Testing Lifestyle Changes to Improve
Health for People Infected with HIV

Allison Webel

Between the demands of work, family and friends, many women find health takes a back seat. Women with HIV are no exception.

“Many women with the HIV face challenges from sleepless nights to little personal time—all activities that can negatively impact health,” says Allison Webel, a clinical research scholar and instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Webel received a one-year grant from the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center for AIDS Research to test ways to promote lifestyle changes.

She will work with patients and their families to make and monitor environmental changes in physical and mental wellness habits.

“These women have many roles in addition to having a chronic disease,” Webel said. 

The new grant enables Webel to test the effectiveness of a self-management intervention developed by Shirley Moore, the associate dean of research at the nursing school and the director of the Center for Excellence for Self-Management and Research Translation (SMART Center).

Webel will include both men and women in the study. “We hope to give them the resources to support their efforts to reach their goals,” Webel said. Read more.

Preparation for an Actual Emergency


EMT Hiroko Matuyama tends to “patient” Stephanie Tchen on Saturday during the mock mass casualty drill that was staged to gauge the Case Western Reserver University community’s preparedness for an actual emergency. About 70 volunteers participated in the drill. Van Horn Field in front of Veale Athletic Center served as a staging area for the drill.


Campus News

Looking to get rid of your Sages books?  Then consider donating them to Mortar Board Senior Honor Society's fourth annual Reading is Leading book drive.  Mortar Board members will be collecting new or gently used books to be donated to Mary M. Bethune Elementary School and Glenville High School.  Money will also be accepted. A $2 donation buys a new book for a child in need. Look out for collection stations through Nov. 10 in Nord or Thwing. Extra credit will be offered in HSTY 111 and COSI 101. For more information, please contact krw18@case.edu.

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The Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) is accepting applications to its post-doctoral fellowship program. The Center is recruiting one to two post-doctoral trainees who have demonstrated promise as future leaders in research examining ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in human genetics, and who would benefit from didactic training and intensive mentorship. CGREAL offers a flexible one-to two-year training program to help guide young investigators in this field of study and to provide them with integrated but focused training. For more information, please contact Assistant Director Aaron Goldenberg or visit our website.

For Faculty and Staff

Halfway into the semester is a good time to take stock of how your course is going. First of all, you have had enough time to get a sense of what your students are like and they have got a sense of you. But more importantly, it still leaves you with time to make the kinds of crucial course corrections that can improve the experience for all involved. Getting feedback at this stage can far more valuable to you and the students than the standard evaluation surveys done at the end of the semester.

At Thursday’s session, UCITE will provide some guidelines on what kinds of feedback questions are meaningful to ask at this stage of the course, the methods by which one can gain that information from your students, and the kinds of changes that are reasonable to make as well as those that should be avoided.

Join us for this discussion at noon on Thursday in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen building. 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 replying to ucite@case.edu. More information is available online.

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The 2010 Benefits Fair is scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10 in the Thwing Ballroom, and the 2011 Open Enrollment will be Nov. 8 through 30. Mark your calendar for the fair where you can speak with benefits staff and Benelect insurance carriers, make your 2011 Benelect selections, get your flu shot and enter the annual SAC basket raffle. Significant changes are coming to Benelect for 2011; additional information will be announced soon. More information is available online.

For Students

If you are a Case student interested in pursuing a career in student affairs, join the PDC Lunch Bunch at noon on Wednesday at The Spot.  Fifteen different staff members from the Division of Student Affairs will be available to discuss the various career options available. Just bring a brown bag lunch to our event and enjoy the conversation. Beverages will be available. Learn more online.

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On Friday, the Department of Operations at Weatherhead will be holding an open house for the Master of Science in Operations Research and Supply Chain Management.  The program will start at 10 a.m. with registration and include information about our newly redesigned MSM-OR/SC program and financial aid, career opportunities, and even a supply chain simulation game with active student participation, followed by lunch with faculty and current students. To view the agenda for the day as well as register for the event, please see the Event Calendar on our Weatherhead website. If you are unable to attend this event but would still like to learn more about the program, please contact Collin Hanson at collin.hanson@case.edu or 368.6208.


