Fulbright Scholar to Use Play Measures Developed at CWRU to Help Ukrainian Orphans

Megan Ritchey

Children and workers in Ukrainian orphanages will learn some play skills as Megan Ritchey, a new Case Western Reserve University alumna, heads to Kiev as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ritchey has proposed a research project to teach the play intervention developed by Sandra Russ, professor of psychology, to educators and social workers in the country's orphanages.

Russ' intervention helps children learn to cope, express emotions and develop social skills by engaging in free and imaginative play. It focuses on helping children improve creative problem solving, which should help with coping with problems in life. Read more.

Campus News

Environmental Heroes

Orientation for Environmental Heroes, a free after school environmental research program for 12-15 year olds, is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., August 9-20. After school sessions begin September 14, and will meet on Tuesdays throughout the academic year. This joint program of the Cleveland Metroparks at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation-Canalway Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education is for self-motivated participants. Students engage in real science with naturalists and scientists. Participants must be willing to make a commitment for two years. Call 368.5075 or email kmk21@case.edu for information or an application.

Two Safe Zone workshops will take place in June and July. The first session is from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday June 18, and the second session is from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, July 16. Both sessions are at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Room 320B/C. These sessions are free and open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. To become a Safe Zone ally participants must attend one of these sessions. The Safe Zone Program is a visible network of volunteers who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, staff and faculty.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are urged to submit fall 2010 book orders to the University Bookstore as soon as possible. Receipt of fall orders now can assure that students receive maximum value for used texts. Order online or by email at sm364@bncollege.com.

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Science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich, who told the story of physicist Jan Hendrik Schön's fraud in her 2009 book, Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World, will give a public lecture at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 17, in Rockefeller 301. She will describe who Schön was, why and how he started to fake his results, and how he was able to deceive experts. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. The lecture and reception are sponsored by the NSF Division of Materials Research under a specific grant, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and the Department of Physics.

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.

Anne Helmreich, associate professor of art history and director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, has been named a Getty Research Scholar for Spring 2011.

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, adjunct professor of law, was recently recognized for having one of the Top 10 Academic Law Twitter Feeds hosted by a professor. She has taught NAFTA and Bilateral Investment Treaties at the School of Law for several years, and she introduced a Twitter component in her classes last fall.

June 10, 2010

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In the News

New housing, other projects are helping reshape Cleveland's University Circle area, say panel members

The Plain Dealer, June 10, 2010
A big part of Cleveland's future lies in neighborhoods that will flourish around existing gems like those in University Circle and downtown where residents can walk to work, the bus stop, cultural events and entertainment. John Wheeler, senior vice president for administration at Case Western Reserve University, said the school continues to invest in the area.

Taking diversity to the next level

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 8, 2010
An article about the rise of diversity officers at colleges and universities references diversity efforts at Case Western Reserve University.

Tibetans carry unique gene to combat mountain sickness

Discovery News, June 8, 2010
Ever wonder how Tibetans can thrive on the roof of the world while the rest of us suffer from altitude sickness just looking at Pike's Peak? Scientists think they have the answer. A team of researchers from China, England, Ireland and the United States identified a particular spot within the human genome that is linked to low hemoglobin levels, a variant specific to Tibetans. Anthropologist Cynthia Beall of Case Western Reserve University comments.

Here's some of the best dining outdoors at Cleveland area restaurants

The Plain Dealer, June 8, 2010
A Plain Dealer reporter set out to find some of the best patio dining in Cleveland. He mentions restaurants that allow diners to catch a view of the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Turning a doctor's office into a "medical home"

HealthCanal.com, June 8, 2010
A professor from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is exploring how to transform a doctor's office into a "patient-centered medical home" that offers team-based care, better use of technology and a more personal experience for the patient that may ultimately improve health. Kurt C. Stange, professor of family medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, sociology and oncology at Case Western Reserve University, is part of the research team.

Higher Ed News

NCAA levies academic penalties

Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2010
For the second year in a row, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has temporarily banned at least one team from postseason play because of its athletes' poor academic performance.