Save the Date: the campus community will designate a special day for community service during the fourth annual Case for Community Day on Wednesday, September 13. Landscaping several neighborhood homes; writing postcards to retired/injured military personnel recuperating at the Veteran Administration's Hospital; a food drive collection for the Cleveland Foodbank; and creating "hope totes" for children in crisis currently residing at Providence House are just a few of the activities faculty, staff and students can sign up for. Online registration begins August 28.


Case develops course for entrepreneurs

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 14, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management this fall will launch a new entrepreneurship program aimed at helping owners of small businesses turn their companies into growth enterprises. Leading the Growth Enterprise: An Executive Experience for Entrepreneurs is a 10-day course spread out over seven months from October to April.

Lipitor shows limited benefit for stroke

Wall Street Journal, August 10, 2006 (subscription required)

A new study sponsored by Pfizer Inc. found that the company's best-selling cholesterol drug, Lipitor, had only modest success in lowering the stroke rate in people with prior strokes, while raising red flags concerning a higher incidence of potentially devastating brain hemorrhages. "Hemorrhagic strokes are not only more fatal, but are much more disabling," says cardiologist Eric J. Topol of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Dr. Topol, who wasn't involved in the Lipitor study, noted that because the study compared Lipitor against placebo pills and not against another statin drug, it should have been a fairly easy comparison. "They did eke out a benefit, but it should have been overpowering."

Music for pain

Sciencentral News, August 8, 2006

Marion Good loves to play music in her spare time. But as a professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, she also prescribes it for pain relief. Her interest in researching music for pain began when as a nurse on a neurology unit she worked with patients suffering from back pain. "I would bring music into the room -- soft quiet music. Their faces just relaxed ... pretty soon they fell asleep," she says. "I had to tiptoe out of the room and come back an hour or two later to pick up my tape recorder."

How to make sure children are scientifically illiterate

Essay by Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy
New York Times, August 15, 2006

Voters in Kansas ensured this month that noncreationist moderates will once again have a majority on the state school board, keeping new standards inspired by intelligent design from taking effect. This is a victory for public education and sends a message nationwide about the public's ability to see through efforts by groups like the Discovery Institute to misrepresent science in the schools. But for those of us who are interested in improving science education, any celebration should be muted.

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Age bias or anti-adjunct bias?

Inside Higher Ed, August 15, 2006

"You would have been hired, but it was your age. We are not supposed to discriminate because of age, but, let's face it, we do." According to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday, a former department chair at Wilbur Wright College used those words to explain to Rosemary Crane why she kept getting passed over for jobs. Some activists for adjuncts say that the case is important -- beyond the questions of age discrimination -- because it draws attention to the way part timers so rarely win a shot at full-time positions that open up.

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Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend, October 13-15. More information about the weekend, which is planned to coincide with Homecoming, is forthcoming at

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Electronic equipment can contain materials that are a hazard to the environment. The name e-Waste has been given to these discarded electronic devices. If you have computers, printers, laptops, monitors, fax machines or other electronic devices that you wish to discard, please fill out the e-Waste form on the Facility Services Web page. Please also write on the device with a permanent marker the building and room where the device came from. A custodial worker will then remove the devices to a staging area where they will be processed for disposal. Go to

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Please note: The Department of Nutrition faculty and administrative office has moved to the School of Medicine, WG 48. All telephone numbers remain the same.

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Xinyu (Andrew) Chen recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the dermatology department.

Weng-Timk Chooi recently joined the university community as a technician in the biomedical engineering department.

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Senior Classics majors Michael Crawford and Michael Stentz were recently named National SPQR Consuls of the American Society for the Restoration and Preservation of the Roman Empire. Both are first time recipients of the award and are active in Atlantis, the Classics club on campus. According to Crawford, SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus (The Senate and the Roman People), and appeared on Roman army standards and was used to show unity in Roman society.