Save the Date: The Case Task Force on Avian flu will present its report, "Preparing for a Bird Flu Pandemic at Case Western Reserve University," from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2006. The session will be in the Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Priority is for all Case administrators to attend. Refer to the Case Daily for upcoming details.


Protein associated with brain cell death found by Case Western Reserve University researchers

Medical News Today, July 24, 2006

Neuroscientists at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found evidence of which protein in the brain's immune cells triggers a cascade of reactions that produces unregulated free radical production that eventually leads to the neural cell death found in Alzheimer's disease. They report their findings in the Journal of Biological Chemistry article, "Fibrillar Beta-Amyloid Stimulated Intracellular Signaling Cascades Require Vav for Induction of Respiratory Burst and Phagocytosis in Monocytes and Microglia."

Case gets $19 million for science and tech center

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 24, 2006 (paid subscription required)

The National Science Foundation has awarded an initial $19 million to create a science and technology center at Case Western Reserve University. The Center for Layered Polymeric Systems will be located at the Case School of Engineering as one of only six such centers chosen from a pool of 160 applicants. The Case center is the only center funded in the physical sciences and engineering, and it will be one of 17 science and technology centers at universities across the country.

Case is awarded grant for new polymer center

The Plain Dealer, July 25, 2006

The National Science Foundation has awarded Case Western Reserve University $19 million over five years to establish a research center dedicated to the study of polymers, more commonly known as plastics. This is the first-ever NSF science and technology center grant awarded to the university. The foundation chose six centers for funding in this round, out of 160 applications. Only 11 other science and technology centers operate at academic institutions in the United States.

Push ahead with West Quad

The Plain Dealer, July 25, 2006 (editorial)

The campus crisis that took down a president and dozens of other employees at Case Western Reserve University has not derailed its vaunted West Quad project. At least that's what university leaders keep insisting as months pass without word of an agreement with project developer Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

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SAT group can do better

The New York Times, July 24, 2006

The College Board should acquire better scanning software, increase training for test center personnel and make other improvements in its procedures to help prevent errors in scoring SAT exams, according to a report released yesterday. The report, by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, was commissioned by the board after more than 5,000 SAT exams were incorrectly scored last October, some by as many as 450 points out of a possible 2,400 points. The College Board owns and manages the SAT.

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The theme for this week's Case Wednesday Barbecue is American Regions. The last cookout of the season takes place July 26 at the Crawford deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $7.50 and 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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Employees who subscribe to the services provided by Vanguard should take note of a new format for the company's quarterly account statements. Participants have requested that information regarding the number of shares for each fund be included on the statement. The statement will be revised to include this data starting with the September, 30, 2006, statement. In the interim, participants can obtain this data via account information at

UCITE continues its summer series of seminars on the Brain, Learning, and Teaching, run by Jim Zull. This group discusses ideas from Zull's book, The Art of Changing the Brain; Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. Join the group from noon to 1 p.m. July 26, in the Herrick Room of Allen Memorial Medical Library. Pizza is provided. RSVP to UCITE at 368-1224, by e-mail 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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Richard Lu has joined the advancement services department as an analyst/programmer. He previously worked in the Case School of Medicine.

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Hubert H. Humphrey fellows at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior and psychology at the Weatherhead School of Management, its Excellence in Training Award for coaching "Resonant Leadership in Yourself and Others." Boyatzis made his award-winning presentation during the Executive Coaching Conference in February in New York City.