PRESIDENT HUNDERT UPDATES CAMPUS ON DISCUSSON FROM FORUMS

The University’s leadership team is currently meeting with the faculty from all of Case’s schools, along with many student and staff groups across campus.  In CasePoint, President Hundert shares some salient information from the discussions that have already taken place. A list of upcoming open forums also is available. CasePoint is available online at http://blog.case.edu/casepoint/.

CAMPUS NEWS

President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. invites staff, students, or faculty members to nominate a non-faculty Case staff member for the President’s Award for Staff Excellence. This annual award honors up to three staff members whose outstanding contributions to our campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students, or visitors with whom they come into contact. You may submit your nominations using the form at http://www.case.edu/president/sac/presawardnom_2006.pdf. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2006.

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at the Case School of Law has launched “War Crimes Prosecution Watch,” a bi-weekly e-newsletter containing official documents and articles from major news sources detailing and analyzing salient issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes throughout the world. View the newsletter at http://www.publicinternationallaw.org/warcrimeswatch/index.html.

During spring break, open swim hours at Veale Center will be Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open swim will not be held on Tuesday and Thursday, or Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. The rock wall will not be open during spring break. Regularly scheduled hours will resume on March 20. For facility schedules and availability go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/athletics/facilities/hours.html.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Study rejects thinner as heart smart”

Detroit Free Press, March 13, 2006 (Associated Press)
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060313/NEWS07/603130421/1009

People taking the blood thinner Plavix on top of aspirin to try to prevent heart attacks, as many doctors recommend, now have good reason to stop. The drug combination not only didn’t help most people in a newly released study, but it unexpectedly almost doubled the risk of death, heart attack or stroke for those with no clogged arteries but with worrisome conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dr. Eric Topol from Case Western Reserve University reported people were harmed.
(Also ran in 242 other papers)

“Dentists in Research Network Do Not Discriminate, Study Finds”

Medical News Today, March 13, 2006
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=39177

Private practice dentists do not discriminate in services they provide their patients, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine.

“Why Grass Really Is Always Greener on the Other Side”

New York Times, March 10, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/10/books/10Book.html?ex=1142658000&en=f308db73913736c7&ei=5070&emc=eta1

“The often-crazed love affair between Americans and their lawns is Ted Steinberg’s subject in “American Green.” Mr. Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, likens this relationship, and the insane pursuit of lawn perfection, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he may very well be right,” writes William Grimes in a review of the Case historian’s new book.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Tiny Technology Comes to the Aid of College Administrators: Officials embrace wireless personal digital assistants, despite some drawbacks”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2006
http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i28/28a04301.htm (paid subscription required)

Vincent Kiernan writes about how faculty are digital assistants: The earliest PDA's, such as the Palm Pilot, were hand-held computers that allowed the user to take notes using a special writing stylus but did not offer wireless access to e-mail or cell phone services. Since then, the technology has evolved to include wireless capabilities that can work with campus networks to send and receive e-mail. Often information entered in a PDA's telephone book or calendar can be instantly updated on the user's other computers

“Consultants replacing high school counselors”

CNN, March 1, 2006
http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/03/01/private.education.ap/index.html

Their parents paid hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of dollars to private consultants who help the students draft admissions essays, rehearse for interviews, prepare for tests and even pick after-school activities in the hopes of bettering their chance of admission to a college of their choice.

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EVENTS

To examine and create dialogue around issues pertaining to health policy, the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University has developed the Case Health Policy Forum. The spring 2006 series will focus on the threats of disease to the health of the public, and will feature discussions on the impact of diabetes and obesity on urban communities on March 27, and the public health implications of a possible avian flu epidemic on April 19. All events will be held in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://casemed.case.edu/healthpolicy.

The next “Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture” takes place March 16 at 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Wade Oval.  This talk is free and open to the public, and will feature Derek Richardson from the University of Maryland speaking on “Binary Minor Planets.” Co-sponsored by Case’s department of astronomy. Go to http://burro.astr.case.edu/dept/talks.html.

A Celebration of Recovery House at Case takes place March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. Featured speaker is Mel B, a recovering alcoholic, noted writer and lecturer. Recovery House is a sober living space for students in recovery from substance problems. Established in 2004, Recovery House is one of only three in the country. A $5 donation is suggested for the presentation portion only. For information contact Joy Willmott at x5872.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Nominations are now being accepted for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, which was established in 1994 to recognize exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty. The Hovorka Prize is conferred at the university’s annual commencement convocation, and includes a monetary award of $5,000. Any member of the university community may submit one or more nominations in letter form, each not to exceed two pages in length.  Correspondence should be e-mailed to lois.langell@case.edu by April 7.

Since late summer 2005, the division of Information Technology Services has been piloting a flexible work program for the division’s central ITS employees. The program, called CASEworks, has undergone an extensive review process by human resources and the university attorney’s office and has been formally approved for implementation within the central Information Technology Services division.  CASEworks will permit central ITS employees to adopt flexible work arrangements that include a structured combination of working both on- and off-campus. More information about CASEworks can be found at https://www.case.edu/its/caseworks/.

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

The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of MS,” presented by the National MS Society, takes place in 352 Adelbert Hall from 1-2 p.m. on March 14. Sponsored by the Wellness Initiative.

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FOR STUDENTS

Campus Dining Services and Bon Appetit invite the campus community to observe Passover at the Halal/Kosher Countertop adjacent to the Leutner Dining Hall. While current Hala/Kosher meal plan participants already have access to all Passover meals, other meal plan holders can upgrade their meal plans to include access to these Passover-certified meals during the holiday. Those not enrolled in a campus meal plan can choose from three different options to participate in the Kosher for Passover meals. Sign up in the Meal Plan Office, Crawford Room 12. Prepayments for all Passover meal options are required by March 31.

Take the latest Share the Vision Poll on current topics at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/vision/poll/.

Representatives from Herff Jones and Balfour will take orders for college rings at the University Bookstore during the Grad Fair on March 21 and 22. In addition, each graduate will receive 10 standard university Commencement announcements when they pick up their Convocation tickets at their respective schools. To order personalized announcements, please see the Herff Jones representative during the Grad Fair or pick up an announcement order form at the bookstore. Also, diploma frames can be purchased at the bookstore before, during and after the Grad Fair. For information go to http://case.bkstore.com.

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PERSONNEL

Anu Gupta recently joined the university as a research associate in the department of hematology/oncology.

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ACCOLADES

Mahmoud Ghannoum, professor in the department of dermatology/mycology, has been invited to serve as a deputy editor for Mycoses, a leading journal on diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis of fungal diseases. He was chosen based on his expertise in infectious diseases, fungal infections, and research on antifungals.