Beginning this Thursday, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood will hold office hours from 4-5 p.m. each Thursday. This weekly office hour is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet Dr. Eastwood in his office and communicate their thoughts and perspectives. Refer to for further information and to complete the online scheduling form.

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New twist on fuel cells

The Plain Dealer, July 18, 2006

Imagine making electricity directly from carbon in a special fuel cell rather than burning it as coal to boil water and spin a steam turbine. It can be done, says Kevin Berner, chief executive of Contained Energy, a startup company in Cleveland that has licensed the technology from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to build fuel cells that will do just that, as early as 2008. Contained Energy expects to receive its first fuel cell from the federal lab in August, says Berner, and it plans to install the cell at the Wright Fuel Cell Group on the Case Western Reserve University campus for testing and replication. The company is initially targeting both mobile and stationary uses for its fuel cells, which Berner says will range in size from 100 watts to 5,000 watts.

Homer's home

The Plain Dealer, July 17, 2006

The authoritative Web site on social and economic data for Northeast Ohio, operated by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is known as NEO CANDO. It's an incredibly valuable resource chock full of data, but not exactly a fun read. Still, devoted fans of TV's Simpsons might call it NEO CAND'OH! The graphic for the property data section uses a fictional address, 742 Evergreen Terrace. That's the fictional home address of Homer, Marge and the kids. "I'm just a fan of the show," said programmer Michael Schramm, who promised he didn't hide any other secret Simpsonisms.

Diabetes drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer's

Senior Journal, July 17, 2006

It's a small study but the results are intriguing -- the possibility that a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat type 2 diabetes may also help people with Alzheimer's disease to better hold on to memory and brain function over a longer period of time. Treatment of high blood sugar may have a scientific connection to memory loss that could, one day, benefit millions of people with Alzheimer's, according to research at the University of Virginia Health System and Case Western Reserve University.

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How a search can change an institution

Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2006

When the University of Louisville first started to recruit Gina Bertocci in 2004, she wasn't looking to move. A bioengineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she had a great job, a lab pulling in seven-figure grants and a partner who was doing a postdoc. But Louisville doesn't give up easily. So officials kept on coming back, offering her an endowed chair, a nice salary, help for her partner in locating a job. One day, Bertocci asked if her partner could be covered by domestic partner benefits and the officials recruiting her (academics, not HR folks) said that they assumed so, but would need to check. As they found out, no such benefits existed for unmarried partners. Bertocci said she would make the move -- but only with the understanding that the university would move toward offering benefits for domestic partners, something no university in Kentucky had done. Last week, Louisville fulfilled its end of the deal, when its board adopted a domestic partner program.

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The theme for this week's Case Wednesday Barbecue is Parisian Picnic. The event -- which will feature music by world music DJ Kris Koch -- 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

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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. This Thursday's session will focus on "Podcasts, Blogs and Wikis," from noon to 1 p.m. in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to, or register at, and click on "Events."

The Children's Technology Workshop for Grades 2-8 being held this Wednesday through Friday at the Kelvin Smith Library is offering a discounted price of $225 for children of faculty and staff. Details about the workshop can be found at (the discount will not be displayed at the site). For further information e-mail

The Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is presenting a special seminar on "Angiogenesis Regulators such as VEGF-165 and bFGF Induce Unique 'Fingerprint' Vascular Patterns that Are Quantifiable" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413. Patricia Parsons-Wingerter from the NASA Glenn Research Center will present.  For more information contact

UCITE announces a summer series of seminars on the Brain, Learning, and Teaching, which will be run by Jim Zull. This group will meet 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 from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Herrick Room of Allen Memorial Medical Library on July 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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Marcus Dawson recently joined the university as a coordinator with the Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life office.

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Amy Mielke, a doctoral student in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, was the winner in the Young Professionals category of this year's Northern Ohio American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Best Paper Competition. Her paper, entitled "Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostic for Measurement of Temperature, Velocity, and Density Fluctuation Spectra," was coauthored by Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the department.