The Jackson Selection Committee recently selected this year's winners of the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. The committee will present an award to Beverly Saylor, associate professor of geological studies, as well as a posthumous award to Ignacio Ocasio (Doc Oc), the Teagle Professor of Chemistry who died last May. Saylor will receive her award at the undergraduate diploma ceremony during the university’s commencement on May 21. 

Case's 121 Fitness Center is offering 50 percent off initiation fees and no charge for the month of April. This offer is valid through April 30.  In addition, Case students can take the summer months off for no charge. Call 368-1121 or e-mail for more details. Please bring a copy of this e-mail to receive the special rate.


“Visit to the school nurse”

The Plain Dealer, April 20, 2006

The school day was young, but it was already rush hour in the nurse's office at James M. Gallagher School in Cleveland. Nursing students from Case Western Reserve University wrangled first-graders, trying to weigh and measure them before checking their vision.

“Rainforest Nutritionals Inc.: Research Breakthrough In Arthritis- Natural Product Activates Gene To Regenerate Human Cartilage”

Eworldwire, April 19, 2006

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and Albany Medical College have revealed a breakthrough in managing arthritis and joint damage. A natural product combination called Reparagen has been shown to activate a critical repair gene in human cartilage while blocking joint destruction associated with inflammation.

“Seven vying for Case biz plan money”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 19, 2006

Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management will host seven teams of business students and entrepreneurs vying for $100,000 at the first annual “$100K Innovation Challenge @Case” on Thursday, April 20.

“90.3 at 9”

WCPN, April 18, 2006

J.B. Silvers from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University discusses Massachusetts’ new law to mandate health insurance for its residents.

WCPN, April 14, 2006

Kathryn Lavelle from Case Western Reserve University’s political science department answer the question, “Is it rightfully called a conflict, a crisis... or should it be called genocide about militia groups have ransacked African villages in Darfur, Sudan, often killing or raping those who can't escape?”

WCPN, April 13, 2004

Thrity Umrigar, author and assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, talked about how to get your novel published.

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“Cary Nelson’s New Platform”

Inside Higher Education, April 20, 2006

Cary Nelson — author or editor of 25 books — has never been at a loss for words. He’ll now have a new forum to express his views about academe, as he has been elected as the next president of the American Association of University Professors.

“What Is a Chief Diversity Officer?”

Inside Higher Education, April 18, 2006

To meet the needs of increasingly diverse campuses, many institutions have developed executive positions to guide their diversity agendas. In many instances, these individuals and their units are the “face” of diversity efforts and carry formal administrative titles like vice provost, vice chancellor, associate provost, vice president, assistant provost, dean, or special assistant to the president for multicultural, international, equity, diversity, and inclusion — to cite only a few of the most frequently used titles.

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Intersections: the SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session takes place today at Thwing Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 100 students will discuss and/or show their research and creative projects. Go to for details.

MaDaCol – the Mather Dance Collective – is hosting a spring concert tonight and on April 21 at 8 p.m., and April 22 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road. Tickets are $3 and will be on sale at the door. For details call 368-6262, or go to

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 chargeat the social events. For more information or to reserve space at the conference or a social event, contact or call 368-5135.

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Faculty/Staff parking rates for the 2006-2007 academic year are now available at Renewal information will be posted on the Web site in May.

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

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Phi Kappa Tau and Delta Upsilon will be holding their annual Casino Night/Poker Tournament beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Spot on April 22. The entrance fee for Casino Night is $5, and the fee to enter the Poker Tournament is $10. All proceeds will be donated to charity. The events will feature a raffle, along with gift certificates and prizes. In addition, the event counts towards philanthropy hours for Greeks. All questions can be directed to

The Case Cooperation Circle, an inter-religious organization on campus, is hosting the Muslim Student Association, Hillel, United Protestant Campus Ministries, and the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry for the second annual Interfaith Seder on April 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Interfaith Center in the Church of the Covenant. All are welcome to attend the dinner, which will feature kosher food, brief presentations from each tradition on the theme of "Miracles: How we see God," and a discussion.

The April 21 Community Hour - from 12:30 to 2 p.m. - will feature "The Arts Festival" Part II.  Theater and dance groups will perform at Strosacker Auditorium. Presentations during the free event will include Eldred Theater presenting Shakespeare scenes; the Footlighters presenting scenes from Footloose; a Mather Dance group showcase; and improv comedy from Improvment.

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Ichihito Narita recently joined the university as a research associate with the department of material science and engineering.

Daniel Schultz, director of undergraduate laboratories in the physics department, has returned to the university after a one year tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Jing Li, an assistant professor with the electrical engineering and computer science department, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for approximately $1.2 million to be used for interdisciplinary research in bioinformatics and computational biology.