To: Case Faculty and Staff
From: John L. Anderson, Provost and University Vice President
Subject: 2007 Distinguished Lecture

Every year, the university's Distinguished Lecture fills Severance Hall, and this year will be no exception. I am pleased to announce that the university's 2007 Distinguished Lecture will bring world-renowned physicist Lisa Randall to the campus. Randall is the author of the best-selling Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in Severance Hall.

Randall is professor of theoretical physics at Harvard University and has also held professorships at Princeton and MIT. During her academic career, she has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and has also won a prestigious National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. Her groundbreaking work involves the study of elementary particles and fundamental forces utilizing a wide variety of models, the most recent involving extra dimensions of space.

Professor Randall is a dynamic and entertaining communicator. She has the uncommon ability to articulate complex and sophisticated concepts in language that will enthrall a wide and diverse audience. Her enthusiasm for explaining a new understanding of the universe will please scientists and non-scientists alike. I know that her lecture will appeal to students and faculty from all disciplines across the university.

I am sending you this notification so that you will be able to incorporate the Distinguished Lecture into spring semester courses, if appropriate, and encourage your students to attend.


The School of Dental Medicine is sponsoring a collection of new unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots. Please drop off donations to Room 1400 at the dental school by December 20 or call Tori Hirsch at 368-6982 to arrange for pick up.

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:


Quick Takes: Case Western's new chief

Inside Higher Ed, December 18, 2006

Barbara R. Snyder, provost of Ohio State University, was named the next president of Case Western Reserve University. In an e-mail interview, Snyder said she was confident she could collaborate with professors. "An effective shared governance process is necessary for the university to achieve its goals," she said, adding that "nothing promotes trust more than being trustworthy."

Onetime Case prof is its new president

The Plain Dealer, December 16, 2006

The appointment of Barbara R. Snyder, the current provost at Ohio State University, as the new president of Case Western Reserve University is a homecoming of sorts for the esteemed administrator. Snyder, 51, began her academic career at Case's law school and credits her mentors there for believing in and supporting her and getting her "off to a great start." Now the job isn't teaching students to be lawyers but rather elevating the entire university's reputation.

Case appoints new president

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 15, 2006

Case Western Reserve University has hired its first female president in Barbara Snyder. Currently the executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University, Snyder will begin July 1, 2007, according to a December 15 letter to the community from Frank Linsalata, chairman of Case's board of trustees. "She is an articulate and energetic proponent for the integral role research universities play in determining the scientific, cultural and political future of our world," Linsalata said.

Ohio awards nearly $168 million in high-tech grants

Akron Beacon Journal, December 15, 2006

Nine high-tech projects will receive a total of about $168 million in grants from the Ohio Third Frontier program, including a $60 million award to the Cleveland Clinic for a new heart research center, the state announced. Swagelok Co., a Solon-based business that makes industrial valves and fittings, received $5.5 million to work with Case Western Reserve University on its patented process of carburizing steel -- using carbon to make steel harder and less vulnerable to corrosion -- at a low temperature.

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Casting a wide net

Inside Higher Ed, December 18, 2006

The Bush administration has not always been friendly to affirmative action in higher education--coming out against the University of Michigan's affirmative action admissions plans, for example, when they were reviewed by the Supreme Court in 2003. But with one of the leading groups opposing affirmative action in higher education attacking the way colleges try to diversify their applicant pools for faculty and administrative positions, one of the administration's key civil rights agencies is backing colleges and angering their conservative critics.

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

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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:

Faculty, instructors, and others are invited to reserve the SAGES Seminar Room in Crawford Hall for group study sessions any time between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on "Study Late, Drink Cheap" nights. The last one is today, December 18. E-mail Rebecca Kaaikaula at to inquire about availability.

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During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: Double and triple check all sources when writing a paper. Make sure to cite everyone's work that is used. Putting extra emphasis on checking sources multiple times will help guard against mistakes before submitting assignments and papers. Finals end December 20.

SAGES Cafe in Crawford Hall will host the last of its three "Study Late, Drink Cheap" events during finals this semester. The cafe will be open until 2 a.m. today, December 18. There will be 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.

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Zana Hoxha has joined the university community as a research assistant in the pediatrics department.

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The Grotian Moment: Saddam Hussein Trial Blog, finished fifth in the 2006 Weblog Awards. The blog is 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.