Andean Highlands in Chile Yield Ancient South American Armored Mammal Fossil


A paleontological dig in Chile at an altitude of more than 14,000 feet in the Andes has yielded fossils of an 18-million-year-old armored mammal. It appears to be one of the most primitive members of a family of extinct mammals known as "glyptodonts," a group closely related to the modern-day armadillo.

Darin Croft from Case Western Reserve University, John Flynn from the American Museum of Natural History and Andre R. Wyss from the University of California Santa Barbara report the discovery and describe the mammal in the featured article for the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Researchers have named the animal, Parapropalaehoplophorus septentrionalis. They derived the first part of the name from the new mammal's resemblance to a slightly younger animal from Argentina (Propalaehoplophorus) . Septentrionalis means northern in Latin.

The newly discovered animal lived in the early Miocene epoch about 18 million years ago and its family went extinct about the time humans arrived in the New World. Read more. See related article.

Men's Basketball Team Lighting Up Opponents

sutton.jpg The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team has been lighting up opponents—just in time for the holidays—on its way to its second best start since the 1998-1999 season.

The Spartans have launched their 2007-2008 season by winning seven of their first nine games (also 7-2 in 1998-99 and 2005-06). Case Western Reserve is scoring 85.1 points per game and is only yielding 72.0 points, a margin of 12.9 points per game. The Spartans also lead the University Athletic Association (UAA) with 83 three-point field goals and a .419 three-point field goal percentage.

The team travels to Tampa Bay, Fla., in late December for the Tampa Bay Shootout. Once the Spartans finish their games in the Sunshine State, they start UAA conference play. View the team's full schedule. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management Tax Preparation Program will get under way in 2008 and needs volunteers to help area residents complete and file tax forms. Now entering its eighth year, the program has assisted more than 5,600 taxpayers throughout Cleveland. Interested persons can receive free training on basic tax preparation on January 19, 2008. To volunteer and for other information, contact Mamta Soni and Sabrina Chiu by e-mail to Tax Service 2008.

As part of the university's ongoing initiatives to conserve energy, the Department of Facilities Services will be reducing heat, ventilation and lighting levels over the next university holidays: Christmas and New Year's. View a list of the dates, times and buildings affected. Direct questions to the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations at 368-2580.

showcase_200pix.jpgProposals are being accepted through January 31 for Research ShowCASE 2008, being held April 16 and 17. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

For Faculty & Staff

The Department of Human Resources extends an invitation to a free 90-minute interactive seminar designed to promote teamwork, performance improvement, change management and Dale Carnegie methodologies. The seminar will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 13 in the Inamori Center, in the lower level of Crawford Hall. Bring a lunch. Register by e-mail to

For Students

Have a favorite professor this fall? If so, nominate him or her for the 2008 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Students and recent graduates can nominate outstanding faculty for this prestigious award, which will be presented at Commencement in May. An electronic nomination form for fall 2007 undergraduate faculty is available online. Award program is sponsored by the Share the Vision Committee.


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December 12, 2007

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Case in the News

NetWellness: Talking in sleep is not uncommon

Cincinnati Post, December 11, 2007
Dennis Auckley, director of the MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine in Cleveland and an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, pens the Netwellness column, an online service provided by faculty from a consortium of Ohio colleges and universities.

Make science part of the debate

Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2007 (op-ed)
Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University and a member of the organization, ScienceDebate2008, offers his views, along with author, Chris Mooney, as to why the presidential candidates should make science and technology key issues.

Lincoln students hit 'lottery'

Coschocton Tribune, December 11, 2007
Eric Bettinger, associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, pulled numbered balls in a lottery as part of an incentive program that offers cash to students who score well on state achievement tests.

Higher Ed News

Debates persist over subsidies for immigrant college students

The New York Times, December 12, 2007
Go to college, we urge our children. College is the new high school, and without an undergraduate degree, they will be doomed to low-earning, second-rate lives. Yet we send the opposite message to thousands of young people because they have been brought into this country illegally by their parents, sometimes when they were toddlers, or remained beyond their visa deadlines.

N.Y. attorney general announces settlement with lender that had agreements with 63 athletics programs

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2007 (subscription required)
Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State's attorney general, announced a settlement on Tuesday with a lender accused of deceiving thousands of students and providing financial kickbacks to some of the country's biggest athletics departments.

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