CAMPUS NEWS

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 using the form at http://www.case.edu/president/sac/presawardnom_2006.pdf.

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 A.W. 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. If you experience extremely warm conditions in your area, please contact the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations at 368-2580.

Get free tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and enjoy a free concert at the House of Blues when you register to walk on the Case team being assembled for the Northeast Conference for Community and Justice’s Walk as One—Rock as One diversity walk on May 6 at the Rock Hall. Go to
http://www.nccj-northernohio.org/walkasone.asp

CASE IN THE NEWS

Pressure mounts for Linsalata in Case search

Crain's Cleveland Business (paid subscription required), April 10, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article
AID=/20060410/SUB/604100317&SearchID=73241239097022

As chairman, CEO and partner of Linsalata Capital Partners, Mr. Linsalata has made it his business to buy companies that will provide robust returns to shareholders when he sells them a few years later. With returns ranging from 20 percent to more than 100 percent, Mr. Linsalata is good at what he does. Now, Mr. Linsalata's selection skills are again being put to the test. This time, his abilities will do something other than make money for wealthy investors — they will help set the direction for the region's leading university.

“By putting his plans aside so he can lend Case a guiding hand, trustee Eastwood offers experience, leadership and composure”

The Plain Dealer, April 11, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/politics/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/
opinion/1144744634117160.xml&coll=2

It is a testament to fortunate timing that Gregory Eastwood was stepping down as a university president at the very moment Case Western Reserve University needed an interim leader. It is a tribute to Eastwood's loyalty as an alumnus that the 65-year-old graduate of Case's medical school delayed plans for a sabbatical to take the trying job.

“Engineers could aid bird flu vaccine effort”

Reuters, April 10, 2006
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&story
ID=2006-04-10T234141Z_01_N10221690_RTRUKOC_0_US-BIRDFLU-VACCINES.xml

Avian flu experts appealed on Monday to engineers -- a group largely left out of flu preparedness efforts -- to come up with potential breakthroughs for speeding vaccine production in case of a deadly pandemic. The hope is that engineers could use their expertise in areas such as assembly lines and production techniques to help vaccine developers jump hurdles. A meeting about vaccines was sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering and held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“First Link Of Oral Bacteria And Preterm Birth Found In Human”

Medical News Today, April 10, 2006
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=41108

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.

“Case loses potential Triangle developer”

The Plain Dealer, April 8, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/
index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1144485032256210.xml&coll=2

Case Western Reserve University has lost one of three firms interested in redeveloping the Triangle in University Circle. Developer Robert Stark, who built the $420 million Crocker Park lifestyle community in Westlake, says he is pulling out of contention to build the Arts and Retail District proposed by Case at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road. The property is known as the Triangle.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Study Quantifies Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Displaced Students”

Chronicle of Higher Education (paid subscription required), April 11, 2006
http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/04/2006041103n.htm

Students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina faced numerous hardships but were generally pleased with their experiences at colleges where they temporarily enrolled last fall, according to a new study. In a survey of 7,100 students, researchers at three Gulf Coast institutions attempted to quantify the immediate effects of the storm on students' health, finances and educational performance, among other categories.

“Career Prep vs. Liberal Arts”

Inside Higher Education, April 11, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/11/career

When Martin Ford began as director of the career center at Brandeis University in 2004, he noticed a troubling statistic in a student survey: Only 3.5 percent of respondents gave his office a “satisfactory” rating. “They thought we did a horrible job of assisting them in their careers,” Ford said. “We had low usage rates among students. They didn’t see it as an integral part of their education.” The business world knew about Brandeis but wasn’t familiar with its students, Ford said. The alumni giving rate hovered around 20 percent, and many alumni reported that a primary factor in their decision not to donate was a lack of help from the career center.

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EVENTS

Caroline A. Kovac, Ph.D., General Manager, IBM Life Sciences, will be the keynote speaker for the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Distinguished Lecture Series, on Wednesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Wolstein Building Auditorim. Kovac, a Cleveland native, will discuss "Information-Based Medicine: A New Era in Patient Care." The lecture is being sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Medicine. For more information, call 368-2417 or e-mail christina.vellios@case.edu.

An Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon is scheduled for April 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The guest speaker is Connie Dieken, president and founder of On Point Communication, who will speak on the topic of “Building Buy-In: How to Gain Influence & Trigger Results.” The event is open to women staff only, and registration is required by e-mailing centerforwomen@case.edu or by calling the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at 368-0985.

The College Scholars Program Spring 2006 Lectures Series continues today with a free, public talk at 4 p.m. in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library, by Wendy Doniger, Ph.D., on the topic of “Mythology and Medical Ethics: The Cases of Cloning and Transplants.”  For information call 368-8961.

Case's 1-2-1 Fitness Center is hosting "Spring into Fitness for a Rainbow of Health," a health fair and fitness event with all proceeds going to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Sign up now for the co-ed volleyball tournament (4-6 member teams); 3-on-3 basketball men's and women's tournament (3-4 member teams); 3-point contest, "hotshot" contest and/or the Fun Run/Walk (3-mile run, 1-mile walk). Entry fees are $25/team for the volleyball and basketball tournament (pre-registration required); $10/person for the run/walk ($15 on event day); and $5 each for the 3-point and hotshot contests ($8 on event day).  Contact 1-2-1 to sign up at 368-1121 or onetoone@case.edu.

The Weatherhead School of Management’s department of operations is hosting the seminar “Dynamic Decision-making in a Decentralized Price-setting Supply Chain” on April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building, room 501. The talk will feature Tamer Boyaci of McGill University in Canada. For additional seminar information, go to http://weatherhead.case.edu/orom/research/seminar.cfm.

The Department of Chemistry Frontiers Lecture will feature Dr. Joseph DeSimone from the University of North Carolina in the talk, “Liquid Fluoropolymers: A Gateway to Green Chemistry,” April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Goodyear Lecture Hall (108 Clapp Hall). For information contact: alison.perera@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

On April 13, noon to 1:00 p.m., UCITE will provide "Keeping Things Fresh" seminar to explore ways to keep the enthusiasm alive for teaching. A pizza lunch will be provided. Let UCITE know if you plan to attend by calling 368-1224 or by e-mailing ucite@case.edu. You can also register through the Web at http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/ and click on "Events."

Case offers two programs for summer 2006 that emphasize hands-on practice for students in grades 7–12 to earn high school credit while gaining a college experience. The three-week academic program runs June 25–July 14. Spectrum, for students completing grades 7–9, is a commuter-only program while Equinox is a residential or commuter program for students completing grades 10–12. Registration deadline is May 15. Financial aid is available. For information call 368-6735 or go to http://precollege.case.edu.

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FOR STUDENTS

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 http://www.case.edu/alumni/events/hudsonsched.html.

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PERSONNEL

Robin Kramer recently accepted the effort reporting specialist position in the Controller's Office. She will be responsible for monitoring effort charged to sponsored programs and is critical to the research mission of the university.