Dear Faculty, Students, Alumni and Staff of Case Western Reserve University:

The Search Committee invites nominations for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The job description for this position may be viewed on our Web site,

Nominations may include self nominations, but only candidates who are tenured faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences will be considered. Nominees will be invited to submit an application, which includes a letter to the search committee outlining their vision for the College of Arts and Sciences (1,000 word maximum) as well as an updated curriculum vita. Individuals who would like to apply directly for the position should submit these materials as well. Nominations may be made by faculty, students, alumni and staff of Case Western Reserve University and must be received on or before October 20, 2006.

Nominations and associated materials should be sent electronically to

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The College of Arts and Sciences encourages applications from women and people of color.

We thank you in advance for your participation in this important process.


The College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Search Committee



The Case Athletics Department will have a post-game fireworks show for the second consecutive season following the football game Saturday night, September 16 against Kenyon College. The game begins at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show will follow immediately. For more information call 216-368-2420.

The Student Activities & Leadership Office and Thwing Center are sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, September 15, in Thwing ballroom. Walk-ins welcome; however, appointments that were already scheduled will be taken first.

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 Case network ID. The survey takes about five minutes to complete:


Fill-in dean to take over reins today at Case medical school

The Plain Dealer, September 15, 2006

Dr. Pamela Davis glances down at her size 9 1/2 feet, smartly clad in black suede, and laughs when asked if she can fill the shoes of her predecessor. A highly regarded cystic fibrosis researcher and vice dean of research, Davis was plucked to fill in for outgoing dean Dr. Ralph Horwitz during a particularly difficult time in the history of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The medical school is grappling with a budget deficit, salary freezes, layoffs and a gloomy federal research climate. Davis starts her new job today, and could face a long tenure.

Caught up in a web of info

The Plain Dealer, September 14, 2006

Cleveland high school students on Wednesday morning helped demonstrate how the "wireless mesh network" that blankets part of University Circle with free, high-speed, wireless Internet access can be used to educate people about health-care issues. OneCommunity is the nonprofit ultra-broadband provider that has been building a regional fiber-optic network for years, offering it to subscribers. With several partners, including Case Western Reserve University and Cisco Systems Inc., OneCommunity spent $1 million to develop the wireless mesh to help more people use the fiber network. In the next few months, more than 160 radio devices are planned to cover five square miles of University Circle with the wireless mesh, said Lev Gonick, Case's chief information officer.

Constitution Day lesson goes where no mandate has gone

The Plain Dealer, September 15, 2006

The law states that all schools that receive federal funding, public and private, kindergarten through college, must have a Constitution Day lesson or event. It also requires federal employees to learn about the founding document. "As mandates go, it's not so bad," said Joseph White, chairman of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University. "It gives us a chance to get a national expert to come to our campus." Constitutional law scholar Louis Fisher spoke at Case on Thursday about conflicts between the president and Congress over war powers and national security. Other universities have events planned through next week, since Sept. 17 falls on a Sunday this year.

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Is this campus gay-friendly?

New York Times, September 14, 2006

This fall, stacked amid the hefty new college admissions books like "The Best 361 Colleges" and "Financial Aid for the Utterly Confused" is a guide about an entirely different sort of college acceptance. "The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students" (Alyson Books) profiles 100 of the country's "best campuses" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, and it arrives at a time when gay students are more vocal and visible.

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Amnesty International and the Newman Catholic Student Association present "United States Policy and the Human Rights Crisis in Colombia" from 12:30-1:45 p.m. today, September 15, at the Interfaith Center (between the Church of the Covenant and Hillel). Father Obdulio Mena, director of the Afro-pastoral office for the Diocese of Quibdo, will speak about the human rights crisis in Colombia, the work of the diocese in the region, and the impact of the United States' policy on the region.

David Piwnica-Worms, professor of radiology, molecular biology and pharmacology, and director of the Molecular Imaging Center at Washington University in St. Louis, will present a talk entitled "Spying on Biology with Molecular Imaging" on at 4:30 p.m. on September 21, in the Bolwell Conference Center of University Hospitals. This address is part of the opening and naming celebration of the new National Foundation for Cancer Research Center for Molecular Imaging at Case. Tours of the center will follow the address. This event is free and open to the entire Case community. For more information or to RSVP, please go to or call 216-368-3109.

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A Supervisory Briefing Session, "Leading Change," is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on September 18, in the School of Law, Room A-59, and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on September 20, in Ford Auditorium. For details go to

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The African American Society is hosting a Back 2 School Jam at the Spot tonight, September 15, from 9 p.m. until midnight. The event will feature music and food. In addition, stop by Urban Era's line dance workshop in Wade Fireside from 8-9 p.m. before the dance.

The Graduate Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is hosting a pizza party to meet with interested graduate students. Come for food, fun, and fellowship from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, September 15 in Thwing Center's Euclid Room. E-mail to RSVP or for more information.

The Fall Leadership Conference takes place September 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (check-in begins at 10:30) at Thwing Center. The theme is "Growth through Leadership." Keynote speaker is Michael Poll on the topic of "Straight A's Won't Get You the Job." For session descriptions and registration go to Free for all students.

The Development Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government is conducting a survey to assess student use of the Print2Here printing system and printing at Case in general. Please follow the following link to the survey:

The Case Crew Club will be racing at the Head of the Cuyahoga event from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. on September 16. Directions to the boathouse can be found at, and a schedule of event scan be found on This is the only chance to see Case Crew race in Cleveland this semester!

Learn about the impact you can have on children's lives as a teacher in areas of the country that need teachers the most. Come to the Teach for America information session at 7 p.m. on September 18 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room to learn more and enjoy free pizza and pop. For more details, go to

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Jeffrey Books recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

Amber Dyrcz recently joined the university community as a dental assistant in the pediatric dentistry department.

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M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and Professor of International Health at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, received the 2006 International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from the National Association of Social Workers. The award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work.