New MacArthur Research Network to Examine Impact of Aging Society


What does society and the country need when the "walker" generation outnumbers the "stroller" crowd?

With aging baby boomers outpacing new births, a solution to this dilemma may require an intergenerational focus, according to Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D., professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is among the country's leading scholars in the field of aging selected by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to participate in a newly created inter-disciplinary research group called the Aging Society Network to tackle these national issues.

The 12-member network received a three-year, $3.9 million MacArthur Foundation grant to design solutions in three focus areas:

  • Intergenerational impact
  • Meaningful roles for older Americans
  • Potential effects that the various sources of diversity and inequalities may have on the structure, economy and overall health of an aging society.

Binstock sees his new team role with the network as contributing to the understanding of intergenerational relations. Read more.

Campus News


Case Western Reserve University will play host to a first round NCAA Division III football playoff game beginning at noon, Saturday, November 22, at Case Field. The Spartans will host Wabash College. The Office of Student Affairs has offered to pay for all Case Western Reserve student admissions, as the NCAA does not permit free admissions.The Spartans recently completed their second consecutive undefeated season.

Chaplain Julia Brown of the Department of Biology is accepting donations for distribution to the Community Women's Shelter during the holiday season. Donations can be in the form of toiletries, gloves, scarves and hats. In addition, a coat drive for the homeless will be held in December. Last year, the campus community rallied together for the effort to help purchase 100 coats for homeless families. Send e-mail to Julia Brown for more information.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is hosting a holiday toy drive Monday, November 24, and Tuesday, November 25. Tables will be located in the Peter B. Lewis Building and Nord Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of new toys, cash and CaseCash will be accepted. All donations will go to Transitional Housing Inc.'s Family Program Christmas celebration. Contact Ashley Solomon with questions.

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

For Faculty and Staff

Today is the final day to enroll in the university's 2009 benefits program during the open enrollment period. Employees must use the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209 by 5 p.m. today to speak with human resources representatives or to use computer kiosks to enroll. Questions: Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234. For more information, visit the 2009 Open Enrollment Web site.

For Students

There's a new and improved way to contact instructors to request permission to take a class. Watch a demonstration on making permission requests in the Student Information System.

Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity, is hosting its second annual dinner and lecture beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 22, in the 1914 Lounge. The guest speaker is Barbara Daly, associate professor of bioethics and nursing, who will discuss the bioethical issues surrounding assisted suicide. Free.

The Biomedical Graduate Student Organization is hosting a party for professional and graduate students from 8-11 p.m. tonight at the Blind Pig. The ticket price of $15 includes all you can eat pizza and pasta, as well as beverages. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Open to all students age 21 and older. Contact Amanda Svenson.

Students are invited to stop by Nord Hall or Fribley or Leutner commons Monday, November 24 to vote for the professor they would like to see dress up as a turkey for the second annual Case Western Reserve Mortar Board Turkey for a Day event. Every $2.50 donated provides a new book for a child in need through the First Book organization. Sponsored by the Mortar Board Lux chapter. Contact Melanie Stipp.

The Asian American Alliance is hosting California Roll Night beginning at 8 p.m. tonight at Wade Fireside. Contact Chen Yan for more information.


Case Western Reserve men's and women's glee clubs will perform their annual Fall Glee Concert beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 22, in Harkness Chapel. Free.

The Pakistani Students Association will host its annual Chai and Mithai Night beginning at 7 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center's ballroom. Tickets are $5 for Case Western Reserve undergraduates, $10 for others. Proceeds will be donated to the Central Asian Institute. Contact Sana Minhas.

The Undergraduate Indian Student Association is hosting its annual cultural show beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 22, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Free.

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.

Et al


Chung-Chiun "C.C." Liu, Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control, recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society. Liu has been engaged in teaching and research in electrochemical sciences and engineering for 40 years.

Dr. Fabio Cominelli has been named director of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Digestive Health Center. In addition, Cominelli will be the inaugural holder-designate of the Hermann Menges, Jr. Chair in Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine and Chief of GI and Liver Disease, director of Digestive Health Center at University Hospitals. Cominelli currently has a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is given to only a select number of researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity during their careers.


Case Western Reserve student Chelsea Korth was the winner of the Gibson Les Paul guitar giveaway during the American Music Masters series workshop. During the conference, guitar legend Les Paul discussed his career and legacy.

Susan Griffith, senior media relations representative and interim media relations manager with the Office of Marketing and Communications, and Joanne Westin, who retired from the Department of Biology, have both been selected to have their photographs displayed in the Heights Libraries and Cedar Center MotoPhoto Digital Photography Exhibit. In addition, Griffith received a 2009 Merit Award from Black&White magazine. Her photograph, "Night," will be published in a special issue available in December.

November 21, 2008

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Case in the News

Clinicians handle organ donation after cardiac death, November 20, 2008
For many years ethicists have debated, "When does life begin?" A lesser-known ethical question now being debated is "When does death begin?" Barbara Daly, professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Law professor has inside look at Saddam's trial and execution, November 20, 2008
Case Western Reserve University law professor Michael Scharf offers a never before seen look at one of the most important and chaotic trials in history in his new book, Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, written with Vanderbilt University's Michael Newton. Enemy of State chronicles the true story of the apprehension, trial and execution of the Iraqi dictator.

Baroque meets modern in Cleveland concert Sunday

The Plain Dealer, November 19, 2008
Are performances of Baroque music played on historic and modern instruments so different? An audience will have a chance to decide Sunday, when members of the Cleveland Orchestra—a modern-instrument ensemble—join forces with Baroque colleagues for "Bach and Forth," a program presented by Heights Arts House Concerts and Tap Studios.The idea came up with the idea for Sunday's program, which also will feature Case Western Reserve University's Peter Bennett (harpsichord) and Rachel Cama-Lekx (Baroque cello).

Galena resident rolls out second feature-length film, November 19, 2008
Independent movie maker Jim Leo grew up in Cleveland before moving to Galena some 15 years ago. Although he just released his second full-length film, he described filming as a "self-taught creative outlet." In fact, while in school at Bowling Green State University, followed by Case Western Reserve University, he did not attend even one film class. Instead he focused on his law degree.

Higher Ed News

Early-decision applications are up at colleges, in spite of the economy

New York Times, November 20, 2008
This was supposed to be the year that early-decision applications took a dive. With a recession, the thinking went, selective colleges and universities that use binding early-decision programs to lock in part of their incoming classes would find fewer students ready to commit, and would lose many budget-conscious families to public universities. Indeed, state universities are seeing huge increases in applications.

History employment–public and private

Inside Higher Ed, November 21, 2008
Enrollment drives many hiring decisions—so prospective faculty members tend to watch trends in their disciplines. If students flock to departments, jobs follow—at least in theory. And that explains job openings in fields as diverse as nursing, forensics and Spanish.