121 Fitness Center, voted "Cleveland's Best Gym" in 2005, offers discounted rates for Case students and employees (payroll deduction is available). Memberships include free access to 40+ group exercise classes per week, daily lockers, towels, parking, baby-sitting, sauna, and top-name equipment. All members receive a complimentary fitness test and exercise program with an exercise physiologist. For more details, call 368-1121, or send e-mail to

Beth McGee, the university's faculty diversity officer, administrates a university-wide listserv for the purpose of publicizing Case diversity activities, disseminating information, and brainstorming diversity ideas. If you would like to be on the listserv, please contact, or e-mail


A tech-transfer success story (op-ed)

The Plain Dealer, July 28, 2006

Amid the fiscal gloom that characterized much of the spring, Case Western Reserve University had one office posting record returns. The institution's technology transfer office, energized since the arrival of Mark Coticchia in 2001, this year continued its impressive results in categories relating to new inventions, licenses and even startup companies. Just five years ago, the university reaped only $2 million from its work to bring new discoveries to market. In this fiscal year (from July 1, 2005, through June 30) that figure totaled $10.8 million. This data -- along with the four new start-up companies launched in 2006 -- reveal an institution whose faculty increasingly recognize the value of translating its work into measures that directly impact the public.

Starting a business: what it takes

USA Today, July 31, 2006

What attributes suggest someone's a good candidate to start their own business? A college degree doesn't hurt -- though dropping out didn't stop Bill Gates from launching the world's biggest software maker. Being rich would solve the problem of start-up financing -- yet Sam Walton got his start in business on not much more than a wing and a prayer. There are no definitive answers, but the entrepreneurs, private investors and academics USA Today's Jim Hopkins talked with suggested these experiences, traits and skills. Researchers compared self-employment among 609 pairs of identical twins and 657 pairs of fraternal twins in the United Kingdom. They found that nearly half -- 48 percent -- of an individual's tendency to be self-employed is genetic. For example, genes leading someone to be extroverted are key to salesmanship -- a vital trait among entrepreneurs, says Scott Shane, an entrepreneurship professor at Case Western Reserve University and one of the study's authors.

Thousands of twins to parade into town

Akron Beacon Journal, July 31, 2006

Wear your glasses if you're going to Twinsburg this weekend, because you'll need four eyes to take in the spectacle. The Twins Days festival, which began with 37 sets of twins in 1976, has grown and multiplied. Nearly 3,000 twin sets -- that's people, not sweaters -- are expected for the 31st festival on Saturday and Sunday. New this year is a registry set up by Case Western Reserve University's Lee Anne Thompson, who specializes in exploring how genes and environment affect such things as the development of math and language skills. Thompson, an associate professor of psychology, wants to sign up twins interested in participating in future studies.

Deep down, we need to help others in need

The Plain Dealer, July 29, 2006

I stood by the rear of my car, fumbling with a credit card. A man in baggy jeans walked quickly toward me with his palm out. "You help me with some spare change," he said in what might have been a question -- or not. Visa in one hand, gas nozzle in the other, my wallet on the trunk, I felt vulnerable and a bit threatened. Stephen Post says there's strong evidence, beginning with the research of 19th-century biologist Charles Darwin, that helping others gives our species an evolutionary advantage in a cruel world. Post is a bioethics professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which studies what causes people to care unselfishly for one another and what keeps them from doing so.

Twins, again!, July 2006

Multiple births are on the rise, and with them the odds of having multiples more than once. But deja vu doesn't quite describe the shock of going in for an early ultrasound and hearing, "There's two of them," a second time. Get the inside scoop on the lives of families with more than one set of multiples. Parents of multiples face unique challenges when compared to parents of singletons, says Elizabeth Damato, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. According to Dr. Damato, social support is crucial during the early months with multiples. Parents need help with food, rest, and time alone. In addition, emotional support and encouragement is needed -- especially from other multiple-birth parents.

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Who decides?

Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2006

Disputes over accommodations for students with disabilities have become commonplace. Institutions, students and lawyers fight over whether students are in fact eligible, what changes they are entitled to, and plenty more. But a lawsuit filed Thursday against the University of Houston involves a student with an undisputed disability who says he was turned down by a professor, without explanation, for his requests for accommodations. Not only is the suit challenging the treatment of the student, but the litigation is demanding that the university abandon a policy in which professors have wide leeway to decide whether to comply with requests from students with disabilities.

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The Zeta Psi Fraternity's fourth annual ZeteKidz golf outing -- all proceeds benefit Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital -- is scheduled for September 24 at the Springvale Golf Club, North Olmstead, Ohio. A registration fee of $220 per four-man team includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and free lunch. All participants will receive a complementary discount package containing coupons to various local businesses and a free sleeve of balls. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the top teams, hole in ones, and winners of the other side games. If interested in participating, please e-mail to for more information.

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On and off-campus employers searching for student employees to work throughout the school year are invited to attend the "Earn While You Learn Work Study Job Fair" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 8 in the Thwing ballroom. Boxed lunches will be provided for departmental participants. Participants will have an opportunity to speak with an exclusive group of Work Study eligible students in a festive atmosphere. In addition, employers can either hire on-the-spot or gather information from students for future interviews. If your department would like to participate, a registration form is due by August 21. For information, e-mail to, or call the Office of Student Employment at 368-4533.

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 now to August 2. 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 For information about SAC, visit

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Lorena Lane recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the psychiatry department.

Amy Nulton-Persson recently joined the university community as a research associate in the physiology and biophysics department.

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Lucas Donovan, a third-year student and president of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, was selected to speak in front of hundreds of delegates from around the country during the group's centennial about how the lessons he has learned at Case and as part of Phi Kappa Tau have helped him and his brothers become better students and citizens. The event took place July 20-23 in Oxford, Ohio.