In his State of the University address, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., pledged to keep the Case Western Reserve University community informed about the financial condition of university and other important issues throughout the year. In his first communication, Eastwood addresses diversity, the "Case" brand, undergraduate student enrollment and what it means to be a great university, in addition to budget matters. To read the full letter, go to


Information about planned outages of ITS is now online. This new format for communicating planned outages of ITS will be updated as projects or planned maintenance windows are scheduled. For details, refer to

Homecoming is coming: The Homecoming Parade Committee is seeking help. Employees who own a vintage car or a convertible are invited to participate in the parade, set for 10-11 a.m. Saturday, October 14. After the parade, participants can attend the Tailgate Picnic as a guest of the committee. Details: call Colleen Barker-Williamson in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, 368-2679.

A CaseLearns Workshop, "Using RefWorks: a Bibliographic Tool," takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. October 18 in Kelvin Smith Library, Room 215. The online program keeps track of citations used in research projects. Register early at


DNA sequencing tech funding announced

United Press International, October 5, 2006

The National Human Genome Research Institute Wednesday awarded more than $13 million to speed the development of DNA sequencing technology. "There has been significant progress over the last several years to develop faster and more cost-effective sequencing technologies and we are committed to supporting these innovative efforts to benefit scientific labs and medical clinics," said NHGRI Director Francis Collins. The investigators to be funded in the latest round of awards are: John Nelson of General Electric Global Research, J. Michael Ramsey of the University of North Carolina, Xiaohua Huang of the University of California-San Diego, Amit Meller of Boston University, Timothy Harris of the Helicos Biosciences Corp., Dmitri Vezenov of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn. Peiming Zhang of Arizona State University, Carlos Mastrangelo of Case Western Reserve University, Jens Gundlach of the University of Washington, Michael Metzker of the Baylor College of Medicine, and Steven Jeffrey Gordon of Intelligent Bio-Systems Inc.

Sherwin-Williams sues three cities

The Plain Dealer, October 5, 2006

Sherwin-Williams Co. has decided the best defense is an offense. After being sued by two Ohio cities over lead paint hazards, the paint manufacturer has sued back. It claims the plaintiffs and other cities considering legal action have conspired with money-hungry lawyers bent on fleecing the Cleveland company. And that they should be made to stop. Sherwin-Williams argues the public nuisance claims made by the plaintiffs "are arbitrary, impermissibly vague and" so long after the fact that they deny the company due process. That's an argument that could have merit, said Spencer Neth, law professor at Case Western Reserve University, because it's saying the claims against Sherwin-Williams are so hard to understand that mounting a defense is unacceptably difficult, thus pressuring the company to settle.

Some stuff seems special to someone

The Plain Dealer, October 5, 2006

Here are some area collectors who have gathered some quirky things. Some they feel strongly about keeping, some not; some they'd sell, but only at a good price, for a really good reason. Some they'd hang onto, no matter what. Banae Snowden, 45, has a spare bedroom in her Garfield Heights home devoted exclusively to Michael Jackson memorabilia. She's been a fan since she was a teen. Snowden, who is a security officer at Case Western Reserve University, says she isn't looking to add anything to her collection. The only exception would be a "Thriller" jacket.

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When ugliness visits a campus

Inside Higher Ed, October 5, 2006

Every once in awhile on university campuses, the unthinkable, even the unutterable, happens. A scrawled message shows up on a bathroom stall, a religious symbol is defaced -- and administrators and faculty members are left to try to contain the fallout and forestall another explosion. Pace University in New York, has been plagued by a series of three racially charged incidents, beginning with the discovery of a library-owned copy of a Koran in a toilet on its main campus in Manhattan on September 20.

New plan to overhaul Harvard curriculum singles out religion and American history for study

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 5, 2006 (subscription required)

A Harvard University panel released a proposal on Wednesday to revamp the university's core undergraduate curriculum in a way that differs sharply from both the current core requirements and a set of highly criticized reforms proposed two years ago. Students would be required to study religious faith and American history, among other elements of a more broad-based curriculum.

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Avital Ronell, an internationally acclaimed scholar and professor of comparative literature at New York University, will be the guest lecturer beginning at 11:30 a.m. today, October 5, as part of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities lecture series. Her topic is "Test Drive," which will explore the use of testing in search of the truth. Lecture will be in Clark Hall. Room 206. Details:

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS), the Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES-NSF) program, and the Career Center are sponsoring "The Big Picture: A Macro look at Gender and Diversity in the University and Beyond (And Why You Should Care)." Guest speaker is Dorothy C. Miller, director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and clinical associate professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Event will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. Hearty hors d'oeurves and beverages will be served. Details:

The Technology Transfer Office will present its second seminar of the fourth annual Inventors Forum titled "Patent Law 101 (and 102, 103, and 112)." The event takes place 4-5 p.m. Thursday, October 12 in the Wolstein Auditorium in the Wolstein Research Building. Featured speakers will be J.T. Kalnay, an attorney with the law firm of McDonald Hopkins and Don Brown, CEO of Arteriocyte, Inc. Refreshments and networking will immediately follow the seminar. For additional information or to RSVP, call 368-6104 or go to the Inventors Forum Web site at

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University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources will be administering flu 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 209 Crawford Hall. Employees will be required to bring their Case ID to be eligible. Please note that there is a limited supply. No appointment necessary.

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Don Asher will lead a seminar on tips for getting into graduate school. Asher will present "Bound for Graduate and Professional School," beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 6 in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. The seminar is part of Career Week sponsored by the Career Center. Register online today:

La Alianza is sponsoring a dance social beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at The Spot.

Students with something to say via the written word can find an opportunity to do so via the Mad As Hell Club, a new online magazine at Spearheaded by Amy Friedman, SAGES visiting professor, and her husband, Dennis Danziger, a writer and local teacher, students can submit ideas for inclusion in the column "Send $." Details: or or call Friedman at 310-966-0010.

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Malcolm Allen recently joined the university as a data manager in Undergraduate Admission.

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Run, run, run: Liz Olson, writing instructor for SAGES and doctoral candidate in anthropology, recently competed in the Lighthouse to Lighthouse Half Marathon and won the Ladies 25-29 division with a finish time of 1:52:33. She placed fifth overall. The scores are posted at