CAMPUS NEWS

In anticipation of the March 1 Annual Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Jared Diamond, a campus dialogue about the environment and society has been established.  Please share your thoughts, ideas or questions online at http://blog.case.edu/diamond/.

Case’s 121 Fitness Center is offering Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing February 20-22. RMR reveals the amount of calories burned per day, and based on the information, a determination can be made of how many calories to consume and expend to lose weight. The 10-minute test is $30 for 121 members, $40 for non-members. Call x1121 or e-mail onetoone@case.edu for details.

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 http://www.case.edu/diningservices/caseclub.htm.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“President pushes health accounts in Ohio visit”
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Akron Beacon Journal), February 15, 2006
http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/13881558.htm

DUBLIN, Ohio – President Bush’s plan to allow people to supplement health insurance with tax-free savings accounts may be the next wave in the industry, but critics say the accounts aren’t for everybody. Bush pushed the idea during a visit Wednesday to the headquarters of Wendy’s International Inc., the nation’s third-largest hamburger chain. People in good health will benefit most from the plans because they can accumulate their savings plan from year to year. However, people with diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure likely will exhaust their savings each year, said J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“Social worker charges unusual”
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Lorain Morning Journal), February 16, 2006
http://www.morningjournal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16135710&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=46371&rfi=6

Other social work experts said the case highlighted the risk associated with working independently in a challenging field. “I think sometimes that what happens with people who end up in private practice is they don’t stay in touch with the evidence,” said Victor Groza, a professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University. “That’s a real benefit of being in an agency because in an agency you have people who you discuss your cases with, you have people to talk it out with when you have tough cases.”

“Belafonte’s absence at King funeral is noticeable”
The Nashville Tennessean, February 16, 2006
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/COLUMNIST0107/602160390/1101/NEWS

Where was Harry Belafonte? Where was the entertainer, civil rights activist and humanitarian last week when funeral services were held for Coretta Scott King? “Due to a recent tragic unfolding, the death of Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., I have been requested by the family and my fellow leaders from the civil rights movement to deliver a part of the eulogy on the occasion of her burial on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 in Atlanta, Ga.,” the news center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, reported on the school’s web site on Feb. 6 as to why Belafonte postponed a scheduled speech at Case Western.

“Case postpones move into Halle Building”
The Plain Dealer, February 16, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1140082655231450.xml&coll=2

A plan to move Case Western Reserve University to a downtown Cleveland office building has been put on hold. The university had planned to move 325 employees to the Halle Building at 1228 Euclid Ave., one of Cleveland’s oldest landmark buildings. The move would have been a plus for the downtown office market and especially for Euclid Avenue, which is full of vacant and half-vacant buildings between East 13th and East Ninth streets. Lara Kalafatis, vice president of university relations, said the decision to move, which was made two years ago, was predicated on several assumptions. The university’s research revenue, charitable giving and space requirements have since changed. “We have to be realistic what we can commit to,” she said.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“BUDGET ROUNDUP: Energy Dept. Could Give Academe a Bonus”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, from the issue dated February 17, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)
http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i24/24a02803.htm

President Bush’s proposed increase of 14 percent for the Energy Department’s Office of Science in 2007 could provide an especially large bonus for academe. Funds for colleges would rise by nearly 22 percent, to $611 million, according to budget documents. In addition, money for operations of the department’s scientific facilities – such as linear accelerators, many of which are used by academic researchers – would increase by almost 24 percent, to $1.81 billion. The Office of Science is the largest source of federal funds for basic research in the physical sciences.  

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EVENTS

Paul Anastas, director of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, will give the first of a series of talks on the theme “Chemists Go Green” when he leads off the Frontiers in Chemistry Colloquium Series on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Goodyear Lecture Hall of the Agnar Pytte Science Center. For information, contact Cather Simpson at x1911.

Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will be performed at The Spot in the Northside Residential Village on February 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and February 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5/students, $8/Case faculty and staff, and $10/non-Case affiliated persons. For more information, e-mail vday2006@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Nominations are being accepted until February 24 for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for faculty, and the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring for staff. Nomination forms and additional information can be found online at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/enhancement/wittkejackson/.

February 24 is the application deadline for faculty fellowships/scholarships for participation in the Baker Nord Fall 2006 Seminar on Information. The $5,000 scholarships (faculty from all disciplines eligible for consideration) and Senior Faculty Fellowships (for CAS faculty working in humanities and humanities-related disciplines) may be used towards the costs of course releases with approval of department chair and dean, and/or towards research expenses. For complete details, go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/bakernord/grants.htm or e-mail timothy.beal@case.edu.

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FOR STUDENTS

CaseFAM is a student-run peer advising program that matches third and fourth-year students with first year students in an advising and mentoring relationship. Recruitment for peer advisors for the 2006-2007 academic year is now underway. For additional information and an application, go to http://www.case.edu/provost/ugstudies/casefam/casefam.html.

University Counseling Services offers several support groups, educational programs and walk-in clinics for students during the spring semester. For more information about UCS, visit http://www.case.edu/stuaff/ucs.

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PERSONNEL

Amy Sindelar recently joined the university as an assistant director with the career center.

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ACCOLADES

Ica Manas-Zloczower, a professor in the macromolecular science department, was named as a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineering.