If you have benefited from the existence or services of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the staff would like to hear about your experience and pass the information on to benefactors. Contact the center at 368-0985.

Case’s Human Resources is helping to spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides refunds to qualified taxpayers. Employees with a combined family income of $37,000 or less can file and get their taxes prepared for free at the Peter B. Lewis Building, room 124, every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. until April 13. Go to or call 211 to find a free tax center near you. For more details, e-mail, or e-mail

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 or call 368-1904.


“A boost for University Circle”

The Plain Dealer, March 28, 2006

Charter One will pour $150 million in low-interest loans and grants into University Circle and its environs over the next three years to add sparkle to Cleveland's cultural and institutional gem while revitalizing the tarnished neighborhoods nearby. Charter One and its partners, including Case Western Reserve University and nonprofit groups University Circle Inc. and Neighborhood Progress Inc., will officially unveil the program today.

“Grandparenting: Pros and cons of foreign adoptions”

Daily News Tribune, March 28, 2006

Victor Groza from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences responds to a question from a potential grandmother about the pros and cons of foreign adoptions.

“Commencement Speakers”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 28, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Case Western Reserve University has invited Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to give the Commencement speech on May 21.

‘"Missing link" human skull found in Africa; scientists say’

Kazinform, Kazakhstan, March 28, 2006

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans. The face and cranium of the fossil have features found in both early and modern human species. The skull is believed to be between 250,000 and 500,000 years old. "[This skull shows] the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio; Kazinform cites Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News.

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“NASA announces lift-off, budget cuts”

Malaysia Sun, Malaysia, March 28, 2006

The 13th crew of the International Space Station was set to lift off Wednesday aboard a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan. During their 6-month mission, Expedition 13 Cmdr. Pavel Vinogradov of Russia and NASA ISS science officer Jeffrey Williams of the United States will be joined by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter. His arrival will restore the station crew to three members for the first time since May 2003. To help cover the cost of completing the ISS, NASA is cutting its science budget by more than $3 billion, The Chicago Tribune reported, as well as canceling numerous ISS experiments that had been planned to help future astronauts survive long-duration space flights to the moon, Mars and beyond. The agency is also eliminating funding for hundreds of university researchers across the nation. One critic of the budget slashing, Simon Ostrach, an emeritus professor of engineering at Case Western Reserve University, told the Tribune, 15 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 we do when we get there.

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“Adoptions: New focus on size of families”

The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2006

It was early September when the ugly story flew out of Huron County and landed in newspapers with a thud. In their secluded Wakeman home, Michael and Sharen Gravelle made some of their 11 children sleep in cages with no blankets or pillows; the doors were set with alarms to signal when they were opened. The adopted children, ages 1 to 14, have special needs, including Down syndrome, autism and HIV infection. A call for changes in adoptions of large numbers of children has resulted. But saying no can be hard because of pressure to find adoptive and foster care families, said Victor Groza, a Case Western Reserve University social work professor. "Sometimes the pressure is so intense that it leads workers to make decisions that aren't carefully evaluated enough."

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“Company's Assertion of Patent Rights to Campus-Card Technology Could Have Widespread Implications”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 28, 2006 (paid subscription required)

The holder of a patent that covers the transfer of funds between networks via the Internet has alerted several colleges and universities that their campus identification cards may use technology that infringes upon the company's rights. JSA Technologies, which received the patent in October 2005, says it recently sent letters to about 10 to 15 colleges that have developed their own technology for moving money from a bank account to a campus card. Students use such cards for a variety of activities, like gaining entry to a building or paying for goods and services both on and off the campus.

“College Searches Gone Wild”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 28, 2006 (paid subscription required)

As students pitch themselves to more colleges than ever before, the unprecedented surge of applications gives admissions officers headaches.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Bioethics and the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is co-sponsoring its Annual Invited Lecture on Ethics and HIV/AIDS & Conversation in Bioethics on March 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at the School of Medicine, Room E-501. The speaker is Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University, who will speak on "Global Justice and Human Rights in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic." RSVP to, or by calling 368-6196.

The Mather Spotlight Series on Women’s Scholarship will feature Kathleen Farkas presenting “Conducting Research with Women in Jail” on April 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Guilford Parlor. Farkas, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, works with incarcerated and ex-offender substance abusing women through Women's Re-Entry Network (WREN) and the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center. For information, contact the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at 368-0985.

Eldred Theater presents “The Philadelphia Story,” on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees 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 368-6262.

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UCITE is presenting a series of seminars in April for faculty on strategies for successfully running seminar classes. The series will cover four different topics, and each one will be repeated once on a different day and time. These sessions are open to all faculty and are especially appropriate for faculty teaching SAGES seminars. For class topics, dates and registration, go to and click on "Events."

"Maintain Your Brain" presented by Home Instead Senior Care, takes place in 1 Adelbert Hall from 12-1 p.m. on March 30. Sponsored by the Wellness Initiative.

"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.

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T.J. Jourian, cast member of the reality television show "TransGeneration," will be in attendance at the Mandel School tonight from 6-9 p.m. in MSASS 320A. "TransGeneration," a Sundance channel original series, followed the lives of four transgender college students across the United States and won critical acclaim from LGBT and non-LGBT media critics alike. MSASS will be screening the 90-minute version of the show, followed by a meet and greet with Jourian. The event will count for professional development hours for MSASS students.

The university bookstore carries a variety of items for students’ graduation needs. The bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday the week prior to commencement (May 15 through 19). Commencement weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21.

University Counseling Services offers several support groups, educational programs and walk-in clinics for students.  For information on these offerings visit

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Patrick Lyons recently joined the university as a department assistant in the ophthalmology department.

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An article co-authored by John Lewandowski, Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in materials science and engineering and director of the Mechanical Characterization Facility, was selected as an “Editor’s Choice” in the Jan. 13, 2006, issue of Science (Vol. 311, Issue 5758, Pages 141-247). Lewandowski’s co-author is a professor at the University of Cambridge in England.