The campus community is invited to visit the Discovery and Wellness Center for Children, located in University Hospital’s Hanna Pavilion. The center offers several research-based treatment programs for children and adolescents who suffer from problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you know of a child in need of treatment, or for more information, contact the intake coordinator at (216) 844-3922 or go to

Volunteers are sought for The Huntington Cleveland Harborfest July 12-16. More than a dozen historic vessels from the United States and Canada will once again call Cleveland home during the event, and volunteer assignments include greeters, ticket takers, information people, crowd control, hospitality, and more. For information about volunteering, contact Kathy Levine at, or call (216) 696-5339. For more information about the event go to


“A Case of hypersecrecy”

The Plain Dealer, May 31, 2006

Case Western Reserve University officials are acting as though they learned little from the crisis that toppled their president this spring. The culture of secrecy that so contributed to faculty unrest a few months ago appears undiminished by the pending change of administration. As the institution experiences the painful process of massive layoffs, officials refused last week to give even tentative figures regarding job losses - and thus needlessly added to campus and community unease.

“Is the lifting of library fines long overdue?”

Christian Science Monitor, May 31, 2006

Irina Freyman regularly patronizes several suburban libraries west of Boston. But her favorite is the red-brick Dover Town Library, in part because it offers an unusual advantage: no fines for overdue materials. "It's not the money, it's just inconvenient to pay fines if I've left my purse in the car," says Ms. Freyman as she and her family head for the checkout desk on a Saturday afternoon. "They're also friendlier here."... Some libraries offer an amnesty one day a week or one week a year. This month the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is giving patrons a one-time amnesty to return overdue materials with no penalties.

“Design excellence a necessity”

The Plain Dealer, May 31, 2006

Cleveland has a legendary case of low self-esteem, born of a half-century of economic decline and a generation's worth of jokes about a certain flammable waterway. ..Case Western Reserve University had a huge opportunity in 1997 when it hired Frank Gehry to design the shiny metal Peter B. Lewis Building for the Weatherhead School of Management. But the university gave the architect a less-than-prominent site at Ford Drive and Bellflower Road. Halfway through the design, former university president Agnar Pytte subtracted a substantial amount of land from the project, forcing midstream corrections that added cost and squeezed the project's bulk into a smaller footprint.

“University Hospitals of Cleveland Receives $250,000 Grant for Breast Cancer Research from Komen Foundation”

Yahoo News (PRNewswire), May 30, 2006

Researchers at the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland have received a $250,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for the development of a new device to enhance breast cancer radiation treatment. The two-year grant will support research into the development of a high- precision positioning system for image-guided breast cancer radiation. Led by Jason Sohn, PhD, in the department of radiation oncology at the Ireland Cancer Center, researchers are developing a novel optical device to increase the accuracy of daily breast radiation therapy. "This new instrument will also improve patient safety for women who have undergone lumpectomies," says Dr. Sohn, who is also Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "We are pleased to have the support of the Komen Foundation to potentially take breast cancer therapy to the next level.

“Soothing music”

Crain’s Cleveland Business, May 30, 2006 /article?AID=/20060530

A WebMD story posted on reports that a study in June’s Journal of Advanced Nursing shows that adults with chronic pain “reported less pain, depression, and disability and felt more empowered after a week of listening to music for an hour a day.” The study comes from two researchers in Cleveland: Sandra Siedliecki of the Cleveland Clinic and Marion Good of Case Western Reserve University.

“Music 'can reduce chronic pain'”

BBC, May 28, 2006

US researchers tested the effect of music on 60 patients who had endured years of chronic pain. Those who listened to music reported a cut in pain levels of up to 21 percent, and in associated depression of up to 25 percent, compared to those who did not listen... Professor Marion Good, who also worked on the study, said: "Listening to music has already been shown to promote a number of positive benefits and this research adds to the growing body of evidence that it has an important role to play in modern healthcare."

“XiXi Du, Tallmadge”

Akron Beacon Journal, May 31, 2006

You name it, XiXi Du probably has accomplished it at Tallmadge High. With all that to her credit, it's no wonder she's heading to the highly competitive Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on a scholarship.

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“Ivor van Heerden's 'Storm' Draws Fire at L.S.U.”

New York Times, May 30, 2006

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Ivor van Heerden and his colleagues searched through homes in the city he calls the Cajun Atlantis, looking for battery-powered clocks. In the face of horrifying destruction, Dr. van Heerden, the deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, knew that small things helped tell the big story. The moment that the clocks' time stopped could show when the homes filled with water, data "vitally important to any good forensic study," as he puts it in his new book, "The Storm: What Went Wrong During Hurricane Katrina — The Inside Story From One Louisiana Scientist," published last week by Viking.

“What Really Counts in Getting In”

Inside Higher Education, May 31, 2006

Do you want your daughter to get into Harvard? Get yourself to an art museum. But if your daughter doesn’t want to go, don’t worry about it. That’s because there is a correlation between parents who visit art museums having their children end up at highly competitive colleges. There’s no correlation between visiting art museums and ending up at a top college yourself. That’s one of the surprising findings of one of the more unusual studies about which factors may or may not lead students to end up in college or at an elite college. The study, “Chess, Cheerleading, Chopin: What Gets You Into College,” appears in the new issue of Contexts, a publication of the American Sociological Association.

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Case Western Reserve University’s 60th Annual Book Sale runs June 3-6 in Adelbert Gym. For book sale times and special buying days, call 368-2090 or visit

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The Faculty Diversity Officer is conducting an IRB-approved research study with faculty exit interviews via an anonymous online survey. The participation of appropriate administrators and/or department assistants in all departments and divisions is being requested in two ways: first, that all departing faculty members are informed that they will receive an e-mail request to complete the Faculty Exit survey from the Faculty Diversity Officer; and secondly that Form #5 – Notification of Faculty Termination - is submitted to the faculty diversity officer. The completed PDF writable form may be e-mailed to or submitted as a hard copy to: Beth McGee, Faculty Diversity Officer, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Adelbert Hall 310, LC: 7048. Form #5 is available online at Please contact diversity specialist, or at 368-8874, with any questions.

The Case Wellness Committee invites faculty and staff to attend a Lunch and Learn session, "Stress Management through Relaxation" on June 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in 310B Nord Hall. The session is sponsored by University Counseling Services.

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Matthias Buck, an assistant professor in the department of physiology and biophysics, recently received an independent scientist award from the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH for his work on small GTPase-plexin receptor interactions. The $500,000 award will pay most of his salary for the next five years.