Hyper-Texting and Hyper-Networking
Pose New Health Risks for Teens

Frequent texting among teenagers has been linked to high-risk
behavior, a new Case Western Reserve study finds.

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.

Campus News

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.

For Faculty and Staff

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.  

For Students

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.

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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.


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.

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.

Nov. 10, 2010

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Multimedia Moment

Case Western Reserve University librarian William Claspy interviews Peter Bennett of the Music Department on his book, Sacred Repertories in Paris under Louis XIII in the latest podcast on the Kelvin Smith Library blog, Off the Shelf.

In the News

How to identify dirty money

Physorg.com, Nov. 9, 2010
The problem with finding money laundering and terror financing, Case Western Reserve associate professor of law and financial law expert Richard K. Gordon says, is that the private sector–mostly in the form of financial institutions–is required to monitor transactions and report to the government those that raise suspicion; but it lacks the expertise and access to data to effectively monitor such transactions. “Dividing these tasks between the private sector and law enforcement is inherently inefficient. It separates expertise and data, making it difficult and unlikely to effectively identify possible criminals.”

Cognitive problems may appear in children with epilepsy

Physorg.com, Nov. 9, 2010
The onset of epilepsy in children can have a lasting impact on their cognitive development, says Philip Fastenau, a neurologist at Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Up to half of new cases of epilepsy are in children and adolescents.

Fired for Facebook slams: Is Facebook a water cooler or blog?

Marketplace.publicradio, Nov. 10
Marketplace talked to Raymond Ku from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he's the co-director of their Cyberspace Law and Policy Office. He says Facebook is both a water cooler and a blog. 

Higher Ed News

To Fight Diseases, Colleges Push Effort to Create Better Brain Maps

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2010
This fall, on 11 university campuses in the United States and Europe, scientists have embarked on a $40-million, five-year endeavor, the Human Connectome Project, to redraw the decades-old  map of the human brain. They are using new incarnations of imaging technology to vastly improve the basic understanding of the connections that wire together the brain, in the hope that their work may help people with debilitating mental conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and autism.