CAMPUS NEWS

Information Technology Services now offers an Instant Messaging solution for Case users which supports both two and multi-person chat sessions with on-campus colleagues and classmates. For more information and to download the program, visit the Software Center at http://softwarecenter.case.edu.

Veale Center and Adelbert Gym will begin summer hours starting May 12. The facilities will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. All outdoor facilities will be open dawn to dusk Monday through Sunday. Open swim hours are Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m., and the Rock Wall is closed during summer. Fall semester hours will resume on August 28. In addition, it is time to renew lockers for the 2006-07 school year. All faculty, staff and students are asked to stop by the issue room at Veale Center before June 30 if you wish to renew your locker. Forms of payment are cash or check only. Those who do not plan to renew are asked to remove their belongings by June 30.  

IN MEMORIAM

Samuel Freedman, 90, passed away on April 26 in Naples, Fla. Freedman started a microfilm service and turned it into the nation’s largest preserver of newspaper records. Last September, he and his wife, Marian, endowed the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning and Multimedia Services Center, which is housed in the Kelvin Smith Library.

See also: http://blog.case.edu/FreedmanCenter/2006/05/04/
video_podcast_in_honor_of_samuel_b_freedman_19152006

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Review finds high blood pressure killed Booker T. Washington”

Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2006
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0605070292may07,1,933558.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

Booker T. Washington died of high blood pressure, a review of his medical records has determined, erasing a cloud over the civil rights leader's death left by one of his doctors more than 90 years ago. Washington was admitted to the hospital two weeks before his death at age 59, complaining of fatigue, headaches, weight loss and vision problems. He eventually died of kidney failure brought on by high blood pressure, said Dr. Jackson Wright of Case Western Reserve University, who reviewed the records.
Also 75 related stories ran in the media, including the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/05/AR2006050501345.html.

“Aide's confession brings investigation closer to Ney”

The Plain Dealer, May 09, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base
/news/1147163632185140.xml?nnusa&coll=2

A federal corruption investigation moved closer to Ohio GOP Rep. Bob Ney Monday when Ney's former chief of staff admitted brokering deals between the lawmaker and rogue lobbyist Jack Abramoff.  Neil G. Volz, 35, a longtime Ney aide who joined Abramoff's lobbying team in 2002, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate mail and wire fraud laws and agreed to assist an influence-peddling probe of Capitol Hill.  Case Western Reserve University political scientist Alexander Lamis called Volz's plea deal "big trouble" for Ney, and said it would be difficult for Ney to remain in Congress if he faces criminal charges.

“CWRU to lay off 150 employees”

WKYC, Created: 5/8/2006 12:15:52 PM Updated:5/8/2006 1:46:40 PM
http://www.wkyc.com/news/rss_article.aspx?ref=RSS&storyid=51879

Case Western Reserve University will be laying off 150 of its employees next month. The university is facing a $40 million budget deficit. Officials said the layoffs will not affect faculty, but aren't saying which jobs will be affected. The affected employees will be notified in a couple of weeks.

“Mother’s Day cards evolve with mothers”

MSNBC.com, May 8, 2006
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12677406/

“We’ve seen a huge boom over the last couple of years where celebrity motherhood is big,” she said. Ellen Garbarino, a marketing professor at Case Western Reserve University who studies body images in advertising, said the card industry is always ahead of the curve in adapting products to reflect the times, mostly because it can cheaply produce new lines and also “because their job is to express the emotional mood of a wide array of people.”

“Lawn Guyland loves lawns”

Newsday (subscription), May 7, 2006
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/results.html?st=basic&QryTxt=Ted+Steinberg&x=39&y=11

Ted Steinberg, a professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, is the author of "American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn.” In an opinion piece, he writes.”Just how far will Long Islanders go in the name of green grass...”

“CWRU professor featured at county Law Day seminar”

Star Beacon, May 4, 2006
http://www.starbeacon.com/siteSearch/apstorysection/local_story_124082055

Domestic spying and separation of powers are the issues being discussed today at the Ashtabula County Bar Association's Law Day seminar being held in the county's historic courthouse. Guest speaker is Case Western Reserve University constitutional law professor and author Lewis Katz. A faculty member at CWRU since 1966, Katz teaches both criminal law and criminal procedure and directs a graduate program for foreign students in U.S. legal studies. Domestic spying and separation of powers are the issues being discussed today at the Ashtabula County Bar Association's Law Day seminar being held in the county's historic courthouse.

“Frontiers of science or slippery slope?”

