Provost John L. Anderson cordially invites you to a reception welcoming the new School of Law Dean Gary J. Simson. The event will convene in Hovorka Atrium on Tuesday, September 5, 2006, from 4–5:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are welcome to join the provost for an informal reception welcoming Dean Gary J. Simson. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 30 to


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Princeton ranked as top college in U.S.

The Plain Dealer, August 18, 2006

Princeton takes the top spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, breaking a three-year tie for No. 1 with Ivy League rival Harvard. Case Western Reserve University was the top-ranked university in Ohio, coming in at No. 38 overall. It was down one notch from last year and three spots from 2004. Combined with campus visits, recruitment material and discussions with high school counselors, the rankings provide important information for prospective students, said John Hachtel, Case's associate vice president of marketing and communications. "We are pleased to be the highest-ranked university in Ohio and hope that the ranking will bring Case to the attention of students for whom the university would be a good fit," Hachtel said.

Case gets web-learning grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 17, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has received a three-year, $205,000 grant to create international learning experiences for students using web- or video-based technologies. The McGregor Fund-endowed grant will help establish a Worldwide Learning Environment program at Case to "encourage faculty exchanges, as well as sustained collaborations between Case and institutions around the globe," according to a Case statement.

Heart procedure is off the charts in an Ohio city

New York Times, August 18, 2006

ELYRIA, Ohio -- People with blocked coronary arteries can typically choose among drugs, bypass surgery and vessel-clearing procedures like angioplasty. But in this small, aging industrial city in northeast Ohio, doctors are much more likely than those anywhere else in the country to steer patients toward angioplasty a treatment that typically involves threading balloon catheters through arteries and sometimes placing drug-coated stents to unblock them. The high rates do not have a good explanation, said Dr. Eric J. Topol, a nationally known cardiologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He said Elyria did not appear to have significant differences in risk factors and demographics from Cleveland and the rest of Ohio that would explain the sharply higher rates.

Snakes rattle the nerves and spark some hissy fits

Baltimore Sun, August 17, 2006,0,624640.story?

No matter how rational we normally are, when you throw a slinky, slippery serpent into the equation, cue the shuddering and prepare for an instant reduction to raw emotion and knee-jerk reactions. Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes and other reptiles, affects people young, old, male and female, and may have been doing so since caveman days, according to experts. Snakes lurking in the grass might have been one of early man's greatest dangers, says T.J. McCallum, assistant professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. So the ability to spot the slithering predator, and avoid it, would have been an evolutionary boon.

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Rank colleges, but rank them right
New York Times, August 16, 2006

Early this morning, U.S. News and World Report will send e-mail messages to hundreds of college administrators, giving them an advance peek at the magazine's annual college ranking. By now, 23 years after U.S. News got into this game, the responses have become pretty predictable. Disappointed college officials dismiss the ranking as being beneath the lofty aims of a university, while administrators pleased with their status order new marketing materials bragging about it -- and then tell anyone who asks that, obviously, they realize the ranking is beneath the lofty aims of a university. There are indeed some silly aspects to the U.S. News franchise and its many imitators. The largest part of a university's U.S. News score, for instance, is based on a survey of presidents, provosts and admissions deans, most of whom have never sat in a class at the colleges they're judging.

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The Dittrick Medical History Center invites the campus community to the 2006 Anton and Rose Zverina Lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. on September 7 in the Allen Medical Library's Herrick Room. The lecture, "Bodies of Evidence: Uncovering the Lost History of Contraceptives in America," is presented by Andrea Tone of McGill University. Her work explores health, medical technology, sexuality, psychiatry, and industry in the United States, and has been featured on NPR, PBS, CBC, and in the New York Times. Immediately following the talk is a reception in the Powell Room. RSVP by September 1 to, or at 368-3648.

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Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. invites faculty to join your colleagues at the Annual Fall Convocation at 4:30 p.m. on August 31. The keynote speaker will be Michael Ruhlman, New York Times bestselling author of this year's common reading Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection. Fall Convocation will commence with the traditional academic procession. Faculty who wish to process should arrive dressed in academic regalia at the Smith Lobby of Severance Hall at 3:45 p.m. to line up. Ample seating will be available for those who will attend but prefer not to march in the academic procession. Immediately following the convocation, a light reception will be held in the tent near Freiberger Field. To RSVP for this event, register online at by August 30.

It has been said that the first day of class sets the tone for the rest of the semester -- it is your chance to convey your enthusiasm for the material and stimulate students' curiosity about topics that will be covered in the class. The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is sponsoring the workshop "Getting off to a Good Start -- the First Day of Class" on August 22 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Building. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP by e-mailing, or register at and click on "Events."

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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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James McMasters recently joined the campus community as a technician in the biomedical engineering department.

Karen Morgan recently joined the university community as research assistant in the infectious diseases department.

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Wendy Jelinek, department assistant, academic programs and recruitment for the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, is this year's recipient of the B. Lenora Benson Award. Jelinek will celebrate 12 years of service at the Mandel Center this December. The B. Lenora Benson Award was established in honor of Bea Benson upon her retirement. Benson consistently demonstrated service above and beyond her job role and responsibilities.