Two pairs of students reported an aggravated robbery occurred at 10 p.m. Friday, October 27, on the Adelbert Road Pedestrian Bridge. None of the students were injured. Case and University Police searched the area immediately after the reports but were unable to locate the suspect, For the full security alert, go to


Tuesday, October 31 is the last day to contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign 2006 in order to participate in a drawing for prizes including two cinema tickets and restaurant gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse and Quiznos. As of October 27, contributions total $143,016.24. The university's goal is to raise $125,000 by October 31. Employees may continue to make a contribution after that date 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.

The Physics and Astronomy Club is hosting the Ninth Annual Galileo Pumpkin Drop at 12:25 p.m. today, October 30, on the Case quad near Strosacker Auditorium. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D and Jeffrey Wolcowitz, dean of undergraduate studies, are scheduled to lead the test of gravity. Pumpkin pie and other refreshments will be served.


Students go through hoops to study in Israel

Cleveland Jewish News October 30, 2006

When Jackie Rosen was 16, before she even knew where she wanted to attend college, she knew that she wanted to spend time studying in Israel. Currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Rosen recently applied to live her dream and study at Tel Aviv University. But when she submitted her application, she learned that studying in the Jewish state may not be as easy as she thought. Recently, the University of Pittsburgh changed its study abroad program policy in response to a travel warning issued in August for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. After the travel warning was announced, Pitt said students couldn't study in Israel if they wished to remain at Pitt. Taking a leave of absence from the university would be necessary, which forces students to forfeit financial aid and campus housing guarantees upon return. Case Western Reserve University, meanwhile, still allows students to use their financial aid to study in Israel. Case does not offer its own study abroad program in Israel, but students can apply directly to universities there, explains Claudia Anderson, dean in the office of undergraduate studies.

Stuff: Case profs politicking

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 30, 2006

The New York Times last week took note of what it called "an unusual foray into electoral politics" by 75 science professors at Case Western Reserve University who have signed a letter endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Board of Education.

Just three years after moving in, HealthSpace Cleveland shutting doors

The Plain Dealer, October 29, 2006

In November 2003, guests grazed on butternut squash ravioli and other delicacies as a national troupe of rock-climbing dancers rappelled from the rafters of the health museum's new $28 million showcase. The gala, which lost $46,225, was dubbed "The Picture of Health." Now, just three years later, HealthSpace Cleveland is leaving its glassy, green Brazilian slate building near the Cleveland Clinic campus at 8911 Euclid Ave. The museum was forced to sell the place for $17 million, the amount the organization's board borrowed to build it. Attendance and membership were slipping. School field trips were down. The museum was losing money. By late 1991, the board’s early goal of raising $2 million to improve exhibits had jumped to $4.5 million, according to a report by Gerard Hilferty and Associates, museum planners from Athens, Ohio. The project was suspended in 1993 because the board had trouble raising money, but the effort was resumed four years later. A capital campaign was launched anyway with a goal of raising $26 million for not just a new building, but also to renovate one of the mansions as administration offices and to cover related expenses. The project faced long odds from the start. Capital campaigns should be approached from a position of financial strength, not weakness, said Barbara Clemenson, who teaches finance at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University.

Honor among managers

The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2006

Should a healthy dose of ethics be part of an M.B.A. degree? At the renowned Thunderbird school of international management, the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, the school has become so intent on promoting virtuous behavior that it's asking graduates to sign an oath of honor before departing the Arizona campus for the business world. It's not the solution to all the problems in the world, but it's a step in the right direction," said Greg Unruh, director of the Lincoln Center of Ethics in International Management at Thunderbird. And if it means the "ethically squeamish or morally challenged" take a pass on Thunderbird, that's OK, Unruh told a workshop at the recent Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University. Julia Grant, associate dean for graduate programs at Case's Weatherhead School of Management, said she's intrigued by the idea of graduates signing the oath upon graduation. She said it will be interesting to see if it results in changed behavior down the line.

Arts, briefly: London architects chosen for Cleveland museum

The New York Times, October 27, 2006

A new, larger home for MOCA Cleveland (the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland) will be designed by the London-based firm Foreign Office Architects, the museum is to announce today. The building will be in the University Circle, the city's cultural center, anchoring a planned arts and retail corridor adjacent to Case Western Reserve University.

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Gallaudet ousts incoming president

Inside Higher Ed, October 30, 2006

In an abrupt reversal, Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees on Sunday dismissed Jane K. Fernandes from her position as the next president of the institution. A board statement issued Sunday evening said that with "much regret and pain," the board had come to the conclusion that "it is in the best interests of the university to terminate Dr. Fernandes from the incoming president's position." Ever since Fernandes was appointed in May to become president, the former provost has been the target of protests. In the last month, those protests have escalated to the point that the university for the deaf was at times effectively shut down.

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The American Music Masters conference gets under way today, October 30, through November 2, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Ford Auditorium. The program, a partnership between Case and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will this year honor the musical legacy of rock star Roy Orbison of Ooby Dooby and Candy Man fame. Interviews with Orbison collaborators, an interdisciplinary forum, a screening of rare clips of Orbison in concert, and a tribute concert at the State Theater at Playhouse Square are among event highlights. Students can attend free by registering at, and presenting valid Case ID the day of the event. Check out the schedule at For complete details, refer to

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations presents the Norman A. Sugarman Memorial Lecture in Nonprofit Law from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., today, October 30, in the School of Law, Moot Court, Room A59. Marcus S. Owens, who served as director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS, will speak on the topic of "Touching a Live Wire: Charities and Politics." To RSVP for the free event, send an e-mail to or call 368-1687.

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 campus community is invited to join dance instructor Heather Koniz for an Intro to Ballroom Dance Class from 7:30-8:30 p.m., November 3, at 1-2-1 Fitness Center. For cost information or to register for the class, send an e-mail to, call Julie at 368-1121, or go to

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Faculty are invited to receive a personal fitting and a 10 percent discount for custom-made academic regalia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 8, at the University Bookstore. Refer to for additional information.

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A new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation will pave the way for undergraduates to get involved in the growing field of mathematical sciences becoming an indispensable part of breakthroughs in the biological sciences. Case's Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences will provide opportunities for math, statistics and biology majors to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, mentored by interdisciplinary teams of faculty. Further information is available at Application deadline is November 8.

The Case chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is hosting the 2006 AMSA Midwest Regional Conference for medical and premedical students November 4 and 5. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich; Duncan Neuhauser, the Charles Elton Blanchard, M.D. Professor of Health Management and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, School of Medicine; and Joseph White, political science chair and Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy. For registration information and costs, go to

Doug Braun, a volunteer with Equality Ohio, will speak at 6:30 tonight, October 30, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320 B/C, about Ohio candidates' views on lesbian gay bisexual and transgender issues for the upcoming November election. Snacks will be provided. For more information, send e-mail to Cosponsored by Mandel Allies, Lambda Grad, and Spectrum.

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Maxime Guinel recently joined the university as a research associate in the materials science and engineering department.

Yuehua Gao recently joined the university community as a research associate in the pathology department.

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Go Lady Spartans: The Case Western Reserve University women's cross-country team won its first-ever University Athletic Association Championship on October 28 in St. Louis. The Case women, currently ranked 17th in the nation, had 39 points, topping host Washington University, currently ranked third in the nation, with 42 points. In addition, Case head coach Kathy Lanese, now in her sixth year, was named the UAA Coach of the Year on the women's side. The Spartans had six runners finish in the top 15 (out of 74) on the 6,000-meter course.