In his continuing efforts to keep the Case Western Reserve University community informed, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., provides another update on issues he deems important to the university. In addition to an overview of the budget and Branding Task Group, Eastwood discusses the presidential search that led to the hire of President-elect Barbara Snyder, other recent appointments and some good news to share with others.

Dear Friends,

This is the third in a series of letters to you that are intended to keep you informed about the important issues at Case Western Reserve University. I am very optimistic about our university.

To read the complete letter from the president, go to:


The January 2007 edition of, a newsletter from Information Technology Services, is now available online at

The Case Police and Security Services department is offering the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course, a self-defense class that is free and open to all women on campus. R.A.D. emphasizes avoidance and safety, but also teaches the correct way to fight back if necessary. Classes will be held at Veale Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning February 5, and continuing for the following three Mondays. Class size is limited. Send an e-mail to, or call 368-6811 if interested in attending.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering several new programs for both members and non-members, including ski conditioning, a beginner yoga workshop, "Moms in Motion" (a parent-child exercise class), and more. For detailed information, go to, or send an e-mail to


A memorial service for Sam Packer, a member of the School of Medicine's class of 1950, will take place January 20. Packer, who was considered an invaluable member of the Cleveland-area health care community, died January 1. A dedicated volunteer for the School of Medicine, he served as a class representative. Virginia Owen, his wife of 55 years and classmate, invites friends and colleagues to celebrate Packer's life at the service, which begins at 2 p.m. at Harkness Chapel. A reception will follow at Guilford House.


'Doomsday clock': five minutes to 'midnight'

ABC 7 News, January 17, 2007

Atomic standoffs with Iran and North Korea and global climate change are pushing civilization toward its end, a group of leading scientists warned as they pushed the hand of their symbolic Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. "No sane person would argue that the proliferation of nuclear weapons across more national borders would make the world a safer place, or that the renewal of nuclear testing or that the actual first use of nuclear weapons in battle is likely to be a good thing," said Lawrence M. Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University."

Personal credos -- then and now

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 17, 2007

Dan Gediman helped resurrect "This I Believe," starting in April 2005, as a Monday morning feature on National Public Radio. Eighty of these pieces are newly collected in book and audio form, titled, once again, "This I Believe." Ted Gup, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, champions his preference "to listen rather than to speak; to inquire, not crusade," while Margaret Sanger -- jailed repeatedly for her insistence that women be taught about contraception -- talks about her "joyous struggle."

Breathing-aid maker raises $4 million

The Plain Dealer, January 18, 2007

Synapse Biomedical Inc. -- the Oberlin developer of an electrical pacing device that enables paralyzed patients to breathe on their own -- has raised $4 million during its third round of venture financing. His company's device, named NeuRx by Thomas Mortimer, a professor emeritus of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University who helped develop it, electrically stimulates and paces breathing along the lines of how a pacemaker regulates heart beats.

Five recognized for strivings in public, private sectors

The Columbus Dispatch, January 18, 2007

With lengthy resumes and heralded passions, the latest YWCA Columbus Women of Achievement award winners have accomplished everything from helping to run universities to electing women to public office. They will be honored April 11 during a luncheon at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to recognize their achievements in ending racism and empowering women. Among the 2007 recipients: Barbara Snyder, executive vice president and provost, OSU; president-elect, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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BeliefWatch: Ivy League

Newsweek, issue dated January 22, 2007

Harvard has been looking at revising its core curriculum -- established in 1978 to ensure that all undergraduates are educated in certain subject areas -- for years. Committees were convened and disbanded, defeated by internal politics and conceptual stalemates. The most recent iteration, the aforementioned task force, is now drafting its final recommendations for a vote next month by the faculty.

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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.

Case Western Reserve University is a cosponsor of the Cleveland School of the Arts' 25th Anniversary Celebration on February 24. The event will feature jazz artist Ramsey Lewis. Tickets start at $25. Dozens of Case faculty, staff and students serve as tutors and mentors to students who attend the arts school, and many of the students attend campus events and activities. For more information about the celebration, go to

For a list of other events and activities on campus today, refer to

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An interest meeting for a diversity book club is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., January 24, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. The goal of this new book club is to build a sense of community among faculty and staff while increasing diversity awareness in an open forum. The sessions will be facilitated by certified diversity specialists. For more information, send an e-mail to, or call 368-4786.

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.

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SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors), is hosting the program Helpful Hints and Advice on Applying for SOURCE Funding for Summer 2007 at 5:30 p.m., January 24, and at 11:30 a.m., February 1, both dates in Sears, Room 451. For more details, go to

The Springfest committee is holding its annual logo contest to design the 2007 Springfest logo. The committee will use the logo for T-shirts and advertisements. The prize is $100. Submissions due January 19. More details are on the Springfest Web site at

1-2-1 Fitness Center is now offering the Spartan Shape-up. Undergraduate students may join for the entire semester at a special rate. Call 368-1121, or send an e-mail to for more information.

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Miriam Castillo recently joined the dental school as a dental assistant.

Weinan Du recently joined the university as a research associate in the radiation and oncology department.

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According to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked the School of Medicine's Department of Physiology and Biophysics number two nationwide. The prestigious ranking recognizes extraordinary faculty accomplishments among all academic departments with Ph.D. programs. The scoring is based on a combined set of quantifiable criteria.