The annual open enrollment period for 2007 benefit choices will close Thursday, November 30. Benefit eligible faculty and staff members 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. Refer to the Benelect Guide and price sheets to assist in 2007 benefit choices  at

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Peter Junger, president and religious chair of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple and professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University's School of Law, died at his Cleveland home last week. Prof. Junger, 73, was a computer law expert, earning his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. He began teaching at the School of Law in 1970, retiring in 2001. Services are pending. For more about Prof. Junger, refer to


Case dental forum in Jerusalem overcomes barriers

The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2006

With displays of the latest in dental technology and power point presentations, it could have been any dental symposium anywhere in the world. But it wasn't. It was a dental symposium in Jerusalem bringing together, for the first time, Palestinian and Israeli dental academics, even as the political situation in the region is tense and talk of boycotts against Israeli academic institutions is abundant. With three senior faculty members from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine moderating sessions and presenting lectures this week, the Cleveland institution played a prominent role among the five international universities collaborating in the symposium.

New lessons in corporate citizenship, November 28, 2006

"There's a revolution happening in management education, and it's happening faster than we can keep up with it," says David Cooperrider, a professor and chair of Case Western Reserve University's Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. "The students and the CEOs are driving it."

Dark matter hides, physicists seek

Stanford Report, Stanford University, November 28, 2006

Scientists don't know what dark matter is, but they know it's all over the universe. Now, a pioneering international project co-led by Stanford physicist Blas Cabrera may finally crack the case and pin down the elusive particles that form dark matter. Buried deep underground in a mineshaft in Minnesota lies Cabrera's project, called the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search II (CDMS II). University of California-Berkeley physicist Bernard Sadoulet serves as spokesperson for the effort. Fermilab's Dan Bauer is its project manager, and Dan Akerib from Case Western Reserve University is the deputy project manager.

Despite its twist on tradition, portrait of painter Thomas Eakins is blemished

The Chicago Tribune, November 26, 2006 (subscription required)

By Henry Adams (Henry Adams is a professor of American art in the Department of Art History and Art)

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) spent most of his life in Philadelphia, living in the family home and financially supported by his father. At the time of his death, he had received only modest recognition. After his death, however, he was apotheosized as one of the giants of American art, and his enormous rendering of a medical operation, "The Gross Clinic," came to be frequently cited as the greatest American painting.

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More universities increasing support for campus startups

The Wall Street Journal online, November 27, 2006 (subscription required)

When Shahzad Tiwana, a computer-science graduate student at the University of Southern California, needed advice on an Internet business idea earlier this year, he decided to email an expert: venture capitalist Mark A. Stevens of the Silicon Valley firm Sequoia Capital, known for backing Web companies such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

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It's back: The 22nd annual Doc Opera, a variety show of live performances and videotaped skits portraying life in the medical profession and Cleveland. The part-show, part fundraiser is a production of School of Medicine students with proceeds benefiting the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Showtime is 7 p.m., Saturday, December 2, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, 14100 Franklin Blvd. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. For tickets, send e-mail to or

The Department of Music performance groups will be in concert this weekend, December 2 and 3, on campus as well as in venues in University Circle. All concerts are free and open to the public. Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m., December 3, in Harkness Chapel; the University Singers will perform at 7 p.m., December 3, at Church of the Covenant; and the Early Music Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m., December 3, in Harkness Chapel. For a complete schedule, refer to

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Kelly Scientific Resources, a part of Kelly Services Inc., invites faculty and staff in the engineering and sciences departments to stop in the lobby of the Biomedical Research Building (BRB) of the School of Medicine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today, November 29. Representatives Beth Antonoplos and Kelly Barnhart will be on hand to share information about the specialty staffing Kelly provides for departments and centers that need skilled scientific professionals. For additional information, call Kelly Services at 368-4506, or visit its on-campus location in Crawford Hall, Room 320.

"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 For a list of upcoming seminars, refer to

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The Office of Greek Life wants students' opinions. Please fill out the short survey at The survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Results will be used to help improve Greek Life at Case.

Want a free IPod Nano? Take a survey regarding the University Bookstore and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win. The survey is being administered by Corporate Research International of Findlay, Ohio. participants will be asked 20 questions, which will only take a couple minutes to complete. The URL address below connects to the fall 2006 University Bookstore survey. Rate the bookstore and share ideas for making it better. Survey ends 5 p.m., Monday, December 4. For more details, go to

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and the Oncology Interest Group of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine are sponsoring a free Bone Marrow Registration Drive for any professional student at Case. The drive will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday December 5, at in the School of Medicine, Room E301 and from 5-8 p.m. at the Weatherhead School of Management. Pizza and refreshments will be served compliments of Donato's Pizza. For additional information, send e-mail to

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Olena Skomorovska-Prokvolit has joined the university community as a research associate in the reproductive biology department in the School of Medicine.

Lisa Srisuro has joined the university community as an assistant director (writer/editor) in Undergraduate Admission in Tomlinson Hall.

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Kudos to David Poerschke, junior materials science major, who received SOURCE travel funding to present his poster at the 25th International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics held October 30 to November 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His research mentor is David Schwam, research associate professor of materials science and engineering.