SFG.com, May 5, 2006
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=19&entry_id=4949

The prospects for designer babies and bioengineered adults recently tiptoed closer to reality when the National Institutes of Health asked a bioethics institute to come up with ethical guideline for studying "what could be the next frontier in medical technology -- genetic enhancement." News of the grant came through a press release issued by Case Western Reserve University. It said the two-year, $773,000 project would be led by Case law professor Maxwell Mehlman. His mission will be to figure out how to ethically use human subjects in experiments whose ultimate goal would be to "to enhance 'normal' individuals -- to make them smarter, stronger, or better-looking."

“Expert Urges Entrepreneurs To Establish Connections”

The State Journal (print only), May 5, 2006

Entrepreneurs take note: Compared with typical high-technology startups, university research spinoffs are more likely to receive venture capital funding, more likely to go public, more profitable and less likely to fail, according to Mark Coticchia. Currently vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Coticchia brings to his work past and current experience as an engineer, a marketer, director of a venture capital firm and a technology company board member.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Introducing a Rare Kind of Rush”

Sorority Based on Islamic Principles Invites Md. Women to Dispel Stereotypes
Washington Post, May 8, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article
/2006/05/07/AR2006050701010.html?referrer=emailarticle

Greek letters gleamed from a satin banner hanging at the front of the room, sequins flashed on little purses, and one woman holding a gold brochure blushed crimson, trying to explain why she liked the idea of this new group. Another widened dark eyes lined with kohl, watching everyone closely. Tasmim Anwar smiled and said, with a little gush, "I am such a sorority type of girl."

“Fighting the FCC Over Profanity”

Inside Higher Education, May 9, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/05/09/fcc

First Howard Stern. Now San Mateo County Community College District, which licenses the KCSM-TV PBS station in the San Francisco area…While Stern’s most recent fines were levied for broadcasting radio programs filled with references to sexual practices and the use of a personal hygiene product called “Sphincterine,” San Mateo received a $15,000 fine in March 2004 for airing “ The Blues: Godfathers and Sons,” which was produced by Martin Scorcese. The documentary explores the history of Chicago blues and unites veteran blues players with contemporary hip-hop artists. Several linguists and ethnographers have weighed in on the contents of the film, saying that it is culturally relevant and historically significant.

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EVENTS

“Case for Music,” an event with a goal of highlighting the importance of music education in schools, takes place May 13, 1:30 p.m., in the Thwing Ballroom. The free, public event will feature musical ensembles from Cleveland Heights High School, Warrensville Heights High School, and the Cleveland School of the Arts. The event is hosted by the university’s College Scholars Program and co-sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships, and is the result of a senior project researched by student James Carlson.

A “Frontiers in Biological Sciences” lecture takes place May 11 at 4 p.m. at the School of Medicine’s BRB, Room 105. Gregory L. Verdine, the Erving Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, will speak on "Drugging the Undruggable," a talk relating to his lab's research in cancer chemical biology. The lecture and a reception following it are open to the Case community. For more information contact ann.tillett@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Freedom From Smoking Program. This is an 8-week cessation class designed by the American Lung Association and sponsored by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Sessions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates: May 10, 17, 24, 26, and 31, and June 7 and 21. Sessions will meet in Adelbert Hall Room 1 with the exception of May 17 and June 21, which will meet in Adelbert Hall Room 352. To register, RSVP to Tthomas@city.cleveland.oh.us by May 10.

TIAA-CREF, working with Case Western Reserve University, is upgrading the operating system used to manage the Case Western Reserve Retirement Plan. This system upgrade is part of a continuous effort to bring employees a top-tier retirement plan, and will enable TIAA-CREF to more easily bring you expanded investment options and other features. These changes will be taking place in the coming weeks, and as a result you will be receiving a series of communications related to the plan changes from TIAA-CREF that you should read carefully.  If you have questions regarding these communications, please contact the university’s Human Resources office, or TIAA-CREF at (800) 842-2776.

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FOR STUDENTS

Summer Employment Opportunities are available from June 19-July 14 with the Pre-College Summer Programs.  If you are interested in working with academically talented students in grades 7-12, contact Ana Badillo at 368-6735 or go to http://precollege.case.edu for more information.  

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PERSONNEL

Wenqiang Liao recently joined the university as a research associate in the pharmacology department.

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ACCOLADES

Raymond Choi, a senior majoring in chemistry, won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study at Oxford University.

The Class of 2006 recently won its fourth consecutive Hudson Relay victory.