The Kelvin Smith Library celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 13 with events for the campus community. KSL has brought new spaces, services, and collections to the university, including a look to the future with a new master plan. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will formally launch the new CPL@Case-KSL collection, and there will be special tours, gifts, prizes (including memory sticks and iPod nano), and food. Festivities are from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join KSL staff for quick demonstrations of resources, and to see the newest collections and collaborations. More details available at

The campus community is invited to attend a public lecture with the Honorable Hazel R. O'Leary, president of Fisk University in Nashville, and former Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration. Her talk, "Damned if We Don't: America's Imminent Need for Leadership and Service," will be at 1 p.m., October 13 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Talk will be preceded by a performance by the Cleveland Heights High School Gospel Choir at 12:30 p.m. Part of Homecoming Weekend 2006 festivities.

CaseLearns is offering a free class on patent searching basics for all interested faculty, staff, and students from 1-3 p.m. October 12. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register at


Package slice of home safely for stressed-out students

The Plain Dealer, October 11, 2006

Susan Nickel-Schindewolf, Case Western Reserve University assistant vice president for student affairs, tells us that it's important for a first-year student to get care packages. They might not admit it, but most are homesick. "Kids really miss those special treats that only Mom or Grandma can make," says Nickel-Schindewolf. "Beyond the food, a photo of the family pet or a special note really helps the child to feel cared for."

State education board drops evolution debate

Columbus Dispatch, October 11, 2006

Eight months after scrapping curriculum guidelines that critics feared would open the schoolhouse door to creationism, the State Board of Education yesterday pulled the plug on its seemingly incessant debate over Darwin's theory of evolution. Patricia Princehouse, a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, yesterday applauded the board action. "I'm deeply impressed by the leadership and courage of the board with making a clean break from creationism," she said.

Shanghai aims to be China's Detroit

Asia Times online, October 12, 2006

In its quest to make this city China's auto-manufacturing capital, the municipal government is increasing investment in the Shanghai International Automobile City, according to local media reports. And while many other labor-intensive industries have done well by exploiting the country's low labor costs to export at a rock-bottom prices, the auto industry does not lend itself to a so-called "China price", at least not in the near future, according to Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

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.

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Higher-education groups urge Supreme Court to preserve race-based school assignments

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11, 2006 (subscription required)

The American Council on Education joined at least 19 other higher-education groups on Tuesday in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve race-conscious public-school assignments in two cases seen as potentially affecting affirmative action at colleges. It is also possible that the Supreme Court's rulings in the public-school cases, involving lawsuits filed by parents who contend that using race as a factor in school assignments is unconstitutional, might provide colleges with guidance on how to apply the Supreme Court's 2003 decisions, or might suggest that the Supreme Court is open to revisiting its Michigan rulings sometime soon.

Stanford U. announces a $4.3-billion campaign, the largest in higher education

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11, 2006 (subscription required)

Stanford University kicked off the public phase of a $4.3-billion fund-raising campaign on Tuesday, the largest such drive in higher education. Stanford's campaign is seeking to raise $300-million more than the $4-billion effort announced by Columbia University just 12 days ago. The five-year campaign, named "The Stanford Challenge," has already collected $2.19-billion during a two-year quiet phase, according to a written statement announcing the drive.

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Art and Peggy Gish, lifelong Mennonite peacemakers who have just returned from living in Baghdad and Hebron, will lead a workshop about spiritually centered peacemaking, emphasizing strategies of creative public witness, nonviolent direct action, and protection of human rights. Workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon, October 13 at the Church of the Covenant. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. For more information and to RSVP for the workshop, contact Alice Bach at 216-761-7227.

The 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 takes place 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:

"Negotiating Ethnic Conflict," featuring Robert H. Mnookin of Harvard University Law School, will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today, October 11 in room A59 at the School of Law. His talk is part of the school's CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution) Distinguished Scholar-in Residence Lecture program.

Today is the last day to register for the Business as an Agent of World Benefit's "Northeast Ohio: Creating Positive Impact throughout the Region" session, which is being held on October 24. For details, go to

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The Weight Watchers at Work program will have an open house/registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room on October 25. The group will meet weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning November 1. Participants receive 13 sessions for the price of 12. Pay $144 by cash, check or charge at the October 25 registration meeting to begin losing those unwanted pounds by the end of year. Details: call 368-3924 or send e-mail to

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"Google, Gmail, startups, and stuff" will feature Paul Buchheit, a Case alumnus (1998) and Google's 23rd employee. Creator and lead developer of Gmail, he will share his adventures beginning at 11:30 a.m. October 12 in the White Building, Room 411. Sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Homecoming Weekend 2006 festivities continue: $5, Homecoming Dance, 9 p.m., October 14, Thwing Center ballroom; GospelFest and Brunch, 11 a.m., October 15, John Hay High School. Students can attend the brunch for free if they purchase a ticket for the homecoming dance. For a complete listing of activities, go to

The Career Center is sponsoring the job search strategies workshop, "I Have a Job... What about You?" 12:30 to 2 p.m. October 13. For more details and registration, go to

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Anne-Marie Connors has been promoted to director of operations, Donor and Alumni Relations, at the School of Law.

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For the third consecutive year, a Case Western Reserve University Polymer summer REU student was the winner of the NSF-INSPIRE undergraduate polymer research competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi. All of the students worked with faculty in the macromolecular science and engineering department. Christine Ander, a student at the State University of New York Fredonia, is the 2006 winner of best research talk; she was part of Christoph Weder's (associate professor) group. The 2005 winner, Matt Gawryla, is now a Ph.D. student in macromolecular science and engineering at Case; he worked in David Schiraldi's (associate professor) group. The 2005 third place finisher is Sarah Rasmussen, then of Case Western Reserve University; she worked with Patrick Mather's (associate professor) group. The 2004 winner, Eric Giles, is a senior at Case. He worked with Stuart Rowan's (associate professor) group. The 2004 second place finisher, James Mendez, is now a Ph.D. student at Case. He also worked with Weder.