CAMPUS NEWS

The Energy Advisory Committeeis hosting several events in April to celebrate Case's commitment to enhancing campus programs for energy conservation, recycling and campus sustainability. Sustain-a-paloozascheduled for April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Adelbert Gym—is the main event, highlighting what Case and others in Cleveland are doing to create a more sustainable environment on campus and in the area. A central component of the event will be spotlighting faculty and student work and research. The committee is requesting posters or exhibit submissions on topics such as energy, the environment, and sustainable development. For information contact the Energy Advisory Committee by April 7 at energyconservation@case.edu, or go to http://www.case.edu/news/energy.

The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University has adopted a statement of support for the university. To read the full statement, go to http://blog.case.edu/casepoint/2006/03/27/statement_of_support_for_case_western_reserve_university.

The fourth annual Research ShowCASE will be held April 5 and 6 in the Veale Convocation Center. Research ShowCASE is a free, public exhibit celebrating the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research and scholarship being conducted at Case and its affiliated hospitals. For additional information go to http://showcase.case.edu.

Due to a medical emergency, Judge Greg Mathis will not be speaking at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Unity Banquet tonight. Jim Chones, who played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was an analyst for the team, will give the keynote address. For information call 368-2904.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Clinic gets $13.25 million to study blood clots' causes”

The Plain Dealer, March 31, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1143797413250490.xml&coll=2

The Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute has received a $13.25 million grant to study the cellular, genetic and molecular causes of blood clots, which play a role in heart attacks and strokes. Project leaders include Edward Plow, Thomas McIntyre and Dr. Kandice Marchant at the Clinic, as well as Drs. Eric Topol and Keith McCrae at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“Clinic gets $13M grant”

Crain’s Cleveland, March 30, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060330/FREE/
60330003&SearchID=73240058781139

The Cleveland Clinic has received a $13.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the molecular causes of blood clots. Dr. Roy Silverstein, chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and vice chairman of translational research at the Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, is heading up the research team, which also will work with researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

“Book tells history of children with disabilities”

ABC7Chicago.com, March 30, 2006
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=community&id=4039062

Studies on children with different disabilities have been conducted by a number of professionals, but very little has been written about the history and culture of children. Capturing the history of disability from children's perspective is not easy. The authors of "Children with Disabilities in America" were able to put it all together. "We find it's often necessary to do that by talking to adults with disabilities and looking at the past, instead of combing records which really tells you more about the educators, the physicians, than they do for children themselves," said co-author Philip Safford, an adjunct professor of psychology and associate director of teacher licensure at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Another Way Out”

Inside Higher Education, March 23, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/23/alfred

Last fall, faculty leaders and top administrators at the State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred were on a collision course that is all too familiar on campuses these days. President Uma G. Gupta and the chairman of the Faculty Senate hadn’t spoken in months, and the faculty, which widely viewed Gupta as a domineering leader who either ignored or punished dissenters, prepared to vote “no confidence” in her. Good rarely comes from such votes, as recent conflicts at Harvard and Case Western Reserve Universities show.

“Scientists Offer Up Their Unified Theories of 'Everything'”

New York Sun, March 31, 2006
http://www.nysun.com/article/30166

More than 1,200 people jammed the American Museum of Natural History's LeFrak Theater Wednesday night to hear a panel of cosmologists, astrophysicists and an astronomer try to arrive at a unified theory of everything - sometimes called String Theory - at the 6th annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Panel Debate. The audience was a mixed group of teachers, students, science buffs, science-fiction fans, oddballs, museum members and sponsors, who had gathered to hear some of today's thorniest scientific notions thrashed out. Next came Michio Kaku of the City College of New York, spinning an elegant theory of a "multiverse," which he likened to a bubble bath in which each bubble is a separate universe. Harvard's Lisa Randall, a particle physicist, launched her theory of extra dimensions, while Lawrence Krauss, of Case Western Reserve University, remarked that another dimension could be a mere millimeter away, and we don't know it.

Symposium explains Parthenon’s structural oddities, sculptural secrets

Nashville City Paper, March 31, 2006
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=12&screen=news&news_id=48851

A closer look at the façade of Centennial Park’s Parthenon will reveal that the columns do not stand exactly vertical but instead all lean inward slightly, said Parthenon Director Wesley Paine. The temple’s horizontal lines curve slightly, and the columns, which appear to taper off evenly in width from bottom to top, are actually widest in diameter about a third of the way. The symposium’s panel will feature Dr. Lothar Haselberger from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Barbara Barletta from the University of Florida and Case Western Reserve University’s Dr. Jenifer Neils, who will detail Parthenon’s architectural secrets and the meanings behind the sculptures embedded into the temple’s exterior decoration.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Dropping a Bomb on Accreditation”
Inside Higher Education, March 31, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/31/accredit

In its first six months of operation, the Education Department’s higher education commission has been best known — and most feared in academe — for some off-handed comments from the panel’s chairman about the need for more evidence that college students are actually learning something. Many academic leaders took that to mean that the panel planned a national standardized test for higher education — an idea that the chairman, Charles Miller, has repeatedly insisted is a misinterpretation. Now the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education has a new target: higher education’s longstanding, little understood, and much-maligned system of regional accreditation.

