The Ohio Legislature granted a charter establishing Western Reserve College 180 years ago. In honor of that accomplishment—and all the achievements that have followed—the University Archives has produced a web exhibit, "180 Events from 180 Years." Included are pictures of some of the people, traditions, programs, and milestones that have built Case Western Reserve University. Go to

Water aerobics and Hatha Yoga for faculty, staff and students starts the week of March 20. Classes last for six weeks. For information and sign up go to

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

A number of forums with President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. are scheduled around campus throughout the month. For details go to


"Power given to powerless muscles"

USA Today, March 7, 2006

In 1978, [Jim] Jatich's life changed abruptly when he dived into a shallow lake south of Akron, Ohio, and floated to the surface unable to move. His spinal cord was injured. But now, his remarkable ability to blend seamlessly with those around him is the result of a neural prosthetic device that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES). Thanks to the help of Hunter Peckham, a biomedical engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and director of the Cleveland FES Center, Jatich and others are using wires and electrodes to reconnect their brains with their short-circuited muscles.

"Best friends: When it comes to relationships, there's no match for the bond between women"

The Sacramento Bee, March 5, 2006

What would we do without our girlfriends? Consider the results of a recent Harris Interactive survey, which found that 64 percent of women choose to talk to girlfriends rather than their spouses or mothers about personal issues such as relationships and sex. Of course, all that intimacy can breed problems, too. "Women's friendships are more volatile than men's, because they are more intense in a way," said Renée Sentilles, who teaches history and women's studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In general, females may expect more time and emotional attention from their girlfriends than men do from their male friends, the researchers said.

"Getting Al-Jazeera in focus"

The Plain Dealer (editorial column by Elizabeth Sullivan), March 5, 2006 base/opinion/1141465361172260.xml&coll=2

The best evidence that Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera is not all its U.S. critics suppose it to be is the nature of the two governments trying to ban its correspondents and advertising. They are both Arab—Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Saudi government says Al-Jazeera exaggerated the number of dead from a Mecca pilgrimage accident several years ago, says Hafez Al-Mirazi, a talk show host for the satellite network in Washington, D.C. Al-Mirazi, born in Egypt but a U.S. citizen after more than 22 years in this country, calls the network the "second estate" of Arab life for the political shock waves it's caused. "In Arab societies, an independent media should be considered a second estate—not just the fourth," said the soft-spoken Al-Mirazi, a former Voice of America reporter, in an interview last month at Case Western Reserve University, where he was to give a journalism lecture.

"Legal experts speak on abortion issues: South Dakota's ban makes Akron's forum timely"

The Akron Beacon Journal, March 7, 2006

The abortion law forum Monday at the University of Akron couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Legal experts from the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Notre Dame and the National Lawyers Association debated legal issues surrounding abortion just hours after South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a bill banning most abortions in the state. "Legislators have shown no regard for women's health," said Jessie Hill, an assistant law professor at Case Western Reserve University. Hill, who specializes in reproductive law, argued in favor of abortion rights.

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"Defense Department to Investigate Disputed Missile-Defense Research by MIT Scientists"

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2006 (paid subscription required to view)

The Department of Defense plans to investigate allegations of fraud involving missile-defense research by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but an MIT professor who has criticized the research says he does not trust the investigators to be independent and earnestly look for wrongdoing. MIT itself requested the Defense Department investigation of alleged fraud by scientists at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in connection with the researchers' involvement in a 1998 study of software planned for use in a missile-defense system.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and its co-sponsors invite the campus community to a film screening of "The Way Home" tonight 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

Colonel Morris Davis, chief prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions in the U.S. Department of Defense, will speak on "The Role of Military Commissions in the Global War on Terrorism" today from 4:30-6 p.m. at the School of Law. Davis's lecture—sponsored by the law school's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy (IGSLP)—is free and open to the public and will be webcast live at For more information go to visit the law school's Web site at

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

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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

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site at Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

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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

Graduating seniors are invited to recognize a faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on their success at Case. Seniors' Salute Reception takes place March 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Severance Hall's Grand Foyer. RSVP by March 10 at

Doctoral Fitting Days for all new Ph.D., J.D., M.D., N.D., D.N.P., D.M.D., D.M.A., and D.D.S. graduates are scheduled for March 8 at the School of Law, Gund Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 16 at the Wolstein Research Building from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can be measured for their academic regalia and register to participate in Commencement ceremonies. For information go to

The Peer Helper Network is showing a free screening of the movie "Kids" on March 9 at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. "Kids" follows teens leading lives of partying, sex, stealing, and drugs. The controversial film focuses on Telly, a 17-year old who engages in unsafe sexual practices, while he unknowingly carries HIV. After the movie there will be free food and a discussion about the film's content with members of the Peer Helper Network and University Counseling Services. For information contact

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Bill Rose, the university's treasurer and chief investment officer, has accepted an offer to become the chief investment officer and president of Okabena Investment Services Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. His last day at Case is March 15.

Art Roos and Sally Staley, both currently associate treasurers at the university, have been appointed Case's new treasurer and chief investment officer, respectively.

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Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, will have a book signing for his newly published book, "American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn," on March 8 at noon at the Case Bookstore in Thwing Center.