Dear Members of the Case Community,

As many of you are aware, there is discussion among faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences around the possibility of taking a no-confidence vote against me and Provost John Anderson. This action is a reflection of the divergent views that are constantly aired and encouraged on our campus. Over the past months, I have been meeting regularly with faculty and participating in campuswide forums. I know there is a wide range of opinion regarding our current goals and direction, and I continue to listen to all viewpoints and appreciate the thoughts of all who care deeply about Case.

Striving for and achieving an institutional vision as far reaching as Case's is very hard work filled with circumstances that test our collective will. Since the time that we as a university community defined the vision in 2003 and set out to reach it, we have come far, making dramatic progress throughout Case and positioning our university for the future. These are challenging times, and we have far to go together. I have every confidence that all of us—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—will see us through to our goal.

Very truly,

Edward M. Hundert, M.D.


Unified Messaging (UM), Case's new voice mail system, is being rolled out to faculty and staff this spring. UM allows users to listen to voice mail messages on both a phone and through a computer by clicking on a .wav file attachment in an e-mail. Since the messages are sent to the Inbox, it is easy to save select voicemails on a computer, organize them by subject matter in folders, and even forward voice mail to others through e-mail. For more information on Case’s UM service and the rollout schedule, go to http://www.case.edu/its/unifiedmessaging.

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 and Provost 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 kathryn.hall@case.edu. Monetary prizes will be awarded in all three categories, and the winning essays will be posted in March at http://www.case.edu/events/mlk/essays/.

Volunteers are sought to assist the local NAACP chapter and several other community organizations for Clean Up Day at Karamu House, 2385 East 89th Street, on February 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Case’s Facilities Services will donate all of the cleaning supplies and equipment. For details about volunteering, contact the NAACP at (216) 231-6260.


"Chief Nazi prosecutor firm on Demjanjuk deportation"
The Associated Press (reprinted in The Akron Beacon Journal), February 23, 2006

The government's long case against an 85-year-old Ohio man reputed to have been a Nazi death camp guard during World War II could last months to years more, and then there may be an issue where to send him, a Justice Department official said Wednesday. Eli M. Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, which has made successful case against John Demjanjuk because it is still in the legal system. "There are people still crying for lost siblings or parents. People responsible for the misery should not be here," said Rosenbaum, a guest lecturer for one day at a human rights seminar at Case Western Reserve University's law school.

"Stolen bones erode trust"
The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times, February 23, 2006

The deaths of 81 people in Western North Carolina last year came as good news for as many as 2,835 others. In life, they had made their wishes know to donate tissue. In death, because of that decision, their bones lived on. Between corpse and patient, the bones passed through a few of the 1,974 companies that extract, test, sterilize or distribute human tissue for implantation in Americans. It's a billion-dollar industry coming under scrutiny after stolen body parts were sold nationwide and implanted in at least 22 WNC patients. "I think part of the problem is, there aren't clear penalties for these sort of things," Case Western Reserve University professor Stuart J. Youngner said of the thefts. "It sort of slips between the cracks. It's sort of gross. People don't want to think about it."

"Professor wants to oust Case president"
The Plain Dealer, February 23, 2006

A high-profile professor at Case Western Reserve University has put the wheels in motion for a no-confidence vote against university President Dr. Edward Hundert and Provost John Anderson. Lawrence Krauss, an internationally recognized physicist and author, sent an e-mail to arts and sciences faculty members on Wednesday to gauge support for taking a vote. John Hachtel, associate vice president of marketing and communications at Case, said that Hundert is aware of the possible vote. "The president has every confidence in the faculty," Hachtel said. A no-confidence vote is not binding.

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"At Religious Universities, Disputes Over Faith and Academic Freedom"
The New York Times, February 18, 2006

A gay film festival opened at the University of Notre Dame last week with a sold-out showing of "Brokeback Mountain." On Valentine's Day, Notre Dame students staged a production of "The Vagina Monologues." Though the events have been held for the past few years, it may have been their last time on campus. In speeches and interviews recently, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's new president, has said that staging the events on campus implies an endorsement of values that conflict with Roman Catholicism. The controversies at Notre Dame are the latest and most high profile among disputes at many other religiously affiliated universities about how to promote open inquiry and critical thinking while adhering to the tenets of a given faith.

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The Case community can learn about offerings and graduate programs at The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations during an information session on February 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. For information or to RSVP, call x6025 or go to http://www.case.edu/mandelcenter.

Global Medical Initiative (GMI) is hosting a fundraising event at bd's mongolian barbeque on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights tonight from 6-9 p.m. The GMI group will be guest grillers and waiters along with undergraduate studies Dean Joseph Pieri. Fifteen percent of the dinner proceeds and 100 percent of the tips will go directly towards helping send a medical shipment to a community clinic in Uganda. In addition, a raffle will be held, with proceeds benefiting a boy from Iraq who is coming to the Cleveland Clinic in March for surgery. For information contact nidhi.vijayvargiya@case.edu.

Debra Nagy, baroque oboe, will be featured in a free recital of late-17th and early-18th century French music on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Harkness Chapel.

Case's Center for Science and Mathematics Education is hosting the Ohio Regional Science Olympiad on February 25. Thirty five teams representing schools in the region will compete in a variety of facilities on campus. These sixth to 12th grade level students will work with their teams to win the honor of succeeding to the state championships and, ultimately, to the U. S. Science Olympiad. For event details contact Jim Bader at x5289 or go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/csm.

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The Provost's Office and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all faculty to attend the second annual Women 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 centerforwomen@case.edu, or call x0985.

Registration for the User Information Sessions presented by the finance administration team is now open. The sessions will help increase familiarity with PeopleSoft, acquaint users with the Finance & Administration team responsible for processing these transactions, and discuss any updates and shortcuts. Register at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/controller/workshops_sp2006.html.

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.

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The nomination period for the 2006 Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards is now underway. The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dorothy Pijan in 1982 as a way of recognizing and honoring Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. Nominations are due by March 29. For information go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/activities/awards/.

Celebrate the History of African American Muslims with Professor Arif Jamal and his presentation "Timbaktu to the Cotton Fields," February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Wolstein Building. Tickets are $5 for undergrads, $8 for the rest of the campus community. For information contact salma.shaikhouni@case.edu of the Muslim Student Association.

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Zhe Tang was recently hired as a research associate in the department of medicine.

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Catherine Loader, a faculty member in the 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 Local Likelihood and Nonparametric Regression Methods.

R. Brad Lucas, clinical instructor in reproductive biology and part of the University Hospitals Health System Westlake Medical Center, was recently presented with the Edwin Riemenschneider Award for Excellence in Health Care Leadership by the Baldwin-Wallace College of Health Care MBA Class of 2005.