A staff member at the School of Medicine has been temporarily disabled with an injury and is unable to drive to and from work. Staff or faculty members who commute from the Strongsville or Berea areas who may be able to offer assistance can e-mail Kathryn Howard at or call 368-5087.


Clevelanders recall Hungary's revolt, freedom fighters

The Plain Dealer, September 20, 2006

Immigrants might feel pushed or pulled to a new land but refugees are usually running for their lives. In 1956 in Hungary, they were fleeing the Red Army sent to crush the Hungarian Revolution. Nearly 10,000 of the refugees made it to Cleveland, where they were welcomed by a long-standing Hungarian community and by a public fascinated with newsreel images of the Hungarian Freedom Fighter. "Americans saw the young Hungarians lobbing Molotov cocktails at Russian tanks," said John Grabowski, a Case Western Reserve University historian. "This was the start of America's acceptance of refugees."

Music to lull you to sleep

The Wall Street Journal online, September 19, 2006 (subscription required)

Tired of counting sheep? Companies selling specially designed music say their soothing melodies bring you sweetly into slumberland. Physicians who specialize in sleep say music does help some insomniacs, but is most likely to be useful in mild cases. Music as a sleep aid hasn't been widely studied. However, several smaller studies have linked music to better sleep. Last year, a study done on Taiwanese elderly adults by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found that mellowing out to music 45 minutes before bedtime helped about half of a test group of 30 adults sleep longer and better. A control group given no bedtime ritual showed no change. That three-week study, published in the February 2005 issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, used a variety of music, all in the relatively slow tempo range of 60 to 80 beats a minute -- twice as slow as energetic dance music. The positive effect was greatest in the second and third weeks of the study, suggesting that people who want to try music should stick with it long enough for the body to become trained to associate the music with sleep, says study co-author Marion Good, a Case Western research nurse.

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Using the Web to Prevent Suicide

Inside Higher Ed, September 20, 2006

As questions of institutional liability after student suicide have received much more attention in recent years, many health officials have called for improved suicide prevention strategies. But carrying out such efforts is not the easiest of tasks when no one knows for sure what will push one student instead of another to want to take his or her own life. Officials at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention believe that colleges can do much more via the Web to help students contemplating suicide. For the past five years, the group has been fine-tuning a "College Screening Program" that uses the Internet to identify students at risk for suicide and to refer them for treatment.

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The campus community is invited to celebrate Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, set for October 12-15, on campus. To find out what's planned, refer to

Hazel R. O'Leary, president of Fisk University in Nashville and former secretary of the Department of Energy and current, will give a free public lecture beginning at 12:30 p.m. October 13 in Amasa Stone Chapel. For details:

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The Faculty Staff for Equality, the Office of the Provost, University Counseling Services, and the Flora Stone Mater Center for Women is sponsoring a LGBTQ Faculty/Staff/Partners & Friends of Case HAPPY HOUR. The social gathering will be from 5:30-7 p.m. September 21 at the Fairmount Wine and Martini Bar, in the Cedar-Fairmount Triangle, 2448 Fairmount Blvd., in Cleveland Heights. Free appetizers and free parking available behind the building.

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Attention business students: Rush for Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, is now under way. If you are a management, economics, or accounting major come to the Experiential Learning career panel at 6:30 p.m. September 20, in the Wolstein Hall at the Weatherhead School to learn more.

SOURCE encourages underrepresented minority students in the STEM -- sciences, technology, engineering, math -- fields to apply for an Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship. Complete an application as soon as possible before September 25 on the OSEA Web site at Contact (Nord Hall 304D) for questions and to pick up a supplemental Case application for the OSEA program.

The SAGES office is sponsoring a showing of Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21, in Strosacker Auditorium. Some SAGES sections have already reserved tickets; additional seats are still available. Class or campus groups that would like to attend should send a representative to the SAGES office in Crawford Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Remaining tickets will be available at the door, at no charge, on a first-come first-serve basis.

The Baha'i Student Association of Case will host Justin Baldoni, the actor from the WB TV series, Everwood, who will be speaking on "Sexuality and Ethics: Living a Healthy Lifestyle in Today's World." His talk will concern the issues young adults must deal with in today's world, including sexuality, drinking, and living a healthy lifestyle. Event will be at 9 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at The Spot.

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Theodore Smoker has joined the university community as a coordinator for the Center for Music and Technology in Haydn Hall.

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Three Case Western Reserve University fall sports athletes have been chosen as the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week in their respective sports. For the second time in three weeks, Case freshman quarterback Dan Whalen and junior runner Esther Erb were honored as the UAA offensive football and women's cross-country athletes of the week. Junior goalkeeper Chad Skidmore was named the UAA's co-defensive performer in men's soccer.