Case's 121 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 121 to sign up and for more information at 368-1121 or

This semester's Conversations in Bioethics lectures, sponsored by the department of bioethics, are now available online, featuring audio and video recordings of the lectures, as well as PowerPoint presentations. Go to


Sleep-Disordered Breathing Linked to Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Ivanhoe Newswire, April 17, 2006

A new study finds patients with severe sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are more at risk of abnormal heart rhythms. People with SDB repeatedly stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. Researchers from University Hospitals of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio compared the prevalence of arrhythmias in 228 SDB patients and 338 people who did not have a sleep disorder. They found participants with SDB are two- to four- times more likely to have complex, abnormal heart rhythms while sleeping than those without the condition.

The Perfect Lawn: How Obsession Fueled a $40 Billion Industry

Bloomberg News, April 18, 2006

Almost 76,000 U.S. lawn lunatics have mowing accidents every year. Keep that in mind as you start poisoning dandelions and hitching up your deafening gas guzzler. In ``American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn'' (Norton, 295 pages, $24.95), Ted Steinberg describes how our lawn-care obsession fueled a $40 billion industry -- along with a host of environmental problems. Steinberg, who teaches history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, spoke with me by telephone.

Track takes healthy leap to final meets

Washington Square News, April 17, 2006

With the University Athletic Association Championships only a week away, the men’s track and field team used this weekend’s meet as one last competitive training session, landing several top finishes at the New Jersey Invitational. The UAA championships will be held next weekend at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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Preparing for the Future Faculty

Inside Higher Education, April 18, 2006

Any period of significant change creates both opportunities and problems — often flip sides of the same coin. So it is with the twin pressures that expanding numbers of enrolling students and of faculty retirements are putting on many colleges in many regions of the country — and the solution for turning potential problems into opportunities is intelligent long-term planning undertaken cooperatively by campus business and academic officials, several higher education leaders said in a Web seminar Monday.

Academia Dissects the Service Sector, but Is It a Science?

New York Times, April 18, 2006

On his Asian trip last month, President Bush urged Americans not to fear the rise toward prosperity of emerging economies like India. Education, Mr. Bush said, was the best response to globalization, climbing further up the ladder of skills to "fill the jobs of the 21st century." But a ladder to where? That is, where are educated young Americans likely to find good jobs that will not be shipped off to India or China?

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Phi Kappa Psi invites the campus community to a discussion about “Health Care in America” on April 20 during the Provost’s Hour, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Spartan Room of Thwing Center. The program will feature professors giving mini-lectures on the topic.

Join the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women staff for cake as they celebrate the center's new name on April 28 at noon in the Thwing Atrium.

On April 27 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. the university will host its annual Celebrating Scholarships event in Thwing Ballroom. This event will bring donors and scholarship recipients together in an informal setting to allow the opportunity for students to thank donors for their generous support of their academic careers. For information contact Kathleen Robinson, executive director of donor relations, at 368-4774.

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The Office of Plant Security will present a Lunch and Learn workshop on sexual assault awareness from noon to 1 p.m. on April 20 in room 310B of Nord Hall.

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The Student Turning Point Society will be sponsoring the first event of its Exchanging Horizons Series on April 20. The invited speaker is Stanton Gerson, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland. For more information, go to

University Counseling Services offers several support groups, educational programs and walk-in clinics for students. For more information about UCS, visit

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Michelle Belle was recently hired as a benefits specialist in the department of human resources.

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Joseph Calabrese, professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, will receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, Inc.