Parents with Autistic Infants to Try Responsive Teaching as part of Case Western Reserve Study

While infant and toddler brains are rapidly developing, a window of opportunity exists to reduce the impact of autism, which now affects one of every 150 children born in the United States.

Gerald Mahoney, director of the Center on Interventions for Children and Families at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, received a three-year, $780,000 grant from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development.

In a randomized control study, he will evaluate the effectiveness of a new developmental intervention, called Responsive Teaching, for children with autism who are under 3 years of age. Designed to be used by parents and other primary caregivers, Responsive Teaching enhances children's development and social emotional functioning. Read more.

Campus News

Between 12:01 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Internet connectivity in and out of the Case network will be intermittent or unavailable due to maintenance activity. This work is necessary to further stabilize the Internet connection as Information Technology Services works to eliminate unplanned outages.


A memorial service honoring the life of Professor Lawrence M. Sayre will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, at Harkness Chapel. Sayre, professor of chemistry, pathology and environmental health sciences and a member of the Case Western Reserve community for 27 years, died May 8. During his career, he provided service to the Department of Chemistry as a department chair, and was also interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Sayre also held professional appointments in the departments of pathology and environmental health services. His research bridged the fields of organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biochemistry.

The Department of Pathology recently updated and redesigned its Web site. The campus community is invited to visit the new site and bookmark the page.

Open forums with candidates for the faculty diversity officer position in the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity continue today from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Toepfer Room.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering seasonal flu shots from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7. The cost is $25 per person. Open to Case Western Reserve community members, friends and the general public. Participants will receive a free two-week membership after receiving an immunization. Sign up by calling 216-368-1121 or send an e-mail to

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Clapp Hall 108. Attendees are invited to bring lunch.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Group Work and Cooperative Learning" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on tips for preparing students for collaborative group work and structuring groups and projects for maximum effect. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Domestic Violence Center will host a discussion on the topic of "If You Loved Me..." from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, in Nord Hall 310B. Students are invited to learn about what is considered healthy and unhealthy in relationships. Food will be provided. RSVP to Katie Hanna. Part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Case for Sight—a student organization dedicated to serving the Cleveland area and several regions abroad to prevent blindness—will host its Second Annual Benefit Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Krzysztof Palczewski, chair of the Department of Pharmacology, will discuss World Sight Day. A catered dinner of Indian food and dessert will be served. Tickets will be available at the door for $7. Proceeds will benefit Orbis International, an organization dedicated to eliminating avoidable blindness, as well as local clinics in underserved areas.


An exhibition closing reception will be held in honor of virtual artist Angelica Besnier from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Cleveland State University's art building. The exhibit, Return to the Source, was curated by Jacqueline Nanfito, associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's annual Project on Men and Gender will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, in Hovorka Atrium. The program will feature a screening of The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships. The documentary features interviews with scholars and writers of mass media, economics, psychology and popular culture, as well as producers and performers from the pornography industry. The movie will be followed by discussion and a question and answer session with Robert Jensen from the University of Texas. He served as a consultant on the film.

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.

October 6, 2009

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Media Moment

Case Western Reserve University is a sponsor of the Chautauqua Summer Institute. Several faculty members spent the summer conducting interviews with radio station WJTN. The next in the series features William Deal, Severance Professor of the History of Religion. Listen to the mp3 file.

Case in the News

College technology 'catching up' with students

USA TODAY, Oct. 6, 2009
Today's college classrooms are high-tech marvels, with overhead projectors and grease pencils replaced by document cameras, handheld clickers and interactive white boards. At Case Western Reserve University, a select group of freshmen received Kindles, an online book reader, instead of the textbooks.

Summer sales indicate Kent's housing market improving despite foreclosures

KentNewsnet, Oct. 5, 2009
The housing market in Kent, Ohio, isn't as bad as it is in other places. Real estate agents say they have seen some improvement with sales in the last few months. Robin Dubin, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments on the housing market in Ohio.

Merkel Cell originates from skin, not the neural crest

redOrbit, Oct. 3, 2009
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine assistant professor of pediatrics, neurosciences and otolaryngology, Stephen M. Maricich, and his team found that Merkel cells originate in the skin, not the neural crest lineage, as previously speculated.

Pew to classrooms: Swine flu prep sweeps Ohio

NBC24, Oct. 4, 2009
Ohio hospitals, colleges, churches and businesses are preparing for a swine flu epidemic with extensive planning for a variety of scenarios. Two years ago, Case Western Reserve University began changing toilets from manual to automatic flush to reduce the risk of passing along infection.

Out today: Mittens on strings

Cleveland Scene Weekly, Oct. 5, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has produced a litany of local notable music acts: adult-contemporary pianist Jim Brickman, mash-up master Girl Talk and operatic soprano Brenda Miller Cooper. Now members from the Chicago-based Mittens on Strings have joined the ranks of musical alums.

Higher Ed News

More colleges develop classes on how to treat war veterans

USA TODAY, Oct. 5, 2009
Universities are creating classes to train students in how to treat combat veterans and their families suffering from war-related mental health problems.