Agreement will Build Internationally Recognized Graduate Research Programs in Plant Sciences and Ecology

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Case Western Reserve University and the Holden Arboretum have entered a three-year renewable affiliation to create a highly competitive national and international graduate research program in plant sciences and ecology. This is the first affiliation agreement for Holden Arboretum.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Holden Arboretum's interim President and CEO Jack Sherwin Jr. and board of trustees chair Jonathan Dick, signed the agreement that influences the strengths of each institution in building these graduate areas.

"This is an exciting time for the Holden Arboretum as we partner with one of the leading higher education institutions in the nation and forge a relationship that will provide students with the tools and skills needed to protect our delicate ecosystem," said Sherwin.

Holden Arboretum is home to 3,500 acres of land, with 25 ponds, more than 17,000 accessioned plants, special collections of trees, gardens and natural areas. Read more.

Inamori Center Starts Search for Next Director, Releases December Newsletter

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The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University has started its search for its next director and Inamori Professor of Ethics. Gregory L. Eastwood will step down from this joint position effective September 1, 2008.

Candidates for the Inamori Center director and the professorship should have a record of accomplishment in leadership, administration, scholarship and fundraising and have high integrity and moral character. They must be eligible for for a faculty appointment in one of the schools of the university. Applicants should submit a letter and curriculum vitae by February 1, 2008, to Gail Papay.

The Inamori Center, established with a $10 million gift from Kazuo Inamori and the Inamori Foundation of Kyoto, Japan, also is conducting a special call for nominees for the inaugural Inamori Prize, to be awarded September 4, 2008, in Severance Hall.

Details on the Inamori Prize and the search for its next director, as well as a summary of the recent campus panel discussion on ethics in journalism co-hosted by the center, are in the current issue of the Inamori Center newsletter.

Krauss Joins Top Scientists in Call for Special Presidential Debate

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Eleven Nobel laureates, two dozen other eminent scientists and the leaders of many of America's pre-eminent scientific organizations—including Case Western Reserve University—have joined a coalition of business leaders, writers and elected officials of both major political parties in a call for a science-based presidential debate in 2008.

The group, ScienceDebate2008, said such a debate is critical. "Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth, we view this as a critical part of our presidential selection process," the group said in a prepared announcement.

"When you think about it, nearly every major challenge the next president will face has a science or technological component," said Lawrence M. Krauss, an astrophysicist at Case Western Reserve and a member of the ScienceDebate2008 Steering Committee. "We owe it to the next generation to address these challenges responsibly." Read more.

Campus News

Need to locate an internship or job abroad, or study the trends of international employment? Use the newest database at Case: Going Global. A collaborative effort between the Case Career Center and the Kelvin Smith Library ensured that the license would grant access for the entire campus. The database has over a quarter of a million constantly updated entries for work and study abroad and in the United States. Check out this resource on the KSL Research Database list.

The deadline to register for the Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House has been extended. RSVP to Open House 2007. The seasonal social is open to all university faculty and staff member and will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., December 14.

A university-wide public forum has been created by the Task Force on Diversity for the University Strategic Plan. All university community members, including alumni and people in surrounding neighborhoods, are invited to post. Users to this forum must have a Case ID in order to post and/or read this thread. Posts to the forum will be sent via e-mail to Beth McGee, chair of the task force and faculty diversity officer.

For Faculty & Staff

Beginning January 1, 2008, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 50.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The new rate for business miles compares to a rate of 48.5 cents per mile for 2007. The university policy is to reimburse at the IRS rate.

For Students

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Students who love breakfast food at any time of the day should partake of the Late-Night Breakfast fare as part of finals week. Head over to Leutner or Fribley Commons beginning at 9:30 p.m., December 13 and choose from a variety of menu options. The Case Cheese Club will also provide samples of chesses and fondues. Free, but students need to bring a Case ID.

Reminder: The Writing Resource Center will offer limited hours through December 18. View available hours online. All writing appointments on December 17 and 18 will be held in Bellflower Hall only. Questions: Send e-mail to the Writing Center.

Events

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 11, 2007

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to: case-daily@case.edu.

Case in the News

Spartans clean up at UAA awards

The Plain Dealer, December 11, 2007
The Case Western Reserve football team captured co-Rookie of the Year, co-Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coaching Staff of the Year awards from the University Athletic Association.

Meet the 'Lance Armstrong' mouse

CNN.com, December 10, 2007
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have created a new breed of mouse that some people are affectionately calling the "Lance Armstrong mouse."

Medicare patients screened infrequently for colon cancer

Medpage Today, December 10, 2007
Fewer than a third of Medicare patients are screened for colon cancer despite current guidelines and recommendations, investigators here have found. Three-fourths of high-risk patients did undergo screening, but they constituted a small minority of the entire study population, Gregory S. Cooper and Tzuyung Doug Kou of Case Western Reserve University reported in the January 2008 issue of Cancer.

Higher Ed News

Harvard's aid bonanza

Inside Higher Ed, December 11, 2007
Harvard University on Monday unveiled a new approach to financial aid and a new definition of "middle income." The result will be substantially more generous aid packages for Harvard students with families that have incomes up to $180,000. Harvard is also eliminating all loans from aid packages and eliminating home equity in calculations of family wealth.

What did the professor say? Check your iPod

The New York Times, December 11, 2007
Students staring at their iPod screens may be taking a break with a music video—or they may be reviewing a tough chemistry lecture. At least two companies now sell software to universities and other institutions that captures the words of classroom lectures and syncs them with the digital images used during the talk—usually PowerPoint slides and animations.

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