All international researchers eligible for tax treaty benefits for tax year 2007 must complete IRS form 8233. Visit the Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars, Sears Building, Room 222, between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday throughout December to complete form 8233. For additional information:

Save the Date: The Case Concert Celebration will take place Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at Severance Hall. The Payne Fund will continue its support of a private performance by the Cleveland Orchestra. Ticket information and other details are forthcoming.

Campus members who selected a tag from the Giving Tree in Thwing Center atrium need to bring gifts to the Student Activities & Leadership Office in Thwing Center by Friday, December 15.

Come to 1-2-1 Fitness Center for a flu shot from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. A flu shot is available for $25 to anyone age 9 years and older. Call 368-1121 or send e-mail to to reserve a spot.

The M.D./Ph.D. program along with the City Mission is sponsoring a Christmas toy drive through December 12. Requested items are new, unwrapped toys for girls and boys in grades 1-6. Drop-off boxes are located in the Biomedical Research Building (BRB), Wolstein Hall and the School of Medicine. For more information, send an e-mail to, or


New eyes around Mars could solve water puzzle

The Columbus Dispatch, December 12, 2006

NASA's newest satellite in orbit around Mars is expected to collect enough evidence in the next year to end one great mystery: whether water exists outside the planet's polar regions. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is poised to take up where the Mars Global Surveyor left off. Images from Global Surveyor released last week are the strongest circumstantial evidence yet that water flowed on Mars sometime in the past few years. Steve Hauck, a planetary geologist and Mars specialist at Case Western Reserve University, said, "It wouldn't surprise me to find water under the surface. There could be deep aquifers. That's been suggested for decades."

Developers, Case sign memo for 'college town'

The Plain Dealer, December 12, 2006

Two developers making their mark in Cleveland's core are ready to tackle the much-anticipated "college town" development in University Circle. Developers Nathan Zaremba and MRN Ltd., in a joint venture, have signed a letter of intent with Case Western Reserve University to pursue the $120 million mix of arts, retail and dwellings. It's planned for about eight acres north and south of Euclid Avenue, east of the Ford Drive-Mayfield Road intersection.

Evolutionists unhappy with Taft education appointees

The Columbus Dispatch, December 12, 2006

Evolutionists say Gov. Bob Taft went back on his promise to name only pro-science appointees to the State Board of Education. The three appointees named last week by Taft all previously voted to support teaching intelligent design in science classes, said Patricia Princehouse, a biology professor at Case Western Reserve University.

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In tuition game, popularity rises with price

The New York Times, December 12, 2006

John Strassburger, the president of Ursinus College, a small liberal arts institution here in the eastern Pennsylvania countryside, vividly remembers the day that the chairman of the board of trustees told him the college was losing applicants because of its tuition. It was too low. So early in 2000 the board voted to raise tuition and fees 17.6 percent, to $23,460 (and to include a laptop for every incoming student to help soften the blow). Then it waited to see what would happen.

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To find out what's happening on campus and in the area today, refer to

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The PeopleSoft HCM team has added the following enhancement to employee self-service: Effective immediately employees can now update their business phone using the HCM Self-Service Module. The navigation is as follows: Employee Self-Service, Personal Information, Personal Information Home, Phone Numbers, Business. Details about PeopleSoft HCM:

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During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: Citing sources is a great way to impress a professor with your outside research and eliminate the chance of an academic integrity violation.

The Silver Spartan Diner will be open for late-night dining on an altered schedule during reading and exam weeks. Students on a meal plan will be able to choose one of the meal bundles at the kiosk (no substitutions, please) in place of one meal a week. Check out dates, times and the menu at

There is still time to consider spring break opportunities. Spring Break Study Abroad 2007 features seven different course offerings taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Salamanca and Leuven in Belgium. These three-credit courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Complete the online form to receive detailed information regarding these educational excursions at, send e-mail to Michelle Champoir at or call 368-5377.

The English department is offering a new professional writing course during spring semester. Writing for the Health Professions, ENGL 217B, (T/R 2:45-4 p.m.) offers practice and training in the professional and technical writing skills common to the health professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, dental medicine). For more information, refer to

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Kimberly Yee is a newcomer to the university community, recently joining the endocrinology department as a department assistant.

Elaine Barney recently joined the university community as compensation and employment coordinator in the human resources department.

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Dan Palmer, head men's soccer coach, was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year. Palmer led the Spartans to a school-best 17-2-2 overall record, their first University Athletic Association (UAA) title (5-2), and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.