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August 03, 2015

CWRU, Japan’s Tohoku University agree on research collaboration and student exchange program


News Release Thursday, July 30, 2015

Case Western Reserve University and Japan’s Tohoku University will collaborate on research and student exchanges after the institution’s respective leaders signed formal agreements Wednesday (July 29, 2015).

Tohoku University President Susumu Satomi and Kazuyuki Katayama, Japan’s Detroit-based consul general, attended the signing ceremony with Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder and several other university administrative and research leaders. One of the leading research universities in Japan, Tohoku is part of the country’s Top Global University Project, which aims to improve Japan’s global outreach in education and research.

To help launch the partnership, more than a dozen of its students and faculty came to Case Western Reserve this week for a two-day Data and Life Science Collaboration & Symposium.

“As a university, one of our focuses is internationalization. It means creating deep relationships and partnerships with universities overseas, and Tohoku is one of those relationships,” Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler said. “We are now making the statement that they are going to be a major partner with us, partly because of the kinds of things they do—the medical science, the engineering, the law.”

The research Memorandum of Understanding calls for exchange of faculty, staff and students; joint research projects; joint education and training programs; exchange of academic and research publications and information; collaborative funding and fund development.

“There are a number of areas where we see commonality, and our systems are different enough that we can really benefit from each other, and ultimately benefit the world,” Fleshler said.

Each university expects to choose two undergraduate students each semester to participate in the exchange.

Also attending the signing ceremony were Provost and Executive Vice President William “Bud” Baeslack III, School of Medicine Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs Pamela B.Davis, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynn Singer, School of Medicine Vice Dean for Research Mark Chance, and School of Medicine Associate Dean for Graduate Education Paul MacDonald.

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August 03, 2015

ProQuest maintenance

Several ProQuest hosted resources will be offline for maintenance on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. (EST) for about 8 hours.

Services that will be off may include various research databases and RefWorks.

During this time, please consider using other Research Databases.

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August 03, 2015

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library will no longer be available after Sunday, August 9, 2015.

Please contact the library for assistance on alternatives.

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July 30, 2015

Using Appropriate Forms When Submitting Requests in ILLiad

Just a quick overview regarding which forms to fill out for the corresponding material types...

Articles (Non-Returnables)

* Journal Article: Journal and newspaper articles -- one cited article per request form, please.
* Book Chapter: Book chapters -- please provide chapter number if possible.
* Conference Paper: Research papers presented in the published proceedings for a conference, symposium, meeting, etc.
* Patent: Patents or patent applications.
* Standards Document: Technical, industrial, safety standards, etc.

Loans (Returnables)

* Book: Books, monographs, music scores, published proceedings, exhibition catalogues, etc. -- one edition only per request, please.
* Report: Academic department and corporate research reports, etc.
* Thesis: Thesis and dissertations -- please include reference to granting institution.
* Other (Misc. Loan): -- Special type LOANS only, such as audio-visual materials, journal volumes in print or on microfilm, mixed-media collections, etc. -- DO NOT use this form to cite articles, chapters, papers, patents, standards, or any of the loan-type materials for which appropriate forms already exist. (*See also note below.)

When you use the correct form to submit your ILLiad request, you help us deliver your required materials more quickly, by allowing ILL staff to avoid additional editing and transaction conversion. Your cooperation and consideration is greatly appreciated, as it will help to prevent unnecessary processing delays.

Questions or concerns? Please contact ILL staff, by phone at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or by e-mail at

* FYI: "Misc." is the conventional abbreviation for "Miscellaneous" (which is rarely fully spelled out), adjective -- definition: "of various types or from different sources".

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July 27, 2015

Library Endowment Fund Namesakes - Allen Dudley Severance Fund

Allen Dudley Severance was on the faculty of Western Reserve University 1897-1920, teaching history, church history, bibliography, special bibliography, and historical bibliography for Adelbert College, the College for Women, and the School of Library Science. Severance received the A.B. and A.M. from Amherst College, the B.D. from Hartford Theological Seminary, the B.D. from Oberlin Theological Seminary, and studied at the Universities of Halle, Berlin, and Paris.

Allen Dudley Severance

He left a library of books on the Middle Ages and the Reformation and an endowment fund to the library of Adelbert College (Hatch Library). The fund was to be used for the purchase of books on medieval history, the Protestant Reformation, and related subjects. In his 1916 memorandum concerning this bequest, Severance stated, "It speaks of my interest in the work of the institution to which I have given almost two decades of my life."

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July 27, 2015

Cramelot Cafe Closed

Cramelot Cafe is taking a break and is now closed from July 27th through August 21st. It will re-open for business when the fall semester begins: Monday, August 24th. We look forward to seeing you then! For more information about the cafe, please visit our website.

