Reminder: To conserve energy during Thanksgiving break, several 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. For a complete list of buildings, go to

On behalf of her family, Gayle Musiek, an employment specialist in the human resources department, would like to send the following message to the campus community: "I would like to extend a sincere 'thank you' to the Case community, a true family. The prayers, thoughts, and apologies have helped me cope with the loss of my son, Zachary Musiek, your fellow student, brother, and friend. The flowers, cards, and genuine signs of sympathy are truly comforting. Your support makes each day a little easier."


University Circle exploring service assessment: Fee could cover police, maintenance

The Plain Dealer, November 21, 2006

Faced with rapid growth, University Circle leaders will study new ways to fund safety and cleanup efforts in Cleveland's medical, cultural and educational mecca. University Circle institutions, including University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University, pay voluntary assessments now that fund a $2.3 million annual budget for police.

Dateline revisits school shooting at Case Western Reserve

Dateline, MSNBC, November 22, 2006

Dateline MSNBC has produced a segment about the May 2003 fatal shooting at the Peter B. Lewis Building at the Weatherhead School of Management. The segment "Terror in the Afternoon," is said to offer a "rare look inside a hostage drama, a day-long siege, in which every second and decision made the difference between life and death." The segment, a video transcript, discussion board, and other materials are now online.

Patents linked to income growth

Fort Worth Star Telegram (reprinted from The Plain Dealer), November 20, 2006

If necessity is the mother of invention, a recent trend in patents could bode well for Ohio's struggling economy. After starring as an incubator of inventions early in the 20th century, the number of patents awarded to Ohioans fell year after year. But in the 1990s, economists noted a change. Patent awards were on the rise. Ned Hill, vice president for economic development at Cleveland State University, said patents are on the rise because the quality of research at Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University "has just gotten a lot better in the last decade, and they're paying more attention to patents."

Alzheimer's research makes dramatic shift to widen perspective

The Wall Street Journal online, November 17, 2006 (subscription required)

For more than 20 years, the leading theory has held that sticky blobs in the brain called amyloid plaques cause Alzheimer's disease. But as I've written before, many scientists whose work challenges the amyloid dogma have been unable to publish in top journals, and their grant proposals, "go down in flames," as Mark Smith of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine told me.

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Taser case continues to reverberate

Inside Higher Ed, November 22, 2006

An incident last week in which a police officer used a Taser on a student in the University of California at Los Angeles library is still reverberating across the campus and abroad. University leaders said they planned an independent review of the affair, and a newspaper reported that the officer involved in it had been also played a role in several other controversial incidents in the past.

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World AIDS Day is December 1. A panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a national project by the NAMES Foundation, will be on display in Thwing Center atrium from November 27 through December 1. The quilt is designed to encourage the remembrance of AIDS victims and their families.

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Reminder: The annual open enrollment period for 2007 benefit choices is available to all benefit eligible faculty and staff, and will continue through November 30. Employees can select PeopleSoft HCM to view current elections. In addition, university network connections to HCM, enrollment applications, and a benefits representative will be available in the Benelect office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through November 30, in Crawford Hall. Room 209. The Benelect Guide and price sheets also are available at

The Staff Advisory Council will host a conversation with Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and senior administrative staff beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 29, in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Staff members are encouraged to bring questions, comments and suggestions.

The Case Western Reserve University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors invites all faculty members to join in an open format, informal discussion of university issues with Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. Dialogue begins at noon, November 28, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room.

"Homeownership: Getting Ready to Buy a Home," is the next class in the Financial Wellness Seminar series. The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m., November 30, in Crawford Hall's SAGES Seminar Room. Home-buying basics from saving for a down payment to preparing credit will be discussed. For more information and to register, send e-mail to

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The Class Officers will sell $10 tickets to the November 29 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks basketball game from 12:20 to 2:20 p.m., November 27, and 12:30-1:15 p.m., November 28, in Nord Hall.

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) announces two upcoming seminars: "Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the Humanities and Fine Arts," at 4:30 p.m., November 27; and "Finding Research Opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields and Social Sciences," at 11:30 a.m., November 28. Both seminars take place in Nord Hall, Room 212.

Spring Break Study Abroad 2007 features seven different course offerings taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Salamanca, and Leuven in Belgium. These three-credit courses are open to Case undergraduate and graduate students. Complete the online form to receive detailed information regarding these educational excursions at, send e-mail to Michelle Champoir at, or call 368-5377.

Reminder: The 2006-2007 Springfest Executive Committee is currently looking for students to head the following committees: booths, publicity and fundraising, food, attractions and sponsorship/fundraising/prizes. Applications are due by November 27, and interviews will begin November 30. Springfest is an annual celebration designed to foster unity among all campus constituents and friends of the university. For more information, refer to

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Jeffrey Turell recently joined the university as a research associate in the organizational behavior department.

Xiaojun Qi recently joined the university as a research associate in the nutrition department.

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Gary Deimling, sociology professor, recently received the 2006 American Cancer Society Trish Greene Quality of Life Award for an article he coauthored, "Cancer-related Health Worries and Psychological Distress Among Older Adult, Long-Term Cancer Survivors," in the journal Psycho-Oncology.