Kelvin Smith Library offers faculty, staff and students a one-time opportunity to clear your library record of long-overdue/lost items during KSL Fines Amnesty. Now through June 1, you can return those items without fines, and clear your library record before July 1, when all delinquent accounts will be sent to collections. More information (some limitations apply) about how you can take advantage of Fines Amnesty is available at

The East Cleveland Township Cemetery invites the campus community to help place 400 American Flags on graves to identify the location of veterans buried at the cemetery. Volunteers are needed on May 27 at 10 a.m. in preparation for the Memorial Day tribute. The cemetery is located at 1621 East 118th Street, off Euclid Avenue. For information call (216) 536-7432.


"Conflicts of interest and stock recommendations"
From the Briefcase: Research produced by America's Best Business Schools

U.S. News & World Report, May 9, 2006

Authors: Ohad Kadan, Rong Wang, Tzachi Zach (Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis), and Leonardo Madureira (Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) . Summary of research: After the dot-com bust revealed the flimsiness of the "Chinese wall" separating investment and analysis divisions in Wall Street's biggest banks, the New York Stock Exchange enacted regulations to stop the behind-the-scenes meetings of finance's most influential minds. According to a new paper, though, they may not have had the desired effect.

"Two very dim dwarf galaxies discovered"

SpaceFlight Now, May 9, 2006

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) has announced discoveries of two new, very faint companion galaxies to the Milky Way. The SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions: The American Museum of Natural History, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, University of Basel, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, Drexel University, The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan Participation Group, The Johns Hopkins University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, the Korean Scientist Group, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (LAMOST), Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPA), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPIA), New Mexico State University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the United States Naval Observatory and the University of Washington.

"Space industry comes to Sudbury to learn about mining"

Northern, May 8, 2006

The third annual Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, scheduled for June 4 –7, will serve as an opportunity for mining suppliers "to market ideas and capabilities into the space sector," said Boucher. Guest speakers lined up for the June symposium include Dr. Roger Quinn, director of the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University, who designs and builds cockroach-like robots capable of traversing irregular terrain.

"The journey to enlightenment, Mother's Day card-style"

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 8, 2006

Suppose mom would like a card on Sunday that says, "If there were no dads around, we wouldn't have Mother's Day?" (If you have to think about that answer for more than half a second, you're in trouble with the person who brought you into this world.) "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,' " the AP notes.

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"Boston University Gave Ex-Chief $6.1 Million, Officials Disclose"

New York Times, May 10, 2006

Officials at Boston University disclosed yesterday that the institution's long-term president and chancellor, John R. Silber, collected $6.1 million last year, two years after he stepped down as leader.

"When the Professor Is a Tough Grader, and Your Dad"

New York Times, May 10, 2006

When Carolina Danspeckgruber, a sophomore at Princeton University, signed up for a course on international diplomacy, she was not worried about handling the class's heavy workload. But she was a little worried about dealing with the professor—her father. Never mind that her father, Wolfgang, an expert on international relations, has a reputation as a tough grader.

"Prowling for Cash"

Inside Higher Education, May 10, 2006

For many colleges, the proliferation of admissions guidebooks has become a fact of life, and offices find themselves providing information to more and more publishers each year. But a new and growing guidebook series—College Prowler—has been the subject of much discussion and anger among college officials in the past few weeks over an ad-sales technique that is viewed by institutions as unfair and unprofessional. College Prowler is telling colleges that they have the opportunity—for $4,995—to have eight pages of advertorial in the guidebooks about their institutions.

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Case's 121 Fitness Center is hosting "Spring into Fitness for a Rainbow of Health," a health fair and fitness event with all proceeds going to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Events include free access to 121 all day, a health fair and screenings, raffle, fitness events/contests, prizes, entertainment and food. Sign up now for the run/walk, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and volleyball tournament. Contact 121 to sign up, for registration details, or for more information at 368-1121 or

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 Wuthrich, Nobel Laureate of Chemistry. Further information on the symposium and registration is available at, or by e-mailing Frank Sonnichsen at In addition, the campus community is invited to a "Frontiers in Biological Sciences" talk featuring Wuthrich on May 12 at noon at the School of Medicine, room E501.

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As a reminder for the spring 2006 semester, final grades are due within 48 hours of the exam and no later than 11 a.m. on May 13. The Registrar's Office cannot accept grades delivered by students (whether enrolled in the class or not) so please make arrangements accordingly. Please note that other graduate or professional schools may have earlier grade submission deadlines. For additional details, send questions to An updated version of your final grade sheet can be printed from the portal at Once logged in to the portal, choose the faculty tab, go to the "My Schedule" portlet and click on the class list symbol next to the course you are teaching. At the top of the class list, there is a link to a grade sheet view. Click on this and you may then print it from your browser. For more detailed instructions, see "Grade Sheet View of On-Line Class Lists" at Please send questions to

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Students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to a "Senior Concert & BBQ" featuring Ordinary Peoples, Even Flow (a Pearl Jam Tribute Band) and DJ Dongo on May 18 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in front of Adelbert Hall on the Quad. Food will range from sushi and falafel to Tremont Scoops ice cream.

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Sara Lou recently joined the university as a clerk in the molecular biology and microbiology department.

Dawn Crenshaw of the Weatherhead School of Management's Career Services office informs the campus that her last day with the university is May 12. She plans to pursue a degree in early childhood development.

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Lewis Katz, the John C. Hutchins Professor of Law in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has won the Democratic primary in Ohio's 14th Congressional District. Katz will face six-term incumbent Steven LaTourette in the November election.