Case Western Reserve Study Examines the Transition from Home to College


An increasing number of students are packing more than their computers and iPods when leaving for college. They are bringing along prescribed psychiatric medications.

And once on campus, experiencing new freedom from supervision by mom, dad and hometown mental health providers in taking those medications may present an opportunity to experiment with stopping those meds.

This fall, Jerry Floersch of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; Eileen Anderson-Fye, an assistant professor of anthropology; and Jes Sellers, director of the University Counseling Center and adjunct assistant professor of psychology and clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, will begin a two-year, $75,000 Presidential Research Initiative study, "College Student Experience of Mental Health Service Use and Psychiatric Medication." Read more.

Seven Proposals Receive 2008 Presidential Research Initiative Grants

Seven research projects representing several academic disciplines received 2008 Presidential Research Initiative (PRI) grants totaling $519,000 in funding.

The PRI grant program is designed to promote an interdisciplinary research environment at the university by seeding new research projects involving investigators from two or more schools or colleges. The grants are supported with funds from the Ohio Board of Regents and proceeds from the commercialization efforts of the Technology Transfer Office. Each project is eligible for up to $75,000 for up to two years of support. Read more.

Campus News

Remote authentication to OhioLINK resources and services will be temporarily unavailable on August 5. The program will undergo a major upgrade for Shibboleth functionality. Case network users will not be affected. More details on the temporary service interruption and how it could impact remote authentication are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

To get the latest weather conditions, along with the campus forecast, visit the Case Western Reserve Weather Station Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is conducting a workshop, "Learning to Lead: Essential Skills for New Supervisors," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August 12 at the Inamori Center, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August 27 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The sessions are designed for those recently promoted into a management role or experienced managers who'd like a refresher course. Erica Merritt, director of employee, education, training and development, will help participants learn how to avoid challenges that sabotage many supervisors; build a productive team; give and receive constructive feedback; and build a network that will support professional development. Register online.

For Students

The Observer is seeking a business assistant for the 2008-2009 academic year. Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Eva Chan, the newspaper's business manager. Students from all majors are invited to apply.


The Center for Community Partnerships invites the campus community to participate in the inaugural Glenville Heritage 5K Health and Wellness Run/1K Walk August 9. The run will start at Sam Miller Park, East 88th Street and East Blvd., through historic Rockefeller Park and back. Registration is $15. The run is part of the 2008 Glenville Heritage Festival. The entertainment lineup includes the following: Joe McBride, Forecast, Horns and Things, The Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project, Russell Thompson and the Free Agent and Dr. E and Flesh Coat. For information on the run, call the Famicos Foundation at (216) 791-6476, ext. 221; for festival details, call (216) 632-1689.

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.

August 4, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve tames once-grandiose West Quad plan

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 4, 2008

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Three years after announcing it would create a huge research park on the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center property, Case Western Reserve University has scaled back its plans for what initially was called the West Quad. John Wheeler, senior vice president of administration, comments.

Zoo, Case Western Reserve program a different animal for biology students

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 4, 2008
Mark Willis, an associate professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, created with Kristen Lukas, curator of conservation and science at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a collaboration between the two institutions that gives students a chance for hands-on learning at the zoo.

Doctors talk shop on medical blogs

Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008
The rotating Internet roundup, hosted each week by a different medical blogger, is the center ring of a colorful and growing circus of blogs written by medical professionals and posted for all to see. It is making the practice of medicine more transparent to patients and, at the same time, raising ethical questions about safeguarding patient privacy. A few, including one co-sponsored by Case Western Reserve University, are primarily teaching tools.

Dwindling number of independent hospitals struggle to survive

The Plain Dealer, August 3, 2008
Independent community hospitals, which sprang up as religious, ethnic and charitable institutions, were once a hallmark of Greater Cleveland. Now, there are only a handful left. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight on the topic.

Future wiring of your mind

News-Herald, August 3, 2008
Robert J. White, professor of neurosurgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, answers a question about whether science can create zombies with today's advances.

Higher Ed News

Webcasting a few ideas for green computing on campus

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, August 1, 2008
Campus computers are energy hogs. What is an energy-conscious (and budget-conscious) CIO to do?

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