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July 23, 2015

Building confidence can help people with MS live fuller, healthier lives, Case Western Reserve University researchers report

News Release: July 23, 2015

The physical symptoms of weakness and fatigue from multiple sclerosis (MS) can rock a person’s confidence and ability to engage in what he or she feels is important, from being a good parent and friend to taking up a hobby, according to Matthew Plow, assistant professor from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

To help people with MS maintain autonomy and independence, a team of researchers set out to determine what factors prevented individuals from undertaking and enjoying the activities they believe are most important to live fulfilling lives.

The study is among the first to examine what people with MS felt were important activities and what would make them happy.

Researchers asked 335 people with MS rank the importance of 20 activities. On average, the survey respondents were age 53 and lived with MS for about 15 years. Nearly 60 percent used some mobility aid.

Participants ranked the following as most important to them: Getting out and about, spending time with family and friends, managing bills and expenses, and participating in clubs and civic and political events.

The researchers sought possible new approaches to improve the health and quality of life of people with MS.

In particular, Plow said, they wanted to identify factors that rehabilitation professionals might target to increase overall engagement in community activities and promote other healthy behaviors, like exercise and eating right.

They set out to find what prevents people with MS from being engaged in social and community activities. Three barriers surfaced: lack of confidence, physical and mental impairments, and environmental factors.

Plow and his team discovered that struggling with impairments, like MS fatigue and cognitive and walking problems, interact with environmental factors, like inadequate social support and transportation issues, to impede a person’s confidence to manage his or her MS symptoms in order to engage in healthy behaviors and meaningful activities, like spending time with family and friends.

A lack of confidence resulting from impairments interacting with environmental factors may impede people with MS from taking steps to prevent secondary symptoms like depression, deconditioning from lack of exercise, and poor nutrition or eating choices that may result in obesity or diabetes.

Based on the survey, Plow is testing an intervention that builds confidence in people with MS. It gives the individual steps to take to make changes and learn new skills to engage in activities that are meaningful to the participant.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health supported the study.

Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT reg, OTR, Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada); Douglas Gunzler, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, contributed to the study.

The findings were reported in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine article, “Correlates of Participation in Meaningful Activities Among People with Multiple Sclerosis.”


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July 21, 2015

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has new American Academy of Nursing Fellow

News Release: July 21, 2015

Ronald Hickman, associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a national honor awarded for his contributions to the profession.

No one was as surprised as the young educator and researcher, who completed his postdoctoral work just three years ago.

“Induction to the American Academy of Nursing is one of the most esteemed honors in nursing, and I am truly grateful to be included among the nation’s leading nurses in science, education, practice and policy,” said Hickman, also an acute care nurse practitioner in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Hickman, a triple alumnus of the university, joins 15 faculty members at the nursing school and more than 100 alumni who have gone through the rigorous selection process to receive the distinguished recognition. He will join 162 nurse leaders from around the world for induction into the Academy during its annual policy conference, “Transforming Health, Driving Policy,” on Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C.

“This honor recognizes the potential impact of his work and his emerging role as both a nurse scientist and nurse leader,” said Mary E. Kerr, dean and May L. Wykle Endowed Professor at the School of Nursing. “I am especially proud of Ron. He represents the finest in a Case Western Reserve nursing graduate and faculty member.”
Hickman’s most recent research project, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars award, is investigating the role of emotions on the cognitive function and decision-making of people who must make end-of-life care decisions for family members in an intensive care unit.
He is concurrently conducting a study of an avatar-based decision support technology, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to help family caregivers make decisions that avoid unwanted care for seriously ill loved ones living in a nursing home.
“This technology has the potential to reach millions of family caregivers and provide evidence-based resources when needed most, via smart phones and tablet computers,” Hickman said. “It may also aid health care workers by helping family caregivers communicate their loved one's preferences for life-sustaining care.”

Hickman has consulted with NINR on shaping research focused on technology-based interventions.

“We are pleased to welcome this talented class of clinicians, researchers, policy leaders, educator and executives as they join the nation’s thought leaders in nursing and health,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We look forward to working with them to continue the Academy’s work in transforming health policy and practice through the use of our collective nursing knowledge.”


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July 17, 2015

European Union changes allow Mandel School faculty to start exchange with Romanian university

News Release: July 17, 2015

Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and its partner university in Romania will benefit from a change in European Union (EU) funding that now allows European universities to create faculty and student exchange programs with universities in the United States.

West University of Timisoara in Romania secured funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ Program that allows the university in Timisoara to send two faculty members a year to Case Western Reserve’s social work school and, in turn, two Case Western Reserve faculty to Romania.

Oana-Roxana Ivan, PhD, from the Department of International Relations at West University of Timisoara, secured the grant this month and shared the news with the Mandel School.

“This exchange will enhance and build on the international social work programs at the Mandel School,” said Victor K. Groza, PhD, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies.

