CAMPUS NEWS

The fourth annual Research ShowCASE will be held April 5 and 6 in the Veale Convocation Center. Research ShowCASE is a public exhibit celebrating the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research and scholarship being conducted at Case and its affiliated hospitals. By registering in advance at http://ora.ra.case.edu/showcase/registration.html, you will receive all program materials and the 2005-2006 edition of “The Value of Research,” Case’s signature research publication. For additional information go to http://showcase.case.edu

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 campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students, or visitors with whom they come into contact. Submit nominations using the form at http://www.case.edu/president/sac/presawardnom_2006.pdf. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

Case offers two programs for summer 2006 that emphasizes hands-on practice for students in grades 7 - 12 to earn high school credit while gaining a college experience. The three-week academic program runs June 25-July 14. Spectrum, for students completing grades 7-9, is a commuter-only program while Equinox is a residential or commuter program for students completing grades 10-12. Registration deadline is May 15. Financial aid is available. For information call x6735, or go to http://precollege.case.edu.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Trustees must talk to faculty, use its expertise”

The Plain Dealer, March 15, 2006 (op-ed by Lawrence M. Krauss, professor of physics)
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1142415129292330.xml?ocoth&coll=2

Case Western Reserve University is a wonderful institution with a rich history and significant human resources in faculty, staff and students. Students receive a fine education, and it is a collegial environment for faculty. Over the 12 years that I have been privileged to be a part of the faculty, my colleagues and I have made a determined effort to both raise the profile and level of research and scholarship at the university. Many exciting developments have taken place, and new relationships have been built between formerly divergent parts of the institution. I have little doubt that whatever its current administrative and budgetary turmoil, Case will survive and eventually thrive.

“Special House provides haven for recovering students at Case Western Reserve University”

The Plain Dealer, March 14, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1142329123178790.xml&coll=2

The deliberately anonymous house in Cleveland’s Little Italy is unremarkable from the outside. But what goes on inside is rare. Case Western Reserve University is one of only a handful of colleges nationwide to provide housing specifically for students recovering from substance abuse.

“Case’s Oren, Hammell Honored”

The Plain Dealer, March 15, 2006 (From wire reports)
http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1142415380292330.xml&coll=2

The University Athletic Association has handed out its All-Association basketball honors, and both Case Western Reserve University senior forward Carson Oren and senior guard Amber Hammell were named to the first team.

“Hybrid’ Rocker breaks out”

The Plain Dealer, March 14, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1142329036178790.xml&coll=2

Warren Zanes is, in his own words, “a hybrid character.” When you catch up with him at a downtown Cleveland cafe, this music-loving multitasker is refueling with a cup of coffee and consulting his BlackBerry. He’s vice president of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. And he teaches a rock ‘n’ roll seminar at Case Western Reserve University. And he’s the author of “Dusty in Memphis,” a book loosely inspired by the Dusty Springfield album of the same title.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Colleges Open Minority Aid to All Comers”

New York Times, March 14, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/14/education/14minority.html

Facing threats of litigation and pressure from Washington, colleges and universities nationwide are opening to white students hundreds of thousands of dollars in fellowships, scholarships and other programs previously created for minorities.

“Women and Students at Private Nonprofit Colleges Are Most Likely to Graduate, Federal Report Says”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006031402n.htm (paid subscription required)

Some 35 percent of first-time, full-time college students who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree reach their goal within four years, and 56 percent achieve it within six years, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday.

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EVENTS

Case’s gospel choir, Voices of Glory, presents “Through Hard Trials & Tribulations” on March 25 at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. The performance is a benefit for a family that was displaced to Cleveland after Hurricane Katrina.  Tickets are $7 (CaseCash is accepted), and all proceeds benefit the family. The concert will be comprised of the Voices of Glory, several other choirs, and praise dancers. All donations are welcome. Contact danisa.clarrett@case.edu.

The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit will host Jane Nelson as a guest speaker for the 2005-2006 Colloquium Series on March 21 at 4:30 pm in the George S. Dively Building. Nelson, a senior fellow and director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and director of Business Leadership and Strategy at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), will share her knowledge of the changing role of business in society.  To register visit http://worldbenefit.case.edu/center/colloquiumRegisterNelson.cfm.

On March 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Ford Auditorium, a panel of experts will discuss Asia’s Security Challenges: North Korea, Taiwan, Tibet and South Asia.  The free, public conference, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Asian Studies Program, will include Ambassador Charles Kartman, former executive director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), Alan D. Romberg of the Henry L. Stimson Center, Melvyn C. Goldstein of Case, and Gerlad J. Larson of Indiana University.  The panel of experts also will meet with students from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 25 in Clark Hall 206 (reservations are required for the student session). Complete details at: http://www.case.edu/artsci/asia/AsiasSecurityChallenges.html.

The next “Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture” takes place March 16 at 8 p.m. at the  Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Wade Oval.  The free talk 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.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for Intersections: SOURCE Symposium & Poster Session, April 20, Thwing Center. Lunch provided. Contact sheila.pedigo@case.edu if interested or for more details. 
 
The Staff Advisory Council’s Staff Training and Development Committee is organizing a campus/University Circle tour for new employees for March 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will board a bus at Thwing Center. Space is limited. To register, e-mail sactours@case.edu.

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/.

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.  The next forum is scheduled for March 22 from 4-5 p.m. in Ford Auditorium.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women announces its Graduate Student Award.  Competition for this award, which includes a $500 prize, will be open to women students in graduate programs offered through the School of Graduate Studies. The award is open to both full- and part-time students. Submit an essay of approximately 200 words on the following topic: “What role does gender play in your area of study, either as a category of analysis or among colleagues? Due date is April 8. For submission details, contact the center at x0985.

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.  Deadline for nominations is April 1For more information go to http://www.case.edu/provost/gradstudies/pra.html.

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PERSONNEL

Leslie Graham was recently hired as a technician with the animal resources center.

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ACCOLADES

A new adult education series exploring Medical Ethics: Judaism and End-of-Life Issues, will feature two Case faculty members. Stuart J. Youngner, chairman of the department of bioethics at the School of Medicine, and Jessica Berg, professor of law and bioethics at the School of Law, will join Rabbi Moshe Adler of Beth El–The Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Ave. in Cleveland Heights, for this series that is open to the public. Three programs will be held March 19, April 30, and May 21, from 7-8:30 p.m.  For information or directions, call (216) 320-9667.