The annual open enrollment period for 2007 benefit choices begins today, November 13 and ends November 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, featuring health care vendors, the SAC Basket Raffle, and organizations that provide discounted services to Case employees. A limited number of flu shots will be available to faculty and staff on a first come, first serve basis. Details:

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. For details and drop-off locations, e-mail to or call 368-1723.

Case Cooperation Circle, a student interfaith dialogue group will have an inter-religious panel discussion. Panelists and participants will discuss: "Is America a 'nation of prayer' or a nation of secular assimilation? How have different religious traditions reacted to the American Melting Pot?" The discussion will begin at 8:30 p.m., November 14, in the Guilford Lounge in Guilford House. Details: E-mail to


Ohio's now a leader in fuel cells

The Plain Dealer, November 12, 2006

UltraCell Corp. of Livermore, Calif., plans to invest $74 million to build a factory near Dayton that will hire 360 people over the next four years and create more jobs for Ohio-based suppliers. The project has received grants, loans and tax breaks. The company is working with the University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve University.

Researchers relinking brain, paralyzed limbs

The Plain Dealer, November 12, 2006

In a sunny Case Western Reserve University lab, the 49-year-old Emma Freeman eases her wheelchair to an array of video screens. One displays the ghostly image of a disembodied right arm and hand, hanging motionless against a black background. A cable snakes from underneath her shirt, connecting Emma to the computer. Functional electrical stimulation (FES), the technology driving Emma's arm, is not new. Scientists at the Cleveland FES Center, a consortium of Case, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, have used various forms of stimulation to trigger muscles involved in bowel and bladder control, hand grasping and sitting upright.

Case reaches the next level

The Plain Dealer, November 12, 2006

Two first-half goals held up as the Case Western Reserve men's soccer team defeated Denison, 2-0, Saturday at Case Field to reach the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Greek community placed under scrutinizing spotlight

The Observer, November 10, 2006

With 30 percent of all undergraduates members of a Greek organization on campus, it's obvious that fraternities and sororities are an essential part of life at Case. Case Greeks have strived to promote the positive aspects of Greek Life through their philanthropic efforts, academic achievements, and leadership roles. Last week though, the harmony within the Greek system was broken when it was decided that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, an established chapter at Case since 1905, would lose its house on Southside and no longer be recognized by the university due to past history and alcohol violations.

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The engaged e-learner

Inside Higher Ed, November 13, 2006

The 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement, released today, for the first time offers a close look at distance education, offering provocative new data suggesting that e-learners report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and academic challenge than their on-campus peers. Beyond the numbers, however, what institutions choose to do with the data promises to attract extra attention to this year's report.

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The Schubert Center for Child Studies will present "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. Details:

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, assistant professor of religion and visual arts at Texas Christian University, will present "Blasphemous Images, Secular Media," a primarily visual lecture on recent developments such as the Danish news media's portrayal of Christ covered with dung and the much talked-about representation of Mohammed. Free. Begins at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 16, in Clark Hall 206. Details:

Deputy Provost Lynn T. Singer will present a lecture on "Children, Drugs, and Intelligence," at 4:30 p.m., November 16, in Ford Auditorium. The lecture, sponsored by the College Scholars is free and open to the public. Details:

Eldred Theater continues its production of the Tony Kushner play, A Bright Room Called Day, featuring an undergraduate ensemble directed by Mark Alan Gordon, adjunct associate professor and associate director of the Case/CPH graduate acting program. Performance dates are 8 p.m. November 16, 17 and 18, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 19. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case personnel, and $5 for students. Information: 368-6262.

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The Annual SAC Basket Raffle starts November 15. Come and take a chance at winning one of over 40 creative baskets. Visit Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 15 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 16. Cost is $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Drawing will be at 2:30 p.m., November 16. Cash, check and CASE charge accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Hunger Network. Details:

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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 next session of 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. 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. Details:

Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the Humanities and Fine Arts Information Session will take place at 5:30 p.m., November 15 in Nord Hall, Room 212.

Postdoctoral Benefits Program open enrollment sessions for postdoctoral students and department administrators as administered by Garnett-Powers & Associates takes place November 15-30. Representatives will be on campus this week to present plans and new rates for 2007. Sessions will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, Nord Hall, Room 310, breakfast food provided; and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, Biomedical Research Building Auditorium, Room 105, Lunch served from 1-2 p.m. Postdocs will have an opportunity to ask questions and make changes. Questions? E-mail to

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Lauren Brown recently joined the university community as a department assistant in the ophthalmology department.

Scott Driskel recently joined the university as a clerk with the foreign faculty and scholars department.

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Case Western Reserve University's health benefits program for postdoctoral researchers was recently recognized by two organizations as a successful program other institutions could look to by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Association of American Medical Colleges. To view the statement, please visit:

Lynn T. Singer, deputy provost and professor of pediatrics and general medical sciences, presented the lecture "Drugs in Pregnancy, Does the Child Pay?" for the Mac Keith Meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, earlier this month.