Final reminder: Nominations and applications for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences are due no later than Friday, October 20. For more information, refer to

Two American Red Cross blood drives take place this 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.

As of October 13, total contributions to the Charity Choice Campaign 2006 are $92,980. 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 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 that will benefit.


Case nursing school gets training grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 16, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has received a $1.74 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. The grant will be used to launch a two-year program to train predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows who want to research the factors that influence the health of vulnerable populations.

Turnover from top to bottom still haunting Weatherhead

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 16, 2006 (subscription required)

Mohan Reddy admits the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University has had setbacks in recent times, but he says the beleaguered school is back on the right track. Keeping it there may yet prove to be a challenge, however. To do so, Reddy, in his role as Weatherhead's interim dean, will need to help the school’s faculty and staff overcome multiple distractions, such as the abrupt loss last spring of former Case President Edward Hundert and the departure over the summer of at least 27 Weatherhead colleagues. But perhaps the biggest hurdle of all to overcome is the revolving door in the dean's office itself.

California bio company licenses Case technology

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 16, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has signed a licensing agreement with a California pharmaceutical company to develop a new cancer drug that reverses cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy. The drug is called Methoxyamine and it was developed by Dr. Stanton Gerson, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, and Lili Lui, assistant professor of medicine in the department of hematology and oncology at Case's medical school. They were the first to show how the drug could work with other therapies to fight cancer.

Implant gives brain-injured patient, researchers hope

The Plain Dealer, October 16, 2006

Atlanta -- A constant trickle of electricity into the severely damaged and semiconscious brain of a 38-year-old assault victim has made him significantly more aware and responsive, a Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon and his colleagues reported Sunday. The unnamed man had been in what doctors describe as a "minimally conscious state" for six years. Before surgery at the Clinic in February 2005 to implant two electrodes in his brain, the patient was largely unresponsive and needed to be fed through a tube. The issue of whether the results can be replicated in other patients is one of many unanswered questions, said Dr. Robert J. White, a neurosurgery professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. But he categorized the research so far as "a significant advance. I think it could be very promising," White said.

Lost chances bring melancholy day for Case

The Plain Dealer, October 15, 2006

At least it didn't snow. But far too many things rained on Case Western Reserve University's homecoming game as the Spartans fell to Carnegie Mellon, 20-10, on Saturday at chilled Case Field. Two fumbles, two interceptions and too many dropped passes led to a long afternoon of frustration for the home club.

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Adjuncts and graduation rates

Inside Higher Ed, October 16, 2006

If community colleges want to see more students graduate or finish programs, what should institutions do? Add new testing or assessment programs? There may be a simple answer. A national analysis of graduation and program completion rates at community colleges has found that institutions with higher percentages of full-time faculty members have higher completion rates. The study was conducted by Dan Jacoby, the Harry Bridges Professor of Labor Studies at the University of Washington, whose paper on the research is forthcoming in the Journal of Higher Education.

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Come tour the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and meet the staff, including new Women's Heath Advocate Katie Hanna, from 3-5 p.m. today, October 16, in Room 309 in Thwing Center. Hanna is a licensed professional counselor and holds a M.Ed. in counseling from Ohio University and a B.F.A. in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center in Global Legal Reform presents Truth Commissions: Between Impunity and Prosecution, featuring keynote speaker Judge Thomas Buergenthal, International Court of Justice, the Hague from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, in the School of Law, Moot Court Room (A59). Free and open to the public. A reception follows the lecture. One-hour of CLE credit will be available at no charge. For more information, call 368-3304 or visit

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have an Open House/Registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in Thwing Center-Spartan Room. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning November 1. Participants receive 13 sessions for the price of 12. Pay just $144 by cash, check or charge at the October 25 registration meeting to begin losing those unwanted pounds by the end of year. Call 368-3924 or e-mail to learn more.

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

Mark Wiseman, director of the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program, will present "Predatory Lending: Protect Yourself from Lending Abuse" at the monthly Financial Wellness Seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 19, in Crawford Hall's SAGES Seminar Room. To register, send e-mail to

The Discovery and Wellness Center for Children at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is hosting an evening forum on mental health education for the classroom. Program will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, in the Amphitheater on the first floor of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Nora McNamara, M.D., and Noah Miller, M.D., will host a children's mental health forum for all area education professionals. Details: Send e-mail to or call 216-983-3204.

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Come hear entrepreneurial guru Joel Makower, founder of, discuss how implementing sustainability turns green into green from 5:30-8 p.m., October 17, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Come early for food, drinks, and dinosaurs! Students with ID pay half price admission of $10. More details at

Building Bridges/Study Abroad in Africa will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 20, in Thwing Center, Meeting Room A. Come to the free event for all or part of the day to learn about study abroad opportunities in Africa through Case and other institutions. Programs will include an afternoon presentation on African art. Emphasis includes but is not limited to French-speaking Africa. For information, refer to

Register for Fall Family Weekend 2006, a fun, unique opportunity for Case students to share campus life with their families through on-campus programming by students, events that connect families with faculty and staff, and excursions to surrounding communities. Some of the highlights are mini-colleges with select professors, tailgate party and Case football game, Greek open houses and much more. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 1; registration fee is $15 per person. Register at

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Mark D. Carlson, M.D., has been appointed the chief medical officer and senior vice president, clinical affairs of St. Jude Medical Inc.'s, Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Carlson, Case professor of medicine and associate vice president for government relations, begins his duties at the St. Paul center effective November 13.

Erin Matia has joined the university community as the new coordinator of student outreach in University Alumni Relations.

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Linda Ehrlich, an associate professor of Japanese, world literature and cinema, provides commentary on the new Criterion DVD release of the groundbreaking Spanish film, The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena, 1973).