Gary J. Simson, professor of law at Cornell University Law School, has been named dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, effective July 1. A member of the Cornell faculty since 1980, Simson has also served as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for faculty development. A renowned author and constitutional scholar, he has taught courses on conflict of laws and constitutional law, as well as a seminar on the First Amendment’s religion clause and a religious liberty clinic. His appointment follows a national search which began in the fall of 2005. Simson succeeds Gerald Korngold, who will return to full-time teaching after taking a sabbatical during the 2006-07 academic year. For details, visit



The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals have reached an historic primary affiliation agreement, creating the new Case Medical Center. This new agreement—recently approved by the Boards of Case, University Hospitals Health System and UHC—defines a primary affiliation between the institutions and unites the academic, research and clinical aspects of the affiliation under one shared medical campus. For details, visit


Colleges Try to Sell Themselves (5 Letters)

New York Times, April 30, 2006

Trudy Lieberman responded to a New York Times op-ed: “I am a visiting fellow at Case Western Reserve University, teaching in the SAGES program that Stephen Budiansky satirizes in "Brand U." Sadly, Mr. Budiansky has missed the point of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes close interaction with faculty throughout the undergraduate experience...”

“Nonprofit Management Degrees: Know what you Want and How to Get It”

The Nonprofit Quarterly (Print edition), Spring 2006

In its 2006 Education Supplement, The Nonprofit Quarterly interviewed graduates about their investment in nonprofit management education.  Among the nonprofit leaders featured was Sondra Reis, associate director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and a alumna of Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

“Neural Prosthetics”, April 28, 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. "I was excited on that first day to finally begin research in neural prosthetics that seemed to be a perfect fit for my biomedical interests. I had found a field to bridge my technological and clinical interests," says Wheeler.

Ten Ohio Companies Receive Job Creation Tax Credits to Support Facility Expansion Projects

Expansion Management, May 1, 2006

NDI Medical, LLC (NDI Medical), located in Warrensville Heights (Cuyahoga County), has been awarded a 50 percent tax credit for a ten-year term to establish a new research and development facility. The value of the tax credit would be $509,824 over the term, and the company would be required to maintain operations at the project site for 20 years. NDI Medical started with a single technology for treating urinary incontinence based on research conducted at the FES Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). NDI built on that initial success by further collaborating with CWRU and Cleveland Clinic Foundation researchers to form the Ohio Neurostimulation and Neuromodulation Partnership (ONNP) to commercialize neurostimulation technologies. NDI's role in the ONNP was to evaluate, develop and commercialize technologies derived from research conducted by the partnership.

Case Law School Receives $773,000 NIH Grant To Develop Guidelines For Genetic Enhancement Research

Medical News Today, April 29, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University law professor has been awarded a $773,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop guidelines for the use of human subjects in what could be the next frontier in medical technology - genetic enhancement.

“University Hospitals, Case School of Medicine Reach Historic Primary Affiliation Agreement and Create the Case Medical Center”

PRNewswire, April 28, 2006

University Hospitals of Cleveland(UHC) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CSM) have reached the most  comprehensive agreement in their century-long relationship. This new agreement -- approved today by the Boards of Case, University Hospitals Health System and UHC -- defines a primary affiliation between our institutions and unites the academic, research and clinical aspects of the affiliation under one shared medical campus, to be called the Case Medical Center.

'United 93' Is Latest in Evolution of War Films

Newhouse News Service, April 28, 2006

The new "United 93" is an unconventional war film in the era of unconventional war. Louis Giannetti, author of "Understanding Movies" and film professor emeritus of Case Western Reserve University talks about changes in war movies.

Mandel Center honors nonprofits

Cleveland Jewish News, April 28, 2006

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University has announced two inaugural winners of its new Nonprofit Innovation Award. Honorees are the Cleveland Foodbank and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. David A. Simpson, CEO of the Hospice of the Western Reserve, received the Mandel Center’s 2006 Leadership Award.

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The Evolving (Eroding?) Faculty Job

Inside Higher Education, May 1, 2006

A week ago, new data on faculty salaries showed that professors’ pay fell behind inflation for the second year in a row. A month ago, when a federal commission studying higher education released a paper on reasons that college costs so much, it identified professors — their power and tenure — as a prime culprit.

The Real Reasons Students Can’t Write

Inside Higher Education, April 28, 2006

Laurence Musgrove writes in an opinion piece, “At my university, I chair a faculty committee charged with reviewing and revising our general education curriculum. Over the past two and a half years, we have examined programs at similar colleges and studied best practices nationwide. In response, we have begun to propose a new curriculum that responds to some of the weaknesses in our current program (few shared courses and little curricular oversight), and adds what we believe will be some new strengths (first-year seminars and a junior-level multidisciplinary seminar)...”

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On May 3, the School of Medicine will celebrate the research accomplishments of its medical students at the annual Irwin H. Lepow Medical Student Research Day.  A poster session will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wolstein Building lobby, and will include abstracts by 110 medical students. The guest speaker is David M. Altshuler, associate professor of genetics and medicine at Harvard Medical School, who will talk on the subject of "Genome Sequence Variation and the Heritable Basis of Disease" at 4 p.m. in BRB 105.  For more information, go to

Nicole Bell of Caltech is the recipient of the 10th annual Michelson Postdoctoral Prize for her work on the particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics of neutrinos. The award is given annually by the Physics Department at Case to an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in any subfield of Physics, and is considered one of the premier awards for young Ph.D.s in physics in the country. She will spend the week of May 1 - 5 in residence at Case, where she will give three technical seminars and a colloquium. The schedule of talks and more information is available at

The Case Art Studio “Spring Semester in Review” student art exhibition will have an opening reception today from 5-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography, and architectural plans made by students enrolled in the spring semester art studio classes. The exhibit will continue through May 5.

Janis Karpinski, former commanding general of Abu Ghraib Prison, and James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplin at Guantanomo Bay, will deliver a free talk at Strosacker Auditorium today at 4 p.m. A book signing will follow the presentations. More information is available at or by calling 368-8961.

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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.

UCITE presents the Glennan Fellows program on May 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen building.  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. 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 and click on "Events."

The deadline for the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World is June 1. This program provides opportunities for U.S. higher educational institutions to host scholars and professionals from countries with sizable Muslim population for a short-term, intensive lecturing, community outreach and consultation program. For more information, e-mail the Council for International Exchange of Scholars at

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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

Phi Sigma Rho sorority invites students to enter a team for the first annual “Hillbilly” Party and Corn Hole Tournament taking place May 2 at 1 p.m. on Freiberger Field (rain site Adelbert Gym). The cost is $40 to enter a competitive team. There also will be a cookout, cakewalks and raffles. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Sign up in Thwing Center or Nord Hall until May 1, or e-mail for more information.

All students currently enrolled in a math class are invited to the annual Math Gala, sponsored by the department of mathematics, on May 2 from 1-6 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. In addition to tutoring for upcoming math exams, the event will include food and activities. 

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Stephanie Doerner was recently hired as a research assistant in the department of genetics.

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Ronald Occhionero, associate dean of administration at the Case dental school, will receive the 2006 Dr. Ervin P. Mason Distinguished Service Award, which acknowledges lengthy dedication and outstanding contribution to the advancement of dentistry in the Cleveland community. He will receive the award on May 6 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.