The annual President's State of the University address will take place next week. The State of the University address to faculty is at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, and the address to staff is at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 27. Both meetings will be in the Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Building.


The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. September 22. Today's guest speaker will be Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., Case interim president, who will speak on "The Interim Period: Tasks for Today and Ideas for the Future." The program will be in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. Beverages and desserts will be provided. For more details, send e-mail to

CaseLife -- a student-created event calendar and group communications system -- is available online at: CaseLife is designed to allow all students, faculty, and staff to hear about campus events, announcements, and news. CaseLife also features Case's official forum, classified ads, blogs, and group forums. Student groups can easily create their own calendars, along with announcements, file storage, and photo albums.


$3.5 million grant to help art institute

The Plain Dealer, September 22, 2006

The Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday won a $3.5 million grant from the George Gund Foundation, the first major gift in a campaign to build a unified campus in University Circle. The money will allow the institute to pick an architect and pay for detailed plans to consolidate a two-part campus that has been split for 25 years. "This is huge," said David Deming, president of the institute. "I've been personally dreaming about getting this going almost from my first year as president at the institute, and this is beginning of my ninth year." The grant also gave fresh impetus to a much-discussed plan by Case Western Reserve University to create an arts and retail district around the now drab intersection of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue.

Case opens news medical imaging center

The Plain Dealer, September 22, 2006

A new center that expands the vital role imaging technology plays in diagnosing cancer opened Thursday at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The Center for Molecular Imaging, one of 40 worldwide funded by the National Foundation for Cancer Research, has already inspired a number of projects from oncologists at UH's Ireland Cancer Center. Dr. Stanton Gerson, a hematologist who heads Ireland, will tap the imaging center for some of his own projects, including using molecular imaging to tag stem cells as they migrate through the body.

Learn, then earn: Benefactor gives cash for Coshocton kids who pass state standardized tests

The Columbus Dispatch, September 20, 2006

These students have their eyes on the prize. The phony $100 bills dangling from the ceiling of teacher Debbie Brown's classroom aren't just for decoration. The play money represents the top amount her sixth-graders can each pocket if they pass four Ohio standardized tests in the spring. Brown's class is one of eight in the Coshocton school district participating in a pay-for-performance pilot program funded by a local benefactor. The unusual experiment, in its third and final year, uses cash to study whether incentives improve student achievement, Superintendent Wade Lucas said. Eric Bettinger, an associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, is tracking the students' progress.

Can China gear up to sell its cars to U.S. consumers? Quality is key

Knowledge@Wharton, September 20, 2006

First it was textiles and consumer electronics. Next may be cars. China is once again looking to target a key consumer market in the U.S. Yet while low wages and government support could ultimately make China a powerhouse in the global automotive industry, Wharton faculty and industry analysts say it will take some time to reach that goal. Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and an IMVP researcher, says Chinese engineering and manufacturing expertise is not yet developed enough to build a sophisticated, integrated product like a car at an affordable price. A car is different from a PC, which can be assembled in a modular format based on standard parts.

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Safeguarding campuses

Inside Higher Ed, September 22, 2006

It wasn't part of a crime spree. The accused gunmen weren't Duquesne University students. But the shooting that injured five men's basketball players last weekend took place outside a dance on the Pittsburgh campus -- which is one reason why the incident has captured the attention of college officials across the country. Duquesne announced Thursday its new security measures, including the addition of five security officers, bike patrols, a vehicle patrol and roving metal detectors that can be used for campus events.

Anticipating federal report, higher-education groups suggest 'next steps' for colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 22, 2006 (subscription required)

Five days before the U.S. secretary of education, Margaret Spellings, is scheduled to announce her plan for the future of American higher education, the six major college lobbying groups have released a letter outlining the steps they will take -- and those they believe their member institutions should take -- to strengthen the nation's colleges and universities.

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The Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture presented by the Law-Medicine Center will welcome Susan F. Wood, former assistant commissioner for women's health, and director of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (2000- 2005). She will speak about "The Role of Science in Health Policy Decision-making: The Case of Emergency Contraception." The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. September 27, in the School of Law Moot Court Room, A59. A one-hour CLE credit will be available. Details: 216-368-3304 or

The College Scholars Program will sponsor a visit by Jack Haught of Georgetown University, who will give a free public lecture on "God After Darwin." Haught is Landegger Distinguished Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, ecology, and religion. The program will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, October 7, in Strosacker Auditorium on the Case quad. For details, call 216-368-8961 or refer to

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Human resources has cancelled the eight-week Freedom from Smoking Cessation Program due to lack of registration.

University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources have a limited supply of flu vaccines this year and will be administering the vaccines for faculty and staff. Vaccines will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, October 23, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Employees will be required to bring their Case ID.

The Department of Human Resources is sponsoring two staff development sessions on the topic, "Making Change Work for You." The first will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, September 25, in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Building; the second convenes from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, September 29 in the Mandel School of Applied Sciences, Room 320ABC. Employees need only attend one session.

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The Observer, Case's official undergraduate newspaper, is currently seeking writers for its news, feature, sports, and editorial sections. The Observer also accepts letters to the editor. E-mail for more information.

The Graduate Student Literature Seminar will feature Joseph Racca of the biochemistry department at noon Monday, September 25 in the Room W428 in the School of Medicine.

Want to learn the Garba? Be sure to attend the Undergraduate Indian Students Association's annual Case Garba from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. September 22, in the Adelbert Gymnasium. Garba is a social dance form that originates from the northern part of India. Students will be present to teach the dance. The event is free.

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LaRuth McAfee has joined the university community as the executive director for education in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

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Lawrence M. Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics, recently gave one of the 100th anniversary Dwight H. Terry Lectures on Science and Religion at Yale University.