The Case Club at Severance Hall is temporarily closed to allow for Severance Hall's transition to a new food service vendor. The Case Club will reopen on January 16, when classes resume at the university. For additional details, refer to

The Cornell Road Bridge -- above the railroad tracks between Murray Hill and Circle Drive -- will be closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the Cornell Road Bridge. The long-term project is expected to take two to three years to complete. The university's Campus Services will provide updates as appropriate. The Adelbert Road Bridge opened December 22 and is fully accessible.

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares taxes free of charge for low-income workers throughout Cleveland. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to more than 2,700 customers who received more than $3 million in refunds. More volunteers are needed -- faculty, staff and students -- to help the program expand. A daylong training session, including a refresher course for returning volunteers, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 20, in Room 103 of the Peter B Lewis Building. For details, send e-mail to Michelle Huang at or refer to

The Direct Talk voicemail system will be taken out of service at the end of January. All faculty, staff, and students who are still using 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. Visit the Unified Messaging Web page for information about moving from Direct Talk to Unified Messaging.


Combining medical and dental education

Inside Higher Ed, January 2, 2007

At some point in the near future, you may flop down in the dentist chair for a routine cleaning and also get examined for your heart condition or be asked about your diabetes. This latest innovation in medicine is being launched by Case Western Reserve University, which plans to graduate students with dual medical and dental degrees. The benefit to patients is clear, partly because people see their dentists more regularly than physicians, but also because research is finding that oral health is important to overall fitness.

Ohioans don't see big changes coming in wake of Saddam execution

Associated Press (reprinted in the Akron Beacon Journal), December 30, 2006

The execution of Saddam Hussein will mean a brief escalation in attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq, but once those subside, the primary cause for the insurgency will remain -- the troops are Americans, an expert on U.S.-Iraq relations said. Saddam's trial was conducted by a tribunal of Iraqi judges who were counseled on international law. Michael Scharf, a former State Department lawyer who specialized in war crimes, was one of the judges' advisers. Scharf, now director of Case Western Reserve University's International Law Center, said Saddam was convicted on the strength of the documents that he had kept and a prosecutor had introduced at trial.

The sound of unheard melodies

Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2006

Do you ever worry about your piano? Not how to pay for it or whether the kids are practicing or why it may sometimes sound out of tune -- but what it means for your piano to be "tuned" at all? In "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony," Ross Duffin, a musicologist and performer of early music at Case Western Reserve University, presents a delightfully informative and provocative argument that we should rethink our common musical habits at the most basic level: the way we tune musical instruments.

Case coach reserves his right to keep on going

The Plain Dealer, December 29, 2006

When Bob Del Rosa began coaching football, wrestling, baseball and tennis at Case Institute of Technology, Paul Brown was in charge of the Browns. That was in the fall of 1962. While the Browns and old Case Tech, as it was called, have gone through a lot of changes, the 70-year-old Del Rosa has continued to hold the coaching fort. In his 45th year at the merged Case Western Reserve University, he wears the hats of head wrestling coach and assistant athletic director in charge of compliance.

Corks to eye put the 'pain' in 'champagne'

ABC News, December 29, 2006

Ushering in the New Year is a time of celebration and laughter. But when your eye takes a direct hit from a Champagne cork, it's no laughing matter. "Within a fraction of a second, you will have no chance of getting away or blinking," said Thomas Steinemann, associate professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University and spokesman for the academy.

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Delay of affirmative action ban rejected

Inside Higher Ed, January 2, 2007

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered Michigan's universities to stop using affirmative action in admissions immediately -- rejecting an agreement approved by a lower court to let the institutions keep affirmative action for the current admissions cycle. The appeals court's analysis also suggested that groups challenging Michigan's new statewide ban on affirmative action face an uphill climb.

America's universities in building boom

Reuters, December 20, 2006

From Stanford University on the West Coast to the Ivy League schools of the Northeast, U.S. universities are in the grip of a building boom that looks set to extend well into 2009. Reasons for the whirl of construction activity vary -- from a surge in enrollment as children of the baby-boom generation enter college to growing competition in China and other Asian regions for the world's top scientists. Educators add that surviving on a high-school degree is harder than ever in America, pushing more people into university, while some schools in big cities want a larger slice of the lucrative student landlord market, building dormitories to capture more rental income.

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"The Collapse of Intelligent Design: Will the next Monkey Trial be in Ohio?," is the title of a free symposium set for 7-9 p.m., January 3, in Strosacker Auditorium. Ken Miller, professor of biology at Brown University and star witness in the recent trial in Dover, Pa., will speak. Program sponsored by the Department of Biology.

The Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series will present a conversation with Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The program will begin at 5 p.m., January 10, 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 register by January 8 at or call 216-932-3448. Event sponsors are the Cleveland Clinic, Case, Cleveland State, and the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County bar associations.

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The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA) provides a way for employees to contribute to their retirement account on a pre-tax basis (pre-federal and state income taxes) through payroll deduction. This Plan allows you to save for your retirement while saving on current taxes. For year 2007, employees can contribute up to $15,500 per year. Employees age 50 or older in year 2007 can contribute an additional $5,000 to their TDA account, for a maximum limit of $20,500. Employees with 15 or more years of service with the university may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000. Call Benefits at 368-6693 for more information.

From January 1 to July 1, Case's faculty diversity specialist, Amanda Shaffer, will be the faculty contact for information regarding faculty affirmative action paperwork and questions. She also is available for information and questions regarding faculty searches, recruitment and retention of faculty, how to recruit women and underrepresented professionals to apply for faculty positions, and how to mitigate bias in the search process. Affirmative action paperwork should still be sent to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 310 Adelbert Hall or by fax to 368-8878. For more information, send e-mail to

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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, send e-mail to Alicia Shelly at

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Emily Cole has joined the university as an assistant director of alumni relations and will oversee chapter programs, summer send-offs and other programs.

Beth Jones has joined the university community as a department assistant-receptionist in alumni relations.

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Gary Deimling, professor of sociology and director of the Cancer Survivor Project, recently received the 2006 American Cancer Society Trish Greene Quality of Life Award during the annual meeting of the American Cancer Society in New York City.