Halloween at the Farm will take place from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, October 28. The campus community is invited to Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., for this free family event that will feature food, a bonfire, pumpkin carving, hayrides, plus a performance by the band, INTRA. Children's activities from 5-7 p.m. Shuttle service from Thwing Center to and from the farm will be provided between 4:30 and 11 p.m. Call the Student Activities office, 368-2679 for details or visit

If fitness is your thing, consider enrolling in a six-week line dancing class that will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, October 30 through December 6, in the second-floor aerobics studio of the Veale Center. Space is limited to 40 employees. Participants must wear tennis shoes. The cost is $48 for faculty, staff and graduate students; $24 for undergraduates. To register, send e-mail to, or call 368-2191. These and other fitness programs are offered by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics.

Case's Greek Life Office is interested in hearing the opinions of university faculty, staff, and administration regarding Case's Greek Life system. Take a few minutes to fill out the survey and express any thoughts, praise, or concerns you have with Greeks at Case. Must use Case Network ID to access the survey. The Greek Life Office thanks participants in advance. Refer to


Stents called too risky for stroke prevention

Los Angeles Times online, October 19, 2006,1,407367.story?

The increasingly common practice of preventing strokes by using wire mesh stents to prop open neck arteries is much riskier than the traditional method of surgically removing plaque and should be curtailed, according to two large European studies. Patients receiving the stents were nearly 2 1/2 times as likely to have a stroke or die, French researchers reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results were so clear, the researchers said, that they terminated the study prematurely and stopped using the stents. Some American researchers said the findings were in conflict with U.S. studies that showed that the stents were safer than surgery. But Dr. Eric Topol of Case Western Reserve University, who was not involved in the research, said the two recent studies should significantly slow down stenting procedures, which should not be used except in patients too sick for surgery.

Size matters with new technology - Youngstown Vindicator, October 18, 2006

Gert Zell came to the Poland (Ohio) Library with a lot of curiosity about things that are very small. The owner of a Boardman skincare company was among the 30 people who came Tuesday to hear a Case Western Reserve University professor explain nanotechnology -- the science of arranging microscopic materials for practical applications. Alexis Abramson, director of the nanoengineering lab at Case, gave plenty of ways nanotechnology is being used today: to make tennis balls last longer, sunscreen undetectable to the eye and pants repel stains.

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Want to get ahead? Get hitched

Inside Higher Ed, October 20, 2006

A year ago, a graduate student in economics at Cornell University released a study showing that men who are married are more likely to finish doctoral programs than are single men. When Inside Higher Ed wrote about the study, the graduate student, Joseph Price, received numerous questions from readers wanting to know just how far the marriage advantage took men in academe, and where it applied to women as well. Price went back to his data and now is out with a new study. This one shows that married men do better than single men in academe not only in finishing their Ph.D.'s, but in publishing and landing a first tenure-track job.

Lessons from the front lines

Inside Higher Ed, October 20, 2006 (views)

It has been a long year for college and university presidents. Leaders in higher education have been humiliated over a spate of high profile crises, which have triggered screaming headlines and fodder for the 24/7 cable news talking heads. Institutional responses have ranged from savvy to shortsighted, deft to dysfunctional and comforting to comical. And unlike any recent period of time, these crises have caught a larger than normal number of presidents many of them now either ex-presidents or on their way out -- in a spiraling web of controversy, including Harvard's Lawrence Summers; Case Western Reserve's Edward Hundert; William Cooper of the University of Richmond; Indiana University's Adam Herbert; and American University's Benjamin Ladner.

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The Case student chapter of the American Medical Association will present David Gratzker, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute at 1 p.m. Monday, October 23, in Room 105 of the Biomedical Research Building. Gratzker is a practicing physician and scholar who is certified in the United States and Canada. His newest book is The Cure: How Capitalism can Save American Health Care, published by Encounter Books. Visit Gratzker's Web site at The event is free.

The Law-Medicine Center at the School of Law presents the symposium, "Designing a National Health Insurance Alternative," featuring several nationally recognized health policy experts who will discuss how to make the Medicare program available to persons who cannot afford adequate health insurance. The symposium begins at 2 p.m., Friday, October 27, and at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, October 28, at the School of Law, Moot Court Room (A59). Featured presenters include George Greenberg, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and William Scanlon, senior policy adviser at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and former managing director of Health Care Issues at the U.S. General Accounting Office. Free. Details: call 368-3304 or visit

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EASE@Work presents a staff development session, "EASEy Access Demonstration," from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, October 23, in the Allen Memorial Library's Ford Auditorium and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 25 in the Wolstein Building, Room 1413. Details: call 216-241-3273, or employee relations at 368-0195.

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Congratulations to this year's 2006 Homecoming King and Queen: Manoj Nair of Phi Kappa Tao was elected king and Martine Trinka of Delta Gamma was elected queen.

Be sure to stop by Thwing Center, Meeting Room A, today, October 20, for the Building Bridges/Study Abroad in Africa program, an opportunity to learn about study abroad opportunities in Africa through Case and other institutions. Program will include an afternoon presentation on African art. Emphasis includes but is not limited to French-speaking Africa. The free program concludes at 5:30 p.m. For information, refer to

The Graduate Students Societies of BME and EECS as well as the School of Graduate Studies are hosting a lecture and book signing by comics author Jorge Cham, who recently completed his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Event takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Schmitt Auditorium. Refreshments provided. For more information on the comic strip and the author, visit

Students are invited to participate in a 24-hour Department of Music Recital, set from noon to noon on November 17 and 18. Sponsored by Case music students, the recital will feature musical selections by music and non-music majors, as well as faculty and others. Coffee, beverages and snacks will be provided. Door prizes and a raffle will be held. Confirmed performances include a funky jazz group, a cellist, an acoustic rock duo, a bluegrass group, and several Case a cappella groups. Event held to highlight the Case music department and to raise money for the Community Arts and Music Program at Cuyahoga Community College, a program that provides applied lessons for Cleveland school children. Details and additional information:

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Terri Brown recently joined the university community as the internal communications manager at the School of Medicine.

Ilya Bederman recently joined the university community as a senior research associate in the pediatrics department.

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Class of 2004 alumnus Matt Finnerty and Class of 2005 alumna Loren Spickler Finnerty ran in the 27th Columbus Marathon on October 15. The alums completed the 26.2-mile course in 2:53:01 and 3:49:15, respectively. Details: and