Due to a transition in the primary food contractor for the Musical Arts Association, the Case Club at Severance Hall will not reopen until Monday, February 5. For updates and other information, refer to

The American Red Cross and University Hospitals will hold a blood drive at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Interested persons will have two opportunities to donate: From noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, in the Student Lounge on the fourth floor of the Robbins Building and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, January 26, in the Rainbow Performance Area of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.


High court's Scalia advocates against 'activist' judges

The Plain Dealer, January 11, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia covered familiar ground in a talk Wednesday in Cleveland. For about 40 minutes, he fielded questions from the deans of both the Cleveland-Marshall and Case Western Reserve University law schools, who joined him in easy chairs before a crowd of about 850 at the InterContinental Hotel and MBNA Conference Center, then took a few from the audience.

Reason, unfettered by faith

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 12, 2007 issue (subscription required)
Opinion by Lawrence M. Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University and, for this academic year, a visiting professor of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University.

The Harvard University faculty and Pope Benedict XVI might be considered unlikely intellectual allies, but both have recently promoted an odd -- and, I would suggest, oxymoronic -- connection between reason and faith in the context of the university. That has already caused problems for both the pope and Harvard.

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Teaching America about race

Inside Higher Ed, January 11, 2007

One thing is certain: Americans have strong perceptions -- and misperceptions -- about the meaning and significance of race. Attempting to poke holes in prejudices and provide the latest scientific and scholarly understanding of the issue, the American Anthropological Association has created an interactive educational program called RACE: Are We So Different?

Michigan University to comply with ruling

The New York Times, January 11, 2007

The University of Michigan acceded to a federal appeals court decision and said it would immediately comply with the state's new ban on affirmative action in public education, employment or contracting.

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

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Chapel, Court & Countryside is offering special rates for Case faculty and staff who wish to attend concerts in the series, including the Hilliard Ensemble, which will perform at 3 p.m. January 28, and Spiritus Collective, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 4, both in Harkness Chapel. Tickets are now $23. For more information and to purchase tickets, refer to, send e-mail to or call 368-2402.

Persons who have not attended the session on preparing materials for the submission and proposal process sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration and the Grants and Contracts Office at the School of Medicine have one final opportunity: noon, Friday, January 12 in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413. Deadline for submissions is February 5.

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Murray Hill Residential College will host a post-new year's party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, in Carlton Commons located on Top of the Hill. The campus is welcome to attend.

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Jill Catterman joined the university community as a registrar/department assistant in the continuing medical education department.

Eun-Ah Choe joined the university community as a research associate in neurosciences.

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Michael Flatt, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, was awarded an all-expenses paid scholarship to attend a February 22 and 23 training session for graduate students pursuing research on sexual minorities entitled "A Primer on Empirical Research on Sexual Minorities," sponsored by the Williams Institute UCLA School of Law. The goal of this training session is to enable scholars to find and appropriately use existing empirical data that permits the identification of sexual minorities. The application process was highly competitive.