The Presidential Search Committee is interested in input from the university community about the next president of Case Western Reserve University. Members of the Presidential Search Committee and a representative from the Presidential Search Firm will be available to speak with staff from noon to 1 p.m. September 11 in Ford Auditorium. The forum is co-sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Members of the search committee and a member of the search firm will speak with students from noon to 1 p.m. September 12 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Lunch will be provided. Open forums for faculty were conducted last week. Go to


QualChoice will cease doing business as a health insurance company effective December 31, 2006. In an effort to make this a smooth transition for employees and their families, the Department of Human Resources (HR) has solicited requests for proposals to identify potential replacement carriers. During the week of September 5, the carriers' proposed medical plan type, design, disruption analysis and other qualitative measurements will be made available to the Case community on the HR Web site to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity for input during the selection process. Comments can be sent to

Director of Benefits Sherri Beedles will receive comments and present them to the review committee. The review committee will use the comments to formulate questions for finalists to replace QualChoice. The review committee will include members of HR; senior leadership; and the University Fringe Benefit Committee, which has both faculty and staff representation. The decision for the replacement carrier will be based on the following criteria: quality; accessibility to the current QualChoice provider and facility networks; financial impact, including competitive fees and network discounts; administrative practices; reporting capabilities; experience with large/diverse organizations; medical management and disease management programs; and other important variables.

The final decision as to which carrier will replace QualChoice will be made by the end of September to ensure the transition is complete before the university's open enrollment, which is scheduled for November 13-30, 2006. HR looks forward to continuing to service faculty and staff and provide them with the best benefit plan choices.


Due to an ITS system upgrade, some members of the campus community may not have received the September 5 or September 6, 2006, editions of the Case Daily. To read these and previous issues of Case Daily, refer to

Access Services in Crawford Hall, Room 18 will close an hour early, at 4 p.m. this Friday, September 8, to facilitate the accounting processes related to the start of the semester.

The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. September 8, in the Guilford Lounge, first floor of Guilford House. The session topic is "Collaborative Advantage? Leonard Lynn on how the U.S. should deal with its loss of technological domination." Prof. Lynn teaches management policy and is chair of the Department of Marketing and Policy Studies at Case's Weatherhead School of Management. The meetings are brown bag, but beverages will be provided. For more details, send an e-mail to

Friday is the last day to register to participate in the annual Case for Community Day, which will be on September 13 at various sites around campus. Volunteers are needed for select landscaping projects. In addition, the campus community can bring in canned goods and other nonperishable items to benefit families in the area via the Cleveland Food Bank. For details and to sign up to volunteer, refer to Be sure to attend the kickoff ceremony at 11 a.m. in Thwing Center ballroom.

The office of University Marketing and Communications is conducting its first readership survey for Case Daily, the daily electronic newsletter for the Case Western Reserve University community. Responses from faculty, staff and students will help inform the kind of news and information about the university and its programs and services included in Case Daily and may also change the way in which Case Daily is delivered. The survey is limited to a onetime response and requires that you login with your CaseID. The survey takes about five minutes to complete:


FLX Micro gets investment

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 6, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University spinoff company that manufactures sensors has received a $400,000 investment commitment from nonprofit venture development group JumpStart Inc. Cleveland-based FLX Micro Inc. plans to use the funding to aid in commercializing its microsensors, which are designed to be used in harsh environments such as automotive engines, according to a statement from JumpStart.

Alternative medicine goes mainstream

The Plain Dealer, September 7, 2006

Two years ago today, the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine in Broadview Heights opened its doors to a trickle of patients -- about four or five a week. Today, more than 12 times that number come to the center for such treatments as acupuncture, Reiki, massage therapy, nutritional counseling and yoga therapy. That these alternative treatments -- such as Reiki, a healing-touch therapy -- have the Cleveland Clinic's imprimatur seems to have contributed to patients' acceptance. Some insurers have started covering acupuncture and massage therapy, but in general, patients here pay for their own treatment. No insurers currently cover the consultation with Dr. Tanya Edwards, the center's medical director, which costs $250. Medical director Edwards has had a professional connection with complementary medicine for a decade. As an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, she long offered courses in alternative medicine

JumpStart Inc. plans to invest $400,000 in FLX Micro

The Plain Dealer, September 7, 2006

JumpStart Inc. has committed to invest $400,000 in FLX Micro Inc., a spinout from Case Western Reserve University that is developing micro-sensors for harsh environments. FLX Micro is the 17th portfolio company for JumpStart, the nonprofit organization in Cleveland that invests expertise and money in Northeast Ohio startups that could grow significantly.

