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Help deserving Cleveland-area students achieve their dream of a college education by visiting any local Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday, July 26. On this day only, the quick-gourmet restaurant will donate 100 percent of the day's sales (up to $35,000) to Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. (CSP), the oldest and largest college access program in the United States. CSP enjoys a long partnership with Case Western Reserve University, working to increase the number of minority students and to ensure their success during and beyond college. Refer to for a list of participating restaurants.


Point of View: Disasters and Deregulation

Column written by Ted Steinberg, a history and law professor at Case Western Reserve University
Chronicle of Higher Education, issue dated July 21, 2006 (subscription required)

From a statistical perspective, our nation's recent hurricane problem comes down to a case of bad luck. Even though 32 major hurricanes developed in the North Atlantic from 1998 to 2003, only three reached the mainland in the United States. Then came two very active seasons that brought a record number of hurricanes. A little luck is always a good thing, especially with another hurricane season now under way. But we can help load the dice in our favor by understanding what has gone wrong with the federal government's approach to natural hazards.

Yates told psychiatrist children didn't obey

Dallas Morning News, July 19, 2006

Wide-eyed without her glasses, Andrea Yates sat in her orange jail jumpsuit and listed her children's names and ages: Noah, 7; John, 5; Paul, 3; Luke, 2; and Mary, 6 months. Then she told the forensic psychiatrist why she drowned them in the bathtub three weeks earlier. Part of Yates's videotaped interview with Dr. Phillip Resnick on July 14, 2001, was shown to jurors Tuesday in her second murder trial. When asked how she felt about the children, she said, "I didn't hate my children." When Resnick asked if she loved them, she responded, "Yes. Not in the right way, though." Yates did not show remorse then because she was too psychotic and still thought that killing the children was in their best interest, he said. But when he evaluated her four months later, she had been taking anti-psychotic medication and realized she had "needlessly taken her children's lives... so it was a very different picture," said Resnick, who began testifying in the defense's rebuttal phase after the state rested its case Tuesday. Resnick, a psychiatry professor at Case Western Reserve University medical school in Cleveland, was to continue testifying Wednesday.

Investor tax-cut proposal opposed

Akron Beacon Journal, July 19, 2006

A proposal to cut capital gains taxes in Ohio came under fire Tuesday from research groups that advocate for the poor and middle class. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, a plan being considered in the General Assembly to lower the tax on investment profits, or capital gains, would benefit only the richest Ohioans and send about 8,000 jobs and more than $300 million out of the state. Tim Fogarty, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, said when asked to comment on the report that the Washington group's figures seem reasonable. "A very large amount of the stock wealth is held by a very small amount of the population," Fogarty said. However, he said that if the state wants to encourage spending in Ohio, it would be better to cut taxes for the poor because they spend locally, and they do it immediately.

Protein is linked to brain cell death

United Press International, July 18, 2006

Ohio neuroscientists have found evidence that protein in the brain's immune cells triggers a cascade of reactions that leads to neural cell death. The Case Western Reserve University researchers say the unregulated free radical production eventually leads to the neural cell death found in Alzheimer's disease.

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Colleges make way for internships

New York Times, July 19, 2006

Internships have displaced casual hourly jobs as the more typical summer experience for college students -- one that may provide valuable professional contacts or even lead to full-time employment after graduation. In a survey by, which tracks student employment trends, 62 percent of college students planned to do an internship this summer, up from 41 percent two years ago. But as many as half of all internships are unpaid or low-paid, career counselors say. Some students even effectively end up paying tuition to do unpaid internships because some companies, concerned about labor laws, require students to receive academic credit for the experience. And so college administrators nationwide have become more concerned about access to internships at all socioeconomic levels. The solution, they say, is to provide financial assistance.

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Join the S.U.R.E.S. Program (Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies) for this week's "Thursday Lunch & Learn Series" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 211. Gary Murphy, professor for the practice of economics, will discuss sustainability, going "green," and how economists view the issue. RSVP to Lunch will be provided.

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Employees who received a Service Award during the annual awards program held on June 22 can pick up their gifts from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-2 p.m. this Thursday and Friday in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Awards were given to employees with 10 and 25 years of service to the university. For a list of 2006 service award recipients, refer to

Beginning August 1, all Accounts Payable checks will be distributed via U.S. Mail, or must be picked up directly at Accounts Payable. Student refund checks will continue to be picked up at the cashier's office in Yost Hall.

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The university-wide Second Year Cohort Committee and the Office of Student Affairs is sponsoring the 2006 Second Year Institute on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19. All rising second-year Case students are encouraged to apply for this event, which is designed to introduce students to the focus of the second year at Case - exploration, engagement, and creating a personal vision. This interactive event will provide second year students time to connect with their peers around academic, leadership and social activities. Interim President Gregory Eastwood, M.D., will serve as the Distinguished Alumni Speaker on the first day of activities. More information and on-line registration can be found at

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Mary Jones recently joined the university as a department assistant in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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Andrew Lavik, a biology and chemistry major and an officer with Case Cycling Club, was recently awarded an American Cancer Society 2006 Joseph S. Silber Fellowship, an honor that recognizes outstanding undergraduates and encourages them to pursue cancer research. His lab research focuses on investigating a protein involved in metastatic breast cancer. Lavik's mentor for the ACS Silber Fellowship is Lindsey Mayo, an associate professor of radiation oncology and pharmacology.