Virtual Coaching to Help Patients Talk to Doctors


Millions of people suffer from chronic ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes and need critical information from their healthcare providers to manage those diseases.

Sometimes patients find it uncomfortable asking a doctor of another age, gender or race for information. Virtual coaching under development through a new National Institutes of Health grant to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University aims to improve communications.

The nursing school is leading an interdisciplinary research team for the two-year, $1.3 million National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities study: "Electronic Self-Management Resource Training to Reduce Health Disparities" (e-SMART-HD). Read more.

Stephen Post to Share Reasons Why Good Things Happen to Good People on Nov. 13


Stephen Post, author of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," will share his philosophy about why doing good deeds results in good karma during a talk on campus next week.

"An Evening with Stephen Post" will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Amasa Stone Chapel. Tickets are $20 per person and $5 with a student ID, with proceeds supporting emergency relief programs for global communities in need that are sponsored by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Read more.

Campus News


The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is accepting donations for its Eighth Annual Turkey Drive. Since its inception, the drive has resulted in more than 1,300 turkeys donated to deserving families and shelters in the Greater Cleveland community. Monetary donations will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 23, in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sears 450. The Office of Student Activities and Leadership, New Student and Parent Programs and the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning are collaborating on this project. Call OMA at 368-2904 for information.

Prevention and Recovery Services, a division of University Counseling Services, hosts weekly self-help groups for people in recovery. The groups meet at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 368-5872 for information.

Phi Kappa Tau will host its annual Paul Newman Memorial Phi-K on Saturday, Nov. 7. Proceeds will benefit Hole-in-the-Wall Gang camps, founded by the late Newman. These camps provide a free summer camp experience for children with serious chronic and terminal illnesses. Go online for details.


Time is running out to donate to the Pennies for Peace campaign. It will end during Family Weekend, which takes place November 6-8. One of the Family Weekend community service projects will be rolling the last of the donated coins. Thus far, $5,200 has been collected to donate to Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute. Collection jars for donations are at various campus locations.

For Faculty and Staff

CAPS (Case Western Reserve University's Administrative Professional Series) will conduct "CAPS Week" Nov. 9-13. One of the core classes for the Financial Management certificate will be held every day beginning at 1 p.m. Go online for locations, registration and certification requirements.


The university bookstore will host a regalia sale on Monday, Nov. 9. Faculty will receive 10 percent off the purchase price of regalia. Representatives from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be on hand to take custom measurements. Faculty who can't make it that day are invited to stop by the bookstore anytime during November to take advantage of the savings.

For Students

The Biomedical Sciences Training Program invites juniors and seniors majoring in science to its "Preview Day" on Friday, Nov. 13. Students will learn more about the doctoral programs in biomedical research. The event will feature faculty research talks, a student-led tour of research facilities, and a poster presentation on research opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Contact Debbie Noureddine for more information or to RSVP.

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is conducting a series of workshops to help students enhance their presentation skills. All workshops will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Sears 462. Register online to reserve a spot. Contact workshop leaders Rhonda Moore or Van Bray, or call ESS at 368-5230 for information.



The Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law will present Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Office of Management and Budget. His brother is Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff. Ezekiel Emanuel is chairman of the Clinic Center Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health. Also an oncologist and author, he will be the featured speaker for the Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture entitled "High Touch Medicine: The future of the physician-patient relationship," at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Moot Courtroom (A59). Read more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host a discussion on "Regionalism–What's Next?" from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, Room 115. The presenter is David Abbott, executive director of The George Gund Foundation. The event will be facilitated by John A. Yankey, the Mandel Center's interim executive director. Go online for registration cost and more information.

The campus community is invited to enjoy "Mad Words: the Art of Kyogen," an improv farce in the style of Japanese comedic theater. The event will be performed by The Confused Greenies at the Japan Connection's Fall Anime Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 14. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Nord Hall 410, and the entire Marathon will run all afternoon in Nord Hall. All activities are free.

Mather Dance Center's Returning features an eclectic mix of choreography. Students and staff perform choreography by faculty and several guest artists covering a span of 20 years. Returning runs through Nov. 8. Ticket information and times are available online.

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


Lydia Fields, a junior accounting major, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from Deloitte & Touche. Fields, also a Cleveland Scholarship Programs recipient, was chosen from a group of 10 finalists. She has made the Dean's List and is president of the African American Society. Fields is a member of the coordination team with the Saturday Tutoring Program at Church of the Covenant, and has tutored at John Hay High and Mary Bethune Elementary schools.

Four Case Western Reserve fall student-athletes have been named to ESPN: The Magazine's Academic All-District team. The football team had three players named to the District 4 College Division's first team: Ryan Kolesar, Mike Pelyak and Lee Sasala. The volleyball team had one player on the first team, Tricia McCutchan. The announcement was made on the College Sports Information Directors of America Web site. All four are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.

November 6, 2009

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Case in the News

Einstein's Theory of Gravity and the problem of missing mass

Science Magazine, Nov. 5, 2009
Glenn Starkman, director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics, the Institute for the Science of Origins, and a professor in the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, and Pedro G. Ferreira, Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford, find that a theory based on the idea that changes in gravity at slow acceleration can account for the formation of galaxies without dark matter, requires something like dark matter to work for the formation of galaxy clusters.

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2009
The government's $45 billion plan to jump-start a national shift to electronic medical records has touched off a gold rush among scores of technology firms–even as many experts question whether the benefits of the products are being oversold. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The science of aging from all angles

Topeka Capital-Journal, Nov. 3, 2009
A study receiving a lot of play on the Internet these days shows photographs of identical twins and how they have aged differently because of different lifestyles. The study was produced by a team led by Bahman Guyuron, a plastic surgeon at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University.

Review: 'Wind' hits Play House stage with gale force

The News-Herald, Nov. 5, 2009
Inherit the Wind gets high praise, from the lead players and a core of experienced local professionals to talented and disciplined third-year students in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts Acting Program.

Abroad in Italy, art students find inspiration

The Lamron, Nov. 5, 2009
Geneseo art students who studied abroad in Italy this past summer celebrated with a showcase of their artwork. The exhibition, entitled "Italy, Italy: Art from the Summer '09 Geneseo Italia Program," features the artwork of Geneseo students. Students that participated in the exhibit had the opportunity take a special online course, Art History 399 "Italian Art and Identity," taught by Geneseo professors Lynette Bosch and Tom MacPherson, and Case Western Reserve University classics professor Charles Burroughs.

Higher Ed News

Bookless libraries?

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2009
What started as a debate over whether brick-and-mortar libraries would survive much further into the 21st century turned into an existential discussion on the definition of libraries, as a gathering of technologists here at the 2009 Educause Conference pondered the evolution of one of higher education’s oldest institutions.