Early this morning, an aggravated robbery was reported near Cutter House. No one was injured. In addition, last week a robbery occurred at East 108th Street and Magnolia—which is not on campus nor did the incident involve a member of the Case community, but because of the proximity to campus, Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services wants the university to be informed. For the complete security alert on the aggravated robbery, go to For additional information on the off-campus incident, go to


The SAC Community Service Committee is calling for basket submissions for the 2006 Basket Raffle. Proceeds from the sale of the baskets 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 at

The eighth edition of the Campus Markings Contest continues through October 31. The theme is "Campus Minutiae," and is open to faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained at

As of October 20, total contributions to the Charity Choice Campaign 2006 are $116,046.16. The university's goal is to raise $125,000 by October 31. 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.


Colleges caught in tuition alms race

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 23, 2006

For more than two decades, increasing numbers of colleges have been offering discounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to a full ride as a lure to good students, even when school officials believe the students and their parents can afford to pay the full bill. Now, some in the academic world are worried that this so-called "alms race" is keeping low-income students out of the classroom and is becoming so pervasive that it's hard for colleges to keep up. At Case Western Reserve University, where about 80 percent of the students receive non-need based financial help, Donald Chenelle, director of university financial aid, said the move toward non-need-based aid started in 1989 as a way to increase the size and quality of freshman classes. "It's been very successful," he said. "Case is one of the top-tier institutions in the United States, and many of its peer institutions do not do it. So it gives you a competitive advantage."

Using business to make the world better

The Plain Dealer, October 23, 2006

How can business make the world a better place and still turn a profit? That will be on the minds of some 450 professionals from 37 countries gathered at Case Western Reserve University this week. The Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum, which runs through Wednesday, is the brainchild of David Cooperrider, chair of the department of organizational behavior at Case's Weatherhead School of Management. He has been working toward this moment since 2004, when he used his method for organizational change, called "appreciative inquiry," to inspire the U.N. Global Compact, a collection of businesses around the world dedicated to specific United Nations development goals.

Bust this stress!

The Plain Dealer, October 23, 2006

A new survey by ComPsych Corp., a Chicago-based human-resources firm, found that more than half of the nation's work force complains of excess stress -- a level high enough to cause extreme fatigue, feeling out of control and at least an hour of productivity lost daily. For some, pressure is the job -- although often it's self-induced. Here's Cleveland's current Best Stressed List and our view on how they cope: Gregory Eastwood, interim president of Case Western Reserve University and gastroenterologist. Stress mess: Cleaning up after Ed Hundert. Stress buster: Nuzzles with a good book, such as Pathology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Art frees Alzheimer's minds, October 22, 2006

When words fail Ed Krautmann, there's Memories in the Making, a nationwide program that is exploring whether dementia patients can reveal themselves through art. "What you find in art therapy with Alzheimer's patients is that a fair percentage of them will surprise you and re-create something meaningful, even when they seem like they're incapable of it," said Stephen Post, professor of bioethics and religion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a noted Alzheimer's expert.

Technology hope for the paralyzed

The Australian, October 21, 2006,20867,20611975-23289,00.html

Patients paralyzed from the neck down will be able to feed themselves within the next five years using their own hands and arms, one specialist has predicted. John Donoghue, of Brown University in Rhode Island, is pioneering the technology necessary to make this possible. Donoghue is now working with FES specialists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to use BrainGate signals to switch FES devices on and off in a patient's arm, so that it can be moved independently.

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Women turning down Harvard's offers

Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2006

While the proportion of women receiving tenure-track offers to join Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences rose for the third straight year in 2005-6, the share of women who accepted positions declined dramatically, according to an internal report. In what the report's author calls a "troubling reversal," slightly more than 20 percent of those who accepted tenure-track offers in Harvard's main undergraduate college last year were women, down from 40 percent in 2004-5. Thirty-nine percent of tenure-track offers were to women last year.

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The Case student chapter of the American Medical Association will present a free talk featuring David Gratzker, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute at 1 p.m. today, 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. Visit Gratzker's Web site at

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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Faculty and staff members who plan to get flu shots this year offered by the University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources, need to complete a consent form available at Be sure to bring Case ID. Vaccines will be administered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, October 23, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 24, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. The university has a limited supply. This service is provided first come, first served.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have an Open House/Registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., October 25, in Thwing Center-Spartan Room. The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays 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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Catalyst: Students for Social Justice will host the "Symposium on Affirmative Action in the College Admissions Process," beginning at 4 p.m., October 25, in DeGrace 312, with a reception preceding the event at 3:30 p.m. in the Hovorka Atrium. Panelists include Mano Singham, a professor in the physics department and director of UCITE; Liz Woyczynski, director of undergraduate admission; and Jonathan Entin, a professor in the law school. The moderator is Rosalind Simson, a professor in the law school and the philosophy department. The panelists will address recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the current debate over affirmative action.

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., 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:

Clarification for an item in the October 20 edition of Case Daily: the 2006 Homecoming King is Manoj Nair.

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Brad Casucci recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the family medicine department.

Jeffrey Daberko recently joined the university as a police sergeant with University Police and Security Services.

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Several Case community members received a Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement for work and or service that benefits Northern Ohio. Winners are Stacy Williams, assistant professor of communication sciences, in the category of "Science and Technology" for her Virtual Reality Theater, a state-of-the-art speech therapy center that helps people who have speech and language deficits; the Village at 115, honorable mention in the architecture category for the building's 'green' properties, energy consumption displays, low-flowing plumbing fixtures, and earth-friendly landscaping; Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology, honorable mention for All Digital, an exhibit entirely devoted to new media and digital art; and Thrity Umrigar, assistant professor of English, honorable mention in the writing category. Her books include The Space Between Us and First Darling of the Morning. These and other winners are in the October issue of Northern Ohio Live magazine.