The Arrival of Twins Heralds Sleep Deprivation for Moms and Dads


It's common sense that having twin babies in the house means double feeding, diaper changing and cuddling.

This brings up the question about how much sleep parents of twins get between all the double duties of caring for the new arrivals. Getting a good night's rest for parents of twins is under study by Elizabeth Damato, an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Damato's research will provide some of the first scientific evidence about the sleep patterns of parents of twins in the three-month postpartum period following the births, when parents experience the most adjustments to life with the new babies. Many twins also are born premature and require additional vigilance in their care.

She will also be following parents for three months to gather information about their sleep quality, level of fatigue and mood to see if there are changes over time. Read more.

ITS, Campus Community on Alert Against E-mail Scams

Information Technology Services continues to ask faculty, staff and students to be on alert for e-mail "Spear Phishing" attacks or other potential e-mail scams. Some of these messages use a forged e-mail "Reply-To:" address that looks like a address but is not. Other spoofed messages, like a recent one from "Elsevier" may request technical papers and ask for documents to be sent to an unfamiliar, yet seemingly legitimate, e-mail address.

The intent of most phish messages is to fool users and convince them to provide their network ID and password to the scammers, who then immediately turn and access Web-based e-mail systems to send further spam. According to reports, attackers use the IDs and passwords to log into Web-based accounts and change passwords -- even alter secret security questions so they can get back into the account after the real users change their passwords. Other phish, like the one asking for technical papers, will likely land individuals on a spam list of persons with similar interests.

The university will never ask for a password, but does request that members of the campus community be diligent in protecting university information. Sensitive information is not to be sent via e-mail without encryption. Learn how to guard against phishing and sign up for updates regarding IT security on the ITS Security Web site. Information about encryption is forthcoming.

Campus News

The Information Technology Services (ITS) open forum scheduled for July 17 has been canceled. The next ITS open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., August 21 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Hugh Alan Ross Sr., professor emeritus of law, will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon on July 12 in Judson Manor's grand ballroom, 1890 East 107th St. in Cleveland. Ross, who died April 27, was on the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty from 1954 to 1990, and devoted himself to the advancement of civil rights, especially with regard to racial and gender equality. To RSVP for the memorial service call (602) 808-9500.

For Faculty and Staff


During the summer semester, the ERP Training Team will be conducting half-hour information sessions on how to submit student grades via the Grade Roster in the Faculty Center. The sessions will be held from: 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 17 in Nord Hall, Room 213; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 22 at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 105; 10:15-10:45 a.m., July 24 in Nord Hall, Room 410; and 1:15-1:45 p.m., July 25 in Nord Hall, Room 410. Registration is not necessary. Training on the Grade Roster will continue throughout the coming terms to coincide with periods when instructors submit grades. Information on the Grade Roster is available in the SIS Faculty Guide. Instructions for entering grades in SIS are available online as Quick Reference Guides for both instructors and assigned grading proxies. Contact the ERP Training Team via e-mail with any questions.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Recognitions, a collaborative project of the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, is on display through September 15 at the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Avenue, suite 1300. The exhibit was curated by Arnaud Gerspacher, a graduate of the art history and art program.

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July 10, 2008

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Case in the News

Research suggests moon might contain water

The Columbus Dispatch, July 9, 2008
There may be water inside the moon, according to new research. James Van Orman, associate professor of experimental petrology and geochemistry at Case Western Reserve University, developed a model that simulates what happened to water on the moon.

Nonprofits get lessons in running money-making enterprises

The Plain Dealer, July 9, 2008
The best way to run a business that raises money for a worthy cause is to run it like any other for-profit business, an executive told a crowd gathered for a seminar at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Wardrobe essentials for the young professional, July 9, 2008
Alyson Suter Alber, assistant dean of admissions at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, knows how to dress in a professional environment. But many of her students, who depart for some of the nation's top law firms after three years of jeans, khakis and tank tops, often do not.

NanoMedicine summit returns to Cleveland September 25-26, July 8, 2008
The Nano-Network, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and Case Western Reserve University will partner to host a national summit to explore the use of nanoparticles for diagnostics, imaging and therapeutics to improve medical treatment and patient care.

Higher Ed News

Online 'textbooks' see college doors opening

USA TODAY, July 10, 2008
As textbook prices skyrocket, college students and faculty seeking more affordable options increasingly are turning to "open textbooks" as an alternative. Open textbooks are free textbooks available online that are licensed to allow users to download, customize and print any part of the text.

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