Groza has been working closely with West University to help create a doctoral social work program that focuses on child welfare research.

Two Mandel School faculty members will have the opportunities to work with the Timisoara faculty, and two Timisoara faculty members will visit the Mandel School. Exchanges will last from one to six weeks.

Although the two university systems are on different academic schedules, he said the exchange is arranged to benefit both universities. After the Case Western Reserve academic year ends in May, faculty members will be available to complete the six weeks in Romania without interruption to their teaching schedules. Likewise, Timisoara, who’s academic year runs from September to June, will have the opportunity to come to the United States during the Mandel School’s summer session.

Participating CWRU faculty members will receive $893 for travel and $5,330 for living expenses to offset the trip’s costs.

For more information, contact Groza at


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July 13, 2015

Newborn’s first stool could alert doctors to long-term cognitive issues, new Case Western Reserve University study finds

News Release: July 13, 2015

A newborn’s first stool can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems, according to Case Western Reserve University Project Newborn researchers.  

In particular, high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE) found in the meconium (a newborn’s first stool) from a mother’s alcohol use during pregnancy can alert doctors that a child is at risk for problems with intelligence and reasoning. 

Left untreated, such problems persist into the teen years, the research team from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences found. 

“We wanted to see if there was a connection between FAEE level and their cognitive development during childhood and adolescence—and there was,” said Meeyoung O. Min, PhD, research assistant professor at the Mandel School and the study’s lead researcher. “FAEE can serve as a marker for fetal alcohol exposure and developmental issues ahead.” 

Detecting prenatal exposure to alcohol at birth could lead to early interventions that help reduce the effects later, Min said. 

The research is part of the ongoing Project Newborn study, a longitudinal research project funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse that has followed the physical, social and cognitive developments of babies born to mothers who used cocaine, alcohol and other drugs during their pregnancies.  

Project Newborn has studied nearly 400 children for 20 years since their births in the mid-1990s. 

For this study, researchers analyzed the meconium of 216 subjects for levels of FAEE. (FAEE are composed of a group of products from metabolizing alcohol; this study examined ethyl myristate, ethyl oleate ethyl linoleate and ethyl linolenate.) They then gave intelligence tests at ages 9, 11 and 15.

The conclusion: There was a link between those with high levels of FAEE at birth and lower IQ scores.  

“Although we already knew a mother’s alcohol use during her pregnancy may cause cognitive deficits, what is significant is that the early marker, not previously available, predicted this, establishing the predictive validity of FAEEs for determining alcohol exposure in utero” Min said. 

Her team’s findings were published in the April 2015 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics (Volume 166, 1042-1047), “Association of Fatty Acid Ethyl Easters in Meconium and Cognitive Development during Childhood and Adolescence.” 

The study was among the first to examine an association between FAEEs in meconium and cognitive development during childhood and adolescence.

Newborns with distinctive fetal alcohol facial characteristics—such as a smaller head and eyes, thin upper lip and a smooth ridge between upper lip and nose—are more easily identifiable. But many babies exposed to alcohol can still appear normal. And many mothers are reluctant to reveal how much they drank while pregnant because of the stigma. So prenatal alcohol exposure is often missed. Thus, clinical biomarkers are instrumental for identifying alcohol-exposed neonates, regardless of mothers’ report of alcohol use or not during pregnancy.

It is estimated that as many as 2 to 5 percent of younger school children in the United States and Western Europe are affected by developmental disabilities resulting from alcohol exposure in utero, with a much higher prevalence (17 percent) reported in the child welfare system.

Previously, Project Newborn researchers found associations between high levels of FAEE and mental and psychomotor development problems during the first two years. The new study is an extension of the previous findings. In the current study researchers reported that:

- 60 percent of the 191 mothers reported drinking while pregnant, with an average of 6.5 standard drinks weekly (one standard drink equals to 0.5 oz. of absolute alcohol).

- Of those women, 63 percent engaged in risk drinking.

- 15 mothers (13 percent) had at least 12 drinks per week.  

Case Western Reserve researchers Lynn T. Singer, PhD, deputy provost and founding director of Project Newborn; Sonia Minnes, PhD, director of Project Newborn and associate professor of social work; Miaoping Wu, MS, data manager; and Cynthia F. Bearer, MD, PhD, from the University of Maryland’s Department of Pediatrics, contributed to the study.


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July 10, 2015

CardioInsight Technologies acquired to further advance heart mapping technology initially developed at Case Western Reserve University

News Release: Friday, July 10, 2015

The recent acquisition of CardioInsight Technologies Inc., a privately-held, Cleveland-based medical device company, will further advance electrocardiographic mapping technology initially researched and developed in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering and licensed through the university’s technology management office.

