Members of the campus community are invited to participate in a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a questionnaire that can be used to find out what caregiving resources (such as housing, healthcare, social services) can be found in a community. The university community was selected to take part in the study because its members live and/or work in Greater Cleveland and may know about community resources. The purpose of this research is to evaluate how useful the Community Capacity for Caregiving Index (CCCI) is to get information about what resources and services can be found in a community. The questionnaire -- the CCCI -- was developed at the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving. This study will help to further evaluate and revise the questionnaire. Details:


Coach told not to pay medical bills of victim

The Plain Dealer, January 3, 2007

A youth-baseball coach convicted of assaulting a concession worker who later died does not have to pay nearly $20,000 in medical bills because they were related to keeping Robert Abrams alive, not to the assault. A law professor believes restitution is warranted. "I think there is a clear causal connection," said Case Western Reserve University professor Lewis Katz. "It seems to me that all the expenses flowed from the crime he was convicted of."

Our Top 20 stories from Earth to Pluto

Columbus Dispatch, January 2, 2007

Science produced headlines in 2006: The public and politicians, shocked by high gasoline prices, rediscovered alternative energy during the spring and summer. "We've been ignoring alternative energy for so long, bioethanol, and wind energy is becoming quietly competitive," said Tom Zawodzinski, a fuel cell researcher at Case Western Reserve University. Later in the article, Dan Akerib, a physicist and dark-matter researcher at Case, is quoted on the topic of dark matter, which is considered to be the glue of the universe.

Even as bookstores close, readers flock to writers

The Plain Dealer, December 31, 2006

Americans, especially young adults, are reading less. In the early 1990s, the United States boasted some 4,500 independent bookstores. There are only 1,800 today. In a more literary vein, Case Western Reserve University's Thrity Umrigar mined her Mumbai, India, childhood to write an evocative novel, "The Space Between Us," about an upper-class woman and her domestic servant.

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An American university for Iraq, but not in Baghdad

New York Times, January 3, 2007

It would be an ambitious project even in a Middle Eastern country not embroiled in war: build an American-style university where classes are taught in English, teachers come from around the world and graduates compete for lucrative jobs in fields like business and computer science. Yet some of the leading lights of Iraq's political and intellectual classes are doing exactly that, even as the bloodshed widens.

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Michigan recently joined California and Texas in limiting affirmative action. Is Ohio next? Join the ACLU of Ohio for "Forgetting Equality: The Elimination of Affirmative Action," with Stanley Miller, executive director of the NAACP's Cleveland branch; Kary Moss, executive director of the Michigan ACLU; and William Carter Jr., an associate professor in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The event begins at 7 p.m., January 24, at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. To RSVP, call 216-472-2220.

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

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Now through July 1, Kathryn Karipides, associate provost and Knight Professor Emerita of Humanities, will be conducting the faculty diversity officer's duties concerning faculty questions, mediations, and informal complaints relating to discrimination and sexual harassment. She will be located in 310 Adelbert Hall during specific hours. For appointments, call 368-4389 and specify that the call is regarding a faculty diversity officer issue. She can be reached via e-mail at

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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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Jillian Novak recently joined the university community as a research assistant in the pediatrics department.

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Jennifer Panzo, a recent graduate of the School of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program, recently received the 2006 Best Ohio Health Policy Student Research Award from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Her project analyzed dozens of national proposals for reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act that provides funding for persons living with HIV/AIDS.