Bra straps bootstrap fair-trade business, September 6, 2006

The tiny beads look delicate: shades of pale pink, blue and green hand strung and sewn together to form dainty straps for lingerie. But they're stronger than they appear, much like the women who spend hours hand-making them in South America for Strappity-do-da. The fledgling business is a labor of love started by a woman desperate to help her husband's family get out of poverty in Colombia, a developing nation with a bloody, violent history marked by drug running and guerrillas. From her home in Bath Township, Ohio, Shelli Styles has joined a growing number of entrepreneurs with a purpose beyond profit. Styles, a lifelong saleswoman of everything from orthopedic shoes to makeup, said the beaded straps are easy to sell because customers want to support her cause. From major corporations like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. to mom-and-pop operations like Styles', changing the world is increasingly becoming part of business plans, said David Cooperrider, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Cooperrider, who heads the Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western, has been studying corporate social responsibility since the 1980s.

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'Report card' gives U.S. mediocre marks in higher education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 7, 2006 (subscription required)

The United States is beginning to slip from its status as a world leader in higher education on a number of measures, including college participation among young adults and degree completion, according to a new national report card on higher education scheduled for release today. The report, a state-by-state analysis of higher-education performance, is the fourth produced by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education since 2000, and the first to include international comparisons.

Working-class students feel the pinch

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 7, 2006 (subscription required)

Finals are fast approaching, but Marc Chlebowski, a freshman at California University of Pennsylvania here, has been spending as much time in the financial-aid office as he has studying. Before arriving here in the fall, he had hoped that he would be able to pay his own way through college. He's come up short. Abandoned by his father at age 3 and raised with two siblings by his mother, a county nurse, Mr. Chlebowski is used to having to support himself. "You almost have to be dirt poor to get any help," says Mr. Chlebowski. "Meanwhile, I'm someone who is working to go to college, working the hardest I can to pay for it, and I'm being penalized."

Mediocre grades for college

Inside Higher Ed, September 7, 2006

American higher education is slipping, against the systems of other countries and in terms of being affordable to citizens, according to a report being issued today by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. "Measuring Up 2006: The National Report Card on Higher Education" assigns the United States and individual states grades in various categories that reflect how well they do at preparing students for college, having affordable higher education systems, and various other criteria. There aren't a lot of candidates for the dean's list.

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The Center for Policy Studies is sponsoring a forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 7 on the topic, "Israel vs. Hezbollah: What Kind of War? What Next for the Middle East?" The panel discussion will be in the Thwing Center 1914 lounge. Joe White, the Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and chair of the Department of Political Science, will moderate. Panelists will be Ramez Islambouli, Case adjunct professor of law and lecturer in Islam and Arabic; Pete W. Moore, assistant professor of political science; and Peter J. Haas, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies. For details, e-mail to

The Technology Transfer Office will present the first installment of the fourth annual Inventor's Forum speaker series. This year's series will kickoff at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 14, in the Wolstein Auditorium in the Wolstein Research Building. The topic will be "Technology Transfer 101." Speakers are Michael Haag, director of biomedical licensing, and Mark Smith, professor of pathology. For additional information or to RSVP, call 368-6104 or go to the Inventor's Forum Web site at

The university has partnered with the Cleveland Public Library to bring noted authors to campus as part of the library's Writer's Center Stage Series. Case faculty will serve as facilitators for the on-campus programs. Join facilitator Thrity Umrigar, assistant professor of English, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (university's Provost Hour) on September 14, at Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room on the second floor. The featured author is Frank McCourt, who wrote Angela's Ashes. He will appear on Writer's Center Stage on September 19 at Playhouse Square. For details,

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Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Charity Choice Web site, to consider making a donation to support our campus partners and area social service agencies. The university's annual campaign kicks off on September 13.

Case faculty and staff are invited to attend the Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Program beginning September 12. This is an 8-week cessation class designed by the American Lung Association and sponsored by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. FFS operates on the premise that smoking is a learned behavior and focuses on redirection of that behavior. Sessions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates: September 12, 19 and 26, October 3, 5, 10, 17 and 31. Sessions will meet in Adelbert Hall, Room 353, with the exception of the first session, which will be held in Adelbert Hall, Room 351. To register, RSVP to

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The Case Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is hosting its semiannual Spot Night. Join members of ACM from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, September 9, for free pizza and classic video games on projector screens. The Spot is on the north side campus. For more details, go to

Want to get paid for being on TV or for working behind the scenes? Come to the Ignite TV Productions meeting 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9, in the Media Room on the third floor of Thwing Center. Food and other treats will available on a first come, first served basis.

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS), the Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) program, and the Career Center encourage graduate students to attend the ACES Speaker Series "Looking Ahead to Professional Life: Leadership, Gender & Diversity." The first program will feature Ka-Pi Hoh, triple-alumna and deputy manager of the Lubrizol Corp. She will discuss "How to get Ahead and Still be Yourself: Leadership, Gender and Diversity Awareness," beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 in the Spartan Room in Thwing Center. GSS will provide heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

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Xiaobei Zhu has joined the university community as a Biostatistician in the pediatrics department.

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Delta Kappa Epsilon received an award for scholarship over the summer, finishing second nationally in that category of the Lion Trophy. There are 62 active DKE chapters nationwide.