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.

On Case for Community Day -- September 13 -- the Case Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is sponsoring two 50-minute Lolly the Trolley tours for Case faculty and students. The free tours will provide an overview of Cleveland neighborhoods, highlight the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's community partner organizations, and explore the diversity of possible sites for academic service-learning connections. Tours depart from Thwing Center at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m., and are open to all faculty and students. To register, go to and scroll down to selection "FF" or "GG."

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Case dental school looking beyond usual drill in classes

The Plain Dealer, September 9, 2006

A revamped curriculum at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine is giving students a chance to delve deeper into the science of dentistry. Students will spend equal parts of their time in lectures and small-group learning clusters. They will augment what they learn in class by tackling dental cases in their small groups and conducting research. Case joins a small but growing number of schools -- such as Harvard University, Marquette University and the University of Southern California -- that are trying a new approach.

'Holy Land' park mixes faith, fun

Miami Herald, September 10, 2006

The crucifixion was canceled. The announcement came over loudspeakers as fat clouds formed above a replica of Christ's garden tomb. Dozens of disappointed tourists and pilgrims who came to witness the spectacle -- a daily event at the Holy Land Experience, a 15-acre, $16 million biblical theme park tucked off Interstate 4 in Orlando -- trudged toward the exit. Places like Holy Land Experience and Dinosaur Adventure Land belong to a long-standing American religious tradition of evangelism as entertainment, said Timothy Beal, author of Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Religion. "The risk there is compromising the sanctity of the tradition to the point where it's not distinct from the entertainment industry," said Beal, a professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dark matter's rival: ether theory challenges "invisible mass"

National Geographic News, September 8, 2006

Late last month scientists working at NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory announced that they had found proof of dark matter, the theoretical substance believed to make up more than a quarter of the universe. But Glenn Starkman, a cosmologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is hitting back with a blast from the past. He argues that dark matter might not exist and that the long-discredited substance known as ether is actually what influences gravity in the cosmos.

Researchers map genes involved in breast and colon cancers, September 8, 2006

Scientists have unraveled about 200 genes that play a major role in the development of breast cancer and colorectal cancer. This genetic map promises to be a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer. In the current study, researchers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Johns Hopkins University, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and a team of researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, focused on mapping out all genetic variations that could lead to development of breast and colon cancer.

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Frays on academic freedom

Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2006

The start of the academic year -- in part because it coincides with the fifth anniversary of 9/11 -- is being marked by numerous debates over academic freedom. Over the last few days: Brigham Young University has placed a physics professor on paid leave, taking away the two courses he had just started teaching, because of his statements that explosives, not planes, led to the collapse of the World Trade Center's two towers; the University of Southern Maine shut down an art exhibit featuring the work of a man, convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper, who portrays himself as a political prisoner. Police groups in New Jersey and Maine condemned the exhibit and were planning to organize protests; and more...

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For information about some of today's Sept. 11 observances on campus, please refer 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

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SMART Recovery is an alternative to traditional 12-step programs, using scientific principles of cognitive behavioral psychology to help people end addictions, prevent relapses and overcome addiction related personal problems. The sessions begin on Monday, September 18, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant's Activities Room. Check out the SMART Recovery Web site at, or send an e-mail to

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Members of the presidential search committee and a member of the search firm will speak with students from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, in Amasa Stone Chapel to get input and recommendations regarding the university's search for a new president. Lunch will be provided. For more information, refer to

University Program Board (UPB) Concerts presents in concert the band To Be A High Powered Executive (experimental, post rock, indie rock) at The Spot beginning at 9:30 p.m. September 13. Free. For more details go to

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Jessica A. Moore has joined the university community as research associate in the bioethics department in the MetroHealth Medical Center.

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Adrienne Dziak, Case's director of government relations, was one of 72 women selected to attend the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and the Higher Education Resource Services. The program addressed issues and strategies for improving women's status in higher education. The women came from 29 states, as well as Canada, Singapore, and South Africa.