Case Daily will occasionally provide tips and ideas on energy conservation from the university's Energy Advisory Committee. For more details go to Today's tip: Unplug equipment that drains energy even when not in use, such as cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.

The deadline to renew lockers at Veale Center has been extended. Renewals can be completed daily at Veale's issue room. Both yearly and mid-year (effective January 1) rentals are available. Lockers that were occupied before June 30 and not renewed were cleaned out. Owners can claim these items until September 1 during normal operating hours.


Medicare drug plan may drive elections

The Plain Dealer, August 2, 2006

The government helps millions of older and disabled Americans pay for their medicine -- but whether Ohioans feel gratitude or anger about it may influence their vote on Election Day. And "as more and more seniors get into the doughnut hole, which they will in the months before the election, they will be very unhappy," said Robert Binstock, a political scientist and professor of aging, health and society at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Fright Night

The Plain Dealer, August 1, 2006

It was only a matter of time 'till Hollywood shunned chain saws and hockey masks as the latest snooze. Scaring kids today means flipping comfort on its ear: Home and hearth get horrible; swimming hole harbors eerie threats. "It's especially scary for kids when ordinary things like houses and pools become menacing," according to Robert Spadoni, a cinema historian and horror-movie buff who teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

Systems biology's clinical future

Chemical and Engineering News, July 31, 2006

Imagine going to a doctor's office... your doctor orders a standard test of more than 2,000 proteins and metabolites. According to the results of those tests, your doctor recommends ways for you to maintain or improve your health through either medication or behavior modification. Sounds futuristic? Perhaps, but it's not as far off as it seems, and systems biology will help make it a reality. Some diseases will be effectively treated only with a systems approach. "Obesity, diabetes, many heart diseases, and hypertension are system problems, and the solution will have to be a system solution," says Joseph Nadeau, chairman of the genetics department at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Blind get unique tour of Maya Lin exhibit at Henry

Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 31, 2006

A group of blind students and mentors experienced Maya Lin's "Systematic Landscapes" exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery on Friday. The group came to the University of Washington from all over the country for the Vertical Mentoring Workshop for the Blind in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The national convention began Wednesday and concluded Friday afternoon. The visit to the Henry Art Gallery involved eight people here for the workshop, including Xavier Peguero, a 20-year-old sophomore from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Investigation of disease center delayed

Associated Press (reprinted in The Washington Post), July 30, 2006

The investigation into waste disposal policies at the National Animal Disease Center, which was slated to start in June, has yet to begin. A team of experts was formed to look into claims from animal caretakers that the lab's waste disposal practices don't effectively deactivate prions, the misshapen proteins blamed for some deadly diseases in humans and animals. Two members have been dismissed from the team looking into protocols at the laboratory. The Federal Advisory Committee Act says that only federal employees or employees of public universities can participate in the investigation. Robert Somerville, from the United Kingdom's Institute of Animal Health, and Pierluigi Gambetti, a [neuropathology] professor at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, have been let go from the 11-member investigative team.

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Professors: managers or employees?

Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2006

Ever since 1980, professors at private colleges have had a difficult time forming unions. That's the year that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that faculty members at Yeshiva University couldn't unionize because they had so much power that they were managerial employees. A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday is the latest to consider attempts by faculty unions (or would-be unions) to win the legal right to collective bargaining. The ruling -- involving the faculty union at Point Park University -- didn't offer a definitive opinion on whether faculty members at the Pittsburgh institution could unionize.

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The Case Flute Studio invites the campus community to a free recital, "Flutes on Vacation," featuring members of the musical group, at 1:30 p.m. on August 6 at Harkness Chapel.

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The university has been invited to submit two applications for Beckman Young Investigators Award in chemical and life sciences. Details about the program are available at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Web site, Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application and be within the first three years of a tenure track appointment. Interested faculty should consult their dean or associate dean for research or further information.

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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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Michael Manion joined the Weatherhead School of Management's classroom technology and facilities group this week. He has numerous years of experience in the audio/visual industry, most recently with the university's MediaVision group.

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Nadav Weinberg, a third-year economics major, vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and vice president of communications for the Interfraternity Congress, was selected as a SigEp Ruck Scholar. The accolade is awarded nationally to the top 120 SigEps across the United States. Weinberg was awarded the honor based on his academic, philanthropic, and leadership excellence.