Case's Human Resources is helping to spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides refunds to qualified taxpayers. Go to or call 211 to find a free tax center near you. For more details, e-mail, or

A CaseLearns Workshop— Basic Patent Searching—takes place March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library 215. The course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques, and will help users locate patents of interest and utilize some of the freely available resources to attain copies of patents from the United States or other countries. The session is considered ideal for engineering or business students needing patents for research assignments, as well as others. Registration required at

The Weatherhead School of Management's Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) has partnered with Net Impact to develop the Global Discover Contest, which invites people to offer suggestions on new ways for business to live in mutual benefit with the earth's ecosystems and world's societies. The deadline is April 1. Learn more at


"Case study"

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 6, 2006

Edward Hundert faces two tough tasks. One is bringing Case Western Reserve University's budget back into the black. The other is mending the frayed relations that exist between the university president and various Case Western Reserve constituents, among them faculty, staff and alumni. We suspect the former job will be easier than the latter. The coming months will reveal whether Dr. Hundert's resolution to be a better listener will help him win over those constituents who aren't in his corner. It is a critical matter, because Case can't afford to wear the label of an institution in discord if it is to obtain the financial support it needs to attain the lofty goals its president has set for it.

Additional coverage:
"Communication gaps can inflate ICU costs"

United Press International, March 3, 2006

Improved communication among all involved can reduce hospital intensive care unit bills, researchers say. An intensive communications plan agreed upon by families and health care providers—being tested at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing—can help reduce cost and length of stay in the ICU through a relatively simple intervention, the researchers say. The need for health care teams and families to be on the same page is critical, says lead investigator Barbara J. Daly, associate professor of nursing at Case.

"George Thomas picks the Oscar winners: Gay relationships are no longer a taboo on screen"

The Akron Beacon Journal, March 5, 2006

No matter which titles and names are called when the envelopes are ripped open during [Sunday's] Oscar telecast, many mark this as a landmark year because of the number of films that are in one way or another connected with gay culture. This trend is a case of film finally catching up with television, said Louis Giannetti, professor emeritus of English and film at Case Western Reserve University and author of Understanding Movies. "It's no longer a taboo topic," thanks to shows such as Will & Grace, he said. "And I think America, right now, seems to be fascinated by this topic."

"Kosher is on the menu at Case"

The Cleveland Jewish News, March 3, 2006

A kosher food program, catered by Empire Restaurant and Catering, was initiated at Case Western Reserve University this year. It was a good move for both the students and the school, says Jeremy Cassius, Hillel director of undergraduate Jewish life on campus. Cassius, who was instrumental in getting the program off the ground, notes that several students expressed an interest in having kosher food available, and Case recognized the provision would be an effective recruiting tool for the school. During Passover, the number of those participating in the kosher food program will jump significantly to 35 or 40.

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"Faculty Salaries Up 3.4%"

Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2006

The median salary increase for faculty members at four-year colleges and universities was 3.4 percent for the 2005-6 academic year, according to data being released today by the College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources. Last year's average increase was 3.2 percent. The data suggest that the gap between private and public colleges in terms of salaries is increasing. This year, the median increase at privates was 3.7 percent while the median increase at publics was 3.1 percent. The largest increases the survey found were at private doctoral institutions (4 percent) while the smallest were at public master's and bachelor's institutions (3 percent).

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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" tonight 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 Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and its co-sponsors invite the campus community to a film screening of "The Way Home" on March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Nord 310 A & B. This film explores the inner world of eight groups of women (Indigenous, African- American, Arab, Asian, European- American, Jewish, Latina and multiracial). The event also will include a facilitated discussion and snacks. For information call x0985 or go to

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SOURCE summer funding applications are due March 8. Abstract proposals for the SOURCE Symposium and Poster session are due March 20. Go to for applications. For information contact

The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) announces its 2006 seed grant program. All Case faculty who are interested in developing research projects on issues in ethics, science policy, and law relevant to the design and conduct of human genetic research are eligible. Applications are due March 20. More information can be found at

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On March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Thwing Atrium, join USG, a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the President and Provost to learn about both sides of the Arts and Sciences faculty's decision to vote No-Confidence in the university's president and provost. An open forum will follow immediately where students can voice their opinion on the matter. E-mail with any questions.

The Case African Students Association will be hosting "Coming to America: A Cultural Dinner and Show" on March 9 in Thwing Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for undergrads, $10 for the rest of the campus community, and can be purchased at the door. Contact

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Ann Freudenberger recently joined the university as a dental assistant in community dentistry.

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Each year, ComputerWorld Magazine identifies 100 of the top IT leaders from around the world At a recent awards ceremony held in Palm Springs, Calif., Lev Gonick, Case's CIO and Vice President for Information Technology Services, received one of only four awards for CIOs in the education vertical and was inducted into the Premier 100 best in class for 2005.