Case Western Reserve University has appointed Cyrus Taylor, Ph.D., as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Taylor, who also serves as Chair of the Department of Physics and is the Albert A. Michelson Professor of Physics, will begin his new duties immediately. The university has issued a news release announcing Taylor's appointment.

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is seeking university faculty, staff and students as volunteers for its Community Based Mentoring Program this fall. There is a waiting list of 170 boys and 30 girls waiting to be matched with a mentor. Volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment to meet twice a month at their convenience with their youth partner. For more information go to

Munch now delivers to the south side of campus and to University Hospitals. Free delivery with an order of $25 or more (orders under $25 have a $2.50 delivery charge). Munch is located on the second floor of 121 Fitness Center and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu features wraps, melts, pitas, salads, protein smoothies and more. For details call 368-3095.


"Free, Legal and Ignored"

Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2006 (subscription required)

But when it comes to online music, even free hasn't been enough to persuade many students to use such digital download services as Napster, Rhapsody, Ruckus and Cdigix. As a result, some schools have dropped their services, and others are considering doing so or have switched to other providers. "We were not in a position to offer an alternative to iTunes," says Lev Gonick, the chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. "The alternatives looked like they had more sizzle than steak."

"Bikers rev up where old Tibet and new China collide"

Reuters (reprinted in The Washington Post), July 5, 2006

Tibetan herdsmen in cowboy hats and traditional robes roar by on gaudy motorbikes. Sun-baked nomads wander around shops owned by Han Chinese migrants. Tibetan and Cantonese pop blares from music stores. Welcome to Litang, a 13,120-foot-high town in China's mountainous far west where Tibetan-populated highlands spill over into Sichuan province. China's social and economic metamorphosis meets head on here with traditional herding ways. "The most significant thing currently about Tibet is not the political strife -- that's gone on forever. It's the massive changes in the economy and ways of life," said Melvyn Goldstein, an anthropologist at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, who has long studied Tibet.

"Presidential advisors"

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 5, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has formed a President's Advisory Group that is made up of three current university presidents -- two of them well known on the Case campus -- and one former college leader.

"American Greetings tries on Hollywood for size"

Associated Press (reprinted in the Akron Beacon Journal), July 5, 2006

Freekin -- yes, that's his name -- didn't mind being dead. Until he missed his toys, his parents and his friends. So the child made himself undead and brought his posthumous pals "Pretty" and "Scary" back to the land of living with him. Together, they are "Pretty Freekin Scary," a cartoon trio of zombies with Bart Simpson's youth appeal and a dash of punk fashion -- and one of the latest creations of American Greetings Corp. American Greetings, with established relationships with thousands of businesses such as Wal-Mart and toymaker Mattel Inc., is taking a logical step, said Craig Nard, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University who specializes in intellectual property.

"How to train your brain"

Belfast Telegraph (UK), July 4, 2006

We all know what we should do to increase physical fitness. But how can we increase the fitness of our brains? While taking your mind for a jog isn't an option, giving it regular exercise is. The concept of training your brain is gaining credibility, and now it's become the computer games industry's latest big idea, with four new games just out to help people to flex their mental muscles. According to a study into the effects of Alzheimer's by the Case Western Reserve University in the United States, middle-aged people who kept active, mentally or physically, were less likely to develop the disease in later life.

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"A 'Rainbow' Approach to Admissions"

Inside Higher Ed, July 6, 2006

Like research universities all over the country, Tufts University asks applicants to submit their high school grades, various test scores, letters of recommendation, as well as the predictable essays about significant life experiences and so forth. This year, applicants to Tufts will also have the option of answering very different kinds of questions. They might be asked to write a short story to fit the title "Confessions of a Middle School Bully" or "The End of MTV."

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The School of Medicine and the Department of Genetics presents Yosef Shiloh from Tel-Aviv University speaking on "ATM: The Art of Maintaining Genome Integrity" on July 7 at 1 p.m. in room 105 of the BRB. For more information contact

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.

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The application deadline for the 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar grants is August 1.  Go to for details on the new awards, eligibility guidelines, and downloadable materials.

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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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Sara Conry recently joined the university community as a research assistant with the department of medicine.

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Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals, recently honored Harry Winston Mergler as an eminent member, the highest level of membership in the organization. In 1957, he joined the faculty of Case Institute of Technology, and in 1973 was appointed to the Leonard Case Chair in Electrical Engineering, where he served until 1989. Professor Mergler's teaching and research specialty is the digital logic design as applied to embedded control networks in machine-tool controls, aeronautical instrumentation, and industrial control processes. He is the author of the book Methods in Digital Logic Design.