Want to learn about the budget process at Case Western Reserve University: How the university invests money and how resources are allocated between central administration and the schools? The two remaining sessions on Budget and Financial Management at Case 101 will be from noon until 1 p.m. during the provost's hour on November 16 and December 7. The first session, presented by John Anderson, provost, and Hossein Sadid, chief financial and administrative officer, was standing room only, so the remaining sessions have been moved to a larger venue, Bingham 103. At the next session, the senior administration responsible for budget and academic planning will explain the basics of budget development and the "in-and-outs" of the university's 2007 budget. There are no prerequisites, however, attendees will find it helpful to review the University's Budget Book at The series is open to the entire campus. Feel free to bring a lunch. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.


Case Western Reserve University will host the NCAA Second Round Match in the Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. This is the team's first-ever NCAA tournament showing. Beginning at 6 p.m., November 11, at Case Field, the Case Spartans will take on Denison University. The NCAA regulates charges for its tournaments; however, the Undergraduate Student Government, the athletics department and the Office of Student Affairs have agreed to cover the costs. Case students with valid ID will be admitted for free. Additional ticket prices: $6, general admission; $3, other students and seniors; $2, children ages 3-12; and free admission for children ages 2 and under. A North-South flyer bus will provide direct transportation from the south side of campus to the stadium from 5-8:30 p.m. For additional information, go to

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering flu shots from 8-11 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., November 13. The cost is $25, and the shots are available for members and non-members, and children over age 9. Call 368-1121 or send e-mail to to reserve a time.


New building planned for Case's Mandel Center

Cleveland Jewish News, November 10, 2006

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, "one of the first programs in the country with a primary focus on educating nonprofits' management leaders," is embarking on an $11 million project to build its new center on Bellflower Road. The new facility will make Mandel the first institution of its kind with its own freestanding building.

Gender was a crucial factor in women's election gains

The Plain Dealer, November 10, 2006
Column written by Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University political science professor

The 2006 midterm elections have resulted in a record number of women being elected to the U.S. House and to the Senate. Because two-thirds of female congressional candidates were Democrats, women contributed mightily to the Democratic victory in the House. Women will constitute at least 16 percent of the 110th Congress, and the House of Representatives stands to select Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat of California, as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history. Gender was crucial in the 2006 midterm elections in Ohio, but not in ways that might have advanced specific women's policy issues, such as equal pay, women's rights or reproductive issues.

Strings attached

The Plain Dealer, November 9, 2006

Take a fine violinist. Connect electrodes to her fingers, arms and shoulders. Have her play classical pieces. Record her muscle activity and transmit the readings to a laptop. "The higher the peaks and the faster the frequency, the more the muscles are working," said Katie Polafek, graduate research assistant at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center. The project's coolness extends from the Cavani and FES Center -- a research consortium of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University -- to CleveMed, which develops wireless monitoring systems for neurology and rehabilitation applications.

BioLabs seeking defense contract

The Plain Dealer, November 10, 2006

Cleveland BioLabs Inc. is taking another step toward supplying the federal government with a drug that could protect the military from the ravages of a radiological attack. The technology was developed by Andrei Gudkov, chairman of the molecular biology department at the Cleveland Clinic, biochemistry professor at Case Western Reserve University and founder of and chief scientific officer of Cleveland BioLabs.

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Growing popularity of e-learning

Inside Higher Ed, November 10, 2006

More students are taking online college courses than ever before, yet the majority of faculty still aren't warming up to the concept of e-learning, according to a national survey from the country's largest association of organizations and institutions focused on online education.

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The Schubert Center for Child Studies invites the campus community to the presentation "Fighting the Rising Tide of Pediatric Obesity," from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 14, in Clark Hall, Room 206. The talk will feature Leslie Heinberg, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Ann Stahlheber, program coordinator with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, who will discuss the policy and practice implications of this issue. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, go to

Alpha Phi Omega will host a 5 vs. 5 Basketball Tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 11, in Adelbert Gym. In honor of Veteran's Day, proceeds will benefit the Emergency Army Relief Fund. Registration is $25 per team. Prizes for the winners, as well as raffle prizes, will be available. Register in Thwing Center, Nord Hall, and Fribley and Leutner Commons. More details at

Paul 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

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Save the date: On March 17 from 8 p.m. until midnight, the university will host a Faculty and Staff Scholarship Gala at Thwing Center. The affair will be black-tie optional, and proceeds from ticket sales and other fundraising efforts will be used for two scholarships funds: one to benefit Cleveland-area students, and another to support the Case Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. Invitations are forthcoming.

The current issue of Human Resources Quarterly (HR Quarterly) can be viewed at

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. The application deadline has been extended to November 20. 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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Reminder: The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is currently accepting requests from student organizations for spring 2007 funding. Students also can also request to start a new organization. All requests must be turned in to the USG office by 5 p.m. today, November 10. For more information, send an e-mail to, USG vice president of finance.

Spring break 2007 is still months away, but students can begin to consider alternatives to the traditional destinations. Mandel School of Applied Social Science students plan to travel abroad for academic three-credit courses for undergraduates and graduates in the Netherlands and the Ukraine from March 9-18. Students interested in these opportunities can attend an informational session beginning at noon, November 11, at the Mandel School, Room 323. Details:

Focus One photographers will be on campus November 14 and 15 to take photographs of seniors for Case's Retrospect yearbook. To reserve a sitting, send e-mail to, or call 800-589-8060 with preferred date and time of day.

Case's Department of Bioethics has developed a study abroad program to assist bioethics students in gaining perspectives on ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences that reflect different cultural traditions and social systems. Plans for 2007 include seven courses in four different countries. Students will attend lectures by leading scholars at each of the partner academic institutions. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir, director of international education programs for the bioethics department, at 368-5377, or via e-mail at

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Tameca Valian, who formerly worked in Printing Services, recently joined the Office of University Marketing and Communications as a production coordinator. Job submissions for Printing Services should now be directed to Lisa Sabato via e-mail at, or by calling 368-2550.

Alp Sehirlioglu recently joined the university community as a research associate in the material sciences and engineering department.

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Case Western Reserve University was recently recognized for its commitment to community service with a President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll acknowledgement. For more details go to

A team of neuroscientists led by David Katz, professor of neurosciences, has discovered changes in nerve cell function caused by mutation of the gene responsible for Rett Syndrome, a devastating progressive neurological disorder. The finding was recently reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. In addition, Katz recently served on a panel at the National Neuroscience Meeting, and was one of three speakers at the International Mammalian Genome Association in Charleston.