Want to learn about the budget process at Case Western Reserve University? How does the university invest its money? How are resources allocated between central administration and the schools? What are the tensions between financial accountability and academic priorities? Then attend the three-part series on Budget and Financial Management at Case 101, which will be held from noon until 1 p.m. (during the Provost's Hour) on October 26, November 16 and December 7, in Nord Hall, Room 400. Senior administrators responsible for budget and academic planning will explain the basics of budget development and management and discuss the alignment between financial and academic priorities. There are no pre-requisites, and the series is open to the entire campus. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.


Case's Saturday College (SatCo) offers fun and provocative non-credit, no-tuition courses. SatCo will take place Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 5. Courses are open to all Case students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as community members. Classes include skydiving, rock climbing, trips downtown and martial arts. To register and for a list a classes, refer to

Case's Sustainability Web site is now live: Check out for all things sustainability at Case including recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors, and more. Take the Recycling Survey through October 27 and be eligible to win weekly door prizes.

Gift baskets sought: The SAC Community Service Committee is calling for basket submissions for the 2006 Basket Raffle. Last year, various campus departments and vendors donated 72 baskets for sale. This year, the proceeds will go to the Cleveland Hunger Network, Cuyahoga County's largest direct emergency food distribution network. Interested in donating a basket? Contact the committee by October 26 for further information or to enter a basket at Baskets are due November 14; the raffle takes place November 15 and 16.


Economic woe spurs Democrats in heartland

The New York Times, October 18, 2006

Billie Jo Reese works full time, is raising two children alone and is trying to go back to school. Her wage at a nursing home is $8.25 an hour, putting her family near the poverty line. She can't afford health insurance and isn't sure she'll have enough money for heat all winter. While Washington is aflame with corruption and sex scandals and the Iraq war, in heartland America voters like Reese are more preoccupied with the struggle to get by. Ohio pushed President George W. Bush's reelection over the top in 2004, but in congressional elections next month, economic hardship in the rust belt could turn the tide against incumbents from Bush's Republican Party. "Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan -- these are all places where the Democrats have to be competitive, and this economic populism issue is a good one for them in these areas," said Alexander Lamis, a political analyst at Case Western Reserve University.

Local students work at play as video-game developers

The Plain Dealer, October 18, 2006

Inside a small, classroom-size auditorium on the Cleveland Institute of Art campus, imagination runs wild. Monkeys and penguins as weapons. Koala and panda bears armed with boomerangs and bamboo sticks. Teenagers who overcome their enemies with their wits, not their fists. Gadgets that can change the weight of certain objects and help free a young boy who's been kidnapped. Welcome to Video Games 101. Some think it could be a portal to Cleveland's future. But for the 35 students enrolled in this class -- jointly offered by the art institute and Case Western Reserve University -- it's a path to one of the high-tech sector's hottest careers. Art institute professor Knut Hybinette and Marc Buchner, an associate professor of computer science at Case, teach the class. They expect game design to become a full-time major at the institute next year.

Community news briefs

The Plain Dealer, October 18, 2006

The orthodontics department at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine next year will provide discounted braces to 250 children. Starting in July 2007, when new resident orthodontists begin work, Case will treat 11- to 16-year-olds for $2,400, less than half the normal fee. Qualified patients will be treated every four to six weeks over two years. For details, call 368-3249.

Britain and America dominate list of best universities

The Times Online, October 5, 2006,,2-2389106,00.html

Cambridge and Oxford now rank among the top three universities in the world, second only to Harvard in the US, according to the latest global rankings published today. Both British universities have moved up in the rankings for 2006, with Cambridge knocking the Massachusetts Institute of Technology off the No. 2 position and Oxford advancing from fourth position to third. MIT is tied for fourth place with another American university, Yale. Only 33 institutions in the list of top 100 were from the United States. Overall, Case Western Reserve University placed 60th in the list.

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Chicago bolsters minority numbers

Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2006

Kim Ransom's office on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus is designed for visitors. A chair set a foot from Ransom's desk is filled for a few minutes most days with any one of seven Chicago freshmen who graduated from a university-run college prep program. Ransom, director of the Collegiate Scholars Program, which helps high school students -- a majority of whom are black -- from the Chicago Public Schools apply to top-tier institutions, hears from the students about a range of issues, including diversity on campus. One of the graduates, Roderick Baker, said he has been impressed with the university's commitment to adding black students. "I definitely notice a presence," he says.

More colleges turn to private networks and other measures to protect data, report says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2006 (subscription required)

To protect their electronic data and computer networks, colleges have stepped up their use of virtual private networks, spam filters, and firewalls, among other measures, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Educause Center for Applied Research. The report also says that, over the past two years, the most serious threat facing colleges has shifted. Institutions used to worry about outsiders seizing control of computers and networks, but now the greater danger is that intruders will gain access to confidential electronic data.

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The Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum, sponsored by the United Nations Global Compact, the Academy of Management and the Weatherhead School of Management, will take place October 22-25 at the Weatherhead School and as a virtual conference October 23-25. The forum will address ways of doing business that are profitable and successful in addressing the world's most pressing social needs. Register for the event at For complete details, including presenters, refer to

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University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources will be administering flu vaccines for faculty and staff. The university has a limited supply of flu vaccines this year. Vaccines will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, October 23, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Employees must show their Case ID and complete a consent form available on site before the vaccine can be administered. This service is provided on a first come, first served basis.

In support of national Cyber Security Month, Tom Siu, the university's chief information security officer, will talk about "Improving Computer Security" at the next UCITE Seminar set for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 19, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Learn how to keep your laptop, computer, and data secure. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided. RSVP to or register through the UCITE Web site at and go to "Events."

SAGES Cafe invites faculty and staff to enjoy an evening of jazz performances from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, October 20. Jazz Night will be held in Crawford Hall, first floor. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Case Project Club will be presenting an electromagnetics demonstration at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 19. Come unwind after a week of midterms, enjoy some free pizza, and watch cool demonstrations. Club members will show off a Tesla coil, disk launcher, can crusher, and other electromagnetic toys on the Case quad in front of Olin Building.

Spectrum is hosting its Third Annual Charity Drag Ball on October 27. Admission is $5. Spectrum will award a host of prizes including an XBOX 360, a digital camera, and a 23-inch LCD HDTV, along with assorted door prizes. Proceeds will got to a select charity. The club, Greek organization or group with the most attendees will receive half of the proceeds to go to a charity of choice. Greeks who participate earn one hour of community service. Register at

Students interested in learning about medical professions other than that of doctor or nurse are invited to a symposium, "Beyond MDs and RNs: Exploring Nontraditional Medical Paths," from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, October 26, in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road. Local experts will make short presentations about their specialties in such fields as Public health, diet/nutrition, biomedical engineering, language pathology, health care journalism, and many more. Food and beverages provided. Event sponsored by the Association of Medical Journalists. Details:

Modern Physics Professor Tanmay Vachaspati is spearheading a Modern Physics Limerick Contest. The details of the contest and the rules are online at,852. Up to 40 entries will be submitted to the contest judge, Frank Wilzcek, professor of physics at MIT who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, and has been known to write physics-themed poetry. The prize for the top three limericks will be a book with a modern physics theme. Submission deadline is November 8.

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Mohammad Reza Daj has joined the university community as a senior research associate in the biomedical engineering department.

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Congratulations to Melissa Zullo, a Ph.D. student in the epidemiology and biostatistics department, who was selected to receive one of six national Student Abstract Awards by the American Public Health Association or APHA. She will receive the award at the upcoming APHA annual meeting in November.