An alumna who embarked on a foot journey through Ohio to retrace the Underground Railroad is the keynote speaker for Case Western Reserve University's 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m., January 26, in Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Ave. The talk is free and open to the public. Joan Southgate, a 1954 graduate of the School of Applied Social Sciences of Western Reserve University (now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences), spent 30 years in the social work field advocating for the needy, including foster children and senior citizens. A retired grandmother, Southgate was an avid walker in her neighborhood when the idea of traveling the path of the Underground Railroad came to her. Her 2002 trip was in honor of the countless slaves who escaped bondage and escaped through Ohio to freedom. Walking 10-mile segments, she began her journey in southern Ripley, Ohio, and completed the trek in University Circle. For more information about the event, call the University's Equal Opportunity and Diversity office at 368-8877, or go to Read more about Southgate at


A memorial service for Peter D. Junger, professor emeritus of law, who died in November, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 11, in Gund Hall, Room 159. A Wyoming native, Junger received his A.B in 1955 and his LL.B. in 1958, both from Harvard University. He joined the law school faculty in 1970, retiring in 2001. His specialty was property law. He received emeritus status in 2002. Read more about Junger at Former students, colleagues and friends who would like to speak at the service or submit written anecdotes about him should send e-mail to or


Case names dean for its engineering school

The Plain Dealer, January 10, 2007

Case Western Reserve University named a new dean of its School of Engineering on Tuesday, leaving the medical school as the only division of the university without a permanent dean.

University Circle projects to get public input

The Plain Dealer, January 10, 2007

The public soon will have a say on architectural plans in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. In one of the last pieces of legislation passed in 2006, City Council created a public design review district for the city's fastest-growing area. University Circle, which is four miles east of downtown, encompasses roughly a square mile of land filled with dozens of institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and University Hospitals.

Does the iPhone hit the spot?

CNET, January 10, 2007

Nick Frollini, an adjunct professor in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, is one of the panelists offering opinions about the new iPhone introduced Tuesday by Apple Inc.

Genetic alterations found in head and neck cancers, January 9, 2007

Acquired genetic changes appear to be linked to the development of some head and neck cancers, new research suggests. To get a better understanding of how these cancers develop, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University examined cells from 122 head and neck cancer tumors and from surrounding tissue. All of the tissue samples came from people who smoked.

Catheter company newest in portfolio

Akron Beacon Journal online, January 9, 2007

A new company developing improvements for catheter procedures is the newest addition to the JumpStart Inc. portfolio. Its 19th investment is a $300,000 commitment to Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals, a company formed by Ricerca, a Northeast Ohio life science company with experience in drug discovery and development, and by Case Western Reserve University.

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Headhunters at Harvard may pick a woman

The New York Times, January 8, 2007

Could Harvard be preparing to select a woman as its new president? A scientist? A female scientist? Only the nine members of the university's secretive presidential search committee know for certain -- or whether they are leaning in any direction at all. The search to replace Lawrence H. Summers is as opaque as the selection of a pope and has posturing worthy of a political campaign. Summers resigned last February amid fierce faculty discontent that had erupted in part over his suggestion that intrinsic aptitude could help explain why fewer women than men reached the highest ranks of science and math in universities. So what could be more delicious, Harvard watchers and Harvard faculty members say, than naming a woman for the first time in the history of the 371-year-old university?

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Strike up the high school bands: The Northeast Ohio Band Invitational, sponsored by the Case Music Department and Severance Hall, gets under way Sunday, January 28, in Severance Hall. The all-day event features four different high school bands along with the Case Symphonic Winds and the University Wind Ensemble. Bands scheduled to perform are Kirtland, Jackson, Cuyahoga Falls, and Westlake high schools. Performances begin at 2 p.m. with the final group playing at 6:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are available at the Severance Hall Box Office, $10 general admission, $25 reserved box seating.

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Check out Kelvin Smith Library's digital library at which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at the university in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized. View and research the online collection, exhibit, images and the scholarship of faculty, graduate students and professional staff.

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

Judy Bondar has joined the university community as a research assistant in pathology.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which covers the nonprofit industry, recently ranked the top 400 organizations in terms of how much private support they raised from individuals, foundations and corporations in 2005. In Ohio, Case Western Reserve University made the list at number 217, receiving $75.6 million. Details: