Migrant Children's Lifestyles Examined by Case Western Reserve Nursing School Researcher

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As Ohio and Michigan fruit and vegetable farms yield this year's harvest, they also will provide data about the eating choices of Latino migrant children for a Case Western Reserve University researcher.

Information gathered this summer will help migrant families understand why their children are part of the growing national obesity epidemic and contribute to new interventions to combat this serious health issue.

With a 41 percent obesity rate among migrant workers' children—a figure that is double the nation's average—Jill Kilanowski, a pediatric nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, will survey families about their eating habits and lifestyle issues. Read more.

Lecture Series to Spotlight Long View of Retiring Faculty

Beginning this fall, Case Western Reserve University will begin honoring its long-time faculty members with long-view lecture events.

As part of a new program supported by the Office of Emeriti Affairs in the Office of the Provost, faculty planning to retire will be invited to participate in a Long View Lecture Series during their last year at the university.

Faculty members with at least 10 years of service at Case Western Reserve, as well as those who will be granted emeriti status, will be featured in the series.

These long-view orations offer faculty a forum for personal retrospective and serve as formal recognition of a professor at the culmination of his or her career. A Case Western Reserve faculty member's long-term synopsis also is intended to provide the campus community a historical perspective and insider's view of how a specific academic field—and the university as a whole—have grown and changed throughout the scholar's tenure.

In addition to academic enrichment, the lectures also will encourage campus and community engagement and social interaction. Formal receptions likely will be a part of each address.

Long view lectures will be incorporated into regular department and school seminars. Details are forthcoming and will be made available to department chairs.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University has learned that a file containing names, social security numbers and course schedules for approximately 1,160 undergraduates was inadvertently made available on a publicly accessible server. The information was removed immediately upon discovery, and at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that personal data has been accessed or misused to anyone's detriment. The students affected have been notified, and the university is offering them free identity theft protection for 12 months. General information about protecting the integrity of personal information is available on the Information Technology Services Web site.

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Case Western Reserve University's Undergraduate Student Government(USG) is offering every member of the campus community an opportunity to apply for up to $15,000 to fund any project that will "profoundly impact" student life. All faculty and staff as well as students—individuals, organizations, departments or divisions—can submit applications for the new USG Student Life Improvement Grant. Projects need to clearly influence student life on campus; how is completely open to interpretation. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff

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All faculty planning to march in the procession at the Annual Fall Convocation will need to obtain their own regalia from the University Bookstore. Faculty may contact the bookstore by phone at 216-368-2650 or print and fill out the regalia order form and drop it off at the bookstore. The deadline to order has been extended to August 20. Faculty participating in the academic procession must be dressed in the proper regalia at the Fall Convocation. To participate in the procession, faculty also need to register online by August 25.

For Students

Beginning this fall—for the first time ever—The Observer will be paying staff writers for published articles. Students interested in joining the newspaper staff should attend the orientation meeting at 4 p.m., August 24 at the Observer's office, located in the basement of Thwing Center. Those unable to attend should e-mail the newspaper's editor-in-chief.

Events

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 19, 2008

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Case in the News

Obesity epidemic spreads to toddlers

ABC News, August 18, 2008
Weight-management programs around the country are reporting a significant increase in the number of overweight toddlers. Obesity rates among children younger than age five have doubled over the last two decades. Carolyn Landis, assistant professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Poor sleep equals high blood pressure for teens

Boston Globe, August 18, 2008
Teenagers who don't get enough good-quality sleep are at substantially increased risk for prehypertension, say researchers from Case Western Reserve University. Susan Redline, principal investigator in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, says this could be due in part to the invasion of computers, television, and other electronics in teens' bedrooms. Related article.

So you want to be an IT major

Certification Magazine, September 2008
IT candidates are beefing up their resumes, brushing up on their soft skills and constantly in search of ways to set themselves apart. However, even programs with the same name can mean different things from one college to the next. Kevin Gallagher shares his experience as a graduate student in the information systems department of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Wanted: Test volunteers

The Plain Dealer, August 19, 2008
Medical science needs you. Well, some parts of you, at least. There's a lot of medical research going on in the Cleveland area. But sometimes there are not enough willing bodies to participate. Case Western Reserve University student Shirah Cohen heard the call, and participated in a study on eczema.

Higher Ed News

Are 4-day workweeks the future?

Inside Higher Ed, August 19, 2008
A number of colleges tried longer day, four-day schedules this summer. Now with a few months of experience and institutional data under their belts, some college administrators are convinced that the four-day workweek is the shape of things to come in higher education.

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