CAMPUS NEWS

President Edward Hundert and Provost John Anderson will dedicate a very special apple tree on campus at 12:30 p.m. on April 28 on the Case Quad between Adelbert Hall and the Rockefeller Building. The tree, already planted, is a direct descendant of the one legendarily used by Sir Isaac Newton in stating his theory of gravity. The tree was donated to Case by Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation and former Case adjunct faculty member. Refreshments of apple cider and Fig Newtons will be served. For more information, contact eric.dicken@case.edu , or at 368-3189. In addition, the campus community is invited to a special seminar featuring Bement earlier the same day 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.”

The Center for Modeling Integrated Metabolic Systems is recruiting young adult volunteers between the ages of 18-30 to participate in a series of non-invasive exercise experiments. These experiments will take place in the Human Exercise Lab, department of pediatrics, at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital according to a protocol approved by the University Hospitals review board. For detailed information, contact Justin.Fiutem@uhhs.com, or at 844-1624.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Brand U.”

The New York Times, April 26, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/26/opinion/26Budiansky.html? ex=1146715200&en=
613055f11f86aea5&ei=5070&emc=eta1

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.

“New Guidelines Recommended for Implanted Heart Devices”

Reuters Health Day News (reprinted in Forbes.com), April 26, 2006
http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2006/04/26/hscout532362.html

Guidelines to bring order to the now disorderly realm of implanted heart devices have been proposed by a leading U.S. medical organization. One indication of the degree of disorder was the inability of leaders of the organization, the Heart Rhythm Society, to say at a press conference Wednesday how many Americans now have implanted pacemakers or defibrillators. It is “not unreasonable” to assume that more than one million Americans have such devices, said Dr. Mark D. Carlson, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and leader of the task force that developed the guidelines. But more definite information is not available, he said.

“One Universe or Many: Scientists Debate the Controversy”

Voice of America, April 26, 2006
http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2006-04-26-voa4.cfm

One of the hottest - and most mind-bending - questions in modern physics is whether the universe we inhabit is the only one, or if there are an infinite number of alternative universes in higher dimensions beyond those we know, or perhaps could know. Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, an astronomy professor at Case Western Reserve University, is a skeptic. He says that multiverse theory may be all-too-human wishful thinking.

“Stress relief or sick humor? Study probes med student jokes”

The Plain Dealer, April 26, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/
news/1146040507219270.xml&coll=2

Never mind that a top-rated television show, "House," depicts an insulting physician who ridicules the uninsured and spews ethnic slurs like "She's not the sharpest chopstick in the drawer." Michael Ehlert, a third-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, who was not part of the Rootstown study on jokes by the medical professionals about patients, said substance abusers were a prime target during his rotations in Cleveland, as were obese patients. He said that when the humor is initiated by an attending physician or a medical resident, it can be awkward for a medical student to protest.

“Case licenses technology”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, April 25, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200660425001

Case Western Reserve University today announced the completion of a licensing deal with Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals Inc., an antibiotic and antifungal compound company, and is looking for a “near-term return.”

“Helping the blind see their future”

Lincolnwood Review (Ill.), April 27, 2006
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/lw/04-27-06-902932.html

As The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired celebrates its 100th year, it also recognizes the accomplishments of those who use its many services. Among those thousands served by The Lighthouse is Paul Robinson. Robinson’s story of moving from sighted to unsighted in one week’s time and his subsequent 15-year journey of successfully coping with his total blindness is sobering, remarkable and inspirational. Now 66, Robinson recently graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University and hopes to become a teacher. [He] joined the Air Force in 1958 and was sent to Turkey. When he left military intelligence, he went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to study Russian, Spanish and English.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Internet2 Unveils Plans for an Improved Version of Its Academic High-Speed Network”

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2006
http://chronicle.com/free/2006/04/2006042601t.htm

Leaders of the Internet2 academic-computing consortium unveiled plans on Tuesday for a new national academic fiber-optic network that would become operational in about 18 months. The new network would replace Internet2's Abilene high-speed network, upon which many colleges depend for both research and day-to-day networking needs. And it would provide researchers with massive amounts of extra bandwidth at a moment's notice.

“A perfect storm: Explosive convergence helps lacrosse scandal resonate”

USA Today, April 26, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/lacrosse/2006-04-26-duke-perfect-storm_x.htm

The incendiary mix of rape accusations and college sports teams is not new. The national spotlight aimed daily at Duke University is.

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EVENTS

Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, will speak on the topic of “Lawn-o-Rama: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn” during the final Public Affairs Luncheon of the semester on April 28, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Guilford House.

The Weatherhead School of Management's department of organizational behavior presents the “Classic Grounded Theory Workshop” featuring Judith Holton, editor in chief of the Grounded Theory Review, with a two-day workshop on May 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For registration information, or if you are currently engaged in a Grounded Theory research study (regardless of the stage) and would like to troubleshoot your work, please contact Bibi Potts at martha.potts@case.edu.

“Karamu”, a documentary conceived and produced by Case students in the ethnic studies program, follows the past and present of Karamu House, the nation's oldest African-American arts institution. The campus community is invited to a free screening on April 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, room 309.

The campus community is invited to a “Voices & Choices” dialogue today 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 people in the region in a process to revitalize the economy and improve quality of life. For details go to http://www.voiceschoices.org.

Jeffrey Wigand, famous tobacco industry whistle-blower as depicted in the movie The Insider, will speak tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Wigand is the former chief scientist for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation who went public with what he knew about the tobacco industry. The free event is sponsored by Project Love and the Tobacco Issue Collaborative.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The Freedom from Smoking Cessation Program that was scheduled to begin in April has been cancelled due to low enrollment. A new session will tentatively be offered in May.

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FOR STUDENTS

The Leutner and Fribley dining halls will be closed on April 29 to support Springfest 2006. Meal plan participants may substitute a meal swipe for meal tickets at the dining hall cashier stations or at Pura Vida, located in Thwing Center. In addition, the rest of the Case community may purchase meal tickets at Pura Vida. Meals will be served on Freiberger Field (or at Thwing Center if it rains).

Case In Point, Case's oldest co-ed a cappella group, is hosting its annual spring concert tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. The free concert also will feature Case's newest a cappella group, Bigger than a Breadbox.

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PERSONNEL

Jianshi Yu recently joined the university as a research associate in the genetics department.

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ACCOLADES

Mark Dziak, a 2002 Case graduate who studied engineering, recently competed in the Boston Marathon, and was the eighth fastest Ohioan in the race.