The Office of Student Activities and Leadership and Thwing Center are sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on June 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thwing Ballroom. Registration can be done online at, or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

The deadline is approaching for locker renewal at Veale Center for the 2006-07 school year. Stop by the issue room until June 30 if you wish to renew your locker. Forms of payment are cash or check only. Those who do not plan to renew are asked to remove their belongings by June 30.


"Where are today's innovators to help Toledo prosper anew?"

Toledo Blade, June 13, 2006

Could it be that Ohioans aren't as inventive as they once were?
A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland suggests that when Ohio was a leader in patent creation, its residents' income ranked near the top of the list nationally, but now that its patent production has shrunk, so has its income. From the 1930s to the new millennium, U.S. population grew 139 percent, and even though Ohio did the best among the states in its district, with an increase of 72 percent, that paled in comparison to California's 528 percent population explosion. And, during that seven-decade period, patents in the four states barely budged, according to the authors, Paul Bauer and Mark Schweitzer, Fed economists, and Scott Shane, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

"Oil-Based 'Glue' Helps Flies, and Robot, Walk Up Walls"

Fox News, June 12, 2006,2933,199161,00.html

Walking upside-down requires a careful balance of adhesion and weight, and specialized trekking tools to combat the constant tug of gravity. A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Germany recently studied more than 300 species of wall-climbing insects and watched them all leave behind sticky footprints. "There are over one million insect species," team leader Stanislav Gorb, who worked with a team of robotic specialists from Case Western Reserve University, told LiveScience. "We suppose that all of them have the secretion, but it is difficult to be 100 percent sure."

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"Australian fossil mounds may show life from 3.4 billion years ago"

Casper Star Tribune, June 13, 2006

Odd-shaped mounds of dirt in Australia are fossils of the oldest life on Earth, created by billions of microbes more than 3 billion years ago, scientists say in a new report. In a similar situation 10 years ago, scientists at NASA claimed they found evidence of fossilized microbial life in a Martian meteorite. Those claims have been sharply disputed. One of the chief skeptics of the Martian meteorite claims, Ralph Harvey, a geology professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said he is far more inclined to believe that the Australian mounds were once alive.

"Athletes ignoring the dangers of risky activity"

The Plain Dealer, June 13, 2006

"You have this sense of omnipotence or sense that you can conquer anything," said Donald Freedheim, psychology professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, about athletes that take risks. "People who have a lot of attention focused on them and a lot of adulation can develop that omnipotent feeling, and that can lead to some risky behavior."

Profs raise questions about negative faculty evaluation of president"

The Athens News, June 12, 2006

The secretary of the Ohio University faculty group that gave a poor rating to top OU administrators on Friday defended the legitimacy of the group's survey against various charges on Friday. The OU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on Wednesday announced results of the survey, which found that most respondents "disagreed" or "disagreed somewhat" with giving votes of confidence to President Roderick McDavis, Provost Kathy Krendl and Vice President for Regional Higher Education Charles Bird. Two recent no-confidence votes for presidents at Case Western Reserve University and Harvard University happened via lower response rates, and in both cases the presidents resigned.

"Flight of Young Adults Is Causing Alarm Upstate"

New York Times, June 13, 2006

Upstate New York is staggering from an accelerating exodus of young adults, new census results show. Last month, after graduating with a master's degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Andrew Allen, 23, returned to his parents' home in Greece, a Rochester suburb. He is weighing job possibilities and may pursue a doctoral degree.

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"The Disappearing Chinese Engineers"

Inside Higher Education, June 13, 2006

Pop quiz: What is the significance of 600,000, 350,000, and 70,000? As anyone who has attended one of the many recent Congressional hearings on American science education or economic competitiveness knows, those are the numbers of engineers who graduated last year from institutions of higher education in China, India and the United States, respectively.

"My Graduation Surprise"

New York Times, June 11, 2006

Three years ago, I was living in Chicago, working as a radio producer. I had health insurance. There was a sheet of paper hanging above my desk that listed everyone's extension. Seeing my name there felt like proof that I was a responsible, on-the-ball adult. Or at least it did until the afternoon that Dorse, the woman down the hall in human resources, called me into her office and told me the government was trying to garnish my wages. She handed me a stack of forms that had just been faxed over, detailing the thousands of dollars that, until that moment, I had no idea I owed.

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The 2006 Brody Institute on Parent-Child Relations takes place June 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, room 323. Grace Christ of Columbia University's School of Social Work will discuss "Developmental Patterns of Children's Responses to Parental Illness and Loss." RSVP to, or at 368-2284.

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TIAA-CREF Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions will be held on June 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 209 Crawford Hall. Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment contact Kay Fulk or Alisia Powell at (877) 209-3138.

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The U.S. Department of State encourages students who are planning international travel or study during the summer to review safety information at

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Vicki Grace recently joined the department of pharmacology as its new business manager.

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Kimberly Hyde, a Ph.D. student in the department of art history and art, has been appointed The Smithsonian American Art Museum's James Renwick Predoctoral Fellow in American Craft for the 2006-07 academic year.