A MESSAGE FROM HOSSEIN SADID, CHIEF FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Case is in the process of concentrating all of its energies and resources on advancing our academic mission and campus environment. Doing that means we have to better align our expenditures with available resources in keeping with our strategic priorities.

An Integrated Core Planning and Budget Committee has been working on a five-year planning and budget recommendation. This process will drive both short-term and long-term budget strategy for the university. While that planning continues through the spring, we have decided to put a temporary hold with the vendors involved in our previously announced plans to move some of our administrative staff to the Halle Building in downtown Cleveland. We do understand that we have an existing lease agreement at the Halle Building and we are discussing all available options with our partner Forest City Enterprises and with the City of Cleveland.

Our concentrated efforts to manage resources and investments for the future form a solid platform for Case to achieve its vision and continue our pursuit in excellence in research, educations and service.

CAMPUS NEWS

The Academic Integrity Board will host a campus-wide promotion of academic integrity during Case’s first annual “Integrity Week” February 27 through March 3.  The series of events will encourage students and faculty to reflect on their roles in an ethical context.

Case’s 121 Fitness Center is offering special Valentine’s Day classes to share with your sweetheart, including “Partner Yoga” on February 13 at 7 p.m., along with several classes on February 14, such as a 6 a.m. “Chocolate Yoga” class and a 5:30 p.m. “Partner Cardio Kick” class. February 14 is free guest day, and non-members can attend these classes for free. Call x1121 or e-mail onetoone@case.edu.

Every Thursday from 10-11p.m. “Live from Cleveland” presents local and regional bands playing live in the studios of WRUW-FM 91.1. All programs on WRUW can be accessed for one week online at http://www.wruw.org/guide/.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Doubts Cast on a Trove of Supposed Pollocks”
The New York Times, February 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/09/arts/design/09poll.html

A physicist [at the University of Oregon] who is broadly experienced in using computers to identify consistent patterns in the drip paintings of Jackson Pollock has determined that half a dozen small paintings recently discovered and claimed by their owner to be original Pollocks do not exhibit the same patterns. [The finder of the paintings and a Manhattan art dealer] sought the advice of Ellen G. Landau, the author of a well-regarded 1989 Pollock monograph and one of the world’s most respected authorities on the artist’s work. Dr. Landau, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, examined the paintings, came to the conclusion they were authentic and agreed to help with scholarship for an exhibition this year, the 50th anniversary of Pollock’s death.

“Pair look to reboot the brain: Computer chip may help people walk again”
The Arizona Republic, February 9, 2006
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/0209innovator09.html

Ranu Jung and Jimmy Abbas are at the forefront of research that could help people recover from spinal cord injuries and diseases, enable paralyzed people to stand and walk and allow amputees to use brain waves to move artificial limbs. The husband-and-wife team co-direct the Center for Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Engineering at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. The couple met as graduate students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Both were interested in the effects of spinal cord injuries but pursued different lines of research. Eventually they realized their work was very compatible and teamed up.

“Dem has allies in race for governor: Psychologists back Strickland’s bid”
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Cincinnati Enquirer), February 9, 2006
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS01/602090380/1056/rss02

Hundreds of psychologists from around the country are contributing to the governor’s campaign of Democrat Ted Strickland, a fellow psychologist they say is worth supporting both as a colleague and for his politics. Strickland’s contributors may hope he shares ideological beliefs and professional priorities, though their ability to help elect him is questionable, said Justin Buchler, a Case Western Reserve University political scientist who studies campaign finances. “I don’t see how it could have any effect on either electoral prospects or on policy, given that we’re talking about a small amount of money,” Buchler said.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Panel Explores Standard Tests for Colleges”
The New York Times, February 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/09/education/09testing.html

A higher education named by the Bush administration is examining whether standardized tests should be expanded into universities and colleges to prove that students are learning and to allow easier comparisons on quality. Charles Miller, a business executive who is the commission’s chairman, wrote in a memorandum recently to 18 other members that he saw a developing consensus over the need for more accountability in higher education. “What is clearly lacking is a nationwide system for comparative performances purposes, using standard formats,” Mr. Miller wrote, adding that student learning was a main component that should be measured.

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EVENTS

“Surviving and Thriving in the New Global Economy,” part of the Weatherhead Breakfast Series, will feature Leonard Lynn and a panel of local senior managers. The event takes place February 27 at 7:30 a.m. For registration information go to http://www.weatherhead.case.edu/breakfast.

There will be a show by IMPROVment on Februay 10 at 11 p.m. in the
Eldred Black Box. Free admission.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Department of Communication Sciences presents “A New Direction of Speech Research,” a talk featuring Prof. O. Fujimura of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Japan, on February 10 at 3 p.m. in CHSC Room 407. For information contact patrizia.bonaventura@case.edu.

The Provost’s Office and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all faculty to attend the second annualWomen of Achievement Luncheon on March 3, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center Ballroom. Women faculty who have been awarded tenure, promotion, distinguished professorships, and more will be honored. Registration required at centerforwomen@case.edu, or call x0985.

Case’s Orientation Office and Cleveland State University are co-hosting the Regional NODA Conference (National Orientation Director’s Association) March 24 - 26. The conference is an opportunity to showcase programs and projects on campus. For information contact catherine.police@case.edu or go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/orientation/noda.

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FOR STUDENTS

Every week the Office of Student Community Service offers opportunities that allow Case students to make service an option in their weekly schedule. Find out about Case Serves at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/service/sponsored/caseserves.html.

The ninth annual Prof. Phil W. Morrison Memorial/CWRUL Ultimate Frisbee Tournament will be held February 11 at Veale Center from noon to midnight. Case’s men’s and women’s teams will be competing against schools from Ohio and Pennsylvania. For information contact matthew.galen@case.edu.

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PERSONNEL

Victoria Bender has joined the university as a finance and information analyst with the Weatherhead School of Management.

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ACCOLADES

M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitte Professor and professor of international health at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is scheduled to testify today on the topic of poverty and disaster relief during the United Nations Commission on Social Development in New York City.

The work of Baowei  Fei, assistant professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and the Case Center for Imaging Research, is highlighted on the Web site homepage of The United States Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). “New Imaging Method Provides a ‘Before and After’ Snapshot of the Prostate,” can be found at http://cdmrp.army.mil/highlights/.