Author Finds Power in Depression Language and Analyzes its Impact
in "Black Dogs And Blue Words"

Winston Churchill called his own depression his "black dog." Others simply suffer from "the blues." Borrowing from these words, Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of English Kimberly Emmons found the title for her forthcoming book, "Black Dogs and Blue Words: Depression and Gender in the Age of Self-Care."

"Since no blood, imaging or X-ray tests exist to diagnose depression, it is an illness known primarily through the language people use to describe it," Emmons said.

Emmons specializes in understanding the meaning of words and is particularly interested in medical writing.

In "Black Dogs and Blue Words," she focuses on depression information in the public arena over the past 20 years. Read more.

Campus News

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society is updating its membership list of "resident members." Faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, as well as postdoctoral fellows who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution, are asked to send an e-mail to chapter co-secretary Margaret Robinson, Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Studies, to be included in invitations to meetings and events of the CWRU chapter.


Photo submissions are being accepted for the 2010-2011 Coming of Age Birthday Card. Photos should reflect a major campus event, a significant place or something that clearly represents the student experience. Entries are due by Tuesday, March 2. Complete details and submission guidelines are available online.

Due to technology changes, the e-mail delivery of Case Daily may be intermittent over the next several days. Campus members are invited to view the latest version online.

Women caregivers are needed for a research study of how to manage stress while caring for an elder with dementia. The study is being conducted by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's Jaclene A. Zauszniewski and fellow researchers. The study involves three data collection interviews and a chance to test ways to reduce stress. Participants will receive compensation for their time. Call 368-0552 or send an e-mail for information.

For Faculty and Staff

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students

All undergraduate students who plan to attend law school are invited to contact Terri Mester, pre-law adviser for undergraduate studies. Mester is updating the pre-law database.


The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host an information session from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, at the Mandel School. Jeff Johnston from Sallie Mae will discuss loan repayment strategies for recent alumni and prospective or current graduate and doctoral students. Call 368-5368 or 368-2274 for information.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Canadian Imports: How Expanding Ice Sheets Influenced Ohio's Settlement, Economy and Recreation." The speaker will be John Szabo of the University of Akron. The talk will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 8, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host a workshop on National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding opportunities, the NEH review process and the characteristics of successful NEH proposals. Russell Wyland, assistant director of research programs of NEH, will be available via video-conference. The workshop will take place noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, in Clark Hall 206. Faculty members Susanne Vees-Gulani from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Daniel Cohen from the Department of History will share their experiences writing successful proposals. There is no fee to attend. Call 368-8961 to register. 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.

The nation's research universities recently provided nearly 100 examples of how funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is making a difference in research projects. Of the $787 billion contained in the ARRA, $21.5 billion is allocated for research and science infrastructure. The projects are highlighted in the ScienceWorksForUS report "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act One Year Later: Recovery Act-Funded Research Advancing Science, Aiding the Economy and Contributing to America's Prosperous Future." Two Case Western Reserve projects are featured. The first one is "Electronic Self-Management Resource Training to Reduce Health Disparities" from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The second involves research from Dominique Durand, a biomedical engineering professor, who is working with graduate student Brian Wodlinger and math professors Daniela Calvetti and Erkki Somersalo to create a system that would enable an amputee to control a prosthetic arm by thought.

Kathryn Lavelle

Kathryn Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs, was recently elected to life membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. Lavelle said the late Henry King, who was a professor of law, "impressed on me the need to foster an understanding of the global role of the United States at the local level. The Council on Foreign Relations is the preeminent nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to this cause." Lavelle said she looks forward to exploring new ways to connect the practice of politics with academic work by interacting with policymakers and finance professionals at the highest levels of government and business. New members are formally welcomed into the council at the annual national conference at the CFR's headquarters in New York.

March 1, 2010

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Case in the News

Biofuels out of algae? One area company thinks it's made a breakthrough, March 1, 2010
Oil prices may have dropped quite a bit in the last few years, but turmoil in oil-rich regions of the world and the volatility of the oil market over decades have given rise to a healthy quest in the U.S. for alternatives. One Cleveland based company is developing what it considers promising technology that will create biofuels out of algae. Chris Cullis, chair of the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Edwards Foundation, Case Western Reserve University create a medical school miracle: Editorial

The Plain Dealer, March 1, 2010
In an editorial, The Plain Dealer writes: What's the benefit of having a top- notch public high school in Cleveland focused on medicine? Well, when the Cleveland-based Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation went looking for a high school that could produce graduates worthy of a new medical scholarship program, it quickly focused on the much-admired Cleveland School of Science and Medicine on the John Hay Campus in University Circle. Using a $10 million to $12 million initial endowment for the first 10 years of this program, the Edwards foundation and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine plan to build a doctor pipeline that will begin in high school, with special courses provided by CWRU.

SIDS mystery may be solved, Feb. 28, 2010
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, commonly known as SIDS, has plagued both parents and doctors for years. SIDS is defined as the unexpected, sudden death of a child under the age of one in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. There have been no associated symptoms and the children who die of SIDS do not appear to suffer or struggle. Richard Martin, director of neonatology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland Play House's 'Emma' expected to be a hit in an already successful season

The News-Herald, March 1, 2010
The Cleveland Play House announces its 2010-11 season this week, but the company is still in the midst of this season, and there's news about it, too. "Emma" features six New York-, Chicago- and Cleveland-based professional actors, all eight members of this year's graduating class from the Play House/Case Western Reserve University graduate acting program and two other local ensemble players.

Dan Whalen commentary: NFL combine–Getting in is the hardest part

The News-Herald, March 1, 2010
Dan Whalen, the Division III All-American quarterback from Case Western Reserve University, gives a first-person account of his experience at the NFL scouting combine this weekend.

Higher Ed News

State of humanities departments

Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2010
What is the state of the humanities? In many a budget cutting debate in the last year, scholars have worried about it, but national data have been limited.