Case Western Reserve Planetary Geologist Part of NASA's MESSENGER Mission to Mercury


NASA has selected Case Western Reserve University geophysicist Steven A. Hauck II as one of 23 "participating scientists" to join a team collecting and analyzing data from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. MESSENGER, an autonomous spacecraft, is expected to reach the innermost planet in January.

Hauck, an assistant professor in geological sciences in the university's College of Arts and Sciences, is leading the six-year, $560,000 NASA-funded project. His research will use data from MESSENGER to refine information about Mercury's interior and how the planet has evolved. Andreas Ritzer, a doctoral graduate student, will also be involved in the project with Hauck.

As part of the project, Hauck has joined the mission science team that will guide the MESSENGER spacecraft's collection, calibration, initial analysis and archiving of data aimed at addressing major unanswered questions about Mercury's origin and history. Read more.

Ensemble REBEL Back by Popular Demand to Chapel Court and Countryside Series


The Department of Music continues the 22nd season of Chapel, Court and Countryside: Early Music at Harkness at 7:30 p.m., February 9 in the university's Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Road, with a concert by the international ensemble REBEL. The program offers late baroque and rococo music, played on baroque violins and violas, baroque cello, recorder, baroque flute, harpsichord and organ. Read more.

Campus News

Case Daily will not publish on Monday or Tuesday, December 24 and 25, due to the university observance of the Christmas holiday. Publication will resume on Wednesday, December 26.

Calling hours for Littleton "L.T." Organ, who died December 13, will be held all day until 9 tonight at the William A. Gaines Funeral Home, 9116 Union Ave. Organ, who was part of the university community for 17 years, was a biographical maintenance and gift processor in the office of Advancement Services. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m., December 22, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service at the Allen Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 9333 Miles Ave.

The university evening shuttle bus will have adjusted hours during the winter break. Effective December 22, only one campus evening shuttle bus will be running for the north and south side route. Shuttle bus times will be 5:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The day shuttle routes will maintain regular schedules. Christmas and New Year's Eve will have normal evening hours of operation, 5:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. All university shuttle routes will be inactive on Christmas and New Year's Day. All university shuttle routes will resume regular hours of operation on January 12.

For Faculty & Staff

The office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars reminds all non-resident aliens to complete an 8233 form for 2008 tax purposes by December 31. Stop by the office located in Sears 212 to complete this form.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


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.

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Robert Clarke Brown, Case Western Reserve's treasurer, was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Washington National and Washington Dulles Airports. Under his new appointment, Brown's term will continue through 2011. He is currently chair of the board's Strategic Development Committee, and will become chair of the board's Finance Committee in January.

Latisha James, director of Case Western Reserve's Center for Community Partnerships, recently received the Umoja/Unity Award from the Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center in Cleveland for her efforts to facilitate and foster programs and services of mutual benefit to the university and the community at large. The awards program honors leaders and individuals who strive to make a difference in the community. The Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center works to bridge the digital divide gap in inner-city neighborhoods by providing free technology classes.

The annual food drive organized by the Graduate Student Senate resulted in almost 400 pounds of food and $1,700 in cash raised for the Cleveland Food Bank. The chemistry department donated the most, with the pharmacology and biology departments coming in at second and third, respectively.

December 21, 2007

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Case in the News

Is Cleveland ready to take the Superman challenge and honor The Man of Steel?

The Plain Dealer, December 20, 2007
Michael Sangiacomo, a Plain Dealer reporter and comic book columnist, writes that because Superman was conceptualized in Cleveland, the city should do more to acknowledge this claim to fame. Sangiacomo teaches a comic books course at Case Western Reserve University.

Case medical school stops practicing on live dogs, cats, ferrets

The Plain Dealer, December 21, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has stopped using live dogs, cats and ferrets to teach surgeries and other techniques, and it plans to also eliminate pigs from classroom laboratories.

Mandel Center to launch nonprofit Wealth Initiative

Cleveland Jewish News, December 21, 2007
The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, in partnership with Community Wealth Ventures Inc., announces the Cleveland Community Wealth Initiative, an 18-month project to help nonprofits develop new revenue streams and reduce their dependency on donations.

Cheers & Jeers

The Plain Dealer, December 21, 2007
The newspaper's staff praises the Cleveland Foundation for its $3.6 million grant to a new energy institute at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

A broad review of college tax compliance

Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2007
The Internal Revenue Service plans to survey hundreds of colleges and universities in 2008 to better understand how they invest and use their endowments, set executive compensation, and calculate their unrelated business income.

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