CASE COMMUNITY HAS EARLY OPPORTUNITY
TO MEET THE INTERIM PRESIDENT

Dr. Gregory Eastwood, who has been named interim president of Case Western Reserve University, will introduce himself and greet the campus community on Monday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. For those who will not be able to attend, we will webcast this forum. On Monday you can go to http://www.case.edu/events/webcasts/eastwood for a link to the live feed.

Eastwood, an alumnus of our School of Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees, has been president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Eastwood’s term as interim president begins on June 2. For more information go to: http://blog.case.edu/casepoint.

CAMPUS NEWS

Case Western Reserve University has been selected to receive the coveted E. Sam Sovilla Award For Excellence at the national Cooperative Education & Internship Association Conference on April 24 in Cincinnati. The nomination indicates that “The Co-op Program at Case has demonstrated an exceptional and consistent commitment to cooperative education for 25 years. Clearly, Case Western Reserve University is a leader in advancing the academic attributes of Cooperative Education.”

CASE IN THE NEWS

“When Physicians Get Cancer”

NPR, April 6, 2006
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5326183

Nine years after her initial treatment, Dr. Elizabeth McKinley's breast cancer returned and has now lodged in her bones. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“Mini Med School in May in Cleveland”

Akron Beacon Journal, April 11, 2006
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/14314574.htm

Have you always dreamed of being a doctor or a nurse? Then you might want to sign up for Case Western Reserve University's Mini Med School this spring. The classes, which are in plain English with no exams, are designed so the general public can learn about health, medicine and research from experts on the university's medical school faculty.

“Clinic gets $1M gift”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 12, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060412/FREE/60412010/1006&Profile=1006

Cleveland attorney Robert Duvin and his wife, Darlene, have made a $1 million gift to the Cleveland Clinic to benefit the Clinic’s new Heart and Vascular Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism.The Duvin family also is completing funding to formally establish an endowed scholarship at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in memory of their son, Scott.

Group seeks to stop Xenical from going OTC

USA Today, April 10, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-04-10-xenical-otc_x.htm

The consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen petitioned the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to pull Xenical, a prescription drug used to treat obesity, from the market. Xenical keeps about 30% of dietary fat from being absorbed by the intestine. It's designed for obese people (those who are at least 30 pounds overweight) or those who have less to lose but have health risks such as diabetes or high cholesterol. With OTC orlistat, "Glaxo is seeking to make a fortune," says Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group. Wolfe's co-signers on the petition include Thomas and Theresa Pretlow, husband-and-wife researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, who have published numerous scientific papers about the abnormal colon cells linked to orlistat.

Lawn treatise flecked by weeds

Sun Sentinel (New York Times), April 9, 2006
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/booksmags/sfl-bkgreenlawnapr09,0,3498068.story?coll=sfla-features-books

The often-crazed love affair between Americans and their lawns is Ted Steinberg's subject in American Green. Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, likens this relationship, and the insane pursuit of lawn perfection, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and he may very well be right.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

Explaining the Gender Gap in Pay

Inside Higher Education, April 13, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/13/gender

Why do female professors earn less than male professors? Some charge that gender bias is at play, while others insist that once factors such as experience are accounted for, the gaps aren’t consequential. There may be truth to both views, according to research findings presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association by Paul D. Umbach, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Iowa. Umbach used a series of databases to calculate the gender gap in pay over all, and then to account for all kinds of factors other than gender bias that may contribute to the salary gap. In the end, he found that looking at those factors decreases the size of the gap, but that it remains meaningful.

Panel Considers Revamping College Aid and Accrediting

New York Times, April 12, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/12/education/12commission.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Months after suggesting that standardized testing should be brought to colleges and universities, a higher education commission named by the Bush administration is examining proposals to change sharply how the nation's colleges are accredited and how federal student aid is administered.

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EVENTS

The campus community is invited to a “Voices & Choices” dialogue on April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in Thwing Center. The conversation is an effort to educate and engage the people of the region in a process to revitalize the economy and to improve the quality of life. For details go to http://www.voiceschoices.org.

The Case Art Studio Spring Semester in Review student art exhibition will have an opening reception on May 1 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography, and architectural plans made by students enrolled in the spring semester art studio classes. The exhibit will continue through May 5.

Jessie Hill, assistant professor and assistant director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Case School of Law, will give a presentation entitled Reproductive Rights: South Dakota and Abortion on April 18 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in room 320 BC at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Philip Taylor, Perkins Professor of Physics and Professor of Macromolecular Science, will speak on the topic of Global Warming: What’s a Few Degrees, on April 18, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus Performing Arts Center, 4250 Richmond Road. General Admission is $10, $5 for students. Taylor is a recognized expert on climate change and the economic and political implications of energy production. His discussion will provide an overview of what is meant by global warming and the consequences of our changing climate. To register call (216) 987-3075.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

On April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Thwing Atrium, the Employee Assistance Program (EASE) in partnership with Human Resources will be sharing options available for children (i.e. - summer camp programs, seasonal childcare, and summer activities) for the summer months.  For more information contact EASE at (216) 241-3273 or Employee Relations at 368-0195.

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FOR STUDENTS

The April 14 Community Hour - from 12:30 to 2 p.m. - will feature "The Arts Festival." Singing groups Case in Point, Solstice, Case Men's Glee Club, Speakeasy, Bigger than a Bread Box, the Case Concert Choir and Dhamakappella will perform at Amasa Stone Chapel.

Students are invited to attend Intersections: the SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session, on April 20 at Thwing Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 100 students will discuss and/or show their research and creative projects. The event is designed to showcase how to get involved in research and creative projects. Refreshments will be provided. Go to http://www.case.edu/provost/source/symposium/ for details.

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PERSONNEL

Dingqiang Li was recently hired as a research associate with the department of material science and engineering.

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ACCOLADES

Jennifer Neville of the medical school's Class of 2007 and Ana Radovic of the medical school's Class of 2008 will receive $5,000 scholarships from the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation. They will be recognized at the Academy of Medicine Cleveland/Northern Ohio Association annual meeting on April 28.

Scott Cowen, former dean of Case’s Weatherhead School of Management and current president of Tulane University, and Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and double alumna of Case, will be two of the seven speakers in Town Hall of Cleveland's 2006-2007 lecture series. For more information go to http://www.townhallofcleveland.org or call (216) 241-1919.