The Staff Advisory Council Community Service Committee would like to extend many thanks for the generosity of all who helped to make the sixth annual basket raffle a huge success. Through ticket sales and a generous contribution from the Office of the President, the committee will donate $5,500 to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. An official check presentation will take place on December 11. For more information about the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, visit In addition, SAC received 43 very creative baskets for this year's raffle. For a list of the winners, refer to

The University Bookstore is now honoring the Barnes and Noble membership card. Members can save 10 percent on trade books and many gift items. Textbooks are not included. In addition, the bookstore is offering increased discounts to members on all adult hardcover trade books (20 percent off) and hardcover bestsellers (40 percent off). Present the membership card at the time of purchase. For more details, call 368-2650 or e-mail to


New moms and newborns need privacy, study shows

USA Today, December 3, 2006

Flowers are always nice, but perhaps the best gift you can give a brand-new mom is some quiet time alone with her baby. "I can remember when I first got into obstetrics, back in the late '70s, early '80s, fathers could stay on the floor all the time, and grandparents and siblings were the only ones who could come to visit," says lead author Barbara Morrison, an assistant professor of nursing at the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

The case of Pollock's fractals focuses on physics

New York Times, December 2, 2006

In an article published this week in the prestigious science journal Nature, two physicists contend that a method intended to identify complex geometric patterns in the seemingly chaotic drip paintings of Jackson Pollock is flawed and may be useless in the increasingly convoluted world of authenticating Pollock's work. The article, written by a physics professor and a physics doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, provides a new twist in the mystery surrounding a group of small drip paintings discovered several years ago in a storage locker in Wainscott, N.Y. In 2004, before the examination of the disputed paintings, a physics doctoral student at Case Western, Katherine Jones-Smith, became interested in Taylor's published reports about Pollock and fractals and made the research the subject of a presentation.

Growing health advocacy industry takes pressure off individuals

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 4, 2006 (subscription required)

Tom Bregar spent two years writing what he calls the "perfect software program" to flush out errors and reconcile and compile medical bills and insurance. In 2002, he turned his idea into MedBill Advantage--his Broadview Heights company that is part health-service- and part technology-based. Today, MedBill Advantage is part of a growing industry of health advocates geared toward helping busy and overwhelmed patients work their way through the health care maze. "This is an outgrowth of taking care of grandma's bills from a shoebox," said J.B. Silvers, faculty director of the Health Systems Management Center in Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Just how precise is the balancing act that maintains life?

Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2006 (subscription required)

If the laws of physics and the fundamental constants of nature were the slightest bit different, the world would not exist, at least in the form we see it. For years, many scientists viewed anthropic reasoning as "the last refuge of scoundrels," says cosmologist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University. "It was what you resorted to when you couldn't think of other explanations. But science has always tried to explain why the universe is the way it is…"

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Tough questions for transfer students

Inside Higher Ed, December 4, 2006

Say you're a student, trying to save some money, and you're trying to figure out which local institution to attend. Do you go for the least expensive or the best quality? According to new research, your best investment is to spend the money, which many times would lead someone to a four-year institution.

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Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies I & II will perform at 7:30 tonight at Severance Hall. Hear more than 250 of Northeast Ohio's finest school musicians performing in their first concert of the season. Tickets available at the Severance Hall box office or by calling 231-1111. General admission $15; box seating $25.

The opening reception for the Bonfoey Gallery presentation of Christopher Pekoc- Evolution 1964-2006, will take place from 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Convivium33 Gallery, 1433 East 33rd Street. Henry Adams, Case professor of art history, curates the exhibit. Pekoc's mural Night Sky, in the main hall of the downtown Cleveland Public Library, is a Cleveland landmark. The exhibit will highlight more than 40 years of his work. Details: 216.881.7838 or visit or

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For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site at Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

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Final chance: Take a survey regarding the University Bookstore to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free IPod Nano. Survey closes at 5 p.m. today. Corporate Research International of Findlay, Ohio, is handling the survey. Participants respond to 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. For more details, go to

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association of Case Western Reserve University 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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Xuejun Zhu has joined the university community as a research associate in the materials science and engineering department.

Lauren Dettmer has joined the university community as senior coordinator of campus events in University Relations.

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Five Case Western Reserve University faculty members have earned Excellence in Education honors from Ohio Magazine, an annual award recognizing outstanding college and university educators from across the state. Honorees are Robert W. Brown, professor of physics; Susan Hinze, professor of sociology; Kenneth Loparo, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Patricia Princehouse, professor or biology and philosophy; and Michael P. Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. Read about these and others at