CAMPUS NEWS

Tony Kinslow, vice president of Human Resources, would like to remind and clarify to employees the current vacation policy for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The policy states in part as follows: “The maximum amount of vacation days that can be carried over cannot exceed an employee’s maximum annual allowance and must be used within the next fiscal year.” The term “carried over” in the statement applies to the current fiscal year maximum annual accrual. The policy maximum is one times your annual accrual rate. Staff with balances in excess of the policy maximum should immediately establish a plan with their supervisors to use vacation to reduce the balance to no more than the maximum by June 30. Employees must use all vacation accrued and unused in fiscal year 04-05 by June 30. On July 1 an employee will begin the new fiscal year with no more than their annual maximum accrual. Vacation accrual will continue monthly in accordance with policy.

Procurement and Distribution Services recently implemented a new system for obtaining services from providers who are not Case faculty, staff, or students. All services should be covered by an Independent Contractor Agreement. For more information, please visit the Independent Contractor page on Procurement and Distribution’s Web site at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/matsupp/procurement/indcont.html.

CASE IN THE NEWS

“A Meeting of Humanistic Minds”

Inside Higher Education, May 15, 2006
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/05/15/humanities

 “When the lights go out and our friends in science haven’t developed a national energy policy, they’ll be out of business. We, with a book of poems and a candle, will still be alive,” joked Don Randel, president of the University of Chicago and president-elect of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Humor that illustrates the pressure humanities departments are under to prove their financial worth. Edward M. Hundert, president of Case Western Reserve University and chair of the AAU/ACLS Humanities Steering Committee, while holding up a half-filled glass of water, asked the audience: “How does your CFO see this? Twice as much glass as you need,” he said, later deadpanning: “We can tell you the meaning of life if you give us more funding.”

“Rough year for college presidents ends”

USA Today, May 14, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-05-14-universitypresidents_x.htm

This year, college students aren't the only ones anxious for summer. Case Western Reserve's Edward Hundert announced his resignation in March, after angering faculty and lackluster fundraising. William Cooper of the University of Richmond was toppled by an alumni revolt over his management style and comments comparing students there to "mush." The University of Maine's chancellor stepped down after four quarrelsome years, and American University fired its president in an expense-account scandal.

“His grass isn't greener”

The Plain Dealer, May 15, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/living/1147682167149341.xml?lxoth&coll=2

Weed whackers buzz in the background as Ted Steinberg from Case Western Reserve University strolls down the driveway of his Shaker Heights home, past his lawn pocked with clover and dandelions, ready to walk around the neighborhood. He surveys his own turf, which is shabby. The grass is a tad tall. Burlap covers a patch of mud where a water main had been fixed, and handfuls of straw are strewn here and there to shade new seed as it attempts to fill in the bare spots.

“Green grass vs. the green life”

The Plain Dealer, Monday, May 15, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/living/1147681850149340.xml?lxoth&coll=2

Plain Dealer Reporter Spring has sprung and we are out in force cutting and edging and trimming and watering. We're weeding and feeding. In Parma and Euclid, in Hudson and Westlake, all over Northeast Ohio, the quest for perfect turf goes on. "It's kind of a civic religion in the United States," said Ted Steinberg, an environmental historian at Case Western Reserve University and author of "American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn," in which the Shaker Heights resident details American lawn culture. Steinberg tells us that the grass is always greener on the other side. It really is. Looking down on your own grass, you see through the blades to the dirt. Looking at the grass next door, the angle shows all grass, and more green. Some facts Steinberg dug up about us and our lawns: $40 billion.

“Mother's Murder Conviction Turns Insanity Defense Suspect”

Psychiatric Times, June 2002
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=175801752

The Yates case had its moment of what the defense will claim on appeal was "bad" testimony. During the trial, for example, Park Dietz, M.D., a forensic psychiatrist from Newport Beach, Calif., who is nationally recognized for his participation in many high profile cases, testified that Yates' conduct bore a resemblance to an episode of the television show Law and Order. In that episode, a woman who killed her children was exonerated by the insanity defense. The prosecution used Dietz's testimony to subsequently argue that Yates followed the model created by the show. The trouble was that no such episode ever aired, a fact disclosed only after the jury rendered its guilty verdict. No one has accused Dietz, who has acted as a consultant during the show's production, of lying to jurors, and the trial judge refused to declare a mistrial, but an appeal based on the error is likely. "I would give him the benefit of the doubt and see it as an honest error," said Phillip J. Resnick, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland and a past president of AAPL who testified as a defense expert in the Yates case. Resnick further told PT, "I certainly don't see it as malicious. I think it was just a simple error. It turns out since it was used in closing argument it may be problematic with respect to an appeal."

