Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The State of Ohio and other states must decide upon a number of critical matters this election year. The people we choose to represent us and this year’s ballot issues have a direct effect on the well-being and prosperity of the cities and neighborhoods in which we live. I urge you to be an informed voter by researching and understanding the candidate's platforms and the implications of the ballot issues you will see when you go to the polls.

Details on the state ballot issues are available on the university's Government Relations Web site at Information on Cuyahoga County issues on the ballot tomorrow can be found on the county's Board of Elections Web site at

To learn more about the election process, requirements and other voting matters, refer to the Secretary of State Web site at

World events continue to convey the value and significance of having an electoral process in place, one that allows free and equal access to decision-making. Although our system isn't flawless, it provides an opportunity to be heard. On Tuesday, November 7, use the system to give voice and meaning to the issues important to you. Please vote.

A great university has a purpose. I believe that a great university changes the world and everyone associated with it -- graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends. The change we affect may be next door in our community, in our region, across the country or around the globe.

Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.


Case Community,

On behalf of our Charity Choice partners -- Earth Share of Ohio, Greater Cleveland Community Shares and the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and our neighbors in Northeast Ohio who will benefit from your kindness, we would like to thank you for your generous support of the Case Western Reserve University 2006 Charity Choice campaign.

The university's goal was to raise $125,000 by October 31. We are pleased to announce that members of the university community have given $158,673.24 to the Charity Choice campaign so far this year. Although the official kick-off to the campaign has now closed, the Case community can continue to contribute through the end of the calendar year at

In addition, here are the winners of the prizes raffled to those who participated in the campaign: Quiznos dinner for two, Jane Korsberg and Carol Samuels; two tickets to Regal Cinemas, Traci Douglas; Chipotle two free burritos to Jeff Katz, Christopher Thornton, Helen Haynes-Whitehead, Diana Zyzanski, and Arlene Hrisko; free bloomin' onion from Outback Steakhouse to Donna Jones, Gail Shipley, Jacob Clemens, Kurt Fretthold, and Michelle Snyder; and a $45 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse, Toiya Benford.

We recognize all faculty, staff and students who continue their research and studies that benefit our community. We particularly want to thank those that volunteer their time, talent and have helped with their generous contributions to help the community in which we live and work.

With our heartfelt thanks,

Grover C. Gilmore, dean, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Lara Kalafatis, vice president for University Relations
Margaret Stevens, campaign coordinator, University Relations


As the general election season nears an end, all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to review the guidelines for campus involvement in political campaigns. The guidelines explain relevant federal law and current policies in the Faculty Handbook. Go to

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.

Maya Angelou, 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:

1-2-1 Fitness Center will have a limited supply of flu shots available from 9:30 a.m. to noon on November 7, and 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 9. The cost will be $25 (cash, check, credit card, and Case Cash accepted). Call 368-1121 or e-mail to reserve an appointment.


Hussein trial was flawed but reasonably fair, and verdict was justified, legal experts say

New York Times, November 6, 2006

The yearlong trial that ended yesterday with a sentence of death by hanging for Saddam Hussein had serious legal flaws that left doubts about whether he was allowed to present a full defense, international legal experts said. But even critics of the trial said the five Iraqi judges who heard the case had made a reasonable effort to conduct a fair trial in the face of sustained pressure from Iraqi political leaders for a swift death sentence. However, several American criminal lawyers said the prosecution marshaled surprisingly convincing documents, including those showing Mr. Hussein's signature on orders of execution. "Saddam was convicted on the strength of his own documents," said Michael Scharf, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law who advised the Iraqi tribunal during the trial.

No time limit on Hussein appeal, November 5, 2006

The death sentences handed down Sunday against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants triggers an automatic appeal to the Iraqi Criminal Tribunal. There is no time limit for the appeals court to make its decision, but a court official told The Associated Press that the process would likely take three or four weeks after formal paperwork is submitted. Michael Scharf, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and the co-author of "Saddam on Trial," told CNN that it could take even longer because of the complicated issues involved. "Ultimately this case was not a factual case. The facts were not in dispute because of all the documents that came into evidence. Even Saddam Hussein admitted the basic facts," Scharf said.

Free birds

Inside Higher Ed, November 6, 2006

Just as campuses once banned non-union grapes or stocked Nicaraguan coffee, colleges are increasingly choosing cage-free eggs, responding to student activists' appeals for socially conscious consumer choices and endorsing what they call a sustainable farming practice that gives chickens more room to roam. Among the colleges that have made the switch are Dartmouth and Oberlin Colleges; Case Western Reserve University... Dining service managers cited a variety of reasons for deciding to purchase the cage-free eggs, which are often significantly more expensive -- at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Delmar Crim, the culinary director, said the eggs cost an extra 40 percent. Among the reasons identified include the efforts of student activists, stated institutional concerns about animal welfare and environmental issues, and a desire to provide higher-quality, better-tasting products.

