Campus Community Can Help Debeljak
on Road to Becoming Coach of the Year


Beginning today, the Case Western Reserve University community has an opportunity to help Greg Debeljak get recognized on a national level for his coaching abilities.

For the third consecutive year, Debeljak, head football coach, has been named one of five finalists (NCAA Division III) for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year (COY) award. He is the only three-time finalist at the Division III level.

Campus community members can each vote once daily through Dec. 29 for the Coach of the Year honor. In addition to the votes, members of the College Football Hall of Fame and national media ensure all candidates are evaluated fairly. Votes will be tallied Dec. 30-Jan. 5, and the winners in Division I, II and III will be announced Jan. 6 at a media luncheon in Newport Beach, Calif. Read more.

Pennies for Peace Campaign Raises $6,000


The Case Western Reserve University campus community responded in what amounts to 600,011 pennies for the Pennies for Peace campaign to raise $6,000.11. All those jars of pennies around campus this fall will help the educational endeavors of the Central Asia Institute, under the direction of Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" and the 2009 Convocation speaker.

The Pennies for Peace campaign was organized by Audra Horomanski, a third-year double major in biology and Spanish; Kate Police Kraus, orientation director; and Mayo Bulloch, chair of the Common Reading Book Committee and director of Educational Enhancement Programs.

Mortenson's story has compelled college students to join in his humanitarian efforts. The national bestseller, "Three Cups of Tea," chronicles a lost mountain climber's encounter with people in rural Pakistan. Their life-saving generosity inspired Mortenson to return their kindness with a new school for the village children. One school inspired another one and another in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Campus News

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is seeking volunteers to test-use SpamWeeder–a new technology developed at Case Western Reserve to fight spam e-mail. SpamWeeder allows users to selectively block entire spam campaigns without affecting their other e-mails. To participate, users need to install SpamWeeder plugins for the Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird mail client. Most computer platforms are supported, including Windows, Mac and Linux. Users who sign up by Jan. 31 will be invited to participate in a drawing for a free iPod. Go online for more details.


Cash donations are being accepted through 5 p.m. today in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (Thwing Center, Room 110) for the baby products toiletries drive. Donations, which benefit the the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Association, will help needy families during the holidays. The drive is sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government, Thwing Center and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.

Case Daily will not publish the week of Dec. 28. All year-end notices should be submitted via e-mail to by Monday, Dec. 21, in order to run by Wednesday, Dec. 23.

For Faculty and Staff

Today is the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign deadline. Case Western Reserve employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands by donating to an agency of their choice.

For Students

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors office (SOURCE) and the Case School of Engineering announce the Alcoa Campus Partnership Program Spring 2010 Undergraduate Research Internship. The application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 16. Learn more.


Quire Cleveland, the professional choral ensemble now in its second season, will present "Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds." The concert will celebrate music from around the globe at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 regular admission, $7 for seniors and students. One child will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult, senior or student. Additional children are $5. Tickets can be purchased online. The choir is directed by Case Western Reserve's Peter Bennett.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland marked World AIDS Day with the 11th Annual Voices Against the Silence awards, where four individuals and two organizations were honored. The AIDS Clinical Trials Unit of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals was recently honored for its work in increasing HIV and AIDS awareness efforts in Northeast Ohio. Learn more.

December 15, 2009

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Case in the News

Stress has a purpose, but too much stress has health consequences

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 15, 2009
Stress has its place, but too much ravages the body and mind. "There is no organ in the body that is immune from the effects of stress," says Thomas Chelimsky, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of autonomic disorders at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Theorists propose a new way to shine and a new kind of star: 'Electroweak'

Science Daily, Dec. 14, 2009
For some stellar objects, the final phase before or instead of collapsing into a black hole may be what a group of physicists is calling an electroweak star. Glenn Starkman, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, together with former graduate students and post-docs De-Chang Dai and Dejan Stojkovic, now at the State University of New York in Buffalo, and Arthur Lue, at MIT's Lincoln Lab, offer a description of the structure of an electroweak star in a paper submitted to Physical Review Letters.

Book review: Man and master

The Economist, Dec. 10, 2009
For all the books written about artists' muses and patrons, relatively few explore the role of mentors, perhaps because the presence of a teacher threatens to deprive the artist of his or her status as a self-made genius. In "Tom and Jack," Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University, looks resolutely at the art of Jackson Pollock through the work and life of his mentor, Thomas Hart Benton. In so doing, he casts new light on the legendary abstract expressionist.

Cuyahoga County can't afford treatment for influx of female addicts seeking help

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 12, 2009
What will become of the Cleveland women reaching out for drug treatment? Are there enough programs to handle the influx of clients? The answer is a blunt no, say leaders in the recovery field. Maria Pagano, assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, comments.

Physicians aware of choking game; Few treat in practice

Modern Medicine, Dec. 14, 2009
Nearly two-thirds of physicians surveyed were aware of the choking game, an activity typically played by children and teenagers, that has been linked to numerous fatalities in recent years, but a small percentage discussed it with adolescent patients, according to research published online Dec. 14 in Pediatrics. Julie L. McClave of Case Western Reserve University and colleagues analyzed data from a survey of 163 pediatricians and family practitioners who reported their knowledge and attitudes regarding this self-inflicted asphyxiation activity.

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability honors 8 with Champions awards

The Plain Dealer, Dec. 14, 2009
Entrepreneurs for Sustainability presented 2009 Champions of Sustainability awards to Ed Aghajanian, EZ Brite Brands; Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, Esperanza Threads; Ed Gordos, Western Reserve Foods and Middlefield Original Cheese; Nancy Hughes, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Jessie Jacobson and Jill Ziegler, Quicken Loans Arena and Forest City Enterprises; Linda Robson, sustainability fellow at Case Western Reserve University; and Lance Schmidt, F.G. Ayers.

Higher Ed News

Division III colleges debate role of sports

The Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2009
The notion of student-athletes as students first is integral to Division III, the NCAA's largest classification. But a growing body of research shows a considerable gap in classroom performance between Division III athletes and their counterparts in the overall student body. The mounting data is forcing the NCAA to consider such steps as tracking graduation rates and other measures of academic performance—a task now left up to individual schools.