The annual President's State of the University address to staff is at 12:15 p.m. today, September 27, in the Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Building.

The office of Crime Prevention is offering Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.), a free self-defense program for all women. The classes emphasize safety and avoidance, as well as how women can defend themselves. The program is 12 hours long over a four-week time period. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. October 2 at Veale Center, and additional classes will be on the following three Mondays, same time and location. To register, send e-mail to Class size is limited. Enrollees must plan to attend at least the first three classes. If there is a scheduling conflict with the first class being held on Yom Kippur, please mention that in the registration.

The Fitness/Wellness Program sponsored by the physical education and athletics department is currently offering Kundalini Yoga classes from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For further information, contact Mina Moore, 347 Veale Center,, or call 368-2191.


Amount of HIV not indicative of AIDS progress

MSNBC, September 26, 2006

Measuring the amount of AIDS virus circulating in the blood of HIV-positive patients is not a good indicator of the health of their immune systems, researchers said on Tuesday. "The results of this nationwide study may have profound implications in our understanding of how HIV causes disease and in our approach to the management of HIV-infected patients," said lead investigator Dr. Benigno Rodriguez of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Lack of insurance plagues minorities

Akron Beacon Journal, September 27, 2006

When Aisha Allen recently celebrated her 65th birthday, the federal government gave her something she'd been coveting for the past three decades -- a health insurance card. One study by the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine found that uninsured Americans are almost four times more likely to delay seeking treatment than are those with insurance. Another study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and published several years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine found that -- all other things being equal -- middle-aged Americans who are uninsured are 60 percent more likely to have a major decline in their health.

Sci-fi today, sci-fact tomorrow, August 25, 2006,8599,1333981,00.html

Researchers are trying to turn the simulated realities of science-fiction movies into the armchair realities of everyday life. Star Trek's "holodeck," an immersive and utterly realistic virtual environment, inspired Case Western Reserve University Assistant Professor Stacy Williams to conceptualize a virtual reality theater to help people with communications disorders. Case Western has always been an advocate of what Williams calls the "sage on the stage versus the guide on the side" learning method, in which students gain their own knowledge through "routine, everyday activities and/or challenges" with intermittent guidance from a teacher, she says.

Plastics at the cutting edge

Eureka magazine (column) (United Kingdom), September 22, 2006

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are studying how biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) -- the material used to make crisp packets -- might improve the performance of body armor. There is a key difference: while crisp bags use BOPP film -- which has been stretched in two directions to improve strength -- this experiment produced cross-rolled PP. This compresses PP sheet between rollers. The researchers produced and tested two cross-rolled samples. According to Yankai Yang, of Case Western's Center for Applied Polymer Research, cross rolling can improve the tensile strength of PP by a factor of 10, compared with unoriented material.

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Right to an education bound in a Covenant

USA Today, September 26, 2007

The University of North Carolina and Princeton, which launched a no-loan program five years ago for any student who qualifies for aid, have been joined by about two dozen universities, most of them large state flagships. Specifics vary, but all schools share a similar goal: to make sure financial need does not discourage academically qualified students from getting the college education they have earned.

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Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring its annual Let's Shack Up fund-raising event September 29 on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Students will be sponsored to spend a night outside in cardboard boxes to raise money and awareness of homelessness in Cleveland, and to support the efforts of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. For more information, including how staff and faculty can sponsor a student, send e-mail to Interested students can sign up online at

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The Office of Planning and Budget recently posted the FY07 Calendar, which provides important dates concerning the budget and planning process. The calendar may be accessed online at

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The Case Muslim Student Association (MSA) is hosting its annual Fast-a-Thon on September 30. As part of this event, local businesses donate money to the Cleveland Food Bank for every non-Muslim who pledges to fast on Saturday. Interested students can go to to sign up. Everyone is also invited to break their fast in the Thwing ballroom at a dinner sponsored by the MSA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for people who fast, $6 for everyone else.

Join Discussions, Case's peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, at a reception to honor contributors to the first issue at 3:30 p.m. September 29 in Hovorka Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

The Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council are sponsoring National Hazing Awareness Week through September 29. The Case community can participate in "Band-aid Day" on September 29 to support National Hazing Awareness Week by wearing a Band-aid throughout the day. Band-aids will be distributed in Thwing Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday.

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Andre Osborn recently joined the university community as a dental assistant with the faculty dental practice.

Marisa Tingle recently joined the university community as a secretary with the Cancer Center.

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Babu Manjasetty and Mark Chance of the Case Proteomics Center recently participated in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern program. They worked with Weisha Zhu of Cornell University on the complex structures of Escherichia coli L-Arabinose isomerse, an enzyme with potential use for low-calorie natural sugar production. Zhu's work is highlighted at the National Snynchotron Light Source Web page at