Case Western Reserve University is expanding its technology fee to all students, including those in graduate and professional programs, beginning fall 2007. Only full-time undergraduates who live on campus -- about 3,000 of the university's nearly 10,000 students -- have been subject to the $400 fee since its inception three years ago. In addition, the university will raise its technology fee slightly for the 2007-2008 academic year. The fee will now be $426 -- $213 per semester for all students registered for four or more credit hours. Students registered for three credit hours or less will be charged $100 each semester. Employees taking classes will not be charged the technology fee.
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The next general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. A recent change in Ohio's election laws permits all registered voters the option to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the local county Board of Elections. For example, if a voter's official residence is located in Cuyahoga County the absentee ballot must be obtained from and returned to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections; if the voter's official residence is located in Franklin County the absentee ballot must be obtained from and returned to the Franklin County Board of Elections. All absentee ballots must be received at the appropriate Board of Elections by November 7 at 7:30 p.m. For additional information about the absentee ballot voting process go to the Ohio Secretary of State's website at: For a list of Ohio counties' Boards of Elections: For the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections: For general voter-related information:

Procurement and Distribution Services will have its first Fall Harvest Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday November 1, in Adelbert gym. Meet area vendors and learn of the services they provide. Get tips on recycling and sustainability here. Refresh your PeopleSoft skills at the ERP booth. Games, treats and door prizes. Refer to

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will have an open house on Wednesday, November 1. Stop by the school from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the first-floor lounge to learn of various educational programs offered; meet faculty, students and staff; and obtain admission and financial information. Details: Call 368-2529, send e-mail to, or visit the school's Web site,

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case will have an Information Session for its Master of Nonprofit Organizations and Certificate of Nonprofit Management programs, ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The session will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, November 2, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 8501 Carnegie Ave. Learn about the advantages of working in the nonprofit sector, the types of jobs that are available, and how a Mandel Center degree or certificate can enhance a given career in this field. Take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, call 368-6025 or e-mail Visit online at


Keeping the top talent

The Plain Dealer, October 30, 2006

What if you found out that nearly half your department's star performers -- the dream employees you couldn't imagine not relying on -- were seriously looking for new jobs? What would you do? That scenario isn't as far-fetched as you might think. A recent workplace survey of 16,237 workers by Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research firm in Washington, D.C., found that nearly half the people regarded as stellar performers were actively trying to leave their current employers. Think about that. Forty-seven percent of your most productive, most creative, most valuable workers are mailing out resumes, going on job interviews, even contemplating other offers. Even worse, many managers are actually accelerating those departures by how they treat those employees, said Mark Murphy, chief executive of Leadership IQ and coauthor of The Deadly Sins of Employee Retention: Cutting Edge Strategies for Keeping Your Best People. "Frankly, we treat our high performers worse than any other employee," he said. Supervisors need to have one-on-one conversations with each of those targeted people to ask them what they love about their jobs and what drives them crazy. Sandy Kristin Piderit, associate professor in organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, says managers absolutely have to initiate conversations with their best performers.

Business diary: Biotechnology

The Plain Dealer, October 31, 2006
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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic are among several Northeast Ohio companies and institutions that have partnered to create the Ohio Center for Neural Repair. The center will focus on developing and rapidly commercializing innovative approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke.

Doubt and anxiety at the ballot box

The Plain Dealer, October 29, 2006 (column)
By Victoria Lovegren, Case full-time lecturer in mathematics

The 2000 presidential election and subsequent recount opened a wound of doubt and suspicion that has yet to heal. According to a recent Zogby poll, most people believe the 2004 presidential election was tampered with. For many voters, there simply is no way to reconcile the huge discrepancies between 2004's exit polls and the "official numbers." Despite the media's downplaying of these discrepancies and discrediting the exit polls, the public knows the numbers just don't add up. Voters wonder why the historically accurate exit polls have been so "wrong" since the introduction of electronic voting machines. Why do we routinely accept the validity of exit polls in the Ukraine and other countries, but not here? Why didn't the 2004 pollsters release the data? Why are many states, including Ohio, seeking to prohibit exit polls?

Ohio's Issue Two is too much

National Review online, October 30, 2006 (column)
By Jonathan H. Adler, Case professor of law and codirector of the Center for Business Law and Regulation

Among the many ballot issues facing Ohio voters this November is a proposal to enshrine the minimum wage in the state constitution. The so-called "Ohio Fair Wage Amendment," a.k.a. "Issue Two," would amend the Ohio constitution to increase the state minimum wage to $6.85 in 2007, and then index the minimum wage to inflation thereafter. Additional provisions in the 1,000-word proposal would impose new record-keeping requirements on employers and facilitate class-action litigation. Ohio already suffers from an unfavorable business climate.

Gasbarro finds balance and success

The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2006

After a long day of dealing with rat stomachs, there comes a time to kick back. Researching tissue growth in the rat digestive system is how Case senior Greg Gasbarro, a biomedical engineering major, goes about many a day this fall. Then, after working on his senior project in the Department of Gastroenterology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Hudson resident crosses campus to captain Case's nationally ranked soccer team.

