Pacifier Use May Lower Risk of SIDS

Infant The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the third leading cause of infant death, may be lowered by using a pacifier. According to an article in Nursing for Women's Health written by Elizabeth Damato, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, neonatal health care practitioners should counsel new parents in the potential benefits of using a pacifier.

This advice follows the release of updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS, suggesting that pacifier use be encouraged for children less than one year of age.

"It's important to note that the AAP's pacifier recommendations are not unique," Damato said. "A variety of studies have indicated that pacifier use lowers the risk of SIDS, and several other countries have made similar recommendations." She stresses, however, that parents must be counseled on how to use pacifiers safely. Read more

Campus News

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is celebrating Women's History Month by bringing in noted storyteller and humorist Jane Curry. She will give a free performance of her one-woman show, "Nice Girls Don't Sweat," at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in Strosacker auditorium. In addition, the center is sponsoring a health and fitness fair from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Veale Center. Read more.

Case Police and Security Services are sponsoring a Rape Aggression Defense class open to all women, including non-university employees. The first class will meet Monday, April 2 in the Veale Center, with the remaining classes on the next three Mondays. Class size is limited. Send e-mail to Karen Gregor or call 368-6811 to register.

The second annual Samuel M. Savin SAGES Lecture, "Leadership Intellect: The Modern Educational Imperative," will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in Amasa Stone Chapel. Richard J. Scaldini, president of Myers University, will be the speaker. Read more details online. Free and open to campus.

The Implementation Committee (IC) of Case Western Reserve University's Branding Task Group seeks input from the campus community. Offer ideas online or in person by registering to attend a forum either at 5:30 today, March 28 in the Thwing Center, Spartan Room or at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 30 in Clapp Hall, Room 108. Read more about the process.

For Faculty & Staff

The March issue of Research Regulator, the quarterly human subjects research newsletter, is now available online. This newsletter offers a one-credit quiz for individuals enrolled in the Continuing Research Education Credit Program. Read the newsletter.

For Students

Online registration for the 2007 Commencement Convocation set for Sunday, May 20 will close on Sunday, April 1. All students who expect to receive a university diploma and wish to participate in commencement ceremonies need to register. This procedure also includes students who completed degree programs in August 2006 or January 2007. Visit the Commencement Web site to register and for other general information. A downloadable resource guide is also available online. Questions: Stop by the commencement office on the fourth floor of the BioEnterprise Building or send e-mail to

During the Community Hour on Friday, March 30, a Kuumba Fest cultural event will take place in Thwing Center atrium for second-year students. Stop in between the hours of 12:30-1:45 p.m. to relax and have food.


The Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Orthopaedics are hosting a two-day symposium April 3-4 to celebrate 40 years of interdisciplinary research in orthopaedic biomechanics through the Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials (MMM) Laboratories. The keynote speaker is Albert Burstein, one of the founders of the laboratory and internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the understanding of bone biomechanics and total joint replacement design. The symposium will also include lectures by current faculty as well as engineers and clinicians in the field. Register online or call 368-5403.

Steven Miles will be discussing the role some doctors are playing in the "War on Terror" along with his recent book, Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror. Free event begins at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in the School of Medicine, Room T-501. Details: Send e-mail to

March 28, 2007

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Case in the News

Law sector welcomes U.S. students, March 28, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School of Law students had the chance to take part in a unique learning experience last week at the third annual Case Western Cayman Seminar. Andrew Morris, professor and director of the law school's Center for Business Law and Regulation, explains the visit.

Paul Lauterbur, Nobel Prize winner, graduate of Case

The Plain Dealer, March 28, 2007
Physicist Paul Lauterbur, a graduate of Case Institute of Technology, now Case Western Reserve University, died Tuesday. He was 77. Lauterbur received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for giving physicians the ability to look inside the human body without using harmful radiation.

Higher Ed News

Inexorable march to a part-time faculty

Inside Higher Ed, March 28, 2007
New data from the U.S. Department of Education confirm what faculty leaders increasingly bemoan: The full-time, tenure-track faculty member is becoming an endangered species in American higher education.

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