Case Western Reserve University leaders, joined by officials from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD), officially dedicated the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, or CLiPS, the university’s first ever NSF Science and Technology Center, based in the macromolecular science and engineering department at the Case School of Engineering (CSE).

Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., hosted the celebration yesterday at the site of the new center in the Kent Hale Smith Building. Provost and University Vice President John L. Anderson; CSE Dean Robert F. Savinell; and Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor at CSE and director of CLiPS, also gave remarks. In addition, Arden L. Bement Jr., director of the NSF, spoke at the dedication of the center, which will receive about $19 million from the NSF over the first five years. The lifetime of a center is usually 10 years with total funding of around $40 million. Eugene T.W. Sanders, CEO of the CMSD, also spoke to honor the center's faculty who will engage students from the Cleveland Municipal School District in the exploration of polymer science and engineering as academic pursuits and eventual careers.

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To conserve energy during Thanksgiving break, the following buildings will have the heating, ventilation, and lighting equipment programmed to reduce consumption of steam and electricity from 6 p.m., November 22 to 6 a.m., November 27: Adelbert Gymnasium; Adelbert Hall; Allen Memorial Medical Library; Amasa Stone Chapel; Bingham Building (all floors except ground, first and second); Carlton Commons; Cedar Avenue Service Center; Clapp Hall; Clark Hall; Crawford Hall (all except computer labs); Dively Building; Eldred Hall; Emerson Gym; Fribley Commons; Guilford House; Harkness Chapel; Haydn Hall (except basement and during open hours); Health Sciences Library (except during open hours); University Health Services; Hovorka Atrium; Kelvin Smith Library (except during open hours); School of Law; Leutner Commons; Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Mather Dance; Mather House; Mather Memorial; Nord Hall; Olin Building; Peter B. Lewis Building (all except basement server room); Schmitt Lecture Hall; School of Dental Medicine (except third floor); School of Nursing; Sears Building; Stone Commons; Thwing Center; Tomlinson Hall; Veale Center; Wade Commons; White Building; Wickenden Building (all except laboratory areas); and Yost Hall.

The University Registrar's Office will close at noon on November 22 for construction.


Picking up the pieces

The Columbus Dispatch, November 21, 2006

When Ralph Harvey scans Antarctica's icy terrain, it becomes clear just how rough-and-tumble the solar system was four billion years ago. "At a minimum, the inner solar system had a rough coming-of-age moment," said Harvey, a Case Western Reserve University geologist who spends a month or so in November and December with a team that combs icy Antarctic wastes for meteorites.

Two Michiganders awarded Rhodes Scholarships

Detroit Free Press, November 20, 2006

Thirty-two men and women across the United States -- two from Michigan -- were selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2007. One of the Michigan winners is Shaan-Chirag C. Gandhi of Battle Creek, a student at Case Western Reserve University. The students will enter Oxford University in England next October. The scholars were selected from 896 applicants endorsed by 340 colleges and universities, and will join scholars selected from 13 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 85 are selected each year. The scholarships provide two or three years of study, with the total value averaging about $45,000 per year.

Forty Under 40

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 20, 2006

From salon owner to fashion expert, and senior vice president to chief medical officer, Crain's Cleveland Business highlights a vibrant group of people under the age of 40 making a difference in the region, including Lara Kalafatis, vice president of university relations at Case Western Reserve University.

A new way to treat migranes November 21, 2006

Katherine Lahar's migraines stole years of Christmases and birthdays and other special occasions from her. She never knew when the tunnel vision, the nausea, the vomiting and diarrhea and excruciating pain would hit. She just knew they would -- sometimes for a week at a time. That was then. Now, she's a different person. Lahar is a beneficiary of work done by Bahman Guyuron, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Cyber-strikers ask: which site are you on?

The Plain Dealer, November 21, 2006

Northeast Ohio is in the thick of two significant labor actions, a nationwide United Steelworkers strike against Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and United Auto Workers Local 1050's strike against Alcoa Inc.'s Cleveland Works. In both, digital communication is playing a bigger role in the conflicts than labor experts have seen in the past. "Perspective is the right word," said Paul Gerhart, economist and professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Business. "These sites do function as bulletin boards for striking union members, the company employees and shareholders, and others, too."

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College heads see climb in compensation

USA Today, November 21, 2006

More college presidents are earning annual compensation of $500,000 or more, fueled in part by stiff competition by schools for the best candidates and a move toward more "corporate-style" management, according to a study.

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The School of Law's Norman A. Sugarman Tax Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, "Domestic and International Fringe Benefits: How and When to Tax a Free Lunch," featuring Richard Vann of the University of Sydney, takes place from 4:30-5:30 p.m., November 27, at the School of Law. For more details, go to

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Revised Method of Posting ACH Credit Transactions: Effective November 27, KeyBank National Association will provide availability of funds for direct deposit of electronic payment transactions received on the due date. (Funds for direct deposit of electronic payment transactions received dated on holidays or weekends will be available on the first business day after the holiday or the weekend.) In the past, KeyBank provided availability of funds for direct deposit of electronic payment transactions a business day before the due date. Automatic payments that rely on the previous practice of providing these funds one day before the due date of these funds, may need to be adjusted before the November 27 effective date to avoid overdraft fees or unintended advances from lines of credit. For additional information, contact the payroll department at 368-4290.

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Now through December 4, students can enter a drawing to win a free IPod Nano when they take a survey regarding the campus bookstore. The URL address below connects to the fall 2006 university student bookstore survey, which is an opportunity to rate the bookstore and share ideas for making it better. This survey is being administered by Corporate Research International of Findlay, Ohio. There are about 20 questions, which will only take a couple minutes to complete. For more details, go to

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Kimberly Deininger recently joined the university as a clerk at Squire Vallevue Farm.

Jihua Hao recently joined the university community as a department assistant in the endorvrinology department.

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The Case Western Reserve University women's cross-country team took 10th place at the 2006 NCAA Championship in West Chester, Ohio last weekend. "To finish tenth at their first national meet is pretty amazing," said head coach Kathy Lanese.