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 challenges between financial accountability and academic priorities? 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 prerequisites, and the series is open to the entire campus. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.


The campus community is invited to learn about the latest developments in molecular imaging as the Department of Biomedical Engineering welcomes Northwestern University's Thomas J. Meade to campus for the Ford Distinguished Lecture. Meade, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Physiology and Radiology, will present "Seeing is Believing, Only Without the Background," at 4 p.m., November 6, in the Wolstein Auditorium. A reception will follow. This event is free, but space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, go This lecture series is endowed by the Allen H. Ford Distinguished Visiting Professors Program.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is assisting Cleveland's Domestic Violence Center now through November 3. The campus community is invited to recycle old cell phones, which can be given to domestic violence victims to call 9-1-1. In addition, the Domestic Violence Center has a wish list of items for its clients, including socks, slippers, lotion, baby supplies, gift cards, arts and crafts, games, and more. For specific details about the campus drive, contact the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at 368-0985, or go to

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 featuring food, a bonfire, pumpkin carving, hayrides, and 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. In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs' Turkey Drive and the Family Weekend Committee's "Stuff the Bag...." service project. Halloween at the Farm attendees are invited to donate non-perishable food items that can be given to local Cleveland-area families for Thanksgiving. Suggested items include cans of candied yams or sweet potatoes; cans of corn or green beans; boxes of instant mashed potatoes and stuffing; cans of cranberry sauce, and boxes of corn bread. For details, go to


Zachary Musiek, son of Gayle Musiek, a specialist in the human resources department, died last Saturday. Zachary was a third-year student majoring in management and was a member of the Case chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In addition, he played football at the university and enjoyed music and drawing. The family will be receiving friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at Brunner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, Ohio. To honor Zachary's love of animals, the family requests any contributions be made to the Lake County Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.


When it comes to paying for college, research is the key

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 25, 2006

Learning how to pay for higher education is an education in itself. It requires throwing away myths that only straight-A students get scholarships and money for needy students will suddenly appear. And it requires much detective work to find out just where the money is. Based on the 2005-06 survey colleges complete for the major guidebooks, these are some of the schools that provide more than 80 percent of their students non-need-based aid, counting both students with and without financial need: Duquesne University, 81 percent; La Roche College, 89 percent, St. Vincent College, 92 percent, and Westminster College, 97 percent. Some out-of-state schools with high figures are Case Western Reserve University, 84 percent, and University of Dayton, 95 percent.

Some Ohio counties won't post voting results in each precinct

Associated Press (reprinted in the Akron Beacon Journal), October 25, 2006

In the age of memory cards, touch-screens and Web posting -- and all the controversies surrounding e-voting -- voter rights advocates want to see a simple piece of paper at the polls summarizing precincts' totals to compare with official results from election boards. Franklin and some other counties will post vote results at the polling places so the public has immediate access to them just after the polls close. Vicki Lovegren, a computer science professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder of the voting rights group Ohio Vigilance, said the paper summaries posted at precincts could be "a smoking gun" if the totals are different from what county boards count from memory cards.

Infertility linked to cell phones

Toronto Daily News, October 25, 2006

Cell phones may contribute to male infertility more than we used to think. Professor Ashok Agarwal and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, say the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones or the heat they generate. Researchers evaluated 364 men and found that the average sperm count among those who did not use cell phones at all was 86 million per milliliter.

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Fulbright group notes progress and problems in global higher education

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25, 2006 (subscription required)

Access to higher education has grown worldwide, but so have problems that could derail that progress, according to 31 scholars supported by the Fulbright Commission who presented the results of a yearlong study of global higher education at a symposium here on Tuesday. The Fulbright New Century Scholars, as they are known, come from 21 countries, including the United States. During the symposium, held at Unesco headquarters here, the scholars discussed problems confronting higher education around the world -- including corruption, discrimination, and the rising cost of education -- and each of the working groups laid out a series of recommendations for how such threats could be minimized.

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The 2006 Mid-Term Elections Forum takes place from 4-6 p.m., November 1, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Political Science Associate Professor Alexander Lamis will moderate the discussion between Robert Dykes and Lee Weingart, both Ohio political analysts, who will provide their expert analysis and observations on some of the more competitive electoral races occurring in the November elections. In addition, several students from Lamis's fall 2006 Mid-Term Elections class will give brief reports on various hotly contested elections from around the nation.

Phi Kappa Tau's Phi-K 5k Walk/Run for the Kids begins at 10 a.m., November 4, on the north side of campus. The event benefits Hole in the Wall Camps, a network of camps designed for seriously and terminally ill children. The registration fee is $13 before race day, $15 on race day. Every entrant receives a T-shirt, and is automatically entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses. For more information, send an e-mail to For more about the charity, go to

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The Case ERP system (Financials, Reporting and HCM) will be unavailable from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., October 28, due to system maintenance. As a reminder, all planned outages are posted online at

The ACT III Roundtable discussion for women in or nearing retirement takes place from 4-5:30 p.m., November 2, at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (Thwing Center, Room 309). To be added to the ACT III distribution list, send an e-mail to

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The Mind-Body Connection newsletter, published by the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health, is now available online at Students can sign up for automatic e-delivery when new newsletters are published. Go 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. Event takes place at 5 p.m. today, October 25, in the Schmitt Auditorium. Refreshments provided. For more information on the comic strip and the author, visit

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR). The program is scheduled to run from May 29 through August 3, 2007. Applications are available online at or in the biology department. Details: Send e-mail to Julia Brown-Allen at

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Jonathan Fuller recently joined the university as a program director in the Weatherhead School of Management's student services department.

Scott Gerhard recently joined the university as a research associate affiliated with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism , recently addressed the Fublright Commission in Paris on the topic of "The Future of the Fulbright." Gup was a 1985-1986 Fulbright Scholar to China and former chair of the Fulbright screening committee for journalism and communications applicants.