A new partnership for Case brings together the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and the Kelvin Smith Library for a new satellite CPL collection on campus. CPL@Case-KSL is a new browsing collection that brings bestsellers, audio books, popular magazines, and more to campus for Case faculty, staff, and students. The new collection also has a CPL self-checkout machine for patrons to use their CPL Greater Access library card to check out the materials. KSL staff can issue a new CPL library card to Case individuals, and they also will checkout the CPL items on a live link to the CPL system. For more details, refer to the KSL homepage at

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 Case Cycling Club is hosting a bike tuneup for the campus community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 30 on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. A full tuneup is $25.


Analysis due on possible Pollocks

The Plain Dealer, September 29, 2006

Fresh evidence could soon resolve a bitter dispute among a Case Western Reserve University professor and other experts over the authenticity of recently discovered works attributed to Jackson Pollock. The Straus Center for Art Conservation at Harvard University, which is examining a number of the works, will soon release a scientific analysis of materials used to make them. If proven authentic, the works would be worth millions of dollars. Ellen Landau, Case professor of art history, believes historical and stylistic evidence shows the works are by Pollock. But experts associated with the influential Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, named for Pollock and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, disagree.

NorTech appoints academic fellow

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 28, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University professor has been named as the second academic NorTech fellow. During the yearlong regional technology advocacy group's fellowship, Case assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Alexis R. Abramson will work with companies in the region to educate them about nanotechnology and incorporating nanotechnology into their business models, according to a Case statement.

Cities turn to courts for lead paint resolution

The Plain Dealer, September 29, 2006

Cities across the state are considering litigation against the lead pigment industry, including Sherwin-Williams Co. of Cleveland. And the city of East Cleveland is expected to file suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court this morning over the presence of lead pigment in homes and buildings, said Michael O'Shea, who is defending the city on a contingency basis along with the powerful Motley Rice law firm. The final resolution of the Rhode Island case is expected to provide some precedent for similar lawsuits in Ohio. Spencer Neth, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, said the lead defendants in Rhode Island will prevail on appeal because the judge did not apply prior law that requires responsible parties to be directly linked to the harm done to the plaintiff.

Plastics at the cutting edge

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

Shape memory polymers (SMPs), which consistently return to their original shape, could soon be seen in a range of dental applications. A team from New Ortho Polymer in the US is studying how one SMP measures up against traditional orthodontic plastics such as thermoplastic polyurethane. The material, developed by Patrick Mather at Case Western Reserve University, is a co-polymer of butyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate.

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Columbia U. to kick off $4-billion campaign, largest in higher-education history

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 2006 (subscription required)

Columbia University officials are scheduled to announce today the public phase of a seven-year effort to raise a record-setting $4-billion in private donations. The kickoff, on the university's campus in New York City, will begin the largest fund-raising campaign in higher-education history.


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The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies is sponsoring a public lecture, "The Merchant of Venice: Shylock in Christian and Jewish Imaginations," by former Case professor Susannah Heschel, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. October 3 at the Hartzmark Room in the Temple-Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood. Heschel is the founding director of the Rosenthal Center at Case.For more details go to or call 368-8961.

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring its annual Let's Shack Up fund-raising event today, 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

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

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The Human Capital Management System (HCM) will be unavailable from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 30 due to system maintenance.

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Beginning the evening of October 1, students on a meal plan will be able to use one meal a week at the Silver Spartan Diner. October meal plan bundle menus and details of this program are available on the dining Web site at

The Asian American Alliance is sponsoring "Taste of Asia" tonight, September 29, beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Thwing ballroom. For $5, Sample food from China, Japan, India, Thailand and Korea. Catering by local restaurants, and performances are scheduled after the buffet dinner. Tickets can be purchased at Nord Hall, Thwing Center, Fribley Commons and Leutner Commons. For details, go to

Students are invited to a La Alianza dance social that will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight September 30 at The Spot.

The Case Muslim Student Association (MSA) is hosting its annual Fast-a-Thon on September 30. 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.

The Students' Global AIDS Campaign presents a Red Party from 8-11 tonight, September 29, in Carlton Fireside.

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Richard Pressler recently joined the university community as a research associate in the neurosciences department.

Suparna Mahalaha recently joined the university community as a research associate in the community dentistry department.

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Go Spartans! The Case Western Reserve University defense consisting of senior midfielder Noah Marciniak; senior back Greg Gasbarro; sophomore back Zeyad Schwen; senior back Scott Christensen; and junior midfielder Neal Duryea has been selected by the University Athletic Association as Men's Soccer Co-Players (Defense) of the Week.