Jeffrey Wolcowitz, who served as associate dean for undergraduate education at Harvard University and as former associate dean and chief planning officer of Harvard College, has been named dean of undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University. He begins his new duties August 1.

"My first order of business will be to listen and learn," said Wolcowitz, who has either been a student, faculty member or administrator at Harvard for 30 years. "It is one thing to read about a university and quite another to see its processes and culture in person and begin to participate in them."

Wolcowitz, who was a senior lecturer in economics at Harvard, also will hold the title of adjunct professor of economics at Case. To learn more about the new dean, go to:


Case Western Reserve University's honorary degree committee invites the campus community to offer nominations of honorary degree candidates to be recognized at commencement ceremonies in May 2007. For more details go to

Due to the holiday, Veale Center will be open on July 3 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. only, and closed on July 4. Regular hours will resume on July 5.


"Journal Corrects Vioxx Article to Reflect Short-Term Heart Risk"

Forbes, June 26, 2006

More than a month after news surfaced that Vioxx might cause cardiovascular side effects before the 18 months originally cited in an influential 2005 study, the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday issued a formal correction to its article on the study to reflect the new information. Another Vioxx expert agreed. The correction and accompanying articles published Monday "all demonstrate that there was never any data to support the 18-month duration of Vioxx exposure for risk of heart attack," said Dr. Eric Topol, professor of medicine and genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

"Built for broadcast"

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 26, 2006

At present, Don Archteck's early-stage "visioning" projects include a digital broadcast center for Case Western Reserve University, a distance-learning center for Hathaway Brown School, and new studios for The Weather Channel. The firm also is working on digital broadcast centers in Columbus for WBNS-TV and the Ohio News Network (ONN) and in Pittsburgh for WPXI-TV.

"Colleges try to assist more students taking psychiatric drugs"

Akron Beacon Journal (AP), June 27, 2006

A rising number of college students are taking medication for mental disorders, and schools are trying to help them by adding counselors and extending health center hours. "We see a very clear trend of more first-years entering already on psychotropic medications to manage anxiety, depression and just plain old angst of young adulthood," said Dr. Jes Sellers, director of counseling services at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Also ran in 11 other media.

"The migraine beaters"

The Daily Mail, June 27, 2006

Migraine is a debilitating condition affecting one in eight people in the UK. One study, by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, went a stage further and combined Botox with surgery to remove tiny muscles from the forehead, temple and back of the neck. After the treatment, the intensity and duration of the migraine attacks were reduced for 92 per cent of the 89 patients studied and eliminated for 35 per cent.

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"A Stinging First Draft"

Inside Higher Ed, June 27, 2006

For railroads and steel manufacturers, the best days are past. Do American colleges and universities face the same fate?

"When Saving Lives Is More Than Child's Play"

New York Times, June 23, 2006

AS David Acker greets the class of aspiring emergency medical technicians on the first day of the summer session at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, you're not exactly sure if he's welcoming them or trying to run them off.

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The June 28 Case Wednesday Barbecue will feature an Asian-influenced buffet with vegetarian options, picnic tables, and music by Jessica Stewart (piano) at the Crawford Deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The price 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. In the event of inclement weather, the barbecue and music will move indoors to the Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall. Sponsored by Bon Appetit, the Office of Summer Programs, Campus Services, and Office of Student Activities. For complete menus go to

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UCITE announces a summer series of seminars on the effective use of technology for teaching and professional advancement. The sessions will be run in conjunction with Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) and Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) personnel. "The new Freedman Center for Digital Media" session will highlight technology that can aid in teaching and research issues, June 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Allen building's Herrick Room. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to, or register at, and click on "Events." 6/16

Procurement and Distribution Services will need all Purchase Requisitions for FY 05-06 to be entered and approved in Peoplesoft with the applicable supporting documentation received at their offices in CASC no later than 5 p.m. today for a Purchase Order (PO) to be issued prior to June 30. Requisitions for new Purchase Orders for FY 06-07 should be entered into Peoplesoft beginning July 1. Please contact the Customer Care Team at, or 368-2560 with any questions. Full-time faculty members are invited to apply for National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends for 2007. Full-time faculty who wish to be considered as one of the two nominees allowed to the university should submit a preliminary application by June 30 to Deputy Provost Lynn Singer via Please note that staff members and part-time faculty are eligible to apply directly without a university nomination. Complete details and guidelines are available at

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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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Kenneth Hardy recently joined the university as a technician with the School of Medicine's administrative computing department.

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John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History, recently had the opportunity to converse with two former Turkish presidents. He interviewed former Presidents Suleyman Demirel and Kenan Everen. Grabowski talked with Evren, Turkey's seventh president, and Demirel, the ninth president, to gather contributions for an anniversary tribute to Ihsan Dogramaci, the founder of Bilkent, Turkey's first private university.