Case Western Reserve University participated in a university-wide survey in 2005 to assess the overall quality of work-life on campus. The Steering Committee has been working to identify solutions to the issues and concerns that were identified. The campus community is invited to view the site and see the progress that has been made to address the quality of work-life issues at Case. Refer to the Web site at, which directs to the Steering Committee's updates and successes. The Web site also provides a comprehensive look at the process including survey results, a newsletter and a place for faculty and staff to post department and/or division success stories at Each month success stories from the Steering Committee will be reported.

The Cleveland InterAct Stand Down to aid homeless people in northeast Ohio is being held February 10, 16, 18 and 19. Faculty and students working on the event are collecting contributions of clothing. In addition, cash contributions are requested to purchase first-aid supplies to distribute to the more than 500 people who will attend the event. Contributions in sealed envelopes may be dropped off at Mather House, Room 105. For more details about the event, contact Hallinan Professor of Religious Studies Alice Bach via e-mail at


Blackboard makes a pledge

Inside Higher Ed, February 2, 2007

After months of criticism that its patent policies had the potential to squelch important education projects, Blackboard on Thursday announced a "patent pledge" under which it vowed not to assert its patent rights to sue open source projects or home-grown software used by colleges and universities. Lev Gonick, vice president and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, wrote on his blog Thursday that Blackboard's pledge wouldn't mean much over the long term because of the way technology is changing. "In a narrow sense, the threat of a frivolous lawsuit to keep lawyers employed has been avoided regarding the stand alone platform issue," he wrote.

Motorists prove red-light cameras don't work, February 1, 2007

Red-light cameras installed at Cleveland intersections have become controversial. For the past six months, 5 On Your Side has been investigating the red-light cameras and found, from the sophisticated electronics to the system that supports it, the cameras not only can make mistakes -- they do. To get answers, reporter Duane Pohlman went to Chris Butler, a math professor at Case Western Reserve University. "If you know the distance and you know the time you can calculate the speed," Butler said.

In the eye of the beholder

National Public Radio, January 30, 2007

Lawrence Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics, recently did a commentary on National Public Radio's Marketplace regarding the works of Jackson Pollock.

Croghan to join his peers in hall

Akron Beacon Journal, February 1, 2007

Mark Croghan, a standout runner at Green High and Ohio State University, will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame next Friday in Columbus. Other honorees are pole vaulter Larry Jessee, shot/discus/hammer thrower Rebecca Ball, and coaches Terry Oehrtman, Ken Lehman and William Sudeck. Sudeck coached at Case Western Reserve University (and its predecessor, Case Institute) for 36 seasons. Sudeck, who died in 2000 at age 74, is a member of the Case Western and Kent State halls of fame.

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Michigan: affirmative action suit settled

New York Times, February 2, 2007

A lawsuit that prompted a 2003 Supreme Court decision over affirmative action admissions policies at the University of Michigan has been settled. The university will pay $10,000 each to the lead plaintiffs, Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher, to cover miscellaneous costs, both sides said. In exchange, the two agreed to drop all claims under a nearly 40,000-member class-action lawsuit against the university over its former affirmative action admissions policies.

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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 in the gym on Friday and Sunday during the games for those 21 years or older. 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. Students will have a chance to 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! The contest is sponsored by Case Athletics, USG, UPB, the class officers, IFC and Panhellenic, and the Upper-class Community Council. For eligibility rules for the tuition raffle and more information about Throwback Weekend, call 368-6517, or go to

The Schubert Center for Child Studies invites the campus community to attend a presentation, "Children with Psychiatric Problems: Achievements and Challenges of Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research," from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 6, in 206 Clark Hall. Robert L. Findling, a professor in the pediatrics and psychiatry department, and Patrick J. Kanary, director of the Center for Innovative Practices, will discuss the policy and practice implications of this work. A light lunch will be served. For more information, go to

The Case School of Engineering is hosting the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference on February 23. Online registration, abstract submission, and resume submission are now open. All abstracts and resumes must be submitted by February 9. For more information, go to

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

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The nomination deadline for consideration into the Glennan Fellows Program has been extended to February 7. The program is designed to reward excellence in faculty and to facilitate their growth as teachers 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

The Department of Classics and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities invite all faculty and staff to a festive gathering beginning at 7:30 this evening 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.

A new Diversity Book Club for faculty and staff will begin meeting on February 14. The club is designed to build community among faculty and staff members while increasing diversity awareness and competency in an open, non-threatening forum. The group is limited to 25 participants and attendees will talk about issues based on a common reading. Discussions will be facilitated by certified diversity professionals Erica Merritt and Jarrod Gray. If interested, send an e-mail by February 7 to, manager of diversity, or call 368-4786.

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Focus One photographers will be on campus February 7 and 8 to take senior photos for the yearbook. Four poses will be taken: two in dress clothes and two in the cap and gown that will be supplied. The session usually takes just a few minutes, and copies of all four poses will be sent to your home address. To reserve an appointment, send an e-mail with your preferred date and time of day to, or call 800-589-8060.

The Case Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is now accepting applications for the 2007 Minority HIV Research Training Program, which provides scholarships for underrepresented minority students to work in CFAR research laboratories or research programs. The program offers research-training opportunities to qualified minority undergraduates, graduate and medical students enrolled in an accredited United States college or university. Completed applications are due on or before February 28. For more information, go to

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invites students to watch and discuss "The Color of Fear," beginning at 7 p.m., February 6, at the center. The film focuses on the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. Snacks will be provided. For more information, send an e-mail to, or go to

The Career Center's "Interviewing for the Utterly Confused," which will offer the basics to a successful interview, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 6, in Rockefeller, Room 303. Sign up by February 4 at

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The pharmacology department announces two new employees: Margaret Sharel is a department assistant, and Yin Xiong is a postdoctoral scholar.

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The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has received $2.3 million from the estate of the late Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas to create a new endowed chair, Dean May L. Wykle announced today. The Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Chair will support excellence in academic education for nurses. Ruth Durr Denekas is an alumna of the Bolton School, where she received a master’s degree in nursing in 1940. The balance of the funds, if any, will be distributed to the School of Nursing to be used for scholarships in memory of Frederick and Mary Durr, parents of Ruth Durr Denekas.