Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. , will hold office hours from 4-5 p.m. each Thursday. This weekly office hour is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet Dr. Eastwood in his office and communicate their thoughts and perspectives. Refer to for further information and to complete the online scheduling form.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to check out university-owned apartments as a living option. For listings or more information, go to


Robert F. Parker, who was chair of the curriculum committee at the Western Reserve University School of Medicine during the development of a new teaching program that changed medical schools around the world, died August 5 at Judson Park in Cleveland Heights. He was 98. Parker, whose primary interest was infectious diseases, joined the faculty in 1936. The instruction method that he helped introduce in the early 1950s included getting students involved with patients in their first year of medical training instead of the third year. In addition to traditional lectures, students were assigned to small laboratories where professors treated them as junior colleagues. He retired in 1977 as professor and dean emeritus of medical education.


Raleigh is stage as U.S. prosecutes detainee abuse

The News & Observer, August 7, 2006

Raleigh's federal courthouse will become the stage for a trial unlike any seen there before. The trial of David A. Passaro, a former CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan detainee, brings the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq and Afghanistan, to North Carolina's capital city, thousands of miles from the war. The trial, which began August 7, is expected to be closely watched in the United States and abroad by human-rights activists, legal experts and those in military and intelligence services. Amos N. Guiora, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University, said, "The international community is very interested to see how the American legal system will handle these situations."

Developer quits Case project

The Plain Dealer, August 5, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's dream of creating a vibrant arts and retail district in University Circle suffered a setback last week when a Chicago developer withdrew from negotiations over the project. Mesirow Financial Real Estate of Chicago, which had formed a partnership with MRN Ltd. of Cleveland to win the development assignment from Case, cited "adverse market influences" in its decision to withdraw, said Russell Berusch, Case's vice president for commercial development.

Future of retirement rests on your values

The Plain Dealer, August 6, 2006

How about kissing off your relentless work schedule and having time to yourself? It's a retirement dream, and about a quarter of the next generation of retirees are in good shape to live it. For many others, however, the "dream come true" is becoming merely a dream. Private pension plans are few and can be unreliable; personal saving is at an all-time low; and Social Security, the backbone of the average American's retirement plan, is said to be in grave danger of falling short of its obligations. Case Western Reserve University political science professor Joseph White believes that too much has been made of the Social Security crisis -- and that far, far too much has been made of the idea that future retirees will intolerably overburden future workers.

Case med school appoints two vice deans

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 3, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine appointed two doctors to vice dean positions within the Case Medical Center. Dr. Achilles Demetriou, executive vice president and chief operating officer at UH, now takes on the title of vice dean for clinical affairs while continuing in his roles at UH. Dr. Daniel Ornt will take over as vice dean for education and academic affairs, moving up from his previous position as associate dean for clinical affairs at the school of medicine.

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Taking on TOEFL

Inside Higher Ed, August 7, 2006

For years, students from around the world have needed two things to be admitted and enrolled at American colleges: a visa and an acceptable TOEFL score. The latter -- the acronym stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language -- is about as high stakes as a high stakes test can be. Colleges claim not to have automatic cutoffs for the SAT or ACT, but many institutions have no hesitation about setting absolute minimum TOEFL scores. The reliability of TOEFL is also high stakes for colleges. Many of the foreign students submitting TOEFL scores are applying to graduate programs, and admissions officers aren't just deciding whether to admit them, but are de facto deciding who will be TA's two or three years down the road, in front of classrooms of freshmen.

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The Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine will have its monthly seminar, "STAT5 Structure/Function in Normal and Leukemic Hematopoietic Stem Cells" with Kevin D. Bunting. The seminar will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, in the Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413. For details, call Susan Halloway at 368-1017, or e-mail to

Take time out for a relaxing massage and lunch on Thursday, August 10 at Case's 1-2-1 Fitness Center. The center will offer free chair massage to all Case employees and students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Munch, on the second floor of the center, will offer a free soft drink with any sandwich (summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p m.). Sign up for your massage appointment at 368-1121 or e-mail to

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A new faculty arrival checklist has been created to help facilitate the necessary tasks and paperwork that accompany joining a new campus. The checklist includes important information for faculty who are establishing labs and arriving with grants and/or contracts. The PDF is available through the Department of Human Resources and on the Faculty Diversity Web site at

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Students who were registered for the summer 2006 term may now view their cumulative grade report from the student tab at The Registrar's office no longer mails hard copy grade reports to students (unless specifically requested prior to the last day of classes). Please take the time to review your record. Inform the Registrar's office immediately if you have any questions by contacting

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Gregory McNeal has joined the university as a senior research associate with the School of Law.

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Former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes has been appointed to serve as a member of the Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Stokes is currently a senior counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and a Distinguished Visiting Professor on the faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The commission is a 24-member independent advisory body to the president and Congress on matters of national science and engineering policy.