The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to learn more about the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project and related construction plans as the project moves into University Circle. Although pre-phase utility work is now under way, the actual roadwork -- which extends from East 107th Street at Euclid Avenue to the East Cleveland border at East 123rd Street -- will begin February 1, weather permitting. Join University Circle Incorporated and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority representatives from 2-3 p.m., Friday, February 2 in the dining room of Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. Representatives will provide updates about the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, traffic patterns and other details about the work in progress. Parking available onsite but is limited. For project details, refer to http://www.euclidtransit.org.


The strength of Case Western Reserve University relies on the integrity of all of its members and constituents. When matters of an ethical or illegal nature come into question, the campus community has a third-party ethics and compliance hotline available to report these concerns. Questionable activities might include: falsification of time sheets or university records; purchase of personal items with university funds; information security breach; misuse of sponsored research funds; or improper financial reporting. Individuals may call the Integrity Hotline, available 24 hours daily, at 866-483-9367, or file a report online at a secured Web site, https://www.caseintegrityhotline.com. For additional information, send e-mail to hotline administrator halle.lewis@case.edu.

School of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean Shirley Moore is heading up "Wear Red Day," a series of events at the School of Nursing. This is a nationally recognized day, and the Bolton School will sponsor a talk in an effort to raise awareness. "Women and Heart Disease" will take place from 2-3 p.m., Friday, February 2 in Room NOA31A. School of Nursing representatives will distribute information specific to the subject, hand out the Red Dress pins, and sponsor a Wear Red contest that day. For more information, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/press/index.htm.

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 katie.hanna@case.edu or dorothytheseeker@yahoo.com, or call the center at 368-0985.


First comes marriage, then comes ... the blues?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 29, 2007

Wedding planners, psychologists and other experts say a post-wedding letdown is perfectly normal, common even. Susan L. Padrino, a psychiatry instructor at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said there aren't many scholarly studies on the topic but psychiatrists and psychologists are seeing more patients with emotional wedding hangovers.

With your help, kids can learn to be patient

SunJournal, January 28, 2007

In a study in the 1970s, researchers gave 4- and 5-year-olds a choice: They could have one marshmallow immediately, or two later. The differences between the children who took the marshmallow right away and those who waited turned out to be significant. So, in the face of a faster world, how can you make your child become better at delaying gratification? Richard Boyatzis, a Case Western Reserve University professor of organizational behavior, says that starting in childhood, healthy nutrition (not so much sugar!) combined with support and love help children develop positive qualities like patience.

Proust's deadline

WCPN 90.-FM.com, January 25, 2006

Christine Cano, associate professor of French at Case Western Reserve University, was interviewed by "Around Noon" host Dee Perry about French writer Marcel Proust on Cleveland's national public radio station, WCPN-90.3 FM. For more about her book, Proust's Deadline, refer to http://www.press.uillinois.edu/f06/cano.html.

CCBC outsourcing a mistake (letter to the editor)

Beaver County Times, January 28, 2007

Recently, the leadership at the Community College of Beaver County decided to outsource a vital responsibility it has to the community, local businesses and its students. Companies that wish to employ current or former CCBC students are referred to an outside agency that charges a monetary fee to verify the student's degree or enrollment status. However, schools like Penn State and Case Western Reserve University successfully developed their own verification systems that are capable of meeting the needs of both the school and employers.

Exoneration sought for two killers in crime lab review

Akron Beacon Journal, January 26, 2007

Two men convicted of beating an elderly woman to death should be cleared or given new trials because of shoddy police crime laboratory work by an analyst accused of missing blood stains in the investigation, a legal advocacy group said Friday. The Innocence Project, which works on behalf of criminals whose convictions have been challenged as unfair, said the crime lab review prompted by the exoneration of an accused rapist disclosed serious problems with at least a half-dozen cases, including those of the two men. Barry Scheck, the Innocence Project codirector, by coincidence outlined the defense motions filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court during a break Friday in a Case Western Reserve University law school seminar on prosecutor ethics.

To e-vite or invite?

