Kay Redfield Jamison Will Explore Creativity, Madness During March 18 Distinguished Lecture

Kay Redfield Jamison

When Kay Redfield Jamison, Case Western Reserve University's 2008 Distinguished Lecturer, takes the stage at Severance Hall, campus researchers say she will offer a message of encouragement for those challenged with the mood swings of bipolar disorder. She will explore the psychological disorder's impact on the daily lives of individuals and how it has resulted in the creation of art during her free, public talk, "Creativity and Madness," at 5:30 p.m., March 18.

"Dr. Jamison is an internationally recognized psychologist and scholar in the study of the phenomenology, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder," said Joseph R. Calabrese, professor of psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and co-director of the Bipolar Disorders Research Center at Case Medical Center, a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland.

In addition to her scholarship, Jamison has struggled with the disorder. She wrote about her experience in her best-selling memoir, An Unquiet Mind. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Psychologist Surprised by Gender Differences in Forgiving

Julie Juola Exline

Forgiveness can be a powerful means to healing, but it does not come naturally for both sexes. Men have a harder time forgiving than women do, according to Case Western Reserve University psychologist Julie Juola Exline. But that can change if men develop empathy toward an offender by seeing they may also be capable of similar actions. Then the gender gap closes, and men become less vengeful.

Exline is the lead author on the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology's article "Not so Innocent: Does Seeing One's Own Capability for Wrongdoing Predict Forgiveness?" She collaborated with researchers Roy Baumeister and Anne Zell from Florida State University; Amy Kraft from Arizona State; and Charlotte Witvliet from Hope College.

In seven forgiveness-related studies Exline conducted between 1998 through 2005 with more than 1,400 college students, gender differences between men and women consistently emerged. Read more.

Campus News


Squire Valleevue Farm will once again host the "Summer in the Country" program with courses in creative writing, fine arts and the natural sciences. New this year is a course for seasoned and/or new gardeners, and a series of lectures about planning a garden will be held in May. Participants will have the opportunity to rent a garden plot at the farm. A brochure is forthcoming. For additional information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090, or refer to the department's Web site.

The nomination deadline for the 2008 John S. Diekhoff Award for excellency in graduate student mentoring has been extended to March 7. Submit nominations of full-time faculty in the humanities and social sciences in 200 words via e-mail with the subject line "Diekhoff Nomination." Sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the School of Graduate Studies. For complete details, go to the John S. Diekhoff Award Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The next session sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will focus on the topic of "Concept Maps" from noon to 1 p.m., March 6 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Discussion will be about organizing course content around a few key ideas, which in turn are related to still important but secondary ideas. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

Doctoral Fitting Days for all new Ph.D., J.D., M.D., D.N.P., D.M.D. and D.M.A. graduates will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 5 at the School of Law's Gund Hall. Students will be measured for academic regalia, and can register to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Representatives from the University Bookstore and the Commencement Office will be on hand to assist students with graduation planning and celebration needs.


Students who are looking to be role models, leaders and a resource on campus are invited to apply for a position as an Orientation Leader. Information sessions are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Thursday this month at the Sears Building, Room 372. Application deadline is March 31. For information, contact Kate Kraus via e-mail, or by phone at 368-8827. In addition, view the Orientation Boogie, a new university tradition.

Today is the deadline to enter a logo design for this year's Greek Week theme of Greek Week Legends: The Untold Story. Submissions must pertain to the theme and include the title and subtitle. The winning designer will receive $50. Send designs via e-mail to Chris Jennewein.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature James Kaszura, Peter Zimmerman and Moses Bockarie from the Case Center for Global Health and Diseases on the topic of "Malaria: An Evolving Arms Race Among People, Parasites and Mosquitoes," beginning at 6:30 p.m., March 10 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

March 4, 2008

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Case in the News

First three tenants in line for Clinic's cardio center

Case Crain's Cleveland Business, March 3, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Interventional Imaging Inc. will be one of the first clients of the new Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center. Interventional Imaging is a medical device company founded by two doctors with ties to Case Western Reserve University: Jeffrey Duerk, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, and Jonathan Lewin, a former professor and vice chairman for research and academic affairs in the radiology department.

After presidential bids, Kucinich battles to stay in House

Houston Chronicle, March 3, 2008
Two failed White House campaigns have left Dennis Kucinich fighting for his political life against the toughest, best-financed challenge in his 12-year congressional career. Alexander Lamis, assistant professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Renewing 'Made in the USA'

Washington Post, March 4, 2008
In an op-ed piece, Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, offers suggestions for solving America's manufacturing problems.

Study: Women more forgiving than men

United Press International, March 3, 2008
Forgiveness does not come equally naturally to both sexes -- men have a harder time forgiving than women do, according to a recent study. Julie Juola Exline, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, was the lead researcher.

Higher Ed News

Google plans to expand book-scanning partnerships

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, March 4, 2008
Google plans to expand its Book Search project, which has scanned more than a million books in conjunction with several college libraries, among other institutions.

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