There will be 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

Staff, students, and faculty members are invited 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 by April 15 at

Activities for the annual Hudson Relay Weekend are scheduled for April 28 and 29, with the race taking place April 29. Classes are currently holding time trials for the teams; if interested come to one of the advertised time trials or contact class officers. This year’s race will include breakfast and a music performance on the Quad by the Rock. The campus community is invited to register teams. For details or to register go to

Tickets for the 34th Annual International Dinner, scheduled for April 8, are going fast. Tickets are on sale in the Office of International Student Services, Sears 210. The cost is $10 for undergraduate students and $15 for all others. For additional information, please call 368-2517. 


“What's wrong with steroids?”

Baltimore Sun, April 2, 2006,0,7900138.story?coll=bal-sports-baseball

At one time, using coaches was prohibited in Olympic sports. Systematic training was frowned upon. They were thought to be against the spirit of the games. Now performance-enhancing drugs are prohibited in Olympic and most other sports, essentially for the same reason. Few ask a fundamental question: Does banning such drugs make any more sense than the erstwhile ban on coaching? Certainly Game of Shadows does not ask. Its writing rests on the premise that using these drugs is a bad thing. But to many who study the field, the answer is not at all clear. "From what I can tell, athletes have always used this stuff," says Maxwell Mehlman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“The Nuisance That May Cost Billions”

Wilmington Morning Star (New York Times story), April 3, 2006

On a frigid night in January, lawyers for four of the nation's largest paint manufacturers gathered in a rented office space in downtown Providence, R.I., to strategize on how to counter contentions that their clients were to blame for the state's decades-old lead-contamination problem. But four weeks after the paint companies' lawyers decided not to mount a defense in this case, six jurors filed into Rhode Island Superior Court and declared that three of the four companies on trial Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings were indeed liable for Rhode Island's lead-paint problem. Even though the companies had not sold lead paint, Spencer Neth, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland who specializes in product liability law, offers an explanation about the possible origins of the lead-based paints.

“Challenges await Case in search for president”

The Plain Dealer, April 2, 2006-04-03

Wanted: A visionary with a proven fund-raising record and exceptional leadership skills who is willing to heal a fractured university community. The successful candidate must be a superior scholar, a charismatic orator and possess a superb ability to interact effectively with a variety of constituents. Position: President of Case Western Reserve University.

“Lawn and order”

OC Register (New York Times story), April 3, 2006

A couple of years ago, a homeowner in Seattle decided to take extreme action against the moles that had turned his lawn into a complex network of raised grassy veins. He poured gasoline into the mole holes, tossed a match and incinerated his yard. The often-crazed love affair between Americans and their lawns is Ted Steinberg's subject in "American Green." Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, likens this relationship, and the insane pursuit of lawn perfection, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he may very well be right.

“Radio voice likes air about these Indians”

The Plain Dealer, April 3, 2006

Saturday's Sergei Liakhovich-Lamon Brewster heavyweight title fight at the Wolstein Center, televised nationally by Showtime, was a Cleveland homecoming for telecast executive producer David Dinkins Jr. (a Case Western Reserve University grad) and blow-by-blow announcer Steve Albert (a Kent State grad and former Cleveland Crusaders hockey announcer).

“Down-and-out hotel set for new life of luxury”

The Plain Dealer, April 2, 2006

A University Circle address will return to its old grandeur with a $28.5 million historic renovation, introducing the first upscale housing in decades to the neighborhood. The Finch Group and City Architecture will turn Park Lane Villa, overlooking Rockefeller Park, into luxury apartments. Interior demolition is to begin this week. Finch plans a high-technology green building with 96 large one-, two- and three-bedroom units renting from $1,000 to $2,200. A 24-hour concierge/guard service will serve residents. The two-story ballroom will be primed for a local restaurant. Finch is betting on the creation of thousands of jobs when University Circle institutions expand. An example is the West Quad biomedical research center and campus planned by Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University Hospitals Health System.

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“Fresh Approach to Accountability”

Inside Higher Education, April 3, 2006

An association of public research universities is studying the possibility of creating a new, voluntary system to define and measure the outcomes of undergraduate education, in a way that would allow for public comparisons of similar institutions. The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges — a group of more than 200 public research universities, including flagship institutions in every state — is floating this idea as a federal panel on the future of higher education has become increasingly critical of the way the government and colleges assure their quality.

“What Drives Parents Crazy?”

Insider Higher Education, April 3, 2006

Marion Franck writes: When my children were applying to college three and six years ago, I sputtered and railed against the College Board, which seemed to talk to my children like a scolding grandparent. Don’t know where you’re applying at test time? No free score reports for you. Want scores forwarded promptly? Costs extra. Think you’re ready for the test? Better buy one more manual from us. This was Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma with big teeth. I’m over that now. The College Board has softened some policies and offered free guidance, but more to the point, my kids are settled in college. The college application process would be out of my life entirely, except that I was asked to help write a book on the subject. Because of that project, I’m still curious. What bugs parents now?

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On April 4, the Schubert Center for Child Development will host a lecture by Rob Fischer, “Assessing the Effects of a Community-Wide Initiative on Early Childhood,” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Clark Hall room 206. Michelle Katona, director of Invest in Children, will discuss the policy implications of Fischer’s work. For more information call 368-0540 or e-mail

The campus community is invited to participate in the “Walk for Wellness” 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. The walk is being arranged by Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing students. For details contact

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an Information Session on April 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Learn from a panel of Mandel Center alumni about working in the nonprofit sector, the types of jobs available, and how a Mandel Center degree or certificate can impact your career in this field. Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance will be discussed. To RSVP call 368-6025 or go to

Prominent thought leader and author, C.K. Prahalad, who has advanced the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) strategy taking hold within global corporate management circles, will speak on April 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the George S. Dively Center. He will share his forward-looking BOP strategy as a guest speaker of the 2005-2006 B•A•W•B Colloquium Series. The event is free, but registration is required at

Jessie Hill, assistant professor and assistant director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Case School of Law, will give a presentation entitled Reproductive Rights: South Dakota and Abortion on April 18 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in room 320 BC at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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Faculty and staff are invited to attend the second Freedom from Smoking Program, beginning April 5. This eight-week cessation class, designed by the American Lung Association and sponsored by the Cleveland Department of Public Health, will meet in Adelbert Hall. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail

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Navigators, a Christian-based campus group, invites students and the rest of the campus to 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 the Invisible Children Organization will host a question and answer session afterward. For details about the organization go to

Greek Week activities run through April 9. For information go to

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Sivakumaran Arumugam recently joined the university as a research associate in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics.

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Kathleen Farkas, an associate professor with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been named a consulting editor for The Clinical Supervisor, a journal of supervision in psychotherapy and mental health services.