GENERAL NEWS

The Case Wellness Committee invites the campus to celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 3.  On this day, millions of Americans will be wearing red to show their support for the fight against heart disease and help the American Heart Association raise awareness.

Donations of gift cards, restaurant cards and cotton or wool men’s socks are being requested to help the homeless community in Cleveland. Items are needed by February 6. For information contact Alice Bach, an associate professor of religion, at x1637.

For more university news, see http://www.case.edu/news/archive.htm.

IN MEMORIAM

A memorial service for Siqin Ye is scheduled for February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church, 474 Trebisky Road in Richmond Heights, (216) 925-3728. Ye, who completed his master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics last August, died on January 17.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Verbal Barbs: How We Heal the Wounds We Cause”
South Asian Women’s Forum, February 1, 2006
http://news.sawf.org/Health/7012.aspx

Words are like arrows, and once said, cannot be retrieved. The minute we say hurtful words, the regret sets in. Communication scientists from Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University have studied how and why people choose certain ways to repair the damage done once hurtful words are spoken. According to Jane R. Meyer from Kent State and Kyra Rothenberg from Case, most people offered an apology, spurred by guilt to mend any offense their remarks might cause in an intimate relationship.

“Life post-Sharon: a painful road to compromise”
The Cleveland Jewish News, January 30, 2006
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2006/02/01/news/local/bcover0127.txt

At the end of the day, most Israelis on the left and on the right understand that the West Bank settlements must come to an end, and soon. That’s the observation of Amos Guiora, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and director of its Institute for Global Security Law & Policy. This centrist, if controversial, policy will be reflected in a new government to be elected March 28, the law professor predicted in a talk this week sponsored by the Jewish Law Student Association and the global security institute.

“State board is failing to heed judicious call for sound science”
The Columbus Dispatch, op-ed by Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/01/30/20060130-A9-00.html (paid subscription required to view)

A little more than three years ago, Ohio surfaced at the front lines of an emerging culture war: an attack on the teaching of evolution in public high schools that coincided with the State Board of Education’s planned review of the science curriculum. Ohio-based religious groups created organizations such as Science Excellence for all Ohioans and joined forces with religious lobbying groups, including the Intelligent Design Network and the Discovery Institute, with the intent of altering the teaching of science to incorporate explicit theistic notions, such as divine creation, under the rubric of what has become known as intelligent design.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“President Proposes Billions for Basic Research and Teaching of Math and Science”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/02/2006020101n.htm (paid subscription required to view)

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Bush proposed spending billions over the next decade on basic science research and on mathematics and science education. In his speech to a joint session of Congress, the president provided few details of his plan, which he dubbed “The American Competitiveness Initiative.” Specifics are expected to be provided in his budget request for the 2007 fiscal year, which is due out next Monday.

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EVENTS

As a part of its spring lecture series, the College Scholars Program presents a public lecture by Susan Reverby, “Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study” on February 7 at 4 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 309.  For information call x8961 or go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/scholars.

Eldred Theater presents “Look Back in Anger” February 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on February 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and University personnel and $5 for students. For details go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/thtr/season.htm.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/benefits/discount.html.

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FOR STUDENTS

The PerceptIS Help Desk is hosting a student open house today from 5-7 p.m. at PerceptIS House, 11310 Juniper Road, next to Arabica. Enjoy snacks and beverages as the staff answers your most pressing computer questions. There will be a discussion about the robust password change, as well as Wade and Fribley printing.

Graduate students in the biomedical sciences are invited to submit abstracts to the 29th Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium to be held on May 5.  Abstracts are being accepted through March 3.  For details go to http://home.case.edu/gssc/.

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PERSONNEL

J. Torrance Baker has joined the School of Medicine’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations as a director of major gifts.

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ACCOLADES

John Lewandowski, the Leonard Case, Jr., Professor of Engineering and director of the Mechanical Characterization facility recently had his “Nature Materials’ paper selected and publicized as an ‘Editors Choice’ paper in Science. In addition, it has been publicized on the Materials Research Society Web site.