CardioInsight further developed a non-invasive advanced cardiac mapping system to map electrical disorders of the heart. The company’s ECVUE system is the first non-invasive mapping system to provide simultaneous, 3-D, multi-chamber mapping and localization of cardiac arrhythmia.

The ECVUE system uses a proprietary, single-use, disposable multi-sensor vest to capture electrical signals from the body surface and sophisticated software to compute and visualize epicardial 3-D electroanatomic maps and virtual electrograms of the heart.

CardioInsight will become part of the major global medical device company.

“This is an exciting time for Case Western Reserve University and CardioInsight for their technologies to become part of a worldwide product line,” said Wayne Hawthorne, senior licensing manager in the university’s Technology Transfer Office. The university originally licensed the technology to CardioInsight in July 2006.

The electrocardiographic technology was developed at the Case Western Reserve laboratory of Professor Yoram Rudy, principal inventor now at Washington University in St. Louis. CardioInsight resulted from collaboration among several Cleveland institutions and company co-founders Charu Ramanathan and Ping Jia, who both earned doctorates in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve.

Michael Haag, executive director of technology management at Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office, described CardioInsight as “a shining example of how commercialization can and should occur in Cleveland” because the company’s origination and success resulted from multiple Northeast Ohio resources coming together.

“We have a renowned scientist in Dr. Rudy developing the core concept,” Haag said. “TTO partnered with local investment groups JumpStart and Draper Triangle Ventures, along with our own Case Technology Ventures, to launch the initial company. All three of those funds were supported with money from the State of Ohio.”

Local entrepreneur Warren Goldenberg became the company’s first CEO, helping co-founders Ramanathan and Jia get started. Both Ramanathan and Jia have been instrumental in advancing the company through its various stages and will continue to play key roles going forward.

And the company worked with Nottingham Spirk, a Cleveland-based global product design and business innovation firm, developing the cost-effective vest design and supporting hardware. Nottingham Spirk worked closely with cardiac catheter lab technicians to understand their work flow and create a product that was easy to apply, monitor and care for the patient.

“They helped turn an academic prototype into a robust and well-designed commercial product,” Haag said.

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July 09, 2015

Case Western Reserve University signs option agreement with Wholesome Wave to launch FM Tracks app

Technology to help farmers’ market managers better understand and serve customers

News Release: Thursday, July 9, 2015

CLEVELAND—FM Tracks, a new digital app designed to help farmers’ markets and local healthy foods initiatives manage and evaluate federal nutrition incentive programs, launches Monday, July 13.

The new technology, created to simplify the collection and evaluation process for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, also gives users in-depth reporting tools and real-time information on market performance and trends. The (FINI) Grant Program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

“We’re incredibly excited to debut FM Tracks and believe it will change the way nutrition incentive programs are accepted and managed by farmers’ markets nationwide,” said FM Tracks research principal investigator Darcy Freedman, associate director of Case Western Reserve University’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN).

The development of the FM Tracks app was supported through funding from the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a direct investment by the Case Western Reserve Technology Transfer Office. A Cleveland-based software firm, Prototype1, served as the contract developer, and Blackstone LaunchPad at CWRU arranged for hosting space.

“It’s fantastic to see our translationally-focused campus resources come together to leverage state, federal and corporate funding—all to find a pathway to market using a local software firm co-founded by a CWRU alumnus,” said Daniel Pendergast, director of operations for Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office. “It’s as close to the ideal commercialization ecosystem as one can get.”

Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office negotiated an option and evaluation agreement for the FM Tracks app with Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing affordable access of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for underserved consumers. The CWRU-Wholesome Wave partnership brings together researchers and healthy food incentive practitioners to increase affordable access to healthy foods.

With funding from a FINI Grant, Wholesome Wave, based in Bridgeport, Conn., will use FM Tracks to provide a common system for data collection and evaluation at more than 500 farmers' markets across the United States. CWRU is an evaluator of this national project using the FM Tracks system, Freedman said. The goal is to have nationwide rollout of the FM Tracks app and website in early 2016.

“Until now, no technology tool existed in our field that allowed the means to develop industry standards for uniform nutrition incentive data collection,” said Michel Nischan, Wholesome Wave CEO and founder. “FM Tracks does just that.”

Nischan said the technology partnership with Case Western Reserve will help Wholesome Wave advance policy change around nutrition incentives.

FM Tracks, an iOS app and web-based portal, will serve as a critical tool as Wholesome Wave launches a randomized control trial study to measure the impact of nutrition incentive programs on consumers’ purchases and consumption of fruits and vegetables. FM Tracks users can gather data from people receiving benefits from SNAP, which provides nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

Data collected data from the use of FM Tracks will be critical to inform future policies impacting the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods, consumer health and economic development for local communities and small and midsized farms, Freedman said.

“What spurred me to develop FM Tracks,” Freedman said, “was the potential to have something available to support implementation of healthy food incentive programs in the places where they are most needed.”

