Study Examines Effectiveness
of Telemonitoring Vital Signs

Like the bleeps of an alarm clock, TeleCare, a home monitoring device, gives the chronically ill a wake-up call: "It's time to take your vitals."

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University will study how effective TeleCare, a device the size of an alarm clock, is in keeping individuals with complex health issues healthy and out of the hospital.

CWRU's University Center on Aging and Health awarded a one-year pilot grant to investigators Elizabeth Madigan from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Rebecca Boxer from the School of Medicine at CWRU, and Amir Poreh from Cleveland State, for the study, "Supporting Self-Management with Telehealth for Patients with Multiple Morbidity." Read more.

Campus News

Research ShowCASE

The real, creative and diverse world of research goes on display during Case Western Reserve University's annual Research ShowCASE 2010. From understanding how ancient mammals can help us conserve modern ones to how sleep can impact the intake of carbohydrates by adolescents are among the A to Zs of research highlighted in active demonstrations, four panel discussions and hundreds of poster displays. The free, public event takes place Thursday, April 15, in Veale Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a group of campus members are planning to attend a "Take Back the Night Rally" on Thursday, April 15, at John Carroll University. Campus members who plan to attend should meet at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at 5:15 p.m. to join the carpool. RSVP by contacting Stephanie or Candace at (216) 368-0985.

The Saturday Tutoring Program

The Saturday Tutoring Program is one of the university's community partner programs. Volunteers provide free tutoring for students in grades 1-12 from school districts throughout Greater Cleveland. Tutors can volunteer on a flexible basis. Tutoring sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Church of the Covenant in University Circle. Materials, training, supervision and free parking are provided. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Payroll Department announces that 2009 W-2 forms are available online for review. For access, use the Human Capital Management (HCM) site.

A session on "Understanding the Process: Applying, Enrolling and Utilizing Tuition Waivers" will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This information session is designed to guide staff members interested in attending the university at the undergraduate level. Attendees will be guided through the process of applying for admission or taking classes as a non-degree student, as well as understanding the parameters of the tuition waiver program. Representatives from the Department of Human Resources, Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide an overview of each of these important topics. Register online.

For Students

Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 16, in Adelbert Gym. Learn more.

Events

Performances for the spring Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) will run April 15-17. The production consists of new work by Shelley Blanton, Sherry Harper and Rachel Stoneking, graduate students in the dance program at Case Western Reserve University; DeWitt Cooper, a dance program alumnus; and Deb Carlson-Klain, a long-time MaDaCol dancer. More than 45 dancers are involved in this production. MaDaCol is a student organization designed to offer a creative outlet for students, faculty, staff and community members. Tickets are $4 for general admission and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will present a discussion, "Does Environmental Responsibility Mean Old People Should Accept Natural Deaths?" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 16, at the Inamori Center. Felicia Nimue Ackerman of Brown University is the guest speaker.

A panel discussion on the topic of "Prisons, Race and Reentry: Confronting the Carceral State in Ohio," accompanied by a documentary screening of "The New Asylum," will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at the Inamori Center. The panelists are Terry Collins, former director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; Shakyra Diaz, education director for ACLU of Ohio; Edward Little, criminal/juvenile justice consultant; Mansfield Frazier, activist and "From Behind the Wall" author; and Robert Chase, 2009-10 postdoctoral fellow of African American Studies at Case Western Reserve. The event is free and open to the public.

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Science Cafe Cleveland

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, is on "Capturing the Cosmic Ray Monsters: Big Science in a Big Universe." Case Western Reserve's Corbin Covault, a physicist, and Yvette Cendes, a graduate student in the physics department, are the guest speakers. The talk begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The Third Annual Italian Film Festival at Case Western Reserve continues through Thursday, April 15. All films are being shown in Strosacker Auditorium at 7 p.m. The festival is co-sponsored by the Italian section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the CWRU Film Society, Italian Film Festivals USA and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Complete details are available online. Contact Denise Caterinacci for more information.

The School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy's distinguished lecture begins at noon today at the law school. The topic is “Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Pledge: Has the Time Come?” with guest speaker Jonathan Schell, a Fellow at The Nation Institute. Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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.

A high school student mentored by Xuan Gao, assistant professor of physics, was awarded the grand prize in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. Peter Mintun of Hawken School worked with Gao last summer. Mintun will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month.

April 12, 2010

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In the News

Lines drawn in Supreme Court succession

USA TODAY, April 12, 2010
As President Obama considers a second choice for the Supreme Court, Republican senators are urging him to pick a "mainstream" nominee to avoid a polarizing political battle ahead of the midterm congressional elections. Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Obama's next Justice

National Review Online, April 10, 2010
Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement, which means that President Obama gets to make another Supreme Court appointment. Whom will he nominate, and what will be his choice's effects on the near future and the long-term ideological trajectory of the Court? National Review Online asked the experts, including Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

"Key" human ancestor found: Fossils link apes, first humans?

National Geographic, April 8, 2010
Identified via two-million-year-old fossils, a new human ancestor dubbed Australopithecus sediba may be the "key transitional species" between the apelike australopithecines—and the first Homo, or human, species, according to a new study. Scott Simpson, a paleontologist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Who should replace Justice Stevens?

The Washington Post, April 11, 2010
The Washington Post asked legal and political experts – including Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University – how President Obama should consider his next Supreme Court vacancy.

Whalen works out for Browns, now waits

The News-Herald, April 12, 2010
Now comes the difficult part for Dan Whalen: Playing the waiting game. Whalen, a quarterback for Case Western Reserve University's football team, is satisfied he represented himself well as a dark horse NFL prospect. His latest workout, Sunday in Berea for the Browns, along with more than 20 other prospects from the area, went well, he told his hometown newspaper. Related item.

Healthy pay for nonprofit work

Austin American-Statesman, April 10, 2010
Last month , the Boys & Girls Club of America came under fire from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other lawmakers when they learned the salaries of some of the organization's executives. The dust-up has renewed debate over what is appropriate compensation for executives of organizations charged with serving the public interest while enjoying substantial government subsidies, either in direct grants or indirectly in tax breaks. David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Sheriff spread thin, so get a gun, judge advises

The Columbus Dispatch, April 10, 2010
A judge's solution for residents feeling less secure because of budget cuts in one Ohio county: Carry a gun. Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut in half because of a tight budget. Andrew Pollis, visiting assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Eroding retirement contributions

Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2010
For many faculty members, this year has been one of adjusting to the reality that their retirement nest egg is smaller than it used to be. Funds took hits of various sizes, depending on the level of risk participants accepted. But for some faculty members, the hit may be compounded by reductions in the match that colleges are making each year to their funds.