Users who have not changed their passwords to meet Case’s quality password standards by 11:59 p.m. tonight will be unable to access password-protected Case network resources such as e-mail, HCM, Blackboard, MyCase, among others. Access will be immediately restored once the password is changed. Please note that users who have not yet complied with this policy have been receiving regular email reminders to do so.  If you have received reminder emails, but have not yet changed your password, please take the time to change it today. More information and self service change tools are posted at

To celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, an essay contest sponsored by The Office of the President is open to all university faculty, staff and students. The essay should be approximately 1,000 words and focus on the theme “The Dreamers are Gone but the Struggle Continues for their Beloved Community.” Essays are due by 5 p.m. February 28 in person to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 310 Adelbert Hall, or e-mail to Monetary prizes will be awarded in all three categories, and the winning essays will be posted on the university’s Web site at

The Case Club at Severance Hall will be closed on February 17 due to a Cleveland Orchestra matinee concert. The restaurant will remain open to the public on an a la carte basis. For additional calendar and menu information, go to


“Stem cells saving ailing hearts? Experimental procedure not yet approved by FDA”
The Associated Press, February 14, 2006

JERUSALEM – After 61 years of pumping blood, Marie Carty’s heart was failing her. Desperate for an alternative, Carty found the Israeli-Thai company Theravitae, which has begun performing an experimental procedure that multiplies stem cells taken from a patient’s blood and injects them into the ailing heart in hopes of strengthening it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the procedure for use in the United States. “It’s too early to know the long-term effects of these types of procedures,” said Dr. Vincent Pompili, director of interventional cardiology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

“Challengers of evolution lose: Ohio board votes to remove ‘critical analysis’ in science curriculum, a blow to creationists”
The Chicago Tribune, February 15, 2006,1,7955081.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

Marking a significant and hard-won reversal in the national culture war over the teaching of evolutionary theory, the Ohio State Board of Education on Tuesday voted 11-4 to remove language harshly critical of evolution from its science curriculum. Patricia Princehouse, director of Ohio Citizens for Science and a biologist at Case Western Reserve University, said the deletion of the “critical analysis of evolution” lesson plan and anti-evolution language is effective immediately. However, she said, the board charged the achievement committee, formerly the standards committee, with making a recommendation of what, if any, new language should be considered.

“1915 time capsule found at Mt. Sinai demolition site”
The Cleveland Jewish News, February 15, 2006

Last Friday, as the B&B Wrecking and Excavating crew demolished the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center at E. 105th Street, they uncovered a valuable relic from the past. At the cornerstone of the building, workers found a dented, but amazingly secure time capsule planted there on June 6, 1915, by the hospital’s founders. Inside the 2-ft. x 2-ft. copper box are a number of documents and newspaper articles. The site manager, who was overjoyed by the crew’s find, delivered the box to Case Western Reserve University President Edward M. Hundert. “Finding the time capsule on the site of the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center was a wonderful surprise,” says Hundert.

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“College applications take off”
USA Today, February 14, 2006

Every college admissions cycle has its own set of dynamics, and this year is no exception. Many selective private colleges are reporting a boom in applications and, as a result, expect to admit a lower proportion of high school seniors than last year. “Because application numbers are up, the admission rate will be down,” says Nancy Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The boom began to take shape last fall, when some colleges experienced double-digit increases in applications for early admission. As a consequence of the surge, Penn’s acceptance rate for early applicants dropped from 34% to 28%.  

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Case’s 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature keynote speaker Fred Gray on February 27 at noon in the Amasa Stone Chapel. Gray, an attorney and civil rights pioneer, represented both King and Rosa Parks. For information about the free, public event, visit the Web site at or contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 368-8877.

Paul Vieille of the Centre National de la Recherce Scientifique in Paris and other faculty of the French and Francophone Studies program will discuss ethnic, religious, administrative and generational tensions behind the 2005 riots across France tonight at 7:15 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206. A multi-ethnic dinner from around the Francophone world will be provided. For information contact

The V-Fest Women’s Health Festival takes place February 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thwing Center, and is a day of information, education and networking to empower women and those who support women’s health issues in the community. Contact for information.

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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, or call x 0985.

The “Gendered Communication in Academe: Understanding the Gap – Valuing the Differences” lecture featuring Susan S. Case from the department of organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management takes place
February 17 from 12:30-2 p.m., in the 1914 Lounge of Thwing Center. RSVP to or at x0985.

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Doctoral Fitting Days for all new Ph.D., J.D., M.D., N.D., D.N.P., D.M.D., D.M.A., and D.D.S. graduates are scheduled for March 8 at the School of Law, Gund Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 16 at the Wolstein Research Building from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can be measured for their academic regalia and register to participate in commencement ceremonies. For information go to

The 2006 Graduation Trip: Classic Europe, is designed for new graduates and young alumni and offers the opportunity to enhance education and visit some of the world’s must-see destinations before settling down into a new job or graduate school. Visit London, Paris, Rome and more May 24 through June 3. For information and registration, go to, or call the Office of University Alumni Relations at x 6874.

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Darryl Kirkpatrick recently joined the university as a research assistant with the department of pediatrics.

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“Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith,” a book by Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness professor of religion and director of the  Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, was selected as one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Religion Books of 2005."