Dear Case Community,

My wife, Lynn, and I are excited to be participating in our first Case for Community Day on September 13.

As both the interim president and an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University -- my wife is also an alumna -- I am very proud of the university’s commitment to improving the quality of life for others throughout our local communities. 

Over the past four years, close to 1,400 faculty, staff, students and local alumni have participated as volunteers and devoted 5,600 hours of service. I understand this has been a challenging year for many members of our university community, and we are very busy, especially at this time.

But this opportunity to come together and devote a minimal amount of time to a purpose greater than ourselves at the start of the semester is a gift -- a time for us to begin the academic year on a positive note, to come together as a university community and to help revitalize our neighborhoods and our city.

Several service projects still have openings for volunteers, and the deadline for registering has been extended to Monday, September 11. I encourage you as individuals and as departments to come together to give of yourselves on this one day. I am looking forward to serving alongside you.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Case Western Reserve University.

Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.



An advisory committee has been formed to help select Case Western Reserve University's next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The committee is comprised primarily of CAS faculty members with representation also by students, university administration, alumni, and the board of trustees. This group has been convened to provide the school with opportunities to be involved in the selection process. The committee is conducting an internal search at the direction of the president and the provost and has been directed to recommend a slate of three individuals for the position. For more about the committee and the search process, refer to


The campus community is invited to a moment of silence in remembrance of the terrorist attacks that occurred September 11, 2001. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. Monday, September 11, at the corner of Adelbert Road and Euclid Avenue. Sponsored by the law school through its Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, the remembrance will be immediately followed by the participants' planting of 3,000 American flags in the ground as a memorial to the victims of the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Amos N. Guiora, professor of law and director of the institute, will lead the observance. For more information, refer to , or contact Alice Simon at 368-3304 or by e-mail at

Apple has determined that certain lithium-ion batteries containing cells manufactured by Sony Corporation of Japan pose a safety risk that may result in overheating under rare circumstances. The affected batteries were sold worldwide from October 2003 through August 2006, for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Apple is voluntarily recalling the affected batteries and has initiated a worldwide exchange program to provide eligible customers with a new replacement battery, free of charge. This program is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities. For more information, refer to

Case Western Reserve University's honorary degree committee seeks nominations of candidates for honorary degrees to recognize persons who exemplify in their work the highest ideals and standards of excellence. For consideration this academic year, nominations must be submitted on or before September 15. Refer to for a description of the nominating materials and how to submit to a member of the committee. You also can send e-mail to in the Office of the Provost.


JumpStart funds maker of sensors

Akron Beacon, September 8, 2006

A 2000 spinoff from Case Western Reserve University that makes microsensors is the latest business to get funding from JumpStart Inc., the Northeast Ohio nonprofit venture development firm. FLX Micro Inc. of Cleveland makes tiny but robust silicon carbide sensors that can be used in such things as diesel engines to monitor combustion and provide instantaneous feedback to improve fuel efficiency and decrease emissions. The company is working on commercializing its technology.

Case named city savior

The Observer online, September 8, 2006

Although New York Times Op-ed contributor Stephen Budiansky mocked Case severly earlier this year in reference to the SAGES program, Case remains a premier institution on the "Saviors of Our Cities" list compiled by Evan Dobelle. Dobelle, president of the New England Board of Higher Education, named Case sixth in a list of 25 schools that have provided support and guidance to surrounding communities. "Being a resident of the Cleveland area throughout my life, I have known many people who have benefited from Case as a major employer in the area. In a county which is often understood to be disadvantaged, Case provides meaningful employment to people who would otherwise have few opportunities," said student Stephen Miller.

Cancer atlas pinpoints nearly 200 genes so far, September 8, 2006

The first genetic map of colon and breast cancer shows that nearly 200 mutated genes -- most of them previously unknown -- help tumors start, grow and spread, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. The findings could lead to new treatments for cancer, better ways to diagnose it, and certainly will provide insights into the second-leading cause of death in the developed world, the researchers said. Dr. Kenneth Kinzler of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who helped lead the study, said it showed that cancer was more complex than even experts in the genetics of the disease had believed. The team, including researchers at the University of South Carolina and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, looked at 11 samples each from breast and colon tumors surgically removed from patients.

