Procurement and Distribution Services has implemented a new system for obtaining services from providers who are not Case faculty, staff, or students. All services - from DNA analysis to event photography - should be covered by an Independent Contractor Agreement. For more information, please visit the Independent Contractor page on Procurement and Distribution’s Web site at

For a list of Humanities Week activities – which run through April 8 - go to The keynote speaker for this year’s celebration is author Anne Lamott, who will give the Rose Wohlgemuth Wiesman Women’s Voice Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on April 7 in Amasa Stone Chapel.

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“Inflammation cuts both ways”, April 6, 2006

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have evidence linking chronic inflammation in the prostate to a greater risk of developing prostate cancer. Results of repeat biopsies of prostate tissue over a five-year period from men who had abnormal serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and/or digital rectal examinations (DRE) suggest that chronic inflammation may be a significant risk factor in the development of prostate cancer.

”First link of oral bacteria and preterm birth found in human”

Pregnancy and Baby, April 6, 2006

A 37-year-old-mother, who gave birth to a low-weight preemie at 24 weeks, exhibited the first-found link in a human between bacteria found in the mouth and the amniotic fluid of a woman in preterm labor. Using new DNA finger-printing techniques to find bacteria that cannot be cultured and grown in the lab, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland made the discovery. They report their finding in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology online article, "Transmission of an Uncultivated Bergeyella Strain from the Oral Cavity to the Amniotic Fluid in a Case of Preterm Birth" in the April issue. Yiping Han, the lead researcher and a Case microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Case School of Dental Medicine, has spent approximately three years searching for this link.

“Case developers revealed”

Crain’s Cleveland, April 4, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has revealed its short list of potential developers for a planned arts and retail district on eight acres along Euclid Avenue between the Ford/Euclid/Mayfield intersection and East 115th Street.

“Bed Rest May Not Be Helpful for Threatened Miscarriage”

Medscape, April 6, 2006

“Antepartum bed rest treatment is based on 2 assumptions: that bed rest treatment is (1) effective and (2) safe — ie, has no major adverse effects," Judith A. Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, told Medscape. "There is no evidence for the first assumption, and there is increasing research to support that bed rest has major adverse effects for the mother and possibly for the fetus/infant."

“A lawn to die for”

MacLeans, March 31, 2006

Last week Charles Martin, 66, of Union Township, Ohio, spotted his 15-year-old neighbour Larry Mugrage cutting across his lawn. Martin, who often sat outside the one-storey house where he lived alone, was known around the block for his precisely pruned shrubs and well-groomed grass, of which he was very protective. This Sunday afternoon, the sight of Mugrage trespassing on his way home to pick up a video game was unbearable. He allegedly picked up a .410 shotgun and fired at the teenager, who collapsed on the lawn. He walked up to him and shot again, point-blank, killing him. While such an extreme case of "lawn rage" is rare, there is plenty of evidence connecting compulsive behaviour and the pursuit of the ultimate lawn. "Clearly there is an obsessive dimension to lawn care. Getting the turf to look perfectly manicured and green takes an enormous amount of time and effort," says Ted Steinberg, author of the new book American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn. "There are a lot of people out there who are very concerned with the look of their lawn," says Steinberg, who is also a professor of environmental history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Statement of Jeffrey Mazzella, CFIF Executive Director, on Morgan Spurlock's Appearance at Case Western Reserve University”

PR Newswire, April 5, 2006

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will visit the campus of Case Western Reserve University today speaking at the Fat Food Nation event. In response, Jeffrey Mazzella, Executive Director for the Center for Individual Freedom made this statement: "It's important for Case Western Reserve University students to hear both sides of the story when it comes to Morgan Spurlock and his film Super Size Me. Morgan Spurlock's 30 day eating binge managed only to prove the obvious --that irresponsible behavior has negative consequences.”

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“Blame It on the Faculty”

Inside Higher Education, April 6, 2006

Until now, as the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education has questioned how well colleges teach their students and blasted the higher education accreditation system, college professors have largely remained off the radar, at least of the panel’s public deliberations. That changed Wednesday, as the commission released the latest of its “issue papers” designed to stimulate discussion, including one aimed at identifying “the major factors that induce institutions to spend (and charge) more” and exploring “what’s being done — and can be done — about managing college costs and improving affordability.”

“Student-Loan Debt May Deter College Graduates From Public-Service Careers, Report Says”

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2006 (paid subscription required)

At a time when the government estimates that two million new teachers will be needed in the next decade, the large student-loan debt that college graduates face may deter students from entering public-service careers like teaching and social work, according to a report released on Wednesday by the State Public Interest Research Groups' Higher Education Project. The report, "Paying Back, Not Giving Back: Student Debt's Negative Impact on Public-Service Career Opportunities," identifies the percentage of recent college graduates who would face unmanageable student-loan payments if they become a teacher or a social worker. Twenty-three percent of all four-year public-college graduates and 38 percent of private-college graduates would have too much debt to manage as a starting teacher, according to the report. As starting social workers, 37 percent of public-college and 55 percent of private-college graduates would have burdensome debt.

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LawFLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Case ACLU are hosting the program Marriage: Worth Fighting For, today from 4:30-6 p.m. in room A59 of the Law School. Michael Mitchell, marriage campaign manager for the ACLU LGBT Project, will speak about why marriage is worth fighting for even after gay couples have lost battles at the ballot box.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an Information Session today from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard. 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. To RSVP call 368-6025 or go to

The Cleveland Play House (CPH) and Case’s joint professional actor’s training program presents “The Little Foxes,” in the Brooks Theatre at CPH April 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m. A matinee is scheduled for April 8 at 4 p.m. General admission is $10; discounted admission for Case students, faculty and staff is $5. For tickets call (216) 795-7000. In other theater news, Eldred Theater presents “The Philadelphia Story,” on April 6, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on April 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.

The School of Law will host the annual conference of the Canada-United States Law Institute April 7 and 8. The theme of this year's conference is "Comparative Aspects of Innovation in the United States and Canada." Keynoting the event will be James Blanchard, former U.S. ambassador to Canada and two-term governor of Michigan. The event is open to the public. To register or for more information call Julie Kraus at 368-1798.

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TIAA-CREF Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions are scheduled for April 19 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 209 Crawford. Reservations are required by calling Kay Fulk or Alisia Powell at (877) 209-3138.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) announces the 2007-08 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program Awards Competition. Applicants should submit materials by May 1. Details at or go to

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The SAGES Peer Writing Crew is available almost any day of the week, including evenings and weekends, for appointments to help undergraduates improve their writing. For more information go to, or send an e-mail through to schedule an appointment.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an Open House on April 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Mandel School for those interested in investigating a career in mental health counseling, community development, gerontology, school social work, and a variety of other social work careers. For information call 368-2280.

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Albert De Mell, project coordinator in Construction Administration, will be retiring on April 28 after 34 years of dedicated service to the university.

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Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy, has been asked to serve as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2007-2008. The program selects distinguished scholars from universities in the United States to speak at colleges and universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters throughout the country each year.