The Department of Human Resources has announced the replacement carrier for QualChoice Health Plans will be Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield (Preferred Provider) Organization effective January 1, 2007. The selection of Anthem offers employees comparable plan designs, quality health care and wider provider networks, including but not limited to both University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, this new plan features improvements like containment of cost increases, better availability of relevant information to members and commitments to improve access for members. The projected Anthem provider discounts should allow the university to keep premium increases to a minimum -- and well below the national double-digit trend in 2007. Anthem Health Plan offers access to other Blue Cross and Blue Shield networks across the country that encompasses more than 688,000 providers. The BlueCard Worldwide program allows access to care in more than 200 countries providing participants with access to care while traveling. Human resources is confident that the 2007 medical plans are with the companies most qualified to deliver quality health care at affordable rates for our employees. Please take a moment and visit the Anthem Web site: For additional information, refer to the Benelect guide that will be sent by campus mail to all benefits eligible employees the week of November 6. A representative from Anthem will also be available during the annual benefits fair November 15 and 16 in Thwing Center.

University Circle members institutions will host a rally in celebration of Cuyahoga County's Arts and Culture Day. The gathering will take place in front of Severance Hall for performances and speakers in support of Issue 18, the Arts and Culture ballot initiative. All members of the Case community are invited to attend the rally beginning at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18. Direct questions to Carson Sieving by e-mail to

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. Details at


Bones unearth pygmy water buffalo

The Plain Dealer, October 17, 2006

Michael Armas was digging deep in a hillside when he found the strange-looking bones. The handful of teeth, ribs and assorted other small skeletal pieces were scattered in the soft red clay at the bottom of the tunnel. Armas, a mining engineer by trade, had been hunting for phosphate, a valuable ore used in detergents and fertilizer. The bones were a distraction, but an interesting one. People bring bones to museums fairly often, wondering if they've found something rare. "Most of the time, it's pork chops from somebody's dinner, that sort of thing," laughs Lawrence Heaney, the museum's curator of mammals. Not this time. Heaney and his colleagues, including paleontologist Darin Croft of Case Western Reserve University, a specialist in extinct hoofed mammals, bore down on the mystery.

Weatherhead fails to make BusinessWeek list

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 17, 2006

Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management didn't make Business Week magazine's 2006 list of the top business schools in the country. Actually, no business school in Ohio made the list of the top 30 schools, which is the cover story in the issue dated Oct. 23.

Complete Euclid Avenue Project will be validated

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

Sometimes it is hard to envision a future that is so entirely different from the present. For people walking or driving downtown along Euclid Avenue -- our time-honored Main Street -- that challenge seems to ring true every day. The current flurry of construction on the $200 million Euclid Corridor Transportation Project may seem a bit confusing. In fact, it may be challenging now, but the results will be extraordinary and well worth the temporary inconvenience. The new streetscape will include a median, as well as new sidewalks, lighting and more than 1,500 trees. Also under construction are distinctive crosswalks and exclusive bicycle lanes on both sides of Euclid between Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University.

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New salvos on affirmative action

Inside Higher Ed, October 17, 2006

With Michigan voters weeks away from a vote on whether to ban affirmative action, critics of the practice are releasing admissions statistics that they say show the extent of the gap between black and white applicants admitted to the University of Michigan.

Student volunteerism is up

Inside Higher Ed, October 17, 2006

More than 3.3 million college students engaged in volunteer activities in 2005, up 20 percent from 2002, according to a report released Monday by the Corporation for National and Community Service. About 30 percent of students about whom data could be obtained engaged in some volunteer activity, up from 27 percent three years prior, the report found. Both the percentage of students volunteering, and the rate of growth in volunteer activities exceed those for the population as a whole. The data in the report are based on surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau. While it is not entirely clear why more students are volunteering, the report notes that the traditional aged undergraduates in college now were in high school during 9/11 and were influenced by that event.

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The University Center on Aging and Health, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, University Hospital Heather Hill and the Alzheimer's Association Cleveland Area Chapter are hosting "Reflecting on 100 Years of Alzheimer's: The Global Impact on Quality of Lives." The conference will take place November 6 and 7, at the Crowne Plaza City Centre Hotel. The conference will feature speakers from around the world discussing the diagnostic classification of Alzheimer's and related conditions, the concept of quality of life for the affected person and their family, including biological, psychological, educational, social, environmental, cultural and spiritual approaches. Eligible participants can earn a CME and/or CEU. For details and to register online, visit or call 368-4945 or 368-2692.

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Effective October, there has been a change in the Tax Rate Tables for the State of Ohio. Most employees will notice only minor changes for Ohio State Tax withheld from their paychecks. Individuals in higher income brackets will have a more noticeable change by having less Ohio State Tax withheld.

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Discussions, Case's undergraduate research journal, is accepting submissions now through October 21. Discussions welcomes submissions of research papers from any field, including the humanities, liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Undergraduate students should consider submitting work from classes, such as SAGES classes or others that include the completion of research projects or papers. For information on how to submit your work, visit or e-mail for more information.

St. Jude Medical Center will be on campus Wednesday, October 18, to host an information session beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 212. Come to find out about careers with this international leader in medicine. This event is sponsored by the Career Center.

Get a team together to help support the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega who are hosting their Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Kickball Tournament on Freiberger Field. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, November 3. Proceeds will benefit local women's shelters. Teams can be of 8 to 15 people. Registration fee is $50. Send e-mail to Cassie Kaup, or, for more information.

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Janelle Highland joined the university community as a new research assistant in the Department of Family Medicine.

Yajun Cui joined the university community is a new research associate in the Department of Genetics.

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Stanislaw Szarek, professor of mathematics, was a recent invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematics in Madrid, Spain.