The university's board of trustees is inviting all members of the Case Western Reserve University community to participate in the presidential search process. All constituents can take part in forums or focus groups, in the Cleveland area and in cities across the country, to offer views on the qualifications the university should seek in its next president. For an updated schedule of forums, go to http://www.case.edu/president/search/commun/forums.html.


A research study on the public perception of a genetic test is in need of participants. If you are a parent with children living at home, you may be eligible to participate in a two-hour focus group to discuss your opinions. Participants will receive monetary compensation. Call Gail Gangadine in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, 368-5630.

Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has selected Case as one of its "portfolio" schools for recruiting engineering graduates. This means that Caterpillar will now be actively recruiting Case graduates via the Case Career Center. For more information on Caterpillar Inc., visit http://www.cat.com. To find out more about the programs and services at the Case Career Center, visit http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/.


Case medical school freezes staff salaries

The Plain Dealer, July 28, 2006

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine froze salaries for most of its faculty and staff this month as part of university-wide measures to reduce a $43 million deficit. Cost-of-living and merit raises have been put on hold for a year, although a handful of faculty and staff will receive bonuses averaging about 2 percent, according to Lisa Marshall, associate dean of the Case medical school. She said the bonuses are being granted on a case-by-case basis. The freeze follows last month's termination of 42 staff positions at the medical school, and Marshall acknowledged faculty aren't happy about it. "Nobody enjoys a salary freeze," she said.

Funds to help USM polymer school

Hattiesburg American, July 28, 2006

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of 10 institutions involved in a five-year, $19 million polymer science research investment from the National Science Foundation. The project will be run out of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where the NSF will establish a polymer science and engineering research center. The first stage of the project, which could be renewed after five years, begins Aug. 1.

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Rallying behind open access

Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2006

If universities pay the salaries of researchers and provide them with labs, and the federal government provides those researchers with grants for their studies, why should those same universities feel they can't afford to have access to research findings? That's part of the argument behind a push by some in Congress to make such findings widely available at no charge.

Mastering engineering

Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2006

Unlike doctors and lawyers, engineers are ready for work right out of college. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is a hot topic of debate among engineers and engineering faculty members. C. Judson King, director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley, and a professor emeritus of chemical engineering, wants to see a change in the way undergraduate engineers are educated.

Judge restores student newspaper's faculty adviser

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

A federal judge has ordered a community college in New Jersey to reinstate the faculty adviser to its student newspaper while he heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether she had been removed because the college's administration didn't like the articles her students were publishing. According to the Associated Press, the judge said her removal for the duration of the case would have had a "chilling effect" on free speech at Ocean County College

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Rainy weather caused organizers to reschedule the Walk for Wellness event originally set for July 27. Interested persons are asked to join other walkers at noon on Wednesday, August 2. The two-mile course will start at Severance Hall and wind through some of the most scenic areas of campus. Participants who complete the walk will receive a pedometer. RSVP by e-mail to denise.rowell@case.edu.

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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, 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 from July 24 to August 2, 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. Please forward nominations to kathryn.howard@case.edu. For information about SAC, visit http://www.case.edu/president/sac/sac.html.

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The Registrar's office does not mail hard copy grade reports to students unless specifically requested before the last day of classes, August 2. For more information, refer to http://www.case.edu/provost/registrar/faq.html#faq28. Students registered for the Summer 2006 term may view cumulative grade reports from the Grade Report portlet of the student tab on the MyCase portal at http://my.case.edu beginning August 7. Before August 7, grades that have been turned in by faculty can be viewed on the MySchedule portlet of the student tab. Please take the time to review your record and let the registrar's office know immediately if you have any questions by contacting us at registrar@case.edu.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Price-Davis will be the new academic coordinator beginning August 1. Previously, she was the administrative assistant for OMA for three years. Jennifer recently completed her master's in art therapy at Ursuline College.

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