The Department of Physical Education and Athletics will host the second annual Throwback Weekend (February 2-4) in Adelbert Gymnasium. Both the Spartan men's and women's basketball teams will be wearing uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats), Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders), and Mather College. In support of the festivities, Rascal House Pizza will be opening up the Little Rascal's Lounge for those 21 years or older in the gym on Friday and Sunday during the games. Hours are from 5:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the men's game on Friday night, and 11:30 a.m. to the end of the women's game on Sunday. Lounge entrance is $5, and will include free pizza, wings, cheese, and more. A cash bar will include beer, wine, pop and water. For more information about Throwback Weekend, call 368-6517, or go to http://www.case.edu/athletics/varsity/winter/throwback2.htm.


In the rare 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 http://www.case.edu/, and a recorded message will be made available at 216-368-9276 (368-WARN). Users must dial 9 first when using a campus phone. In addition, the university will notify local television and radio stations of any closings or cancellations.

To get the latest weather conditions, along with the campus forecast, visit the Case Weather Station Web site at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/living/resources/weather/.


Could drug ads be bad for your health?

ABC News, January 30, 2007

Do you experience confusion? Anxiety? Feelings that your life is out of your control? Televised advertisements for prescription drugs may be partly to blame, new research suggests. "It's really intruding onto the doctor-patient relationship," says Kurt Stange, editor of Annals of Family Medicine and professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Case expert doubts tests on disputed Pollocks

The Plain Dealer, January 31, 2007

Ellen Landau, an art historian at Case Western Reserve University and a colleague involved in an upcoming exhibition of disputed works attributed to Jackson Pollock, raised fresh questions about the Harvard University study Tuesday, inserting pinpricks of doubt in the validity of its findings.

Don't be afraid of HRT, says menopause panel

Heart.org, January 30, 2007

A scientific advisory panel to the North American Menopause Society has issued a new position statement on the use of hormone replacement therapy, which softens its previous stance on the issue. "For women with severe menopausal symptoms, within a few years of their last period, hormone therapy shouldn't be as scary as it has been made out to be," director of the North American Menopause Society and panel chair Wulf Utian of Case Western Reserve University told heartwire.

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Science-speak 101

Indystar.com, January 29, 2007

Promoters of Indiana's biotech and life-sciences industries -- including BioCrossroads, the Indiana University Research and Technology Group and Purdue University -- are stressing the need for scientists who are working on the next breakthrough to keep their messages simple, even if their science is complex and cutting-edge.

College scholarships for all no myth in El Dorado

Washington Post, January 31, 2007

El Dorado, Arkansas now boasts a program that guarantees that high school graduates from the area can afford college courtesy of a $50 million gift from Murphy Oil Corp. The El Dorado Promise, as the program is called, is not based on grades or financial need. A student must enroll in a community college or a four-year university -- public or private, in Arkansas or out of state -- maintain a 2.0 grade-point average, and Murphy Oil will pay the tuition and mandatory fees for up to five years.

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Tickets are now on sale for the Case Concert Celebration, which takes place February 21 at Severance Hall. The campus community is invited to this reception and exclusive concert by The Cleveland Orchestra and sponsored by The Payne Fund, which celebrates the students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends of the university. Tickets are $10 for alumni, faculty, staff and friends, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111. A valid student ID must be presented at the Severance Hall Ticket Office to purchase tickets at the student price. For more details about the event, go to http://www.case.edu/events/ccc/.

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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The Department of Classics and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities invite all faculty and staff to a festive gathering from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., February 2 on the fourth floor of Mather House. This Classics party will feature conversation, refreshments, and performances of scenes from tragedy and comedy, staged by Classics students in the Atlantis Club, as well as readings from Homer and Virgil.

Kelvin Smith Library is planning a Web site redesign, and invites faculty to a lunchtime focus group from noon to 2 p.m., February 8 in the Dampeer Room. KSL staff are interested in how faculty use the Web site, what they'd like to see included, and more. An external consultant will lead the focus group and gather comments. Reservations are required. For more details, go to http://blog.case.edu/orgs/ksl/news/.

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The Observer is hosting a writers' workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m., February 1, at the newspaper's office on the ground level of Thwing Center. Join the staff for mini-workshops about writing, interviewing, networking, and more, and meet the writers and editors who put the paper together. About half of the editorial staff is slated to graduate this spring, and the newspaper is in search of new editors. Students who are interested in the positions are encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served.

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.

The Mind-Body Connection newsletter published by the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health is now available online. Check out the latest edition at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/counseling/behavioral/newsletter/0107.

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Andrew Jarrell and Hazel Huang recently joined the pharmacology department as research assistants.

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Case Western Reserve University swimmer Lauren Preyss has broken records in three separate pools -- Carnegie Mellon, Wooster and Kenyon College. She has set four team records in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard individual medley. To read more about her accomplishments, go to http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2007/01/24/preyss.