CAMPUS NEWS

In conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, NetWellness (http://www.netwellness.org/), a highly regarded consumer health Web site, premieres a new section on colon cancer. On the new site, consumers will be able to find a comprehensive approach to understanding colon cancer, prevention and screening, treatment and tests, complications, and other information. The information reflects the medical expertise found at the three academic medical centers operating NetWellness: Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.

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 email. Since the messages are sent to the Inbox, it is easy to save select voice mails on a computer, organize them by subject matter in folders, and even forward voicemail to others through email. For more information on Case's UM service and the rollout schedule, go to http://www.case.edu/its/unifiedmessaging.

The Manor House at Squire Valleevue Farm is available to faculty, staff and students. The House can be rented for private events as well as for university business. If interested in reserving the Manor House for an upcoming event, contact lisa.battista@case.edu or call x1904.

CASE IN THE NEWS

"Case to discuss debt with ratings agency"

Plain Dealer, Thursday, March 9, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/
index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1141896616231690.xml&coll=2

Minutes after the Case Western Reserve University faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences took a no-confidence vote, Hossein Sadid called Moody's Investor Service, a bond-rating agency, to figure out what Case pays to borrow its $600 million in outstanding debt.

"Ultrasonic boom"

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 8, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20060308/FREE/60308009/1005&Profile=1005

Case Western Reserve University will join with Ohio State University and Edison Welding Institute, a Columbus-based technology research organization, to launch on April 1 the Center for High Power Ultrasonics that focuses on the physics of ultrasound and the design and hardware of ultrasonic systems. It also will explore the use of intense, high-frequency acoustic waves to change materials' properties and to drive physical or chemical processes. It is expected to take those laboratory-born discoveries to market for commercial development.

"Fuel cell companies win state grants"

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 8, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20060308/FREE/60308003/1005&Profile=1005

Two Northeast Ohio companies have received state grants totaling $1.77 million to help them commercialize their fuel cell technology. HydroGen Corp. of Cleveland received $1 million from the $103 million Third Frontier Fuel Cell program, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Bob Taft. HydroGen's project is expected to bring mass manufacturing of air-cooled phosphoric acid fuel cells to Ohio. [HydroGen is a partner in the Wright Fuel Cell Group, with Case Western Reserve University as the lead institution of the partnership.]

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HIGHER ED NEWS

"Scientist Says He Stands by Fusion Data"

The New York Times, March 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/09/science/09fusion.html?pagewanted=all

A nuclear scientist at Purdue said yesterday that he would cooperate with the university's review of his fusion research. In 2002, scientists led by Dr. Rusi P. Taleyarkhan, who was then at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, announced that they had achieved fusion, the melding of hydrogen atoms to produce light and energy, in a small tabletop device by blasting a jar of solvent with strong ultrasound vibrations. Scientists who have tried to reproduce the experiment say they have not seen any signs of fusion. The journal Nature reported on its Web site yesterday that several faculty members at Purdue, including Lefteri H. Tsoukalas, the head of the School of Nuclear Engineering who hired Dr. Taleyarkhan in 2003, now doubt the finding.

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EVENTS

The Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Work in Progress Series presents "Enlightened Athens in the Age of Jefferson" featuring Rachel Sternberg, assistant professor of Classics, today at 4:30 p.m. at the Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall 206. For Information go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/bakernord/wip.htm.

For a list of department of chemistry colloquia seminars, go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/chem/.

Case School of Medicine presents the 21st annual "Doc Opera" on March 25 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and are available at the door or at ticket booths set up around campus. All proceeds benefit the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. For information contact erin.keller@case.edu.

The LGBT Faculty and Staff Organization at Case invites the campus community to a lecture by visiting gay scholar Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, from the department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at University of California-Santa Barbara, on March 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the MSASS building, room 320 BC. His teaching and interdisciplinary research draws on history, ethnography, anthropology, and sociology.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is hosting three open forums with President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. , and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Hossein Sadid, to discuss the university's budget. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions. If staff members can't attend, they are encouraged to submit questions by March 21 to jason.weiner@case.edu, chair of the SAC Staff Policy Committee. He will ask the questions anonymously at one of the forums, which are scheduled for March 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium; March 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Ford Auditorium; and March 22 from 4-5 p.m. in Ford Auditorium.

UCITE will host a session on the topic of grade inflation today from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of Allen building. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the session. RSVP at x1224 or by going to http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/.

TIAA-CREF is preparing the annual Plan B Financial Statements for 2005. Statements will be distributed by the end of the March.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Graduate Student Senate will sponsor an open forum with the university's president and provost during the regularly scheduled General Senate meeting today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thwing Center's Spartan Room. All graduate students are welcome.

Nominations for the 2006 Postdoctoral Researchers Association Outstanding Mentor Award are now being accepted. The award recognizes an outstanding mentor who assists postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in their career development. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2006. For more information go to http://www.case.edu/provost/gradstudies/pra.html

The Case African Students Association will be hosting "Coming to America: A Cultural Dinner and Show" tonight in Thwing Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for undergrads, $10 for the rest of the campus community, and can be purchased at the door. Contact cierra.chiwanga@case.edu.

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PERSONNEL

Cynthia Smith recently joined the university as specialist in human resources.

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ACCOLADES

A new doctoral program at Case and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, in which students study the basic life sciences in the context of human biology and disease, will receive $850,000 over four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program, to be led by Martha K. Cathcart, Ph.D., professor of molecular medicine at Case and a researcher at the Clinic, will include an integrated core curriculum, a clinical mentor program and a specially designed course in principles of clinical research.