CAMPUS NEWS

As the season for warm weather approaches, cooling systems are being prepared to be operational by mid April. A major energy conservation project is in the final stages of completion on the chillers that serve the east side of the campus quad buildings, including AW Smith, Strosacker, Rockefeller, Kent Hale Smith, Eldred Theatre, Millis, DeGrace Hall, Clapp Hall, Adelbert Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel. This project will update the chillers with new pumps, variable frequency drives and new valve arrangements which will give the Facilities Department the ability to operate the chillers in a much more efficient manner. If you experience extremely warm conditions in your area, please contact the customer service center for Facility Operations at 368-2580.

Campus Services has introduced Phase I of the NextBus tracking system, which includes installation of GPS online tracking units on the shuttles.  Shuttle times and real-time maps can be viewed at http://shuttle.case.edu. Signs will be installed at certain campus bus shelters in Phase II to alert riders when the next bus will arrive.  Please check the Web site for locations and updates. 

Alumni are invited to compete in the seventh installment of “Campus Markings,” a contest to identify fragments of buildings and other landmarks on the university’s campus. Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 14, and may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy. The contest is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the University in Society. Go to http://www.case.edu/artsci/isus/isushome.htm.  

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Medicine goes mobile: The house call returns”

USA Today, April 4, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-04-03-house-calls_x.htm

Steven Landers wasn't even born when Marcus Welby, M.D., premiered in 1969. Landers, 30, completed his residency in family medicine last June at University Hospitals of Cleveland, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. Landers began making house calls as a resident. "When I thought about becoming a doctor, what I really was excited about was helping sick people who are in need," he says. As he was finishing his residency, his department chair was setting up a primary-care program for elderly homebound patients. Landers eagerly signed up.

“University helps US medicine study”

Wales.com.uk, April 4, 2006
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/
tm_objectid=16899708&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=university-helps-us-medicine-study-name_page.html

University of Glamorgan team has been working with the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, to test and adapt a US version of software designed to minimize dosage errors. It will unveil the results of the work at a research conference - the annual Research ShowCase - in Ohio on Thursday.

“Powerful but legal, hallucinogenic under scrutiny”

USA Today, April 2, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-02-salvia_x.htm

A little-known hallucinogenic leaf that is legal in most of the USA is the target of new calls for a ban after the suicide of a teenager who smoked it. Salvia, a relative of flowering sages enjoyed by many gardeners, is the most powerful natural hallucinogen known — almost as strong as LSD, experts say. Favoring some controls over Salvia is Bryan Roth, director of the Psychoactive Drug Screening Program for the National Institute of Mental Health and from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The federally funded program looks for new treatments for mental illnesses. Roth calls Salvia "the world's most potent natural occurring hallucinogen."

“The Immigration Issue”

WCPN, April 3, 2006
http://www.wcpn.org/podcast/audio/2006/04/0403nine.mp3

John Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University, joins the discussion about the immigration issue. Demonstrations have been bigger, more widespread, and more explosive than probably anybody predicted. The issue is immigration reform. What do you think? Should workers here illegally get an official stamp of approval, if only for a time? Should the borders be further tightened? How should a land built largely by immigrants handle illegal immigration?

“Verdict raises risk for paint companies”

The Plain Dealer, Sunday, April 02, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/business/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/business/1143967329212420.xml&coll=2

Kevin Destefanis wasn't going easily. It would take a lot of convincing before the 37-year-old mail clerk would side with the state in the landmark Rhode Island lead-paint case. He still hears fellow juror Mary McGowan's voice in his sleep. "If it wasn't there," the retired 69-year-old former bookkeeper would say of the lead paint, "we wouldn't have this problem." ...Then the law firm of Ness Motley Loadholt Richardson & Poole - the same firm that wrestled Big Tobacco to the ground and shackled them with a $246 billion settlement - came up with a new strategy. Rather than go after the paint companies with a charge of negligent behavior, which would require product identification, they argued that lead paint in homes was an environmental hazard and that a state could have it declared a "public nuisance." Partner Jack McConnell, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School, proposed the idea to Rhode Island Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, who hired the firm, now known as Motley Rice, on a contingency basis. It would get nearly 17 percent of any monetary award or value of services provided.

