Assistant Professor Harvests the Fossilized Bones of Animals from South America


A catastrophic mudflow over 25 million years ago stopped a nine-inch armadillo in its tracks.

Frozen in time, the small animal would not come to light again until this past March when Darin Croft from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine -- a member of an international field team including U.S. and Chilean researchers -- picked up the fossil embedded in the dark purple rock that was once volcanic mud.

The yet undescribed specimen was found in a remote central Chilean field site in the Río Maipo Valley.

The small animal resembles a modern-day armadillo with its hinged plates that form a hard armored shell. It is small by today's standards, but its fused limb bones indicate the animal had reached adulthood.

The latest find is among some 1,800 specimens -- including many new animal species -- that have been collected from the group's numerous fossil-rich central Chilean localities. Read more.

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Tony Kinslow, vice president for human resources, invites all faculty and staff to join him in an informal reception to say good luck and farewell to Carolyn Gregory, associate vice president for human resources. The event is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 31 at SAGES, located on the first level of Crawford Hall. RSVP via e-mail by May 25 to Helen Haynes-Whitehead. Gregory is joining the University of Akron as associate vice president of human resources.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have an open house and registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on May 23 in Thwing Center, Spartan Room. After which the group will meet at the same time and place each Wednesday beginning May 30. Call 368-3924 or e-mail Sara Fields to learn about fees and other details.

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The campus community will have an opportunity to meet Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health and society, when he signs copies of his book Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on May 23 in the main lobby of the Wolstein Research Building. Free and open to the public.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an information session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 24 at in the first-floor lounge of Guilford House. Learn about the advantages of working in the nonprofit sector and the types of jobs that are available. University employees can take advantage of the tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. For information or to RSVP, call 368-6025, or email

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May 22, 2007

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Case in the News

Bioscience bosses break bread with Hungary

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 21, 2007 (subscription required)
Several leaders from Northeast Ohio's bioscience community recently visited Hungary to nurture a relationship that could give companies from both regions access to new markets, and could lead to overseas collaborations among researchers and institutions. Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at the university, discusses the prospects.

Educators criticize Cincinnati-area creation museum

The Associated Press (reprinted in The Plain Dealer), May 18, 2007
The new $27 million Creation Museum tells a biblical version of the Earth's history, asserting that the planet is just a few thousand years old. Scientists and educators, including Lawrence Krauss, an astronomy professor and Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, are criticizing this approach.

Wireless company asks cell phone users to view ads

The Associated Press (reprinted in the Akron Beacon Journal), May 19, 2007
A Cleveland-area wireless phone company has partnered with an advertising firm to bring ads directly to its customers' cell phones. Stanton Cort, a marketing professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments on how customers might respond.

Case prof thrives on reader connections

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2007
This story profiles Thrity Umrigar, author and English professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her latest novel is If Today Be Sweet.

Higher Ed News

At Marymount graduation, a centennial, and a farewell

New York Times, May 20, 2007
In recent years, small women's colleges nationwide have seen enrollment plunge as women increasingly opt for coed institutions. At the turn of the 20th century, there were about 160 all-women's colleges in the United States, but about 100 of them have since closed, merged with larger universities or become coed.

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