A robbery that occurred at 5 p.m. November 6 at the intersection of Euclid and Coltman has been reported to police. No one was injured in the incident, and no arrests have been made. Read the full security report at


The Case Western Reserve University Office of University Marketing and Communications is conducting a survey of visitors to the Case Western Reserve University Web site homepage ( Questions pertain mainly to the navigation and overall look of the page, and feedback from on- and off-campus visitors to the site obtained through this survey will be used to inform future updates of the university homepage. Please take about 5 minutes to complete the following survey at:


The annual open enrollment period for 2007 benefit choices will take place November 13-30. During this time, be sure to attend the Benefits, Wellness and Discount Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 15, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 16, in Thwing Center ballroom. Use this time to obtain information about health care options and service providers, which will include Anthem as the replacement for the Qualchoice health care plan. The fair will feature health care vendors, the SAC Basket Raffle, and organizations that provide discounted services to Case employees. While health insurance costs are increasing 10 to 12 percent across the country, changes in the university's premiums are significantly below the national trend.

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Nonprofit program moves to Case site

The Plain Dealer, November 7, 2006

A program aimed at educating leaders of nonprofit organizations is getting a new home on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is scheduled to move next year from rented space in the basement of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center on Euclid Avenue to a two-story structure being built on Bellflower Road, just east of Hessler Court. The new building will provide an environment that fosters creative thinking and scholarly exchanges, the essence of an academic center, according to Susan Lajoie Eagan, the center's executive director.

The campaign that never happened

Amherst Times, November 5, 2006 (column)

Autumn arrived: the leaves began to fall and the political signs sprouted up in people's yards. For a week or so there was excitement about the "tight" Senate race -- a virtual tie according to some polls taken in September -- but then abruptly Sherrod Brown, the Democratic challenger, seemed to leap into the lead, ahead by double digits in late October. I have to admit, I was a bit puzzled. Was it Ohio's economy and the war in Iraq? It certainly has begun to seem that our election system is in trouble. A 230-page report commissioned by Cuyahoga County on its May 2 primary fiasco was made public in late October, and revealed widespread concerns about the reliability of the AccuVote electronic voting machines. Similarly, Vicki Lovegren, a mathematics lecturer at Case Western Reserve University who has become a local advocate for election integrity, said, "If you're a computer scientist, you're nervous," adding: "When you have electronic voting machines, it doesn't take a conspiracy of many people. One person can affect the outcome without anyone knowing."

They Love (column)

The Plain Dealer, November 5, 2006

Interviewed: Creg Jantz, sports information director and assistant athletic director, Case Western Reserve University

Most embarrassing thing in your CD collection? "Merry Christmas -- Mariah Carey." Sorry if that puts a damper on the upcoming holiday season.
First song you're singing on karaoke night? "Roadhouse Blues" by the Doors.
Headline on your obituary? Creg Jantz dead -- what a drag!
Movies you've walked out of? "The English Patient." Brutal!
If you went to hell, what song would be played over and over? "1999" by Prince...

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Unionizing postdocs

Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2006

They've been called "the invisible scientists," and while that's probably hyperbole, postdoctoral researchers are, on many university campuses, neither fish nor fowl -- not yet professors, and yet no longer students, either. Their numbers have risen steadily in recent years with the increase in biomedical and other research spending, to an estimated 50,000 to 60,000, but the length of time that many postdocs spend in this in-between stage has been growing, too. Also on the rise, among some of them, is frustration at low pay, insufficient benefits and the reality that fewer of them may find a full-time faculty or research job at the end of their stint.

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The Fall Production at Mather Dance Center opens on November 10. The performance will feature faculty and guest artist choreography performed by undergraduate students, graduate students, guest artists and faculty. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for seniors and Case staff, and $10 for general admission. For show times and more information, go to

The history department announces two events for November 8: the discussion, "Self, Senility, and Alzheimer's Disease in Modern America," from 10-11:30 a.m., will feature Jesse Ballenger from Pennsylvania State University's science and technology department. At 4:30 p.m., Jonathan Sadowsky, Case history department chair, will discuss "Asylums, Talking Cures and Personality Pills: An Invitation to the History of Psychiatry." He will provide an overview of major problems in the history of psychiatry.

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University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources have a limited supply of approximately 250 flu vaccines for faculty and staff during the Employee Benefits, Wellness and Discount Fair. The flu vaccine will be administered on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Stop by Thwing Center ballroom from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 15, or from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 16, while supplies last. Employees will be required to bring Case ID and to complete a consent form. Refer to

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

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The Graduate Student Senate, the Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) program, and the Career Center invite graduate students to attend the ACES Speaker Series "Looking Ahead to Professional Life: Leadership, Gender and Diversity" at 5 p.m., November 14, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The panel discussion will focus on institutional transformation, personal responsibility, and the student's role. Diana Bilimoria, associate professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Cather Simpson, associate professor, chemistry department, and Cyrus Taylor, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and physics professor, will speak. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

The K-12 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) is actively recruiting for its third round of Clinical Research Scholar applicants. The Case/Cleveland Clinic Foundation MCRTP seeks outstanding candidates to fill five clinical research scholar positions beginning July 2007. The MCRTP could be an important training opportunity for junior faculty. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until November 10. Please direct all questions and follow up to or Rebecca Zuti at, or call 216-445-7305. Visit online for additional details and application instructions:

Join the Residence Hall Recycling Race 2006, which takes place November 8-23. This exciting competition pits the north side residence halls against the south side halls. The winners will earn a big party. Volunteers are still needed. Contact individual residence hall recycling representatives, or send an e-mail to for details on how to join the winning team. For additional information, go to

Medical students and faculty: the third annual Carter-Makley Lectureship in Musculoskeletal Pathology presents "Benign Bone Tumors in Children, Evaluation and Management of Soft Tissue Sarcomas" today, November 7, at 5 p.m. in Wolstein Auditorium. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. In addition, on November 8, the Carter-Makley Lectureship presents "Limb Salvage in Pediatric Malignant Bone Tumors." Continental breakfast begins at 6:45 a.m., with grand rounds at 7 a.m. The keynote speaker is Mark C. Gebhardt of Harvard Medical School.

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Lynn Kaperak-Miller has joined the Weatherhead School of Management as a director of marketing and communications.

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Arnold J. Caplan, Case professor of biology and general sciences (oncology), was invited to give the annual Marshall S. Levy, M.D., Memorial Lecture held November 2 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The topic was on "Adult Stem Cells: New Tools and Logics for the Treatment of Human Diseases."

Randall Cebul, professor of medicine and epidemiology and biostatistics, Thomas Love, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, and Neal Dawson, Metrohealth Medical Center, were honored with the 2006 Outstanding Short Course Award at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making in Boston for their course entitled "Methods for Cluster-Randomized Trials of Real-Time Decision Support." Cebul, Love and Dawson are part of the Center for Health Care Research and Policy and the Department of Medicine at Case's School of Medicine and MetroHealth Medical Center. They also received this award in 2003.