A search advisory committee has been appointed to help name the next dean of the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Like the committees recently named in the searches for deans of the Case School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead search committee will focus on internal candidates. For more information and the list of committee members, go to


As of October 6, total contributions to the Charity Choice Campaign 2006 are $68,760. The university's goal is to raise $125,000 by October 31. Make a pledge today and have a chance to win a prize. Pledges made through October 31 will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes, including two cinema tickets and gift certificates to restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse and Quiznos. Contributions can be made via a monthly paycheck deduction; a one-time paycheck deduction; or, employees can issue a one-time check. There is no minimum donation, and gifts can be made online or via a printable pledge form. Visit the Charity Choice Web site at to find out more about the agencies.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Case invites all students, faculty, and staff to take note of information security issues in two parallel domains: preventing laptop loss and theft, and weekly security issues. For more details go to


Upscale townhomes set to rise near Case

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 9, 2006 (subscription required)

Five upscale townhomes are about to be built just off the Case Western Reserve University campus -- a type of building project University Circle hasn’t seen in decades. The townhomes are being built by The Doan Brook Co., a Shaker Heights real estate developer and investment firm, in partnership with Case and University Circle Inc., the nonprofit group that promotes the arts, education and health care district east of downtown.

State of Case

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 10, 2006

Though fundraising continues to suffer, Case Western Reserve University remains poised to balance its budget in the next fiscal year. That's according to the recent state of the university address given by Case interim president Gregory Eastwood. An over-inflated projection of fund raising revenues was just one reason -- as well as an expected increase in research income -- that Case found itself wrestling with a $50 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year, which began July 1. Through layoffs and attrition, and budget cuts in administration and in various schools, Case was able to pare down its budget deficit to $10.5 million in the current fiscal year, promising to break even in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2007.

Electronic network to pool information about HIV

New York Times, October 10, 2006

To help determine the best therapies for patients with HIV, seven medical centers around the country will create the first electronic network to pool information about such care through a federal grant being announced today. In addition to a center at Birmingham, the six others in the project are at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; Harvard University; Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of Washington.

Changing the face of the mortgage business

The Morning Journal, October 9, 2006

Last month, First Federal Savings Loan of Lorain announced it would be purchasing the American Eagle Mortgage Corporation, the six-year-old lender that has become one of the biggest suppliers of first-buyer home loans in Lorain and Erie counties. Consolidation is a part of the market, according to Scott Fine, a professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. "The days of there being a bank on the corner are over," said Fine.

Lulled to sleep at 60 to 80 beats?

Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2006,1,377350.story?coll=la-headlines-health

There are those who frequently wake up drooling into a couch cushion at 3 a.m. after nodding off during a movie. Then there are others who lie in bed staring at the ceiling for hours, desperately straining for unconsciousness. By some estimates, insomnia afflicts 30 percent to 40 percent of adults at any particular time -- with about 5 percent to 10 percent suffering severely or chronically enough to warrant a medical diagnosis. The scientific linchpin appears to be a study published in 2005 titled "Music Improves Sleep Quality in Older Adults," by Taiwanese student Hui-Ling Lai and Marion Good, professor in the school of nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. ("I think it's exciting that they're interested in taking something from my study," says Good, who consulted on the CD compilation but hasn't heard the final version.)

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The state of campus computing

Inside Higher Ed, October 10, 2006

Wireless is ascendant, security breaches are (despite the headlines) on the decline, and support for open source technologies remains strong -- stronger, at this point, than actual deployment. Those are among the findings of the 2006 version of the annual survey by the Campus Computing Project, which will be released today at the annual Educause meeting in Dallas.

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Case School of Medicine and the AMA student chapter will sponsor a discussion and presentation on health care issues and advocacy, featuring Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and David Pavlick, a member of the Single Payer Action Network - SPAN Ohio. The program will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, in the School of Medicine, E301. Information about SPAN Ohio and Pavlick's efforts may be found at

Latin dance classes at 121 Fitness Center are scheduled from 7:30-8:30 p.m. October 13 and 20. Learn the Salsa and Merengue, and have a great workout while having fun. Open to both members and non-members. Participants can attend one or both nights. Questions? Send e-mail to, or call Julie at 368-1121.

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)," beginning at 5 p.m. today, October 10, in the Thwing Center 1914 Lounge. Guest speaker is Dorothy C. Miller, director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and clinical associate professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Snacks and beverages will be served. Details:

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Supervisory Briefing Session: "How the Employee Assistance Program Can Help Employee Performance," presented by EASE @ Work from 9-10:30 a.m. October 17 and 19 in Wolstein Hall, Room 1413. All supervisory staff are expected to attend one of these sessions. Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources.

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Case Cooperation Circle, Case's student interfaith dialogue group, invites students to enjoy free milkshakes and learn about upcoming religious holidays such as Eid, All Saints Day, and Sukkot. "Shakes, Sheiks, Saints, and Sukkahs" begins at 8:30 tonight, October 10, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group promotes understanding, tolerance, and cooperation. For more information, send e-mail to

Jearl Walker, author of "The Flying Circus of Physics," and who is known for his physics demonstrations such as dipping his hand into molten lead and lying on a bed of nails, will speak beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, October 10, in Rockefeller, Room 301. His appearance is sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Club. Free pizza will be served.

A big weekend is ahead for students and the campus community: Homecoming Weekend 2006. Make time to attend these and other events: a Pep Rally, 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 13, the Village at 115 Courtyard (between Houses 1, 2 and 3), features free food, appearances from the athletic teams and coaches, and the 2006 Homecoming Court will be announced; Taste of Cleveland Celebration, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, October 13, House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue; Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14; Pre-Game Tailgate Party, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 14, the Village at 115, general admission: $10; Case Spartans vs. Carnegie Mellon University, noon, Saturday, October 14 the Village at 115 Athletic Stadium. For more activities, go to

Upcoming talks: "Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and Social Sciences" takes place at 5:30 p.m., October 11 in Nord Hall, Room 212. "Finding Creative Endeavor and Research Opportunities in the Humanities and Fine Arts" takes place at noon, October 12 in Nord Hall, Room 212. RSVP to

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Katie Hanna recently joined the university as the women's health advocate in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

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Jane A. Daroff, a clinical social worker with University Counseling Services, was named "Mom of the Month" in the September 2006 issue of Instinct Magazine. She was nominated by her son, Robert B. Daroff Jr., who received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western Reserve University.