Pamela Bowes Davis, M.D., Ph.D., vice dean for research at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and an internationally renowned expert in cystic fibrosis research, has been named interim dean of the school. Davis replaces current Dean Ralph I. Horwitz, who will step down as dean in September, remaining on the faculty until he assumes a position at Stanford University in December. Davis begins her duties September 15. To read the full story, go to


Monday, September 4, is a university holiday in observance of Labor Day.

The Spartan Spirit Kickoff Barbecue begins at 12:30 p.m. today, September 1, at the Freiberger Tent. This is an all-campus event to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester. Cheer for the fall varsity teams, hear the marching band, and get a Spartan tattoo. Students with meal plans can get tickets at Leutner, Fribley, and at Pura Vida in Thwing Atrium today. The rest of the campus community can purchase tickets at the tent for $6. For more details go to

The Visual Sciences Research Center is seeking participants for an extended wear contact lens research study. The center is seeking healthy candidates to sleep in Night & Day soft contact lenses for one year (must live in the local area during the study period). Candidates of Asian ethnicity are especially needed and encouraged to participate. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. For more details, call 216-844-7408.


Evolution science back on U.S. grant list

United Press International, August 31, 2006

The U.S. Department of Education has reinstated evolutionary biology to a federal grant list for undergraduate studies. "There are well-funded efforts in this country that have been inappropriately attempting to attack the teaching of evolutionary biology on what appear to be religious grounds," physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland wrote to the Department of Education.

Macy's ready for debut

The Plain Dealer, September 1, 2006

The re-branding of Kaufmann's stores as Macy's isn't so much about changing the name out front as it is about rescuing and rejuvenating the American department store. "I applaud what Macy's is doing, because the department store industry really needs something to revitalize it," said Stanton Cort, head of the marketing division at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

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Changing the report, after the vote

Inside Higher Ed, September 1, 2006

Except for David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, every member of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education found enough to endorse in the draft the panel produced last month to support it over all. All of them, certainly, also found some aspects of the report objectionable, yet swallowed those objections and agreed, at a public meeting, to sign the report. The panel's members agreed at the time that the report would undergo only minor copy editing and "wordsmithing" between then and when it was formally presented to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings later this month.

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Hokum: A history of black popular culture, a public lecture by Karen Sotiropoulos of Cleveland State University, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 5 in Mather House Room 100. Sotiropoulos is the author of Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America. Light refreshments and a book signing to follow. For more details, go to

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is hosting "The Changing Face of Church and State: How Religious Voices Are Influencing Public Policy" from 6-8 p.m. on September 6 in the Thwing Center ballroom, with a reception following. This is a panel discussion on church and state featuring religious organization leaders, scholars and professors. RSVP via e-mail by September 4 to For more details, go to

The United Nations Global Compact, the Academy of Management and the Weatherhead School of Management are convening a global forum October 22-25 at Case Western Reserve University and online. The forum will focus on ways of doing business that are both profitable and successful in addressing the world's most pressing social needs. If interested in learning more about this event and how to become involved, join Weatherhead's Associate Dean of External Relations Betty Vandenbosch for an information session from 4:30-5 p.m. on September 7 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. For more details, go to

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The Fall Research Seminar Series will kick-off with Effort Reporting -- Requirements and Changes, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 7 at the Wolstein Research building auditorium, Room 1413. Eric Cottington, associate vice president for research, will present an overview of the National Institutes of Health effort reporting requirements as they pertain to federally sponsored research. Faculty, staff and students, as well as the community, are invited to attend. The seminar is free. Attendees can bring their own refreshments. Register at

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Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE), is presenting a student seminar, "Finding Research & Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and Social Sciences." Join her at 5:30 p.m. on September 6 in Nord Hall, Room 304 conference room. Please RSVP via e-mail to

A special audition is being held for the Case Concert Choir from 3-4 p.m. on September 5 in Haydn Hall, Room 305. The organization is seeking tenors, altos and soprano II voices. Send an e-mail to if unable to make the audition. Audition requirements and recordings of the choir can be found at

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (formerly the Office of Student Community Service) is sponsoring a Service Fair from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on September 8 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Get information on ways to get involved with the center, student organizations, area hospitals, and nonprofit agencies, as well as postgraduation opportunities. Area representatives from the Free Clinic, University Hospitals, the Peace Corps, Teach for America, VISTA, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and more will be present. For more details about the center, go to

The Case Film Society is showing V for Vendetta at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight tonight, September 1, and Back to the Future at both 7 and 9:30 p.m. on September 2. All showings are in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $3.

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Mehdi Bagheri-Hamaneh recently joined the university as a research associate in the physics department.

Rygzydma Baldanova recently joined the university community as a research associate in the pathology department.

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The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians congratulates residents and students who received scholarships to attend the recent 2006 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Jonah Stulberg won a First-time Student Attendee Award, and Evelyn Morley won a Family Medicine Interest Group Leadership Award.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has awarded the Family Medicine Interest Groups at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health the 2006 Program of Excellence Award.