The university's community partner, Dress for Success Cleveland, is hosting a handbag drive to help women in the community prepare for the future. New and gently used handbags are needed. The drive continues through September 7. Drop off your donations to Dress for Success Cleveland, 2239 E. 55th St., or call Angela at 216-391-2301 to make an appointment.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG) has arranged for Marcia Camino, a certified and registered yoga instructor and staff member at Case, to lead its yoga program. For the 2006-07 academic year, all Case students, staff, and faculty are being offered a reduced tuition rate on the garden's Wednesday night yoga classes, which start September 13. Weather permitting, classes will take place in the CBG Japanese Garden (alternate site is the CBG library). Call 216-721-1600 Ext.143 for pricing and registration information, or visit and click "Events/Programs" to view the fall schedule. For questions, send e-mail to

The Case Task Force on Avian flu will present its report, "Preparing for a Bird Flu Pandemic at Case Western Reserve University," from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 6. The session will be in the Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Priority is for all Case administrators to attend. The program will focus on the ways the university is preparing to respond in the event a pandemic occurs, and how the needs of the campus community will be met. To RSVP for the event, go to


Ohio hot to invest in Wi-Fi technology

The Plain Dealer, September 5, 2006 /base/business/1157445484170380.xml?bxbiz&coll=2

The amount of money Ohio governments and educators have spent on Wi-Fi technology since 2000 could be second only to Rhode Island's, at least by the count of one technology seller. CDW Government Inc., the Vernon Hills, IL, company that sells information technology to government agencies and schools, used its own sales of wireless local area network technology to construct an index of state and local government technology investment. Ohio's index value is second highest among the states. Surprised? Lev Gonick isn't. "There's a significant amount of innovation under way in the state of Ohio leveraging wireless technology for everything from education to health care to consumer experiences," said Gonick, chief information officer for Case Western Reserve University.

Practicing to save lives

The Plain Dealer, September 4, 2006

Staging a mass-casualty scene horrific enough to test the mettle of students training at Case Western Reserve University's National Flight Nursing Academy takes a lot of fake blood, broken glass and confused shouting. Victims scream out in pain; emergency medical personnel bark sharp commands to one another. The idea is to create an "unstructured environment" of gory chaos upon which the nurses will impose an order of swift, certain lifesaving.

In today's rat race, the most overworked win

The, September 4, 2006

For years, economists have taught their students a simple maxim: As employers hunt for workers, they want to get the best talent at the lowest price. According to this theory, whether employees want to work long hours or short hours, employers have an incentive to accommodate them, because asking people to do something they don't want to do raises the price of labor -- workers demand more compensation. For partners at big law firms, the simplest way to track the performance of junior lawyers is to see who bills the most hours above and beyond what is officially required, leading to what Case Western Reserve University economist James B. Rebitzer calls an "arms race" of hours.

Scientists left out of missile debate

The Plain Dealer, September 3, 2006 (op-ed)

Eight missile silos once lined Lake Erie from Painesville Township to Rocky River. The Nike-Ajax missiles were to fire at any Soviet bombers that arrived trying to level Terminal Tower. The Nikes weren't a perfect barrier. Each had a range of just about 24 miles. By the time the age of intercontinental ballistic missiles arrived, they and their hundreds of fellows around the country mostly were gone. Yet ever since, an almost unbroken string of U.S. presidents has looked long and hard at fielding missile batteries to defend the homeland. President Bush summed up why right before 9/11 as he promoted multibillion-dollar missile defenses to an American Legion audience. "I will not permit any course that leaves America undefended," the president said. It is indeed a moral imperative for any leader to do all he can to protect from nuclear Armageddon. It's the least that most expect for their families and homes. Yet today, with little public debate or scientific scrutiny, the president's missile-defense doctrine has grown into a preemptive warfare triad resting on the iffy proposition that deterrence results from muscle and missile shields. "My suspicion is that there are so many other crises and attacks on science, that it's in the background," says Case Western Reserve University physicist Lawrence Krauss, a missile-defense critic.

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SAT Scores See Largest Dip in 31 Years

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 5, 2006 (subscription required)

In a year when confidence in the SAT sank among some college officials, scores on the college-entrance exam fell, too. Last week the College Board, the nonprofit group that owns the SAT, announced that the average combined scores on the mathematics and critical-reading sections for the high-school graduating class of 2006 declined by seven points from the previous year -- the biggest one-year drop since 1975.

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The Fall Research Seminar Series will kickoff 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. The seminar is free. Attendees can bring their own refreshments. Register at

The Dittrick Medical History Center invites the Case community to the 2006 Anton and Rose Zverina lecture, at 5:30 p.m. September 7, in the Herrick Room, first floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The lecture will feature Andrea Tone of McGill University. Prof. Tone's work explores health, medical technology, sexuality, psychiatry, and industry in the United States. A reception will follow the program in the Powell Room. For more details, e-mail to or call 216-368-3648.

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Case faculty and staff are invited to join Provost John L. Anderson from 4-5:30 p.m. today, September 5, for a reception welcoming the new School of Law Dean Gary J. Simson. The event will convene in the Hovorka Atrium.

Effective September 5, the Foreign Faculty and Scholars office has temporarily changed its office hours. In order to continue to serve the vital immigration needs of its clients -- the international faculty and researchers working at Case -- the office will be open only to walk-in traffic and calls from noon to 4 p.m., although office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 216-368-4289 with questions or concerns.

ITS is pleased to announce that Mathworks will be presenting "Accelerating Life Science Research" technical sessions to be held at Case from 8:30-11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19. Join MathWorks engineers as they discuss and demonstrate the importance of using MATLAB & Simulink as essential tools in life sciences and biomedical research. The event is free, but registration is required. Go to A flyer regarding the event is available online at

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The Observer, Case's official undergraduate newspaper, is currently seeking writers for its news, feature, sports, and editorial sections. The Observer also accepts letters to the editor, so let us know what you think! E-mail for more information.

There will be a special audition for the Case Concert Choir from 3-4 p.m. today, September 5, in Haydn Hall Room 305. The choir specifically needs tenors, altos, and soprano II voices. Contact Rob Dunn by e-mail at directly if you cannot make this audition time. The audition requirements and recordings of the choir can be found at

First-Year students can apply to the Emerging Leaders Program at Applications are due September 8. For questions visit The Office of Student Activities & Leadership or e-mail to

Upper-class students: Want to be an ELP mentor? Applications are online at and are due September 8.

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Adam Wheeler is a new research assistant in physiology and biophysics and with the School of Medicine.

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Alexis R. Abramson, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Case School of Engineering and a nationally known leader in nanotechnology research, has joined the NorTech Fellows Program as of September 1. The recently created Fellows Program is designed to bolster NorTech's economic development outreach efforts, and foster stronger ties with the region's industry and academic institutions.