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

The Case Swimming and Diving Team is scheduled to participate in the 2006 World Swim for Malaria during the College of Wooster Invitational on December 2. World Swim for Malaria is an attempt to have one million people around the world swim to benefit people in areas affected by the disease. A simple bed net (mosquito net) is the most effective way of preventing the spread of the disease. Each bed net costs $5, with 100 percent of the sponsorship money raised by swimmers going toward the purchase of bed nets. For details on how to support the team's efforts, refer to

Save $5 on 2007 Entertainment Books if purchased through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The discounted price is $25. Books will be available for pick up until Friday, December 1 in Adelbert Hall, Room 310. For a reservation form, send e-mail to or call 368-8877.


Case student named Rhodes Scholar

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 27, 2006

A Case Western Reserve University student is one of 32 students selected in the United States to become a Rhodes Scholar in 2007. Shaan Gandhi, a fourth-year biochemistry and chemistry major from Battle Creek, Mich., will study at the University of Oxford to obtain his master of science in integrated immunology.

Natural evangelism

The Toronto Star, November 25, 2006

Somewhere along the way, a forum this month at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., which might have been one more polite dialogue between science and religion, began to resemble the founding convention for a political party built on a single plank: In a world dangerously charged with ideology, science needs to take on an evangelical role, vying with religion as teller of the greatest story ever told. Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University known for his staunch opposition to teaching creationism, found himself in the unfamiliar role of playing the moderate. "I think we need to respect people's philosophical notions unless those notions are wrong," he said.

What ails the CDC

Time, November 19, 2006 issue,9171,1561137,00.html
(Gerberding is a double alumna of Case Western Reserve University)

Julie Gerberding was still a deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001 when someone started mailing anthrax spores to newsrooms and politicians' offices around the country. A telegenic personality who connected easily with journalists, Gerberding quickly became the public face of the CDC -- a rare cool head among a parade of increasingly confused health bureaucrats.

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Dartmouth apologizes for Indian incidents

Inside Higher Ed, November 27, 2006

Dartmouth College's president and athletics director issued pre-Thanksgiving apologies for a series of incidents that have angered American Indian students and professors. Following a meeting with Native American leaders, Dartmouth President James Wright sent a letter to the campus expressing concern about "racist and insensitive" behavior that Indian students have experienced.

Retreat on affirmative action?

Inside Higher Ed, November 28, 2006

The morning after Michigan voters approved a measure to bar affirmative action in public colleges and universities, University of Michigan officials refused to talk about how the university might carry out the ban. Instead, at a speech that afternoon on the Ann Arbor campus, President Mary Sue Coleman said that the university was seriously considering going to court to block Proposition 2, as the measure is known.

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Case School of Law professors and coauthors Michael P. Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, and Gregory S. McNeal, assistant director of the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, will hold a book discussion and signing of their recently published book, Saddam on Trial. The event takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road. C-Span's Book TV will film the event for a later broadcast.

Come hear new music of Case's oldest coed a cappella group, Case in Point, featuring songs by Imogen Heap, Gnarles Barkley, John Mayer, Craig David, the Counting Crows, Evanescence, and more. The free event takes place from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, November 30 in Amasa Stone Chapel.

The Case Community is invited to hear Windi & Jazzi XVII "Lord of the Rings," the annual Symphonic Winds and Jazz ensembles' Pops Concert. Event takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 1, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Audience members will sit at decorated tables filled with food in a relaxed setting as more than 150 students perform. Tickets are $8 each or $56 for a table of 8, and are available by calling 368-2400, or at the music department office, Haydn Hall, Room 201.

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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.

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Women with interest in Biomedical Sciences or WIB will have a "Panel of Women Scientists" featuring women professors from different fields of science who will talk about their research, how they got into their respective fields, and how it feels to be a woman in their field. Panel discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, November 30, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Free. Food provided. Questions? Send e-mail to

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Susan Martis has joined the university community as a research associate in the religious studies department housed in Clark Hall.

Sharmon Sollitto has joined the university community as a department assistant in the SAGES program in Crawford Hall.

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Gene Matthews, director of facilities services, was named one of Northeast Ohio's Champions of Sustainability for his work in energy conservation and high performance building at the university. He was cited in the program's Next Generation Energy category. Details: Matthews also serves on the university's Energy Advisory Committee.