Basketball Alumni to be Honored During Throwback Weekend February 15-17


Dick Howard remembers playing basketball in Adelbert Gymnasium five decades ago. He just might have been the finest basketball player of the modern Western Reserve University Red Cats era.

"That's a bunch of bull," Howard said earnestly. "Some great players went through 'Reserve.'"

Case Western Reserve University will honor those players as well as players from Case Institute of Technology Rough Riders and Mather College this weekend when it hosts its third annual Throwback Weekend February 15-17.

It all starts this Friday when the Spartan men's basketball team first puts on the Reserve maroon and the women Mather College gold and face Washington University. The women tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m., both in Adelbert Gym. Read more.

Security Alert

This alert is being included in Case Daily a second time to ensure the university community is informed.

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued a security alert regarding a robbery that occurred at 11 p.m., February 8 at 11610 Euclid Ave., the parking lot between the Triangle complex and the Cleveland Institute of Art "factory" building. The incident occurred off campus and did not involve anyone from the university community. Read the full alert.

Notification to be Made Available in Rare Instance of Weather-related Closure


Like many businesses in Cleveland, closure of Case Western Reserve University due to weather-related conditions is a rare occurrence. In the exceptional instance when classes may be cancelled, notification will be made available on the university's main Web site and on local radio and television stations.

Members of the university community also can call 216-368-9276 (WARN) -- a recorded greeting that does not accept voice mail messages -- for updates. The number must be dialed using the area code, even from a local or campus phone.

The university is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff. Any decision to close campus or cancel classes is based on a number of factors, including the projected ability to sustain safety considerations and normal operations.

Campus News

Due to an overload of the university's central mail server yesterday, the February 11 edition of Case Daily may not have reached some e-mail accounts. The blog version is available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled an open forum today, February 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Library especially so faculty can offer comments and ask questions about the university's emerging goals and priorities. Members of the steering committee will be present at the forum to hear the discussion. Cookies and coffee will be available.

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on "Successful Grant Writing" from noon to 1 p.m., February 14 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Psychology Professor Joseph Fagan has helped a large number of faculty write award-winning proposals, and during this session, he will discuss the criteria for successful grant writing. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate is hosting an "RTA Town Hall Meeting" from 12:30-2:30 p.m., February 15 at the Rockefeller Building, Room 301. Attendees will discuss a possible mandatory graduate student RTA rider pass. Free pizza, salad and soda will be available. Details about the proposal are available online.

Volunteer opportunities are available for students interested in tutoring and mentoring high school students. Case volunteers will provide free ACT exam tutoring to John Hay High School and Cleveland School of the Arts students for two hours a week beginning in late February and continuing through April. If interested, send email to Diane Lui.


The Evolutionary Biology Program at Case Western Reserve University is celebrating Charles Darwin's 199th birthday from 5-7 p.m. this evening in DeGrace Hall, Room 312. Attendees can enjoy birthday cake and a screening of Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, followed by a discussion. The program is a special two-hour NOVA documentary on the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, the first legal test of intelligent design as a scientific theory. Free, open to the public. For more information, call Barbara Reebel at 368-3703, or go online.


Join the Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., February 13 in Harkness Chapel for its first-ever chamber orchestra concert, featuring antiphonal brass by Gabrieli, wind and string serenades by Gounod and Elgar, and classic works by Mozart and Beethoven. Admission is 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.

February 12, 2008

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Case in the News

Schools eye Third Frontier stash

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 11, 2008
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Four local universities are seeking $109 million from the state's Third Frontier high-tech program to help form research clusters that aim to create jobs and put a national spotlight on Northeast Ohio. The University of Akron as well as Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State and Kent State universities are among 11 Ohio colleges that have submitted grant proposals.

Problems in blood drug lead to halt by factory

New York Times, February 12, 2008
A major maker of heparin, a blood thinner used widely in surgery and dialysis, has stopped making it after hundreds of patients reported severe allergic reactions to the drug, which is made from pig intestines. Jay Wish, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

When it comes to studying love, what's in a name?

National Post (Canada), February 9, 2008
For thousands of years, figuring out the meaning of love has been the exclusive domain of poets, philosophers, theologians and starry-eyed couples. But in recent years, scientists have begun to set their sights on love. Bioethicist Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University comments.

What anthropic reasoning can really tell us, February 8, 2008
Anthropic reasoning uses the fact that the universe seems fine-tuned to support life as we know it in order to explain various physical phenomena that are otherwise unexplained. Case Western Reserve University physicists Lawrence Krauss, Glenn Starkman and Irit Maor find this explanation troubling.

Good Samaritans rescue family from creek, February 9, 2008
A mother and her two children were rescued after their car plunged into Doan Creek. Several people came to their rescue, including Nathan Johnson, an analyst/programmer in the Center for Clinical Investigation at Case Western Reserve.

Higher Ed News

Data breaches hit more campuses

Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2008
A new report summarizing computer security incidents over the past year found that the number of losses and unauthorized disclosures of data increased markedly along with the number of colleges and universities affected.

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