Pilot Study Finds Visually Impaired and Sighted People Get Insulin Pen Dosages Right Equally Often

Labels on the popular insulin pen used by people with diabetes warn against visually-impaired people using pens to measure out and administer their insulin dosage.

A pilot study from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing overturns that thinking, finding that visually impaired people actually did slightly better than their seeing peers.

Ann S. Williams is the lead investigator of the study, "A Comparison of Dosing Accuracy: Visually Impaired and Sighted People Using Insulin Pens." The results were published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

The study is one of several projects from Case Western Reserve's FIND Lab, a National Institutes of Nursing Research/National Institute of Health-funded center to promote Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (FIND) in self-management research. Faculty, students and staff from the nursing school collaborate with the Cleveland Sight Center, the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and other organizations on ways to include individuals in research studies. Read more.

President Names Interim General Counsel

President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has appointed Colleen G. Treml to serve as Interim General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

"Colleen possesses the experience, expertise and judgment to direct the office during this time of transition," President Snyder said. "I appreciate her willingness to step forward to ensure that the work of the office continues smoothly."

Treml joined the university full-time in 2003 after representing Case Western Reserve on multiple legal matters as an associate in the Cleveland office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. Treml specializes in employment law and has spent the majority of her career working with institutions of higher education.

"I appreciate this opportunity to contribute further to Case Western Reserve," Treml said. "The Office of General Counsel provides a broad range of services to the university community, and we are committed to continuing to provide high-quality assistance and representation."

The Office of General Counsel manages all litigation involving the university and advises constituents on matters ranging from contracts to endowment management, student privacy and federal regulations. Its four staff attorneys also provide regular training and education sessions for university staff and faculty.

"We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated group of individuals in this office," President Snyder said. "I am grateful to all of them for their professionalism and commitment to Case Western Reserve."

The university will launch a national search for a permanent General Counsel within the next few weeks.

Campus News

The 2010 Regionally Speaking
SJA/I series leaders

The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at Case Western Reserve. SJA/I is working toward equal access to opportunity for all people through understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice while developing innovative solutions. A few blocks from Case Western Reserve is the municipality of East Cleveland. An integral part of the SJA/I is the Collaborative Research Project and its impact on the community. Campus members are invited to join in on the conversation with the SJA/I leaders, Rhonda Williams, the program's director and associate professor of history; Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; and Mark Chupp, project director and assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, to learn about goals and implementation plans. Regionally Speaking, a virtual symposium, is hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium. Listen online.

Brief services outages in the Crawford Data Center are a possibility between 3 and 6 a.m. on July 10. During this maintenance window, Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform maintenance on the network infrastructure to improve the performance and reliability of ITS services. ITS does not anticipate any individual outage lasting longer than five minutes. This work will not disrupt Internet connectivity. Additional information is available online at help.case.edu or by phone at 368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

Procurement and Distribution Services is conducting a customer service survey. Participants can enter a drawing to win a Dell Netbook. Participants can take the survey online.

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July 9, 2010

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In the News

Serving justice at Demjanjuk's Munich trial

Cleveland Jewish News July 9, 2010
After more than 30 years fighting charges that he was a Nazi concentration camp guard, John Demjanjuk is now standing trial in Munich on 28,060 accessory-to-murder counts. All charges stem, German prosecutors say, from his service in 1943 as a guard at Sobibor death camp. Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Evalyn Gates takes helm at Cleveland Museum of Natural History as expansion plans gel

The Plain Dealer July 9, 2010
In the cool hush of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's "rare book room," a wood-paneled nook overseen by lifelike statues of water buffalo, giraffes and other exotic animals, Evalyn Gates is brainstorming. Gates, the museum's new director, is a Case Western Reserve University-trained particle physicist.

Upscale apartments planned for Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood

The Plain Dealer July 8, 2010
A developer plans to build 60 apartments in University Circle, where hospitals and institutions are driving the need for new homes despite the challenging economy. he Hazel apartments will cater to people who prefer to rent or who aren't in Cleveland long enough to buy a house. The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University attract medical residents, researchers and graduate students who need apartments for just a few years.

About menopause and approaches to dealing with it

Women's Radio July 7, 2010
The A New Prescription for Health show features discussions with noted experts, both researchers and practitioners, on cutting edge, holistic, and comprehensive treatments for pain and addiction. This week, Sheryl Kingsberg, a clinical psychologist at Case Western Reserve University, shares surprising information as to how much women have to learn about menopause.

Higher Ed News

What the alumni read (or ignore)

Inside Higher Ed July 9, 2010
The days when alumni eagerly turned to "class notes" sections of alumni magazines to find out about their old friends seem quaint in the era of Facebook. So the question for alumni magazines becomes: How do they stay relevant? In an effort to answer that question, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has conducted the first-ever national survey of alumni magazine readers.