This is Gender Based Violence Awareness Week at the Law School. Events are a collaborative sponsorship effort between the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the Center for Social Justice, Law Students for Social Justice, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Women’s Law Association, International Law Society, LAMBDA, Black Law Students Association and the Student Public Interest Law Foundation. 

Tuesday“It’s All About Power & Control: Intimate Partner Violence & Healthy Relationships” with representatives from the Domestic Violence Center and Legal Aid, noon, Room 159; and Justice Cinema Screening of “Sin by Silence.” From behind prison walls, Sin by Silence reveals the lives of extraordinary women who advocate for a future free from domestic violence at 5 p.m., Room 157.

ThursdayJustice Cinema Screening of “Africa Rising” – 6 p.m., Room A59. Africa Rising is a documentary portraying the indomitable grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation.

Monday–The Global Fight to Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation: Eliminating Gender Based Violence or Eroding Cultural Norms? with guest speaker Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of Equality Now.

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Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas, a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, appears 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 618 Crawford to discuss Towards a Theory of Integrated Emotions: Conceptual Blending and the Construction of Affective Meaning. Cánovas is in residence in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University for the 2010-2011 year.

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Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Painting, part of the International Peace and War Summit at Case Western Reserve University, is on exhibit  at the Kelvin Smith Library. The collaborative exhibit from the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City now travels the globe with poems written by Americans. KSL welcomes the Case community, Northeast Ohio, local schools and visitors during regular business hours through Saturday for this compelling experience of art and mind. More information is available at the Peace and War Summit website and KSL.

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Professor Fioralba Cakoni, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, will conduct a colloquium, Transmission Eigenvalues in Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering and their Application to Nondestructive Testing, at 3 p.m. Friday at the Department of Mathematics Seminar Room, Yost 300. Refreshments will be served at 2:30. In this talk, participants will describe how the transmission eigenvalue problem arises in electromagnetic scattering theory, how transmission eigenvalues can be computed from scattering data and what is known mathematically about these eigenvalues. 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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Paul Tesar

Paul Tesar, PhD, assistant professor of genetics and director of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility, has been named a Robertson Investigator by the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

The funding provides $1.5 million of support over five years for his lab’s work on the directed differentiation of stem cells into oligodendrocytes to study diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

One of four awardees, the investigator program recognizes and supports scientists leading their generation in stem cell research. 

Oct. 26, 2010

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In the News

Obesity Drug Failure Leaves Fewer Options for Diabetics

U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 25, 2010
Faramarz Ismail-Beigi, professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University, wrote in a June statement released with the study that in the wake of obesity drug failures, medicines that only control blood-sugar levels don’t offer adequate protection from nerve damage, heart attacks or vision loss for diabetic patients.

Public health doesn’t get any more ambitious than ‘The Cleveland Project’

Medcitynews.com, Oct. 25, 2010
James Levine
calls it “The Cleveland Project,” and it all adds up to an ambitious and far-reaching public health plan. The project revolves around one simple question with potentially huge implications: “If you bring health to a city, does [the city's] viability improve?” asked Levine, a former Mayo Clinic doctor who’ll begin Nov. 1 as chief of endocrinology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.

Naked Truth: Why Women Shrug Off Lousy Sex

Foxnews.com, Oct. 25, 2010
A 1999 study of sexual dysfunction published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men reported sexual problems, although the nature of the problems differ, said Sheryl Kingsberg, a psychologist at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "For women, the biggest problem is going to be desire," Kingsberg told LiveScience. Men tend to experience problems with the plumbing.

Ohio Case Raises Questions About Homicide Charges For Coercing Abortion

Medicalnewstoday.com, Oct. 26, 2010
Michael Benza, a criminal law professor at Case Western Reserve University commenting on an attempted murder case involving an Ohio man and his pregnant girlfriend, noted, “The law for attempt is taking overt steps toward the completion of a crime.” 

Higher Ed News

Sports Are Good for Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2010
Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics, and law at Duke University, writes in a commentary: “For us faculty members, our blindness to the significance of big-time sports amounts to operating in a parallel universe. The evidence is all around us, so commonplace that sometimes only visitors from abroad can see it. Football games close down entire campuses.”