“MOCA faces crucial choice”

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1144139562213060.xml&coll=2

It's only April, but if Cleveland had an award for architectural client of the year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland already would be a very strong contender. The museum announced in December that it plans to move from a low-visibility location in Midtown to a spectacular site a mile east in University Circle at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road. The new MOCA will anchor a larger effort by Case Western Reserve University to transform a dead zone of parking lots and drab storefronts into what it is calling an Arts and Retail District.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Much Ado About No Change”

Inside Higher Education, April 4, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/04/ocr

Recent correspondence from the Education Department’s top civil rights official has sparked concern that the agency is backing away from a 2004 policy of investigating anti-Semitism. But the Office for Civil Rights says that nothing is changing. In a letter to the United States Civil Rights Commission, Stephanie Monroe, assistant secretary for civil rights, wrote that “OCR’s statutory framework under Title VI does not provide a basis upon which to exercise jurisdiction over claims solely alleging discrimination on the basis of religion.” Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, OCR can investigate discrimination “on the ground of race, color, or national origin.” But as Monroe notes in her letter, the office “is to refer claims of religious discrimination to the Department of Justice.”

“Study Blames Obstacles, Not Lack of Interest, for Shortage of Black and Hispanic Scientists”

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 4, 2006 (paid subscription required)
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/04/2006040401n.htm

Black and Hispanic students are about as likely as their white and Asian-American peers to enter college interested in majoring in the "STEM" fields -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- but many seem to eventually run into problems that keep them from earning their degrees on time, according to a study released on Monday by the American Council on Education. The study "seems to dispel the commonly held belief that African-American and Hispanic students aren't interested in STEM fields," Eugene L. Anderson, the associate director of the council's Center for Policy Analysis and a co-author of the report, said in a written statement. What is happening instead, the report concludes, is that many such minority students have trouble earning credits at a pace that will enable them to complete college within six years, mainly as a result of inadequate preparation for college and of having to work long hours outside class.

“Sleepless in academe”

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription), April 3, 2006
http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=1144

What with cramming and partying, among other activities, college students have always been skilled in the art of staying up late. TV's, video-game systems, and dorm-room Internet connections make it even easier for them to while away the wee hours. That behavior should raise some red flags, researchers say. A report by the National Sleep Foundation argues that high-school students, too, are being enticed by technology into extended wakefulness. About one in four high-school students nods off in class at least once a week, according to the study. If that's true, it seems likely that college students -- whose all-nighters can go virtually unsupervised -- would be even more inclined to sacrifice sleep for gaming or Web surfing.

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EVENTS

The campus community is invited to attend Flutopia, a free flute studio recital, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on April 5 at Harkness Chapel. The event is an evening of flute music, along with free food and the premiere of the university’s flute choir.

Alpha Phi Omega and Case EMS are sponsoring a Run/Walk on April 8 to benefit the National Marfan Foundation. Marfan Syndrome is a life-threatening connective tissue disorder that affects 1 in 10,000 individuals. The race begins at 11 a.m. To register go to http://apo.case.edu. For more information about Marfan Syndrome visit http://www.marfan.org.

On April 20 the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at the Law School will collaborate with the British Arts and Humanities Research Council Copyright Research Network to sponsor a day-long workshop on Copyright and New Technologies. For details go to http://www.copyright.bbk.ac.uk/contents/workshops/workshoptheme6.shtml.

The Entrepreneurship and Personal Wealth Creation class and Cleveland Risk are sponsoring a day long educational conference beginning at 9 a.m. at the Peter B. Lewis building on April 21. The campus is invited to listen to industry experts discuss issues ranging from business continuity to disaster recovery to corporate compliance.  The cost to attend is $50, and participants can register at http://clevelandrisk.org/.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Nominations are being accepted for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, which recognizes exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty. The Hovorka Prize is conferred at the university’s annual commencement convocation, and includes a monetary award of $5,000. Any member of the university community may submit one or more nominations in letter form, each not to exceed two pages in length.  Correspondence should be e-mailed to lois.langell@case.edu by April 7.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the second Freedom from Smoking Program, offered 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 Tthomas@city.cleveland.oh.us.

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 http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/ and click on "Events."

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FOR STUDENTS

Summer Employment Opportunities are available from June 19-July 14 with the Pre-College Summer Programs.  If you are interested in working with academically talented students in grades 7-12, contact Ana Badillo at 368-6735 or go to http://precollege.case.edu for more information.  

The Graduate Student Senate invites graduate and professional students to participate in any of the three part seminar series, "What every graduate student needs to know about Financial Planning." The seminars will be lead by a Case alum on three Mondays in April (10, 17, 24). For more information go to http://www.case.edu/orgs/gradsenate/FliersToDistribute/FinancialPlanning/FinancialPlanning.pdf.

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PERSONNEL

Michelle Cisz recently joined the university as a research assistant in molecular biology and microbiology.

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ACCOLADES

Rob Davis, assistant director of the BSN Program and a nursing instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was recently awarded the Elizabeth K. Porter Involved Nurse Award from the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association. The award is given each year to members who foster high standards of nursing practice; promote the professional and educational advancement of nurses; and promote the welfare of nurses so that all people may have better nursing care.