Brand U.

The New York Times, April 26, 2006

In an op-ed, Stephen Budiansky writes about information he came across in his search about what colleges do to raise their rankings in U.S. News & World Report. He mentions SAGES and its new SAGES Café.


The American Red Cross is sponsoring two blood drives on campus on April 28 and May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Thwing Center on both dates. This is the final opportunity during the spring semester to donate. To schedule an appointment, go to, and then enter sponsor code: casewestern. Follow the directions to select the CASE blood drive. For additional information, contact

The Staff Advisory Council Community Service Committee is hosting a Mother’s Day Dinner at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House (RMH) on May 12, and they are holding a raffle to help fund the event. The campus community is invited to stop at any of the donation tables to make contributions, as well as enter for a chance at winning a round trip air ticket. A minimum of $3 is required for a chance to enter the raffle. Raffle dates are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates and locations: the BRB Podium level on May 2 and 3; at the Thwing Center Atrium today and April 27, and May 4 and 5; and at the Tomlinson cafeteria on April 28 and May 1.

The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus community to view a new page on their Web site that features the university’s community Web sites of each school, center or department. The links highlight each unit’s community initiatives, partnerships and staff contact person. This information will be housed under the Center for Community Partnerships with a goal to soon develop a database inventory of the university’s community partnerships. For details go to


“Two men faces challenging tasks at Case”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 24, 2006

I’m not sure which job at Case Western Reserve University I’d like less: that of Frank Linsalata or Daniel Clancy (but at least Mr. Clancy will get paid for his work).

“UHHS to sell or drop its QualChoice plans”

The Plain Dealer, April 26, 2006

University Hospitals Health System said it has agreed to sell part of QualChoice and fold the rest of it, ending months of speculation about the financially struggling managed-care company. J.B. Silvers, a professor of health system management at Case Western Reserve University who used to run QualChoice, said the deal is unusual. "My first assumption would be they would sell the whole company outright," he said.

“I Was Unfairly Besmirched in Physician Bias Article”

Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2006

Eric Topol writes in a letter to the editor: “Your April 24 article "Critical Dose: Aspirin Dispute Is Fueled by Funds Of Industry Rivals," on financial conflicts of interest of researchers in the field of aspirin resistance, included a discussion of my historical financial relationships when I believe I should have been singled out as the researcher who extricated all ties with industry in 2004. I do not believe that my historical relationship with companies with financial interests in this area is influencing patient care today. I have never ordered a commercial test for aspirin or Plavix resistance for any patient and never advocated the use of such tests for clinical care.”

“Internet2 Announces Winners of the First Annual IDEA Awards”

Digital Post Production, April 22, 2006

Internet2 today announced the first winners of its Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Awards program which seeks to recognize leading innovators who have created and deployed advanced network applications which have applied advanced networking to enable transformational progress in research, teaching and learning, and which hold the promise to increase the impact of next-generation networks around the world. The inaugural 2006 IDEA Award Winners include: "Interactive Music Education" Collaborators: * Tom Snook, New World Symphony (Nominating applicant) * Thomas Knab, Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Also ran in NetworkWorld:

“Case licenses drug technology”

The Plain Dealer, April 25, 2006

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is licensing its drug development know-how, and that of its medical partner, University Hospitals of Cleveland, to Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Concord Township.

“The Best News in Fitness”

Parade, April 23, 2006

Everyone knows it’s important to exercise, but recent studies reveal some unexpected benefits of breaking a sweat.  Dr. Nabil Bissade from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine reports about the benefits of exercising and prevention of periodontal disease.

“Artificial Gills: One Big Stroke Closer To Reality”  
BusinessWeek (Print edition), April 24, 2006

We are more evolved than our piscine ancestors, but fish can do something we can't: breathe underwater. Now scientists are designing artificial gills to supply divers with a steady flow of oxygen from a wearable rig. The key, explains Harihara Baskaran, an engineer atCase Western Reserve University, is getting water to flow easily through microchannels, which mimic a real gill.

“Baseball: Hiram 8, Case Western 9”

Terrier Athletics, April 25, 2006 

A 6-run Hiram College rally fell one short of Case Western Reserve University in a 9-8 non-conference loss at Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday (April 19).

“Police Oversight at Case Might Change” 

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 25, 2006

Case Western Reserve University is considering taking over police responsibility for its University Circle campus from nonprofit University Circle Inc.

“Cleveland Clinic and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Establish Biomedical Research Collaboration”

PRNewswire, April 25, 2006

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., the nation's oldest technological university, are collaborating to further research at the intersection of medicine and engineering. The Institute also is an integral part of the new Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University - training the next generation of physician-scientists.

“Pioneering Effort Addresses Pandemic Readiness”

Court TV, April 19, 2006

Last week, Dr. Arthur Heuer of the Case Western Reserve University organized a precedent-setting conference on how to combat an avian influenza pandemic hopefully, the 2-day session will be the opening shot in a "Manhattan Project" for vaccine technology. No gathering like this has ever been done. Heurer has brought together all the right kinds of people — scientists, vaccine producers, federal health officials, and engineers — to initiate new processes for developing and distributing vaccines.

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“New Take on the Gender Gap”

Inside Higher Education, April 26, 2006

Where are the male students? Colleges are increasingly worried about the way their applicant pools and student bodies are lopsidedly female. Much of the discussion assumes that the problem (if it’s a problem) is relatively recent. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, however, suggests that the enrollment patterns colleges are seeing today result from much longer term shifts. In fact, the analysis — by three Harvard University economists — suggests that but for certain societal conditions that either favored men or motivated men, the gap might have been present or larger earlier.

“At Decision Time, Colleges Lay On Charm”

New York Times, April 26, 2006

SWARTHMORE, Pa., April 21 — Let others offer simple campus tours or paid transportation. At Swarthmore College here, high school seniors deciding whether to accept the college's offer of admission can play indoor soccer with the dean. Or a round of stairball, a sport invented on campus. They can go to a French film festival, a feminist dance party ("all genders welcome") or an "Earthlust Sleepout" all night under the stars. Or else try henna tattooing. And, yes, there are also sessions on financial aid and meetings with faculty members.

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The campus community is invited to a special seminar featuring Ardent Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, on April 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Nord Hall, room 310. His discussion will focus on “Daring Greatly: Science and Technology’s Role in the Nations’ Future.” For more information call 368-3868.

Janis Karpinski, former commanding general of Abu Ghraib Prison, and James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplin at Guantanomo Bay, will be speaking at Strosacker Auditorium, on May 1 at 4 p.m. The free, public event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of English, in collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A book signing will follow the presentations. Further information is available at or by calling 368-8961.

The campus community is invited to Springfest 2006 on April 29. Food, live music, and extreme attractions will be featured at the event, which will be held at Freiberger Field after the Hudson Relays, from 11: 30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Case In Point, Case's oldest co-ed a cappella group, is hosting its annual spring concert on April 27, beginning at 7 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. The free concert will also feature the university’s newest a cappella addition, Bigger than a Breadbox, who will open the performance.

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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.

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Students whose parking permits expire May 31 or June 30 may renew their current parking until May 19. Permits not renewed by 5 p.m. on May 19 are forfeited. The student online parking system will open at 8:30 a.m. on May 22 for first-come, first-served parking reservations. Parking rates for the 2006-2007 academic year are now available at

Caravan for Democracy is sponsoring a panel discussion on the “History and Future of Israel and the Middle East” with Yossi Olmert and Case faculty tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 301.

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Pam Lebold will be joining the university as director of audit services on May 15.

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The John S. Diekhoff Award is presented annually to two faculty who have made exemplary contributions to graduate education inside and outside the classroom, and have acted as outstanding graduate student mentors. This year, John Lewandowski, Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering, and Charles Rozek, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and associate professor and associate chair of biology, received the award. A list of all nominees can be found at