'Star Trek' inspires Case speech therapy

The Plain Dealer, November 4, 2006

Think Wizard of Oz on board the Starship Enterprise. As an unseen force behind a curtain calls the shots, a virtual reality "holodeck" transports its users to a fast-food restaurant and beyond. The woman behind the curtain -- and the concept -- is Stacy Williams, an assistant professor of communication sciences at Case Western Reserve University. And the idea she has championed for almost a decade, inspired by the reality simulator of "Star Trek" fame, is about to go into use at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center.

Orthopedic boom continues

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 6, 2006 (subscription required)

There's no need to sit around with achy joints when surgery can fix it. That's the mindset of many Americans today, and one that's prompting hospitals to cash in on the popularity of orthopedic surgery. "We're seeing a huge increase in people around the country who want orthopedic surgery," said Randall Marcus, Charles H. Herndon professor and chairman of orthopedics at Case Western Reserve University.

Attorney claims illegal Medina County jury selection

The Plain Dealer, November 4, 2006

A defense attorney claims Medina County court officials have not followed state laws that dictate how jurors should be selected. Defense attorney Robert Schultz alleges "wholesale violations of the Ohio jury code" that he says warrant a dismissal of every criminal indictment this year as well as any civil or criminal jury verdicts. That kind of sanction could leave the county vulnerable to hundreds of lawsuits and reopen countless court cases. Two Case Western Reserve University law professors don't think the allegations call for such drastic measures, but they say that, if Schultz's claims are true, court authorities might have a little housekeeping to do. Case law professor Robert Lawry had a similar opinion. His colleague, professor Lewis Katz, agrees.

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Making sense of 'Bologna degrees'

Inside Higher Ed, November 6, 2006

In the early 1990s, the then-presidents of Oberlin College and Stanford University floated the idea that the standard time for an undergraduate degree might be better at three years instead of four. The idea went nowhere -- at least in the United States. But 45 European nations have pledged to make three years the standard time for their undergraduate degrees by 2010. Should American graduate schools recognize three-year degrees and admit such students to graduate programs?

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The annual Ford Distinguished Lecture takes place at 4 today in the Wolstein Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Northwestern University's Thomas J. Meade, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Physiology and Radiology, who will present "Seeing is Believing, Only Without the Background." Learn about the latest developments in molecular imaging. A reception will follow. Free but space is limited. Refer to for updates.

The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies is sponsoring a lecture at 4:30 p.m., November 8, in Clark Hall, Room 309. "Canopies of Hospitality in and for a Wounded World: Midrashic Imagination and Post-Shoah Faithfulness," will feature Henry F. Knight, a Christian minister and director of the Council for Holocaust Education in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The lecture will reflect on how the Holocaust represents a fundamental challenge to Christians, Jews, and Muslims who consider themselves stewards of creation's covenantal ways and representatives of God's intentions for human responsibility and faithfulness. Free. Details:

Paul T. Ruxin, renowned collector of one of the most complete collections of the works of Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, speaks at the Kelvin Smith Library on November 16. Following a 4 p.m. wine and cheese reception and Special Collections book display, he will speak on "Collecting 18th Century Association Copies," the works owned by notables and their contemporaries. Limited seating. More details are available from the KSL homepage news section at

The Law, Technology, and the Arts Symposium on "The 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaties: 10 Years Later," will feature a keynote address by Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota. Symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m., concluding at 5:30 p.m., November 10, in the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). Free; reception will follow program. Cosponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. To register and for details, refer to

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Today, November 6, is the deadline to apply for the UCITE Learning Fellowship program. Open to faculty members of all Case colleges and schools, 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. Visit for details on program requirements, structure and other information. Direct all inquiries to the UCITE office at or 368-1224.

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Modern Physics Professor Tanmay Vachaspati is spearheading a Modern Physics Limerick Contest. The details of the contest and the rules are online at,852. Up to 40 entries will be submitted to the contest judge, Frank Wilzcek, professor of physics at MIT who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, and has been known to write physics-themed poetry. The prize for the top three limericks will be a book with a modern physics theme. Submission deadline is November 8.

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Carol Fernando is a new research associate in the genetics department.

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Case Western Reserve University’s men’s soccer team claimed their first University Athletic Association title and assured themselves a spot in their first NCAA postseason with a 2-1 victory over Rochester November 4 in Rochester, N.Y. The Spartans, ranked 15th in the country and second in their region (16-2-1, 5-2 UAA), find out later today who they face in round one of the 2006 NCAA Division III playoffs.