The Grotian Moment: Saddam Hussein Trial Blog, the brainchild of Case School of Law professors Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and Gregory McNeal, assistant director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, has been nominated for "Best Law Blog" in the 2006 Weblog Awards, the world's largest blog competition. It is the only international law blog in the competition. Visitors may vote once daily until December 15 at

The final 2007 Benefits Open Enrollment confirmation statement for Case employees is now available online through the PeopleSoft HCM application. The confirmation statement will be available to print out through Friday, December 15. To access 2007 Benefits Open Enrollment confirmation statement, please follow the steps listed on the human resources homepage

Quiznos, a preferred caterer for the university, is offering $10 off any order of $35 or more through December 31. Offer only available at the Quiznos at Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road. To place orders, call 216-721-3636 and mention this announcement in Case Daily.

Hillel is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the Redeemer Crisis Center, located on Cleveland's West Side. Gently used clothing can be dropped off through December 13 in boxes located at Wade Commons, Thwing Center and Fribley Commons.


Case seeks aid for sublease of Halle space

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 11, 2006 (subscription required)

Case Western Reserve University is taking a step that signals it may be preparing to drop or scale back its long-stalled plan to move about 300 employees from its University Circle campus to downtown Cleveland. The university has sought proposals from four real estate brokerages for how they'd handle a sublease of office space Case has leased at the Halle Building, said Lisa Chiu, Case's director of media relations. Case two years ago leased 120,000 square feet in the building at 1228 Euclid Ave. but never has occupied it.

Case lecturer sees drop in GDP growth

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 11, 2006 (free)

Gross domestic product growth will slow and unemployment will rise, but the economy will remain in decent shape for 2007, according to an economic forecast by Sam Thomas, a senior lecturer in banking and finance at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. In an interview prior to delivering the 33rd annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast on December 8, Thomas said he projects real GDP growth of 2.4 percent for 2007, down from 3.2 percent in 2006.

Happy returns: Hobbyists-turned-entrepreneurs make their leisure activities serious business

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 11, 2006 (subscription required)

Art Good is a certified public accountant. As the owner of Arthur W. Good C.P.A. Inc. in Seven Hills, he provides tax planning and accounting system design services. He also is a Cecropia moth breeder, the "guy that figured out how to raise moths" free from disease and safe from predators. His unusual fascination with moths aside, Mr. Good is far from unique in his drive to make a business out of his hobby. But he does typify the kind of entrepreneur who manages to make money off of what was once just an enjoyable pastime. "These folks back into the business, but still have 'keys' to a business," said Tracey Messer, an organizational behavior doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland.

Study finds risk of getting HIV not raised by birth control pills

The Plain Dealer, December 9, 2006

Birth control pills and other forms of hormonal contraception do not elevate a woman's risk of contracting HIV, according to a large international study that included work by Case Western Reserve University. The findings were published Thursday in the online edition of the journal AIDS and will appear in the January printed edition.

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The job security rankings

Inside Higher Ed, December 11, 2006

More than 62 percent of all faculty members are off the tenure track, including nearly 30 percent of those with full-time positions, according to an analysis released today by the American Association of University Professors. The study -- based on federal data -- comes with institution-specific numbers on 2,600 colleges, revealing the exact breakdowns on full- and part-time professors, on and off the tenure track.

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Reminder: Graduates receiving diplomas in January 2007 are invited to a Midyear Graduates Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., today, December 11, in the Frank and Dorothy Hovorka Atrium. Graduates are encouraged to invite a member of the faculty or administration to join them at this celebratory event. Family and friends are also welcome. RSVP online at For questions or to register by phone, call 800-866-6280.

SAGES Cafe will be holding three "Study Late, Drink Cheap" events during finals week. The cafe will be open until 2 a.m. on December 11, 13 and 18. The cafe will offer quiet areas for study, lively areas for study breaks, and drink and food specials all night. Valid Case ID required for admittance after 9 p.m. Faculty, instructors and others are also invited to reserve the adjacent SAGES seminar room for group study sessions any time between 5-9 p.m. on "Study Late, Drink Cheap" nights. Send e-mail to Rebecca Kaaikaula at to inquire about availability.

"A Summer of Transformation: The Bryn Mawr Experience," a report from recipients of the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute Awards, will take place from noon to 1 p.m., today in Guilford Parlor in Guilford House. Brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.

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Update on Plan B Statements: The annual Plan B (retirement plan) statements will be mailed and due to be available for participants by Friday, December 15. Please review your statements thoroughly and contact the human resources department/Benefits Administration at 368-6781 for questions regarding this benefit.

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:

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Monday, December 11 in Thwing Center is hosting its annual Study Over tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight throughout the center. The event will feature free food, chair massages, and a game competition. For more information, send an e-mail to For additional information, refer to

During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: Take regular study breaks of at least 10 minutes for every hour of studying.

The mathematics department invites students taking math courses to the Math Gala, an informal study event, from 1-6 tonight in Thwing Center ballroom. Supplemental instructors and faculty will be answering questions and offering review sessions from courses Math 120, Math 121, Math 122, Math 125, Math 126, Math 223, and Math 224. Free food and beverages.

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Pamela Hlavin recently joined the university as an enterprise webmaster in the technical infrastructure services department.

Ca'Saundra Paramore recently joined the university as an insurance specialist in the dental finance office.

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Case Western Reserve University sophomore forward R.J. French and sophomore defender Zeyad Schwen were recently named to the National Soccer Coaches of America All-Great Lakes Region Team.