Faculty Member Gains National Attention for Study on Anger at God

Julie Exline
Julie Exline

The notion of being angry with God goes back to ancient days. Such personal struggles are not new, but Case Western Reserve University faculty member Julie Exline began looking at “anger at God” in a new way. Now, her study is getting national attention from media outlets, including CNN, ABC News and U.S. News and World Report.

“Many people experience anger toward God,” Exline explained. “Even people who deeply love and respect God can become angry. Just as people become upset or angry with others, including loved ones, they can also become angry with God.”

Exline, an associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has researched anger toward God over the past decade, conducting studies with hundreds of people, including college students, cancer survivors and grief-stricken family members. Read more.

Campus News

Flu shots will be offered at 121 Fitness Center, courtesy of Health Services, on Jan. 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All are invited to participate. The cost is $10. Register here.

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As a result of extensive faculty discussion and strategic planning, the Department of Communication Sciences and the Department of Psychology merged to become the Department of Psychological Sciences. The merge will strengthen and expand the research and training opportunities for both programs. The department includes 19 tenured and tenure track faculty, with Lee Thompson serving as the inaugural chair. The department will be housed on the third and fourth floors of the Cleveland Center for Hearing and Speech and also in the Mather Memorial Building. Requirements for all undergraduate majors and minors, and all graduate programs will not be changed by the merge. For more information, visit the department’s new website.

For Faculty and Staff

Make health your priority this New Year and take the CWRU Get “Fit for Life” 8-Week Challenge starting today! This eight-week challenge from 121 Fitness Center is open to everyone, including the public. Whether you want to lose weight, tone or build muscle, 121 Fitness Center has the program for you, with four different tiers to choose from. Great prizes, group and individual meetings, motivation and complete access to Case’s 121 Fitness Center are all part of the program. Plus, as a part of the University’s Wellness initiative, the Department of Human Resources is offering 50 percent off the program costs to eligible employees. Click here for details and registration. Space is limited.

For Students

The Kelvin Smith Library student competition to redesign the main floor of KSL this semester is well underway, and there's a second opportunity available to meet with Associate Provost and University Librarian Arnold Hirshon. Send your team or a team representative to KSL on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. to talk with him and learn more. Find more details on the KSL NewsBlog.

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Do you work long hours? Feel isolated from the rest of the campus community? You are not alone. Come eat pizza and share your thoughts and experiences about being a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University with GRADLink, a graduate student support group. GRADLink will take place the second Tuesday of every month, starting Jan. 11, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Spartan Room at Thwing Center. GRADLink is sponsored by University Counseling Services and facilitated by Pamela Nilsson. No registration is necessary, and all graduate and professional school students are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Nilsson at 216.368.0642 or pamela.nilsson@case.edu.

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All Case Western Reserve University students are invited to submit an original 500- to 750-word writing piece to the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, based on an excerpt from noted historian Nell Irvin Painter, who is the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week. For the essay prompt and more information, click here. Essays must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 via email to Melissa Burrows, EEO & Diversity Specialist in the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Monetary prizes for first ($300), second ($200) and third ($100) place will be awarded, courtesy of Kelvin Smith Library.

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Tau Beta Pi is holding its semiannual Book Swap in Nord 310 for students looking to buy and sell textbooks for classes this upcoming semester. Students can sell books at their own price, and the books will be put on sale for other students to buy. The Book Swap will run today through Friday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Today students can browse the collection of books already for sale, and buying officially begins Tuesday. More information about the Tau Beta Pi Book Swap is available online.


The School of Dental Medicine hosts Prophy Day Jan. 22, offering free oral exams, x-rays and teeth cleanings to individuals over 18 with some natural teeth. Prophy Day runs 8:30 a.m.-noon at Case Western Reserve University dental clinic; no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 216.368.0214 or 216.368.0746 (please do not leave a message).

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The Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center presents The Memory of Justice: The Unexpected Place of Lviv, Ukraine, in International Law—A Personal History from Philippe Sands, professor at University College of London. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom (A59). A reception follows; lawyers in attendance can receive one free hour of CLE credit.

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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Linda Ehrlich
Yoshiko Kishi, Kore-eda Hirokazu and
Linda Ehrlich.

While traveling to Tokyo on Dec. 22, Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese, and Yoshiko Kishi, lecturer in Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, presented award-winning Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu with the special double issue of Film Criticism dedicated to essays about his films, including Ehrlich’s essay, “Kore-eda’s Ocean Views.”

Jan. 10, 2011

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In the News

Small Business Isn't Celebrating Health-Care Reform

Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan. 7, 2011
Small businesses will bear the brunt—and see the benefits—of health-care reform, but increased coverage and decreased costs have not yet materialized for small businesses, wrote Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Weatherhead School of Management.

Twiblings? Siblings Born Days Apart from Different Wombs

AOL Health, Jan. 5, 2011
After a couple became parents to two siblings born through different surrogate mothers within days of each other, Paula Hendryx, associate professor of reproductive biology at the School of Medicine, discussed surrogacy, in vitro fertilzation and the popularity of women in their late 30s and early 40s having children.

Personal Motivation Influences Healing

The Times of India, Jan. 5, 2011
Personal motivation may be the biggest factor when it comes to a person returning to work after full knee replacement surgery, according to research done by School of Medicine student Joseph Styron. "Although the physical demands of a patient's job certainly have some influence ... the patient's characteristics, particularly motivation, play a more important role," he said.

Higher Ed News

Mentoring 101

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 10, 2011
Though mentoring is helpful for students and gratifying for professors, it isn't prevalent within graduate school and isn't well-rewarded for professors, members of a panel at the American Historical Association said.