Mark Turner, Case Western Reserve University's dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will resign his deanship effective July 1 to pursue his research and teaching interests in cognitive science -- an academic discipline he established at Case by building a new department after joining the university in March 1, 2004. Turner will remain at Case as a tenured Institute Professor.

"It has been a great honor to serve Case Western Reserve University. I look forward to dedicating my energies to the development of cognitive science as a transdisciplinary field at Case and in University Circle," Turner said.

Provost Anderson will call a special meeting of the College of Arts and Science executive committee faculty to discuss their recommendations for the search team and potential interim candidates.

"The faculty input will be important to this process as well as input from alumni, staff and our community. We appreciate the service and contributions Dean Turner has made to this University," Anderson said.

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A copy of the University Budget for Fiscal 2006-2007 has been posted on the University’s Planning and Budget Web site, and includes the most recent forecast of operations for 2006. The Case community may access the information at

The 3rd edition of The Value of Research is now available. The book offers evidence of the social, economic and cultural impact university research has globally. The publication can be viewed at Details about how to order a hard copy also can be found at the Web site.


"Case and Hiram College to sign affiliation agreement"

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 20, 2006 AID=/20060620/FREE/60620006/

Hiram College on Wednesday, June 21, will sign an affiliation agreement in which they'll share some liberal arts students. The agreement will allow third-year students in Hiram's liberal arts college to apply to Case for graduate studies in social work. Accepted students will complete their undergraduate senior year as a graduate student in Case's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. It takes two years to earn a master's degree from the Mandel School.

"Groups push alternate net neutrality proposals"

Computer World, June 20, 2006

In an effort to advance the net neutrality debate in the U.S. Congress, two groups have offered their own proposals to prohibit broadband providers from discriminating against competing Internet content, while allowing providers to separate parts of their networks for specialized products. Among those endorsing a proposal for tiered services by providers are David P. Reed, a contributor to the original Internet Protocol design; Miles R. Fidelman, president of The Center for Civic Networking; and Peter D. Junger, law professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

"Aging boomers to send osteoarthritis cases soaring" (USA Today), June 20, 2006

According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population age 65 and older will double in the next 25 years. Roland Moskowitz at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland says the wave of aging Americans is the biggest factor driving the arthritis epidemic of the future. Just as the parts of a car break down with increasing mileage, the body's joints begin to wear out starting at age 50, says Moskowitz, head of the hospitals' Arthritis Research Unit.

"Research Universities Refocusing on Doctoral Programs"

Youngstown Daily Business Journal, June 20, 2006

Ohio's public and private research universities are refocusing the state’s array of doctoral programs to generate world-class research and stimulate economic growth. The 10 public universities involved in the Innovation Incentive Initiative are the University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Toledo and Wright State University. The private universities involved are Case Western Reserve University and University of Dayton.

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"Education Department Won't Revise Rules for Helping People With Too Much Student-Loan Debt"

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription), June 21, 2006

The U.S. Education Department has rejected a formal request to revise regulations that are designed to help borrowers who have taken on unmanageable levels of federal student-loan debt. The agency did, however, leave the door open for considering some of the proposed changes in the future.

"Follow the Distance Learning Leader"

IT Business Net, June 20, 2006

How can higher education cope with escalating demands for institutional accountability? Ask the distance educators. Continuous growth in distance education forces constant evaluation and improvement.

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Today's Wednesday Barbecue will feature a Middle Eastern buffet at the Crawford Deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (rain site is Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall). The cost of $7.50 includes food and beverage of the day; 20 oz. bottled beverages are available for purchase for $1. CaseCharge, CaseCash, and cash accepted. For complete menus and information go to

This evening's Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW!) free concert will feature the Special Event Band performing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more details about WOW! go to

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The Department of Human Resources is sponsoring the 2006 Staff Awards Brunch on June 22 in the Thwing Center Ballroom. This event is held each year to recognize and honor employees with 10 and 25 years of service, along with the recipients of the President's Award for Distinguished Service. Each President's Award recipient will receive a monetary gift and a certificate of recognition. Service award recipients will receive a gift of their choice and a certificate. To view the service award gift selections and a list of the awardees, visit the human resources Web site at

The Corporate AMEX program will be terminated on June 30. The university is preparing to roll-out a new program which will allow employees to use a personal liability VISA card in place of the current card. Details for application and usage are forthcoming in the next several weeks.

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Heidi McCormick, associate director for employer relations in the Career Center, has accepted an opportunity to become the director of alumni relations. In her new role, she will be responsible for building a comprehensive alumni relations program, focusing on regional and chapter programs, and working with schools, colleges and university units to implement programs to support and enhance alumni participation. She will assume her new responsibilities on July 5.

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James Bindas recently joined the university community as a manager with the pulmonary and critical care department.

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Michel Avital, assistant professor of information systems, won the "Best Paper Award" at the 14th European Conference on Information Systems on June 13 in Goteborg, Sweden. The topic of his paper was "From Generative Fit to Generative Capacity: Exploring an Emerging Dimension of Information Systems Fit and Task Performance."