The Case Western Reserve University Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting on April 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Thwing Center’s Spartan Room. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning April 19. Participants receive 13 sessions for the price of 12. Pay $144 by cash, check or charge at the April 12 registration meeting. For more details e-mail or call 368-2992 to learn more.

Duane Stewart, who is employed with the university’s custodial services department, lost four of his grandchildren in a Cleveland 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.

Case’s Human Resources is helping to spread the word about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides refunds to qualified taxpayers. Employees with a combined family income of $37,000 or less can file and get their taxes prepared for free at the Peter B. Lewis Building, room 124, April 13 from 4-7 p.m. until. Go to or call 211 to find a free tax center near you. For more details, e-mail, or e-mail

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."


“Alumnus returning to help heal Case”

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2006

When Dr. Gregory Eastwood, Case Western Reserve University's new interim president, steps onto campus this summer, he plans to usher in a period of healing at the fractured university. Eastwood, 65, is a graduate of Case's medical school and a member of the university's board of trus tees. The board announced his appointment Friday. He begins his new job June 2 and is expected to stay at Case for at least a year.

“Interim president 'eager' to aid Case”

Crain’s Cleveland, April 7, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has appointed an interim president to replace Dr. Edward Hundert, who will step down three months earlier than expected. Dr. Gregory Eastwood will begin his temporary job at Case June 2. He has been president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., since January 1993. Dr. Eastwood is a graduate of Case’s medical school and sits on the university’s board of trustees.
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“Nalgene scare isn’t pure science”

The Minnesota Daily, April 10, 2006

Take a look around any given classroom at the University and you will notice a substantial percentage of students have water bottles in a variety of colors and styles on their desks. Many of these are the popular Nalgene brand Lexan polycarbonate bottles, famed for their durability and resistance to holding the flavors and odors of the liquids they hold. About three years ago a researcher at Case Western Reserve University noticed an increase in genetic defects in mice when she cleaned their polycarbonate cages with a harsh detergent. The polycarbonate leached a chemical called bisphenol A, a known component of the material, and supposedly caused chromosomal defects in the lab mice.

“Daniel Badal, 93, psychoanalyst, wrote books on treating depression”

The Plain Dealer, April 9, 2006

Cleveland Heights- Dr. Daniel W. Badal, a psychoanalyst who was equally at ease speaking at scientific conferences or talking on the radio, died Thursday at University Hospitals. He was one of the seven doctors who founded the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospitals and was an associate clinical professor emeritus at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He published more than 30 journal articles and wrote two books.

“Elderly are target of calls for rationing of health care”

Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, April 9, 2006

The figures are dramatic. And the solutions aren't easy.People in the United States 65 or older account for four times more the amount of health care spending than those under that age, according to a 2004 report from the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.And the number of people 65 and older is increasing. But cutting off medical care to the elderly creates "a tremendous moral problem," says Robert Binstock, a political scientist at the Case Western Reserve University Center for Biomedical Ethics. "We assume all people deserve health care. If you start singling out one group described demographically as unworthy of life-saving care, then you have to wonder what group will be next."

“Meet the new boss, better than the old boss”

The Seattle Times, April 9, 2006

After years of toiling away in cubicle obscurity, you've finally caught the eye of the big kahunas in management: You're the new boss of your unit.Your colleagues are now looking to you for direction and leadership. They're counting on you to come up with the big ideas. Some may even expect you to fail. Start off on the right foot with the people you work with by emphasizing that this is a joint effort and that you can't succeed without them, said Diana Bilimoria, associate professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University.

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“What Top Applicants Want”

Inside Higher Education, April 10, 2006

Mother knows better than U.S. News & World Report, according to a survey of top high school students being released today. A survey of 600 students who scored over 1100 on the SAT, half of whom scored at least 1300, found that campus visits, parents — moms more than dads — word of mouth, and college Web sites are more influential information sources for college-bound students than rankings, guidance counselors, and teachers.

“Study Links High-School Quality With Likelihood of Earning a Degree”

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2006

All else being equal, the quality of a student's high school has a significant effect on the student's odds of eventually completing a college degree. That was the conclusion of a study of 4,700 students from 356 high schools that was presented here on Friday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The study's author, Edward B. Reeves, a professor of sociology at Morehead State University, in Kentucky, has waded into a longstanding dispute among social scientists. In a famous and controversial 1966 study, the late sociologist James S. Coleman concluded that particular schools' characteristics had very little impact on students' fates. Almost all of the variance in students' outcomes, Mr. Coleman and his colleagues wrote, could be explained by differences in their social class and family backgrounds.

“Some Parents Letting Children Choose College, and Pay for It”

New York Times, April 10, 2006

Alexandra Baldari and her parents have talked a good deal over the past year about how to pay for her college education, and the upshot is this: If she enrolls at the University of Miami in the fall, she will bear much of the cost, which could total $40,000 or more a year, on her own.

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The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, an undergraduate group on campus, is hosting “Take Back the Night Week” April 10-14.  Events include “Take Back the Night Coffeehouse” on April 10; the Clothesline Project on April 11; “How to Support a Survivor” discussion on April 12; “Take Back the Night Vigil and Social” on April 13; and a benefit for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center on April 14. For a complete schedule, e-mail

Carol Kovac, general manager of IBM Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, will speak on the topic of “Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do” on April 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Nord Hall, room 310A. Faculty and students are invited to RSVP by April 10 to The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NSF-Advance, and the university's Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) program.

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 College Scholars Program is sponsoring “Mythology and Medical Ethics: The Cases of Cloning and Transplants” on April 11 at 4 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. For details go to

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The university has modified its payment terms for standard vendors from Net 30 to Net 45 days. In addition, non Case individuals paid on a "Payment Request" will move from "Pay Immediate" to Net 10 days. The additional days added to the issuance of the check enables the university to retain its funds and draw interest on those funds for this extended time period. Minority owned businesses, female owned businesses and others classified as small business enterprises will remain at a Net 10 day pay. Invoices are paid based on the date of the invoice.  Existing POs and agreements will continue to be paid at the terms issued at the time of the contract or PO.

Human Resources is sponsoring a Supervisory Briefing Session, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, on April 18 from 10-11 a.m. in the School of Law, room A59, and April 20 from 2-3 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building, room 1413.Explore the qualities and competencies it takes to build trusting work relationships, increase energy and effectiveness under pressure. All supervisory staff are expected to attend one of these sessions.

UCITE will sponsor the seminar, “Class participation: how to get maximum participation without coercion,” Tuesday, April 11, from 2:45-4 p.m.  Call 368-1224 or visit

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Paid internship opportunities are available with Summer on the Cuyahoga, which brings together 75-90 students from numerous colleges for an intensive summer program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic, and social offerings of the Cleveland area. For information go to, or contact Marianne Crosley, program coordinator, at or Nicole Ingram, Director of University Alumni Relations, at

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.  Visit for more information, or send an e-mail through to schedule an appointment.

La Alianza will give away 20 FREE TICKETS to the first 20 people with a Case student ID (only one per person) at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 450 Sears Building, for Fiesta Latina.  The event takes place Sunday, April 23, from 6 p.m. to midnight.  After the giveaway, tickets will go on sale and continue until the cultural night.

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The Center for Science and Mathematics Education announces two new staff members. Melissa Rogers started with the center on March 27, while Ana Badillo joined the center on April 3.

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Amanda Perkett, a Case School of Law student, was recently named national director of communications for the International Law Student Association in Washington, D.C.