The CPL@Case-KSL collection of popular magazines, books and audio books has two new features for Case faculty, students, and staff, just a few months after launching at KSL this fall. This ground-breaking partnership between one of the country's top public libraries and Case now includes circulating foreign language magazines (French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Russian, Chinese and more) plus a Web site devoted to the browsing collection and popular reading tools for awards, reviews, literary blogs, and a way to suggest titles for this satellite browsing collection. For more information about the collection and how to check out the materials, refer to Items are available for check out during the upcoming holiday break.

If decorating for the holidays, please do so with safety in mind. Case's Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety recommends that you review the suggested Holiday Safety Reminders, which are online at letter.html. For additional details, call 368-2907.

Chaplain Julia Brown of the Department of Biology is accepting donations for distribution to women housed in the Hitchcock Shelter during this holiday season. Donations can be in the form of personal items, gift baskets, and sponsorship for gift baskets/items. The shelter visit will take place on Friday, December 22. For further information or to help distribute items, please contact


Top Democrats in Congress say pork feast will end: Policy puts some regional proposals at risk

The Plain Dealer, December 15, 2006

Hundreds of Ohio institutions, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to hospitals and community colleges, could have to scramble for money as the new Congress takes over in January. That's because Democratic leaders plan to pass no new spending bills for most of 2007, and to quit paying for pet projects that sometimes only benefit a narrow group. Also in question is money for road improvements throughout the region, for Lorain County Community College, for NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and for the Center for Regenerative Medicine, which is a partnership between Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Israeli high court upholds 'targeted killings' of Palestinians

The Los Angeles, December 15, 2006

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a demand by civil liberties groups for a blanket ban on the military's "targeted killings" of Palestinian militants, saying the practice could be justified in some instances under international law. Thursday's decision was the last one shaped by Aharon Barak, an internationally respected jurist, before his recent retirement after 15 years as the court's president. Amos N. Guiora, a former legal officer in the Israeli military who teaches law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said Barak's international prestige as a judge and Israel's example as "a laboratory for counter-terrorism" gives the ruling "enormous significance" abroad. "It will serve as a guide for operational counter-terrorism under the rule of law," Guiora said. "

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In college, you can go home again and again

The New York Times, December 14, 2006

When Karoline Schwartz, a freshman at Mount Holyoke College, came home for Thanksgiving, she wasn't exactly a stranger. "She came home for Yom Kippur," said her father, Steve, a television producer. "And then she came home a week or two later; they had the midsemester fall break. For all this money I'm spending they should be in class all the time. I think they have a whole month off between Christmas and the end of January."

The rich get richer -- again

Inside Higher Ed, December 14, 2006

The 2006 fiscal year was a strong one for college endowments, which saw a one-year average rate of return of 10.7 percent, up from 9.3 percent the previous year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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

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Monday and Tuesday December 25 and 26 were previously scheduled paid university holidays. The university leadership has decided to add another holiday Friday, December 29, 2006. Employees who have scheduled or will be scheduling vacation days during the holiday season will be paid for the holidays even though they may be taking vacation time during the week in which the paid holidays fall. Therefore, if your supervisor approves your vacation request, you will be paid for the vacation and holidays during this period. Employees away from work on an unpaid status are not eligible to receive holiday pay. If you have questions, please contact Employee Relations at 368-0195 or refer to the University Closings for Holidays and Other Events policy and procedure (policy numbers II-13,13a) , for additional information.

Trying to balance family life and work life has never been easy. Having problems balancing work and family during the holiday season? Call the employee assistance program, EASE@Work for tips and other resources. Refer to

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During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: Do as much studying in the daytime as you can. What takes an hour to do during the day may take an hour and a half at night.

The Springfest committee will be holding its annual logo contest to design the 2007 Springfest logo over winter break. The prize is $100. The committee will use the logo for T-shirts and advertisements. More details are on the Springfest Web site at Submissions due January 19, 2007.

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Nile Chang has joined the university community as a research assistant in the Center for Global Health and Diseases in the Wolstein Research Building.

University community newcomer Kathleen Eppich is a department assistant in the pathology department.

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Madigan, associate professor at the School of Nursing, who was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) last month. The AAN is comprised of 1,500 nurse leaders who are literally at the top of their profession, having accomplished extraordinary milestones in their nursing careers. AAN members have been identified by their peers to be the best and the brightest in the nursing discipline.