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 4,200 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

About Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that strives to create a vibrant, just, and sustainable food system for everyone. By increasing affordable access to fresh, local and regional food, Wholesome Wave inspires underserved consumers to make healthier food choices. With programs in 31 states, Washington, D.C., and Navajo Nation, Wholesome Wave’s innovative initiatives are improving health outcomes among low-income populations, generating additional revenue for small and mid-sized farms and bolstering local and regional economies. To learn more about Wholesome Wave visit or visit its social media channels at,, and

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July 08, 2015

Student Traditions - Freshman-Sophomore Contests

At Case it was called the Flag Rush, Pushball Contest, and Bag Rush. Adelbert College called it the Flag Rush. At Mather College it was the Flag Hunt. At each of the three schools, during the first half of the twentieth century, early in the academic year class rivalry manifested in a contest that pitted the freshmen against the sophomores for class supremacy and bragging rights.

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Mather Flag Hunt, 1946 (left) and Freshman Initiation, 1946 (right)

At Mather, the Flag Hunt was an all-day event. Early in the morning, in one of the college buildings, the sophomores hid a flag which the freshmen had to find by the end of the day. In the early days, the losing class treated the winning class to dinner. The penalties became more creative over time. If the freshmen failed to find the flag, the next day they were required to wear costumes devised by the sophomores and subject themselves to various demands, all part of their initiation. If the freshmen found the flag, as the student handbooks phrased it, the sophomores “must forego the privilege of initiating their traditional rivals.” The sophomores were ingenious in their hiding places: a basketball, a garden hose, inside the lining of a knitting bag.

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Adelbert Flag Rush, 1910? (left) and 1950s (right)

At Adelbert, the flag was raised on a greased pole. The sophomores guarded the pole against freshmen attempts to retrieve the flag and deliver it to the dorm steps by a stated time. One of the student handbooks described the contest as offering the freshmen “an opportunity to forget their homesickness.” As the freshman class was usually larger than the sophomore, it was not unknown for the sophomores to equalize the contest by “kidnapping” freshmen for the day. It was usually a spirited contest. In 1928 the student newspaper, the Reserve Weekly, lamented that year’s rather tame contest, “Very few trousers were ripped completely off, and men that were denuded were forced to leave the fight immediately.”

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Case Bag Rush, 1924 (left) and Pushball Contest

At Case the details of the freshman-sophomore contest changed over time. The original event, the Flag Rush, similar to Adelbert’s, was replaced by the Pushball Contest in 1911. The ball was wooden, covered with a thin padding under a canvas cover, and stood shoulder-high. The freshmen pushed from one side and the sophomores pushed from the other. Most accounts describe modest yardage gained by either class. In 1922 the Bag Rush replaced the Pushball Contest. The Differential 1929 (the student yearbook), opined that the bag rush was an improvement because, “More individuality was brought into play and fewer men were injured. From the viewpoint of the onlooker, it was far more interesting than push-ball, as the fighting was more scattered.” Several sand-filled bags were place in the center of the field, each with a team of sophomores and freshmen attempting to move the bag across the opponent’s goal line. The winner was the team with the most yardage. As at Adelbert, ripping the clothes off the opponents was integral to the tradition, and endured when other aspects of the contest changed.

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July 09, 2015

New study by Case Western Reserve University social work researchers links prenatal cocaine exposure to adolescents engaging in sex by age 15

News Release: July 9, 2015

Since 1994, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have studied mothers—some who used cocaine while pregnant and others who did not—to understand how the drug affected their children’s cognitive and social development.

Their latest findings suggest a link between prenatal cocaine exposure and an adolescent’s likelihood to have sexual intercourse before age 15.

Teens who were prenatally cocaine exposed (PCE) were 2.2 times more likely to engage in sexual intercourse before age 15 than those who weren’t, yet how PCE affects early sexual behavior may differ by gender, said lead researcher Meeyoung O. Min, PhD, assistant research professor of social work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The research team’s findings will be reported in a Drug and Alcohol Dependence article, “Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure on Early Sexual Behavior: Gender Differences in Externalizing Behavior as a Mediator.” The article is now online at

The new study focused on sexual activities of 354 adolescents (180 prenatally exposed to cocaine and 174 who weren’t).

Researchers tested the children at 6, 12 and 18 months, and at ages 2, 4, 6, 9 through 12 and 15. (The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funded the study, will continue supporting the project as researchers follow the teens into their 20s.)

The researchers found that:

• Compared to 23 percent of non-cocaine exposed (NCE) teenagers, 29 percent of prenatally cocaine exposed (PCE) teenagers living in foster/adoptive care and 42 percent of PCE teenagers living with their birth mothers or blood related relatives reported having sexual intercourse before age 15.

• Cocaine-exposed teenage girls who reported having behavior problems during their preteen years were more likely to have early sexual intercourse.

