Research ShowCASE 2007 is now accepting submissions for presentations. The fifth annual Research ShowCASE will be held April 11 and 12, 2007, at the Veale Center. Over 500 poster presenters and 2,000 attendees participate in Research ShowCASE, where the latest research of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate and graduate/professional students from all schools and colleges at Case and its affiliates are displayed via posters, live demonstrations, and other media. Guest speakers for the 2007 forums include Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth, and Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, West Wing actress and MacArthur Award Fellowship winner. The deadline for presentation submissions is January 31. To submit presentations and find out more about Research ShowCASE 2007, go to

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.


Irma Shields, a secretary in the application processing division in Undergraduate Admission, died December 4. Shields was part of the university community for 36 years, and spent 35 of those years in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 9, at Cummings and Davis Funeral Home, 13201 Euclid Ave, East Cleveland, Ohio.


Pfizer problems emblematic of industry obstacles

NPR Online, December 5, 2006

The decision by Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, to abandon work on a promising cholesterol drug has some analysts wondering whether the industry can continue to grow at the same pace. Cardiologist Eric Topol of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland says it's difficult for the pharmaceutical industry to find a drug that adds meaningful new benefits for someone who is already taking four or five drugs a day, including aspirin, a statin and a blood thinner.

Alternatives to coal for alternative energy

Crain's Cleveland Business (Letters to the Editor - Subscription Required), December 4, 2006
Written by Stephen Lamoreaux, economics major, Class of 2008

Allowing the city of Cleveland to invest in a coal-burning power plant, as noted in your November 13 story, "Cleveland Public Power eyes stakes in Ohio plant," seems hypocritical in light of recent statements made by Ohio's senator-elect, Sherrod Brown, no matter how clean proponents claim it can be. If Ohio is going to become the "Silicon Valley of alternative energy," it is necessary to consider alternatives and their potential economic and environmental impacts. Ohio should look to concepts like distributed energy, the use of photovoltaic modules, and fuel cells assembled in a noncentralized method.

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Rethinking racial classifications

Inside Higher Ed, December 6, 2006

An Education Department plan to change the way colleges collect and report data on their students' racial and ethnic backgrounds is attracting growing criticism. Opposition is coming from a group that represents some of the most elite private colleges in the country--as well as from officials of large, diverse public universities.

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The Weatherhead School of Management will host Sandy Black, associate professor of economics, UCLA, as an ADVANCE Distinguished Lecturer. Black will hold a public address regarding "Why Family Matters? The Role of Family Background on Educational Attainment and Earnings." Lecture takes place from 4:30-6 p.m. today, December 6, in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. A reception will follow.

The Physics Colloquium Series presents Dmitri Tymoczko of Princeton University, who will discuss how music theorists encounter structures familiar from physics: symmetry groups, eigenvectors, gravitational fields, and more at 4:15 p.m., December 7, at Rockefeller Hall, Room 301. Free. Details:

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Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and Provost John L. Anderson will host the Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, in Adelbert Hall. Faculty and staff are invited to join colleagues for fellowship and refreshments. RSVP by December 8 to

Higher tax deferred annuity contribution limits are being announced for 2007. The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA) provides an opportunity for employees to contribute to retirement accounts on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction, allowing for retirement savings while saving on current taxes. For 2007, employees can contribute up to $15,500 per year. Employees ages 50 or older in 2007 can contribute an additional $5,000 to the TDA account, for a maximum limit of $20,500. Those with 15 or more years of service with the university may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000. Contact the benefits department at 368-6693 for more information.

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The Residence Hall Association invites students to take a study break from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, December 6, in Wade Fireside. Students will be treated to cookies, cocoa, cider, coffee, and a cappella performances.

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Stephanie Anderson recently joined the university community as a clinical nutritionist in the infectious diseases department.

Cynthia Benedict-Alderfer recently joined the university community as a scientific writer in the otolaryngology department.

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Case Western Reserve University trustee and Cleveland business leader Joseph P. Keithley, and his wife, Nancy, recently donated a $500,000 gift to the university, which will help the Case School of Engineering recruit electrical engineering and computer science students from around the world. The bulk of the gift will establish the Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley Endowed Fellowship Fund, which will be used to recruit and retain outstanding graduate students who demonstrate exceptional promise in the areas of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). An additional $100,000 has been earmarked as discretionary support for ongoing programs in Case's EECS department. For more details about the new fund, go to