The Thirteenth Annual Academic Happy Hour is scheduled for February 10 from 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. in the Thwing Ballroom. The annual event brings together the Case community for a conversation with the university’s president and key administrators on topics of importance to the university community.

The Center for Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry is now open to the Case community. Many different instruments and technologies are available to conduct experiments, and instrument training sessions have been scheduled. For more information, go to


"Defining Women's Scientific Enterprise", January 17, 2006

When Mount Holyoke College was founded in 1837, its early leaders created a science curriculum that was simultaneously designed to be as rigorous as those offered for male students, but also to be different, given the college’s mission. In Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise: Mount Holyoke Faculty and the Rise of American Science, Miriam R. Levin explores how those scholars defined their role – and the obstacles they faced. Levin, an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, believes that the history of Mount Holyoke offers relevant lessons today for many institutions that are trying to encourage women in the sciences.

"Can China learn from US on land grabs?"
A letter to the editor from Gerald Korngold, dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, January 28, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)

Sir, China is not alone in dealing with conflicts arising out of governmental seizure of lands for economic development ("China's premier blames rise in rural unrest on land grabs by local officials", January 21). Free-market, western democracies face similar disputes, and governmental acquisition of private property can ignite emotional and political firestorms.

“What energy options do we have?”
WKYC-TV (Cleveland, CH. 3), February 1, 2006

In his State of the Union address President Bush said Americans are addicted to oil and must cut back. Here’s a look at what alternatives to gasoline are ready now and what researchers are working on. Case Western Reserve University recently got a $3 million federal grant to develop one component of the fuel cell. But hydrogen fuel cell cars at least 10 years off. “Primarily because of the technological problems on trying to improve the durability of a fuel cell, having it last longer under automobile use and decreasing overall cost of a fuel cell,” Case Western Reserve’s Peter Pintauro said.

“Trustee Pledges $100 Million to Baylor College of Medicine for Cancer Research and Treatment”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)

Baylor College of Medicine has received a $100 million pledge from an energy entrepreneur who sits on the school’s Board of Trustees. Dan L. Duncan’s gift ties for the second-largest single donation to an American medical school. In 2002 the University of California at Los Angeles received $200 million for its medical school. The same year, two medical schools each received $100 million: Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and Case Western Reserve University’s Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

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"Budget Measure Increases College Loans and Rates"
The New York Times, February 2, 2006

With the narrow passage of the spending bill by Congress yesterday, students and their parents will be able to borrow more money to pay for higher education but will face higher interest rates on these federal loans beginning in July. Some critics have argued that the higher interest rates are, in effect, a cut in student aid. But the legislation also potentially generates nearly $14 billion in revenue over five years by capturing what has at times been a windfall to lenders: the difference between the interest rates paid by students and rates paid by lenders.

“Colleges find opportunity in city’s rebuilding”
The Associated Press (reprinted on, February 1, 2006

NEW ORLEANS—For engineering students, the mechanics of pumps and levees has never been more important. For biologists, the study of mold never more timely. For political scientists, the challenges of democratic decision-making never more real. The flood waters that followed Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans‚ colleges with a huge array of problems, but also one unprecedented and enormous opportunity. In nearly every academic field, from architecture to sociology to economics, the city’s rebuilding offers a real-world educational laboratory the likes of which American universities have never seen.

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The Case community is invited to hear “Perspectives on Recent Advances in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders: How to Lower Your Risk” on February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Road. For information contact Sylvia Aarons at (440) 519-1975 or

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Creative Writing Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. in 303 Thwing. For information, go to

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Events for the Spring Community Hour are listed on the web at Community Hour is on Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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Suhanti Banerjee recently joined the biomedical engineering department as a research associate.

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Usha Stiefel, instructor of medicine at Case School of Medicine and the Cleveland VA Medical Center Infectious Diseases Section and Research Division, has been awarded a Department of Veterans affairs Career Development Award grant to establish a research program in antimicrobial resistance.