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 29, 2007 (registration required)

E-vites are e-mailed invitations accompanied by online RSVP features. Depending on the format, recipients can view the guest list and comments of those attending an event; receive ongoing requests to open an unopened e-vite; or get follow-up reminders about the event. Latha Poonamallee, a senior lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, uses Evite.com to invite colleagues and friends to two parties a year. She teaches in the departments of organizational behavior and marketing and policy studies at the Weatherhead School of Management.

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New questions on student evaluations

Inside Higher Ed, January 29, 2007

We're in an era when many professors fear that student evaluations -- either the formal kind sponsored by colleges or the informal kind found on places like RateMyProfessors.com -- may play too large a role in whether they earn tenure or raises or, in the case of adjuncts, whether they are hired back.

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Join the math department for its Geometry-Topology Seminar featuring Professor John Oprea, from Cleveland State University Department of Mathematics. His topic is "3-Manifolds and Ricci Flow I: Basic on 3-Manifolds." Session gets under way at 4 p.m. today at John Carroll University, Math Commons Room. Refreshments will precede the talk. Details: http://www.case.edu/artsci/math/colloquium.htm.

The Baker-Nord Center will be sponsoring a series of Friday afternoon sessions called "Getting Published," geared for faculty, graduate students, academic writers and other interested persons to learn first hand about the publishing field. Topics include university presses, contracts, copyright and more. The program takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. each Friday beginning February 2 through March 2. Free and open to the public. Full details are online at http://www.case.edu/artsci/bakernord/events.htm. Sessions take place in Clark Hall, Room 206. This series is supported by the Presidential Initiative Fund grant, made possible by the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation.

For a list of other events and activities on campus today, refer to http://www.case.edu/webdev/webevent/calendar.htm.

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Nominations are due today, January 29, for consideration into the Glennan Fellows Program, designed to reward excellence in faculty and to facilitate their growth as teacher and scholars. Nominees must be regular, tenure-track faculty members. The awards are for $6,500, and the funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. Nomination letters are due to UCITE. For a complete list of details, refer to http://www.case.edu/provost/UCITE/glennan.htm.

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. Employees should 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) on Saturdays.

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On-campus interviewing and recruiting for the spring semester 2007 begins today, January 29 in the Case Career Center, Sears Building, Room 206. Students can check out the firms coming to campus at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/ and click the "eCompass" logo to access the site.

The Macro Student Organization (MSO) of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is organizing a one-day symposium on March 31 titled "PolyImpact Northeast Ohio" or PINO 2007. The symposium aims to provide a platform for senior undergraduates and graduate students in polymer-related research fields to present and communicate their research to peers and experts as well as experience a unique exposure to future career paths and opportunities in the polymer industry. The symposium will contain selected talks and poster presentations/competition from graduate researchers, expert talks from industry, a job fair, and a panel discussion on career opportunities for polymer students. Cash prizes awarded. The deadline for registration is January 31. To submit abstract and register or for other details, refer to http://polymers.case.edu/mso/PINO.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking rising juniors and seniors to join its team as paid student interns for the 2007-2008 academic year. An intern's main responsibilities include interviewing prospective students and co-presenting admission information sessions. Applications, instructions, and copies of the job description are currently available in the first-floor reception area of the admission office in Tomlinson Hall. Completed applications are due no later than Thursday, March 1, 2007. Send e-mail to christine.desalvo@case.edu with any questions.

Beginning Thursday evening, February 1 and throughout the month, 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 online at http://www.case.edu/diningservices/diner.htm

A new volunteer opportunity is available for Case students who are interested in tutoring high school students. Provide free tutoring to John Hay High School and Cleveland School of the Arts students as they prepare for the ACT exam. Commitment is three hours a week beginning in February and continuing through April. If interested, send e-mail to kristin.raj@case.edu.

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Rubina Yasmin recently joined the university community as a research associate in the pharmacology department.

Yun Zhou has joined the university community as a postdoctoral scholar in the pharmacology department.

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Amy Kuceyeski, an applied mathematics major, recently earned the Outstanding Student Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for her achievements last year.

The Committee on Trustees is led by Joie Gregor, a partner and vice chair of Heidrick & Struggles, and alumna and member of the university's board since 2002. As chair of this committee, Gregor is charged with recruiting individuals who are talented within their professional disciplines, committed to the growth and prosperity of the university, and eager to help support the members of the university community. For more about Gregor, http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2007/01/12/gregor.