In honor of Commencement Weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra is extending a special offer to the campus community for the 8 p.m. Mozart’s Piano Concertos concert on May 19. All Case students can purchase discounted tickets for $10, while faculty, staff and the graduates’ families can purchase tickets for $20. These special discounted tickets must be purchased in person with a university ID card at the Severance Hall Ticket Office before 6 p.m. on May 19. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call (216) 231-1111.

In honor of the Cleveland Cavaliers being in the NBA Playoffs, the Office of Human Resources invites university employees and the campus community to show their team spirit. May 19 has been designated as “Cavs Day” on campus, and everyone is invited to wear wine and gold, the team’s colors. Casual clothing and team apparel are permitted if it does not interfere with normal business operations.


The university has received notification that Dolores (Dee) D’Angelo, a clerk in the department of chemistry for nearly 40 years, recently passed away. Visitation is this evening at the Fioritto Funeral Home, 5236 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on May 19 at Saint Gregory The Great Church, 1545 S. Green Road, to be followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in D’Angelo’s memory to the Monastery of The Poor Clares. Donations to this fund can be made by contacting, or by calling 368-3622.


“Cuyahoga aiming for better result in election

Board's procedures to be reviewed, changed”
The Plain Dealer, May 18, 2006

Look for big changes for this November in how Cuyahoga County recruits and trains precinct workers for Election Day. The panel investigating the May 2 election debacle said Wednesday it would come up with a system for finding competent people to work the polls and a program to give those people all the training necessary to guarantee a successful election. Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine and Thomas Hayes, Lottery Commission director and former elections board director, are on the panel. They said they plan to hire law students from CSU and Case Western Reserve University to help them review all the data and come up with ways to fix the system.

“Digital opponent sounds a new tune”

The Plain Dealer, May 18, 2006

As the Digital Age marches on, many audiophiles remain true to their first loves: two-channel audio and vinyl long-playing albums. Surround sound and compact discs just don't make it for this crowd. Too cold. Fake. Sterile. Harsh. Flash! Here's a headline for you: "Mr. Analog goes digital!" A year ago, I wrote about Don Better, who sells high-end audio equipment from his Shaker Heights home. A guitar teacher at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music who once played with the pop group Pacific Gas & Electric, he has been a standard bearer for analog audio - vinyl records, turntables and cartridges, vacuum tube amplifiers and simple two-driver loudspeakers.

“Fat rats provide insight into human obesity”

ClevelandJewish News, May 11, 2006

In the bowels of Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Drs. Paul Ernsberger and Richard Koletsky of the department of nutrition use rats to simulate human physical traits. They’ve made countless discoveries about diet, nutrition and the diseases related to obesity.

“CytoCore announces new AUDITORS”

Business Wire, May 17, 2006

Amper, Politziner & Mattia is a full service firm representing several dozen of public companies, a number with international business operations. The Company believes it will be well served by this relationship with Amper, Politziner & Mattia over the next phase of its growth.
The PR of February 13th, 2006 indicated that Case Western Reserve University was a party to the Technology Transfer Agreement between CytoCore and University Hospitals. Case is not a part of any agreement between CytoCore and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Further, certain statements in that piece were attributed to Mr. Eric Cottington of Case. Those quotations were mistakenly attributed to Mr. Cottington. CytoCore regrets any confusion this may have caused.

“Mahendra Rao, vice-president, research, stem cells and regenerative medicine, Invitrogen, Carlsbad, California”

Nature, May 18, 2006

Poor eyesight quashed Mahendra Rao's early ambitions of becoming an air-force pilot, but his training as a medical officer at Bombay University steered his path to the United States — and a new vision of using stem cells in medicine. While a resident in clinical medicine and neurology, Rao realized there were few treatments for his patients, so he turned to research. He left India for a PhD in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Although a difficult career decision, given the change in lifestyle and income, it gave him the chance to work with leading biologists such as Paul Patterson. In Patterson's lab, Rao isolated neural-crest stem cells, the cells that regulate development of the peripheral nervous system.Patterson also helped Rao forge future collaborations, notably conducting his postdoc at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with Story Landis, now director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“Two Jewish deans have taken top posts at Case Western Reserve University’s law school and Kent State University.”

Cleveland Jewish News, May 16, 2006

Gary J. Simson, a professor at Cornell University Law School, will become dean of the Case School of Law, succeeding Gerald Korngold, who will step down June 30.

“GlobeImmune Adds to Executive Management Team”

KAIT, May 15, 2006

GlobeImmune, Inc. today announced that Jeffrey Rona has joined as Chief Business Officer. Mr. Rona received a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University in 1990.

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"When Colleges Go on Suicide Watch"

Time magazine, May 14, 2006,9171,1194020,00.html

With two recent court rulings holding that college administrators may be held partly responsible for student suicides -- which total some 1,100 a year nationwide, making suicide the second leading cause of death among college students, after motor-vehicle accidents -- many universities have hastily adopted mandatory-leave policies in an effort to reduce the risk of self-inflicted, on-campus deaths. In a sign of just how flummoxed the world of higher education has become over the issue of suicide, United Educators, which insures more than 1,100 colleges and secondary schools, issued a bulletin last month noting that when dealing with emotionally distressed students, schools are left "with the quandary of being sued no matter what they do."

“Errors of Admission?”

Inside Higher Education, May 18, 2006

The murder of Jessica Faulkner was tragic — on that all parties agree. But does it suggest colleges need to change their approach to admissions?

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The Office of Undergraduate Studies invites faculty, staff, family and friends of honorees to attend the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2006 Academic Honors Assembly for the awarding of departmental and university prizes and scholarships on May 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. A light reception immediately follows the ceremony on the chapel lawn (rain site is Tomlinson Gallery).

The Hoop it Up for Health Fair & Basketball Tournament takes place June 3 at the Veale Convocation Center. Attendees can watch several basketball games (including a team of local celebrities), and receive life-saving health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and more. In addition, there will exercise classes and nutrition tips. The event is free. For more details go to

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Procurement and Distribution Services has updated the University's "Terms and Conditions" which apply to the acquisition of goods and services obtained on an University Purchase Order (PO).  For information go to

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This section will only be updated occasionally during the summer. For general university information please visit the "Campus News" section.

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Jennifer Alabran recently joined the university community as a research associate in the department of pediatrics.

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David Schiraldi, associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Case School of Engineering Research Award for senior faculty for his pioneering work in the area of clay-based aerogel composite materials. Schiraldi also was awarded startup funds for commercializing these materials when he won the North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea competition last semester. A team of two Ph.D. students and three undergraduate researchers are currently developing new light weight composites based on the clay aerogels. Schiraldi received a citation for dedication in undergraduate teaching from the Case School of Engineering this year, along with associate professor Stuart Rowan.