To: Case Western Reserve University Community
From: Frank Linsalata, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Date: June 30, 2006

I would like to take this opportunity to inform the University Community of the formation of a "Presidents Advisory Group." This group of current presidents of three major research universities and one recently retired president will look at the issues facing Case Western Reserve University, provide counsel regarding dealing with these issues and give their thoughts regarding the qualities and experience needed in our next president. Their perspective and advice will be provided to the Board of Trustees and to the Presidential Search Committee.

The distinguished members of the Presidents Advisory Group include:

  • Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University;
  • Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University;
  • Jim Wagner, President of Emory University; and
  • Chuck Vest, retired President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I want to thank them in advance for their willingness to share their valuable time to assist Case Western Reserve University at this critical juncture. I am confident that their input will be extremely helpful to us as we work through our current challenges and as we select a new president.


In addition to July 4, Monday, July 3 also is a paid university holiday.

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.

Due to the holiday, the Case Club at Severance Hall is closed July 3 and July 4. Effective July 5 there will be a price increase at the Case Club. A soup, salad bar and dessert special will now cost $9.95, while soup, salad bar, hot buffet, and dessert will cost $11.95.


There have been several reports of thefts from buildings on the main academic quad recently. In some of these incidents, it appears as if entry was gained after hours through unlocked windows. Protective Services is taking steps to address this problem, and would like to remind everyone to be sure to close and lock all doors and windows before leaving for any length of time. Additionally, report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 368-3333. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety of your work area, please contact Protective Services at 368-2908.


"Sugary Recipe Boosts Grow-Your-Own Plastics"

Science Magazine, June 30, 2006

Motorists aren't alone in feeling the pain of rising oil prices. Some commodity chemicals, such as the polypropylene that's found in everything from textiles to dashboards, have tripled in price in the past few years. That surge has spurred new interest in the once-sleepy field of converting crops and other renewable feedstocks into commodity chemicals. Unlike previous schemes for turning sugar into HMF, the new process is efficient, easy, and potentially low cost. "It looks real good to me," says Thomas Zawodzinski, a chemical engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. "This is the direction things need to go in."

"Foods You Can Eat to Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease"

Fitcommerce, June 29, 2006

At the present time, one out of ten adults have some form of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is considered a disease of the elderly and with the average lifespan of the US population rising to 74, a solution to the medical problem is being sought... In another study by Robert P. Friedland, MD chief of the neurogeriatrics laboratory at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, "If antioxidants prove to protect against Alzheimer's disease, it is probably because they reduce what is called 'oxidative stress' in cells."

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"One House Down ..."

Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2006

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush implored the country to recognize the importance of basic research and science education, and introduced his American Competitiveness Initiative, which seeks to double research funding for three agencies over the next ten years. On Thursday, the House of Representatives backed up the president's promises with the nation's money.

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The theme for the July 5 Case Wednesday Barbecue is "Northern Italian Market Display." The event takes place 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 July 6 topic is "The Case Libraries: Not Just for Books Anymore," 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."

UCITE announces a summer series of seminars on the Brain, Learning, and Teaching, which will be run by Jim Zull. This group will meet four times in the summer to discuss ideas from Zull's book, The Art of Changing the Brain; Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room of Allen building on July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2. Pizza will be provided. The discussions will examine whether new ideas for teaching can now be gleaned from neuroscience research on learning. RSVP to UCITE at 368-1224, to, or online at click on "Events."

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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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Eva Allen recently joined the university community as a specialist in continuing medical education in the School of Medicine.

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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellows Jihane Faress, Mikhail Gabrilovich and Chadi Bou Serhal are the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University semi-finalists in the ACCP Chest Challenge. CHEST Challenge is a Jeopardy-type contest that Fellows from the 250 pulmonary and critical care medicine programs in the United States and Canada participate in online. The top nine teams from the online contest will compete at the CHEST 2006 conference to name the winner.