After an international search, Case Western Reserve University Interim President Gregory Eastwood, M.D., and Dr. Kazuo Inamori, founder of the Inamori Foundation and of Kyocera Corp. and the telecommunications giant KDDI, announce the appointment of William Deal, Case's Severance Associate Professor of the History of Religion, as the first Inamori Professor and Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Deal's appointment is effective July 1.

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The Office of Student Community Service has a new name: the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. For more details about the center go to

Participants are needed for a research study on consumer views of anti-aging interventions. If you are at least 35 years of age and currently use anti-aging therapies, you may be eligible to participate in a two-hour focus group to discuss your thoughts and experiences. Participants will receive monetary compensation. Contact, or call 368-0881 for more information.


"Who Pays for Twins' Dramatic Operation?"

Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2006

It was a bold rescue effort, offering tiny conjoined twin sisters, only 10 months old, hope for a normal life. Eighty doctors and nurses worked in a 22-hour surgery to separate Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros, fused from the lower chest to the pelvis, locked in an awkward embrace. But for all of the publicity the case has received, hospital and state officials have remained tight-lipped about one key aspect of the twins' care: the cost, at least a portion of which will be paid by taxpayers. None of the ethicists and economists consulted by The Times argued that the girls, specifically, should not have been separated. But several said this case and others underscored some of the system's unspoken priorities. "Our medical culture is not to take into account the common good, but the needs of this particular patient who needs to be saved," said Stephen G. Post, a bioethics professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

"Medical Masters"

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 3, 2006 (subscription required)

Dr. Ellen Frank was moving up the management ladder at Kaiser Permanente in 1996 when she decided to get a master's degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College. In 1998, Dr. Thomas Stellato started at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management to receive his executive MBA. "Growing up through the ranks at University Hospitals, I'd added management responsibilities, but I didn't have any background or instruction in business or management," said Dr. Stellato, who is now general surgery director for University Hospitals of Cleveland. Many of the doctors pursuing advanced business degrees feel their education will get them a seat at the table where decisions are made that affect their profession and health care delivery.

"Hospital attempts cardiac comeback"

The Plain Dealer, July 5, 2006

Not too long ago, the heart program at University Hospitals of Cleveland was as tired as a cliche. It was never a powerhouse, but cardiology and cardiac surgery at UH took a particularly bad fall several years ago that cost the hospital business and credibility. But after years of upheaval that caused key faculty to depart and patient numbers to decline, there is a noticeable spring in UH's step. University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have embarked on an ambitious $20 million comeback that includes 14 new faculty positions and the return of transplant medicine.

"Doctors practice on robots"

Akron Beacon Journal, July 5, 2006

"I'm gonna pass out," the robot said. A team of eight doctors rushed about to keep their groaning patient alive, all the while reassuring him that he would be all right. On this day, the robot portrayed a 19-year-old football player who had fainted on the practice field, and now his heart was beating too fast and his blood pressure wasn't right. The patient, a computerized mannequin, lives perpetually in a hospital bed in the newly opened Mount Sinai Skills and Simulation Center in Cleveland. After several years of planning between departments at Case Western Reserve University that already use simulation, the university opened the center in May with the help of a $10 million grant from Cleveland's Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation.

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"End of a Golden Era"

Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2006

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled between the 1999 fiscal year and the 2003 fiscal year, many research institutions found themselves awash in funding as yearly budget increases of 15 percent became the norm. But many researchers and institutions were unprepared, financially and psychologically, when the windfall ended. At Case Western Reserve University, a decline in NIH funds contributed to a budget shortfall of $17 million below projections for the 2006 fiscal year. NIH funds are key at Case -- and at many institutions the NIH is the largest outside source of research support.

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The department of dermatology is holding free skin cancer screenings on July 7 from 2-5 p.m. at 3100 Bolwell Health Center, University Hospitals. To schedule an appointment call (216) 844-3568.

The theme for today's 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. 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. For complete menus go to

Outdoor summer yoga at Case continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 25, noon to 1 p.m. on the Case quad behind Adelbert Hall (rain site:  Amasa Stone Chapel). The classes will be led by Marcia Camino, a certified and registered adult and children's yoga teacher. Classes are open to the entire Case community. There is no charge or registration required, and participants can join at any time. For more details go to

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Act III Roundtable, a discussion group for women in or nearing retirement, takes place July 6 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (309 Thwing Center). To be added to the Act III distribution list, contact

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."

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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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Jacob Clemens recently joined the university as a coordinator with Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life.

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Recipients for the 2006 President's Award for Staff Excellence were recently announced. Richard Baznik, director for the Institute for the Study of the University in Society; Catherine Nichols, director of business operations in the material science and engineering/macromolecular science and engineering department; and Theresa Wilson, a department assistant with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, are this year's winners.