The fifth annual Research ShowCASE will be April 11 and 12 at the Veale Center. The deadline for submitting an abstract is January 31. The latest research of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all schools and colleges at Case and its affiliates will be displayed via posters, live demonstrations, and other media. Guest speakers for the 2007 forums include Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth, and Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, "West Wing" television actress and MacArthur Award Fellowship winner. To submit presentations and for other details, refer to


The Office of the President invites interested Case faculty, staff and students to submit essays for the 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. Full details are available online at The submission deadline is February 1.

The American Red Cross is sponsoring two blood drives on campus: from 2-7 p.m., January 24, in Wade Commons, and 2-7 p.m., January 26, in Fribley Commons. Call ahead to schedule an appointment at 800-GIVE-LIFE, or register online at

Utility work along the south side of Euclid Avenue from Adelbert Road west to East 107th Street is now under way. A roaming work zone will be implemented throughout the project area. Watch for traffic signs and arrow boards posted along the street. This is the first phase of the Euclid Avenue Corridor Project work in University Circle. Further updates will be provided in Case Daily throughout the project.


The bouncing deficit

The Plain Dealer, January 22, 2007 (Editorial)

Case Western Reserve University faces a deficit larger than forecast -- maybe. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., sent an update Thursday morning to the community that included news that, at the end of November, the university faced a 2007 shortfall $3.5 million larger than the $10.5 million originally projected.

Tech climate OK despite loss of BioLabs' HQ

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 22, 2007 (subscription required)

If scientists were baseball players, then Cleveland would be losing a major slugger -- Andrei Gudkov, founder of Cleveland BioLabs Inc. Despite the loss of Dr. Gudkov and the headquarters of Cleveland BioLabs, the Northeast Ohio technology community is doing what it takes to build a solid lineup of tech companies, according to Chris Coburn, director of CCF Innovations, the technology commercialization arm of the Cleveland Clinic, NorTech President Dorothy Baunach and others. Institutions such as the Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals provide ample research resources, and over the past three years organizations such as biotech assistance group BioEnterprise and early-stage financing nonprofit JumpStart have done a lot to help young biotech companies transform their work into products they can sell, according to Ms. Baunach.

In space, carbonados are a girl's best friend

The Plain Dealer, Saturday, January 20, 2007

The stones called carbonados have always been diamonds' strange, dowdy stepsister. Diamonds are clear and lustrous, prized for their beauty. Carbonados, sometimes called black diamonds, look like lumps of charcoal. But this gloomy story has a Cinderella ending, thanks to detective work by Steve Haggerty, one of the world's foremost diamond experts; Haggerty's student; and a pair of Case Western Reserve University scientists. Case owns and operates five "beamlines" at the New York lab and maintains a staff there. Haggerty's graduate student, Jozsef Garai, knew one of the Case scientists, Sandeep Rekhi. Along with Rekhi's boss, Case biophysical chemist Mark Chance, they arranged to expose samples of carbonado to the formidable infrared beam and see what secrets might spill out.

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Princeton won't raise tuition in coming year

The New York Times, January 22, 2007

For the first time in 40 years, Princeton University will not raise tuition for the coming year, the university announced yesterday. Tuition for the 2007-2008 academic year will remain at $33,000, its current level. University officials said the strong performance of its endowment's investments, which had a return of almost 20 percent last year, helped clear the way for the decision, along with generous donations by alumni and an increase in the size of the student body.

Bias seen in bias studies

Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2007

Professors are all Democrats, except those who are communists. Professors all hate Bush. Professors favor like-minded students and love converting those who love God, country and the president. You've read all the claims and more, in right-leaning blogs and columns. Frequently, these claims are based on studies -- many have been released in the last two years -- of professors. A new study being released today aims to debunk all of those studies. "The 'Faculty Bias' Studies: Science or Propaganda," takes eight of the recent studies on faculty politics and judges them by five general tests of social science research.

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Strike up the high school bands: The Northeast Ohio Band Invitational, sponsored by the Case Department of Music and Severance Hall, gets under way 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.

The Case Western Reserve University Film Society is hosting a Local Filmmakers' Night beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 in Strosacker Auditorium. A selection of films made by local Cleveland talent will be on the big screen. Admission is $3 for the entire night. For a list of films and other details, refer to

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

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Supervisors who have not attended the information sessions for the Supervisory Education and Excellence Development (SEED) program, will have a final opportunity to do so on Wednesday January 24. Session will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room 209. All supervisors are encouraged to attend this session to learn more about the seminars, requirements for participation and exciting program incentives. For more information, refer to and to register e-mail to

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Attention Case School of Engineering (CSE) students interested in undergraduate research: The CSE Alcoa Campus Partnership Program is seeking applicants for paid spring semester undergraduate research positions. The deadline is January 26. Information is online at Additional information can be found at the SOURCE office, Sears, Room 451.

The Case student group, the Tappers, will have its first practice on Tuesday, January 23 at the Mather Dance Center. The Tappers offers three levels of tap lessons: beginners, 6:15-7:15 p.m., a beginner II class for a little bit more of a challenge, from 7:15-7:30 p.m., intermediate, 7:30-8:30 p.m., and advanced, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Lessons are free for all undergraduates. Cost is $50 a semester or $5 per lesson for graduate students and Case community members.

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is currently holding a referendum on the campus smoking policy. Go to to read the options of the referendum and to vote. For more information contact USG at

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Brendan Meany recently joined the university as a research associate in the chemistry department.

Hoa Nguyen recently joined the university's molecular and microbiology department as a research assistant.

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Four Case Western Reserve University football players were recently named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-North Region Team: Tom Brew was a first team honoree; Joe Brenner made the second team; and John Tiemeier and Brian Calderone made the third team.