Mandel School Study Examines Patterns in How Married Couples Transition into Retirement

When retiring, men are more likely than women to move directly from work to retirement, but overall the retirement patterns for dual-income married couples are complex and call for additional considerations in planning for the future, according to a new study from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

"It's no longer the reality that retirement is a straight path from working to retiring for many people," said Angela Curl—the lead author, a Case Western Reserve graduate and assistant professor of social work at the University of Missouri.

Curl and Aloen Townsend, associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve, examined data from the National Institute of Aging's longitudinal study called the Health and Retirement Survey about life as older American approach retirement and retire. They gathered information about how 1,118 married couples with dual incomes came to retire.

The researchers' findings were published in the article "Retirement Transitions among Married Couples" in the recent Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. It will also appear in the forthcoming The Older Worker and the Changing Labor Market, published by Haworth Press. Read more.

Campus News

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) will host an open house in the KSL International News Commons from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, November 19. Highlighted will be the new computer kiosk with the PressDisplay database (700 newspapers in 36 languages, 76 countries), the dozens of daily international newspapers printed in KSL on the day they're published, SCOLA, and librarians showing the campus community how to get to even more international resources. More information about free gifts, prizes and more being offered is available on the KSL NewsBlog.


The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve University faculty authors. Hosted by librarian William Claspy, the site currently features interviews with Robert Spadoni, Daniel Goldmark and Kurt Koenigsberger. Coming next week: a discussion with Sarah Gridley.

Due to construction at University Hospitals, one of the crosswalks on Cornell Road has been moved closer to the Wolstein Research Building. There are new painted lines indicating where pedestrians should cross. The campus community is being asked not to use the old crosswalk because there is no longer a sidewalk. The temporary crosswalk is expected to be in place until construction ends.

For Faculty and Staff

For a limited time, the university's bookstore is selling copies of In Case You're Cooking. The cookbook, created by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), benefits SAC's educational fund for employees. The cookbook is available for $10, payable by cash or check made out to Case Western Reserve University (write S.E.E.F. in the memo line). Employee discounts offered at the bookstore will not apply toward this book.

For Students


Guitar legend Les Paul will be on the Case Western Reserve University campus as part of the American Music Masters series. He will discuss his career and legacy on Saturday, November 15, during "Rock and Roll Retrospective: The Les Paul Phenomenon" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The "father of the electric guitar," Paul revolutionized the recording industry and his performance technique continues to inspire countless guitarists. In honor of Paul, student attendees will have an opportunity to win a Gibson Les Paul guitar. Register online by today or before the event is sold out. Students may attend the conference for free. The drawing will be held at the end of the conference; the winner must be present to claim the prize.

Case Western Reserve's Psi Chi chapter of the psychology honor society is selling T-shirts. The front of the shirt will have a small Psi Chi logo, and the back will have the saying "Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?" The shirts—navy blue with gold writing—are available for purchase by the campus community. To request more information, send an e-mail to Lauren von Eckartsberg. In addition, the organization would like to remind psychology students that the deadline for applications to become a member of Psi Chi this semester is November 15Membership requirements are available online.

The Indian Graduate Student Association is hosting its annual Diwali function at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 16, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Gourmet Indian food will be served, followed by a series of cultural events. Tickets: $12 for members, $20 the day of the event (including membership). Contact Suraj Tinani, Smruta Koppaka or Vivek Raut.

The Asian American Alliance and representatives from University Hospitals are hosting a Hepatitis B information session and dinner for students interested in medicine or related fields at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Wade Fireside. Contact Chen Yan for more information.



Henry King, professor of law, will speak on the topic of "Nuremberg Revisited: The Judgment of Nuremberg in Today's World" from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, November 17, at the School of Law's Moot Courtroom. King served as a Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor. Free, open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be available.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences continues its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Series with "Mental Health in Late Life: Implications for Social Work" from 2-4 p.m., Monday, November 17, at the Mandel School, Room 320. Kathryn Betts Adams, an assistant professor, will use didactic lecture and written case studies to describe three common mental health issues affecting older adults: depression, anxiety and early stage dementia. In addition, she will recommend social work approaches for these issues.

The Case Western Reserve University Anime Society is hosting its annual marathon from 2 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, November 15, in Nord Hall and the Sears Building. The event will feature anime, video games, panel discussions, trivia contests and more. The full schedule is available online.

Voices of Glory, the university's gospel choir, is hosting its fall concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Adelbert Gym. The concert's theme is "Made to Worship." Tickets are $7 at the door; CaseCash will be accepted. Complimentary refreshments will be available after the performance.

Et al

Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and associate director of the College Scholars Program, was a presenter at the Under the Magnifying Lens: Catalan Cinema of the Real conference at Stanford University earlier this month. She spoke on the topic of "Searching for the Absent Voice: Wandering through Silence in the Films of Lacuesta and GuerĂ­n." Ehrlich was the only American scholar who presented at the symposium, which focused on Catalan cinema.


Jeffrey L. Ponsky, the Oliver H. Payne Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, has received the 2008 Humanitarian Award from Magen David Adom (MDA). MDA bestowed its highest honor on Ponsky in conjunction with the Northern Ohio American Friends of Magen David Adom's campaign for a new emergency medical station in Sderot, Israel. MDA serves as Israel's Red Cross, Urgent Care and EMS. According to MDA, its mission is to save lives, and "that mission is reflected in the life-enhancing medical procedures pioneered by Dr. Ponsky."

The Ohio Dental Association Foundation (ODAF) recently awarded over $60,000 in dental education grants and scholarships, including to Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine students Yakov Elizerov and David E. Urbanek. In addition, the ODAF awarded $20,000 in grants to Ohio community oral health programs, including the School of Dental Medicine's Xylitol for Caries Prevention in Inner City Children and the Student Leadership Development programs.

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.

November 14, 2008

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Case in the News

Human ancestors born big brained

BBC News, November 14, 2008
A new Homo erectus fossil suggests that females had large, wide pelvises in order to deliver large-brained babies. The near-complete 1.4 million-year-old female pelvis was found near Gona in northern Ethiopia. As it was pieced together, the archaeologists were struck by the unusual width of the pelvis. Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University, was one of those who made the discovery. Related article.

Researchers are discovering how light can manipulate the nervous system

The Economist, November 13, 2008
A few years ago researchers found a way to create a remotely controlled on-off switch in a neuron by inserting a light-sensitive gene into the nerve cell. Now the same technique has been used experimentally in laboratory rats in a study that could help with spinal-cord injuries. Jerry Silver, a neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University, is the lead researcher.

State law treats 'mercy killings' as homicides

The Chronicle-Telegram, November 14, 2008
Lewis Katz, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments on how the law interprets mercy killings.

Animals in the news

The Plain Dealer, November 14, 2008
College students across the country are signing a pledge to avoid consuming meat on November 19, including members of the Case Animal Rights and Ethics Society at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Why some of the best and brightest skip college

Inside Higher Ed, November 14, 2008
Many college-qualified students who choose not to enroll in college may have made up their minds well before high school graduation, according to a new study from the Institute for Higher Education Policy and underwritten by the Education Resources Institute. The study also finds that the steep price of college and the shrinking availability of financial aid are the overwhelming reasons these students—and their guidance and college counselors—cite for their decision not to enroll.