Learn how the university invests money and how resources are allocated between central administration and the schools during Budget and Financial Management at Case 101. The remaining two sessions will be from noon until 1 p.m. during the provost's hour on November 16 and December 7, in Bingham 103. On November 16, the senior administration responsible for budget and academic planning will explain the basics of budget development and the "ins-and-outs" of the university's 2007 budget. 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.


Today is America Recycles Day (ARD), an annual awareness campaign sponsored by ARD to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Case's Energy Advisory Committee has a Sustainability Web site that explains the ARD initiative and offers tips about ways the Case community can recycle, conserve energy and create a more environmentally efficient work environment. Refer to

Be sure to visit Thwing Center ballroom today for the Benefits, Wellness and Discount Fair. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 16. The fair will feature health care vendors, the SAC Basket Raffle and representatives from organizations that provide discounted services to Case employees.

The sixth annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Basket Raffle takes place today, November 15, during the Benefits, Wellness and Discount Fair in Thwing Center ballroom. Raffle hours coincide with the fair: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., today and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 16. Choose from more than 40 themed gift baskets. Cost is $1 per ticket or six for $5. SAC representatives will announce basket winners at 2:30 p.m. November 16. Details:

November is National Diabetes Month. Head to 1-2-1- Fitness Center and join Chris Kemock to discuss how exercise can help control diabetes. Learn exercise recommendations and address concerns regarding exercising with diabetes. Session meets from 10-11 a.m., November 16, at the center. Free for members and guests. Call 368-1121 or e-mail to register.


Think tank will promote thinking: advocates want science, not faith, at core of public policy

The Washington, November 15, 2006

A group of prominent scientists and advocates of strict church-state separation yesterday announced formation of a Washington think tank designed to promote "rationalism" as the basis of public policy. The small public policy office will lobby and sometimes litigate on behalf of science-based decision making and against religion in government affairs. Lawrence M. Krauss, an author and theoretical physicist at Case Western Reserve University, said the scientific community has done a "poor job" of explaining its logic and benefits to the public.

Six projects get NorTech money: $1 million will help turn technology ideas into moneymakers

The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2006

NorTech, the Northeast Ohio technology development organization, has distributed $1 million in grant money from the Fund for Our Economic Future to support the commercialization of six projects: A collaboration among the National Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, the Case Center for Imaging Research, and local companies Arteriocyte and Athersys will receive $310,000 to develop ways to improve stroke therapies. The Wright Fuel Cell Group will receive $150,000 to build portable fuel cells created with Ohio-made products. Case Western Reserve University, Graf-Tech, HydroGen, Contained Energy, Northeast Hydrogen and Chemsultants are part of the fuel cell group.

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First on the docket: Accreditation

Inside Higher Ed, November 15, 2006

It's quiet. Too quiet. Those who have been following the work of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education -- be it with excitement or, more commonly in higher education, trepidation -- might be forgiven for feeling either forlorn or relieved at how little has been said and done about the panel's agenda since the commission formally completed its work in August. After nearly a year of meetings, reports and occasional high drama, the aftermath of the panel's report has unfolded largely in a vacuum.

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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:

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities presents Per Aage Brandt, chair in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, who will present his Works in Progress Colloquium, entitled "The Logic Stories: New Cognitive and Semiotic Ideas on Narrative Structure." The lecture begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 16, in Clark Hall, Room 206. Free. Details:

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How do you plan to conclude your course at the end of a semester? Is it with a grand flourish? Or does it end with a lot of busywork? Join UCITE for a discussion on "Bringing the class to a successful end," set from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, November 16, in the Herrick Room in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Pizza and sodas provided. Attendees should RSVP to UCITE by calling 368-1224 or sending e-mail to Register online at and click on "Events."

Faculty members of all Case colleges and schools are invited to apply to the UCITE Learning Fellowship program, 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. The application should consist of a one-page bio-sketch and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the fellowship. Submit Applications to the UCITE office by Monday, November 20. Details:, e-mail to, or call 368-1224.

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By popular demand: One more meeting has been added to learn more about Mandel School of Applied Social Science Spring Break 2007 Travel Abroad Course to the Netherlands for undergraduates and graduates. Stop by from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, November 16, at Mandel School, Room 320 BC. Details: E-mail to or visit

Weatherhead School of Management Open House for the Master of Science in Management, Operations Research and Supply Chain programs will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, November 17, in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 401. Learn about the graduate programs, financial assistance, and careers in operations and supply chain management. Complimentary lunch provided. To RSVP or for additional information, e-mail to

Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and Social Sciences Information Session takes place at 5:30 p.m., November 16 in Nord Hall, Room 212.

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John Richey has joined the university community as a research assistant in the Center for Imaging Research.

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The Lady Spartans cross-country team made history last month by winning the school's first University Athletic Association Championship in women's cross-country. The team will compete in the 2006 NCAA Division III Women's Cross-Country Championship on Saturday, November 18, at Wilmington College in West Chester, Ohio. For more about the event,