• 64 youth (or 18 percent; 37 PCE and 27 NCE) reported having sex as young as 13.

• Levels of lead in the blood during preschool years was also related to a greater likelihood of early sexual intercourse.

• Greater parental monitoring decreased the likelihood of early sexual intercourse, while exposure to violence increased the risk.

Why it matters

Data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth indicated that 14 percent of females and 18 percent of males had sexual intercourse by their 15th birthday. Early sexual engagement has been associated with an increased risk of unintended teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Substantial research has documented that childhood behavior problems (aggression, antisocial behavior, delinquency) may be a precursor of sexual engagement at an early age.

Addressing the problem

Prenatal cocaine exposure is related to early sexual intercourse, and externalizing behavior problems mediated the PCE effects in female adolescents. Interventions targeting externalizing behavior may reduce early sexual initiation and thereby reduce HIV risk behaviors and early, unplanned pregnancy in girls with PCE, the researchers suggest.

In particular, they urge, interventions focusing on strengthening parental monitoring and decreasing violence and lead exposure may help reduce early sexual initiation among high-risk prenatally cocaine exposed adolescents. Interventions targeting externalizing behavior in girls may decrease early sexual behavior and promote sexual health.

Contributors from the social work school at Case Western Reserve were: Sonia Minnes, PhD, associate professor and director of Project Newborn; Adelaide Lang, PhD, research project coordinator; and Susan Yoon, MSW, doctoral student. Also contributing to the article was Lynn Singer, deputy provost, professor of pediatrics and founding director of Project Newborn.


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July 02, 2015

Library Hours for July 4th Holiday

Kelvin Smith Library, along with the rest of CWRU Campus, will observe the July 4th Independence Day and close for the following days: Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. (During the summer, KSL is closed on Sundays and there is no 24/7 access).

The library will re-open on Monday, July 6th. Please find more information on KSL's hours page. Enjoy your weekend!

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July 01, 2015

An alert for parents—CWRU nursing school researcher raises awareness of flame-retardant dangers in household products

News Release: July 1, 2015

Parents might be surprised to learn their cellphones, living room sofas, baby carriers, bouncy baby chairs and even some pizza boxes may contain chemicals harmful to young children, according to Case Western Reserve University nursing school researcher Laura Distelhorst.

Distelhorst, MSN, RN, an instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, plans to raise awareness about the dangers of exposure to chemical flame-retardants found in common household products that make babies and children vulnerable to cognitive and physical problems as they grow and develop.

The pediatric nurse, pursuing her doctor of nurse practice degree, has launched the research project, “Pediatric Nurses’ Knowledge of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants.”

The Ohio Nurses Foundation awarded her a $2,000 grant to support a survey of more than 100 pediatric nurses from several major organizations over the next six months. The goal: to find out what pediatric nurses know about chemicals with such names as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), Firemaster 550, and Tris phosphate family (TCPP, TDCPP and TCEP).

Distelhorst plans to use their responses to develop an online program and/or workshop materials to inform nurses, who, in turn, can share the knowledge with parents and their children.

The dangers of flame-retardants became known—and some banned in the 1970s— when children exhibited development changes tracked to chemicals in their pajamas.

Many flame-retardant chemicals are found in plastics. They become harmful when particles are released into the air and breathed in, ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Some nurses and parents may be unaware how pervasive the chemicals are—even those found in some brands of car seats and crib mattresses, Distelhorst said.

In the meantime, Distelhorst offers the following tips to reduce harmful chemical particles in the home:

• Frequent hand washing.
• Wet mop floors weekly to remove dust to decrease home levels of the chemical flame-retardants.
• Open windows daily, even in winter, to air out the house for 10 minutes.
• Clean out the lint trap in the dryer, dispose of the lint and wash your hands with soap and water to prevent releasing the particles into the air or on surfaces around the house.
• Read labels to understand what chemicals are in products before buying them.

Distelhorst also recommends visiting websites like the Ecology Center’s to learn which products do not contain chemical flame-retardants and are safe for children.

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July 01, 2015

New $2.9 million federal grant supports faculty loan program to Case Western Reserve University nursing school

News Release: July 1, 2015

New $2.9 million federal grant supports faculty loan program to Case Western Reserve University nursing school

A new $2.9 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration for the 2015-16 academic year will support efforts at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to build a corps of professional nurse educators.

Combined with support from the nursing school, $3.26 million will available for loans through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for 111 continuing students and 56 new graduate students pursing advance-nursing degrees.

The funds are available for both full- and part-time Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing students. The loans will cover up to $35,500 in annual tuition, plus fees, a textbook and allowance for doctoral students for up to five years.

After graduation, NFLP recipients who become nurse faculty at any accredited university in the United States will have up to 85 percent of their loans forgiven.

