The Wittke Selection Committee recently selected the winners of the 2006 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Robert Brown, Institute Professor of physics, and Laura Ymayo Tartakoff, adjunct associate professor of political science, are the winners. The awards will be presented at the undergraduate diploma ceremony during the university’s commencement on May 21.

The campus community is invited to visit the Discovery and Wellness Center for Children at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland, located in the hospital’s Hanna Pavilion. The center offers several research-based treatment programs for children and adolescents who suffer from problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you have a child or know a family who has a child in need of treatment, or for more information, contact the intake coordinator at (216) 844-3922 or go to

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. Visit 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. at the BRB Podium level today, and at the Thwing Center Atrium May 4 and 5.


“Hard write-in campaign works for Democrat Wilson”

The Plain Dealer, May 3, 2006

Washington - Democratic State Sen. Charlie Wilson last night won an arduous write-in campaign to appear on the congressional ballot in a district along the West Virginia border currently represented by gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland. In other election news, Electrician Bradley Leavitt was ahead in the Republican primary to face uncontested Democratic incumbent Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, while Case Western Reserve University law professor Lewis Katz led a field of Democratic contenders vying to oppose Concord Township GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette.

“Design under way for reactor: UTPB hires nuclear physicist”, May 3, 2006

Steve Nelson, a nuclear physicist who earned his doctorate at Duke University, starts June 1 working on the so-called HTTR venture. He will be officed at the Center for Energy and EconomicDiversification (CEED) building. Nelson did his undergraduate and graduate work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Watts said. Nelson has spent the last three years doing research on U.S. Navy reactors.

“David Kohn ö Shaker Heights High School”

The Plain Dealer, May 3, 2006

Theater helped transform David Kohn from a shy ninth-grader to a Yale-bound senior who started his own political awareness committee. David was the only freshman cast in the Shaker Heights High School production of "Man of La Mancha" and has told school officials that acting and music helped him mature. He is part of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and directed and produced student plays, among scores of other activities. David also served a three-week internship with U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells and started A New Voice: Student Political Action Organization to increase voting and debate among young people. Other achievements include the 2005 Yale Book Award for Outstanding Personal Character and Intellectual Promise and the Michelson-Morley Award from Case Western Reserve University, honoring talent in math and science.

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“Fleshing Out the New Financial Aid Programs”

Inside Higher Education, May 3, 2006

As many as 500,000 students could be eligible next year for two new federal grant programs aimed at increasing the flow of low-income students into college and ultimately into scientific disciplines, U.S. Education Department officials said Tuesday in laying out temporary guidelines for how students can qualify for the programs. The new programs, the Academic Competitiveness Grants and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grants, were created when Congress passed and President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act this winter.

“Senatorial Peer Review”

Inside Higher Education, May 3, 2006

Senators don’t think the National Science Foundation should fund research they think is a) covered somewhere else in the government, or b) stupid? Answer: c) both. “Determinants of Husband-Initiated and Wife-Initiated Divorces,” read Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, in an effort to point out what she thinks is a ridiculously titled endeavor for the NSF to be funding.

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Ralph I. Horwitz, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the university, invites the university community to the dedication of the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a reception, program and tours. The center is supported by a $10 million grant from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and is located at an interim site in the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center Annex, 1551 East 105th Street. The entrance to the center and valet parking are available through the VA surface parking lot off of Magnolia Drive. Please make reservations with

The campus community is invited to the Frontiers of NMR Spectroscopy Symposium, which will be held at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, from May 12 through May 14. Organized by faculty in the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology, it brings together national and international leaders in NMR spectroscopy, and highlights cutting edge research of NMR in medicine. The keynote speaker of the symposium is Kurt Wüthrich, Nobel Laureate of Chemistry. Further information on the symposium and registration is available at, or by e-mailing Frank Sönnichsen at

The School of Medicine will celebrate the research accomplishments of its medical students today 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, featuring abstracts by medical students. The guest speaker is David M. Altshuler, associate professor of genetics and medicine at Harvard Medical School, at 4 p.m. in BRB 105.  For more information, go to

The Case Art Studio “Spring Semester in Review” student art exhibition is on display through May 5 at 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.

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"The Science of Optimism" will be held on May 9 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. This staff development session will help attendees identify strategies to acquire more optimism;provide ideas for boostingmood and immune systems with healthful, positive thought technique; and help attendees learn to recognize habitual talk. For information contact Employee Relations at 368-0195.

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

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"Study late, drink cheap" takes place tonight at the SAGES Cafe from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The cafe will observe quiet time for studying during those hours, and will offer special discounts on certain beverages and food. A Case I.D. will be required for admittance into the Quad doors of Crawford after 9 p.m.

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

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Mary Garrity-Moses was recently hired as an operations manager in the biomedical engineering department.

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Daniel Myers, an undergraduate political science student, presented his paper entitled "Ticket-Splitting in a Blue State: A Study in Michigan Political Change 1988-2004" at the 3rd Annual "All Politics is Local" Conference at Walsh University on April 29. The event is an undergraduate research conference for political science and international studies students, and was attended by students from 12 Ohio universities.