Older Female Cancer Survivors Have Added Health Issues Compared to Their Counterparts

As cancer survivors live longer, questions arise about what kind of care long-term survivors require.

A recently published study from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences found 245 older married women who survived cancer had more health problems compared to 245 married women without cancer.

The article, "Health and Well-Being in Older Married Female Cancer Survivors," was published as part of a special supplement of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, along with other articles that resulted from a conference at CWRU on geriatric oncology, said Aloen Townsend, the lead researcher and associate professor of social work.

"There is a pressing need to study older cancer survivors," Townsend said. "It is critical to disentangle the experiences that are unique to older cancer survivors from experiences that are common to aging individuals." Read more.

Campus News

University Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Sales representative John Behler will be at the Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. RSVP by contacting Heidi McCormick by e-mail or by phone at 368-6280.

In honor of Black History Month, a "Celebration of Soul Food and Music" will begin at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Thwing Center atrium. The program will feature food from Angie's Soul Food Café and music from the Phil Jones Trio. This annual celebration is sponsored by the offices of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities and Leadership and Thwing Center.


Campus members are invited to purchase roses for Valentine's Day and help MBA students raise money for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Red roses are available for $39/dozen or $20/six roses. Profits will be donated to the Red Cross for Haiti. Orders can be picked up in Thwing Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, or delivered on Sunday, Feb. 14. Delivery is available for the campus community and surrounding areas. Send an e-mail to mxp231@case.edu to place an order.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to nominate their peers for the Glennan Fellowship, which is designed to reward excellence in faculty members and to facilitate their growth as teachers and scholars. Nominees must be regular faculty members who are in the tenure track but not yet tenured. The Glennan awards are for $6,500, and funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. Nomination letters are due by Friday, Feb. 12. Complete details are available on the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education Web site. Refer to the "Grants and Fellowships" section.

For Students


The Career Center's "Get Experienced! Internship and Career Fair" will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11., in Adelbert Gym. All Case Western Reserve students and alumni are invited to attend. Attendees should bring multiple copies of their resume and dress professionally. A list of employers is available online.

As part of Sexual Responsibility Week, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland will co-sponsor a series of events focusing on sexual responsibility on Thursday, Feb. 11, and on Friday, Feb. 12. Details are available online.

Senior yearbook pictures will be taken in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 11. Learn more.



Eldred Theater continues its 2009-10 drama series with "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," the Tony-award winning 1997 play by Alfred Uhry. Performances are Feb. 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Feb. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. The comedy-drama is inspired by the playwright's childhood memories. Learn more.

The English department's Journalism and Media Lecture Series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with the first of four free, public talks. Lawrence Wright, New Yorker staff writer, will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Light refreshments and a book signing will follow. The lecture will take place at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Call (216) 721-1600 with questions.

The Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice will present a lecture featuring investigative journalist and best-selling author Jeff Sharlet. The talk will begin at 4:30 pm., Thursday, Feb. 11, in Ford Auditorium. Free, open to the public. Call 368-1637 for more details.

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.


Sarah Gridley, poet and assistant professor of English, has been awarded a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture disburses these $20,000 grants, which are overseen by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Read more.

February 10, 2010

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Case in the News

Cleveland Museum of Natural History picks physicist as its new director

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 9, 2010
Evalyn Gates, a well-known physicist, author, educator and advocate of increasing the ranks of women in science, is the new executive director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Gates "has always strongly believed in the public mission of science and the role of scientists to explain what they're doing and why they're doing it to the general public," said Cyrus Taylor, dean of Case Western Reserve University's College of Arts and Sciences and Gates' adviser while she earned her doctorate in theoretical particle physics from the university.

Mediterranean diet may be key to avoiding stroke, dementia

ABC News, Feb. 9, 2010
A new study reveals that adhering to the Mediterranean diet may help seniors avoid strokes, and ultimately dementia. Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Study finds third-hand smoke dangerous

NewsNet5.com, Feb. 9, 2010
Berkeley researchers found that third-hand smoke has long-lasting and dangerous consequences like putting anyone around it at a higher risk of cancer. Third-hand smoke is smoke that clings to surfaces long after cigarettes have been extinguished. Scott Frank comments. He runs the smoking cessation program for University Hospitals and is director of the Master of Public Health in Bioethics program for Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Is there magic in the name Brown in Ohio elections?

90.3 WCPN, Feb. 9, 2010
To be blue in Ohio this year, you almost have to be Brown. "Brown is sort of the name to be reckoned with in Ohio," said Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University.

Investigative journalist series

90.3 WCPN, Feb. 9, 2010
Wednesday night at the Botanical Garden of Cleveland a series of talks begins that will feature some the nation's most prominent investigative journalists. Case Western Reserve University is putting on these sessions, which are free and open to the public. Kicking off the series is Lawrence Wright, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "The Looming Tower."

Higher Ed News

Why Ph.D.'s should teach in high schools

Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2010
Todd Alexander Postol teaches social studies to middle-schoolers. He writes in an opinion piece about how academics with doctorate degrees should consider teaching in high schools.