The Winter Leadership Conference is scheduled for February 17, 2007. 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

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, follow this link to the Unified Messaging Web page:

The Student National Medical Association is seeking volunteers to tutor 11th and 12th graders at Shaw High School of Medicine, Science, and Technology for the Ohio Graduation Test. The after-school tutoring sessions run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning the week of January 15 and continuing through March 8. If interested in volunteering, contact Alicia Shelly at


Case taps Taylor as dean of college

The Plain Dealer, December 23, 2006

Case Western Reserve University last Friday named Cyrus C. Taylor as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences, the second deanship appointment in two days. Taylor, chairman of the physics department, had been interim dean since July 1, replacing Mark Turner, who served as dean for a little over two years. Turner remains on the faculty, teaching in the new cognitive-science department. "I am enormously excited about the opportunities that we have," said Taylor, who cited moving the college's strategic planning as his top priority.

Court upholds death penalty for Hussein

New York Times, December 26, 2006

An Iraqi appeals court upheld a death sentence for Saddam Hussein in a decision that clears the way for his execution within 30 days. A professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law who advised the Iraqi tribunal during the trial, Michael Scharf, said on CNN that the trial involving the Kurdish killings would continue even if Hussein is executed because there are a number of co-defendants involved.

The debate over fractals is proving most fractious

The Plain Dealer, December 24, 2006

Kate Jones-Smith is the first to admit she's no artist. The Case Western Reserve University physics student's doodles would look at home in a kindergarten classroom. Jones-Smith, in short, is no Jackson Pollock. And yet, the 60-second scribbles she churned out on her computer one evening this year fit the criteria of genuine Pollocks. They contain the same distinctive geometric shapes that the famous abstract painter supposedly spent his career perfecting.
Note: Steven Litt, Plain Dealer art critic, also writes about this topic in his December 24 column at

Any greenhouse gas limits must be imposed by Congress

Arizona Daily Star, December 25, 2006
Opinion piece by Jonathan Adler, professor and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

A number of states and environmentalist groups are asking the Supreme Court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to impose regulations on greenhouse gas emissions -- the most ubiquitous byproducts of modern industrial society. Yet Congress has never given the EPA such authority.

Let's face it, there's no cure for hangovers, but we can try

The Plain Dealer, December 27, 2006

We've all done it. One or two too many of that wild pink drink everyone was slugging -- then, awhile later, you're hugging the porcelain god and kissing the tile. "While there's no real cure for a hangover, there are ways to lessen the blow," says Mary Beth Kavanagh, an instructor in the nutrition department at Case Western Reserve University.

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Seeking $1 million a day, N.Y.U. mines personal data for a fund-raising edge

New York Times, December 25, 2006

John Sexton, New York University, is one of the new breed of university presidents -- fund-raiser in chief -- traveling far and wide to raise money. It is all part of a $2.5 billion fund-raising effort, which requires N.Y.U. to bring in, on average, $1 million a day.

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

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

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Joseph Fell recently joined Access TRIO Programs as a middle school adviser.

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Christina M. Yerian, a 1994 alumna of Case Western Reserve University, was recently awarded a 2007 Skadden Foundation Fellowship to work at the Tennessee Justice Center, where she will provide legal advocacy services on behalf of at-risk children and children in foster care who need mental health services. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and religion from Case.