E-SMART Technologies May Help
Young Adults Manage Mental Illness

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Melissa Pinto-Foltz

While many young adults will share the details of their daily lives with dozens–sometimes hundreds–of friends on Facebook, communicating with their health care providers about mental illness is another story.

“Roughly one in every five young adults between 18 and 25 has a mental illness,” says Melissa Pinto-Foltz, a postdoctoral scholar and instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. “Seventy percent of them don’t receive treatment. Of those that do receive treatment, they have trouble managing the illness and often drop out of treatment early.”

Getting individuals in this age group the adequate help and services they need inspired Pinto-Foltz’s line of research that focuses on improving access to mental health services and the mental health self-management of  adolescents and young adults. Read more.

Campus News

Are you a professional woman with a career in engineering, science, technology or medicine? The WISER Professional Mentoring Program pairs upper class and graduate/ professional school students with a female professional in their field of interest.
We are recruiting professional women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) fields who might be interested in serving as a mentor to a WISER student.  Pairs will determine the type and frequency of their meetings: face-to-face over coffee or a meal, email and/or phone. Mentoring partners typically meet several times throughout the semester, plus email and phone calls as necessary. Mentors are given basic guidelines and training, but the main requirement is a desire to share your experiences and knowledge and offer advice.

For more information, please see our website or contact Mary Rouse. If you are interested, please fill out an online application

For Faculty and Staff

Research universities produce a lot of valuable intellectual property. Faculty may often be unaware of the value of the intellectual property they create or may be aware of it but not know what to do about it. The Office of Technology Transfer is the resource for intellectual property management and commercialization at Case Western Reserve University. This office is responsible for managing intellectual property for all areas of the university and is here to assist faculty, staff and students.

Join Mike Allan and Michael Straightiff for this discussion noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at Adelbert and Euclid). Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend by email. More information is available online.

For Students

Learn how to maximize your sorority or fraternity experience to excel in your future career. The network you build through Greek life can be a valuable resource. Join a workshop that explains how, 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday at Thwing 1914 Lounge. This workshop will consist of an open panel focusing on networking, resume writing, and interviewing. Guest panelists will include fraternity and sorority alumni from organizations such as Rosetta and Rainbow Babies Hospital. All students, Greek or non-Greek, are welcome to attend. This workshop is co-sponsored by Greek Life and the Career Center. For more information contact Paras Doshi or call 781.974.4673. More information is available online.


The 2009 KATwalk winners.

Kappa Alpha Theta plans two homecoming-related events this week: KATwalk and Jolly Scholar for CASA.  The KATwalk, 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Thwing Ballroom, is Kappa Alpha Theta's signature philanthropy event. It is a fashion show with a competitive spin. Each team will consist of one MC and four models and is judged on creativity, charisma and humor. This year, the theme is Strut YOUR Spartan Spirit! This event is a fundraiser for CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lorain County. CASA provides courtroom advocates free of charge for abused and neglected children. Admission is $3 in advance, $5 at the door, or at a group rate of $50. There is a $50 entry fee to register a team. The signup form can be found at KATwalk's website. There will be a raffle and various prizes given to the winners.

Also Friday, the Jolly Scholar for CASA at Thwing from 5:30-7 p.m. A percentage of the proceeds made by each purchase at the Jolly Scholar during this time will benefit CASA. Email rachel.paul@case.edu  or Aphroditi Mamaligas aam45@case.edu


Barbara Berman

The Law-Medicine Center presents Elena & Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum: The Oncologist as Oncology Patient, with professor Barbara Berman, clinical instructor and preceptor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, at noon Wednesday. Berman, widow of oncologist Dr. Jack H. Berman, shares her special perspective on end-of-life quality issues. Jack Berman was  a longtime associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. As Dr. Berman approached what he knew was the end of his life, he gave a lecture about his experiences as a patient to some first and second year medical students.

His informal presentation, The Oncologist as the Oncology Patient, was videotaped. Because he intended to give medical students more understanding of how their patients might experience being on the other side of the desk, Mrs. Berman made it available after he died of pancreatic cancer 2½ months later. Wednesday’s presentation will be in the Moot Courtroom (Gund Hall A59). Lunch will be provided. More information online.


The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program announces the first installment of its 2010-2011 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Symposium Series. Mitchell A. Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania, will present two seminars on Friday in the Wolstein Auditorium (Wolstein Research Building 1413). At 11 a.m. he will discuss How Obesity Causes Diabetes: Lessons from Antidiabetic Drugs followed by a lecture titled Nuclear Receptors and the Epigenomic Regulation of Metabolism at 3:30 p.m. All members of the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland scientific community are welcome to attend. For more information please visit the CMBTP website.


The School of Law will present a discussion on Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The guest speaker will be Amos Guiora (LAW '85), a professor of law at the University of Utah, who will discuss the topic of his book, Freedom from Religion. In his book, Guiora invites policymakers and concerned citizens to consider an unusual technique for curtailing the threat of new terrorist attacks: curtailing religious freedom. Free, open to the public. The event will be webcast live. More information is available online.


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.

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Join UCI and the Uptown Partners Business Association for the first Showcase in the Circle. It's an opportunity to get to know the businesses and nonprofits from University Circle and the surrounding neighborhoods in one place and at one time. One of University Circle’s goals is for people to consider living closer to where they learn, work and play in the University Circle. The showcase is 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Admission is free. More information is available online or call 216.791.3900.

Sept. 28, 2010

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In the News

Cleveland physicians and scientists focus on skin cancer research, treatment

Cleveland.com, Sept. 27, 2010
Kevin Cooper, MD, chairman of the dermatology department at CWRU and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, told the Plain Dealer the newly created Skin Cancer Research Institute at Case Western Reserve University “came together spontaneously.” “We have exciting young investigators who have novel ideas and promising research.”

Guiding the Growth of Axons

Softpedia.com, Sept. 28, 2010
Traumatic brain injury, the kind frequently suffered by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, has researchers at Case Western Reserve working to find a way help people recover from those injuries. The work is being led by Pedram Mohseni, who is based at Case Western Reserve University, and Randolph J. Nudo, who holds an appointment at the Kansas University Medical Center.

Why So Many People Can't Make Decisions

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 27, 2010
People struggling over a difficult decision may benefit from paring down the number of details they are considering and instead selecting one or a few important values to use in basing their decision, says Richard Boyatzis, a professor in organizational behavior, psychology and cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University.

Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says

Cleveland.com, Sept. 25, 2010
David Crampton, associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, says there is a lack of urgency at the Department of Children and Family Services to address risks to children. "We clearly need some system after the department closes the case to make sure they (parents) stay on their medications and are getting mental health treatment," said Crampton, the task force’s chairman.

Local band Lake Folk brings its brand of 'roots noir' music to shows at Ark, Savoy

AnnArbor.com, Sept. 27, 2010
Case Western Reserve alumni Eric Anderson, Erin Shellman and Danielle Gartner, members of an Ypsilanti, Mich.-based quintet Lake Folk, are releasing a CD, Feel Like I’m Home, described as having an indie folk/roots noir sound. 


Higher Ed News

Science R&D Spending Reached $55B in Higher Ed in 2009

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2010
Colleges and universities reported spending $54.9 billion on science and engineering research and development in fiscal 2009, an inflation-adjusted 4.2 percent, according to the National Science Foundation. Case Western Reserve University rose to 26th place in R&D spending. Life sciences saw an increase of 5.1 percent, to $32.8 billion, while mathematics spending dropped 10.9 percent to $553 million.