The university's 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation speaker will be alumna Joan Harris Southgate (SAS '54), who, in 2002, retraced the steps of Ohio's Underground Railroad by making the 350-mile journey by foot. The program will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 26 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Her lecture will be followed by a reception and a book signing for her book about the experience called In Their Path. The event is free. Learn more and read the story of her journey at In addition, the Office of the President is sponsoring an essay contest on the life and influence of King. The submission deadline is February 1. Open to the entire campus. Details:

New to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland or the United States? Come to the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's International Women's Group and meet other women new to the area. First session will be at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 31 in Thwing Center, Room 303. Bring your lunch and make new friends. Center staff can help you get settled. Hear and learn from other women about their experiences. Children are welcome. For details, send e-mail to or or call the center, 368-0985.

1-2-1 Fitness Center has a limited supply of flu shots available for a modest fee to both members and non-members. Shots available from 5-6 p.m., Monday, January 29 at the center. To schedule an appointment and find out the cost, send an e-mail to or call 216-368-1121.


Department of Physiology and Biophysics ranked 2nd in the nation at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

dBusiness News Cleveland, January 25, 2007

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Department of Physiology and Biophysics has recently been ranked second in the nation of academic medical centers offering doctoral programs by the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I am very proud that the Department of Physiology and Biophysics has scored so well in this ranking, which is driven largely by objective measures rather than subjective reputation score," said Pamela Davis, interim dean.

Coshocton kids score some cash

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2007 (editorial)

It's one thing to reward high-achieving students with a pizza party or a movie, but quite another to give them cold, hard cash. Or is it? Robert E. Simpson, a local businessman, launched the effort after reading about a project in Kenya that paid students for good marks. He donated $100,000 and persuaded dubious school staff to give it a try. Meanwhile, Case Western Reserve University economics Professor Eric Bettinger came on board to design a formal research model to measure the impact of the cash awards.

Was Saddam trial fair? Yes, says legal expert

Cleveland Jewish News, January 25, 2007
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Captured on cell-phone video, the execution of Saddam Hussein was a horrifying coda to a war-crimes trial rife with courtroom outbursts, boycotts, judges resigning, and the murder of three-defense counsel. Such a disastrous spectacle makes it hard to find any positive precedents amidst the mayhem. But Michael Scharf, an expert in international law who helped train judges and prosecutors for the Iraqi High Tribunal, says there is much to learn from the experience of the Saddam trial. "How do you prosecute someone like Saddam?" asked the Case Western Reserve University law professor in a speech last week to the City Club Forum.

Who really cares about black teens?

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2007 (column)

Study after study, the evidence is clear: Black youths are overrepresented in every stage of the juvenile justice system. In fact, as more and more black children are taken from their homes and locked up in kiddie prisons, the problem grows worse -- not better. The public becomes increasingly frightened by highly publicized and politicized images of black kids -- especially black boys. The statistics bear evidence to support this misdirected view. For example, a 2002 study by the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University found that black youths in Cuyahoga County are more than twice as likely to be charged with a felony drug offense than are white youths (70 percent versus 32 percent).

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A speech and its aftermath

Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2007

When President Jimmy Carter shook his last hand Tuesday night and left Waltham, Mass., after a much-anticipated and controversial appearance, Brandeis University administrators most certainly exhaled. It was the culmination of a highly charged month leading up to Carter's speech defending his new book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, that some have criticized as being overly critical of Israel's dealings with the Palestinians.

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Barry Scheck, cofounder and codirector of the Innocence Project, and Benjamin N. Cardozo of the Case School of Law will be the featured speackers for the law school symposium, "Prosecutorial Ethics and the Right to a Fair Trial: The Role of the Brady Rule in the Modern Criminal Justice System." Cardozo will be the keynote speaker. Symposium will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, January 26 in Moot Courtroom A59. Details:

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TIAA-CREF has reported delays in applying some of the retirement plan contributions made on behalf of Case employees in the latter part of 2006. The delays resulted from temporary processing issues at TIAA-CREF and were in no way the fault of the plan administrator. TIAA-CREF is working as quickly as possible to restore these funds to the accounts, but wants to advise that the fourth-quarter statement sent in January does not reflect all of 2006 contributions. Please be assured that there will be no negative impact to account values. The delayed contributions will be applied retroactively to designated accounts, so that accumulations reflect the investment returns as of the dates TIAA-CREF received the funds and appropriate documentation. Case's human resources department will be informed when the contributions are in place, and the information will also appear on the next statement, which employees will receive in April. Direct questions about this issue to TIAA-CREF at 800-842-2776 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Saturdays.

The Friday Public Affairs Luncheon will feature longtime economic development and energy advocate Sarah Taylor and Professor of Physics Phil Taylor, who will lead a discussion on wind power and all its aspects -- environmental, energy, economic, aesthetic, and more. Session takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, January 26 in the Baker-Nord Center, Clark Hall, Room 206. Cookies and beverages will be provided. The event is free.

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

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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 or stop by the SOURCE office in the Sears Building, Room 451.

Helpful Hints and Advice on Applying for SOURCE Funding for Summer 2007 will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 1 in Sears Building, Room 451. Interested students should plan to attend.

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Brian Grimberg joined the university as a research associate in the Center for Global Health and Diseases.

Beth A. Jones joined the university community as a department assistant in alumni relations.

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Case's Department of Anthropology and social science departments generally in the College of Arts and Sciences earned Top 10 rankings on a new index of faculty productivity. The index, produced by the research firm Academic Analytics, assessed the scholarly output of faculty in doctoral programs in 354 institutions, basing its analysis on publications, federal grant dollars, and honors and awards. In 2005, Case's anthropology faculty ranked eighth in scholarly productivity in its field, while the social science faculty overall ranked ninth in productivity. The mathematical and physical sciences faculty also achieved distinction, ranking in the top 20 in their aggregate disciplines. More details can be found at, and data on the aggregate rankings can be found at