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.

The Office of Student Community Service is sponsoring an Alternative Spring Break trip March 12-18 in New Orleans. A group of Case students and other members of the Case community will volunteer to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The community service office invites people who cannot attend to help defray costs associated with bus transportation. For information on how to donate, contact the office at x 6960.

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) Symposium and Poster session takes place April 20. Applications for poster or paper presentations from faculty, staff and students are due March 20. In addition, applications for SOURCE summer funding are due March 8. For information contact sheila.pedigo@case.edu, or go to http://www.case.edu/provost/source.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Book Club will discuss “The Storyteller’s Daughter: One Woman’s Return to Her Lost Homeland” by Saira Shah on March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in 720 Crawford. Contact rosemary.alexander@case.edu.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Money and Medicine: Richer or Poorer, Health and Wealth Are Linked”
The New York Times, February 21, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/21/health/21mone.html

A new report issued last week adds support to the premise that poor people are in worse physical condition and have an increased risk for death compared with those who are better off. The findings, published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, examined more than 30,000 patients consecutively referred to the Cleveland Clinic for stress testing. Dr. Michael S. Lauer, the study’s senior author and a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University, said that poverty itself could be a cause of disease or death.

“Supreme Clean Water Day: The big environmental cases on Justice Alito’s first day of argument”
The National Review (column by Jonathan H. Adler, associate professor of law and associate director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University), February 21, 2006
http://www.nationalreview.com/adler/adler200602210817.asp

Today the Supreme Court hears two challenges to federal wetlands regulations. In each case, landowners are challenging the federal government’s authority to prevent them from developing wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Federal regulators claim such regulation is clearly authorized by the CWA and is necessary to safeguard the nation’s waters. The landowners, for their part, assert that the federal government lacks the legal authority to regulate private land that lacks a substantial connection to navigable waters. It is also the first time Samuel Alito will hear oral arguments as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

“IT execs: NE Ohio lacks trained talent”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, February 20, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060220/SUB/602200322/1005/TECH

Ron Copfer has a problem, and it could be an even bigger one for Northeast Ohio as the region attempts to transform itself from an old-line, manufacturing-based economy. Mr. Copfer, CEO of Fathom IT Solutions Inc. of Cleveland, is struggling to find software developers – specifically those who possess solid skills in two major programming languages, Java and Microsoft’s .NET. Plenty of other Northeast Ohio tech executives say the same thing – the amount of qualified IT workers doesn’t seem high enough to fulfill the demand from local companies. This situation seems to exist despite data collected by Crain’s from eight local colleges and universities that shows 729 students graduated with IT degrees in 2005, a number that’s 11% higher than the 654 IT grads from those schools in 2000.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“To: Professor@University.edu; Subject: Why It’s All About Me”
The New York Times, February 21, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/21/education/21professors.html

One student skipped class and then sent the professor an e-mail message asking for copies of her teaching notes. Another did not like her grade, and she wrote a petulant message to the professor. Another explained that she was late for a Monday class because she was recovering from drinking too much at a wild weekend party. At colleges and universities nationwide, e-mail has made professors much more approachable. But many say it has made them too accessible, erasing boundaries that traditionally kept students at a healthy distance. These days, they say, students seem to view them as available around the clock, sending a steady stream of e-mail messages – from 10 a week to 10 after every class – that are too informal or downright inappropriate.

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EVENTS

Hafez Al-Mirazi, the host of the Al Jazeera Arabic television show “From Washington,” will be the first speaker in the 2006 “Conversations with America’s Premier Journalists and Writers” in the Susie Gharib Distinguished Lectureship series at Case. Al-Mirazi’s talk begins at 3:30 p.m. on February 22, in 206 Clark Hall. For additional information and a list of additional speakers in the series, go to http://www.case.edu/news/2006/2-06/gharib.htm.

Eli M. Rosenbaum, the nation’s best-known hunter of accused Nazi war criminals, will deliver the Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights at the School of Law, room A59, on February 22 from 4:30-5:30. For more information go to http://www.law.case.edu.

The American Medical Student Association, in cooperation with the Center for AIDS Research, International Health Interest Group, and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics is hosting AIDS Week of Action this week. Events include a red ribbon campaign, discussions on current issues related to the epidemic, video showings, a game show where you can test your knowledge about HIV/AIDS, anonymous rapid testing on campus, and a research poster show. For details visit http://casemed.case.edu/public_affairs/.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

“Values in Spirituality and College,” a UCITE workshop, is scheduled for February 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room in the Allen building. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP by calling UCITE at x 1224 or register online at http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/ by clicking on “events.”

Case’s Orientation Office and Cleveland State University are co-hosting the Regional NODA (National Orientation Director’s Association) Region VII Conference 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

The African American Society is hosting a cultural dinner, “A Novel Through Hip Hop,” on February 25 in Thwing Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a show 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for undergraduate students, $10 for the rest of the campus community, or $4 for the show only. Tickets will be sold throughout the week in Leutner from 6-7p.m., on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.in Nord.



The School of Medicine has launched an undergraduate degree in public health studies. Interested students must apply to the major in their sophomore year. Applications are being accepted through February 24. For more information, go to http://www.casepublichealthstudies.org/ or contact michelle.jaketic@case.edu.

Underrepresented students in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are encouraged to apply for the OSEA Glenn Stokes Summer Research Program. The application deadline is March 1.  Contact sheila.pedigo@case.edu in the SOURCE office, or go to http://www.ohiosea.org/research/index.html.

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PERSONNEL

Eric Topol, who has been a professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, will now have his primary faculty appointment in the School of Medicine as a professor in the Department of Genetics. 

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ACCOLADES

Lev Gonick, CIO and vice president of Information Technology Services, was re-elected as the president of the board of the New Media Consortium (NMC) based in Austin, Texas. The NMC is an international, not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

Raymond Choi and Sunjay Mathur received honorable mention on the USA Today
2006 All-USA College Academic Team. Choi is a fourth-year student majoring in chemistry, with a minor in Asian studies and biology. Mathur is a fourth-year religion major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This is Mathur’s second time being recognized by USA Today.