CAMPUS NEWS

To avoid any delays in receiving your tax forms, log in to the PeopleSoft HCM system http://www.case.edu/erp/hcm to verify name and address information. If changes are required, navigate to http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/hrim/change.html and complete the Employee Change of Information form. To finalize the name change process, the completed form must be returned -- along with a copy of a new social security card or marriage certificate, if applicable -- to the following locations: faculty/staff, HR Records Administration, Crawford Hall, Room 220, Questions: 368-3270; student employees: Student Employment Office, Yost Hall, Room 410A, 368-4533; graduate students: Payroll Department, 357 BioEnterprise Building, Room 357, 368-4290.

Today's University Community Hour, from 12:30-2 p.m., will feature Improv, Case's own improvisational comedy troupe. Event takes place in Strosacker Auditorium. Free.

Ever wonder about the buzz or opinions on campus? Take the weekly Share the Vision poll and learn the pulse of the campus. Visit http://studentaffairs.case.edu/vision/poll/. The poll is not scientific but offers a general sampling of campus opinion on a key topic.

The university is sponsoring the Giving Tree Program to benefit children in the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Association in Cleveland. Stop by Thwing Center and select an ornament off the tree and help make a child's holiday wish come true. Drop off purchased gift items by December 15 in Thwing Center atrium.

CASE IN THE NEWS

Helicopter parenting

The Plain Dealer, December 01, 2006
http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/stories/index.ssf?
/base/zsmar/1164275894116100.xml&coll=2

Most parents remember a time when they woke their children for school and reminded them to do their homework. But college administrators and faculty members have noticed a disturbing trend: They're continuing to do so once the kids have grown up and moved onto campus. Their actions have resulted in the coining of a new term: helicopter parents. "A helicopter parent is one who hovers and is constantly present, if not physically then via phone, e-mail or instant message," explains Kimberly Shepherd, associate director of undergraduate admissions at Case Western Reserve University.

Experts: laws on human shielding need tweaking

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, November 30, 2006 (editorial)
http://www.pittchron.com/topstories.cfm?fullStory=true&articleID=1333

Amid a tide of high-profile human shield incidents this year in the Middle East and elsewhere, calls are being heard to change the way international law is written and enforced to deal with militants who take cover behind innocents. "Asymmetrical warfare has been turned on its head," said Amos N. Guiora, an Israeli, and a professor and director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The physicist of "Star Trek"

Spectrum online, December 2006 issue
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/dec06/4782

Not since the golden age of the 1950s has quality science fiction been so prevalent. But the biggest news this fall is the mashup of old and new Hollywood science. J.J. Abrams -- the star writer/producer behind "Alias" and "Lost" -- is now working on the return of the ultimate sci-fi franchise, "Star Trek." And as production rolls for Star Trek XI, also set to return is the series' most unlikely star: Lawrence M. Krauss. As the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, professor of astronomy, and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Krauss has a busy day job.

Call for unity among Case Western Reserve alums

The Plain Dealer, November 30, 2006 (Letter to the Editor)
http://www.cleveland.com/letters/plaindealer/index.ssf?
/base/opinion/1164881082222660.xml&coll=2

I am writing in response to Barbara Myers' letter Saturday regarding the name identity of Case Western Reserve University. As a double alumnus of CWRU, I feel compelled and obligated to defend my alma mater.

Devil's advocate

Cleveland Scene, November 29, 2006
http://www.clevescene.com/Issues/2006-11-29/news/news.html

But whether the Walsh Act violates the right to a fair trial may ultimately turn on how much of an additional burden it imposes, says Jonathan Entin, a constitutional law professor at Case Western Reserve University. "This tilts the playing field, there's no question about that. But tilting the playing field is not necessarily unconstitutional. The question is, how much does it tilt the playing field?"

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HIGHER ED NEWS

Blackboard patents challenged

Inside Higher Ed, December 1, 2006
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/12/01/patent

A patent dispute pitting open source advocates for online learning technologies against Blackboard, the industry giant, became more bitter Thursday with the announcement that a formal request had been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke 44 of Blackboard's patent claims.

Intelligence agencies invest in college education

USA Today, November 28, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-11-27-intel-college_x.htm

The U.S. intelligence community pours millions into higher education, paying for hundreds of scholarships, intelligence-related courses, and fellowships at nearly a dozen universities, public documents, and interviews with officials show. Last month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) more than doubled the number of schools in its program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also developing a program for nuclear scientists.

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EVENTS

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 admission@fpb.case.edu, or visit online at http://fpb.case.edu.

Tickets are now available for the annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon sponsored in part by the Weatherhead School of Management. Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square. Sam Thomas, senior lecturer at the Weatherhead School, will offer his best guesstimate of the region's and the country's economic future. Registration required. Details: http://weatherhead.case.edu/wsomCalendar/eventDetail.cfm?coID=9670&month=12&year=2006&date=8 or call 368-3247.

It's the season for holiday music and the Department of Music is offering several opportunities to hear Case performance groups today through Monday, December 4: Windi and Jazz XVII, Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, and Early Music Singers. For a list of performances, tickets and other information, refer to http://music.case.edu/publicity/events/.

The 22nd annual Doc Opera, a variety show of live performances and videotaped skits portraying life in the medical profession and Cleveland, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, 14100 Franklin Blvd. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. E-mail to maria.vokic@case.edu or julie.eppich@case.edu. The part-show, part fundraiser is a production of School of Medicine students with proceeds benefiting the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland.

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FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

The final exam schedule for fall 2006 is now available at https://htmldb.case.edu/htmldbp/f?p=224:1. Faculty can e-mail corrections to rooms@case.edu.

As a result of a comprehensive RFP process, Case has chosen Traveline Travel Services as its preferred travel vendor. Traveline will be the only agency that has a business travel account (a central university credit card) to which travel may be charged. In addition, Traveline will be rolling out an online booking tool to use for Internet travel reservations. Case's corporate Expedia account will no longer be active after December 13. Departments are strongly encouraged to use Traveline for all university-related travel. Details: http://www.case.edu/finadmin/security/travel/.

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FOR STUDENTS

Weatherhead School of Management will have an open house for its new Master of Science in Finance program. Stop by the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 120 from 1-2 p.m. today, December 1, to learn about the new one-year graduate program, targeted to individuals interested in a deeper exposure to the finance field. Complimentary pizza and soda provided. For additional information, e-mail to tedda.nathan@case.edu.

Case graduate students: Applications are now available for 2007-2008 open positions in Housing, Residence Life and Greek Life. Refer to http://housing.case.edu/jobs for the application. Feel free to contact jamie.kunihara@case.edu with any questions.

Thespians and other interested performers: Open auditions for the Vagina Monologues will take place this weekend in Bellflower Lounge in Thwing Center: 4:30-7:30 p.m. on December 2, and 2-5 p.m. on December 3. For a copy of the script and other details, send e-mail to sarah.obral@case.edu or sakura.huey@case.edu.

Case Cooperation Circle, Case's interfaith student dialogue group, invites students to an interfaith discussion and a free lunch of vegetarian lasagna. Events will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2, in the Bellflower Lounge in Thwing Center. Come to learn about others' beliefs, values and explore your own. For more information, e-mail to jessica.agus@case.edu.

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PERSONNEL

Deborah Turner has joined the university community as a department assistant in the School of Law.

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ACCOLADES

P. Hunter Peckham, professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the 2006 World Technology Award for Health and Medicine. His research focuses on functional restoration of paralyzed arms in individuals with spinal cord injury.