Virtual Worlds Hold Promise to Reduce Real World Pain at the Dentist


Escaping into a virtual world of Second Life is showing promise as a way to divert real world pain when visiting the dentist, according to a thesis project at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Student Elena Furman, specializing in periodontics at the dental school, looked at alternative distraction therapies to reduce pain in her patients during the intensive cleaning process of scaling and root planing to rid gums and teeth of bacteria and plaque.

Furman reported the study's findings in her dissertation, "Virtual Reality Immersion for Pain Control during Periodontal Treatment." Read more.

Engineering Professor Receives Lifelong Recognition Award from American Ceramics Society


Arthur H. Heuer, University Professor and the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at Case Western Reserve University, has received the W. David Kingery Award from the American Ceramics Society (ACerS). Heuer, who is based within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, is the first person from the university to be awarded this distinction by ACerS.

The W. David Kingery Award recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. Heuer will be honored during the society's annual meeting this week in Pittsburgh. Read more.

Campus News

The American Red Cross is sponsoring several blood drives during the month of October. Drives will be held 2-7 p.m., Thursday, October 16, in the Wade Fireside lounge, and on Thursday, October 23 at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Nord Hall, and 2-7 p.m. at Fribley Fireside lounge. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."


Members of the university community can contribute to the Charity Choice Campaign online or print out a pledge form and return it by mail. The active campaign continues through December 31, 2008. Additional information about the organizations and the program is available on the Charity Choice Campaign 2008 Web site.

The university is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the university's emergency notification system, called CaseWARN. Users can go to a Web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council's (SAC) Community Service Committee will hold its Annual Basket Raffle during the university's Benefits Fair Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5. Now in its eighth year, the SAC Basket Raffle fundraiser has netted over $6,000 for local charities. This year, all proceeds will benefit Transitional Housing Inc., a local organization that provides a safe environment for homeless women. Individuals, campus departments and offices can begin to prepare baskets to be raffled off during the fair. The deadline for commitments to participate is Friday, October 10.

Mike Gillmor of Money Management Educators will host a "Tax Favored Investing" workshop from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The session is designed to provide a solid foundation for proper long-term tax-conscious planning. Register online.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Getting More Student Engagement in Class" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 9, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on implementing simple strategies in order to have a much more interactive class session. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

KATwalk, sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, will take place beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, October 24, at Carlton Commons. Students are invited to get a team of friends together to participate in the fashion/music show. Teams can enter for $35. The proceeds will benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which protects the legal rights of abused and neglected children. Teams should submit their entry forms by Friday, October 17. Learn more.

Just InCASE: Study Tips for Students by Students is seeking additional submissions to append to last year's publication. Just InCASE compiles students' advice on study strategies, time management skills and other habits for success at Case Western Reserve University. Go online to view or submit tips.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is again offering its award-winning International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. Courses are experiential and multi-sensory, taking students out of the classroom setting and into the field. Information sessions will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, October 10 and Thursday, October 16, both at the Mandel School, Room 108, or from 12:45- 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, at the Mandel School, Room 222.


The Truth About You live tour featuring Marcus Buckingham will stop at Case Western Reserve from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, October 9, in Strosacker Auditorium. Buckingham, a best selling author, is considered a leading expert on career success. Ticket price includes book and DVD. Prices are $10 for students (does not include the book) and $25 (includes book); $35 for educators; and $40 for individuals. Learn more.

Caldwell Esselstyn, internationally known former heart surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, will speak at 6:30 p.m. this evening in Strosacker Auditorium. He will discuss curing and preventing heart disease. Free.

The Stochastic Models in Engineering and Science symposium will take place at Case Western Reserve Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. The programming will focus on stochastic models in applied fields such as signal processing, turbulence, chemical processes, finance and fluids. These topics are central to the research orientation of the Center for Stochastic and Chaotic Processes in Science and Technology at Case Western Reserve. Talks will take place at the George S. Dively Building and Thwing Center. Refer to the Web site for more information.

