University to Partner with Cleveland Foundation, Circle Employers to Extend Homebuyer Assistance Program

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Employees of Case Western Reserve University and some of its University Circle neighbors may not be in new homes for the holidays, but they could be in new homes in the next years thanks to a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to revitalize and expand what started as the university's homebuyer assistance program.

In this new program, called the Greater University Circle Initiative, led by the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve will join with other circle institutions and local foundations in offering $5 million in grants and forgivable loans over the next five years to employees who buy, rent or renovate homes in circle neighborhoods. Areas targeted under the new plan include parts of Glenville, Hough, Fairfax and Buckeye-Shaker as well as some neighborhoods in East Cleveland. Read more.

University Conducts Successful Crisis Training, Limited Test of Emergency Alert System

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About 200 students; police, paramedic and fire personnel; and other Case Western Reserve University, University Circle and City of Cleveland safety staff converged on Adelbert Gym this past weekend to conduct a simulated large-scale disaster drill — the university's first mass casualty incident training.

The crisis training, coordinated by the student-led Case Western Reserve Emergency Medical Services (EMS) group, included a limited test of the university's new CaseWARN emergency text- and voice-messaging alert system. Full-scale, random testing of the CaseWARN system will take place during the spring semester. Details are forthcoming in Case Daily.

Students, faculty and staff who have yet to subscribe to the alerts—that will be used, among other methods of communication, only in the case of imminent danger or a serious threat to the campus community—can do so at any time. Read more.

Last Day to RSVP for Adelbert Hall Holiday Party

The annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House and Party will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, December 14. If attending, RSVP by 5 today to Open House 2007. The seasonal social is open to all university faculty and staff members who are welcome to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a specialty holiday drink. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform.

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Access Services will close at 2 p.m., December 20, and reopen at 8:30 a.m., December 21.

Be sure to stop by Thwing Center atrium to select a holiday tag for the annual Giving Tree program. Donate gift items that will benefit children in various pediatric clinics operated by the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services Inc. Drop off items by Monday, December 17 to Thwing Center for distribution. For details, contact Maura O'Beirne-Stanko, 368-2654.

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Aspiring filmmakers have an opportunity to enter the Cell Film Festival contest through March 3, 2008. Open to all students, faculty, and staff of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music, films must be made entirely on cell phones. Winning films and runners-up in each category will be featured at the Cell Film Festival and Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2008, during the Baker-Nord Center's Humanities Week 2008. Complete details are available online.

The Department of Psychiatry is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a research study for adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Eligible study participants should be between the ages of 18-55 years old and feel symptoms of this condition. If eligible, services may include a clinical evaluation, medical tests, physical exam and medication at no cost. For more information call 216-844-3922.

Have an item for Case Daily? Items should be sent 10 days in advance of desired publication date by using the online submission form, or by sending an e-mail to case-daily@case.edu.

For Faculty & Staff

The final exam schedule for fall 2007 is now available online. Faculty can e-mail corrections or changes to rooms@case.edu.

The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA), otherwise known as a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRA), provides a way for employees to contribute to a retirement account on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. The limits for calendar year 2008 are unchanged from 2007: For calendar year 2008, employees can contribute up to $15,500; employees aged 50 or older in 2008, can contribute up to an additional $5,000; and employees with more than 15 or more years of service may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $3,000. Call Sharon Fleischer at 368-6693 for more information.

For Students

Students who have a university parking permit may request a one-day overnight parking pass for guests up to three times per semester. Passes are valid Monday through Friday in selected parking lots on the north and south sides of campus from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. Passes must be picked up by the permit holder from Access Services in Crawford Hall.

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Get comfortable, get refreshed as finals get under way by heading over to Thwing Center atrium for the Thwing Study Over beginning at 8 tonight. Take a break from the books to spend time with friends, get a massage, eat and participate in activities including yoga and hip-hop classes with 1-2-1 Fitness Center. Also, the Case Cheese Club will offer samples of several fondues and cheeses.

Events

Come hear Steven Eppell, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Alexis Abramson, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at 6 tonight during Science Cafe Cleveland, "What Can Nano Do for You?" Session takes place at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2516 Market Ave. Details online.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

December 10, 2007

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Case in the News

Chancellor, commission agree: State universities must produce more grads

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 7, 2007 (subscription required)
A study commission proposes that the North Shore Graduate and Research Alliance Council continue to consist of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Nortech and the four-year universities involved in the commission. The council would find ways for its members to collaborate on research and to bring more research money to Northeast Ohio.

University Circle employers will offer grants to attract residents

The Plain Dealer, December 9, 2007
Officials from the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals have decided to team with Cleveland City Hall and other nonprofits in University Circle to improve neighborhoods using $5 million in foundation grants and forgivable loans as an incentive to get employees to buy, rent or fix up properties in the circle

Stem cell developments may aid local project to repair nerve cells in paralyzed patients

The Plain Dealer, December 10, 2007
Story about the nerve cell project, initiated this summer by a biomedical engineer at the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center in Cleveland and a biomedical engineer at Case Western Reserve University, that has stirred new interest and discoveries in stem cell research and therapy from scientists in other parts of the world.

Anti-corruption AG is magnet for missteps

The Coschocton Review, December 7, 2007
Alexander Lamis, a professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments about Ohio attorney general Marc Dann, whose recent verbal diatribes and hiring goofs may be off-putting to some.

Higher Ed News

Academic freedom and evolution

Inside Higher Ed, December 10, 2007
The anti-evolution Discovery Institute is ecstatic over the recent discovery of e-mail messages among professors at Iowa State University criticizing the views of a pro-intelligent design professor whose tenure bid was denied.

Colleges strain to reach climate-friendly future

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 10, 2007 (subscription required)
The signatory list for the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment has swelled to 448 names as of last week. Those institutions have embarked on a decades-long diet to curb their appetite for the fuels and practices that spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and help warm the globe.

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