The nursing school has offered NFLP loans since 2004. Loans are available for eligible students who are permanent residents in the United States or its territories, enrolled in good standing in an advance education program, in good academic standing according to the school’s and with no judgments or liens for default on a federal debt.

This year’s award amount is among the highest the school has received, reflecting the quality of education students receive, said Jaclene Zauszniewski, the school’s director of the PhD in nursing program and lead faculty member on the NFLP grant.

For more information, contact Zauszniewski at or Dedra Hanna-Adams, director of financial aid, at


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June 28, 2015


Hello World!

My name is Alp Turan and I am currently an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University studying biomedical engineering. I wanted to start this blog to talk about my lifestyle both in and outside of school. I think this will be a good way for other students, whether current, incoming, or past graduates, to get a grasp of what life is like at their alma mater.

Prior to case, I went to a small school outside of Cleveland called Orange High School. It was in a very rich, Jewish neighborhood, so we had plenty of school funding, although it was allocated very poorly. Our full time teachers were paid upwards of 80 thousand dollars a year and the school funded many “school trips” on tax-payer funds. Just this past week, our principal visited the Great Wall of China and his vice took seven kids to Stonehenge. Although I enjoyed my tenure at Orange, I can’t help but feel that management of school funds could be done better.

My decision to go to Case was not very easy for me. I got into a number of Ivy Leagues such as Harvard and Dartmouth, but I ultimately chose Case Western Reserve because I was able to get full scholarship. Since a private college education costs over a quarter-million dollars, my dad bought me a red Porsche for helping him save money in the long run. Case also has a world-class engineering program, which is another great reason why I chose this university.

Since Case is in Ohio, I commute everyday to Case in order to go to class. The downside of having to do so is the fact that the parking lot is extremely far. I end up walking over a mile to get to class each day from the parking lot. However, the up side is that I do not have to live in a small dormitory room and get to have access to my entire house everyday. Most of my friends from back home also ended up going to colleges near home, so we still get to hang out a lot. I truly like it here at Case and I’m very happy with my decision to come here.

I got the idea to start a blog from a good friend of mine from high school. His name is Jack Nee and he currently is interning at a Legal Process Outsourcing firm called Argopoint.

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June 24, 2015

Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised IV)

Short on ideas again, so here it is -- as always, hope this is useful.

Textbooks on Interlibrary Loan -- August 26, 2008
Archives of American Art Holdings -- September 9, 2008
Requesting Renewals in ILLiad -- September 25, 2008
Proper Entry of Data into Article Request Forms -- October 14, 2008
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please -- October 29, 2008
Checking Local & OhioLINK Holdings First -- November 19, 2008
Blocked ILLiad Accounts -- December 3, 2008
ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts -- December 18, 2008

Abbreviated Titles -- January 23, 2009
'Notes' and 'Source of Citation' Fields in ILLiad Request Forms -- February 13, 2009
Authorized Users -- March 4, 2009
'Library-Use-Only' Materials Borrowed through ILLiad -- March 25, 2009
'Other' Request Form (Miscellaneous Loans) -- April 16, 2009
Retrieving Electronic Delivery Articles -- May 5, 2009
Viewing E-Mail Notifications from ILLiad -- June 3, 2009
Tracking in Your ILLiad Requests & Explanation of Statuses -- July 7, 2009
Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use? -- August 7, 2009
Variation in Electronic Delivery Quality -- September 8, 2009
Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan -- October 6, 2009
Cancelling ILLiad Requests Already Submitted -- November 4, 2009
Alternative Request Forms & Resources -- December 8, 2009

Foreign Language Titles in Interlibrary Loan Requests -- January 22, 2010
Copyright Issues & ILL -- February 24, 2010
Converted ILL Requests -- March 24, 2010
ILLiad System Alerts -- April 27, 2010
Requesting Specific Editions & New Books on ILL -- May 19, 2010
Keeping Your ILLiad User Information Up-to-Date -- June 28, 2010
Requesting Books vs. Book Chapters -- July 28, 2010
*Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date) -- August 27, 2010
Requesting '[Epub ahead of print]' Articles on ILL -- September 24, 2010
Multiple-Part Loans Borrowed through ILL -- October 27, 2010
Blocked from Using ILLiad - Revisited -- November 17, 2010
OCLC WorldCat and ILLiad Requests -- December 15, 2010

E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011
Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011
Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011
Duplicate Requests in ILLiad -- April 21, 2011
Paperwork with Loaned ILL Books -- May 25, 2011
ILLiad Menu in Your Login Session -- June 23, 2011
Case Account Number and ILLiad New User Registration -- July 25, 2011
Courtesy Electronic Delivery Materials for Faculty ILLiad Users at KSL -- August 24, 2011
*Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised) -- September 20, 2011
One Item per ILLiad Transaction, Please - Revisited -- October 25, 2011
ILL Do's and Don't's - 1st Installment -- November 23, 2011
OCLC Non-Supplier Locations -- December, 27, 2011

