The Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University announced today that it has elected Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood to become interim president of the university effective June 2, 2006. Eastwood has been president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, since January 1993. The full story is at

Duane Stewart, who is employed with the university’s custodial services department, lost four of his grandchildren in an apartment fire this week. Contributions to help the family with funeral expenses can be made to the Hayes Children’s Memorial Fund at any Chase bank branch.


“F.D.A. Plans to Intensify Oversight of Heart Devices”

New York Times, April 7, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration plans to strengthen how it monitors critical heart devices like defibrillators by appointing outside medical experts to help it review the safety of units already on the market, a top agency official says. The F.D.A, Guidant and other manufacturers of heart devices, like Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, have been involved in developing the forthcoming proposals. The chairman of the task force, Dr. Mark D. Carlson of Case Western Reserve University, declined to comment on the group's recommendations, saying they were still being completed. In separate interviews, several other cardiologists on the task force also declined to comment, but they added that the group was strongly considering recommending that companies create independent safety boards.

“Rock Hall series will spotlight Orbison”

The Plain Dealer, April 7, 2006

Roy Orbison has been chosen as the honoree for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 11th annual American Music Masters series in early November. The Rock Hall's weeklong salute to Orbison will include an academic symposium at Case Western Reserve University and an all-star tribute concert. Zanes hopes to involve not only rock 'n' rollers in the show, but country artists and possibly a string section, too.

“Doctor attacks bugs that attack kids”

CNN, April 6, 2006

Dr. Blaise L. Congeni has always been in a hurry. He started medical school before he finished college and then compressed four years of medical education into three years of concentrated study. He did all this so that he could pursue a goal that came to him when he was a 10th-grader watching a movie. During residency training he became intrigued by the study of pediatric infectious diseases, specifically meningitis, a serious infection that spreads quickly and can lead to permanent disability or death. He applied to a fellowship program at Metropolitan General Hospital in Cleveland, now known as Metro General. It is one of the teaching hospitals of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is one of a handful of hospitals that offer advanced training in pediatric infectious diseases.

“Guest worker proposals divide America's unions”

The Plain Dealer, Thursday, April 06, 2006

As Congress wrestles with sharply different ideas for revamping U.S. immigration laws, the labor movement also is split on a key aspect of a proposal before the Senate. While major unions agree that illegal immigrants already working here should be given a chance to earn citizenship, they differ on how Congress should treat future immigrant workers. The AFL-CIO has sharply criticized a proposal adopted last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would set up an expanded guest worker program allowing some 400,000 foreigners to work in jobs that no U.S. workers want. .. SEIU's position is not shared, however, by all its partners in "Change to Win" - a federation formed after the break from the AFL-CIO. Carole Florman, spokeswoman for Change to Win, said the coalition hasn't taken a position on the guest worker plan because "there is some difference between the affiliates." ...The split is not surprising, said Paul Gerhart, a professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. The labor movement, he said, "has always been very decentralized. Each individual union has been very interested in the welfare of its own members."

“Does America merit a failing science grade?”, April 2, 2006

The warning signs are there. Studies show that American students have lost footing in science subjects, scoring below their peers in many industrial nations. The NWOSEF, held annually at Northwest State Community College since the 1970s, is planned and organized by a group of teachers, parents, and past regional participants who have formed a non-profit corporation to conduct the event. The fair is an affiliate of Science Service Inc. of Washington, D.C., the managing organization for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. “Science fairs are tough for schools because they take a lot of time,” Hagen acknowledged. “A lot of the larger schools in this area don’t even have them. But the experiences of the kids are fantastic. I learned more from participating in science fairs than anything in high school or college.” The same goes for Hagen’s oldest son,David, currently a sophomore biochemistry major at Case Western Reserve University.

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“Duke Grappling With Impact of Scandal on Its Reputation”

New York Times, April 7, 2006

Duke University is widely considered one of the great success stories in higher education, having transformed itself from a respected regional university with a history of segregation into a selective research university on a par with the country's most elite institutions. But now as university officials grapple with accusations that three white members of the lacrosse team sexually assaulted a black woman, officials fear that the events could affect how many recently accepted students — particularly women and blacks — will enroll. They have scoured the e-mail messages that roughly 600 alumni have sent to monitor opinion. And they say they worry that everything they have accomplished across several decades could be at risk.

“Most High-School Dropouts Go Back to School, but Few Earn a College Degree, Study Finds”

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2006 (paid subscription required)

Although national dropout rates among high-school students are high, the dropouts are remarkably persistent in attempts to resume their education later, according to a report released on Thursday. The report, prepared by Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based advocacy group, counters the popular perception that dropouts, who account for nearly 20 percent of all high-school students, lack motivation and do not value education.

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Academic Careers for Engineering and Science (ACES), along with the department of political science, invites the campus to a talk featuring  Margaret Weir, a professor of political science and sociology at University of California at Berkeley, on April 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall room 309. The talk will focus on prospects for policies that seek growth with equity for Cleveland and other metropolitan regions.  For details go to

The university is hosting a conference, “Vaccine Production: Potential Engineering Approaches to a Pandemic,” on April 10 and 11. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, the conference will examine the medical and engineering challenges of manufacturing enough vaccine to stem an influenza pandemic. Speakers will include representatives from the World Health Organization, the Food and Drug Administration, and several major pharmaceutical companies. The conference is closed to the public but can be viewed on the web by going to and clicking on "webcast."

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 information at 368-2280.

The next Chapel, Court & Countryside event will feature Cecilia's Circle performing a concert entitled “Pious and Profane: The Female Figure in Music 1600-1850,” on April 8, 7:30 p.m., at Harkness Chapel. For ticket information go to

Prominent thought leader and author, C.K. Prahalad, has significantly advanced the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) strategy taking hold within global corporate management circles.  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

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Vanguard Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and 26 in 209 Crawford. To schedule a one-on-one, call 1-800-662-0106 Ext. 14500, or register online at

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 now effective. For information go to

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The Case Cycling Club is sponsoring its Spring Bicycle Tune-up on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KSL Oval.  Whether you need your tires filled, your chain lubed, or your gears or brakes adjusted, the club can do full tune-ups or quick fixes for reasonable prices. All profits go to operational costs of running the sports club. For more information contact the club’s president,

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. The race begins at 11 a.m. To register go to For more information about Marfan Syndrome visit Case EMS will offer free blood pressure screenings at the end of the race.

Events for the spring Community Hour - Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. - are listed at

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Carol Highsmith was recently hired as an accounting clerk in the department of dermatology/otolaryngology.

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Bernadette Clemens, assistant director of Presidential Programs, is featured in The Beck Center's production of “Mrs. Warren's Profession.” Her performance received a good review in the April 4 edition of the Plain Dealer. To read the review, go to