In the Case School of Engineering, 63 of 115 engineering faculty have voted by secret ballot on this resolution: Resolved, that the faculty of the Case School of Engineering expresses its strong confidence in Provost John L. Anderson, in his integrity, and in his ability to lead the University as chief academic officer. Of the 63 that voted, 61 members voted in favor of the resolution, one voted against and one abstained.

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Activities for the annual Hudson Relay Weekend are scheduled for April 28 and 29. The 26-mile footrace commemorates Western Reserve College's 1882 move from Hudson, Ohio, to University Circle. It features student, faculty, and alumni teams. For details or to register go to

The deadline for the 2006 Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards is March 29. The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dorothy Pijan in 1982 as a way of recognizing and honoring Case's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. For information go to


"Scientists find skull of human ancestor"

USA Today, March 27, 2006

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man. "A good fossil provides anatomical evidence that allows us to refine our understanding of evolution. A great fossil forces us to re-examine our views of human origins. I believe the Gawis cranium is a great fossil," said Scott Simpson a project paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at Cleveland, Ohio.

"Space station too weighty for NASA?"

Chicago Tribune, March 27, 2006,1,

This Wednesday evening, if all goes according to plan, an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will blast off aboard a Russian rocket headed for the International Space Station, the latest crew in an uninterrupted procession that has kept humans aboard the station for more than five years. "Fifteen or 20 years from now, NASA will have a space station and vehicles to go to Mars and no researchers to answer the questions of what do we do when we get there," said Simon Ostrach, an emeritus professor of engineering at Case Western Reserve University whose former research center is among those losing NASA funding.

"Love affair with lawns has faults, critics say"
Winston-Salem Journal, March 27, 2006

In his new book American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, historian Ted Steinberg joins a chorus of critics who say that America's love affair with greener grass has become a destructive obsession. Steinberg, a historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said he was shocked when he moved to affluent Shaker Heights and saw the extremes his neighbors went to in pursuit of gorgeous grass.

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"Don't Take This Lying Down"

New York Times, March 24, 2006

In 1877, Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, describing what he called his "rest cure" for hysterical women, wrote, "I do not permit the patient to sit up or to sew or write or read. The only action allowed is that needed to clean the teeth." At the end of six weeks to two months of such treatment, he expected that women would be good as new. Doctors in other countries are far less likely to prescribe bed rest. For example, obstetricians in Australia typically monitor pregnancy complications through daily testing at a clinic or, for more serious cases, at prenatal units in hospitals where regular movement is encouraged. Yet 92 percent of American obstetricians prescribe bed rest in some form, according to Judith Maloni, a professor at the Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and one of the few researchers of the phenomenon.

"Dr. Lawrence M. Brass, Leader in Research on Stroke, Is Dead at 49"

The New York Times, March 20, 2006

Dr. Lawrence M. Brass, a Yale neurologist and leader in the field of stroke research who played a major role in linking a common decongestant to a possible increased risk of strokes, died on March 8 at his home in Woodbridge, Conn. He was 49. The study of the decongestant was conducted at Yale in the 1990's and involved an ingredient then used in cold remedies and diet pills, the drug phenylpropanolamine, or PPA. Yale's study was financed by drug companies, but the results, published in 2000 in The New England Journal of Medicine, were startling. The researchers found "a substantially increased risk of stroke among people who had recently used PPA—a risk that was particularly elevated among women who used appetite suppressants," said Dr. Ralph I. Horwitz, an internist and dean of Case Western Reserve University's medical school.

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"Colleges Say SAT Mistakes May Affect Scholarships"

The New York Times, March 26, 2006

At many colleges, the biggest impact of the mistakes made by the College Board in scoring the October SAT will be on eligibility for scholarships, not on admissions decisions, college officials say. "With admissions, the colleges say they are practicing holistic review," said Donald E. Heller, an associate professor of education at Pennsylvania State University and an expert in student financial aid. "But with scholarships, some use flat cutoff points with the SAT score. They say if you score above 1,200 or 1,800 on the SAT, you are eligible for a scholarship. If you don't get that score, you don't get that scholarship."

"Affirmative Action for Men", March 27, 2006

When admissions officers gather to create a freshman class, there is a large elephant in the room, wrote Jennifer Delahunty Britz, in The New York Times last week: the desire to minimize gender imbalance in their classes. Britz, the admissions dean at Kenyon College, wrote that her institution gets far more applications from women than from men and that, as a result, men are more valued applicants.

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The Cleveland Play House (CPH) and Case's joint professional actor's training program presents "The Little Foxes," a drama set in the Old South during the Reconstruction, and features the first-year MFA candidates in the acting program. Performances will be in the Brooks Theatre at CPH on March 29, 30, 31, April 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m. Matinees are scheduled for April 1 and 8 at 4 p.m. and on April 2 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; discounted admission for Case students, faculty and staff is $5. For tickets call (216) 795-7000.

Open Houses for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are scheduled for April 4 from 3-6 p.m. and on May 2 from 3-6 p.m., both at the School of Nursing, first floor lounge. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding nursing, meet faculty, students and staff, and tour the school. For information call x2529 or e-mail

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future will speak tonight at 7 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center. The topic of their lecture will be "Can I Be a Feminist and …Shave, Love My Boyfriend, Make Money, Get Married, Be Pro-Life? " A book-signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. For information, go to

A "Walk for Wellness" is scheduled for noon on April 5. The one-mile course will start at Severance Hall and wind through some of the most scenic areas of campus. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Win a free pedometer and learn about other various walking routes throughout campus. The walk is being arranged by Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing students. For details contact

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The College of Arts and Sciences presents a faculty grant workshop with the Ohio Humanities Council's Jack Shortlidge on March 31 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall-Room 720. The council's mission is to increase Ohioans' appreciation and understanding of the humanities through the council's grantmaking capacity and through programs developed by the council. Shortlidge will discuss the grant programs and answer general questions. A limited number of brief consultations with Shortlidge are available following the workshop. Space is limited, RSVP to

Abstracts for the "Reflecting on 100 Years of Alzheimer's: The Global Impact on Quality of Lives" conference are due by May 15. The conference will be held November 6-7, and is co-sponsored by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For details go to

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A summer session information fair is scheduled for March 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SAGES Cafe. Enter a raffle to win a free summer course in Arts and Sciences and Engineering, Barnes and Noble gift certificates, lunch, and beverages at the SAGES cafe. For information visit

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Weiqun Li recently joined the university as a research associate in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

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C.C. Liu, the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology & Control in chemical engineering and director of the Center for Micro and Nano Processing, and his team won a NASA Turning Goals into Reality (TGIR) 2005 Award.