Eating for cancer prevention talk with Gina Cali is being offered by 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Learn about "The New American Plate," which emphasizes portion control and designing meals for a healthy weight and living. The nutritional class will meet twice: 6 p.m. Monday, October 23 and 10 a.m. Thursday, October 26. To register, e-mail or call 368-1121. Visit 1-2-1 Fitness Center online at to get the latest info on classes, programs, and services for members and non-members.

The K-12 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) is actively recruiting for its third round of Clinical Research Scholar applicants. The Case/Cleveland Clinic Foundation MCRTP seeks outstanding candidates to fill five clinical research scholar positions beginning July 2007. The MCRTP could be an important training opportunity for junior faculty. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until November 10. Please direct all questions and follow up to or Rebecca Zuti at, or call 216-445-7305. Visit online for additional details and application instructions:

The Case community is invited to the Friday Public Affairs Lunch on October 20, to join a discussion led by Michael Wager, currently vice chair and chair-elect of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, of one of the least understood, but quite important engines of local economic development. Session meets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge of Guilford House. The meetings are brown bag, but beverages are provided. Details:


Services were held at Cummings and Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 18, for Doll Dorsey, a department assistant with the Office of Undergraduate Admission, who died October 14. Ms. Dorsey was employed at Case for 33 years.

Elizabeth Shaver, a project manager in the pediatrics department, died October 15. Ms. Shaver assisted in the conduct of studies of the effects of head injuries on children's behavior. The studies were based at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Earlier in her career at Case, she served as a research coordinator in the psychology department with Deputy Provost and Professor Lynn Singer, Professor Joe Fagan, and Associate Professor Lee Thompson, among others associated with the department at that time on projects concerned with the origins of intelligence in infancy.


Beware this Halloween

Medical News Today, October 18, 2006

There are many potential hazards for children, teens and adults on Halloween. One of the worst may occur before the kids knock on any doors and gleefully scream "trick or treat!" The American Academy of Ophthalmology wants to remind parents this Halloween that cosmetic contact lenses, like corrective contact lenses, are medical devices requiring a prescription, and permanent eye damage can occur if they are improperly used. "This is an important, yet often overlooked, safety issue," said Academy spokesperson Thomas L. Steinemann, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. "The consequences can be catastrophic, as improper use can lead to permanent blindness in the worst cases."

Blackwell tries to link rival to scandal

The Cincinnati Post, October 18, 2006

The potential for Republican governor candidate Ken Blackwell to ensnare his Democratic rival Ted Strickland in the congressional cybersex scandal may depend on how well Ohio voters feel they know Strickland, political observers said this week. Blackwell lobbed a surprise volley at Strickland during Monday's final gubernatorial debate in Columbus, resurrecting the case of a former employee convicted of exposing himself to children and also suggesting Strickland supported pedophilia when he declined to support a 1999 House resolution decrying a psychological study concerning adult-child sex. But Alexander Lamis, a political science professor at Case Western Reserve University, said voters don't seem to have held the issue against Strickland in the past.

University support for arts and humanities programs needed

The Observer, October 13, 2006 (editorial)

Since the advent of the SAGES program, the university has boasted about its large investments and heavy emphasis on developing a stronger humanities program at Case. However, the 2006 Career Fair held October 5 is a prime example in which Case has failed to deliver what it once proposed with great fanfare. While the Career Fair provides numerous opportunities and establishes important connections for many of the students at Case, it fails to reach large segments of the eclectic student body the university says it prizes. Large corporations such as Charles Schwab, Proctor and Gamble, and Microsoft were on hand to recruit the engineers and chemistry majors, but opportunities in the humanities areas were sparse and almost non-existent.

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The early admissions loophole

Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2006

When several elite universities announced this fall that they were eliminating early admissions programs, they were showered with praise for their commitment to ending the special advantages some applicants had over others. The universities themselves stressed the issue of equity. Harvard University boasted of creating a "single, later admissions cycle." Princeton University talked about a "single admission process." The University of Virginia said it wanted to send a message that "the playing field is level for all." All three universities said applications would be due in early January and decisions would be announced in early April. But the playing field still has a bit of a slant.

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The Department of Physiology and Biophysics hosts Frontiers in Biological Sciences lecture at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in Room E401 in the School of Medicine. "Understanding and Ameliorating Age Onset Neurodegenerative Diseases," is the topic to be presented by Jeffery W. Kelly, professor of chemistry and dean of Graduate Studies Department of Chemistry, the Scripps Research Institute.

"Trick My Vote: Science, Intellectual Courage, and the Battle for America's Soul" is the topic of a free public lecture by Ken Miller, biologist at Brown University, expert witness at the Dover, PA "Panda Trial," and author of the book Finding Darwin's God. He will explain why every college student must vote. Program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 26, in Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library. Visit for more information.

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Faculty and staff need to complete a consent form available at in order to receive a flu vaccine this year as administered by the University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources. 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. Bring Case ID. The university has a limited supply. This service is provided first come, first served.

Office telephone numbers are shown on both the Case Web directory and on the Campus Directory of the IP phones. If this telephone number is incorrect, send e-mail with your name and telephone number to

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The Case Career Center will offer a workshop for students who need help deciding on a major. "Help I Need A Major!" gets under way at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26 in Olin Building, Room 313. Register at

Fall break is a great time to get organized for the job selection process. Make sure to check out ECompass to view the upcoming interviews, application deadlines, and information sessions. To access ECompass, visit the Career Center Web site at

SAGES Cafe invites you to enjoy an evening of jazz performances from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 20. Jazz Night will be held in Crawford Hall, first floor.

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Shalonda Degraffinried recently joined the university community as tutorial coordinator in the Office of Access/TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Talent Search).

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Rachel Hageman, a math graduate student, has received one of 10 national Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) travel awards (full support) to present her research at the national meeting of the American Mathematical Society in January 2007, in New Orleans. Professor Daniela Calvetti is her academic adviser.