IMPORTANT SOFTWARE UPDATE

Since the Case Software Center offers Microsoft Office to students, faculty and staff, we are required to post the following announcement from Microsoft. If you installed Microsoft Office from the Software Center, please read and perform the procedure as follows:

It was recently decided in a court of law that certain portions of code found in Microsoft Office Professional 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office XP Professional and Microsoft Access 2002 infringe a third-party patent. As a result, Microsoft must make available a revised version of these products with the allegedly infringing code replaced.

As a result of the above ruling, you are strongly encouraged to update your current Office Professional Edition 2003 and Office Access 2003 installations with Office 2003 SP2, and Office XP Professional and Access 2002 installations with Office XP SP3 Patch. You can obtain both Office 2003 SP2 and Office XP SP3 Patch by going to the Web site listed below and downloading it directly. Go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdate/default.aspx, or visit the Software Center at http://softwarecenter.case.edu.

IN MEMORIAM

Siqin Ye, 41, who completed his master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics last August, died on January 17 in a traffic accident in Pennsylvania. Details regarding memorial services are forthcoming. Ye’s Case friends and members of the local Chinese community are collecting donations for funeral expenses. For information visit http://home.case.edu/cssa/html/ye/ye_e.htm.

GENERAL NEWS

The Manor House at Squire Valleevue Farm is available to faculty, staff and students. The house can be rented for private events as well as for university business. If interested in reserving the Manor House for an upcoming event, contact lisa.battista@case.edu or call x1904.

The radio program Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harknessairs on WCLV, 104.9 FM, and features music from the past two decades of the concert series. The programs feature performances (recorded live, in concert) by many of the leading early music artists of Europe and North America. For information, go to http://music.case.edu/ccc.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Income gap study: Inequality grows—Manufacturing job loss gets part of blame”
The Plain Dealer, January 27, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1138354661287440.xml&coll=2

Mirroring a national trend, the income gap between Ohio’s wealthiest and poorest families has widened significantly in the last two decades, according to a new study in income disparity. Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland research institute that helped draft the Ohio report, has long advocated for an Ohio earned-income tax credit, saying the federal tax credit has proven to be a huge success in combating poverty. Low-income tax filers can recoup thousands of dollars from the government. “It’s already proven to be an incentive for low-income women with children to work more,” agreed Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University. “It would definitely reduce this gap, as long as you didn’t see a huge increase in the upper levels.”

“Erb’s running an afterthought: But MWGS graduate is setting records at Case Western”
The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, January 27, 2006
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1137833682529&path=!sports&s=1045855934844

Maggie Walker Governor’s School coach Jim Holdren does a good job of keeping tabs on talented middle school runners, especially those headed his way. Esther Erb already was establishing herself in track during her middle school days at Tuckahoe, but it wasn’t until her senior year at MWGS that she ran for Holdren’s Green Dragons. Now, two years later as a Case Western Reserve University sophomore, Erb is setting records. Last fall, she became the Cleveland school’s first female to qualify for the NCAA nationals in cross country. In her indoor season debut this year, Erb set Spartans records in the mile (5:13.94) and 3,000-meter run (10:48). In 2004, she headed off to Case Western, but running had nothing to do with it. “I went there for the music, and now I play in two choirs and sing with another choir,” Erb said. It was at the request of Spartan cross country coach Kathy Lanese that she began running at the college level.

“New fears about deer: Study raises more fears about chronic wasting disease”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, January 26, 2006
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jan06/387848.asp

Ever since chronic wasting disease was detected in Wisconsin nearly four years ago, hunters were reassured that they could greatly reduce their risk of getting the deadly neurological disorder by avoiding tissue from the brain and central nervous system of the animal. Muscle tissue never has been shown to be infective, officials said. Not anymore. But whether chronic wasting disease can infect people remains an open question. Some earlier laboratory research suggests it is possible, although there is a species barrier that likely would make such a jump more difficult, researchers say. In August, researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland offered at least some reassurance that chronic wasting disease was not easily transmissible to humans. “There is some kind of barrier,” said senior author Pierluigi Gambetti, a professor of neuropathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Whether it’s surmountable is another story.”

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Silent Scientist Under Fire: the American Collaborator of a Disgraced South Korean Is Keeping Mum”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2006
http://chronicle.com/free/2006/01/2006012701n.htm

The South Korean scientist, Woo Suk Hwang, stands disgraced after a panel convened by Seoul National University concluded that many of his results had been faked. Dr. Hwang has apologized to his country, blamed other researchers for the deception, and resigned from the university. Now he faces criminal charges. But what of his American collaborator and friend? The University of Pittsburgh has not finished its investigation into Gerald P. Schatten’s role in the fraudulent study, which has now been retracted from the journal Science. Insoo Hyun, an assistant professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, visited Dr. Hwang’s lab last summer for three months. “Everything looked terrific,” he recalls. When Mr. Schatten came to visit, he says, “It looked like they all were the best of friends. Hwang and Schatten were referring to each other as brothers.”

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EVENTS

IMPROVment presents another season of improv comedy, beginning tonight at 9 p.m. in the Eldred Black Box.  For more information about the free show, or to join the mailing list, contact improvment@case.edu or go to http://home.case.edu/improv/.

“Gender-Based Violence: Cultural, Historical and Psychological Factors” a lecture featuring Chris Kilmartin, takes place January 31 at 4 p.m. in the Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall, Room 206. Kilmartin is the author of The Masculine Self and co-author of The Pain Behind the Mask: The Origins, Consequences, and Remedies of Masculine Depression. He also is a stand-up comedian and will give a performance on the same day at 7 p.m. at The Spot. For information, contact the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at x0985 or go to http://www.cwru.edu/provost/centerforwomen/Calendar.html.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

TIAA-CREF Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 15, 16 and 17 in 209 Crawford Hall. Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment to meet with an individual consultant, please contact Kay Fulk or Alisia Powell at 877-209-3138.

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FOR STUDENTS

Nominations are being accepted for undergraduate students for the 2006 Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. Students with junior or senior status will be selected based on their scholarship ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship and service to Case and potential for further achievement.  Go to http://steamroller.case.edu/Tools/Survey/Surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?s=4B7E5C260EBA4C4DA13C6E713821982F.


 
Students are sought to lead the incoming class of 2010 through orientation sessions and Welcome Days. Contact the Orientation Office at x8827, e-mail Kate Police at cjp18@case.edu or apply online by February 13 to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/orientation/news/1965.aspx.  

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PERSONNEL

The Case Board of Trustees and President Hundert have accepted the recommendation of Dean Grover C. Gilmore at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to appoint the following two members of the Mandel School faculty to distinguished endowed professorships: Pranab Chatterjee is now the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work, and Mark Singer is the Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare. Each has had a major impact on social work scholarship and are known for their excellence as teachers and leaders in education reform. A celebration of these appointments will take place in the spring.

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ACCOLADES

Robert B. Daroff, vice dean for education and academic affairs, and professor of neurology at the School of Medicine, has been named an Honorary Director for Life by the Fairhill Center for Aging in recognition of his contributions to the fulfillment of the center’s mission. The center was founded in 1989, and Daroff has worked with the center since its beginnings.

Amos Guiora, professor of law and director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, will be a panelist at the town hall meeting, “Torture and the Laws of War in the Fight against Terrorism,” which will focus on the difficulty of balancing the demands of America's national security with civil and human rights. The town hall takes place January 30 in Washington, D.C., and will be fed to public radio stations nationwide. Check local listings at http://www.americaabroadmedia.org.