CAMPUS NEWS

The Commencement Office is looking for dependable Case employees to help make Commencement 2006 a memorable day for graduates and their families on May 21. Volunteer assignments include ushers, greeters, ribbon holders and ticket takers. To register, go to http://www.case.edu/commencement/volunteers/06_index.html. For more information, contact christina.vellios@case.edu.

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life announces information about two housing options for the campus community: summer housing and guest housing. Summer housing is for undergraduate students who plan on staying for the entire summer or one of the academic summer sessions. Students can apply for summer housing online at http://housing.case.edu/myhousing. More information about summer housing can be found online at http://housing.case.edu/summer. Guest housing is for undergraduate students staying for short term housing, as well as graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and those affiliated with Case, a University Circle institution, or other approved educational program. More information about guest housing can be found online at http://housing.case.edu/guest.

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 August 28.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“Rational budgeting at Case”

The Plain Dealer, May 11, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/politics/plaindealer/index.ssf?
/base/opinion/114733684263590.xml&coll=2

The budget crisis at Case Western Reserve University arose in part because officials refused to make tough choices earlier.

“BlueBridge inks city schools to contract”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 10, 2006
http://www.crainscleveland.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060510/FREE/60510007/1005&Profile=1005

BlueBridge Networks LLC has been awarded a two-year contract to provide data center services for the Cleveland Municipal School District. “The potential for forging and expanding relationships with current BlueBridge partners and clients such as OneCommunity (formerly OneCleveland), Platform Lab of the Third Frontier Network and Case Western Reserve University contributes to BlueBridge being a prudent selection for the district,” Mr. Bender said in a statement.

“For some, a luscious lawn is an obsession they never outgrow”

The News-Sentinel (Knight Ridder), May 11, 2006
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/14553235.htm

Ted Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, attributes it to the rise in consumer culture, the marketing of "the perfect lawn" by companies that make lawn-care products, and the post-World War II housing boom that opened up the nation's suburbs.

“Experts Point to Best Centers for Heart Attack Care”

KLASTV.com, May 10, 2006
http://www.klastv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4886362&nav=168g

Expert researchers are offering a new way for patients to find a hospital near them offering excellent heart attack care.A team led by Dr. William R. Lewis -- chief of clinical cardiology at MetroHealth Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio -- examined the relationship between adherence to American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) heart attack treatment guidelines and the 50 top U.S. heart hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

“Case Western Reserve University Completes License Agreement With Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals”

PharmaLive.com, May 10, 2006
http://www.pharmalive.com/News/index.cfm?articleid=339657&categoryid=21

Company receives $250,000 seed investment from Case Technology Ventures  has completed a license agreement with Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (GL Pharmaceuticals), a pre-seed stage company formed to commercialize innovative anti-infective compounds and technologies. The University has also invested $250,000 in the company through its Case Technology Ventures fund.

“Scientists seek novel ways to speed up bird-flu vaccine

Researchers study plants, insects, bacteria in hopes it will lead to quicker production as pandemic warnings escalate”
Contra Costa Times (Knight Ridder), May 6, 2006
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/cctimes/living/health/14516704.htm?source=rss&channel=cctimes_health

Health scientists and engineers are racing to find new ways to produce a vaccine that will protect people from the threat of a worldwide bird-flu pandemic. An adequate supply of vaccine for the lethal H5N1 flu virus will not be available for years, experts from seven countries, 44 universities and 60 biotechnology companies agreed at a recent conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Colleges Report Mystery Decline in SAT”

New York Times, May 11, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/11/education/11sat.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Just two months after the College Board disclosed that thousands of SAT exams taken in October were erroneously scored, some by more than 400 points, a new mystery has arisen over the college admissions exam.

“Help for the Minor Majors”

Inside Higher Education, May 11, 2006
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/05/11/majors

In any given year, Caryl Emerson could easily fit every Slavic languages and literatures major at Princeton University around her dinner table. Five to eight students — the fewest of any undergraduate program — typically major in the field at one time. There’s not as much activity as we’d like to see,” said Emerson, the department chair. “People don’t major in literature as they used to. There aren’t the jobs.”

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EVENTS

University Hospitals of Cleveland's Mt. Sinai Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases presents its Third Annual Visiting Legacy Scholar Lecture. In a program open to the public, Kenneth Offit, chief of the Clinical Genetics Service from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will speak on “Cancer in the Jewish Community: Is My Family at Risk?” The talk is on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, Stonehill Auditorium, 26001 South Woodland Road in Beachwood. Reservations are not required but recommended. Call (216) 844-7213 or e-mail leslie.cohen@uhhs.com with questions or for a reservation.

The campus community is invited to celebrate Nurses Week at “Nurses Make a Difference” on May 12 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s first floor lounge. The event will include a panel of alumni discussing critical ways nurses make a difference now and how they can in the future. For more details contact nada.difranco@case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

TIAA-CREF 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 provide 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, contact the university’s Human Resources office, or TIAA-CREF at (800) 842-2776.

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 registrar@case.edu.

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FOR STUDENTS

DVD recordings of Case 2006 Commencement Ceremonies will be available for purchase. Obtain an order form at http://www.case.edu/commencement/order_dvd.html. Orders must be received by May 31.

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PERSONNEL

William Behm was recently hired as a director in the Office of Planned Giving.

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ACCOLADES

Yale University's Department of Internal Medicine will hold its third annual Ralph I. Horwitz Lecture today, named in honor of the current dean of the Case School of Medicine, who chaired the Yale department from 1994 to 2003.