Free tickets (maximum of four per person) are available to the Case campus on a first-come, first-served basis for the Writers Center Stage Series. Author Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish from Drowning), will speak at Playhouse Square Center's Allen Theater at 7:30 p.m., October 17. For tickets, contact Donna Thomas at 368-1723.

There are two American Red Cross blood drives on campus next week: 2-7 p.m. October 17 in Wade Commons, North Residential Village; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 18 in Thwing Center ballroom. Potential donors can register online at, or call 800-GIVE-LIFE.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering several Alumni Weekend Specials: October 12-15, free guest weekend for all alumni, with free raffles for alums (grand prize is a free six-month membership); October 13 free events: 10-minute chair massages from 3-7 p.m. (limited to sign up; health screenings from 3-7 p.m. (blood pressure, body composition, etc.); special group exercise class 4-7 p.m. (different class offered every 15-30 minutes). For more details or to sign up for chair massages, send e-mail to, or call 216-369-1121.


UH cancer center design aims for convenience

The Plain Dealer, October 12, 2006

The average cancer patient receives care 100 times during the first year of treatment. So when it comes to designing a cancer hospital, convenience is of paramount importance, said Michael Pukszta, a principal of St. Louis-based Cannon Design. University Hospitals-Case Medical Center recently chose Pukszta's firm to design its new cancer facility. The proposed 300,000-square-foot, 150-bed hospital probably will be next to the Mather Pavilion.

Living with pain: a scare for arthritis patients

U.S. News & World Report, October 11, 2006

Headlines like "Death risk linked to steroid use for arthritis" are not comforting, since most of the two million rheumatoid arthritis patients in this country have been on steroid pills such as prednisone at one point or another. Yet news headlines like this are way overblown. "We've all known that corticosteroids like prednisone are two-edged swords," says Roland Moskowitz, a rheumatologist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a leading arthritis researcher.

Museum will show disputed Pollocks

The Plain Dealer, October 12, 2006

The director of the only museum that has agreed to show a group of recently discovered paintings attributed to Jackson Pollock said today she'll show them even if laboratory tests show that the works are fake. "At this point, there's no question that they'll be shown," said Sandra Trop, director of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. The discovery of the disputed Pollocks in 2003 has triggered one of the hottest controversies in the art world. Case Western Reserve University professor Ellen Landau thinks the works are authentic. Scholars of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, named for Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, have serious doubts.

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Endowment envy

Inside Higher Ed, October 12, 2006

When Columbia University announced a $4 billion fund-raising campaign on September 29, the institution was able to say that it was trying to raise more money than any college or university had ever done before. But by Tuesday, the record was history, as Stanford University announced a $4.3 billion campaign. In between, the University of Virginia and Yale University announced campaigns of $3 billion -- which would have been a new record had Columbia and Stanford not announced their efforts. More mega-campaigns are on the way: Cornell University will announce one within weeks, the University of Pennsylvania in a year, and Harvard University some time after it picks a new president. People familiar with early planning for Harvard's campaign expect its goal to top $5 billion.

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Mary Frances Berry, civil rights pioneer, gender equality leader, and author, will give a free talk on the topic of "Race and Public Policy in the United States" from 10-11:30 a.m., October 13, at the School of Law, Room 158. She was the chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for many years, and is one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement. Berry will meet with students and faculty with an interest in historical research during a brown bag luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. the same day in Mather House, Room 100. For more details, send e-mail to

The Weatherhead School of Management will kick off its 2006-2007 Breakfast Series with "Investing in Start-Ups" from 7:30-9:30 a.m., October 16, at the George S. Dively Building. The breakfast program will be moderated by Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management. The $35 cost includes breakfast and parking. To register, call 368-6413, or go to

Susan McClary, professor of musicology at UCLA, presents "The Dragon Cart: The Femme Fatale in Seventeenth-Century French Opera," at 4 p.m. October 13 in Harkness Classroom. This free, public event is part of the music department's Music & Culture Lecture Series.  

Celebrate Halloween at the annual Fall for the Circle in University Circle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 13 and 14. Check out 10-foot-tall scarecrows, Radio Disney, larger-than-life puppets, trick-or-treating, and dozens of fun and spooky activities. Spend time outdoors, sample delicious Halloween treats, then head to your favorite University Circle institutions. More details at

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To help university community members achieve the goal of meeting the highest possible standards for professional ethics and integrity, the university maintains a Code of Conduct. Anyone affiliated with Case who has concerns about unethical or illegal practices should consult the code for guidance. It may be accessed at To report instances of suspected fraud or abuse of university resources, please refer to the procedures listed at

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"Finding Creative Endeavor and Research Opportunities in the Humanities and Fine Arts" talk is scheduled for noon today, October 12 in Nord Hall, Room 212. RSVP to

The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance presents its annual Sexuality Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, October 12, in Thwing Center ballroom. The event will include information about sex and sexuality, and feature booths from campus and local organizations. Free food, prizes and more.

The Case African Students Association is sponsoring a free showing of the Academy Award-winning South African film "Tsotsi" from 7 to 9 p.m., October 14, in Fribley Commons, Room 210. Food and drinks will be provided.

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Brian McDermott recently joined the university community as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. His group's goals are to understand how sensory cells in the ear develop at the molecular level using the zebra fish model, and to determine how these mechanisms relate to human hearing and deafness.

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The Master of Public Health Program received notice of award of accreditation on October 2 by the Council on Education in Public Health. The graduate program, founded in 1999 by Scott Frank, awards the MPH degree through a two-year curriculum. The mission of the Case MPH program is to prepare graduates to develop, implement and evaluate authentic solutions to community health problems that promote and protect the health of diverse populations.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is a sponsor of the sixth biannual International Workshop of the International Network of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and the 10th anniversary of the International Network of Kangaroo Mother Care. The events are being celebrated now through October 15 in Cleveland. Representatives from many international countries using KMC are learning about the latest evidence regarding research and practice outcomes.