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.

Case Western Reserve University's Department of Physical Education and Athletics is proud to host the 2007 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships from February 8-10. In order for the event to be a success, volunteers are needed from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 5:15-10:30 p.m. on all dates. If interested in volunteering, pick up a registration form in the Issue Room at Veale Center, or send e-mail to the athletics facility manager,

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is 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 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.

The Case Police and Security Services department is offering the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course, a self-defense class that is free and open to all women on campus. R.A.D. emphasizes avoidance and safety, but also teaches the correct way to fight back if necessary. Classes will be held at Veale Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning February 5, and continuing for the following three Mondays. Class size is limited. Send an e-mail to, or call 368-6811 if interested in attending.


A demon of a device

Nature, January 31, 2007

David Leigh at Edinburgh University has managed to make a molecular machine inspired by "Maxwell's demon" -- a thought experiment that defies the second law of thermodynamics. Leigh's molecular machine can, he says, drive a chemical system away from equilibrium. "Unlike all other artificial molecular machines, this allows you to drive a chemical system away from equilibrium," says Leigh. "This is not an easy thing to do," says Stuart Rowan, associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University -- although, he adds that it is the kind of process that happens in nature all the time.

Sad tunes warm early-music fans' hearts

Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 30, 2007

Amazing, isn't it, how melancholy can be so exhilarating? At least that's the case when tales of heartsickness come from the larynxes of the Hilliard Ensemble, the revered British early-music male vocal quartet. The Hilliard made gold of anguish Sunday at Harkness Chapel in Case Western Reserve University's "Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness" series.

UH doc gets grant

Crain’s Cleveland Business, February 1, 2007

A doctor at University Hospitals Case Medical Center has received a $250,000 grant to study a new way to treat patients with neurological diseases. Dr. Melvin Berger, a physician-researcher in immunology, was one of seven to receive the inaugural Talents grant from Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology firm in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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Rating the TIAA-CREF returns

Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2007

The press release's headline is enough to make any of the three-million-plus people with TIAA-CREF retirement accounts take notice: "Drucker School Researchers Find That Millions of TIAA-CREF Investors May Be Losing Up to $1 Million of Their Terminal Wealth."

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February is Black History Month. Campus organizations and departments sponsoring a program can send information to For a list of campus departments and organizations already sponsoring programs, go to New events will be added to the Web page as information becomes available.

The February 2 Friday Public Affairs Luncheon will feature Kate Jones-Smith, physics doctoral student, and Harsh Mathur, associate professor of physics, discussing the use of fractal analysis regarding the paintings recently attributed to Jackson Pollock. Session takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Cookies and beverages provided.

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. Join University Circle Incorporated and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority representatives from 2-3 p.m., February 2 in the dining room of Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. Representatives will provide updates about the project. Details:

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

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W-2's were mailed to employees on January 26. Faculty and staff who have not received their forms by February 12 should send an e-mail to the payroll office at to request a duplicate. Please include your current mailing address.

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The Observer is hosting a writers' workshop beginning at 6:30 this evening at the newspaper's office on the ground level of Thwing Center. Join the writers and editors for mini-workshops about writing, interviewing and networking. About half of the editorial staff is slated to graduate this spring, and the newspaper is in search of new writers. Dinner will be served.

Career Center news: The application deadline for the Career Connection program is 5 p.m., February 2. The application and more information are available at the Career Center on the second floor of Sears Building, or by going to In addition, a Resume Emergency Room is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 2 at the Career Center. Stop by for resume, cover letter and CV critiques.

Beginning this evening and throughout February, 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 online at

SOURCE Summer Funding Proposal submissions are due February 15. Students are encouraged to start working on the proposal as soon as possible due to the need to make contact with and have paperwork completed by a faculty mentor. The proposal submission can be obtained at The "Formal Summer Programs" section is located at the bottom of the Web page.

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Diane Shoemaker recently joined the university as a department assistant in the School of Medicine's development office.

Angela Smolik recently joined the university as a licensing associate in the technology transfer office.

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Babu Manjasetty, senior research associate, Center for Synchrotron Biosciences, Case Proteomics Center, presented a seminar titled "Case Proteomics Center Beamlines for Protein Crystallography" at the Advances in Protein Crystallography 2007 conference held January 24-25.