In the event of inclement weather resulting in the closure or the cancellation of classes at Case Western Reserve University, the university community will be notified via several methods. News will be posted on the main university homepage at, and a recorded message will be made available at 216-368-9276 (368-WARN). In addition, the university will notify local television and radio stations of any closings or cancellations.


The Fourteenth Annual Academic Happy Hour is scheduled for 12:30-1:50 p.m., February 2, in Thwing Center ballroom. The annual event brings together the Case community for a conversation with the university's president and key administrators on topics of importance to the university community. This year's discussion will focus on the topic of "Are We Ethical? Responsibility in our Relationships within the Case Community and Beyond." Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Members of the campus community are invited to participate in a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a questionnaire that can be used to find out what caregiving resources (such as housing, health care, social services) can be found in a community. The purpose of this research is to evaluate how useful the Community Capacity for Caregiving Index (CCCI) is to get information about what resources and services are in a community. The questionnaire -- the CCCI -- was developed at the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving. This study will help to further evaluate and revise the questionnaire. Details:

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


Brown U. receives $100-million gift for medical school

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2007 (subscription required)

Brown University will receive a $100-million donation for its medical school from a foundation created by a New England retail titan, officials announced on Monday. Four other medical colleges have received gifts of $100 million or more in the past five years, according to a database of major private gifts compiled by The Chronicle. They are Baylor College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University Medical College, and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine.

Harvard analysis casts doubt on works said to be Pollocks

New York Times, January 30, 2007

A yearlong scientific analysis by the Harvard University Art Museums of three paintings discovered in 2003 and considered to be possible works by Jackson Pollock has found that some of the pigments used in the paints were not patented or commercially available until long after Pollock died in 1956. After viewing the works, Ellen Landau, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and one of the world's most respected Pollock scholars, decided that they were authentic and agreed to help with scholarship for an exhibition of them, now scheduled to open on September 1 at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College.

A wheelchair that reads your mind

Wired News, January 28, 2007,72580-0.html?tw=rss.index

Patients who suffer from disease or injury that leave them unable to move have little hope of independent mobility. But that may be about to change. Researchers are developing a thought-controlled robotic wheelchair. "You're not going to be using EEGs to control a robotic arm to play the piano or anything," says Dawn Taylor, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, who isn't involved in the project.

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Institutionalizing interdisciplinary study

Inside Higher Ed, January 30, 2007

As the Graduate School at Northwestern University launches an effort intended to formalize the way that interdisciplinary study takes place, Gary S. Morson, chair of the Slavic languages and literatures department, is shaping part of the program and eager to see the final results. That's because Morson's department stands to gain from the Interdisciplinary Cluster Initiative, which beginning next fall would allow selected students to find homes in both traditional departments and newly formed groups of students and faculty with similar academic interests.

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The Case School of Law will sponsor its Distinguished Lecture in Global Security Law & Policy from 4:30-5:30 p.m., February 1. The talk will feature Edward Kaplan of Yale University discussing "Tactical Prevention of Suicide Bombings in Israel." The session will be at the law school's Moot Courtroom, A 59. Details: For a list of upcoming law school lectures, refer to

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

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"Assessment Using Rubrics" is the topic of the next UCITE session that will take place at noon on February 1. Discussion will take place in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Pizza and soda lunch served. RSVP by e-mail to or online at

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The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites all Case students to Throwback Weekend beginning at noon on February 4 in Adelbert Gym. Watch the men and women's basketball teams battle the hard court against the University of Rochester, and be there to see if you can win a "shot" at a semester's worth of tuition. The chance will be raffled off at both the men's and women's basketball games. Doors open at 11 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive by the noon tipoff to see who will win $17,000! For rules and eligibility information, go to The contest is sponsored by Case Athletics, USG, UPB, the class officers, IFC and Panhellenic, and the Upper-class Community Council.

Case in Point, Case's oldest coed a cappella group, will have auditions beginning at 8 p.m., 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 more. E-mail for details.

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Katherine Nedrow and Daniel Berry recently joined the pharmacology department as research assistants.

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Swagelok Company, a major developer and provider of fluid system solutions headquartered in Solon, Ohio, along with its longtime research collaborator Case Western Reserve University, are the recipients of a three-year $5.5 million grant from Ohio's Third Frontier Project. The grant will enable Swagelok, in partnership with Case, to further research, evaluate and commercialize a paradigm-shifting technology that the company developed and patented: Low-Temperature Colossal Supersaturation (LTCSS™).