School of Dental Medicine Research Concludes Elderly More Likely to Deny Smoking

Monica Fisher

More elderly adults are lighting up cigarettes and not reporting their nicotine habits to doctors and others, according to new a new study by researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and other university collaborators.

The study -- one of the first to examine the accuracy of self-reported smoking habits by age, race and gender of adults 18 years and older -- indicates nearly 10 percent of people from all age and race groups studied were true smokers but had denied it. The findings bring into question the validity of using self-reported tobacco use when conducting research projects, reporting tobacco use by the general public or caring for individuals with chronic diseases related to smoking.

The research, "Age and Race/Ethnicity-Gender Predictors of Denying Smoking, United States," appears in the current Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The lead author is Monica Fisher, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. Read more.

Campus News

Several volunteers are needed to assist with hands-on activities for the Shipwreck Sampler-Friday Family Night from 6-9:30 p.m., February 15 at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park headquarters, 8701 Lakeshore Blvd. This event introduces the community to the university's Center for Science and Mathematics Education's Shipwreck Camp 2008. To volunteer and for details, call 368-5075.

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The Men's Glee Club will deliver Singing Valentines around campus on February 14. The valentines cost $5, and can be purchased weekdays through February 12 at Leutner and Fribley commons from 5 to 9 p.m., and in the atrium at Nord Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In order to help offset expenses for Case Western Reserve students planning to participate in the Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans March 8-15, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) is selling Katrina Relief wristbands for $5. CCEL is located on the lower level of Thwing Center.

For Faculty & Staff

The School of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs seeks nominations for the 2008 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award recognizes the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. The foundation wishes to honor one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, along with scientific excellence by awarding each with a $1,000 prize. To receive a nomination form, send e-mail to Celena Howard-Townsend, or call 368-2212. Nominations are due by March 3 to the Office of Student Affairs, Room E421, or via fax to 368-8597.

For Students

Undergraduates seeking summer projects are invited to check out the SOURCE Web site for on-campus and off-campus opportunities. Application deadlines for remaining programs are approaching.

The February 2008 edition of the Mind Body Connection, the monthly newsletter from the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health, is available on the center's Web site. Archived editions also are online.

Events

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The School of Law's Center for Business Law & Regulation's Environmental Law Lecture will focus on the topic "An Environment Break Through? The Challenge of Climate Change, the Death of Environmentalism, and the Politics of Possibility" from 4:30-5:30 p.m., February 13 at the law school's Moot Courtroom (A59). The Breakthrough Institute's Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger will be the featured speakers. Free, open to the public. The event also will be webcast live.

The Weatherhead Business Fellowship is hosting David Pugh, chief executive office of Applied Industrial Technologies, from noon to 1:30 p.m., February 11 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 02. Pugh will be sharing his insights about running one of the most efficient industrial distributors in North America and how his faith helped him navigate the corporate world. Free, open to all Weatherhead students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided.

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 7, 2008

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Case in the News

Elderly more likely to deny smoking when asked

Physorg.com, February 7, 2008
More elderly adults are lighting up cigarettes and not reporting their nicotine habits to doctors and others, according to findings from one of the first studies to examine the accuracy of self-reported smoking habits by age, race and gender of adults 18 years and older by researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and other university collaborators. Monica Fisher, an associate professor at the dental school, is the study's lead author.

Developers see promise in our region

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 4, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Brian Tucker, publisher of Crain's Cleveland Business, writes that despite the gloomy outlook given by media about Northeast Ohio's foreclosure crisis, developers still have an interest in creating projects in the area. He says some of this interest is tied to the Regional Transit Authority's Euclid Corridor project, which will connect transit opportunities in Public Square to areas like University Circle and institutions such as Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Next generation president

Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2008
Some high profile appointments have created a sense that the college and university presidency is diversifying. While the numbers of women leading campuses have been increasing, the rate of growth has slowed, and the increases for non-white presidents have become minimal. The most dramatic change among college presidents in recent years may not be increased diversity, but increased longevity in office.

Regulation of college endowments has support in House

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, February 7, 2008
A controversial idea to require colleges and universities to pay out more from their endowment assets annually seems to be gaining traction among both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives.

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