The university's Academic Strategic Plan steering committee is holding a special forum for undergraduate students on May 2 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. All undergraduate 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 .

An article in the April 26th Plain Dealer announced the pending sale of QualChoice to Anthem Blue Cross of Ohio. The actual turnover of ownership is scheduled to take place in January 2007. Benefits for Case employees who subscribe to the plan will not be altered during the current plan year. The Human Resources department will work with Anthem officials to determine if any cost or service changes may be forthcoming in the next year. We will advise Case QualChoice participants about any changes as soon as the information is available to us. Case will offer a full range of benefit options from Anthem and our other health benefit carriers during the November open enrollment period.

President Edward Hundert and Provost John Anderson are dedicating a very special apple tree on campus today at 12:30 p.m. on the Case Quad between Adelbert Hall and the Rockefeller Building. The tree 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 , or at 368-3189. In addition, the campus community is invited to a special seminar featuring Bement today 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.”

Activities for the annual Hudson Relay Weekend are scheduled for today and April 29, with the race taking place April 29. Additional details are available at After the race, the campus community is invited to Springfest 2006, featuring food, live music and extreme attractions at Freiberger Field from 11: 30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


“Neural Prosthetics: Career Development” (division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science), April 27, 2006

It was mid-July 2004 when Christa Wheeler walked “with anticipation and a few butterflies” through the doors of the Cleveland, Ohio, MetroHealth Medical Center to begin her career as a Case Western Reserve University graduate student in biomedical engineering. With a 3.97 grade point average in her major (3.9 overall), Wheeler had her pick of graduate schools. She chose Case Western Reserve University’s Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering because it meshed well with her growing interest in designing prosthetic devices. Case is affiliated with the Cleveland FES Center, which is known worldwide for creating implantable systems to return movement to people who are paralyzed. The center was founded by P. Hunter Peckham, a biomedical engineering professor and Wheeler’s graduate adviser.

 “Task force urges heart-device makers to disclose data”

The Plain Dealer, April 28, 2006

A task force led by a local physician issued national recommendations this week on monitoring the performance of implanted heart devices, as well as identifying and disclosing malfunctions. Dr. Mark Carlson from Case Western Reserve University and his colleagues in the Heart Rhythm Society called, in part, for manufacturers of pacemakers and defibrillators to publish annual malfunction rates and organize independent expert committees to analyze data and offer advice about device performance, alerts and recalls.

“LaTourette's seat target of 3 Dems”

Akron Beacon Journal, April 28, 2006

Deeply dissatisfied with the direction of government, Lewis R. Katz, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, decided he had to do something to “move the country back towards the middle.”

“Local Educator Wins Major Poetry Award”

WKSU, April 27, 2006

April is national poetry month. As you probably know, poetry and money are two words that don't often show up in the same sentence. But Case Western Reserve University poet and professor Thomas Sayers Ellis recently won the $40,000 Whiting Writers Award for his first book The Maverick Room.

“Low-key former Detroiter finds success on Internet”

The Detroit Free Press, April 27, 2006

When Craig Newmark lived in Detroit in the 1980s and early 1990s, he was a computer programmer who worked in a Southfield office tower, servicing General Motors Corp.’s account with IBM. On Thursday, Newmark returns to the Detroit area in triumph as the founder of, one of the most popular sites on the Internet. Newmark received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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“AU Board Reform Discussions Fall Apart: Senate Launched Review After Ladner Dismissal”

The Washington Post, April 27, 2006

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is expected to call for significant reforms on American University’s governing board – including the possible removal of some trustees – after talks between the two groups failed, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The talks, held during the past few weeks, were an attempt to quietly put to rest a review by committee staff members of the $3.75 million departure deal awarded last fall to ousted AU president Benjamin A. Ladner after the board concluded that he could be fired for cause. The deal infuriated many on the private university’s campus in Northwest Washington, with faculty, deans and students voting no-confidence in the board for its actions.

 “Sometimes Design Must Fail to Succeed”

Chronicle of Higher Education (paid subscription required), April 28, 2006

Design pervades our campuses. We cannot escape design—nor the reality that it is difficult to produce anything that is without fault or critics. That is nowhere so clear as in the area of campus planning and architecture. At my institution, Duke University, where historically the university chapel had been the geographical center of a campus whose Gothic stone architecture was of a whole, problems of design arose in the wake of World War II.

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The Office of Undergraduate Studies cordially invites faculty, staff and friends to attend the 2006 Undergraduate Honors Assembly for the awarding of departmental and university prizes and scholarships today at 12:45 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel.  A light lunch reception precedes the ceremony beginning at noon.

The SAGES Cafe welcomes Case faculty and students on May 3 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for "Study late, drink cheap."  The cafe will observe quiet time for studying during those hours, and will offer 25 cent coffee refills, $1 espresso shots, half off all Aladdin's food and energy drink giveaways. The SAGES Seminar room will be available for reservations for group and/or class study sessions as well. Reservations can be made with Rebecca at, or by calling 368-6967. Special note: a Case I.D. will be required for admittance into the Quad doors of Crawford after 9 p.m. 

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. A book signing will follow the presentations. Further information about the free talk is available at or by calling 368-8961.

The Case University Singers will present their Spring Choral Concert on April 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The free, public concert will last approximately one hour and feature works by John Rutter, Franz Buhler, J.S. Bach, Andre Thomas, Dave Brubeck and more.

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

Thomas Sayers Ellis, professor of English, will read selected poems, including ones from his latest release The Maverick Room, today from 4–5:30 p.m. in Guilford Lounge.

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

May 2 will kick-off the first of three events to promote the Masters in Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD) Program, which is taught by faculty who represent the Weatherhead School of Management’s Department of Organizational Behavior. The MPOD Program is a 19-month master’s degree program comprised of several week-long residencies and a 10-day international tour. The information session is scheduled from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the George S. Dively building. Register by calling 368-2146 or e-mailing

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UCITE is honored to present this year’s Glennan Fellows program. At this session, the five faculty members who were selected in 2005 for their promise of exceptional careers balancing scholarship and teaching will describe their award projects. Their presentations will take place on May 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen building. The following are the names of the faculty members and their areas: Sandy Kristin Piderit (organizational behavior); J. Martin Palomo (dentistry); Jie Shan (physics); Heath Demaree (psychology); and Mari Rege (economics). Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. To RSVP for the event, call UCITE at 368-1224, e-mail or register online at, click on "Events."

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Thwing Atrium, the Employee Assistance Program (EASE) in partnership with Human Resources will share information about summer childcare options. For more information contact Employee Relations at 368-0195. 

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The Upper Class and Second Year Community Councils present the First Annual All Campus Eggstravagent Egg Race on April 30 at 8 p.m. Storm the new field and race through 5,000 stuffed eggs in search of 20 prize tickets and candy. Prizes include gift certificates, and the grand prize is a 26" HD widescreen, flat panel TV. The event also will feature a DJ and free food.

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).

Beta Theta Pi fraternity is hosting its 20th annual Diabetes Walk-a-Thon on April 29. The walk will start Thwing Center and will end at The Farm. The group is walking to raise money for diabetes education. For more information about the Walk-a-Thon or to make a donation, e-mail

“Karamu”, a documentary conceived and produced by Case students, follows the past and present of Karamu House, the nation's oldest African-American arts institution. A free screening is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, room 309.

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Warren Alilain recently joined the university in the department of neurosciences.

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G. Dean Patterson, an assistant vice president in student affairs, has been selected for membership on the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education National Advisory Committee. His appointment lasts until 2008.