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.

In Memoriam


Claudette Cofer Brown, a department assistant with the Department of Biomedical Engineering's neural engineering/neural prosthesis program, died last week. She worked in the department for seven years. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 9, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 26450 Chardon View Dr., Richmond Heights. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio, 44119.


Oliver C. Schroeder Jr., co-founder of Case Western Reserve University's Law-Medicine Center, died September 25. He was 92. He co-founded the center in 1953. He collaborated with Samuel Gerber, then the Cuyahoga County coroner, and Alan Moritz, a forensic pathologist at Harvard University, to offer forensic science courses to students and professionals in the fields of law, medicine and law enforcement. He directed the center until he retired from Case Western Reserve in 1986. Under his leadership, the program expanded to address other health law issues. A memorial reception will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, October 19, at Judson Manor, 1890 East 107th St. in Cleveland.

October 7, 2008

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 14. Neil Shubin, a professor at the University of Chicago, is a well-known paleontologist who studies the morphological and developmental origins of the tetrapod limb. Learn more.

Case in the News

When bird meets building

The Columbus Dispatch, October 7, 2008
As many as one billion birds are killed each year flying into windows. That's as much as five percent of the bird population in the United States and Canada each fall. And that makes glass the second-biggest bird killer behind loss of habitat. Peter Lagerlof, a professor of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Northeast Ohio judges look to unseat GOP justices

Akron Beacon Journal, October 6, 2008
Two northeast Ohio judges are trying to break the all-Republican hold on the Ohio Supreme Court, in races drawing the attention of independent groups. Jonathan Entin, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

First Monday

National Review Online, October 6, 2008
Yesterday marked the opening of the Supreme Court's 2008-09 term, the third term with both of President Bush's Supreme Court nominees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. In a column, Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, both reflects and looks ahead for the next year.

Case Western Reserve University Eldred Theater's The Firebugs

Northern Ohio Live, October 2008
Sparks fly at Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater this month in the production of Max Frisch's absurdist masterpiece The Firebugs. Eldred's artistic director, Jerrold Scott, chose the play for both its humor and topicality.

Bailout not a panacea for housing market

International Herald Tribune, October 3, 2008
The federal government's $700 billion bank bailout could help home builders and mortgage lenders but is unlikely to bring fast relief to anybody trying to buy or sell a house. Scott Shane, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Phillip Morris: Election raises personal questions

The Plain Dealer, October 6, 2008
Phillip Morris writes that the question "are you registered to vote?" elicits a range of responses. Katie Burton-Wang, a second-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University, found this out when she and fellow student Andy Coyle tried to register voters in time for Ohio's registration deadline.

LeBron James urges voter registration at Cleveland rally

The Plain Dealer, October 6, 2008
LeBron James appeared at a voter registration rally Saturday in downtown Cleveland. Cottrell Kinney, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University, said he joined the rally to encourage younger voters.

Race for Ohio Supreme Court could mean return to the bad old days

The Columbus Dispatch, October 4, 2008
In an op-ed piece, David J. Owsiany, a senior fellow at The Buckeye Institute, writes that the two Ohio Supreme Court races are not generating much attention this year. He cites research from Jonathan Adler, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Cuyahoga County workers offered a cost-cutting deal at MetroHealth System

The Plain Dealer, October 3, 2008
Cuyahoga County hopes to bolster the MetroHealth System's lean budget by offering employees $500 to sign up for a low-cost health plan with the hospital and its doctors. The county-owned hospital is known for its trauma and burn units, as well as its rehabilitation center, but experts say it is often overshadowed by other Cleveland hospitals. MetroHealth is a teaching hospital whose doctors are on the faculty at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

E-textbooks for all

Inside Higher Ed, October 7, 2008
Many observers, both in academe and in the publishing industry, believe it's only a matter of time before electronic textbooks become the norm in college. Some campuses in particular may already be getting a glimpse of the future through partnerships with individual publishers or with consortiums.