Taking Care of Unfinished Business at the End of Life is Focus of Nursing and Psychology Collaboration

Hospice workers have watched patients emerge from comas and cling to life long enough to tell someone they love or forgive them.

This phenomenon of taking care of unfinished business has been observed, but researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences will begin groundbreaking studies to understand what drives the dying to live long enough to resolve these issues.

With the research data, they will design interventions to help patients in hospice care and families before and after the person passes.

Before now, end of life research primarily focused on making the patient comfortable by easing suffering or discomfort from the illness.

But, the approach of Barbara Daly and Mary Jo Prince-Paul from the School of Nursing and Julie Exline from Arts and Sciences is to relieve psychological distress by marshaling the patient's inner strengths and social connections. Read more.

Campus News


Please join President Barbara R. Snyder and the Case Western Reserve University community at a memorial service for Herman D. Stein, Ph.D., university professor emeritus and former dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and university provost and vice president. The service will begin at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Amasa Stone Chapel. A light reception will follow in Adelbert Hall.

Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade is now available on the Information Technology Services Software Center for all Case Western Reserve faculty and staff members. Windows 7 Ultimate for students will be available after winter break. The new operating system software is being distributed as an .iso disk image file. This file type requires users to burn the file to a DVD before the operating system can be installed. The DVD that is created is bootable to allow a clean install if necessary. Information is included with the download to obtain a free .iso image burning software for users whose computers cannot currently create the file type. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Party will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18. All university faculty and staff are welcome to stop by to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a specialty holiday drink. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform.

Today is the final day to enroll in the university's 2010 benefits program during the open enrollment period. Employees must enroll online using the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system. Stop by Crawford Hall 209 by 5 p.m. today to speak with human resources representatives or to use computer kiosks to enroll. Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234 with questions, or go to the 2010 Open Enrollment Web site.

For Students


Thwing Study Over will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight, Monday, Dec. 7. This university tradition, presented by the Thwing Study Over Committee, will feature free food, arts and crafts, Greek service hours, massages and other activities. Beginning Dec. 4 at 5 p.m., go online to sign up for a massage and check out the food vendors. Contact Christian Wargo with questions.

The Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) will host a session on "How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions—On and Off Campus" from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Sears 480.


"Issues Facing Academic Libraries," a talk featuring Tom Sanville, executive director of Ohio Link, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, in Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room. Ohio Link serves 89 participating institutions with a union catalog equipped with a statewide patron-initiated borrowing system, over 100 reference and research databases, and cooperative statewide electronic centers for theses and dissertations, journals, books and digital media.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Master of Public Health Program will co-sponsor "The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women in Cuyahoga County: A Focus on Prevention" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Guilford House Lounge. The discussion will take place on World AIDS Day. The interactive panel discussion will feature Lita Townsend, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Tracy Jones, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland; and Jane Baum, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center Clinical Trials Unit. Lunch will be served. Contact Katie Hanna for more information.

The Case Men's Glee Club invites the campus community to its annual Fall Concert at 7 p.m. tonight in Harkness Chapel. The event will showcase the group's repertoire from its fall Philadelphia tour, as well as some additional numbers. As Case Western Reserve's oldest a cappella group, the group's musical style ranges from classical barbershop arrangements to show tunes to modern pop a cappella. Go online 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.

Et al.

Christine Jackson, a fourth-year student, and Kaitlyn Zolton, a second-year student, presented their poster concerning the design and characterization of platinum electrocatalysts on graphene support at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. Both students are chemical engineering majors. Robert Savinell, George S. Dively Professor, is their mentor. Jackson and Zolton received Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) funding and SOURCE travel awards to attend the conference.

November 30, 2009

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Case in the News

Cleveland's Euclid corridor project has paved the way to economic development

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 29, 2009
Economic development wasn't the primary goal of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's federally funded project to remake Euclid Avenue. The mission was transportation, a faster bus line connecting downtown to University Circle. But spurring surrounding development was part of RTA's pitch for the project. Development—even construction of homes—has continued in University Circle during the recession. That growth is fueled by the confluence of arts and cultural institutions, Case Western Reserve University and the hospitals.

John Demjanjuk's latest war-crime trial begins today in Germany

The Plain Dealer, Nov. 30, 2009
Michael Scharf, professor of law and the director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the start of the trial in Germany of accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk.

Sleep success: How to make ZZZs=memory

The New Scientist, Nov. 26, 2009
Our hectic modern lifestyles and shorter visits to the land of nod have been linked by some to expanding waistlines. Sanjay Patel and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University put the theory to the test in 2006 and found that short-sleeping women were 15 per cent more likely to become obese than their well-rested counterparts.

Terrorism justice: Courts vs. commissions

National Public Radio, Nov. 27, 2009
Critics of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged Sept. 11 co-conspirators in civilian court in New York City argue that the venue is inappropriate for terrorism suspects. Many legal scholars say that if military commissions remain suspect in the eyes of some, it's because of their controversial history, not their current rules. Michael Scharf, a war crimes trials expert and former State Department lawyer who teaches law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Ethiopian anthropologist who found Ardi to speak at Indiana Univ.

Ethiopian Review, Nov. 24, 2009
Anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie, who found the first fragment of the newly reported Ardipithecus ramidus skeleton nicknamed "Ardi," will talk about the discovery and its implications at Indiana University Dec. 1. Haile-Selassie is curator and head of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Too much reading? Try listening instead

Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 25, 2009
For most college students, there's so much reading and so little time. California State University-Dominguez Hills is trying to make students' lives easier by turning some of that reading into listening. Seventeen computers at labs across the campus are now set up so that students can scan and convert their reading materials into MP3 files, which they can then download onto cell phones or other mobile devices.