This is the last week to participate in the survey of the Case Western Reserve University homepage. Share your views with the Office of University Marketing and Communications about the ease of navigation and the look and feel of the university's homepage ( The survey, which closes Wednesday, takes about five minutes to complete. For details: Results will inform future updates to the site.

"Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain" is the topic of a session at 1-2-1 Fitness Center that will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, at the center. Licensed registered dietitian Gina Cali will offer tips. The session will repeat at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 30. Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members. Details: 386-1121 or stop by the front desk at the center to register.

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares taxes free of charge for low-income workers throughout Cleveland. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to over 2,700 customers who received more than $3 million in refunds. More volunteers are needed -- faculty, staff and students -- to help the program expand. A daylong training session including a refresher course for returning volunteers will be provided. For details, send e-mail to Michelle Huang at or refer to


Search for cure means chase for funding: Breast cancer research part lab, part grant work

The Plain Dealer, November 27, 2006

Ruth Keri inched forward with the crush of runners in the annual Race for the Cure. Like the others, she is fighting for a cure for breast cancer one painstaking step at a time. Keri is a cancer biologist, a laboratory scientist at Case Western Reserve University who studies an aggressive form of breast cancer. At 43, she is a rising star in breast cancer research who also is elbow to elbow with young scientists in the high-stakes race for grants that fuel their work.

Science slippage in city's schools

The Plain Dealer, November 26, 2006

Cleveland already ranks last among Ohio school districts on this year's state report cards, so it should come as little surprise that it also trailed urban peers on a national measure of science skills. What counts as news is that the district has taken steps to improve its dismal ranking, joining forces with Case Western Reserve University to bring extra training to teachers.

Sleep may be key to staying trim

The New Zealand Herald, November 25, 2006

Middle-aged women may be able to sleep their way to a trimmer body, new study findings suggest. In a study that followed more than 68,000 U.S. women for 16 years, researchers found that those who caught more zzz's each night tended to put on less weight during middle age. The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and presented this year at a medical conference, add to evidence that sleep habits affect a person's weight. Dr. Sanjay R. Patel of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland led the research.

'Case' just can't describe Western Reserve

The Plain Dealer, November 25, 2006 (Letter to the editor)

I am an alumna of Western Reserve University, class of 1956, on my annual visit to Northeast Ohio to see my family. Each year, I am angered when I see stories in the Plain Dealer, or elsewhere, referring to my alma mater as "Case."

Case senior teaches other students about joys of living in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer, November 24, 2006

Jeffrey T. Verespej is much, much busier than you, but he still finds time for a nightlife. The 21-year-old senior at Case Western Reserve University is majoring in pre-law with minors in political science and German studies. The former football player still finds time to act as a campus tour guide and appear in plays.

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The full-time advantage

Inside Higher Ed, November 27, 2006

A new report on community college student engagement suggests that the academic experience of full-time students is substantially more interactive than that of their part-time peers and also documents a disparity between the proportion of students who value academic advising and those who obtain it.

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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., today, November 27, at the School of Law, Moot Courtroom (A59). Free. Reception follows lecture. Details:

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 beginning today, November 27 through December 1. The quilt is designed to encourage the remembrance of AIDS victims and their families.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, December 2, in the first-floor lounge of the nursing school. Attendees will be able to obtain information about various programs offered; meet faculty, students and staff; and receive admission and financial information. Details: 368-2529, e-mail to, or visit online at

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The final exam schedule for fall 2006 is now available at Faculty can e-mail corrections to

Effective today, November 27, Keybank has issued a Revised Method of Posting ACH Credit Transactions. 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 to avoid overdraft fees or unintended advances from lines of credit. For additional information, contact the payroll department at 368-4290.

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.

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The final exam schedule for fall 2006 is now available at

Applications are due today for students who wish to serve on a committee for Springfest 2007. The Springfest Executive Committee needs volunteers to oversee booths, publicity and fundraising, food, attractions and sponsorship/fundraising/prizes. Interviews for these posts will begin November 30. Springfest is an annual celebration designed to foster unity among all campus constituents and friends of the university. Details:

The Class Officers will be selling $10 tickets to the Wednesday, November 29, basketball game featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Buy tickets from 12:20-2:20 today, November 27, and from 12:30-1:15 p.m., November 28, in Nord Hall.

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

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Lilia Fuquen has joined the university community as a department assistant in the endocrinology department.

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Senior Shaan-Chirag C. Gandhi was selected this year as a Rhodes Scholar. He is one of 32 students chosen from 16 regions who will attend at Oxford University for a period of two or three years. Read more at

Tom Brew, senior linebacker for the Spartans football team, is one of 10 finalists -- from all four NCAA Division III regions -- for the 2006 Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the outstanding football player in NCAA Division III. The award recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 5. Brew, a public health major with 3.2 G.P.A., earlier earned the University Athletic Association Co-defensive Player of the Year this season as well as a first-team linebacker, among other honors.