During Community Hour last Friday, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, including President Hundert, gathered in the Thwing ballroom for the Thirteenth Annual Academic Happy Hour. Participants in the open forum discussed how Case, as it is changing and moving forward, can meet the high expectations of the university community. Comments and suggestions were logged into a specially created Academic Happy Hour Wiki Page, which remains open to encourage an ongoing, campus-wide discussion. To read the ideas shared at the forum and add your own, visit

Case’s 121 Fitness Center presents a “Massage your Mate” class on February 14 at 6 p.m. The cost is $14 per couple, which includes lotion, a mini massager and a coupon for a future massage at 121. The class is open to non-members. Call x 1121 or e-mail to sign up.

The Men’s Glee Club will perform Singing Valentines on February 14. The cost is $5 per song, and can be performed around campus and at the beginning of classes held between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To purchase a song, see club members in Nord from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Leutner and Fribley from 5-7 p.m. today, or contact Davorin Skender at or


“Maze of cystic fibrosis is getting a little clearer”
USA Today, February 13, 2006

When Chip Hawkins was born, the prognosis for patients with cystic fibrosis was bleak. Hawkins, now 38, shows how far patients with the rare genetic disease have come, experts say, and how their quality of life may improve even more. Hawkins is a scientist at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where he creates “transgenic” mice, some of which have been modified to carry the cystic fibrosis gene. “This is an exciting time,” says Pamela Davis, a professor at Case Western Reserve University who specializes in cystic fibrosis. “We’re almost at the point of changing this from a fatal disease to a nuisance.”

“Cleveland Clinic Names Interim Leader”
The New York Times, February 13, 2006

The Cleveland Clinic said it had appointed Dr. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist and researcher, interim director of cardiovascular medicine and had begun a search to find a full-time successor to Dr. Eric J. Topol, who resigned last week. Dr. Topol announced on Thursday that he was leaving the clinic to become a professor of genetics at the Case Western Reserve University medical school in Cleveland. He had clashed with the clinic’s chief executive, Dr. Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, on several issues.

“Soprano pays tribute to her teacher”
The Plain Dealer, February 13, 2006

Soprano Christine Brandes has soared high in the musical firmament since her student days at Case Western Reserve University. But she has not forgotten the lessons she learned from her beloved voice teacher, Gretchen Garnett. Brandes, a Massillon native who is renowned as an opera singer and symphony soloist, dedicated her recital to Garnett Saturday at Harkness Chapel on the Case campus in Cleveland. Regrettably, the honoree could not attend because of illness. The concert was part of the Chapel, Court & Countryside Early Music series, which is celebrating its 20th season by presenting distinguished alumni artists.

“Campus killer refuses to take blame or show remorse”
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Akron Beacon Journal), February 12, 2006

A former graduate student convicted of killing one man and wounding two others inside the business school at Case Western Reserve University remains convinced he should not be held responsible. In a one-hour interview last week with The Associated Press inside the Cuyahoga County Jail, Biswanath Halder expressed no remorse and accepted no blame for his violent, 7 ½ hour siege that terrified students and faculty on May 9, 2003. He blamed the university for a hacker who had wrecked his web site meant to help business entrepreneurs from India. Experts who testified at last month’s sentencing said that Halder is out of touch with reality.

Return to Top > > >


“Medical research money on a downward trend”
The Plain Dealer, February 12, 2006

A year ago, cancer researcher Lindsey Mayo scored the laboratory equivalent of an inaugural home run: a government grant to help pay for a collection of experiments about the biology of tumors. The five-year award, known in the industry as an RO1, is generally the first public grant a researcher receives. For Mayo, the golden moment arrived when he was 36 and a junior faculty member at Case Western Reserve University. Today, the average age of a researcher’s first RO1 is 42 – a career midpoint in other professions. The trend is expected to worsen if Congress adopts the Bush administration’s goal to freeze the $28.6 billion budget of the National Institutes of Health, which pays for most medical research in the U.S.

Return to Top > > >


Racially-Tailored Medicine Unraveled takes place February 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the Guilford House parlor. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics and associate director of the Law-Medicine Center will speak. Registration required at

Learn about healing through personal transformation during the talk, “Crystal Heart: Renew and Healing Through Huichol Indian Shamanism,” by international shaman and teacher Brant Secunda tonight from 7-9 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. He will lead an all-day workshop on Huichol Shamanism on February 14 beginning at 9 a.m. Admission to the lecture is $20 at the door. Registration of $95 is required for the workshop on February 14 by visiting or calling (216) 751-1511.

Return to Top > > >


The second half of the Third Annual Inventors Forum will be held at 4 p.m. today in Nord Hall, room 310, and will focus on resources available to the Case community for technology development. Jim Scozzie of BioEnterprise will discuss the role of the biotechnology consortium in the community, and how the organization works with the Technology Transfer Office.
For information go to and click on the “Inventors Forum” link or call x 6837.

Nominations for the positions of Staff Advisory Council vice chair and secretary are being accepted through February 17 at 5 p.m. The vice chair position is a three-year commitment; the person serves as vice chair the first year, chair the second year, and past chair the third year. Staff members wishing to nominate themselves or another staff member for either position should e-mail or

Return to Top > > >


The Residence Hall Association is throwing its second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party in Thwing Ballroom tonight from 6-9 p.m., featuring free food, giveaways, music, and Case Singled-Out.

The Middle Eastern Club is hosting a dinner and show in Thwing Ballroom on February 17 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for undergraduate students and $10 for the rest of the campus community. Contact

During the week of February 13, a sample of first-year and senior students at Case will receive an invitation to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey is being given to undergraduates at more than 500 schools across the country, and is designed to query students directly about their educational experiences. Results will help in evaluation of services and programs, including SAGES. The e-mail will come from Julie Amon, acting dean of undergraduate studies, with the subject line, “Case Wants Your Feedback.” Questions about the survey can be directed to Case’s Center for Institutional Research.

Return to Top > > >


The Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life announces that Trudy Lieberman, a SAGES Fellow, is serving as faculty in residence in The Village at 115. A journalist for 35 years, Lieberman is the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union and a contributor to various publications.

Return to Top > > >


Hatsuo Ishida, a professor with the macromolecular science department, was named as a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineering.

Jim Petro, a Case School of Law graduate, is a candidate for Governor of Ohio.