The Kelvin Smith Library announces the launch of Ask a Librarian on the Case Forum at The library reference staff is ready to answer any research related questions posted by students, faculty and staff on campus. Also check out the KSL Reference blog at

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Current events and other topics are discussed during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch gatherings. Most talks are to meet in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Several community organizations are requesting involvement from the campus community. On April 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m., The Cleveland Family Fitness Walk, which celebrates Minority Health Month, kicks off at Tower City. For registration details call (216) 231-7700 x1040. Also on April 1, the All Fool's Day Fete takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Murray Hill Galleries, 2026 Murray Hill Road. The event benefits several community members who need assistance. For ticket information go to On April 28, International Partners in Mission is hosting its annual International Women's Day event, benefiting its community-based projects in 25 countries. For ticket information go to


"Case squeezing medical school, dean says"

The Plain Dealer, Friday, March 24, 2006

Less than a week after Case Western Reserve University President Edward Hundert abruptly resigned, the medical school's dean chastised the administration for undercutting pledged investments in the medical school and advised faculty and staff members of impending spending cuts. In an eight-page e-mail sent Monday, Dr. Ralph Horwitz said the medical school will continue to make strategic investments but will take steps to reduce expenses in its administrative and academic units and defer or eliminate projects that are not critical to the school's mission or linked to faculty recruitment.

"Foundation grants to help opera, institute, land trusts"

The Plain Dealer, Friday, March 24, 2006

Money awarded this week by the Cleveland and George Gund foundations will help a wide range of causes from creating community leaders, to sustaining local opera. The Cleveland Foundation announced $7.5 million in grants and low-interest loans this week at the first of four annual board meetings. The George Gund Foundation awarded 60 grants totaling $3.2 million…$313,000 from the Cleveland Foundation to help launch a program for students planning careers in bioethics. The grant will help the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics pay for a 2007 class of five fellows. The joint project of the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center will explore ethical questions related to stem cell research, implants, medical innovations and more.

"Franklin's Kane earns conference MVP honors", March 23, 2006

Case Western Reserve senior midfielder Cara Stepanczuk (Homewood-Flossmoor) was named second team Academic All-District IV by ESPN The Magazine.

"Sleeping Poorly While Pregnant May Not Be 'Normal'"

JAMA, March 22, 2006

Most women report mild and short-lived postpartum blues in the first 2 weeks or so after delivery. Those reporting high fatigue on a standard checklist at day 14, however, are more apt to develop symptoms of postpartum depression than those with lower fatigue scores, Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, found in a study of 42 mothers of singletons (Corwin E et al. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005;34:577-586). The effects of fatigue may be even greater for parents of twins. "Mothers of singletons may be able to nap while the baby naps, but mothers of twins rarely have that opportunity," observed Elizabeth Damato, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University's School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio.

"Boomers rock, but..."

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2006

Case Western Reserve University undergraduates Elizabeth Kirocofe and Neil Ursic participated in a roundtable discussion about the baby boomers and reflected on their contributions and legacy.

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"Upping the Ante"

Inside Higher Education, March 24, 2006

The University of Pennsylvania announced Thursday that it would pay for tuition, room and board for all students from families with incomes of up to $50,000. In topping similar aid commitments from wealthier universities, Penn may set off competition among leading institutions that could benefit low-income students and might attract more of them to enroll at institutions they may have considered too expensive in the past.

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Tickets for the 34th Annual International Dinner will go on sale March 27 in the Office of International Student Services, Sears Building Room 210. Ticket prices are $10 for undergraduate students and $15 for all others. No tickets will be sold at the door. For additional information call x2517.

Eldred Theater presents "The Philadelphia Story," on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinées on April 2 and 9 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and University personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket information call x6262.

Neurobiologist Lily Jan from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will speak on "Structure-function Relationship of Potassium Channels" on March 29 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the School of Medicine, Room E401, and on "Regulation of Potassium Channel Function" on March 30 from 4-5 p.m. in BRB room 105. For details contact the ACES Program at x8860.

The 2nd Annual Case School of Medicine New Faculty Symposium takes place April 21 in Wolstein Auditorium. Hear presentations on the research activities by the school's newest faculty. Speakers will be from the school, MetroHealth Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University Hospitals. Register online to attend and submit posters by April 14 at

Tonight's Faculty Voice Recital features Marla Berg—March 24, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. For a full list of department of music events, go to

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"Alert for Diabetes" presented by the American Diabetes Association takes place in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall, from 12-1 p.m. on March 28. Sponsored by the Wellness Initiative.

Joseph Fagan, the Lucy Adams Leffingwell professor, will again offer his workshop on grant preparation this summer. The class is open to both faculty and advanced graduate students. Classes run June 6 through July 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:20 p.m. in Mather Memorial Room 143. For information, contact

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UTURK (Union of Turkish Students at Case) is presenting a free showing of the Turkish movie "Fasulye" (Beans) with English subtitles at 5 p.m. on March 26 in Clapp Hall. For details go to

Tau Beta Pi, Case's Engineering Honors Society, is holding its annual "Pi Mile Run" 5K run/ walk on March 25. The 3.141592 mile race takes place on the Case Quad in front of Nord Engineering Building with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the race starting at 10 a.m. The proceeds from this event benefit Engineers without Borders. For information and to register online, go to

Events for the Community Hour—Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.—are listed at

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, and all proceeds benefit the family. Contact

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Kristie Echols recently joined the university as a department assistant in the hematology/oncology department.

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Alexis Abramson, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a $20,000 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) supplement from the National Science Foundation to develop modules to teach high school students about nanotechnology. Abramson, along with other collaborators, is developing the Nanopedia, a Web-based multimedia and interactive electric resource on nanotechnology.