In his continuing efforts to keep the Case Western Reserve University community informed, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., provides another update on issues he deems important to the university. Matters he discusses in this most recent letter include the October Board of Trustees meeting, additional updates on the financial condition of the university, capital projects, more on the "Case" brand, reinstitution of school visiting committees, a family-friendly meeting policy recommendation and some good things to tell others.

Dear Friends,

Last month I sent you a letter that described some of my views on the university as well as updates on important matters, such as our financial condition, the incoming undergraduate class, leadership changes, the "Case" brand issue, and diversity. I heard from scores of people in response to that letter, some saying simply that it was a good thing to do and others commenting on a particular issue. I admit that I was somewhat surprised, mainly because I realized that you actually read the letter, and I was pleased that you have an interest in the university . . .

To read the complete letter from the president, go to:


The upper entrance to the Lot 53 garage from the Adelbert Road bridge will close in preparation for the final phase of the bridge construction project. The entrance/exit will close on November 20 and reopen on December 4. During this time, all traffic will be routed through the lower entrance/exit. Signs and traffic cones will indicate the entrance and exit lanes. Additional parking attendants and a police officer to assist with traffic flow will be on duty during peak times. The temporary pedestrian bridge also will be closed during this time; pedestrians will be directed to use the East side of the new bridge, which will be designated by signage as a pedestrian walkway only. There will be no vehicular traffic allowed on the bridge at this time. Due to the heavy amount of vehicular traffic using the lower entrance, the lower-level pedestrian exit will be closed. Pedestrians walking through this area will be directed to use the walkway over the vehicular entrance/exit. Updates are available on the parking Web site at


Read any good books lately? The Case Common Reading Selection Committee is seeking recommendations for a reading assignment for next fall's incoming first-year students. The committee is looking for a work of fiction or nonfiction that is engaging and accessible to incoming students; encourages reflection that leads to dialogue and discussion; deals with issues of enduring human concern; and has made, or promises to make, a significant contribution to intellectual and cultural life. For more information and to make recommendations, go to

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. A limited supply of flu vaccines will be available for faculty and staff during the fair. The vaccine will be administered on a first come first serve basis. Employees will be required to bring Case ID and to complete a consent form. The Benelect Guide and price sheets will be delivered to employees through campus mail during the week of November 6, and are available online along with other open enrollment details at 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.


A resurgence in Cleveland

New York Times, November 8, 2006

According to research by the Brookings Institution, the potential for high-wage job growth is less likely to be found in traditional downtowns than in districts like University Circle, areas referred to as "eds and meds" for their typical concentration of educational and medical institutions. There are ripples of commercial development activity as a result of collaboration among University Circles partners. Case Western Reserve University recently announced it was negotiating with MRN Ltd. and Zaremba Inc., two local developers, to turn a site of eight and a half acres into a mixed-use arts, retail and residential district. The $100 million project would produce more than 400,000 new square feet on Euclid Avenue, the main street that connects University Circle to downtown. "This is different in its orientation. Really this is a community project sponsored by Case and developed privately by a team," said Russell Berusch, vice president for commercial real estate at Case.

Sawyer easily defeats Fink

Akron Beacon Journal, November 8, 2006

Former Congressman and Akron Mayor Tom Sawyer handily defeated incumbent Deborah Owens Fink in the District 7 state school board race Tuesday. Sawyer was drafted to run by Help Ohio Public Education, formed by scientists critical of Fink's attempts to change the state science curriculum. The group's founders, Case Western Reserve University professors Patricia Princehouse and Lawrence Krauss, have contended that the changes were an effort to insert religion into the science curriculum.

Analysis: elections hold sway for health

United Press International, November 7, 2006

This Election Day voters are taking health to the ballot box through several state initiatives and their views on medical research, experts say. A series of midterm ballot initiatives on tobacco, reproduction and social determinants such as housing throughout the country may dramatically sway the direction of public health, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, director of the American Public Health Association. Yet some experts predict a troubled outlook for funding health initiatives, regardless of what party takes over. The "big clash" will come in trying to save money in the federal budget while also funding federal agencies such as NIH, said J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Grid computing gets small

IEEE Distributed Systems online, November 2006

The United States and Japan have successfully demonstrated one of grid computing's long-standing holy grails -- dynamic, on-demand provisioning of bandwidth and interoperability between high-performance resources in two national research testbeds. Recent grid computing deployments have gone beyond the "big science" of specialized research projects to the regional and even individual enterprise level. For example, the OneCleveland project in Cleveland, Ohio is a community-based ultrabroadband grid network meant to foster economic development. Lev Gonick, who first proposed OneCleveland and now chairs its board, says the grid concept must be presented in a wider context to obtain buy-in from nontechnical decision makers. "We, in our own thinking, define the grid as provisioning, in a just-in-time way, a combination of spinning disc, network services, and, obviously, cycles," says Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.


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Michigan votes down affirmative action

Inside Higher Ed, November 8, 2006

Michigan voters on Tuesday approved a ban on affirmative action at the state's public colleges and in government contracting. The vote came despite opposition to the ban from most academic and business leaders in the state -- and the history in which the University of Michigan played a key role in preserving the right of colleges to consider race as a factor in admissions.

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The Department of Music is hosting the following events: Case University Circle Orchestra Concert, 7:30 tonight, November 8, Thwing ballroom; Case/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., November 10, Harkness Chapel; Case Faculty Recital featuring Debra Nagy, baroque oboe, and Peter Bennett, harpsichord, 7:30 p.m., November 11, Harkness Chapel; and Case Percussion Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m., November 12, Harkness Chapel. All events free. For more details, go to

Net Impact at the Weatherhead School of Management is hosting the Case Bowl, an annual sustainable business challenge, featuring CityWheels Cleveland, beginning at 5 p.m., November 9, in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Weatherhead professors and students will recommend a growth strategy for CityWheels, and the audience will have an opportunity to win trial memberships to the car sharing program. Free refreshments and beverages will be available beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, send an e-mail to For more information about CityWheels, go to

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JPMorgan Chase will mail Case PCards for receipt by cardholders during the week of November 13. These cards will be issued to people who have submitted new, approved applications. The new Mastercard will be mailed directly from JPMorgan Chase to the address listed on PCard Agreement forms. All current university PCards will expire at midnight, November 28. The new PCard will become active at 12:01 a.m., November 28. Please return old cards to department administrators after November 27. Recipients must contact the phone number on the front of the new PCard for activation. In order to activate the card, recipients will need to know their Peoplesoft HCM employee ID number, because the use of social security numbers as identifiers has been discontinued for security reasons. New cardholders to PVSNet will require training by the PCard staff; training should be scheduled by sending an e-mail request to PCards for new cardholders will not be activated until training is complete. Existing card holders in PVSNet do not need to attend further training.

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The University Program Board Arts and Entertainment Committee invites all undergraduate students to see musical multimedia interactive comedy duo Hard N' Phirm beginning at 9 p.m., November 9, at the Spot. Cheesecake and coffee will be served.

Apply to become a resident assistant for the 2007-08 school year. Gain skills that are transferable to any career, such as communication skills, team work, leadership skills and time management. Find out more information and apply online at Submit materials to Yost Hall, Room 4, by December 15. Send an e-mail to Jamie Kunihara Elwell at

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Guangyuan Li recently joined the university as a research associate in the School of Medicine.

Chunling Gu recently joined the university community as a technician with the otolaryngology department.

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Brian Gran, an assistant professor in the sociology department, with a secondary appointment in the law school, has received an invitation from the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosch to lecture on "Implementation and Monitoring Strategies of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child," scheduled for November 16.