GENERAL NEWS

The Harry Belafonte event scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 has been postponed due to his being asked to speak at Coretta Scott King’s memorial service. Information about a rescheduled date and additional details will be posted on Case’s Web site and in Case Daily.

On February 7 the Schubert Center for Child Development will host a lecture entitled “Who Will Speak for Children? Children’s Ombudspersons and the International Response to Children’s Rights,” in Clark Hall, room 206 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call the Schubert Center at x0540 or e-mail schubert-ctr@case.edu.

Case has endorsed a new password policy that requires all Case network users – faculty, staff and students - set a robust, quality password to access protected Case network resources. Strong passwords play an important role in securing the university’s network resources and information security. For information go to http://www.case.edu/its/password. Users who have not changed their passwords by February 15 will be unable to access protected Case network resources. Access will be restored once the password is changed.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Making the troops safer”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, February 3, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060203/FREE/60203005/1022/breaking

News that a roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers earlier this week only served as a painful reminder of the damage these primitive, but deadly devices, can inflict. But John Anderson, provost and university vice president at Case Western Reserve University, has found himself at the forefront of an effort to combat the primitive weapons as part of a commission by the Office of Naval Research. His task has been to identify promising research areas to stop the deployment of these so-called “improvised explosive devices,” otherwise known as IEDs.

“Remembering Wasserstein: College friend recalls a major talent and a rare gift for long friendship”
Bloomberg News (column by Henry Goldman, reprinted in The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer), February 5, 2006
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/charlotte/entertainment/performing_arts/13796566.htm?source=rss&channel=charlotte_performing_arts

It’s her eyes twinkling with mischief that I will miss about Wendy Wasserstein, her I-don’t-care-if-my-hair-is-a-mess attitude, her wisdom, kindness and generosity. After she became famous, rich, busy beyond belief, she never forgot her friends. Maybe 15 years ago, I asked Wendy to do me a favor. Would she inaugurate a yearly forum about women in the arts at Case Western Reserve? She would be the first speaker in a program my mother-in-law had endowed in honor of her own mother’s 90th birthday. It meant giving up a speaking engagement in Manhattan to promote a project she’d been working on. It meant traveling to Cleveland. She did it without hesitation and without accepting the small honorarium.

“MIT Will Help Cambridge, Mass., Build a Free Wireless Network Using a New, Cheaper Technology”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/02/2006020601t.htm

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to hook its hometown up with free wireless Internet service. Officials of the city of Cambridge, Mass., plan to let both residents and visitors take advantage of the service, which will use new “mesh” technology that can relay wireless signals across the city inexpensively. Although connections will not be as fast as those of some commercial providers, they should be adequate for checking e-mail and surfing the Web, said Jerrold M. Grochow, vice president for information services and technology at MIT. Other institutions have worked with cities to provide wireless coverage. Among them is Case Western Reserve University, which set up wireless service for Cleveland.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“A Hot Trend on Campus: Majoring in Health Care”
The New York Times, February 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/education/05career.html

Eighteen months after the University of Colorado created a department to prepare undergraduates for a broad range of careers in health care, from medicine to physical therapy to physician assistant, that department already has 1,200 students, making it the second most popular on campus. And at Marquette University, which in 1997 became among the first to offer a basic science degree in human health, the course of study has become more popular than any other. “It’s the fastest-growing major that this campus has ever seen,” said William E. Cullinan, associate chairman of the department of biomedical sciences at Marquette. “It just exploded beyond anyone’s imagination.

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EVENTS

Chapel, Court & Countryside featuring soprano singer Christine Brandes and harpsichordist/organist Peter Bennett, a member Case’s musicology faculty, takes place February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. For ticket information go to http://music.case.edu/ccc/.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The LGBT Faculty and Staff Organization at Case announces Come as You Are, an ongoing series of monthly social gatherings created for Case faculty and staff members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or allies to meet and talk. A lunch meeting is scheduled for February 7 at 11:45 a.m. at Mi Pueblo Restaurant on Euclid Avenue. For information contact co-chairs Victor Groza at x6682 or Marty Gibbons at x3735.

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FOR STUDENTS

Students are invited to learn about Teach For America, which works to eliminate educational inequity around the country. Learn about post-graduation opportunities by visiting http://www.teachforamerica.org/meet_online.html. Final application deadline is February 17.

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership and the Office of Greek Life will host a Winter Leadership Conference on February 11 for a selection of leadership seminars based on the needs of emerging, intermediate and established student leaders. Details and registration information available at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/leadership.

The Weatherhead School of Management Alumni Association is hosting “The Fundamentals of Networking” on February 11 from 8:30 – 11:30 am. at the George S. Dively Building.  For information, go to http://weatherhead.case.edu/alumni/postcards/Networking2006.htm.

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PERSONNEL

Myriam Rodriguez recently joined the radiation oncology department as a research associate.

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ACCOLADES

The sixth edition of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, has been published by Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society, School of Medicine (and his co-editor, Linda K. George, of Duke University). Among the international roster of contributors to the volume are Case’s Richard A. Settersten, Jr., professor of sociology, and Jennifer R. Fishman, assistant professor of bioethics.