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New York Times, March 31, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/education/31chatter.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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“U.S. House Approves Higher-Education Bill With Concessions to Colleges”

Chronicle of Higher Education, March 31, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006033101n.htm (paid subscription required)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve a sweeping piece of legislation that would set federal higher-education policy for the next six years. But, to win support for the measure, the leader of the education committee in the House agreed to make significant changes to the bill, including softening provisions that were designed to crack down on colleges that increase their prices too much. The bill to renew the Higher Education Act, which Congress has been working on for three years, was approved by the House, 221 to 199. The vote split mostly along party lines. Republican leaders in the Senate hope to bring their version of the bill to the Senate floor as early as April.

 

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EVENTS

Navigators, a Christian-based campus group, is sponsoring a free showing of a documentary entitled “Invisible Children" on April 3 in Strosacker Auditorium at 8 p.m. The film is comprised of footage shot by three Americans during their visit to Northern Uganda, and centers on the kidnapping of children by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Members of Navigators will be on hand, and members of the Invisible Children Organization will host a question and answer session afterward. For details about the organization go to http://www.invisiblechildren.com.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an open house for prospective students on April 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about degree programs, talk with faculty from the various academic departments, ask questions of current students and alumni and meet admission personnel. For information contact the admissions office at 368-2030.

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. Performances will be in the Brooks Theatre at CPH tonight, April 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8th at 8 p.m. Matinees are scheduled for April 1 and 8th at 4 p.m. and on April 2 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; discounted admission for Case students, faculty and staff are $5. For tickets call (216) 795-7000.

The Russian Club invites the university community to a Ukrainian Easter Egg painting demonstration today from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. in Guilford House 323 with Linda Hupert, a master artist in the art of Ukrainian egg decorating.

“Groundhog Day” screenwriter Danny Rubin will speak on April 4 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall room 206. He will discuss screenwriting, Hollywood, and the creative process, and will take audience questions. Go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/engl/filmstudies/dannyrubin.html.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Procurement and Distribution Services has updated the University's "Terms and Conditions" which apply to the acquisition of goods and services obtained on an University Purchase Order (PO). The updated "Terms and Conditions" are effective April 1. For information go to http://www.case.edu/finadmin/matsupp/procurement/terms_conditions.html.

You are invited to attend a Staff Forum regarding the Academic Strategic Plan (ASP) on April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. Provost John Anderson and members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee will participate in a discussion of the planning process and a review of a preliminary draft of a statement of university-wide goals for the coming five years. Provost Anderson will give a brief overview followed by a question and answer session. The draft will be available for viewing on April 3 via the ASP Web site http://www.case.edu/provost/asp/index.html.

"Alcohol and the Family," presented by University Counseling Services, is scheduled for April 4 in Nord Hall, room 310, from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Wellness Initiative.

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FOR STUDENTS

The deadline for Springfest booth applications has been extended to today at 5 p.m. E-mail mitchell.cooper@case.edu to obtain a copy of the application or for information. Applications can be submitted electronically or turned in at the University Program Board Office in Thwing Center. All campus organizations and departments are eligible to sponsor a booth at Springfest.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an open house for graduating students with liberal arts degrees. Learn more about the Master of Science in Management degree, a two-semester program designed to provide entry-level management and business skills to recent graduates with no prior business coursework. The open house is on April 5 at 5 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 118.  Go to http://weatherhead.case.edu/msm/, or e-mail cassie.solis@case.edu to RSVP.

La Alianza is hosting its Pre-Fiesta Dance Party on April 1 at The Spot, beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy free Hispanic food, music and dancing. 

The Footlighters—the student-run musical theater organization—will stage Footloose, the musical version of the pop hit movie from the 1980s, in the Thwing Ballroom tonight at 8 p.m., and April 1 at 8 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $5. More information can be found at http://footlighters.case.edu.

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PERSONNEL

Irene Panagopoulos was recently hired as a research assistant in the imaging resource center.

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ACCOLADES

Merle “Terry” Hokenstad, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was recently elected into Columbia University’s School of Social Work Hall of Fame.