The Case Club at Severance Hall has new summer hours. Beginning the week of May 30, The Case Club will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday –Thursday, closed on Fridays until the start of the fall semester. For reservations, please call (216) 231-7373 or e-mail

Shipwreck Camp 2006 for youths ages 12-15 takes place June 12-23. This camp will engage campers in field science and exploration weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will have their experiences at the university and other sites (Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Squire Valleevue Farm, Western Reserve Historical Society, etc.). Each camper must be at least age 12, but not older than 15 by the start of camp. The cost of this two- week camp is $600. For more information and an application, call the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Case at 368-5075, or e-mail

To get the latest weather conditions, along with the campus forecast, visit the Case Weather Station Web site at


“Study says snow flushes pollution to lake's 'dead zone'”

The Plain Dealer, May 23, 2006

Snow melting in yards and in the fields of northern Ohio's farms is a leading culprit in creating the low-oxygen "dead zone" in the central basin of Lake Erie, researchers have found.  Four of the 10 snowiest winters to hit the region have occurred since 2000. While summer storms also wash fertilizer into the lake, it's those big winter snowmelts that deal the heavier blow. "We always knew weather was important but were not able to document it," said Gerald Matisoff of Case Western Reserve University, who headed a U.S. team of Lake Erie researchers. "Now we're seeing a connection."
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“When Cancer Runs in Your Family”

Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2006

Janice Bowen's older brother was diagnosed with colon cancer 6½ years ago, at age 58. Her maternal uncle was diagnosed with the disease in his late 50s, and a first cousin was diagnosed in his early 50s. Another first cousin was found to have a polyp after a colonoscopy at age 60. And last December Ms. Bowen, 52, had a colonoscopy. It revealed four polyps, one of them precancerous. Now, major cancer centers around the country, including the Mayo Clinic, the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Ireland Cancer Center (a partnership of University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University), the University of Colorado Cancer Center and others, along with the National Institutes of Health, have created a number of family registries. Many of the registries -- where patients enroll and often provide blood and tissue so they can be studied -- focus on common cancers, such as lung, colon and breast cancers. But increasingly, hospitals are pushing to enroll families for much rarer cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and stomach cancer -- diseases that haven't been as extensively studied and are considered difficult to treat.

“Live From the Quad, Student TV on the Web”
Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2006

OSTN, a nonprofit linked to Case Western Reserve University, solves a big problem confronting campus television curriculums: Students are making more and more shows, but individual colleges don't have enough programs to build true TV schedules. That makes it hard to develop much of a regular audience even if campuses do have a distribution system.

“Study identifies predictors of bipolar disorder risk”

EurekAlert, May 22, 2006

A new study presented today at the 159th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in Toronto, Canada identified five predictors for bipolar disorder risk in patients who have been unsuccessfully treated with antidepressants. Researchers concluded that significant risk factors of bipolar disorder among patients already diagnosed with major depression were anxiety, feelings of people being unfriendly, family history of bipolar disorder, a recent diagnosis of depression, and legal problems. Bipolar depression may be difficult for both patients and doctors to identify because the symptoms are often confused with major depression," said Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University and Director, Mood Disorders Program, University Hospitals of Cleveland. "Given the difficulty of diagnosing bipolar disorder, the five predictors identified in this study may help physicians better assess a patient's risk for bipolar disorder, which could lead to more effective treatment."
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“Horwitz's plan calls for new medical focus

Case dean to unveil curriculum”
Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 22, 2006

Dr. Ralph Horwitz plans to redirect Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, and he isn’t going to let the university’s financial problems stop him.

“Professor documents Romania's orphan history”

Akron Beacon Journal (AP), May 22, 2006

A professor who researches care for orphans around the world likes to stay with families who take children into their homes to get a first-hand view of their experiences. Victor Groza of Case Western Reserve University said he tries to learn about the culture of countries in which he's working.
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“Graduating expectations

Many universities consider star power along with credentials when it comes to commencement speakers”
The Plain Dealer, May 21, 2006

Most of the time, commencement speakers do not get fees for their gigs, says Richard Barcham, a consultant who handles the commencement speech requests for the International Speakers Bureau, an agency in Dallas. Barcham estimates that 10 percent to 15 percent of commencement speakers are paid. "The first-tier universities, the Ivy League or the powerhouses on the West Coast or maybe even Case Western in Cleveland, they don't need to ask people to come and do this for money," he says. "Because even if you are a very important person, the honor is sufficient."

“Predatory lenders, beware of this Michael Jackson”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 22, 2006

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has hired a person whose primary focus will be to crack down on predatory lenders. Michael E. Jackson, an adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be part of the Economic Crime Unit in the prosecutor’s office. Mr. Jackson’s first duties will be to work with the various governmental and private agencies that in recent weeks have stepped up their efforts to clear Cleveland’s massive backlog of foreclosure cases.

“Bookstore closes as megachain opens

Borders Books & Music writes final chapter for locally owned business in Medina”
Akron Beacon Journal, May 21, 2006

On one side of U.S. Route 42, a sparkling new Borders Books & Music is nearly ready for its May 25 opening -- its shelves are installed and the wide array of books that'll fill them are slowly arriving. On the other side, the independent Village Booksmith is marking down merchandise -- hoping to clear it out before the store closes its doors May 31. Van Doren, who has a doctorate in neuroscience, isn't big on sentimentality. For sure, he'll miss the 30-year-old bookstore, which he and his wife bought in 1995 as a safety net for his precarious, grant-funded salary as a researcher at Case Western Reserve University, but he won't cast the megachain in the role of villain

“Time to Picture the Future

Saying yes is key, Upstate Medical University grads told”
The Post-Standard, May 22, 2006

Screams of excitement filled the John H. Mulroy Civic Center on Sunday as 361 Upstate Medical University graduates accepted their diplomas. Dr. David Murray, professor emeritus at Upstate Medical University, gave the graduates a few words of advice regarding the work force. "Don't doubt everything you know," he told them. ". . . In response to any reasonable request, the answer is yes. The result is an incredibly rewarding career."  Murray, who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree Sunday, also wished President Gregory Eastwood well. Eastwood is leaving Upstate to become the interim president at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

“Holtz Joins East Trailers as VP Sales & Marketing”, May 22, 2006

Mark Holtz recently joined East Manufacturing as vice president of sales and marketing, announced David Tate, president. Holtz earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College, a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is a long-standing member of the Technology and Maintenance Council.

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“Transformation at Antioch”

Inside Higher Education, May 23, 2006

On a recent visit to Antioch College, his alma mater, Michael Brower shared a car ride with a student preparing for graduation. When he asked the young woman about her future plans, she listed as possibilities the Peace Corps, nursing school and a humanitarian trip to Africa.
Her ambitions sounded like those of an Antioch student from any era, Brower said. A 1955 graduate who serves on the alumni board of directors, Brower applied exclusively to the liberal arts college in southwest Ohio because of its reputation for approachable faculty, small classes and socially aware students.

“Online recruiting grows for colleges”, May 22, 2006

Students considering attending the University of Missouri are logging onto the Internet and reading online journals featuring tales of sipping coffee at a local hangout and signing a lease on a new apartment.The blogs are more than sophomoric ramblings about college life. They are one of several Web-based recruitment strategies colleges across the country are employing as they attempt to lure tech-savvy high-schoolers to their campuses.

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University Libraries presents a Brown Bag Lunch at the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) Library, 10825 East Blvd., on May 24 from noon to 1 p.m. Members of the WRHS library staff will give a presentation on the library's special collections, manuscripts, genealogy resources, and research services, and provide a tour of the library. Beverages and dessert will be provided. RSVP to the Kelvin Smith Library Administration office at 368-2992.

The Case Center for Proteomics Symposium takes place May 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. During the symposium, four renowned researchers in the area of proteomics and mass spectrometry will make presentations, followed by a reception in the Wolstein lobby. For more information and updates regarding the seminar go to

First editions of Ben Hur and Gone with the Wind are just a few of the reading treasures among the 80,000 books available at Case Western Reserve University’s 60th Annual Book Sale June 3-6 in Adelbert Gym. For book sale times and special buying days, call 368-2090 or visit

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The current vacation policy for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1 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.

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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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Mina Hoorfar recently joined the university as a research associate with the department of chemical engineering.

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James Bader, director of Case's Center for Science and Mathematics Education, has been invited to join Ohio Gov. Bob Taft in a roundtable discussion on the Ohio Core initiative, a plan which emphasizes more rigorous graduation requirements for high school students. The roundtable discussion will be held today at Cleveland State University.