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New MOCA design to be woman's work, a first in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, October 27, 2006

Breaking silence after three months, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland announced Thursday that it has chosen Foreign Office Architects of London to design its new building in University Circle. The MOCA building will be Foreign Office Architects' first major project in the United States and its first art museum. Farshid Moussavi, a native of Iran (who heads FOA with her husband, Alejandro Zaera-Polo), will lead the design. The Cleveland architecture firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky will collaborate on the project, which will be the first major public building in Cleveland designed by a woman. The MOCA project will be the keystone of Case Western Reserve University's proposed Arts and Retail District on the highly visible corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road in University Circle.

Energy grants come to Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal, October 27, 2006

One Ohio company and one Ohio university will share $3.1 million in federal grants for fuel cell research. Getting money from the U.S. Department of Energy are GrafTech International Ltd. in Parma, $2.3 million, and Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, $800,000. GrafTech will use the money for research on bipolar plates. Case will use the federal money for innovative stack design. They are the only two Ohio winners. The federal government awarded $100 million for 25 projects across the country.

Election cliffhanger: will it all work?

USA Today, October 27, 2006

As America prepares to vote November 7, the grueling preparations under way in places such as Cuyahoga County, Ohio, are being replicated in thousands of municipalities. New machines and voter databases intended to fix the problems that beset the 2000 presidential election must be in place this year. Many states and counties have rushed to meet the deadline--with unfortunate results. Many of the civic groups that have joined the effort to fix Cuyahoga's voting system fear similar computer problems next month. Norman Robbins of the Greater Cleveland Voter Coalition, a professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, blames it on the "double whammy" of new machines and new laws. "This stuff is an immature technology," he says. "I mean, if this was an airplane, would you get on it?"

Emotional volatility gauged in children

United Press International, October 26, 2006

U.S. psychologists say the range of emotions children exhibit during play can indicate how emotional their memories will be. The Case Western Reserve University psychologists say many children are unable to start talking about their emotions or memories with someone new, but watching them play can help gauge how open they might be to talking about emotions associated with specific memories.

Honoring musical legacy of Orbison

Cincinnati Post, October 26, 2006

The new Clash exhibit is not the only reason to check out the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum this fall. It is also saluting a very different artist, but one, like the Clash, remembered for his passion. Next week (October 30 to November 6) the Rock Hall hosts a six-day series, Only the Lonely: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison. The concert caps off a weeklong series of events beginning Monday at Case Western Reserve University that range from a session viewing rare concert footage of Orbison to panel discussions on his influence.

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Next generation diversity

Inside Higher Ed, October 27, 2006

In the 1980s, many colleges adopted diversity requirements, typically telling students that they had to take at least one course about a non-Western culture or about an American minority group. These requirements frequently set off heated debates, with proponents talking about the need for diversity, and critics shouting about political correctness. Williams College is in the process of changing such a requirement--with far more civility than characterized many of those '80s discussions. In the process, faculty members have managed to be quite critical of the old requirement--while coming up with a new way to require study of a broad range of groups.

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The Mather Dance Center is hosting a free workshop featuring Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara (Green Tara Dances), at 3 p.m., October 29, in the Mather Dance Center. Julie Thomas, a psychology professor from Youngstown State University, will lead. The workshop and dance program is designed for participants to immerse their minds, bodies, and speech in meditation though simple, powerful dance and chanting. For more details, contact Lillian Weisberg at

A Conversations in Bioethics program will feature Matthew Wynia, director of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association and president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The topic is "Fair Game? Ethics, Access, and Health Care Coverage Decisions," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., November 1, at the School of Medicine, Room E-50. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by October 30 via e-mail to

The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Friday during the fall and spring semesters at the Guilford Lounge, first floor of Guilford House. Today's luncheon, October 27, is scheduled to feature Pete Moore, assistant professor of political science, discussing issues surrounding the Middle East. Brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided. For more details, send an e-mail to

Halloween at the Farm will take place from 5-10 p.m., October 28, at Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd. The campus community is invited to this family event. Shuttle service will be provided. In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs' Turkey Drive and the Family Weekend Committee's "Stuff the Bag..." service project, attendees are invited to donate nonperishable food items that can be given to Cleveland-area families for Thanksgiving. Details:

The History Department and the American Studies Program present Robert Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World, speaking on the topic of "Anti-Slavery Activism in Concord, Massachusetts," from 4-6 p.m., today, October 27, in Mather House, Room 100.

The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance presents "Feminist Scholar Luncheon: Balancing Life Choices," featuring Susan Hinze, sociology professor, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today, October 27, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. This will be a casual discussion about family, careers, life cycle changes, and more in relation to feminism and feminist identity. Lunch will be served.

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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. All planned outages are posted online at

1-2-1 Fitness Center now accepts Case Cash for its programs and sign-up fees. Bring a copy of this e-mail to the center by October 31 in order to pay a discounted rate of $25 for the initiation fee. Payroll deduction can be used for monthly dues. For more information about 1-2-1 amenities, go to

In time for the holiday season, the Weight Watchers at Work program will begin a new session starting November 1. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Participants receive 13 sessions for the price of 12. Pay $144 by cash, check or charge on November 1. Call 368-3924 to learn more.

The Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council are interested in hearing the opinions of university faculty, staff and administration regarding Case's Greek Life community. 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. Refer to

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Through a new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, Case's Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences program (RIBMS) will provide opportunities for math, statistics and biology majors to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, and be mentored by interdisciplinary teams of faculty. Further information is available at Application deadline is November 8.

Case students should anticipate longer lines in the Leutner and Fribley Commons cafeterias from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., October 29. The Office of Undergraduate Admission expects a record attendance of 700 high school students and parents for the Get Connected open house during this time, and visitors will be eating in these cafeterias.

A financial literacy presentation by students Yevgenia Baron, Valbona Bushi and Jessica Jameson will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. today, October 27, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 03. The presentation will focus on creating a budget, and learning about loans, investments, and post-graduate decisions. It is aimed toward third and fourth-year students, but everyone is welcome. Free pizza and pop will be served.

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The electrical engineering and computer science department announces two new employees: Edwin Burwell, director of the Undergraduate Design Lab, and George Daher, a technician for the Undergraduate Design Lab.

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The Weatherhead School of Management was recently recognized by BusinessWeek magazine for having a top design-related academic partnership program. More details are available at