CWRU Nursing Students Combat 2 Health
Issues in Cleveland’s Schools

Marilyn Lotas

Third-year nursing students at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University will organize and implement a major districtwide blood pressure screening and intervention program in the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Taking a further step, the nursing students will also measure and provide interventions to reduce obesity as well as blood pressure in a demonstration project at the Daniel E. Morgan School, 1440 E. 92nd St.

The Prentiss Foundation awarded Marilyn Lotas, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the nursing school, a $500,000 grant to launch the health project that addresses this national public health concern.

Lotas will work closely with the Cleveland schools health department.

David E. Harrison, MSN, RN, director of health and social services with the school district, said with a nationwide obesity epidemic and difficulties accessing health care, this is “a great collaboration with a university and a phenomenal opportunity” to learn ways to lower blood pressures and reduce obesity in school children. 

Over the next five years, nursing students will assist with screening Cleveland Municipal District School students for elevated blood pressures and then work with interventions, such as exercise, eating right and understanding their condition, to combat obesity and elevated blood pressures. Read more.

Campus News

A construction fence for the Wind Turbine Project, taking place just north of the Veale Garage, will be installed on Wednesday.  The sidewalk that runs next to (north of) the Veale Garage and the sidewalk that runs west of the green space just north of the garage will be closed. The sidewalks east and north of the green space will remain open for pedestrian traffic, along with both the east and west entrances/exits to the Veale Garage (Garage S-53). See map of affected area.



All members of the campus community are invited to the President's Climate Action Plan Community Forum from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Thwing Ballroom.  Come hear the latest updates about the President's Climate Action Plan, ask questions, and provide feedback. Are you curious about what the university is doing related to sustainability? Are you inspired by what you're hearing? Identify your own environmental impact by participating in the Eco Challenge. Case Western Reserve University's sustainability office, undergrad and graduate chapters of Net Impact, and Accenture have partnered to offer this simple, online survey that shows what aspects of your life have the biggest impact, how you compare to others at Case Western Reserve and beyond, and offers suggestions for ways to live greener.

For Faculty and Staff

Thought about your final exams and papers yet? The chances are you haven't. It seems like a time-honored tradition among university teachers that we defer the preparation of our assessments until the last possible moment. For some faculty, it may be the night before the exam or even just a few hours before, with the prospect of a possible photocopier breakdown providing added excitement. At Thursday’s UCITE session, we will discuss why it can be helpful to think about assessments early in the semester, and we will provide examples of a variety of assessments that can be applied to even large classes and can allow for better measures of student achievement than simply multiple-choice tests or essays.

This session will be noon-1 p.m. Thursday in the Herrick Room in Allen Memorial Library Building at the corner of 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 each session by email to You can see upcoming events on the website.



The Staff Educational Enhancement Fund, better known as SEEF, is holding a bake sale and 50/25/25 raffle on Thursday in three different locations on campus: Crawford-Sages area, the Biomedical Research Building Atrium and the Wolstein Building lobby. Spread the word in your department. SEEF helps staff on campus learn and develop new skills that benefit not only themselves but each of us at the university. If you wish to donate bakery, please be sure to contact the individual closest to your campus office for the exact drop-off locations: Crawford–Theresa Grigger, ext. 5887; BRB–Shannon Swiatkowski, ext. 1490; Wolstein Building–Sally Berri, or ext. 0819.

For Students

In striving to succeed in engineering careers, you need some top insights that will not be found in any textbooks. The Master of Engineering and Management Program, collaborating with the Case Engineering Council, Women in Science and Engineering, and the Society of Women Engineering presents the panel “Top Secrets: 5 reasons Why Engineers Succeed” at 6-7:30 pm, Oct 27. The event will be at Nord Hall 310 starting with an appetizing Qdoba buffet. The panel will feature successful MEM alumni from leading companies. This is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of career paths available to engineers. It will also provide an excellent occasion to network with industry professionals and learn invaluable secrets to their success. Save the date today and make a reservation by Oct. 25 to


Learn how to add antioxidants to your diet.

Cooking Demo: Fighting Cancer with Antioxidants at noon Friday in Nord Hall Room 310. The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related.  Join Bon Appetit Chef Ryan Buckles for easy tips on how to add antioxidant-rich foods into your diet–and sample the chef's creations. For more information, go online or contact Bryn Mota by email or at 368.3093 



The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mandel School, 11235 Bellflower Road. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation.  The session will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid.  To register, contact the Admissions Office at 368.2280. For details, go to the school’s website.



A presentation by Farm Sanctuary President and co-founder Gene Baur features his book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and  Minds About Animals and Food, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. It is  free and open to the public. United Protestant Campus Ministries at CWRU is one of the co-sponsors of this event. Baur campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our food system.



International recognized Cuban Architect and Urban Planner Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez is helping to spearhead efforts to reopen Cuba to American visitors after decades of severe restrictions. He will visit Case Western Reserve University to talk about his work to identify and create heritage sites on the island where much of the architecture and infrastructure remains from colonial times. He will give the talk, “From Colonial Town to Cosmopolitan Caribbean City,” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in Mather House 100 (next to Church of the Covenant). Case Western Reserve University’s Department of History, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Affairs are cosponsoring the free, public event. For information, contact History Professor Miriam Levin at 368.2624 or email.

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.

Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law and associate dean for Faculty Development and Research at the CWRU School of Law, will publish “Combating Cyber-Victimization,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal, in 2011 and “Cyberspace Exceptionalism and the Role of Intent in Copyright Law,” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law in 2011 (solicited, symposium edition). She made a presentation of “Cyberspace Exceptionalism and the Role of Intent in Copyright Law,” at Where Do We Go From Here?  The Evolution of Entertainment Law and Industry in the New World, at Vanderbilt University Law School, on Sept. 28.

Oct. 12, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University Holds Vigil for LGBT Community, Oct. 11, 2010
Monday evening, Case Western Reserve students and faculty gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember several young people around the country who took their lives in recent weeks after they were victims of bullying because of their sexual orientation.

Case Western Reserve receives $10.5 million for student center, Oct. 11, 2010
A $10.5 million gift from the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust donated funds for help build a new student center, which will be on the Case Western Reserve University campus at East Boulevard and Bellflower Road near Severance Hall.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Oct. 11, 2010
Dee Perry hosts a special call-in show celebrating the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Joining Dee was Rhonda Williams, the director of Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute.

Potential Role of Iron
in a Mediterranean-style Diet

Archives of Neurology, October 2010
Case Western Reserve researchers and colleagues identified a dietary pattern, similar to the Mediterranean diet, that appears to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Contributors include George Perry, PhD, Xiongwei Zhu, PhD, and Mark A. Smith, PhD, from the Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University; and Alan Lerner, MD, from the Department of Neurology, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center.

Multimedia Moment

Panorámicos, the Ensemble in Residence at Case Western Reserve Uuniversity, will be featured on Classical Discoveries Internet Radio Station/Podcast.

Higher Ed News

Universities Start Efforts
Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2010
Several universities–in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student–are launching new efforts to combat and prevent anti-gay bullying. The University of Wisconsin at Madison has started a campaign called “Stop the Silence” to support gay students.