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Thematic developments

Issues in Higher Ed, September 8, 2006

Amy Hawkins attended the University of Michigan during the days of controversies over whether Martin Luther King Jr. should have his own federal holiday. She attended rallies and participated in dialogues, but she didn't end up with a sense that she was making any difference. To her, it felt like such events were somewhat scattershot and isolated. "I didn't feel a sense of community or ongoing connection to the issues," she recalls. "It was frustrating." University of Michigan officials felt that frustration. According to Terrence J. McDonald, dean of Michigan's School of Literature, Science and the Arts, administrators decided about two decades ago that they wanted to go beyond "hit and miss" regarding thematic programming. In turn, they chose to have a central focus for semesters, whereby professors could submit proposals to a faculty committee explaining why their classes might fit under a particular theme. If selected, those classes would be highlighted in course guides and given emphasis by campus officials.

Aftereffects of September 11 attacks are still being felt on campuses, survey finds

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2006 (subscription required)

American colleges are still feeling the aftereffects of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, particularly in areas like visa rules, international faculty exchanges, curriculum offerings, and campus risk-management and security planning, according to a report released this week by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The report, "September 11: Effects on My Campus Five Years Later," was based on a survey of 133 presidents and senior-level administrators at private colleges in 31 states and the District of Columbia. While the findings are not statistically significant, the responses provide insight into the continuing effects of the terrorist attacks on higher education, according to the association's president, David L. Warren.

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The university has partnered with the Cuyahoga County Public Library through its Writer's Center Stage Series. Case faculty will serve as facilitators for an on-campus book discussion of each book that is featured in the series. Join 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, to talk about Angela's Ashes, written by Frank McCourt. For more about the series and the authors, refer to

Tyler Elm, senior director of Corporate Strategy & Business for Wal-Mart, Inc., is the first speaker in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University's 2006 Bold Thinkers Series, sponsored by Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP. Elm will give an overview of Wal-Mart's sustainability initiatives when he speaks at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, in the George S. Dively Building at Bellflower and Ford roads. Registration is recommended due to limited seating. Registration check-in the day of the event begins at 3:30 p.m. To register, visit or call 368-6413.

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Staff members do not have to RSVP to meet with members of the Presidential Search Committee and a representative from the Presidential Search Firm as an earlier e-mail indicated. Attend from noon to 1 p.m. September 11 in Ford Auditorium. All staff are invited. The Staff Advisory Council is a cosponsor of the forum and will provide dessert and beverages. For more information, refer to

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Office of the Provost cordially invites all faculty to attend the third annual Women of Achievement Luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, September 29, in Thwing Center ballroom. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will help welcome women faculty who were awarded tenure, promotion, distinguished professorships, and other honors in the past year. Registration required. Please RSVP by September 15 to Jiling Yang at or call the center at 368-0985.

Faculty and staff are invited to a reception to welcome Jeffrey Wolcowitz, the new dean of undergraduate studies, to the campus community. The event will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, September 18, in the Hovorka Atrium in the Agnar Pytte Center for Science Education and Research on Adelbert Road. RSVP by September 13 to to confirm your attendance.

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Students who are majoring in engineering, science, and business and would like to learn about the Case Co-op Program, please attend the Co-op Information meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Friday September 8, in Nord 310. You will meet students who have completed a co-op assignment and learn what co-op is really all about. For more information, visit

For undergraduate and graduate students, Friday, September 8, is the last day for late registration and for drop/add for the fall 2006 semester. Also, SOLAR will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8. After that time, students will not be able to register online for fall 2006 after that time. For questions, send e-mail to

Case will celebrate the second annual Constitution Day Forum at 4:30 p.m. September 14, in Ford Auditorium. The event will feature distinguished guest lecturer Louis Fisher, noted scholar of constitution law and specialist with the Law Library of the Library of Congress. The theme for the event is "The Constitution Outside of the Court." His talk will be followed by a moderated discussion with Jonathan Entin, professor of law and the Hon. Tom Sawyer, retired congressional representative and former mayor of Akron. Refreshments will be provided. For details about the event, refer to

Theta Chi Fraternity would like to remind all students not currently involved in a Greek organization to consider joining a fraternity or sorority. Fall Recruitment for Fraternities will be held the first two weeks of this semester. Check out the Greek Life Web site for more information at

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Jon T. Neuffer has joined the university community as employee relations manager in the office of Career and Student Life the Weatherhead School of Management.

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The University Athletic Association recently announced its Athlete of the Week honorees and Case Western Reserve University swept the cross-country awards and brought home two out of three in football. Case graduate student Stephen Hrinda (Fairview, PA) and junior Esther Erb (Richmond, VA) were named men's and women's cross-country Athletes of the Week, respectively. In football, freshman quarterback Dan Whalen (Willoughby, Ohio) was named the offensive Athlete of the Week; and sophomore kicker/defensive end Brian Calderone (Brecksville, Ohio), was named special teams' Athlete of the Week. Read more about the Spartans at