed at identifying and overcoming the technical and manufacturing challenges associated with the further development of commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. In addition, Secretary Bodman announced the selection of 12 competitively awarded, cost-shared projects that will receive $19 million in federal funding over five years for polymer membrane research. The goal of this research is to advance membrane durability and extend shelf life, while simultaneously bringing down the cost. Selected organizations include: Colorado School of Mines; Pennsylvania State University; Virginia Tech; Case Western Reserve University; and Arizona State University (among others). “UR tests whether stem cells can heal hearts: Scientists hope adult donors’ cells repair scars after attack”
The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, January 22, 2006
For the first time, the University of Rochester is testing adult stem cells in patients to see whether the cells can actually repair an organ. UR is one of 17 sites in the United States that are embarking on a groundbreaking study investigating whether an injection of stem cells into the blood can actually reduce scarring in the heart of someone who just had a heart attack. “It’s kind of a landmark trial,” said Dr. Joshua Hare, lead investigator of the study and professor of medicine in the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The drug company that’s paying for the study, Osiris Therapeutics in Baltimore, says it gets the bone marrow-derived cells from adult volunteers. One of Osiris’ founders, Dr. Arnold Caplan, discovered the mesenchymal stem cell while doing research at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He helped found the drug company in 1992.

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“Venture-Capital Bets Swell Stanford’s Endowment: Alternative Investments Give Wealthy Schools an Edge; Trinity Can’t Afford the Risk”
The Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2006 (paid subscription required)
Stanford University’s endowment, boosted by deep ties to Silicon Valley, vaulted past those of Princeton University and the University of Texas system last year, as fat investment gains at the nation’s richest colleges far outstripped what they received in gifts from alumni and other donors. Though Stanford’s endowment ranked No. 3 – after Harvard and Yale – the Palo Alto, Calif., school had the fastest-growing investment pool among the nation’s 10 wealthiest universities. Its endowment rose 23%, including donations and after spending on programs, to $12.2 billion in the year ended Aug. 31, according to an annual survey [released Monday] by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Last year, Stanford benefited in particular from investments in top-tier private venture-capital funds and other types of alternative investments that are often out of reach for less-affluent schools.

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UCITE will host a discussion on “Teacher-student mismatch: Who is responsible for student learning?” January 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library Building. Pizza and sodas will be provided at the session. To RSVP, call UCITE at x1224 or e-mail, or register online at and click on "Events."

"Realizing the Promise of the Human Genome and its Impact on Patient Care" will be the topic when Case School of Medicine Dean Ralph I. Horwitz, M.D., speaks at the City Club of Cleveland at noon on January 27. The City Club Building is in downtown Cleveland at 850 Euclid Ave. Friday Forums are held on the second floor. Individual tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. A corporate table for eight is $360, and a non-profit table for eight is $280. Lunch is included in the ticket price. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling the City Club at 216-621-0082 or visiting

IMPROVment presents another season of improv comedy, beginning January 27 at 9 p.m. in the Eldred Black Box. For more information about the free show, or to join the mailing list, contact or go to

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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JASON Expedition: Mysteries of Earth and Mars broadcasts take place January 30 through February 4 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library Building. For information, contact or call x5075.
MetLife has extended the guaranteed issue enrollment for the long-term care plan through January 31. For additional information, visit or call 800-438-6388.

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Maureen Brady from the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) will be on campus from 1:30–3:30 p.m. January 25 in Sears Room 357 to talk about programs in Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Germany, China, Japan, Ecuador, England and Ireland, The European Union, France, Italy and Spain.

Students interested in meeting other biomedical engineering students and faculty are invited to attend a casual luncheon in Guilford Lounge on January 27 from 12:30–2 p.m. Pizza, sandwiches and drinks will be provided by the Biomedical Engineering Society. For information contact

There will be a “Works in Progress” presentation by College Scholars seniors on January 27 in the Baker-Nord Center from 12:30–2 p.m. For information, go to

Formal sorority recruitment takes place January 28 and 29 and February 4 and 5. Go to for more information.

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Kevin Slesh has been named to the newly created position of director of commercial development. Slesh’s primary responsibility will be to develop the triangle property at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, which the university acquired in 2005. He will also participate in developing the university’s planned arts and retail district.

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Linda Ehrlich’s article on the recent Japanese film “Nobody Knows” has been published in Film Quarterly 59:2, Winter 2005–06. Erlich is an associate professor of Japanese, world literature and cinema.

Carolyn Nieman, lecturer of nursing and flight nurse specialist, received the 2005 Barbara Hess Award from the Association of Air Medical Services for her contribution to research and education within the air medical area.

Mano Singham, director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE), will discuss the future of newspapers and the role of blogs on “Feagler and Friends.” The show is scheduled to air on January 27 on WVIZ, Channel 25, at 8:30 p.m., with a repeat at noon on January 29.