The campus community is asked to donate new and/or gently used items for children in the daycare program at Cory United Methodist Church in University Circle. The daycare serves 28 girls and 33 boys ages 3-5. Items are needed by November 15 and include undershirts, underwear, socks, sweaters, jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves. Donna Thomas of Case's Office of Community and Government Relations is coordinating the campuswide effort. For details and drop-off locations, e-mail to or call 368-1723.

Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority, is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the group's service projects that include running the annual Cornhole Tournament and maintaining the Lockwood-Thompson house. Information about the fundraiser and order forms are available on the group's Web site at Deadline to order items is November 8. Questions: e-mail to

Come out to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Guilford lounge, first floor of Guilford House. "Midterm Election Forecast" is the topic of the November 3 luncheon, which is to feature Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science, and Andrew Lucker, adjunct assistant professor of political science. Brown bag lunch; beverages provided. For more details, e-mail to

Maya Angelou, the first Reynolds Professor at Wake Forest University, internationally lauded author, educator, civil rights voice, and U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the inaugural speaker for the School of Law's Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution Maya Angelou Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture on Thursday, November 9, at Strosacker Auditorium. Lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and are available by calling 216-691-6502. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. Details:


The fuel of the future?

The Plain Dealer, November 2, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding grants totaling $100 million over the next three years to pay for structured research. The goal is to make the exotic electrical generator -- the automotive fuel cell -- commercially viable as an automotive power plant by 2020 -- and to make sure a fuel source, hydrogen, is available. Parma-based GrafTech International, which already makes fuel cell components, has won $2.3 million, and Case Western Reserve University, which is involved in extensive fuel cell research and now testing, will receive $800,000.

MOCA picks architect

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 1, 2006

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has selected a London-based architect to design its new home in University Circle. The new museum will be constructed on Euclid Avenue as part of Case Western Reserve University's Triangle project, which will be a new retail, arts and residential district at the Mayfield Road intersection.

The week

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 1, 2006

Prominent Case Western Reserve University cardiologist and researcher Eric Topol has taken a new position at Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif., and will leave Case at the end of the year. Topol was named chief academic officer and chief of genomic medicine and translational science at the Scripps Health system.

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Educational testing service accused of suppressing research on an alternative to affirmative action

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 2, 2006 (subscription required)

A prominent higher-education researcher says scholars at the Educational Testing Service may have discovered a substitute for race-conscious college-admissions policies back in 1999, but their research project was suppressed -- and eventually killed -- before they could put their findings through peer review and make them public.

Displeased not disaffected

Inside Higher Ed, November 2, 2006

They've been labeled politically apathetic, but college-aged students are planning to vote in record numbers on November 7, according to a poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics. Thirty-two percent of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed in the biannual poll on politics and public service said they "definitely will be voting" in the midterm elections, and three in four said the likelihood that they would cast ballots was at least 50 percent.

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The Department of Music opens the 21st season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 5, in Harkness Chapel, with a concert by the renowned British viol consort, FRETWORK. Titled "Jewish Viol Players at the English Court," it features music from the time of Henry VIII to the 17th century. Buy tickets through the music department or at the door. Cost: $27 for the public; $23 for seniors and members of early music societies; $10 for non-Case/CIM/CSA students; and free for Case/CIM/CSA students. Group discounts available. The chapel is wheelchair-accessible. Call 368.2402, e-mail, or visit

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., Monday, November 6, in the Wolstein Auditorium. A reception will follow. Free but space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, go The Allen H. Ford Distinguished Visiting Professors Program endows this lecture series.

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"Reenergizing Yourself as a Teacher" is the topic of today's UCITE Seminar that gets underway at noon, today, November 2, in the Allen Memorial Library's Herrick Room. Come learn ways to bring purpose and enthusiasm to the classroom, and get students excited about learning and scholarship. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the session. Details: e-mail to or visit online at

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

Interested in the nonprofit sector and the opportunities available? Stop by the Information Session sponsored by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations to learn about the Master of Nonprofit Organizations and Certificate of Nonprofit Management programs. Session is from 5:30 to 7 tonight, November 2, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 8501 Carnegie. For details, call 368-6025, or send e- mail to

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The American Music Masters program honoring the musical legacy of Roy Orbison continues through Saturday, November 4. Students can participate in an interdisciplinary conference that day featuring interviews, discussion groups, and more, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held in the Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Students admitted free if registered in advance and show Case ID the day of the event. Event is cosponsored by Case and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Details:

A new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation will allow 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. Application deadline is November 8. Details available at

The SAGES Peer Writing Crew is available almost any day of the week, including evenings and weekends, for appointments to help undergraduates improve their writing skills. Visit for more information, or send an e-mail through to schedule an appointment.

The Mind-Body Connection newsletter published by the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health is now available online at Sign up for automatic e-delivery when new newsletters are published at

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Vincent Johnstone joined the university community as a police sergeant with Case Police.

Rajnish Gupta joined the university community as a research associate in the pathology department.

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Congratulations to Kristin Poinar, senior physics major, who received SOURCE travel funding to present her poster: "Characterizing Electron Background with the CDMS Beta Cage," at the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics Conference Experience for Undergraduates. The session took place October 25-28 in Nashville, TN. Professor Richard Schnee is her research mentor.