With spring right around the corner, Squire Valleevue Farm is preparing for Spring Planting 2006. Eighteen, 30 x 20, community gardening plots are available for $25 each to Case staff, faculty and students. For details go to

There will be a Faculty/Staff vs. Students basketball game on March 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Horsburgh Gym, Veale Center. The event is free, and doors open at 5 p.m. In addition to the game, there will be T-shirt give-aways, pizza, performances from the dance team, and a capella groups. Contact or for more information. To view last year's photos go to


"Arts and Sciences Faculty Votes No Confidence in Case Western Reserve U.'s President and Provost"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2006

A small segment of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University voted no confidence on Thursday in the president, Edward M. Hundert, and provost, John L. Anderson, of the Cleveland-based university, which is seeking to eliminate a $40 million budget deficit. Dr. Hundert, a psychiatrist and medical ethicist who was hired as president in August 2002, has been under fire for perceived fund-raising failures and for overseeing faulty budget projections. Last weekend, Dr. Hundert wrote a blunt and conciliatory message to Case Western's students and faculty and staff members in which he said he was "personally accountable" for a decline in donations, which have been up and down over the last three years. The no-confidence resolution was introduced by Lawrence M. Krauss, a prominent theoretical physicist and Case Western professor.

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"Where it's a gift to have your mouth looked in"

The Plain Dealer, March 3, 2006

The woman sat back in the dentist's chair Tuesday morning and ran her tongue over her teeth. "Thank you so much," she said again and again. "You're the only real dentist I've had in my life." Her cashiering job doesn't provide medical or dental insurance. So she called Cleveland's Free Clinic for help. Until this week, the Free Medical Clinic of Cleveland couldn't have [helped]. Beginning this week, the dental students who staff the clinic will see patients two days a week in addition to two evenings. To expand the hours, [Brian] Kastner [dental director of the Free Clinic] worked with the dean of Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine along with Jim Lalumandier, chair of the Department of Community Dentistry, to bring in more dental-student volunteers.

"1915 time capsule turned over to Mt. Sinai Foundation"

The Cleveland Jewish News, March 3, 2006

A time capsule planted on June 6, 1915, at the site of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital and salvaged last month, was turned over to the Mt. Sinai Foundation (MSF) Feb. 21. The mangled but surprisingly intact copper vessel was presented to Mt. Sinai Foundation board chair Bennett Yanowitz and Mitchell Balk, MSF president. Since the former Mt. Sinai site is now owned by Case Western Reserve University, Case president Edward M. Hundert did the honors. "The time capsule represents a good deal more than a treasure trove of papers and history," noted Yanowitz. "It represents the hopes and determination of a generation of our Jewish community who were committed to provide a facility where Jews felt comfortable and well cared for. At Mt. Sinai Hospital, Jewish doctors had full privileges—something that was denied them at many of the other Cleveland hospitals at the time."

"Virtual reality used to train surgeons"

United Press International, March 3, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University scientist in Cleveland says he's developing a way to use virtual reality simulation to train brain and heart surgeons. "Simulation is a popular training tool because it reduces the learning time and allows students to learn independently," said M. Cenk Cavusoglu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The challenge now, he says, is to expand such minimally invasive techniques to complex surgeries. He is also experimenting with soft tissue models and "haptics" technology to replicate the appearance and functions of the heart and brain, enabling surgeons to "feel when they accomplish procedures correctly.

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"D.C. school teaches A-bomb construction"

United Press International, March 2, 2006

WASHINGTON—White House officials were startled to learn Georgetown University in Washington offers a course on how to build a nuclear weapon. The "How to Build a Nuclear Bomb" class at the university's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is taught by Charles Ferguson, a physicist, former naval officer and scholar who worked at the State Department's non-proliferation bureau and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The class is geared to students pursuing careers in the intelligence community, the foreign service or specializing in non-proliferation issues, The Washington Post reported. However, an unidentified White House official was startled to hear of the course.

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Case's Hispanic Student organization, La Alianza, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the campus community to a showing of the movie "Crash" on March 6 in the OMA office, Sears, room 450, at 6 p.m. Immediately following the movie will be a short discussion on cultural diversity, along with free food from Mi Pueblo restaurant.

The department of music will have several events this weekend, including a recital by Geoffrey Burgess - Incantation and Invocation - tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Harkness Chapel (free, open to the public). In addition, there will be a performance by the groups Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Music's Kulas Hall. Tickets for this event are $6 for the general public, $4 for students. For details go to

Case's Black Law Student Association invites the campus community to its "Soul Food & Jazz" event tonight from 8- 11 p.m. at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $5. Contact

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents its 16th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit on March 31 at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The theme for this year's banquet is "Strength in Numbers," and will feature Judge Greg Mathis, civil rights activist and nationally syndicated talk show host. Case faculty and staff may purchase up to two tickets at a discounted rate of $45 each until March 24. For information, including departmental journaling details, contact or call x2904.

All members of the clinical, research and training communities are invited to participate in the Greater Cleveland Practice-Based Research Seminar Series. The series will provide training in practice-based research methods and research network development. The first seminar in the series will be held on March 8 from 6-8 p.m. For details and location go to and click on 'PBRN Seminar Series,' or e-mail

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Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) will be holding its 3rd annual poker tournament on March 4 at The Spot. The price of admission is $15 per person, or $50 for a group of 4. All proceeds will go to SigEp's national philanthropic charity, YouthAIDS. Prizes will be given out from over $400 in gift certificates. RSVP via e-mail to

Events for the spring Community Hour - Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. - are listed at

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Kathleen Kjaglien was recently hired as a department assistant in the radiology department.

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Robert Brown, institute professor in the physics department, was named Forman Lecturer for 2006 at Vanderbilt University, a position focused on physics education. He delivered the Forman Lecture at Vanderbilt on March 2 entitled "An Evolutionary Gap in Teaching Introductory Physics: An Intelligent Design?" He also is scheduled to deliver an associated lecture on "A Simple View of MRI, and its Increasingly Rich View of Us and Our Brain," at Vanderbilt on March 3.