A message from Facility Operations: Due to the predicted high temperatures and possibility of an electrical overload, the university is proactively reducing nonessential lighting during daytime hours in public areas through the end of this week. Nonessential lighting includes hallways (partial), building entrances, lobbies and atriums. Public areas that receive natural lighting will also be reduced. Air conditioning will not be affected. We are asking individuals to help reduce the load also by turning off office and common area lighting that may not be needed due to outdoor lighting, turning off restrooms lights after use (like at home), turning off printers, speakers, monitors, copiers, and other office equipment when not needed or not in use. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Questions and/or concerns may be addressed to the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations at 368-2580.

Beginning today, 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 office in Yost Hall.


Separation of church and science

Inside Higher Ed, August 1, 2006

Physicists and cosmologists whose research is too theoretical for federal funding may have a new granting body to turn to, so long as they don't mind using a little money from a foundation that has historically dedicated itself to promoting scientific work that has spiritual repercussions. Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, said that he hasn't applied for Templeton Foundation money in the past when he felt Templeton's agenda was to use science to validate spiritual ideas. Krauss, however, said that the Institute for Foundational Questions does seem to be independent, and that he would consider applying in the next round of grants.

Children worry about well-being

The Plain Dealer, August 1, 2006

The animated film "Monster House" and somewhat more adult "Lady in the Water" express primal fears graphically: The most comforting features of a kid's life suddenly can turn dark. Dr. Robert Findling, a child psychiatrist who teaches at Case Western Reserve University, said seemingly irrational fears in the young usually "have to do with their own well-being and the well-being of people they care about."

Tours help colleges make the grade

The Plain Dealer, July 29, 2006

For all the money colleges and universities spend on glossy brochures, Web sites and other marketing tools, they know nothing beats that one-on-one contact with a student. Across the country this summer, legions of tour guides will welcome families on their campus and put the university's best face forward. Of course, students also have to master the art of walking backward as they talk and point out campus landmarks. Most learn on the job and hope they don't run into objects. "I've walked into light poles," said Jeff Verespej, 20, a political science major at Case Western Reserve University who comes from North Royalton. "It happens when you're not paying attention."

Summer hours

The Plain Dealer, July 31, 2006

Saturday is a good day for four- wheeling -- at least, according to Tom Karoglan, 21, of Garfield Heights. Luckily, the automotive technician doesn't have to work this Saturday. Instead, he'll come in a half-hour early each day and work some extra evening hours. That's what he and his co-workers at Rad Air Complete Car Care in Garfield Heights do from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Andy Fiffick, general manager of Rad Air's six locations in Northeast Ohio, helped make the decision to compress the workweek during the summer, even though it's a standard in the auto repair industry to be open on Saturday. "People tell us all the time that they really respect what we do for our employees." But Paul Gerhart, a labor and human resource policy professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, is skeptical. Employees look forward to having longer weekends in the summer, but when fall comes and regular schedules return, it can be "a drudge that has the opposite effect".

Highway shrines illegal, but sympathy overrides rules

Associated Press (reprinted in The Cincinnati Enquirer), July 31, 2006

Roadside shrines put up to memorialize victims of car accidents put highway officials in a tough situation -- remove the markers, which are illegal, or step back and let people mourn. Makeshift monuments made up of crosses, teddy bears and flowers are a common sight on major roads. Some who have lost loved ones find the markers to be therapeutic, a public way to remember. They also can serve as a valuable warning to passers-by about the dangers of driving, supporters say. But they are also illegal, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Todd McCallum, assistant professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, said people in mourning can find closure in seeing the place where their loved one died. Some feel their memorials carry a message.

Voting wrongs

(op-ed written by Norman Robbins, emeritus professor)
The Plain Dealer, July 28, 2006

If you're rich, you can vote; if you're poor, you may not be able to vote. How many Americans want our election system to work this way? Yet, research by the Greater Cleveland Voter Coalition shows that inaction, discriminatory legislation and selective enforcement of laws may compromise tens of thousands of votes, especially those of low-income and minority citizens, and of youth.

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A Skeptic on 9/11 Prompts Questions on Academic Freedom

The New York Times, August 1, 2006

Sipping on a bottle of water and holding a book about the history and future of Islam, Kevin Barrett ticked off a few examples of what he saw as evidence that the Sept. 11 attacks had been an "inside job." Mr. Barrett's views, which he described on a conservative radio talk show in June, have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom on a campus long known as a haven for progressive ideologies and student activism.

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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 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

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In recent months, the ERP Team has been working to add location codes to the HCM System and integrate the information with the online directory. This will allow users to update their location code as well as their physical office address and off-campus office address, if applicable. Any updates made will be reflected in the online directory the following business day. Please visit the ERP Web site at for additional information on this feature.

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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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Lori Love recently joined the School of Medicine's development, alumni relations and communications department. Love, who has an extensive background in event planning, administrative support, travel coordination, and organization will provide administrative support to Pat Egan and Diane Strachan.

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Shirley Moore, a professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, has been appointed as the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing.