The Direct Talk voicemail system will be taken out of service at the end of January 2007. All faculty, staff, and students who are still on the Direct Talk voicemail system need to move to the new Unified Messaging system. Those who dial 368-1222 to retrieve messages are still using the old voicemail system. For information about moving from Direct Talk to Unified Messaging, please follow this link to the Unified Messaging Web page:

The Winter Leadership Conference is scheduled for February 17. The Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Office of Greek Life are requesting proposals for conference sessions from faculty, administrators, staff, students and community members. Submit proposals before January 15 for full consideration at The conference's theme is "Beyond the Classroom: Applying Leadership to Your Academics and to Your Future." For more information on the conference, go to

Catalyst: Students for Social Justice is sponsoring the Better World Books Drive through the end of the semester. The drive will benefit the National Center for Family Literacy, an organization that seeks to increase literacy in high poverty areas. The campus community is invited to donate books. Drop boxes are located in Thwing Center, Nord Hall, Guilford House, Mather House and Mather Memorial. For more details, send e-mail to


Rich in fiber

Tucson Weekly, December 7, 2006

Could a concept from America's Rust Belt be used to technologically improve Sun Belt Tucson? Local advocates hope so, and look for action on the idea in 2007. To increase interconnections between public and nonprofit organizations, OneCleveland was created on the banks of Lake Erie. OneCleveland has acquired fiber-optic lines unused by commercial companies. Lev Gonick, vice president of information services at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, came up with the idea, and lists both connectivity and the new technological applications it allows as the system's chief advantages.

Super kids: Boost your baby's brain power

News 14 Carolina online, December 7, 2006

Get moving: Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland studied the children of 20 women who continued to exercise throughout pregnancy and 20 expectant moms who quit exercising. At 5 years old, the children born to the moms who exercised performed significantly better on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills.

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Promoting ethics in science

Inside Higher Ed, December 7, 2006

Increasingly, journals are appearing in front page scandals that expose undisclosed industry support of research and scientists who have faked results. Blackwell Publishing, trying to prevent such problems, recently released a comprehensive guide on publication ethics to the editors of its 805 academic journals. These principles provide practical advice to inform policies on a broad range of topics such as conflicts of interest.

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The university's Strategic Technology Alliance is cosponsoring "Defrag: Linking Ohio's Rich Media Resources & Rengadees," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 9, at Future: The Center for Design and Technology Transfer at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave. This free, daylong symposium will focus on building connections and contributing to building a road map for digital media in Ohio. Discussions will focus on creative businesses, career pathways, designing connected facilities for businesses, digital signage and narrowcasting, best practices from regional leaders, and a performance and workshop by filmmaker and video jockey, Kasumi. Open gallery and incubator spaces will host interactive demos, games and resources. Register by e-mail to, or by calling 216-246-2447. More details are available at

Come out to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Guilford lounge, first floor of Guilford House. The December 7 guest speaker will be Terry Wolpaw, associate dean for curricular affairs, School of Medicine, who will discuss the School of Medicine's new curriculum. Brown bag lunch; beverages provided. For more details, e-mail to Note: after this meeting, the program will adjourn for holiday break, resuming January 19.

The campus community is invited to the "Neural Prostheses and Neural Engineering Seminars" on December 8 at Wolstein Auditorium. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the seminar will be "Volitional Control of Neural Activity and Recurrent Brain-computer Interfaces," featuring Eberhard E. Fetz from the University of Washington, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the topic will be "Brain Pathological High Frequency Oscillations Functional Role and Mechanisms of Generation," featuring Anatol Bragin from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Halim Ina, who received his undergraduate and dental degrees from the university in 1990 and 1994, respectively, will feature his photography in an exhibit, "Existing light: portraits of the uncommon," from 6 to 10 p.m., December 8, at Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson Ave., Cleveland. The exhibit features photos from Lebanon, Cuba, Senegal, Gambia, India and Cleveland. The event also will include music by the Up Ensemble. For more information, call 216-548-6322.

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All international researchers that are eligible for tax treaty benefits for tax year 2007 must complete IRS form 8233. Visit the Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars between noon and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through December to complete the form.

The Department of Human Resources is launching a Supervisory Education and Excellence Development (SEED) program in February 2007. The program is an unprecedented array of seminars designed to improve performance, enhance capacity and support the needs of university supervisors. Learn about the program for university supervisors at two information sessions: from 2-3 p.m. today, December 7, and Friday, December 8, in the Toepfer Room. For more details or to RSVP, send e-mail to

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The Registrar's office does not mail hard copy grade reports to students unless specifically requested before the last day of classes, December 8. For more information, refer to Students registered for the Fall 2006 term may view cumulative grade reports from the Grade Report portlet of the student tab on the MyCase portal at beginning December 24. Before December 24, grades that have been turned in by faculty can be viewed on the MySchedule portlet of the student tab. Please take the time to review your record and let the registrar's office know immediately if you have any questions by e-mailing

The Silver Spartan Diner will be open for late-night dining on an altered schedule during reading and exam weeks. Beginning, this evening, December 7, students on a meal plan will be able to choose one of the meal bundles at the kiosk (no substitutions) in place of one meal a week. Details at

The final Point Blue of the semester is tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Carlton Commons. Point Blue is a night club, and tonight's event features free food and dancing.

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Sarah Boyle recently joined the university as a data analyst and research assistant in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Nathan Cohen recently joined the university as a research assistant in the radiology department.

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Case Western Reserve University senior guard Dana Dempsey and junior swimmer Lauren Preyss were recently named University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week in their respective sports.