The next Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Book Club meets February 1 in 720 Crawford from noon to 1 p.m. This month’s selection is The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. For information go to

Case is hosting the 2006 NCAA Division III Wrestling Regionals on February 18 at Veale Center. The event will feature the top wrestlers from around the Midwest. Volunteers with a working knowledge of the sport are needed to serve in positions such as scorer and/or timer. The deadline to apply is February 1. Go to

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.


“Roadside bombs: new push against common threat: The Pentagon was giving them higher priority, even before Sunday’s attack”
The Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2006

When an insurgent’s homemade bomb injured two ABC News reporters Sunday, it brought to prime time a truth of this unusual conflict: One of the most dangerous places for US troops in Iraq is in their own trucks. Thirty months into the Iraq war, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, account for more than half of all American injuries or deaths in combat. [The Office of Naval Research] has begun what it calls a mini-“Manhattan Project,” bringing together scientists from academia, industry and the military to find longer-term solutions to the IED threat. One scientist involved in the program suggests that social science could play a crucial role in understanding – and breaking – the chain that leads to an IED attack. “It takes a team to do this, and not everyone in the team is politically motivated,” says John Anderson [provost and university vice president] of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. “The human dynamics are not well known.”

“Doing the right thing: The field of bioethics keeps track of possible conflicts of interest that may emerge in this complicated field”
The Plain Dealer, January 29, 2006

The door to financial conflicts opened wide in 1980 when Congress passed the Bayh-Dole Act. The law enabled universities and other research institutions to transfer technology developed with federal money to businesses that could commercialize the technology. This enabled doctors and researchers to profit from their inventions without leaving their institutions and joining the businesses. “The law promoted the framework of commercialization. It also prompted the development of good drugs and devices,” said Jessica Berg, law and bioethics professor in Case Western Reserve University’s schools of law and medicine. But the law did not prescribe a road map for balancing financial and commercial incentives with patient protection Berg said. “There are definitely guidelines that institutions like universities can follow in reviewing and managing conflict-of-interest disclosures,” said Eric Cottington, associate vice president for research at Case.

“UHHS mulls central office site: Owners offer up 668 Euclid building as possible downtown locale”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, January 30, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)

University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland is considering the consolidation of hundreds of administrative employees from throughout the region into a single office – a move that could revive downtown Cleveland’s dormant 668 Euclid Ave. building. Thomas Zenty III, president and CEO of the UH system, confirmed the far-flung hospital system is looking at putting into one location back office, administrative, public relations and other support personnel from both its University Circle campus and other parts of Greater Cleveland. If it selects a downtown site as an administrative outpost, the UH system would be following the lead of another big University Circle institution, Case Western Reserve University. To free up space on its campus, Case plans early this fall to move 326 administrative staffers into the Halle Building, which is just up the street from the 668 Euclid building.

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“Graduates of Best Business Schools Don’t Always Draw Top Pay, Study Finds”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 31, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)

Companies pay higher salaries to graduates of the most prominent business schools, even when they believe that lesser-known schools offer better educations, according to a study described in the December/January issue of the Academy of Management Journal. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, found that those two variables do not always go hand-in-hand. In their analysis of data from a poll of 1,600 professional recruiters, the researchers found that the business schools considered to be the most prominent didn’t always get top marks for quality.

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The Case community is invited to the discussion “Global Infertility and the Globalization of New Reproductive Technologies: Perspectives from the Muslim World” today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dively Conference Center, room 213. Sponsored by Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) and the Department of Anthropology. For details about ACES, go to

“Gender-Based Violence: Cultural, Historical and Psychological Factors” a lecture featuring Chris Kilmartin, takes place today 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 tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Spot. For information, contact the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at x0985 or go to

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The “Introduction to the New Case Cancer IRB” research seminar takes place February 3 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. This session will be presented by Mariesa Malinowski, administrative director of the Case Cancer IRB, who will describe the newly established Case Cancer IRB and its relationships among the university, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Anyone interested in the process for obtaining Case Cancer IRB review and approval for all cancer related research studies should attend. Register online at

MetLife has extended the guaranteed issue enrollment for the Long-Term Care plan through today, January 31. For additional information, visit or call (800) 438-6388.

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The University Program Board Comedy Series presents comedian Vince Morris tonight at 9 p.m. at The Spot. Go to

The Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Foundation seek highly motivated undergraduate students who aspire to become leaders in the feminist movement to serve as interns in the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles offices. For information go to

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Reza Sharghi-Moshtaghin recently joined the university as a research associate in the department of material science and engineering.

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Marion S. Helfand, assistant professor of medicine at the Case School of Medicine and the Cleveland VA Medical Center Infectious Diseases Section and Research Division, has been awarded a Department of Veterans Affairs Advanced Career Development Award grant for her research in antimicrobial resistance.