University to Host Open Forums on Strategic Planning


The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled three open forums in February so that faculty, staff, students and alumni can offer comments and questions about the emerging goals and priorities. All the forums are scheduled for Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building, 11000 Euclid Avenue, at the following times:

Primary Group

Tuesday, February 12

3:30-5 p.m.


Thursday, February 14

3:30-5 p.m.


Tuesday, February 19

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Faculty, staff and students who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others. Alumni are invited to attend any of the forums. Members of the Steering Committee will be present at the forums to hear the discussion.

Recently generated documents associated with the planning process, including reports of the Issues Task Forces and preliminary submissions from the college and the schools, can be found at the University Plan Web site.

Dental Medicine School to Help Give Kids A Smile for Sixth Straight Year

In response to the Ohio Dental Association's sixth annual Give Kids A Smile! Day Ohio, the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will join Cleveland dentists in bringing smiles to the faces of needy children. Give Kids A Smile! Day is February 1, although many events across the state will occur or continue throughout the year.

The Cleveland event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 1 at the School of Dental Medicine clinic. Volunteer dentists from the Greater Cleveland Dental Society in partnership with Case Western Reserve faculty and dental students will provide free dental care to an estimated 400 children from low income areas of the city. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to a farewell reception in honor of Kenneth Basch from 3:30-5:30 p.m., February 12 in the Hovorka Atrium. Basch, vice president for campus planning and operations at Case Western Reserve since 2002, will become the executive director of Wake Forest properties at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

The Resonance all-campus blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 7, both dates in Nord Hall, Room 310. Participants who donate blood will receive an American Red Cross "Feel The Vibe" T-Shirt, and will be treated to food provided by Jimmy John's, Guarinos, Qdoba and Quiznos, along with live music. In addition, the National Marrow Donor Program will be tissue typing on both days. Schedule an appointment online by using sponsor code: casewestern. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins also are welcome. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and present a valid photo ID. For more information, go to the American Red Cross Web site.

The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law will host the first international congress for the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Human Genomics researchers May 1-3. The theme is the challenge of translating research across cultures and disciplines into practical recommendations for scientists and policy makers. Registration is available online, or refer to the ELSI Web site for more details.

For Faculty & Staff

The Faculty Diversity Office is sponsoring a free, three-part workshop series for faculty featuring money management educators. The first session, "Tax Favored Investing," is from 12:30-2 p.m., February 1 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This session will provide faculty members with a solid foundation for proper long-term tax-conscious planning. For questions, contact Amanda Shaffer at 368-8874 or via the Faculty Diversity Office e-mail.

For Students


Today is the deadline to submit abstracts for Research ShowCASE 2008, which takes place April 16 and 17 at Veale Center. 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.

The International Women's Group, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Career Center, and International Student Services is sponsoring "Career Tips and Networking in the U.S." for international students and members of the International Women's Group from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., February 8 at the Sears Building, Room 350. Come learn about job and internship strategies, networking skills, volunteering and more. RSVP to Katie Hanna.

Urban Elementz and the Undergraduate Student Government are co-hosting a Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Patrick Chen, founder/creator of Dance 2XS Inc. and creator and producer of Project Element 2007, at 1 p.m., February 2 in Carlton Commons. Cost is $20. Details available on the Urban Elementz MySpace page.



Stop by Thwing Center beginning at 11:30 a.m., February 5 to celebrate Mardi Gras and a little taste of New Orleans. There will be free food from Fat Fish Blue, free mask making, a Dixieland band and of course, plenty of beads. Sponsored by the University Program Board, the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and Thwing Center.

The topic for this week's Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group is "College Sports and Ethics," featuring speakers David Diles, director of athletics and chair of the university's physical education department; John Grabowski, the Krieger-Muller Associate Professor in Applied History and director of research at the Western Reserve Historical Society; and Joseph Prahl, Case School of Engineering faculty director for undergraduate recruiting and student life and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Hosted by Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Discussion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., February 1 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

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.

In Memoriam

Jerrel Ward Benson, associate professor emeritus of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, died January 16 at age 84. Benson, former chief of surgery at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Cleveland Surgical Society, the Pasteur Club and Central Surgical Society, and a founding member of the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons.

January 31, 2008

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Case in the News

Finding the door to a parallel universe

EurekaAlert, January 30, 2008
If there were a portal linking us to a parallel universe or some other region of space, how would we spot it? One suggestion is that it will give itself away by the curious way it bends light. Though no direct evidence for wormholes has been observed, this could be because they are disguised as black holes. Lawrence Krauss, a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Weak economy looms as Issue No. 1 as candidates head to Ohio

The Plain Dealer, January 31, 2008
Political scientists and economists won't be surprised if Ohio's economy emerges as a focus of the presidential race. Unlike much of the rest of the nation, Ohio's economy never fully rebounded from the last recession. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Periodontal disease associated with kidney disease

Reuters, January 31, 2008
Gum disease -- also referred to as periodontal disease -- and the loss of teeth are nontraditional risk factors that are independently associated with chronic kidney disease, according to the results of a new study. The research by Monica Fisher, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve Universitystrong>'s School of Dental Medicine, and colleagues has been published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Higher Ed News

Targeting 'the lost year'

Inside Higher Ed, January 31, 2008
Miami University of Ohio's soon-to-be-implemented two-year residential policy is part of an initiative to keep students engaged in ways that administrators hope first-year students are, through orientation, meetings and residence hall programming. Colleges across the country are looking at what's often called "the lost year" and developing programs intended to help with academic and social transitions.

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