Today's edition of Case Daily, December 28, is the last for calendar year 2006. Friday, December 29, and Monday, January 1, 2007, are designated university holidays. Case Daily will resume regular weekday publication on January 2, 2007. Please continue to submit announcements and news items of interest to The Case Daily team and the Office of University Marketing and Communications wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.

The Case Club at Severance Hall will be open through the end of today, December 28, and then closed for two weeks to allow for Severance Hall's transition to a new food service vendor. The Case Club will reopen on Tuesday, January 16, 2007, when classes resume at the university. For additional details, refer to

The CPL@Case-KSL collection of popular magazines, books and audio books has two new features for Case faculty, students, and staff. This groundbreaking 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 holiday break.


Device under study helps quadriplegic to clear air

Akron Beacon Journal, December 28, 2006

Eric Schnetz once loved to mountain bike many miles a day. Today, the Akron quadriplegic appreciates simpler tasks, like coughing. On Wednesday, Schnetz, 28, coughed robustly for the first time in more than two years, thanks to a procedure being pioneered in Cleveland. The technique -- Functional Electrical Simulation, or FES -- has been used to help the disabled to stand, move their bowels and bladder and use their hands. It is affiliated with the Cleveland FES Center, a collaboration of MetroHealth, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.

Saddam letter urges Iraqis not to hate

Oakland Tribune/Inside, December 28, 2006

Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis not to hate the U.S.-led forces that invaded Iraq in 2003 in a farewell letter posted on a Web site Wednesday, a day after an appeals court upheld the former dictator's death sentence and ordered him to be hanged within one month. An expert on war crimes speculated the sentence might be carried out very quickly. "I won't be surprised if there's just an announcement in several days saying the sentence has been carried out. The ruling says the sentence has to be carried out within 30 days, but it doesn't say you need to wait," said Michael Scharf, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mental health courts on rise

Associated Press (reprinted in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram), December 27, 2006

A program in Cuyahoga County courts, started in response to concerns mirrored in the justice system nationwide, aims to better understand and deal more efficiently with people who are mentally ill. Recent studies indicate that mental disorders affect one of every four adults in the United States. Yet a recent federal study found that more than half the inmates in the nation's prisons and jails have mental health problems. Part of that can be traced to fewer psychiatric hospitals, said Philip J. Resnick, director of forensic psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University.

Family hangs stockings for fallen soldier, 1 still fighting, December 25, 2006

Christmas at the Schauweckers is different this year. Two stockings are hanging in the family's Plainfield home for two men who won't be able to empty them. Nathan Schauwecker is in Iraq with the U.S. Army's 1st Engineer Battalion. His half brother, National Guard Staff Sgt. Richard Blakley, was killed in Iraq on June 6. Schauwecker and his family are now forging a long-distance Yuletide. He ordered gifts over the Internet for his family. Schauwecker also will be getting greetings from an unlikely source. The Case Western Reserve University tennis team in Cleveland, Ohio, was so moved by his story that they adopted him. The team is soliciting items to send to Schauwecker, and the players plan to exchange letters with him and send him team gear.

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A room for Jack and Jill

Inside Higher Ed, December 26, 2006

There was a time, and not long ago, when the idea of Jack rooming with Jill seemed as radical as, say, a boy visiting a girl in her dorm room without a copy of War and Peace (or maybe something slimmer -- Silas Marner?) holding the door ajar. How quickly policies become quaint. Today, the National Student Genderblind Campaign -- a new, student-run organization dedicated to sharing resources for students seeking on-campus "gender-neutral" housing options -- counts about two dozen institutions with a mixed-gender rooming alternative already in place, and many more actively discussing the option.

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The Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series will present a conversation with Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court. The program will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at the InterContinental Hotel and MBNA Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave. Gary Simson, dean of the School of Law and Geoffrey Mearns, dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, will moderate the conversation, followed by a question and answer session. Interested persons must RSVP by Monday, January 8 to or call 216-932-3448. Event sponsors are the Cleveland Clinic, Case, Cleveland State, and the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County bar associations.

For a list of other events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to and

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As part of the university's commitment to the development of women leaders at the university, applications are now being accepted for financial support for attendance at the 2007 Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, being held June 23 through July 18. Submit applications for funding by January 19 to Associate Provost Kathryn Karipides, Office of the Provost, 216 Adelbert Hall, LC: 7001. Detailed information about the program is available at

Higher tax deferred annuity contribution limits are being announced for 2007. The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA) provides an opportunity for employees to contribute to retirement accounts on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction, allowing for retirement savings while saving on current taxes. For 2007, employees can contribute up to $15,500 per year. Employees aged 50 or older in 2007 can contribute an additional $5,000 to the TDA account, for a maximum limit of $20,500. Those with 15 or more years of service with the university may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000. Contact the benefits department at 368-6693 for more information.

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This section will only be updated occasionally during winter break. For general university information please visit the "Campus News" section, or go to

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Candice Derflinger recently joined the university as an assistant director in career services.

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Miriam Levin, associate professor of history and art and art history, was recently a featured commentator on the topic of the Eiffel Tower on the History Channel's new series "Engineering an Empire." She appeared in the segment, "Napoleon: Steel Monster," which premiered this month.