The 2006 Charity Choice Campaign is now underway. The university's campaign seeks to increase recognition of the social, economic and cultural challenges present within our communities and begin the process of change through increased awareness and compassion. Campaign cochairs are Grover Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Lara Kalafatis, vice president for University Relations. The campaign coordinator is Margaret Stevens. Visit the Charity Choice Web site at for more details.

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Statewide consortiums to focus in on cell therapy research

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 18, 2006 (subscription required)

Now that he's decided how to spend $8 million in state research money, Dr. Stanton Gerson is eyeing projects that would involve two of Ohio's largest medical and research collaborations. Dr. Gerson is spearheading the development of two statewide research consortiums, one for bone marrow stem cell research and the other for cardiovascular cell therapy research. The latter effort will be headed by Dr. Daniel Simon, new chief of cardiology at Case Medical Center, said Dr. Gerson, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University and Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Yale alums pitch city to Yale undergrads

The Plain Dealer, September 16, 2006

Have you heard the one about the six Clevelanders who flew to Yale? No joke. The trip was actually an effort by six local companies to recruit seniors at Yale University for full-time jobs at area companies. Recruiters flew to New Haven, Conn., on Friday for a one-day career fair to talk to students at the Ivy League school about launching their careers in Cleveland. The pitch was an outgrowth of the popular "Summer on the Cuyahoga" program, which brings about 75 students from six private universities here for a 10-week summer internship and cultural immersion program. Summer on the Cuyahoga, which also recruits students from Colgate University, Smith College, Princeton University, Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University, now draws more than 400 applications from all 50 states and overseas.

Bring order to Ohio's university hodge-podge

The Plain Dealer, Sunday, September 17, 2006 (column)

Subject to St. Peter's final call, any thing good I might accomplish is due to family, church -- and Ohio State and Ohio universities. And my hometown benefits enormously from Youngstown State. But sentiment can't mask what Allen O. Myers, a Statehouse populist of Ohio's Gilded Age, called "plain truths for honest people." As universities are first to remind everyone, Ohio, as a state, underfinanced public higher education. Whether that's anything new is open to question. Whether it's worrisome isn't. Ohio must stop what a wit has called "peanut butter" investment -- spreading state money around so everybody gets something, but nobody gets enough. Ohio has two public research universities (Ohio State and Cincinnati) and one private research university (Case Western Reserve). Those three campuses are where the big bucks should go.

Marketing the games with the Gospel

The Plain Dealer, Sunday, September 17, 2006

As far as the postseason goes, the Indians haven't had a prayer for months. That won't be the case today, however. Although it will have absolutely no bearing on the playoffs, the team will host its first Catholic Family Day, with a 10:30 a.m. Mass in right field preceding the afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins. About 850 fans are expected to attend. The marriage of religion and athletics is nothing new. But with the increasing influence of Christian organizations and action groups, sports teams are realizing religion is big business. Third Coast Sports is a Christian marketing firm in Nashville, Tenn., hired by teams to stage the increasingly popular Faith Night (or Day), complete with a Christian music concert and testimonials from local sports figures, as well as occasional giveaways of Bibles or bobblehead figures of Biblical characters such as Moses or Noah. Some religion scholars see the value of Faith Night from a business standpoint, but don't know what to make of it from a religion standpoint. Timothy Beal is Case Western Reserve University's Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and author of the 2005 book, Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange and the Substance of Faith.

Forum lets students look

The Observer, September 15, 2006

To provide input into the presidential search process, undergraduate students gathered in Amasa Stone Chapel on Tuesday. Although the expected turnout for the ninth of 21 scheduled forums was around 200 students, the actual number attending was far less, with most of Amasa's pews left empty. Frank N. Linsalata, co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee, opened the forum by providing some information on the search process up to that point, as well as Case's presidential history.

KSU to notify parents if kids drink illegally

Akron Beacon Journal online, September 15, 2006

If underage Kent State students tip a brew or two, they not only may face arrest but also a letter back home to Mom and Dad. KSU adopted a parental notification policy this fall to try to curb the illegal drinking that police say is on the rise. "We're seeing it get out of control," said KSU Police Chief John Peach, citing 229 alcohol violations on campus last year, up from 92 the previous year -- a 149 percent increase. Kent is one of the newest colleges across the country to tip off parents when their offspring step out of line. Ohio State, Otterbein College, Case Western Reserve University and Ohio University already write or call parents if Junior is found with an open container, becomes publicly intoxicated or alters an ID.

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Harming the Historical Record

Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2006

Scholars who work on large archival projects have struggled during the Bush administration. The president has repeatedly proposed eliminating the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which is one of the two federal programs that supports the intense, decades-long projects that involve editing and publishing of collections of documents. Congress has saved the program, but just barely. Now the National Endowment for the Humanities has revamped the rules for the other major federal program that supports such work: Scholarly Editions Grants.

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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" at 4:30 p.m. 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, go to or call 216-368-3109.

The Case Writers' and Editors' Forum, WordNerds, invites staff campus communicators to the monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, in the Faculty Library in Tomlinson Hall. Trish Schreiber of the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be leading a roundtable discussion about what Case has to offer prospective students and how best to communicate with them between admission and enrollment. Bring a brown bag lunch and business cards. For questions, e-mail

The Case Western Reserve University flute studio will have a recital, "Flutes on Vacation," at 8 p.m. Wednesday September 20 in Harkness Chapel. The program is free and will feature members of the flute studio playing solo and quartet. A reception will follow the performances.

The Department of Pharmacology will host its ninth Annual Greenfield Family Lecture presented by Robert J. Lekfowitz of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Lefkowitz will be presenting on "Seven Transmembrane Receptors," at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 21, in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. A reception will follow the presentation.

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers fellowships to "further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts..." Application forms for 2007 fellowships are available at the foundation's Web site. For further information, go to

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Ameriprise Financial will be on campus from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, for an Information Session for students interested in a career with the firm. Ameriprise is one of the nation's leading financial management firms. The session, sponsored by the Case Career Center, will be in Nord Hall, Room 400.

The Safe Zone Program will host its annual Safe Zone Mixer at 4 p.m. September 21 in the Tomlinson Hall foyer. The Safe Zone Program is designed to create awareness and help LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied) students identify with faculty and staff members who consider themselves open and knowledgeable about LGBTQQIA issues. The mixer allows Safe Zone members a chance to form relationships with the LGBTQQIA student body at large and learn more about the program and how to serve a segment of the Case community. Refer to

Qualified students are offered the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C., through The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Placements are available with the government, nonprofit associations and interest groups, businesses, law firms, cultural and arts institutions, embassies and other organizations. To learn more, attend the information meeting from 6-7 this evening, September 18 in Mather House 100, or e-mail to Prof. Alexander P. Lamis in the political science department at or call 216-368-2696.

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Jill Grauel has joined the university community as an employment specialist-recruiter in the human resources department.

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David Crampton, assistant professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was a panelist in a research roundtable as part of the 2006 National Convening on Youth Permanence conference held September 13-15 in Washington, D.C. He participated in the session, Families For Life: Addressing The Needs Of Older Children And Youth In Foster Care. The panelists were policy experts from the child welfare field, state and local agencies, the judicial and legal systems, academia and professional associations.