SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT HUNDERT

Deans and Senior Leadership have begun discussing the FY07 budget. President Hundert believes that it is important for the campus community to be informed of those conversations. A message from him regarding the start of the budget process is at http://www.case.edu/menu/president/budget06.htm.

CAMPUS NEWS

For the last 18 months, many members of the Case community have been involved in a university-wide academic strategic planning process. This important initiative is designed to establish the priorities that will guide Case over the next five years. In December, Provost and University Vice President John Anderson convened the Academic Strategic Plan Steering Committee, consisting of faculty, staff, and student representatives, to move the plan forward to completion by this fall. A key part of the team's work will be to ask for further input from faculty, staff, students, and other members of the university community. Forums will be scheduled in the coming months. The provost encourages everyone to participate. Further information about the forums will be forthcoming. For more information about the Academic Strategic Plan, visit http://www.case.edu/provost/asp/.

Provost John Anderson is hosting his annual Provost’s Pizza Party at the Case vs. Emory basketball game February 25. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to the party, held in conjunction with the last basketball games of the season. The afternoon begins at 1 p.m., as the Spartan's men's team battle the Eagles of Emory. Following the men's game, free pizza will be served. The women’s game begins at 3 p.m.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Expert has theory for disputed Pollocks”
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer), February 21, 2006
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/artandlife/1404AP_Pollock_Paintings.html

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Jackson Pollock expert is convinced that 32 works found by the son of a Pollock friend were created by the artist, despite the debate about their origin. Ellen Landau, professor of art history at Cleveland Museum of Art/Case Western Reserve University, plans to disclose the results of more than a year of her own research on Thursday at the annual conference of the College Art Association in Boston. The debate – with millions of dollars at stake – was further enflamed earlier this month when the scientific journal Nature published a story about an Oregon scientist who examined six of the paintings and could not find the pattern of “fractals” he had found in known works by Pollock.

“Medicare Backs Obesity Surgery: U.S. to Pay for Three Types of Stomach-Shrinking Operations”
The Washington Post, February 22, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/21/AR2006022101664.html

Medicare endorsed three types of stomach-shrinking surgery yesterday, saying the controversial procedures can offer Americans safe and effective ways to treat obesity. The announcement was seen as a boost for the popular operations, known as bariatric surgery, which had come under a cloud in recent years because of concerns about safety. [But] critics denounced the decision, saying the procedures are dangerous. “The decision to continue coverage is ill-advised and will expose many people, especially the elderly, to high risk,” said Paul Ernsberger of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. “There may be some benefits, but there are alternative safe and effective treatments for every obesity-related condition.”

“Case graduate students explore the culture of Italy”
The Plain Dealer, February 21, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/zmosa/114016901574770.xml?zmosa&coll=2

Cleveland’s strong cultural ties to Italy extend beyond Little Italy and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Graduate students in the department of art history at Case Western Reserve University have been studying in Italian libraries and archives for decades, contributing in the process to our knowledge of Italian art through their research. Professor Edward J. Olszewski has sent many of his Ph.D. students to Italian institutions in pursuit of research on their dissertation topics. Cathy Thomas, now teaching at Cleveland State University, studied sacred paintings in Roman churches and their related drawings by the late 16th century fresco painter Domenico Cresti.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Summers to step down, ending tumult at Harvard”
The Boston Globe, February 22, 2006
http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2006/02/22/summers_to_step_down_ending_tumult_at_harvard/

Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers, facing a faculty revolt and eroding support from the university’s governing board, announced yesterday he will resign, ending the briefest tenure at the Ivy League school’s helm in 144 years. Summers will serve until June 30, take a year’s sabbatical, and then return as a university professor, the highest rank for Harvard faculty members. The resignation allows Summers to avoid what was expected to be an embarrassing vote of no confidence from the school’s largest faculty next Tuesday. Derek Bok, the president of the university from 1971 to 1991, will serve as interim president.

“Veritas at Harvard”
The Wall Street Journal (editorial), February 22, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114057510944879735.html?mod=todays_us_opinion

A Harvard education isn’t what it used to be. That’s the principal lesson of yesterday’s news that Lawrence Summers is resigning as the 27th president of the nation’s oldest university. By “used to be,” we mean the days before the faculty ran the academic asylum, the days when administrators, students and, yes, even the trustees also had a say in setting priorities and making decision about how a great university is run. If you remember such a time, you probably graduated with the Class of 1965 or earlier. In a letter posted on Harvard’s Web site yesterday, Mr. Summers said that “I have reluctantly concluded that the rifts between me and segments of the Arts and Sciences faculty make in infeasible for me to advance the agenda of renewal that I see as crucial to Harvard’s future.”

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EVENTS

The Case Student National Medical Association is presenting the film “Black Like Me” in honor of Black History Month on February 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in E401, fourth floor of the School of Medicine. The film is based on the book and experiences of John Howard Griffin, a Caucasian journalist who darkened his skin and traveled though the segregated South in 1959. The group also is presenting a “Hair Care Reflecting Health Care in the Black Community” forum on February 23 from 1-2:30 p.m. in E401. For information contact Diana Smith at diana@case.edu.

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, call x1911. For other lectures in the series go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/chem/events/lectures.html.

Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Work in Progress Series presents “The Final Sacrifice: A Dead “Hindu,” A Missing Body, and a 7-Million Dollar Life Insurance Policy” with Deepak Sarma, assistant professor of South Asian religions, on February 23 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206. For information go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/bakernord/wip.htm.

For information about upcoming Weatherhead School of Management events and programs, go to http://weatherhead.case.edu/wsomCalendar/event.cfm.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The U.S. Census Bureau presents two workshops at Case, Working with Economic Census Data, featuring Paul Zeisset of the U.S. Census Bureau, on February 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. At the workshop, learn how to identify and use economic census data for your research needs. RSVP to karen.thornton@case.edu.

The Kelvin Smith Library announces the 2006 Freedman Center Fellows Program for faculty. The Freedman Center is a collaborative effort between the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL), the College of Arts and Sciences and the Information Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group. Three Freedman Fellows will be named in 2006 and each will receive a stipend of $4,000 to be spent on curricular re-design projects to be carried out during the summer. Submit proposals electronically in PDF by February 23 to joanne.eustis@case.edu.

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

The Spartan Tappers are looking for dance groups as well as individuals who would like to perform in the first ever ExtravaDance benefiting the Cleveland Food Bank. Dancers/groups interested in performing should register by March 1 at http://www.case.edu/orgs/tappers. The show will take place at Thwing Ballroom on April 13 at 7 p.m.

Students can nominate deserving faculty and staff until February 24 for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (faculty), and the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring (faculty and staff). Find nomination forms online at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/enhancement/wittkejackson/.

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PERSONNEL

John Hachtel is the new associate vice president for marketing and communications. He comes to Case from Auburn University, where he was the assistant vice president of communications and marketing.

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ACCOLADES

Ramani S. Pilla, faculty in the statistics department, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Electronic Journal Statistics Surveys. She’s been selected for her expertise in Nonparametric and Semiparametric Mixture Models and Longitudinal/Correlated data.