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Minority enrollment grew by more than 50 percent from 1993 to 2003, report says

The Chronicle of Higher Ed, October 30, 2006 (subscription required)

Minority-student enrollment at colleges and universities increased by 51 percent in the decade ending in 2003, an improvement driven by growth in the number of Hispanic and minority-female students, according to a report scheduled for release today by the American Council on Education. The report, "Minorities in Higher Education: Twenty-Second Annual Status Report," includes data on rates of high-school completion, college enrollment, college graduation, attainment of professional and doctoral degrees, and employment in higher education. It uses data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Distinguished Lecture in Global Security Law and Policy sponsored by the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy will present Elin A. Gursky, principal deputy for biodefense in the National Strategies Support Directorate of ANSER/Analytic Services based in Arlington, VA. Her talk, "Great Expectations: The Struggle to Protect Populations from Catastrophic Uncertainty," begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). Free. Reception follows lecture. One-hour CLE credit available, pending approval. Program will be Web cast. For details, refer to

The Department of Mathematics welcomes Professor Ivan Soprunov of Cleveland State University to the Analysis Seminar. He will speak on "Lattice Points in Polytopes II." The presentation begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in Yost Hall Seminar Room 300. Refreshments precede talk. For details, refer to

The Midterm Election Forum on November 1 with political analysts Lee Weingart and Robert Dykes gets under way from 4-6 pm. in the 1914 Lounge in Thwing Center. Case Professor of Political Science Alexander P. Lamis will moderate the discussion concerning Ohio ballot issues and candidates. Free. Sponsored by the Case Center for Policy Studies. Details:

An Open Dialogue on the Role of Health Care Providers in Health System Reform will feature John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Sponsored by the School of Medicine, Podesta will host a discussion on the role doctors play in reforming health care. The discussion begins at noon, Thursday, November 2. It will be held at the Sullivan Conference Center, 11th floor, Biomedical Research Building. Lunch will be provided. Free. Details:

A Conversations in Bioethics program will feature Gerrit K. Kimsma, senior staff member, Centre of Ethics and Philosophy, VU Amsterdam, who will speak on "Euthanasia in the Netherlands." Program takes place from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, November 2, in the School of Medicine, Room E-501. Pizza and soft drinks provided. RSVP by Tuesday, October 31, to or call 368-6196. Conversations is sponsored by the Department of Bioethics.

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Faculty members of all Case colleges and schools are invited to apply to the UCITE Learning Fellowship program. The fellowship program is designed for faculty who want to explore ideas on how people learn and how those ideas can be applied to the classroom to improve teaching. Applications are being accepted for the spring 2007 semester that will begin January 16 and continue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday through April 24. Lunch provided at each session. The application should consist of a one-page bio-sketch and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the fellowship. Upon successful completion of the program, each faculty member will receive a $2,500 grant. Applications should be received at the UCITE office by Monday, November 6. Visit for details on program requirements, structure and other information. Direct all inquiries to the UCITE office at or 368-1224.

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 today, 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

The Russian Club invites students and faculty to a discussion, "Peculiarities and Differences in U.S. and Russian Cultures" led by Yulia Popova, a Fulbright teaching assistant from Cheliabinsk, Russia, and Case students. Session will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. November 3, at Guilford House 323. Free and open to the public.

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Carlton Road Hall Council is hosting Thriller Night: A Rockin' Halloween Party for all students from 9 p.m. until midnight, October 31, in the Rough Rider Room. Activities will include spooky speed dating, a bobbing for apples tournament, face painting, caramel apple dipping, and a costume contest. Free food, music and prizes will be available.

Head to The Spot from 8 p.m. to midnight, November 1 to see a benefit performance by the Spartan Dance Team. The dance team is trying to raise money to buy uniforms.

Destination--Global Education: Join Undergraduate Studies Assistant Dean Claudia Anderson to learn about experiential learning opportunities overseas -- affordable, doable and a remarkable opportunity for all majors including students interested in premed and engineering. Session takes place from 12:30-2 p.m. November 3, in Nord Hall, Room 410.

Alpha Chi Omega is hosting its Second Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Kickball Tournament from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, November 3, on Freiberger Field. Proceeds will benefit local women's shelters. Teams of 8 to 15 people are invited to register. Registration fee is $50. Send e-mail to or for more information.

Congratulations to Joey (Jose) Lozada, a Case student in the M.D./Ph.D. epidemiology program, who is one of the six national 2006 AMSA Global Health Scholars recently named out of 70 total applicants.

Mark your calendars: Focus One photographers will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15, to take photographs of seniors for Case's Retrospect yearbook. Photographers will take four poses, including cap and gown that Focus One will provide. To reserve a sitting, send e-mail to, or call 800-589-8060 with preferred date and time of day.

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Jay Hodge has joined the university community as a field training officer with campus services and public safety.

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Mary E. Davis, Case associate professor of music, is featured in the October/November issue of artefakt magazine, a regional publication covering the arts in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Read the article at