Norman Tien, the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering a Computer Science (EECS) at the Case School of Engineering, has been appointed the school's dean by Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., effective February 1. Tien joined the Case faculty in January 2006 as the Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of EECS. He also was selected as an Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics by the Ohio Board of Regents in July 2006. To read the full news release, go to


Need a bit of inspiration to begin a fitness routine? 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering four free training sessions and a free nutrition consultation with a membership. For details about this and other offers, visit the center on Adelbert Road or refer to to learn about other offers and classes.

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.

The university will close on Monday, January 15, in honor of the national holiday set aside for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.


Moody's says financial and governance issues could spell trouble for some colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2007 (paid subscription required)

This year will be a relatively stable one for colleges and universities, says Moody's Investors Service, the bond-rating agency, but storm clouds are gathering for colleges with large amounts of debt, in highly competitive battles for students, or in areas of declining population. Moody's lowered the rating of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in December 2005 because of its increasing debt. More recently, Moody's expressed concerns about the financial position of Case Western Reserve University, citing an average budget deficit of 5.5 percent over the last three years, and the likelihood that deficits will be difficult to reverse in the next several years.

Clinic's top fundraiser returning home: Loessin heads to Case to 'make a difference'

The Plain Dealer, January 9, 2007

Bruce Loessin, who has shepherded hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to the Cleveland Clinic as its lead fundraiser, will leave the hospital soon for Case Western Reserve University. For Loessin, 64, the job change will be a homecoming of sorts. He was in charge of university relations and fundraising at Case from 1991 to 2001.

Do startups really need formal business plans?

The Wall Street Journal online, January 9, 2007 (subscription required)

Business schools and consultants have long preached that writing a formal business plan greatly improves a startup's odds of success. But a growing number of academics are questioning whether that's really the case. Scott Shane, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, says most studies that discount business planning are flawed because they don't correct for business failure rates, only accounting for businesses that survived.

Case recruits Clinic administrator

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 9, 2007

Case Western Reserve University has snagged one of the Cleveland Clinic's top administrators to head up university relations and development. Bruce Loessin will take over as Case's senior vice president for university relations and development on January 16.

Everson says it's sticking with Pollock

The Syracuse Post Standard, January 9, 2007

As controversy swirls over the authenticity of a group of paintings by dribble-and-drip master Jackson Pollock, the Everson Museum of Art is staying with its plan to exhibit the works this summer. Ellen Landau, a Pollock expert and professor at Case Western Reserve University, is among those who say the pieces should be considered originals.

Adult stem cells spur market rush, avoid embryo ban

Bloomberg News, January 9, 2007

Five-month-old Luis Fernando Rojo was near death in a Miami hospital, suffering with blisters and bloody diarrhea after his tiny body rejected part of a marrow transplant for a rare bone disorder. So U.S. regulators allowed Luis's doctors to try an unapproved therapy from Baltimore-based Osiris Therapeutics Inc. Osiris, which first sold shares to the public on August 4, was founded in 1992 using technology developed by Arnold Caplan, a stem cell researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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At universities, plum post at top is now shaky

The New York Times, January 9, 2007

David A. Caputo, the president of Pace University, has ricocheted from one crisis to another. Now he is fighting to save his presidency at a time when many university leaders have been ousted after faculty or student challenges. The most celebrated case involved Lawrence H. Summers. Top officials have also departed after no-confidence votes at a range of other campuses, large and small, public and private, including Gallaudet University, the nation's premier institution for the deaf; Case Western Reserve University, a major research university in Ohio; Baylor University, a Baptist institution in Texas; and the small University of Maine at Presque Isle. At Case Western Reserve University, where the prospect of a cumulative three-year deficit of $100 million led to unrest, Lawrence Krauss, a physics and astronomy professor, said that the Harvard episode had shown him how faculty members could take action.

More jobs, fewer new Ph.D.'s

Inside Higher Ed, January 8, 2007

Arnita A. Jones almost gushed when she told historians about how many new Ph.D.'s she was chatting up at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta who were telling her, "I have four interviews tomorrow," or "I've got three interviews today." Just a few years ago, one didn't hear so many positive reports from job seekers.

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The university is cosponsoring two events with the Call and Post newspaper in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The first is a conversation with Cleveland Schools CEO Eugene Sanders on how to "Reignite the Flame for Education in our Youth." Sanders will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, in the Ford Auditorium. A reception in the lobby of the Allen Memorial Medical Library will begin at 6:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The university will host the Call and Post Youth Leadership Summit with 50 invited Greater Cleveland teens beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, January 15. After the summit, a basketball doubleheader featuring the varsity teams from Regina and Lutheran East (girls) high schools and Glenville and Shaw (boys) high schools will take place in the Veale Center.

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Act III, a group for Case faculty and staff women of retirement age, will resume meeting twice a month beginning in January. The group will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women for discussion, speakers and programs. All are invited to come any time. Refreshments are served. For more about the center and its programs, refer to

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

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This section will only be updated occasionally during winter break. For general university information, please visit the "Campus News" section of Case Daily, or go to Classes resume January 16 for the start of the spring semester.

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Brian Birkes has joined the university community as a specialist in the occupational and environmental safety department.

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Thomas Steinemann, MetroHealth Medical Center ophthalmologist and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, recently received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award recognizes physicians for significant contributions to educational programs and leadership in the academy.