Doctors Give Different Levels of Pain Meds
for Different People, CWRU Study Finds

If you should find yourself running from the police, watch your step. If you fall and break an ankle, chances are you’ll receive less pain medication when they take you to the ER for treatment.

Susan Hinze

That’s one of the findings from a new study by Case Western Reserve University sociologist Susan Hinze, and Joshua Tamayo-Sarver, an emergency department doctor who collected the data.

The researchers examined the prescription patterns of 398 randomly selected emergency department doctors from the American College of Emergency Physicians who responded to a mailed survey. 

Each physician was sent a questionnaire with hypothetical patient scenarios and asked to indicate how likely they would be to prescribe certain pain medications.

The study, “Hurt Running from the Police? No Chance of (Pain) Relief: the Social Construction of Deserving Patients in Emergency Departments,” appears in the journal Sociology of Health Care (volume 27).

The research was supported, in part, by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Dissertation, the Center for Healthcare Research and Quality at MetroHealth Medical Center and the departments of epidemiology and biostatistics and sociology at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

University Names New Executive Director
of Environmental Health and Safety

Charles Hart, PhD, will assume leadership responsibility for the university’s environmental health and safety programs effective Monday. (Dec. 6.) The Environmental Health and Safety Department (formerly known as DOES) includes the university’s radiation, chemical, environmental, laboratory and occupational safety programs. Hart was selected through a national search process completed earlier this fall.

Hart comes to Case Western Reserve University from Ohio University where he served as director of environmental health and safety from 2003 to 2007and subsequently served as a faculty member in the Environmental Health and Occupational Safety program for the past three years. He has more than 30 years of experience in environmental health and safety management.  He holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Ohio University, a master’s in health and safety education from Kent State University and a bachelor’s in environmental health from Cleveland State University. 

Campus News

Time is short–Kelvin Smith Library's new café needs a name, and you're invited to submit suggestions. One of the new KSL Initiatives, the new café will generate new energy and convenience for Case individuals who'd like to spend time with the U.S. and world newspapers and a cup of coffee, or meet in a casual setting. Send in your suggestion by 5 p.m. next Wednesday and you might see your name “up in lights” and win a special prize. Read more, and enter more than once, but enter soon. Enter the survey online.

For Faculty and Staff

This fall, the Staff Training and Development Committee initiated a few fundraisers to raise money for the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund (SEEF), which continues to assist all staff in pursuing their educational goals. Thanks to the assistance of many generous SAC members both elected and non-elected, who baked or sold tickets, those efforts were successful. A total of $950.27 was deposited into the SEEF account. Kevin Dwenger and Kathy O’Linn were the two winners chosen in the Oct. 14 50/25/25 Raffle.  They each received $48. In the Nov. 8-9 Benefits Fair, Dwayne Bible and Margaret Cullis were the two raffle winners, receiving $58 each. The Sustainability Basket was won by Nick DeGeorge.

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The Office of the Provost and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite women faculty and staff to an information session at noon Tuesday in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center about the Summer 2011 HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education. The University will sponsor a participant to the Institute.

The Institute, a 12-day intensive residency program, is a prestigious professional development opportunity that prepares and advances women for leadership in higher education. Participants learn from women who are already leaders in higher education across the country. On Dec. 7, learn about the program, the application and selection process, and ask questions. Most importantly, hear from former participants on how the experience has empowered and transformed them professionally.

The chosen applicant may choose to attend either of two of the 12-day program sessions, HERS Bryn Mawr (Pa.) – June 19-July 3, or HERS Denver – July 24-Aug. 7. For more information about the institute, go to the website

For Students

New Student and Parent Programs is looking for energetic, enthusiastic students who want to share the Case Western Reserve University experience with new students and parents. Apply to be an International Student Ambassador or an Orientation Leader online today. Here is a video made by Orientation Leaders. 

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Tau Beta Pi is holding its biannual Book Collections in Nord 310B for students looking to sell their textbooks after the completion of their classes. Students can set their own price, and their books will be sold in the Tau Beta Pi Book Swap the following semester. Collections will run throughout the duration of finals, Tuesday through Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about Tau Beta Pi Book Swap and Collections is available online

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The renewal period for parking for students has begun.  If you currently have a student parking permit, you should have already received an e-mail with renewal instructions.  The deadline to renew your current parking spot is Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. If you want a different parking lot, please participate in First Come First Serve on December 28. If you have questions or did not receive the renewal email, please contact Access Services.

Spring 2011 First Come First Serve will begin Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Students who do not have parking permits may log into the parking system using their network ID and password to purchase parking permits that have not been renewed. Please go online to get information on the types of permits that may be available.  You may also email with specific questions. Note: This renewal applies to students only.


The medical students of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine present their annual fundraising variety show, Doc Opera, where all proceeds go to benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium with a reception beforehand at 7 p.m. Tickets can be bought online.

Doc Opera is a variety show featuring song parodies, dances, music and skits, all written and performed entirely by students and faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.  This event was started by and continues to be run by medical students, and this year’s directors are happy to continue the 25-year tradition of artists in medicine and Doc Opera’s association with the Free Clinic. 

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The Cache, a boutique-style resale shop holiday bazaar, is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Covenant, next to Thwing. It features one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, decorations, clothes, books and more. Sale will be followed by caroling performed by the Case Western Reserve University Orchestra and Concert Choir at 4 p.m. and reception with home-baked cookies at 5. Contact Eileen Viz, director of Student-Community Ministries, at 216.421.0482 ext. 237.


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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Peter Haas

Professor Peter Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Chair of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, was part of a select group of  scholars who were invited to participate in an international conference on "Ideology and Ethics under National Socialism." The Conference, organized by the Hannah Arendt Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism, was held in Dresden, Germany,  Nov. 18-20.  Professor Haas' paper  dealt with the concept of "military ethics" in the context of total combat.

Prof. Haas was also invited to speak with members of the Austrian chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, an organization devoted to fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on campuses around the world.  As part of his stay in Vienna, professor Haas delivered a talk on  "Left-Wing Antisemitism in North America" at the University of Vienna.

Dec. 2, 2010

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In the News

Delegations Visit El Salvador; Commemorations Planned, Nov. 30, 2010
The National Catholic Reporter mentions in its Nov. 30 article the Social Justice Symposium’s forthcoming celebration of Case Western Reserve University alum Jean Donovan during the Feb. 25-26 UN World Social Justice Day event at Case Western Reserve. Donovan was gunned down with three other American women on Dec. 2, 1980, in El Salvador.

CWRU Researcher Receives $2.25 Million Grant to Design Energy Storage Capacitor, Dec. 2, 2010
Gerhard Welsch, a professor of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, began patenting designs for a small, light, powerful and reliable capacitor in 2000. Funded with a recent $2.25 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, or ARPA-E, Welsch will try to make a capacitor ready for market within three years. ARPA-E is especially interested in the capacitor for hybrids and all-electric cars.

Researchers image atomic structural changes that control properties of sapphires, Dec. 2, 2010
Materials scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Institute of Solid State Research in Jülich, Germany, have produced clear changes in the atomic structure of sapphire following deformation at high temperatures. “We imagined this might have been the possible change in structure a year or so ago and now we're able to see how the atoms are moving with respect to one another,” said Arthur Heuer, Distinguished University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering.

Higher Ed News

Information Unstacks the Deck

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2010
Bridget Terry Long, professor of education and economics at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, says that while the economic benefits of a postsecondary degree have been well documented, the escalating price tag and rates of default on student loans make the prospect of attending college an increasingly risky proposition. She proposes a federally managed clearinghouse of information about costs of colleges, risks and success of alumni.