CAMPUS NEWS

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The 14th Annual Academic Happy Hour, a discussion on a topic of interest to the campus community, will take place in February 2007. The planning committee is accepting suggestions for a topic for this 90-minute community dialogue that Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will lead. Send topic ideas by November 30 to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/events/happyhour/.

Join the online discussion board initiated by the university's Branding Task Group, the committee charged with reviewing the university's logo, nomenclature and graphic identity. The discussion board is an opportunity for the campus community to give feedback to the committee and help its members gain insight into what others are thinking on these issues. The Branding Task Group will take all postings on this discussion board into consideration in preparing its final report to the university's board of trustees. Details: http://www.case.edu/president/btg/discuss/brand/.

Buried treasure at Case? Find it by Wednesday, November 15, as part of the Kelvin Smith Library Geocaching Contest @ Case-KSL's Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data. Faculty, staff and students can learn new skills about coordinates and find the five caches for the contest that ends at 11 a.m. Check out a GPS unit from the library's Freedman Center and join in the campus Geocaching Contest at http://library.case.edu/ksl/csgd/geocaching.html. Participants are eligible for a drawing to win a GPS unit. For more information, visit the KSL October 23 news blog entry http://blog.case.edu/orgs/ksl/news/2006/10/23/index.

CASE IN THE NEWS

Income gap between races persists, census says

The Plain Dealer, November 14, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/search/index.ssf?
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Washington -- Decades after the civil rights movement, racial disparities in income, education and home ownership persist and, by some measurements, are growing. And for Northeast Ohio, those gaps are even more pronounced than the national figures. The report showed two bright spots. Compared with the national averages, Hispanics in Northeast Ohio were more likely to own a home and earn a bachelor's or graduate degree. The area's high rate of racial segregation likely plays a key role in economic and educational disparities, said Claudia Coulton, codirector of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University. "When there's more segregation, it usually cuts down on opportunities," she said.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine interim dean awarded highest honor for life-changing research

Genetic Engineering News, November 13, 2006
http://www.genengnews.com/news/bnitem.aspx?name=8784283

During the 20th annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Denver, Pamela Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Case School of Medicine interim dean, received the Paul di Sant'Agnese Award. The award is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's highest honor for scientific research achievement and is given annually to the scientist who made the most significant strides in CF studies.

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HIGHER ED NEWS

New challenge to affirmative action

Inside Higher Ed, November 14, 2006
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/14/princeton

Nine out of every 10 students who apply to Princeton University are rejected, and many of them are students with the kinds of records that just about assure they will end up getting a great education somewhere. Jian Li, who despite his top grades and perfect SAT scores was one of this year's rejects, ended up at Yale University. But he has set off a federal investigation of whether Princeton's affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian American applicants.

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EVENTS

The Second Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Art History will feature "Barcelona and Anarchism in the Age of the Avant-Gardes," presented by William H. Robinson (GRS '81 and '88, art history), at 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Robinson is the curator, Modern European Art, Cleveland Museum of Art; adjunct professor, Case Department of Art History and Art; and lead curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art Exhibition Barcelona & Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali. Lecture is free and open to the public.

The Department of Music will sponsor a chamber music recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, in Harkness Chapel. Free. For upcoming events, refer to http://music.case.edu/publicity/events/.

The Mather Dance Center continues its fall production, Montage, featuring faculty and guest artist choreography performed by undergraduate students, graduate students, guest artists and faculty. Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. November 16-18 at the Mather Dance Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for seniors and Case personnel and $10 for general admission. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Eldred Theater Box Office or reserved by calling 368-6262. Details: http://dance.case.edu.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The latest issue of HRQuarterly, a recurrent newsletter from human resources, is available online. Read the Benelect issue at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/Current_HRQ.pdf to learn about current benefit options, wellness programs, and on- and off-campus services available to employees.

University Health Services and the Department of Human Resources have approximately 250 flu vaccines for faculty and staff available 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 http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/benefits/fluvaccineconsent.pdf.

Digital Case -- an initiative of Kelvin Smith Library -- is the university's digital library, which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at Case in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized. Check out what's offered at http://library.case.edu/digitalcase/. Browse the online collections, exhibits or scholarship of faculty, staff and students. For more information, e-mail digitalcase@case.edu or call 368-6504.

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FOR STUDENTS

In honor of Native American History Month, University Program Board's Cultural Development Committee will host Wilma Mankiller, former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Meet her and hear her story at 7 tonight, November 14, in Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge.

The second annual Latin & Soul Night gets under way at 8 p.m. Friday, November 17, at The Spot. Details: http://studentaffairs.case.edu/multicultural/.

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PERSONNEL

Jennie Pexa has joined the university as a secretary in the dermatology department.

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ACCOLADES

The Office of Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life was recently awarded the President's Institutional Award at the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) annual conference in Springfield, Ill. In addition, Rudy Braydich, upper-class coordinator within the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life, received the Outstanding New Professional Award for the state of Ohio. Braydich has worked at the university the past four years and is responsible for the upper-class initiatives within the Village at 115 and the university-owned apartments. GLACUHO represents graduate and full-time housing officers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Case men's soccer team has advanced to the sectionals of the NCAA Division III tournament after defeating visiting Denison University at Case Field. This was the Spartans' first NCAA postseason match. For more about the game and upcoming matchups, refer to http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/ncaasoccer.htm.