The National Science Foundation (NSF) will establish a prestigious multimillion-dollar research center at Case Western Reserve University, effective August 1. The new NSF Science and Technology Center at Case, named the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) at the Case School of Engineering, will be a powerful national presence for research at the crossroads of polymer science and engineering with the physical sciences (called "polymers plus"), and for education of a diverse American workforce that can meet the challenges of emerging multidisciplinary polymer-based technologies. For more about this new center, refer to

UniversityLease has been selected as the university's new computer leasing company. After an order has been established in the e-Procurement system, UniversityLease will work directly with the department to establish the logistics. The department may select a 24- or 36-month term and may opt for a capital ($1 buyout) or an operating (give back at end of term) lease. Contact Phyllis Vencius for more details by e-mail to or call 368-2727.

Help deserving Cleveland-area students achieve their dream of a college education by visiting any local Chipotle Mexican Grill, today, 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. Refer to for a list of participating restaurants.


A nice catch for Case

The Plain Dealer, July 26, 2006 (editorial)

Case Western Reserve University has scored a coup in winning a $19-million federal grant to establish a polymer research center on campus. Polymers, literally a material made of many molecules, are best known in their synthetic form as plastics. By combining multiple layers of particular elements, scientists can create materials that are lighter, more flexible, and more efficient.

UH gets new name, other changes in fall

The Plain Dealer, July 26, 2006

Would a hospital by any other name smell as antiseptic? Probably. But the new name and logo of Cleveland's second-largest health system represents more than a makeover. It coincides with a $1 billion expansion that will bring state-of-the-art medical facilities and new prestige. Beginning this September, University Hospitals Health System -- which stretches from Ashtabula County to Lorain County and south to Canton -- will be known simply as University Hospitals. Its flagship, University Hospitals of Cleveland, will become Case Medical Center to reflect the long-standing relationship with its academic affiliate, Case Western Reserve University, whose brand name is Case.

Why Iran is outsourcing its agenda to Hezbollah

Fox News Live, Fox News Channel, July 25, 2006 (no online access)

Amos Guiora, professor of law, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was interviewed on how Iran is wielding its influence to wage a stealthy war against Israel and America and the possible widening of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

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A crash course for the loneliest job on the campus: presidency

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 28, 2006 (paid subscription)

Lobbying and government relations are an essential part of being a college president, especially at public institutions. Yet, few would-be college leaders are taught how to work with lawmakers. So last month, when a group of 37 prospective presidents came here to learn how to run a college, they got a crash course on the ways of Washington. It was one of many aspects of an increasingly complex job covered during the Millennium Leadership Institute, a four-day program run by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Reminder: Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy a one-hour workout with your colleagues in a line dancing class sponsored by the Department of Human Resources. The session gets going at 5:30 p.m. today, July 26, in the Veale Center. Class is limited to 40 people. Details: send e-mail to

Jazz legend Robert Lockwood Jr. and the All-Star Band are the featured performers in this evening's free Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW!) concert. Showtime is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Wade Oval. Rain site will be the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. For more details, refer to

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The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is accepting nominations for the election of representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management, School of Law and the School of Medicine for the term beginning in September 2006 through August 2008. Nominations will be accepted this week, July 24-28, 2006. The election will take place August 15-25, by e-mail or paper ballot. Any member of the staff or faculty may nominate a staff member(s) from the participating schools and colleges who have been employed at the university before March 1, 2006. For information, visit

The Department of Human Resources invites you to its monthly hourlong Building Wealth series set to begin at noon on Thursday, July 27. The kickoff topic is "Smart Debt: It's your Credit." Join other budding wealth-builders in the SAGES Seminar Room, first floor of Crawford Hall. For more about the series, refer to For the complete list of seminars, refer to To register, e-mail to

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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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Anna Webb has joined the university community as a research assistant in the pediatrics department.

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The Web site of the anthropology department's Center for Research on Tibet was featured in Science Magazine's "NETWATCH" section in the July 14 edition. The piece was titled "Up on the Plateau." Melvyn C. Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor in Anthropology, is codirector for the center. Refer to