GENERAL NEWS

The monthly eBulletin from Information Technology Services offers the latest campus IT news and service announcements, as well as security information and productivity tips relevant to Case faculty, staff and students.  Among other news items, this month’s edition features important information about an emerging wireless scam: AP Phishing. To access the January 2006 ITS e-bulletin, please go to http://www.case.edu/its/publication/eb/Jan06.htm.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentations at Research ShowCASE is 5 p.m. January 31. For more information, go to http://ora.ra.case.edu/showcase/presentation.html.

Beginning January 31, Campus Services will introduce Phase I of the NextBus tracking system.  Phase I includes installation of GPS online tracking units on the shuttles.  Shuttle times and real-time maps can be viewed at http://shuttle.case.edu. Signs will be installed at certain campus bus shelters in Phase II to alert riders when the next bus will arrive.  Please check the Web site for locations and updates. 

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Teenagers taking up the challenge of service”
The Plain Dealer, January 30, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1138613633262390.xml&coll=2

Kate Steven contributed about 87 hours last year to Youth Challenge, a Fairview Park-based program that pairs its nearly 300 teenage volunteers with youngsters who have physical disabilities. While her commitment is way above average, researchers say that teens like 16-year-old Kate are volunteering in record numbers. [Steve] Culbertson [president and chief executive of Youth Service America] said teens’ commitment to service also has been shaped by a series of events unprecedented at least since World War II, beginning with the 9/11 attacks and continuing through wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Jennifer Shiner, director of the Youth Philanthropy and Service program at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, agrees such events have had an impact. “We live in a real-time news situation,” she said. “Like all of us, [young people] have been much more affected than in the past.”

“New Judge Lays Down the Law in Hussein Trial”
The Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-saddam30jan30,0,204972.story?coll=la-home-world

A tough new chief judge imposed order Sunday on Saddam Hussein’s chaotic trial, ousting a co-defendant and a defense attorney from the courtroom and provoking a walkout by the rest of the defense team. Shouting “Shame on you!” the deposed Iraqi leader then refused court-appointed counsel and was escorted out, followed by two more co-defendants who joined him in protest. Insults, profanity, shouting matches, shoving and gavel-pounding consumed the session’s first half-hour before a visibly agitated Judge Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman gained control. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” said Michael P. Scharf, a Case Western Reserve University law professor who helped train the Iraqi judges. “I think we witnessed a turning point in the Saddam trial today.”

 “Obituary: Robert White, chemical engineer and first dean of the Weatherhead School of Management”
The Washington Post, January 28, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/27/AR2006012701762.html

Robert Roy White, 89, a chemical engineer, former university dean and former administrator of the National Academy of Sciences, died Jan. 22 of congestive heart failure at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in the District. He was director of the University of Michigan Institute for Science and Technology in 1959-60 and a chemical engineering consultant for numerous companies. In 1967, he became the first dean of the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“Case proposing stricter medical research policy”
The Plain Dealer, January 28, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/11384414043510.xml&coll=2

A strict new conflict-of-interest policy may be adopted by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine that will bar faculty from conducting research for companies in which they have a vested interest. The tighter policy also would prohibit faculty from accepting gifts from pharmaceutical companies and other organizations financing their research. Dr. Ralph Horwitz, dean of the medical school, outlined the changes during a City Club address Friday on the promise of personalized medicine in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. The conflicts policy takes effect in July, if approved by Case’s board of trustees. “No doctor who stands to benefit financially should carry out research on an individual patient,” he said.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“United Nations Backs MIT Effort to Build $100 Laptops for Children in Developing Countries”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/01/2006013001t.htm (paid subscription required to view)

The United Nations has joined an effort led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build $100 laptops and give them to schoolchildren around the world. The United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement on Saturday with a nonprofit organization called One Laptop per Child that is coordinating the development of the laptops, which run on batteries that can be recharged by a hand crank. One Laptop per Child is also working with government leaders to help distribute the machines. The organization, which is backed by MIT’s Media Laboratory, unveiled a prototype of its low-cost laptop in November at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, in Tunis, Tunisia.

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EVENTS

Due to the overwhelming response to the Harry Belafonte program, University Program Board (UPB) will now distribute free, advance tickets for the event. Tickets are now available for Case undergraduate students—while tickets for faculty, staff and the general public will become available on February 1—and can be picked up at the UPB office located in the lower level of Thwing from noon to 4 p.m. For more information contact UPB at x2438, or the co-chairs at eric.hammond@case.edu, jeremy.sharper@case.edu and sachin.java@case.edu. For details about the event, go to http://www.case.edu/news/2006/1-06/belafonte.htm.

Lawrence Krauss, director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University, will be speaking on the topic “Science under Attack: Intelligent Design and the Emperor’s New Clothes” at The City Club of Cleveland on February 3 at noon. Tickets, which include lunch, are $18 for members, students and Case employees. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance by calling 216-621-0082 or at http://www.cityclub.org.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Act III Roundtable, A discussion group for women in or nearing retirement, takes place February 2 from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (309 Thwing Center). For information, contact centerforwomen@case.edu.

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FOR STUDENTS

The School of Medicine has launched an undergraduate degree in public health studies. Interested students must apply to the major in their sophomore year. Applications are currently being accepted through February 24. For more information, go to http://www.casepublichealthstudies.org/ or contact michelle.jaketic@case.edu.

The new Interfaith Student Center, located at the Church of the Covenant on the Case campus, houses the United Protestant Campus ministries, the Muslim Student Association and the Newman Center, and is located across from the campus Hillel Association.

Take the latest Share the Vision Poll on current topics at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/vision/poll/.

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PERSONNEL

Susan Holt is stepping down as associate dean of development and alumni relations at Case’s School of Medicine. During her time at the university, a donor relations and stewardship program has been established and the development of the new John L. Caughey Society has occurred.

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ACCOLADES

Aloen Townsend, associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America.

M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and Professor of International Health at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has become Chair of the Center for Community Solutions Council on Older Persons (COOP), an advocacy group in the area of federal and state policy related to older persons.