The Physical Education and Athletics Department is offering classes in hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga and water aerobics this semester. Classes are open to all university faculty, staff and students. Classes begin January 30. For questions and other details, send e-mail to, call 368-2191 346, or stop by the Veale Center to register.

The Weatherhead School's George S. Dively Building, an executive education facility, is available for meetings and events. The Dively Building provides a distinctive adult learning environment and state-of-the-art educational resources, among other amenities. For more information, send e-mail to, conference services manager, or call 368-0019.

Case Western Reserve University researchers invite interested campus members to take part in a study about the public perceptions of genetic products in a discussion group setting. Participants should be age 50 or older and will receive monetary compensation. For more information, call Gail Gangidine in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at 368-5630.


Paul Claspy, alumnus and associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering and applied physics at Case Western Reserve University, died of complications from multiple myeloma on January 19 at the Renaissance Retirement Center in Olmsted Township. Prof. Claspy, who earned a Ph.D. (1970) in electrical engineering and applied physics from the School of Graduate Studies, was hired as a faculty member in 1973, retiring July 1, 1993. He received emeritus status in 1997. In addition to teaching, he was education director for Ohio Aerospace Institute. He married the former Lois Hoffman, who earned her master's in library science in 1958 from the former Western Reserve University School of Information and Library Science. She died in December, 2006. Survivors include daughters Jane Nesmith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ellen Vesey of Atlanta, Ga.; and son William Claspy (CWR '88, GRS '93, English) of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. To read more about Prof. Claspy, refer to


Screen gems

The Plain Dealer, January 26, 2007

Seeing Billy Wilder's films on the big screen is a rare thrill, and you'll have a chance Monday night at 7 when the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque presents a restored 35 mm print of Sunset Boulevard. As a bonus, movie historian and author Lou Giannetti will introduce the film and host a chat session afterwards. What keeps him jazzed about seeing a movie released 57 years ago? "It's still a great film. You look at it and realize how fresh it is," said Giannetti, a former professor of English and film at Case Western Reserve University and author of Understanding Movies.

Three-week warm-up

Akron Beacon Journal, January 26, 2007

While current Cleveland Indians venture in and out, gathering equipment for next month's start of spring training, nestled in the stadium's visitors locker room are 18 minor-league prospects getting ready to complete the second week of the Indians' three-week Winter Development League program. The usual 10-minute drive to nearby Case Western Reserve University takes a half-hour.

Diagnosis: boomeritis: Sports injuries are tripping up middle-agers

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2007

When 59-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger fell on the ski slopes last month, the snap of his breaking femur joined a sort of sad symphony. Same with the thud of 60-year-old President Bush falling face first off his mountain bike. "In their mind, they would like to be just as fit as they were when they were younger," said Julie Glodich, fitness supervisor at Case Western Reserve University's 1-2-1 Fitness Center. "Or be 'the hot grandma.' "

Drug-testing lab in Mogadore takes a chance; rewards follow

Akron Beacon Journal, January 26, 2007

Omega Laboratories -- a six-year-old Mogadore, Ohio, business that tests hair for drug use -- is enjoying its status as the sixth-fastest growing company in Northeast Ohio, as ranked by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The week

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 26, 2007

Opposite direction: Case Western Reserve University is forecasting a deficit for fiscal 2007 of $14 million, which is 33 percent larger than its previous projection of a $10.5 million deficit for the year ending next June 30.
Also mentioned in the weekly review is the decision by Solon, Ohio,-based Swagelok Co. to form a subsidiary to commercialize a technology it is developing with Case.

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Caltech, UCLA scientists tout circuit

FOX, January 25, 2007,4670,DensestMemoryCircuit,00.html

Researchers in California said they have created the world's densest memory circuit, one that's about 100 times denser than today's standard memory circuits, while remaining as small as a human white blood cell. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles, reported the development in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Colleges regroup after voters ban race preferences

The New York Times, January 26, 2007

With Michigan's new ban on affirmative action going into effect, and similar ballot initiatives looming in other states, many public universities are scrambling to find race-blind ways to attract more blacks and Hispanics.

$600K for fired professor

Inside Higher Ed, January 26, 2007

Virginia State University has agreed to pay $600,000 to Jean R. Cobbs, whom it fired as a tenured professor in 2005 and whose claims against the university have been backed by several academic groups.

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Playhouse Square Partners will have a meet and greet beginning at 5:30 p.m., Monday, January 29 in the Rainbow Community Room at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital to learn more about the organization. Partners is the official young professional donor group of Playhouse Square, developed to promote and to encourage the awareness, education and participation of Cleveland's community of young professionals as volunteers and patrons in support of Playhouse Square, its theatres and events. Partners have raised more than $2 million during its 16-year existence.

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

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Procurement and Distribution Services is pleased to announce that supplier forms do not have to be submitted with payment requests for employees. Employees are reimbursed through direct deposit into the banking account specified in their HCM profile.

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Today, January 26, is the last day undergraduate and graduate students can apply for late registration and drop/add for the spring 2007 semester. In addition, SOLAR, the student online academic registration system, will close at 5 p.m. Students will not be able to register online for spring 2007 after that time.

The Mind-Body Connection newsletter published for students by the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health is now available online. Check out the latest edition at

Case in Point, Case's oldest coed a cappella group, will have auditions beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 31. Meet in the Starbucks coffeehouse at the Village at 115 with one minute of a song prepared. Group seeks singers and beat boxers to sing the songs of John Mayer, Counting Crows, Gnarls Barkley and much more. E-mail for details.

Beginning Thursday, February 1, students on a meal plan will be able to use one meal a week at the Silver Spartan Diner. Meal bundles are available after 5 p.m. through late night only. The February Bundle Menu is available on the Web site

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Ginger L. Yanchar recently joined the Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, as a senior research associate.

Angel Reyes-Rodriguez recently joined the university community as the first PREP Scholar in the School of Medicine.

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Rebecca Bradbeer has passed the training for instructor of Rape Aggression Defense Systems or R.A.D. This is the self-defense course offered to women by Case Police and Security Services. A new R.A.D. session begins February 5. To enroll, send e-mail to, or call 368-6811.