“City Neighborhoods”

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 15, 2006
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06135/690276-53.stm

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh presents a Noon Briefing at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, with professor Amos Guiora, director of the Institute for Global Security at Case Western Reserve University, speaking on "Human Rights in the Age of Fighting Terrorism." Fee is $10 for nonmembers, free for members. To register, call 412-281-7972.

“A fun, if inaccurate read, scholars say”

The Plain Dealer, May 14, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/
base/entertainment/1147509284181801.xml?efflm&coll=2

Author Dan Brown is now so preposterously rich that he complains he can't go out his front door. Work on a steel and stone security fence to encircle his property in Rye, N.H., began last month. Forbes Magazine ranks Brown as the sixth best-paid celebrity in the world, pulling down $76.5 million in the calendar year that ended last June. Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University physics professor, and Timothy Beal, a Case Western Reserve University religion professor, unravel the facts of Brown’s book.

“Health-care products merely a house call away

Henrico-based Home Care Delivered adds call center to supply aging boomers”
The Richmond Times Dispatch, May 13, 2006
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_Basic
Article&c=MGArticle&cid=1137836043212&path=!business&s=1045855934855

The simple fact that people get old has given Gordy Fox ample business opportunity. As the nation's 78 million baby boomers become senior citizens -- including more than 2 million Virginians -- he knows many will ultimately need remedial attention and health-care products...Whether care providers or product suppliers, the entire home-care industry faces cuts, said Elizabeth Madigan, associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. "At some point they're going to get less money back from Medicare, and it is going to cost them more in terms of paperwork and people to get the money," she said.

“NE Ohio grabs lots of biotech grant money”

The Plain Dealer,  May 13, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/business/1147509256181800.xml?bxbiz&coll=2

Case Western Reserve University will receive $8 million to extend research and capabilities of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. The center has "exceeded all previous goals and objectives and is now in an excellent position to pursue new applications for stem cell therapies," Gov. Bob Taft said in a written statement.

“Plan to shut school draws residents to board meetings”

The Plain Dealer, May 13, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/isedu/114753423794840.xml?isedu&coll=2

University Heights - The past few meetings of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board have been held in a middle school cafeteria, not at the cramped administration building next door. At an April meeting, Boulevard Elementary parent Rich Drushel gave board members handouts and a disk filled with education data to use in their decision-making. Drushel, a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University, last week said he credits the board with leading an "open and transparent" process so far.

“Social work hall chooses Case prof”

The Plain Dealer, May 12, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/1147422760244900.xml?nohon&coll=2

M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, a professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was chosen for induction into the Columbia University School of Social Work's Hall of Fame last month.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

“Former University President Will Lead U.S. Math Panel”

New York Times, May 15, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/15/education/15math.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

The Bush administration has named a former president of the University of Texas at Austin to lead a national panel to weigh in on the math wars playing out across the country. The politically fraught battle pits a more free-form approach to teaching math against the traditional method that emphasizes rules and formulas to solve number problems.

“Homework Help, From a World Away”

The Washington Post, May 15, 2206
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/14/AR2006051401139.html

It was almost 3 a.m., Alex Del Monte recalled, and he was cramming like crazy. He gulped can after can of Red Bull to stay awake, but the George Washington University sophomore knew he would flunk his Statistics 52 exam later that day if he didn't call his tutor for help.

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EVENTS

Dean Cleve Gilmore and the faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences invite the campus to celebrate the appoint of Pranab Chatterjee as the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work on May 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Mandel School. There will be a colloquium on “Toward a mission-based practice in social work: the legacy of the settlement movement,” followed by a reception. RSVP to pamela.carlson@case.edu, or to 368-2281.

The Case Western Reserve University Athletic Department will host the third annual Spartan Open on June 12 at Fowlers Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio. Call 368-2420 for more information, to sign up, or to be mailed a postcard, or go to  http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/spartanopen.htm.

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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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Joseph Fagan, the Lucy Adams Leffingwell professor, will again offer his workshop on grant preparation this summer. The class is open to both faculty and advanced graduate students. Classes run June 6 through July 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:20 p.m. in Mather Memorial Room 143. For information, contact joseph.fagan@case.edu.

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 vstngspec@cies.iie.org.

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FOR STUDENTS

DVD recordings of Case 2006 Commencement Ceremonies will be available for purchase. Obtain an order form by clicking on DVD Order Form. Orders must be received by May 31.

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PERSONNEL

Michael Artbauer, a retired Marine officer, recently joined the Center for Science and Mathematics Education.

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ACCOLADES

Joseph Foley, a professor emeritus of neurology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, received a Judson Smart Living Award on April 19. The awards, initiated on the occasion of Judson's 100th anniversary, recognize adults of at least 65 years of age who "make things happen" in University Circle. Foley was honored in the health care category.