Dr. Gregory Eastwood, who has been named interim president of Case Western Reserve University, will introduce himself and greet the campus community today at 4 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. For those who will not be able to attend, the university will webcast this forum. You can go to 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:


The campus community is invited to participate in a blood drive at University Hospitals of Cleveland Thursday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the performance area of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Blood is constantly needed for emergencies for both adult and pediatric patients. Please present a photo ID at check-in. In addition, please inform the staff of any medications you are taking. For additional information, contact Vanessa Griffin at (216) 844-1680.


"Case names new alumni director: Interim executive fills post, tries to mend rifts"

The Plain Dealer, April 15, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's new executive director of alumni relations will have his work cut out for him in the coming months. Daniel Clancy, who has been interim executive director since June, this week began his expanded job. That will include leading the one-year-old Alumni Association, an organization of more than 25 alumni groups. University officials formally announced his appointment Friday. Clancy said Friday that he plans to have open discussions with alumni groups and is optimistic about his new role. "I will be going in with an open mind and we're going to reach out to all alumni," he said. The university chose the right person for the job, said Thomas Conlon, interim executive director of the Case Alumni Association—one of the separate alumni groups—who described Clancy on Friday as a "fund-raiser and a friend-raiser."

"What Contact Lens Wearers Need to Know"

ABC News, April 15, 2006

It's been a confusing few weeks for people who wear contact lenses—first came the news that a rare fungal eye infection had hit dozens of people across the United States, primarily affecting contact lens wearers. Then, on Monday, Bausch & Lomb, one of the major manufacturers of contact lens solution, announced it was suspending shipments of its ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution over concerns that it could be linked to the rash of infections. "I wouldn't panic," said corneal disease expert [and associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University] Dr. Thomas L. Steinemann. "I'm not downplaying or minimizing this problem. I think we need to figure it out… This is not what I could call an epidemic."

"This week in medical journals", April 17, 2006

Pregnant? Time for a dental checkup: Also this week, researchers at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University confirmed something that has been suspected for decades: bacteria in the mouth can travel to the womb where they can trigger premature births. The researchers [led by Yiping Han, assistant professor of dental medicine] reported that Bergeyella, which is a fairly common oral infection, was found in both the mouth and uterus of a woman who gave birth at 24 weeks of gestation. They published the finding in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

"Del Rosa heads Case Fame class"

The Plain Dealer, April 15, 2006

The Case Reserve Athletic Club and the Case Western Reserve University athletic department have announced the 2006 class of inductees to Case's Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees are: Bob Del Rosa, who came to Case Institute of Technology in 1962 as an assistant football coach, wrestling coach and head tennis coach. Del Rosa took over the wrestling program in 1965 and has 299 wins as the head coach. [Other inductees include athletes from Flora Stone Mather College, CIT, Adelbert College and the merged Case Western Reserve University.]

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"Private schools taking fewer pupils: Kenyon, Oberlin colleges among the state's most selective institutions"

Dayton Daily News, April 17, 2006

Miami University, Ohio's most selective public college, has seen a 27 percent increase in applications since 2002, but the percentage of students admitted has not fallen as rapidly as at smaller private schools. Kenyon College, Oberlin College and Miami are generally Ohio's most selective colleges, turning down more applicants each year than other schools in the state. Kenyon has seen its admission rate cut in half in five years to 32 percent and Oberlin fell to 37 percent accepted last year from 48 percent in 2000. Ohio State University, the state's biggest school, also has seen its admissions rate fall, but that is partly due to a change in policy that has seen the school raise its admissions standards. At the University of Dayton, the number of applications has grown briskly, setting records from 2001 to 2004.

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The Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at the Case School of Law and the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences will co-host "Con/texts of Invention," April 21-23 at the law school. The conference will bring together scholars from North America, Europe and Australia to discuss concepts of invention and intellectual property in today's world. The university community may attend sessions for free with a Case ID. Limited space will also be available for a charge at the social events. For more information or to reserve space at the conference or a social event, contact or call 368-5135.

The Hanna Lecture will feature Gottfried Schatz from the University of Basel on Wednesday, April 19 from 4-5 p.m. at the School of Medicine, room E401. His topic will be "Genomes, Chance and Individuality." For information contact

The Entrepreneurship and Personal Wealth Creation class and Cleveland Risk are sponsoring a day long educational conference beginning at 9 a.m. at the Peter B. Lewis building on Friday, April 21. The campus is invited to listen to industry experts discuss issues ranging from business continuity to disaster recovery to corporate compliance. The cost to attend is $50, and participants can register at

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Human Resources is sponsoring a Supervisory Briefing Session, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Tuesday, April 18 from 10-11 a.m. in the School of Law, room A59, and Thursday, 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.

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The university's Academic Strategic Plan steering committee is holding a special forum for graduate and professional students Tuesday, April 25 from 5-6 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. All graduate and professional students are invited to attend, as your personal and collective feedback can be used to shape the future of the university. Pizza and beverages will be provided. For more information as well as draft revisions to the 'Goals' section, go to

The Graduate Student Senate invites graduate and professional students to participate in the seminar series, "What Every Graduate Student Needs to Know About Financial Planning." The seminars will be led by Weatherhead School of Management alumnus Andrew Connors today and Monday, April 24. Both sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the 1914 Lounge of Thwing Center. For more information and to RSVP go to

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Daniel Schultz, director of undergraduate laboratories in the physics department, has returned to the university after a one year tour of duty in Afghanistan. Schultz was in the Army Reserves before he was called to active duty.

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Thomas Stellato, professor of surgery at Case and general surgery division chief at University Hospitals of Cleveland, has been elected president of the Central Surgical Association for 2005-2006.