New Edition of Ohio Politics Covers Memorable Last Decade of State's Political Development

ohiopoliticscover.jpg The pages to read on how Ohio became a pivotal state in national politics over the past decade are found in Ohio Politics, edited by Case Western Reserve University political scientist Alexander P. Lamis. The book is the only comprehensive study of the state's post-World War II political development.

Lamis, associate professor of political science in the university's College of Arts and Sciences and a co-editor of the new book with Brian Usher, organized a team of Ohio academics and journalists to study all of the gubernatorial eras since 1944 as well as all of the state's major political institutions. Kent State University Press published the first edition in 1994 under Lamis's editorship as well as the 2007 expanded and updated edition.

"This book is the place to turn to fully understand the vital battleground state of Ohio," Lamis wrote. "To achieve this understanding requires delving deeply into all aspects of the state's political system." Read more.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Awards Staff Development Honor

aylor.jpg Joan Aylor works as a study coordinator in the Sleep and Epidemiology Research Center (SERC) located within the Center for Clinical Investigation at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It is a national sleep research interpretation center for a number of large-scale studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by principal investigator Susan Redline.

When asked to describe her work, Aylor says she's a "Jane of all trades," handling all aspects of office management, grants, research reports and documentation, blood collection and tracking, finances and budget. Her efforts to create an efficient research environment for faculty and colleagues as well as the host of sleep study participants has not gone unnoticed.

Nearly 30 coworkers and supervisors repeatedly used those words to describe Aylor on nomination forms for a department award. As a result, Aylor became this year's recipient of the Joan Harris Staff Development Award [refer to page 7 in PDF], given annually to a non-faculty staff member at the medical school who most exemplifies Harris's characteristics of leadership and commitment. Harris began work at the medical school in 1968 and became associate dean for faculty affairs in 1989, retiring in 1992. Read more.

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December 27, 2007

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Case in the News

Handwritten thank-you notes go a long way

The Plain Dealer, December 27, 2007
Bioethicist Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University comments about the benefits of expressing gratitude.

Non-profits focus on finding operating money

The Plain Dealer, December 26, 2007
Columnist cites a new partnership between the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University and a Washington, D.C., based-organization to help local groups examine new ways to secure funds for operating costs.

Debt, divorce drove change

St. Petersburg, December 23, 2007
Psychiatrist Phillip Resnick of Case Western Reserve University offers his insight as to what might have led a Clearwater, Fla., man to kill himself and members of his family.

Has Northeast Ohio's Alzheimer's registry survived its loss of federal funding?

The Plain Dealer, December 23, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Case Medical Center are cited in this story for their financial support for the Ohio-based Alzheimer's registry.

Higher Ed News

Weighing expansion as more top students clamor at ivy gates

The New York Times, December 26, 2007
With ever more students pressing at their gates, admissions officers at selective colleges find themselves having to reject what Anthony W. Marx, president of Amherst College, calls "astonishing applicants."

Mind game: The Higher ed quiz

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 26, 2007 (subscription required)
Test your higher-ed IQ on the Chronicle's annual news quiz.

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