May Wykle Urges Nurses to Influence Public Policy, Speaks at World Conference


Nurses can and must work to have a positive effect on the suffering and despair that springs from poor health care in impoverished areas around the world, says May Wykle, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Wykle will speak at length to the circular linkage of poverty and health care in a keynote address at the Healthy People for a Healthy World conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 26.

Wykle will discuss how the global poor are adversely affected by their limited access to health care and how better health care can lead to a reduction in poverty. The conference, taking place today through June 27, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more.

Case Western Reserve Graduate's Research Shows Running to Music Does Not Lower Exertion Levels


Acknowledging how the synchrony of motion and music has a positive effect on the enjoyment of repetitive activities, Esther Erb, a May 2008 graduate with a bachelor's degree in music and cognitive science, set out to find whether this positive effect could help reduce runners' perceived exertion levels during strenuous exercise.

The project subjected athletes to a series of runs while listening to iPods playing a mixture of silence, beat tracks and music. At the end of the experiment, the runners felt they exerted themselves more while listening to music than heart monitors actually measured. Read more.

Campus News

Printing Services will be closed for year-end inventory June 27 and 30. For printing emergencies, leave a message at 368-2550.


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to attend an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., June 26 at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. University employees can find out more about advancing or beginning nonprofit careers, and how to take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a summer series of informal lunchtime discussions meant to provide campus teachers and researchers from all areas of the university an opportunity to get together to raise and discuss issues of interest in relation to their research, teaching and campus community life. These discussions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The June 26 topic is "Nontraditional Scholarship in the Internet Age." Peter Friedman, associate professor of law, and Anne Helmreich, professor of art history and director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, will lead the discussion. Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.


Due to popular demand, the training and development committees of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) have extended the deadline for the fundraising cookbook In Case You're Cooking to July 3. Proceeds will benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. To submit a recipe, go online to G&R Publishing Co. The username is sac and the password is seef.

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has reopened the search process for a 2008-2009 resident assistant position. Job requirements, description and application information are available online. The early consideration deadline is July 9. Send an e-mail to Jamie Elwell with questions.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert will feature smooth jazz from Hubb's Groove, and pop and blues music from Councilman Kevin Conwell & Footprints. In the event of rain, the WOW concerts scheduled through July 30 will move into the large tents on Wade Oval.

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.

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.

June 25, 2008

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Case in the News

Judge says Cuyahoga prosecutors withheld evidence, June 24, 2008
A judge has accused prosecutors of withholding evidence and failing to request DNA tests in the murder trial of four family members accused in a girl's stabbing. Prosecutors get to decide what information defense attorneys see. But the state has to give defense attorneys any exculpatory information that may help a defendant during a trial or sentencing, said Lewis Katz, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Hillel goes to the farm, June 23, 2008
Juliana Gildener-Leapman, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, joined eight other students to spend a week at the Kayam Farm & Environmental Education Center at the Pearlstone Retreat Center as part of Hillel's organic farm alternative break.

Neural implant that learns with the brain

Medical News Today, June 24, 2008
Devices known as brain-machine interfaces could someday be used routinely to help paralyzed patients and amputees control prosthetic limbs with just their thoughts. Now, University of Florida researchers have taken the concept a step further, devising a way for computerized devices not only to translate brain signals into movement but also to evolve with the brain as it learns. Dawn Taylor, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, said the results of the study add a new dimension to brain-machine interface research.

New colon cancer test makes screening easier

The Plain Dealer, June 24, 2008
The American Cancer Society, which estimates there will be about 108,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,700 new cases of rectal cancer this year, added the stool DNA test to its screening guidelines this spring. Sanford Markowitz, who is on the faculty at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and his research team helped develop the technology behind the stool DNA test.

Modified gene helps locate stem cells

The Daily Utah Chronicle, June 11, 2008
University of Utah researchers might have found a solution in the struggle to find stem cells in adult organs. Maxwell Mehlman, director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Survey finds that only half of college students use e-books

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, June 24, 2008
If a recent survey of college students paints an accurate picture, e-books have a long way to go before becoming mainstream. Of 6,452 students worldwide who responded to the survey, 3,132, or 49 percent, said they never use e-books.

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