SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ITS

An e-mail and file sharing worm that spread last month is programmed to delete files on Microsoft systems beginning today.  Files that could be deleted include Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Adobe documents, among other Windows files. The worm has been given various names by the different anti-virus companies, including “Nyxem.D," "MyWife.E," "Blackmal.E" and the "Kama Sutra worm.”  It is programmed to trigger a process that deletes files on the third day of each month beginning today. 
 
The best way to protect your machine and your documents is to update your virus definitions regularly at http://symantec.com/avcenter/download.html (Please note that Case offers all faculty, students and staff free Symantec Antivirus software.  To download your copy, go to http://softwarecenter.case.edu)
Also, always back up your important documents (Case offers a free back up service to faculty and staff at http://backup.case.edu) For details, go to http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=1067

GENERAL NEWS

A CaseLearns Workshop – “Understanding RSS Feeds” – takes place February 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kelvin Smith Library Room 215. Register at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.

Case offers two non-denominational chapel locations for wedding celebrations, and both offer opportunities for parties of all sizes. For more information about Amasa Stone Chapel or Harkness Chapel, visit http://music.case.edu/weddings.

Current events and other topics are discussed during the weekly Friday Public Affairs Lunch gatherings. Most talks are to meet in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall from 12:30 –1:30 p.m.  For a schedule of speakers, go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/cps/.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Case coach Del Rosa nearing 300 victories”
The Plain Dealer, February 3, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/sports/113895979438740.xml?s2col&coll=2

It’s taken 44 years, but Case Western Reserve wrestling coach Bob Del Rosa is finally closing on 300 victories. Del Rosa, one of wrestling’s best ambassadors, has 298 wins and could reach No. 300 on Feb. 11 in a quadrangular at Case – the Sharer Memorial which honors the school’s first wrestling coach, Claude B. Sharer, who went 166-150-8 after establishing the mat program in 1928.

“Similarities between dementia and hibernation suggest a treatment”
The Economist, February 2, 2006
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=5466196

There are several competing theories about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. One possibility is that the tau protein causes the lesions in the brain. Another is that something else causes the lesions, and the tau protein is the brain’s defense against the attack. “As the field stands, viewing pathology as anything other than pathogenic is controversial. Saying it is protective is heretical,” says Mark Smith of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has conducted studies on living neurons which suggest that the tau protein is produced in response to oxidative stress, thus lending support to the protective hypothesis.

“Fiery activist taking break, for a little bit”
The Plain Dealer, February 3, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/113895934838740.xml&coll=2

[Gail Long] retires Friday, March 31, as the executive director of Merrick House. The historic settlement house in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood offers many low-income services, from day care for babies and basketball leagues for teens to meals for senior citizens, and weighs in heavily on social-justice issues. “Gail is a social worker’s social worker,” said Gerald Strom, a senior instructor at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. “What she has done in Tremont has truly made a difference.”  [Note: Ms. Long received her master’s degree from Case in 1967.]

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“House Republicans Elect John A. Boehner, Top Policy Maker on Higher Education, as New Majority Leader”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 3, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/02/2006020301n.htm (paid subscription required to view)

In a major upset, Republican lawmakers on Thursday chose Rep. John A. Boehner, of Ohio, to be the new majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. As part of his campaign for the leadership post, Mr. Boehner, who has been the top policy maker on higher education issues in the House, promised a fresh start for a party that has been racked by lobbying scandals. Mr. Boehner has vowed to reform earmarking, a practice in which lawmakers provide noncompetitive grants to specific colleges.

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EVENTS

The Case Athletic Department will host a Throwback Weekend (February 3–5) at Adelbert Gymnasium. Both the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball teams will be wearing uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats), Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders), and Mather College. For information call x6517 or go to http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/winter/throwback.htm.

Cleveland Romance, a play written and directed by two Case students—Sean and Ryan Santa—runs tonight and February 4 at 8 p.m. both nights at the Eldred Black Box Theater. Tickets are $3. For information, contact paula.santa@case.edu.

The Upper Class Community Council presents the All Campus Texas Hold’em Poker Championship tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the great room of House 2 in the North Residential Village. To register or for more information, e-mail ucccpoker@case.edu.

JASON Expedition: Mysteries of Earth and Mars broadcasts take place February 4 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library Building at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Free admission. Contact kathryn.kwiatkowski@case.edu or go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/csm.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Effort Reporting research seminar takes place February 10 from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413. Eric Cottington, associate vice president for research, will present an overview of National Institute of Health (NIH) effort reporting requirements as they pertain to federally sponsored research and discuss Case's planned changes to the current effort reporting system, which will go into effect this month. Register at http://ora.ra.case.edu/research/orc/education/onlinecalendar.cfm.

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FOR STUDENTS

A Personal Financial Literacy session, open to All Case undergraduates, takes place today at 12:30 p.m. in room 03 of the Peter B. Lewis Building. Topics include budgeting, investing, credit basics and post graduation financial considerations. For information, contact tiffany.welch@case.edu.

A “Latino/a Identity at Case” discussion takes place today at 12:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center 1914 lounge. Topics include identity at Case, language and multi-nationalism. For information, contact arlet.wright@case.edu or x2904.

Pakistani Culture Night begins at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Thwing Center Ballroom.  The cost is $8 for undergraduate students, with proceeds benefiting the victims of the south Asian earthquake.

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PERSONNEL

Kenneth Henry recently joined the infectious diseases department as a senior research associate.

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ACCOLADES

Lee Fisher, a graduate of the School of Law who recently earned a master of nonprofit organizations degree from Case, is a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio.