To: The Campus Community

From: John Anderson, provost and university vice president, and Hossein Sadid, chief financial and administrative officer

Date: May 26, 2006

Re: Workforce Reduction Update

As expected, the workforce reductions have taken place in central administration, the Case School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Weatherhead School of Management. The last workday at the university for some staff is today; others have been asked to work until June 2 or later to finish uncompleted projects. All employees affected by workforce reductions will maintain full salary and benefits through June 30, 2006. In addition, those employees may be eligible to receive severance pay under the university HR Policies & Procedures.

On May 30 and 31, the Office of Human Resources will offer classes to assist those employees with career counseling, resume preparation and job placement services. Those employees have already received information about these and other support services.

This is a very difficult time for the university community and especially for our colleagues who will be leaving Case. We recognize the loss of their talents and friendships, and we regret that budget challenges required this undesirable action.

We will continue to keep the campus updated on the budget situation as additional information becomes available.


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“Aziz justifies regime in his appearance at Saddam tribunal
'If the head of state comes under attack, the state is required by law to take action'”

The Argus, May 25, 2006

It was a stark contrast for Tariq Aziz, who once walked the halls of the United Nations in designer suits with a cigar in his mouth. On the witness stand Wednesday, the ailing 70-year-old was pale and hoarse, and wore faded pajamas with a checkered print. It was, in effect, an attempt to do what he always did as Saddam's foreign minister and deputy prime minister: present the regime's case to the world. "His role was always to make Saddam look reasonable, and he was still playing that role," said Michael Scharf, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland who helped train judges and prosecutors for the tribunal.

Some 349 related stories ran in media outlets.

“Reporting Is Not a Crime”

National Review online, May 26, 2006

Jonathan Adler from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law with Jonathan H. Adler & Michael Berry write, “Can journalists be prosecuted for reporting on leaked classified information? Should they? Some conservatives seem to think so. Over the past several months a slew of conservative pundits have argued that the federal government should prosecute journalists for publishing news reports that contain classified information. More recently, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suggested such prosecutions are a real possibility.”

“Opinion: Just a Closer Walk With 'The Da Vinci Code'”

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription), May 26, 2006

Tim Beal from Case Western Reserve University writes: “I first realized that The Da Vinci Code had become a pop-culture phenomenon in the religious-studies classroom when a bright sophomore slipped into my office, closed the door behind him, and explained to me, in hushed tones, that he wanted to leave his bioengineering major and pursue the study of "religious symbology."

“Two-pronged approach for Saddam team”

Northwest Herald, May 26, 2006

Saddam Hussein, the defense strategy is shaping up as a two-pronged argument that the regime was justified in its crackdown on Shiites and that the prosecution is blaming the wrong people for carrying it out. But in two weeks of testimony, the defense has yet to lay a glove on the most damning prosecution evidence: a trove of documents detailing how entire families were imprisoned and children as young as 11 were executed. All are dotted with the signatures of defendants, including Saddam. Meanwhile, the head of the judge's panel that will decide Saddam's fate is showing increasing string of prosecution witnesses also testified they saw both men overseeing the wave of arrests. One Dujail woman gave powerful testimony that Ibrahim not only oversaw her torture but also ordered her hung naked by her hands and kicked her in the stomach.  As for Saddam, he sabotaged any possible "Not Me" defense by standing up in court to proclaim he ordered the 148 Shiites put on trial and signed off on their death sentences. Instead, his entire argument is self-defense — that as head of state, he alone should be accountable for Dujail and that he is blameless for quashing a threat to his life. That would be an effective stance, international law expert Michael Scharf from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law said, if not for the documents showing the Dujail crackdown went far beyond anyone reasonably suspected in the assassination attempt.
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“Long-term RNAi can be deadly”

The Scientist, May 25, 2006

Long-term use of RNA interference (RNAi) can be fatal in mice, scientists report in this week's Nature. However, some short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) suppressed viral infections without killing the mice, suggesting that the technology may still be useful -- if used carefully. The findings are "provocative and striking," Timothy Nilsen at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, who did not participate in the research, told The Scientist. The correlations between expression and toxicity aren't perfect, so "it will be interesting to see if toxic or lethal hairpins expressed with a weaker promoter were both efficacious and didn't have a toxic effect. That would clearly indicate that it's levels of expression that are important."
Also ran in 161 media outlets, including,
 United Press International:
ABC News,

“Increase In Gasoline Prices Raises Ante In Energy Game”

Tampa Tribune, May 25, 2006

We're being ripped off," retiree Ray Adkins complains not long after pumping $65 into his 17-miles-per-gallon Chevy Silverado pickup at a Kennedy Boulevard gas station. He watches the money slip away. They say the problem is not Big Oil. It is Big Us. "Options on the table either have serious counterproductive side-effects or offend powerful political constituencies," said Jonathan H. Adler, a Case Western Reserve University law professor specializing in energy and environmental regulation. "The most important steps," Adler said, "won't produce results right away."

“Medicare Policy Book Takes Beneficiaries' Perspective to Explore Program Pressures, Reform Options”

Ascribe, May 25, 2006

A new policy assessment of Medicare, arriving as the nation's largest public health care program enters its fifth decade amid calls to rein in spending, presents proposals for reforming the program, improving health care for elderly and disabled clients, and achieving long-term savings. "Medicare: A Policy Primer," by Marilyn Moon, explores Medicare's recent changes and their effects on beneficiaries. "A premier expert on Medicare, Marilyn Moon has produced a comprehensive, clear, up-to-date, and definitive picture of the program, its beneficiaries, its politics, and its ongoing policy challenges," says Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. "Anyone interested in the program -- beneficiaries, students, journalists, public officials, and policy analysts -- needs to read this book and keep it close at hand."

Case Western Reserve University to Collaborate in Myasthenia Gravis

PharmaLive, May 25, 2006

Evolutec Group plc (AIM: EVC), the biopharmaceutical company developing novel products for the treatment of allergic, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, is pleased to announce that Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, (“Case”) is to carry out further preclinical studies of rEV576, Evolutec’s second development candidate, in the auto-immune disease myasthenia gravis. Evolutec will provide the rEV576 and Case will provide the research funding.

“TV students win science awards”

The Times-Reporter, May 25, 2006

Brock Hinig, 16, who is completing his sophomore year at Tuscarawas Valley High, was chosen as a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and as an alternate to attend the London International Youth Science Forum to be held July 26-Aug. 10. During the Ohio State Science Day on May 6 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Hinig and Cody Notz received superior ratings. Notz was given a special plaque for participating in the State Science Day for the 5th time, a $5,000 scholarship per year at Case Western Reserve University, $100 from the Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy Award of Excellence, a $50 certificate from the American Chemical Section-Chemical Sciences award, a Scientific American Education Award for subscriptions to Scientific American Magazine. Hinig received a $10,000 scholarship per year for three years to Ohio Wesleyan University, and honorable mention from the Computer Machinery Central Ohio Chapter.

“Listening To Music Can Reduce Chronic Pain And Depression By Up To A Quarter”

Medical News Today, May 25, 2006

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 per cent and depression by up to 25 per cent, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing. group. “The first group were invited to choose their own favourite music and this included everything from pop and rock to slow and melodious tunes and nature sounds traditionally used to promote sleep or relaxation. “The second group chose from five relaxing tapes selected by us. These featured piano, jazz, orchestra, harp and synthesizer and had been used in previous pain studies by co-author Professor Marion Good from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.”

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“The Hot Choice, Post-College”

Inside Higher Education, M ay 26, 2006

Law school or Teach For America? Wrede Smith, a DePauw University political science major, weighed his options this spring as graduation loomed. Acceptance letters arrived from two of four law schools, and he received his invitation to enter the teaching corps in April. In the end, Smith chose to enroll in the most competitive of his options — the one that accepts less than 20 percent of its applicants (hint: it has nothing to do with torts or criminal procedure). Many students like Smith enter their final term in college facing the grad school vs. service program question. And if recent numbers from Teach For America are any indication, the latter option is faring just fine. A record 19,000 people – roughly a 10 percent jump from the previous year – applied this academic year to the program that places students from top colleges in classrooms in disadvantaged school districts for a two-year assignment. The program allows the students to begin teaching just months after graduation while they work toward their teaching certificate, instead of having to wait a year or more to get into the classroom.

“Future of Higher Education Is Divisive “Topic for Panel”

New York Times, May 20, 2006

At one end of the table was the chairman of Kaplan Inc., complaining that he could not get Kaplan's for-profit, Internet-based law school accredited because it has no law library. At the other end was former Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina, white-haired and distinguished, pleading for more federal aid for needy students.

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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

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All outstanding travel advances for travel completed for fiscal year 2005-2006 must be cleared by June 30. For additional information contact the Travel Accounting office at 368-6092.

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) in conjunction with Human Resources is seeking to provide employment assistance to staff members impacted by layoffs by connecting them with information about available jobs in the region. Case Daily readers, as well as other places of business, aware of job openings are encouraged to share them by using the form at

Affected staff members who wish to receive information on job openings may request it using the SAC feedback form at, or staff may contact Human Resources for assistance.

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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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Eric Lacoste recently joined the university as a research associate in the department of pharmacology.

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Yvette Cendes, an undergraduate student studying physics, is featured in the June issue of QST, the Amateur Radio Relay League publication that goes to radio amateurs (known as “hams”) across the continent. The Case Amateur Radio Club is W8EDU.