University Conducts Benefits Survey; Participants Can Win an iPod Touch

health care benefit formAs part of efforts to control costs and also enhance employee wellness, the Office of Human Resources today is launching a campuswide survey to learn more about community members’ attitudes toward existing health care coverage and quality. The survey also includes questions regarding interest in participating in wellness initiatives. Take the survey here.

“Health benefits are a critical part of the compensation that Case Western Reserve provides its constituents,” said Vice President for Human Resources Carolyn Gregory. “In a time of spiraling health care costs nationwide, we feel an obligation to explore ways to control expenses, and also contribute to employee wellness.”

The university regularly reviews benefit offerings to assess Case Western Reserve’s competitiveness with other Northeast Ohio employers as well as universities nationwide. At the same time, officials seek ways to maintain coverage levels by controlling costs. In 2009 the university identified an opportunity to lower prescription drug costs by joining a consortium of several other organizations. This step saved the university $1.1 million in its first year of implementation. In addition, human resources has been ramping up wellness offerings through its thinkfit program. Programs include educational seminars, health screenings, and fitness challenges. Read more.

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When Words Get Hot, Mental Multitaskers Collect Cool

By Christine Marchello for the SAGES Seminar, Reading and Writing Science

How useful would it be to anticipate how well someone will control their emotions? To predict how well they might be able to stay calm during stress? To accept critical feedback stoically?  

Heath A. Demaree, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, finds clues in what psychologists call “hot” and “cold” psychology. 

“People differ with regard to how well they can control their emotions, and one factor that predicts it is non-emotional in nature—it is a ‘cold’ cognitive construct,” Demaree explained, referring to Working Memory Capacity. Find out what kind of individual responds well—and not so well—to negative feedback.

Campus News

thermometerThe Department of Facilities Services has updated its temperature standards: In warmer weather, temperatures will be set at 74 degrees (plus or minus 2 degrees) for all buildings with central air conditioning, except for research or other areas where lower temperatures are required. During non-occupancy periods (typically 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays), HVAC systems will be shut down.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Bookstore is seeking Case Western Reserve University authors whose books can be sold in the store and featured on the website. Email if interested.

For Students

121 Fitness CenterCase Western Reserve University’s 121 Fitness Center is offering $0 initiation fee and $0 May dues for all students through May 31. Summer leaves of absence are permitted for no charge. Membership includes full access to more than 50 group exercise classes, four free personal training sessions and much more. Visit, call 368.1121 or stop in for a tour.


All are invited to take a Safe Zone Workshop to become a member of the Safe Zone Program, a network of volunteers committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, staff and faculty. Three sessions are being offered, but individuals only need to attend one session to become a member. Sessions will be held June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. or July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in Mandel School room 320 B/C. RSVP to and indicate what session you’d like to attend and whether you are a student, staff or faculty member.

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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CWRU track and field athletesFour Case Western Reserve University athletes will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship May 26-28 in Delaware, Ohio. Senior Justine Jeroski and juniors Erin Hollinger, Ty Shaffer and Matt Jurcak are four of 796 participants.

Jeroski, a 2010 cross country All-American, will compete in the 5,000-meter run, which she enters with the 19th place time of 17:14.95, and Hollinger, a 2009 All-American in the high jump, returns to nationals tied for the second-best mark in the 22-person field after leaping 5 feet 8 inches.

Shaffer, the 2011 University Athletic Association champion in the 400m hurdles, enters this weekend’s event with the 14th ranked time of 53.13, while Jurcak ranks seventh in the 110m hurdles at 14.49.

May 25, 2011

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In the News

Scientists Discover Genetic Regions that Affect Severity of Cystic Fibrosis

News-Medical, May 24, 2011
An international team of researchers, including those from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, have discovered parts of the genome that affect the severity of cystic fibrosis. “For the past four decades, the lives of CF patients have been extended tremendously, however they are still cut too short. This discovery of new gene variants provides new avenues to explore to extend their lives," said Mitchell Drumm, professor of pediatrics and genetics in the medical school and interim vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Building the Israel-Ohio Medical Connection: Bridge Investment Fund

Med City News, May 23, 2011
Michael Goldberg, adjunct professor of banking and finance, discussed how Bridge Investment Fund lured Israel-based portfolio company IceCure to establish its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, a promising Chinese market and more.

Make Small Business Legislation Work on Main Street

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 20, 2011
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, explained why he doesn’t believe the rejection of a small business bill is a failure for small business, and how Congress can turn things around.

Higher Ed News

The 20 Best- and Worst-Paid College Majors

Time, May 24, 2011
A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education looks at 171 different college majors and finds the variance in earning potential—a more than 300 percent difference from the top-paying (petroleum engineering) to the lowest-paying (counseling and psychology) major.