Case Western Reserve University recently announced the formation of an internal search advisory committee for the dean of the Case School of Engineering (CSE). The committee is primarily comprised of CSE faculty, along with representation from other schools and departments within the university, students and CSE alumni. For the complete story and list of committee members go to


The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. October 6 in the Guilford Lounge, first floor of Guilford House. This week's guest will be Amy Hanauer, executive director, PolicyMatters Ohio, who will talk about raising the minimum wage. The meetings are brown bag, but beverages will be provided. For more details, send e-mail to

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. All students, faculty, and staff can take note of information security issues in two parallel domains: preventing laptop theft and weekly security issues. During the first week of the month, Information Technology Services will focus on password security issues. Guidance and practices to protect passwords can be found on the ITS Web site,


Many questions, few answers after killings

Columbus Dispatch, October 4, 2006

If the attacker at a Pennsylvania school really acted out of overwhelming guilt from molesting relatives in his youth, as police suggest, he would be a rare breed, even in the bewildering annals of multiple murder, experts say. The history of school shootings and multiple murders is full of attackers who feel bullied or rejected at school, at work, or in marriage. They strike out for symbolic revenge, not out of tortured guilt. Several authorities were unable to point to a multiple killing clearly motivated by the latter. Parents who kill their children typically act out of a warped desire to save them from something worse, said Phillip Resnick, a psychiatrist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Other stories about the shootings

Indianapolis Star, October 4, 2006

Monday's fatal shootings at an Amish school in Pennsylvania -- and last week's attack in Bailey, CO, that left one girl dead -- underscore how schools across the nation, long considered the safest places in their communities, also can be the most vulnerable. Statistics consistently show that children are far safer on school grounds than nearly anywhere else. However, safety consultants say the recent attacks -- both by men who apparently were intent on molesting girls -- are vivid reminders of the challenges schools and police face in protecting campuses from the outside world. "It's not school violence -- it's community violence that takes place in schools," says Stephen Sroka, a school safety consultant who teaches at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Ex-dean at Case convicted in bid to purchase drug

The Plain Dealer, October 4, 2006

A former dean at Case Western Reserve University pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug charge Tuesday for trying to buy 2.4 grams of cocaine at a Beachwood hotel. Mohsen Anvari, the former head of the Weatherhead School of Management, was convicted of attempted complicity to possess drugs.

State doesn't keep the right graduates

The Toledo Blade, October 1, 2006

The human heart sparks electricity with each beat. When it skips and its rhythm breaks, life turns fragile. It took Charu Ramanathan, Ping Jia, and their graduate adviser in a Cleveland lab to map the heart to show what trips its electrical circuits. They knew their work belonged in hospitals, so they patented it. Ramanathan came to Case Western Reserve University a decade ago to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering, which no college in her native India offered. Jia left China for the same reason.

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Dueling data on women and work

Inside Higher Ed, October 4, 2006

A New York Times article last fall managed to offend just about everyone. Its thesis -- that women at elite colleges increasingly plan to leave the work force when they have children -- angered many feminists, and media critics accused the Times of publishing anecdotes masquerading as social science. A new study suggests that the article also overstated the number of women who hope to leave the workforce long-term. Yale University's Women's Center released a survey last week finding that just 4.1 percent of Yale women plan to stop work entirely after having children, compared to 0.7 percent of men.

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The Schubert Center for Child Studies and the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change is cosponsoring "Election 2006: What's at Stake for Kids," a panel discussion of the election issues affecting children and youth. It will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 10, in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. A light lunch will be served. For more information, go to

Mather Spotlight Series on Women's Scholarship will feature Susan Helper, professor of regional economic development at the Weatherhead School of Management. She will speak on "Global Production and Local Prosperity: Can They Coexist in Cleveland?" The session will take place on October 12 in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. followed by the lecture and discussion at noon. Details: Event is sponsored by the Center for Women and the Mather Centennial Endowment Fund.

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"Assisting Students Outside of Class" is the topic of the UCITE Seminar on October 5. Kurt Koenigsberger, professor of English and director of the Writing Center, along with Judith Olson-Fallon, director of Educational Services for Students, will describe what their offices do, how they assist students by providing skilled assistance in specific areas or useful information about how to deal with them, and how students and faculty can access those services. Join the discussion from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP to or register through the UCITE Web site at and click "Events."

Effective October 2, the departmental deposit procedure has changed. Deposit slips for deposits to Case accounts will be created in Peoplesoft. However, if a department receives charitable gifts directly, these gifts should still be sent to the Office of Advancement Services, room 400 BioEnterprise Building, location code 7035. As always, the office of Gifts Processing will deposit the charitable gift checks through the Cashiers Office, and an official tax receipt will be prepared for the donor. Please visit the ERP project Web site at for additional information about deposit procedures.

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Microsoft will be on campus today, October 4, to talk about internships and full-time positions for interested students. Microsoft will present "Meet the Company" at 5 p.m. in Sears 435. Bring a resume and have a chance to win a Smart Phone. Interview tips, Microsoft corporate culture, and expectations of interns and full-timers will be discussed. Enjoy free pizza and many other nifty Microsoft giveaways.

Head to the Veale Center on Thursday, October 5, for the Career Fair which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by any time. It is never too early to find a job or that great summer internship. For tips and a complete list of the more than 110 companies, check out the Career Fair Web site at

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is hosting a Fall Saturday of Service on October 7. The purpose of the day of service is to give students opportunities to contribute to the local community. Fall Saturday of Service will include various service opportunities for both individuals and groups. Sites include AIDS Walk Cleveland, Church of the Covenant, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and Judson at University Circle. Details:

Throughout October, students who are 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 Services Web site:

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Timothy Hays has joined the university community as a program analyst in the advancement services office based in the BioEnterprise Building.

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Kudos to Amany Abdrbo, a doctoral candidate in nursing with focus on Informatics and Brandon Thomas, a doctoral student in nursing with focus on pediatrics and mental health, whose exemplary work and work ethic are being recognized by Linda Lewin, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, with regard to a study they are working on with her, "The Effects of Maternal Mental Illness on Child Protection." Specifically Abdrbo has completed data entry and analysis for 122 case files and has been diligent, accurate and organized doing tedious tasks for data entry. Likewise Thomas has compiled data from 122 case files that reflected information on more than 400 children. She is currently compiling qualitative descriptions from the same sample. She has been diligent in culling information from extremely lengthy files and creative about how to organize a large volume of data.