Texting while driving can be a deadly combination for anyone. Yet new data released this week reveal that the dangers of excessive texting among teens are not limited to the road. Hyper-texting and hyper-networking are now giving rise to a new health risk category for this age group.
Scott Frank, MD, MS, lead researcher on the study and director of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Master of Public Health program, presented the findings Tuesday at the American Public Health Association’s 138th annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver. Researchers surveyed a cross section of high school students from an urban Midwestern county and assessed whether use of communication technology could be associated with poor health behaviors, including smoking, drinking and sexual activity.
According to the research, hyper-texting, defined as texting more than 120 messages per school day, was reported by 19.8 percent of teens surveyed, many of whom were female, from lower socioeconomic status, minority and had no father in the home. Drawing from the data, teens who are hyper-texters are 40 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes, two times more likely to have tried alcohol, 43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers, 41 percent more likely to have used illicit drugs, 55 percent more likely to have been in a physical fight, nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex and 90 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners.
“The startling results of this study suggest that when left unchecked texting and other widely popular methods of staying connected can have dangerous health effects on teenagers,” said Frank. Read more.
During this week, students and staff who started at the university prior to April 2010 will receive an email from Marilyn Sanders Mobley asking for participation in the Campus Climate Survey. This web-based survey asks for opinions on a number of issues related to climate, such as how comfortable the university is as a place to work or study, experiences of discrimination and interactions with peers. We hope the results will allow us to better understand and address issues specific to the climate at CWRU. When you receive the invitation, please take a few minutes to respond by following the link to the survey.
This semester's Faculty Forum, A Core Curriculum: Do we have one? Should we have one? moderated by the Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack, will discuss this important topic that is currently before the Faculty Senate. The panel consists of Alan Levine (gastroenterology and chair of the Faculty Senate), Julia Grant (accountancy), Ken Loparo (electrical engineering and computer science) and Peter Whiting (geology and director of SAGES).
Also attending will be Vice Provost Don Feke who, along with Gary Chottiner (physics), chaired a Senate Task Force that investigated core curriculum policies at comparable schools. This event is organized by the Office of Greek Life in conjunction with UCITE and will be held in Clapp 108 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday. All are welcome and no prior registration is necessary.
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Join us for a book experience, hosted by Student Affairs and the Interfaith Center. A closed group will meet next Tuesday, and Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 this semester for a pilot project. The group will begin at 2 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m. and will be held in the Village @ 115’s clock tower. Faculty/staff must register for this pilot project by Friday to Mel Morgan; only the first 15 people will be able to participate. The basis for the project is to reconnect who you are with what you do. We will be using Parker Palmer’s book Hidden Wholeness as a discussion point, but this will be a more experienced based group and not a traditional “book club.” Please send questions to either co-facilitator: Mel Morgan or Tony Vento.
Focus One Photography will be here next Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 16- 17) to take senior portraits. The session will take five minutes and is free. You will receive a link to view and purchase your photos after the shoot, and your portrait will be included in the Retrospect Yearbook. Go online to sign up now. Please email Megan Schulstad with any questions.
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The Social Justice Institute is looking for students that would be interested in participating in a focus group. The topic of discussion will be a social justice curriculum or program at CWRU. The focus group will only last an hour and pizza will be served. If you are interested, please email Jared Hamilton.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites you to an international tea 3-5 p.m. Thursday at Guilford Parlor. Try authentic desserts and drinks from around the world. More information is available online.
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Department of Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars presents a colloquium, Non-asymptotic theory of random matrices: the extreme singular values, with professor Mark Rudelson, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, 3-4 p.m. Friday at Yost Seminar Room 300. Refreshments at 2:30.
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The Department of Music presents CWRU Lunch Box Recital Series at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Harkness Chapel. Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy a performance given by students participating in one of the Case Western Reserve Department of Music’s Chamber Music Classes. Free and open to the public. On Saturday, the department presents British Winter Holidays - featuring the Case Concert Choir and Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra, Including the musical works of Elgar, Howells, Jacob, Mathias and Rutter, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. The event is also free. More information is available online.
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The Spot and Rough Rider Room invite you to a Chicken Wing Eating Contest at 8 p.m. Sunday. Eat as many chicken wings as you can in five minutes! To compete, donate $5 or five nonperishable food items. To watch, donate $1 or one nonperishable food item. All monetary proceeds go to OxFam and all nonperishable food items go to a local food bank. The winner gets bragging rights, a T-shirt, and half-priced wings for the rest of the year! If you are interested in participating, sign up at The Spot or RRR or by email.
• • •The CWRU Chapter of Sigma Xi and the Department of Physics present a lecture, Michelangelo's Laser, with Evelyn L. Hu, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University, at noon Thursday in Rockefeller Hall, Room 301. This seminar will focus on some of the design, art and tools used in shaping semiconductor materials to achieve the desired scientific or technological performance.
Dominique Durand, the E.L. Lindseth Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neurosciences, Physiology and Biophysics, has been named an Eminent Scientist of the Year by the International Research Promotion Council. The council, which aims its promotions of academic and research programs in science and medicine at developing and underdeveloped countries, lauded Durand as a leader in neural engineering and for his efforts in electrical stimulation in the brain and the peripheral nervous system, and epilepsy control.