ILL Do's and Don't's - 2nd Installment -- January 25, 2012
Quick List of ILL Pointers -- February 23, 2012
Reminders about Electronic Deliveries -- March 23, 2012
Some Tips on Properly Filling out ILL Request Forms -- April 23, 2012
Some Brief Comments about ILL Turnaround Times -- May 23, 2012
Logging in with Your ILLiad UserName & Password -- June 19, 2012
ILLiad Login Problems? -- It May be Your Browser -- July 24, 2012
Tips for Distance Ed Graduates (DM Program, Document Delivery & ILL) -- August 28, 2012
5 Quick Tips for ILL -- September 21, 2012
2 Tips Regarding Article Requests -- October 25, 2012
Browsers and Viewing PDF's in ILLiad -- November 20, 2012
ILLiad Login vs. Single Sign-On -- December 20, 2012

ILLiad Requests and Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters -- January 28, 2013
Loan Notifications from ILLiad: Overdues, Renewals, Recalls, etc. -- February 19, 2013
Reminder About Library-Use-Only Loans -- March 6, 2013
Faculty Campus Delivery & ILLiad Loans -- April 17, 2013
*Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised II) -- May 22, 2013
Coming Soon -- Another Overdue Notice ... and a Few Comments on Loans -- June 18, 2013
Planning Your Use of ILLiad Loaned Materials -- July 24, 2013
Some Comments on Electronic Delivery -- August 27, 2013
ILL and the New KSL Service Center Configuration -- September 20, 2013
A Few General ILL Comments Worth Repeating -- October 24, 2013
ILLiad Help Pages May Have the Answer -- November 18, 2013
Some Timely End-of-Year Odds and Ends -- December 17, 2013

New Feature--ILL Staff Can Log into ILLiad as Patron, and an Update on Requesting Renewals -- January 23, 2014
Memory Cues for KSL ILL Staff Contacts -- February 20, 2014
A Few Words About Picking up Your ILLiad Loans -- March 19, 2014
ILL Books No Longer Needed? -- April 22, 2014
*Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised III) -- May 13, 2014
ILL Books May Become Part of the KSL Collections -- June 23, 2014
Numbers to Remember for Interlibrary Loan Services -- July 11, 2014
Things to Remember About ILLiad and ILL Services -- August 20, 2014
Visiting Scholars and ILL Services -- September 17, 2014
OhioLINK Loans vs. ILLiad Loans at KSL -- October 23, 2014
OCLC Numbers, ISSN's & ISBN's When Submitting ILL Requests -- November 21, 2014
Some Quick End-of-Year Reminders About ILL -- December 5, 2014

Quick Refresher Course on Password Reset -- January 21, 2015
Loans vs. Copies - When Catalogued Monographs Turn Out to be Journal Article or Book Chapter Reprints -- February 13, 2015
ILL Convenient Services at the KSL Service Center -- March 16, 2015
Essential ILLiad vs. OhioLINK -- April 20, 2015
Don't Get Blocked! -- Maintaining Uninterrupted ILLiad Service at KSL -- May 20, 2015

Have a nice Summer, everyone!

Questions or comments? ILL staff may be contacted by phone at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or by e-mail at

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June 23, 2015

Case Western Reserve University School of Law to begin one-year Patent Practice Master’s Degree program this fall

First-for-Ohio program seen as attractive career option for those with engineering or science academic background

News Release: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is launching a one-year Masters in Patent Practice degree program this fall semester.

A first of its kind in Ohio, the program is designed to prepare students with academic backgrounds in science or engineering for careers as patent agents, without requiring a three-year law degree.

A patent agent is a legal specialist who has passed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent bar exam. Unlike patent attorneys, patent agents do not have to pass a state bar exam. They can work for law firms, in a corporate legal department, or practice independently.

“It’s a great alternative. It allows these students to marry their first academic love with a viable, fulfilling career path,” said Craig Nard, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve’s law school. He directs the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the FUSION Certificate Program in Design, Innovation & IP Management.

The program will cover a curriculum related to patent and intellectual property law. Courses in the new program include Commercialization & IP Management, Patent Preparation & Drafting, and a Claim Drafting Lab, as well as other areas related to patent law.

Nard said only a few other law schools nationally offer a similar program. The Ohio Board of Regents recently approved the degree program.

To apply, candidates must be eligible to sit for the USPTO patent bar, which generally requires a scientific or engineering background. To learn more, view this link:

For foreign-trained patent lawyers who work in intellectual property, Case Western Reserve School of Law also offers an LL.M. program in Intellectual Property Law.

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June 23, 2015

Red5 Pharmaceuticals attains exclusive license from Case Western Reserve University

Patented DNA modification technology shows potential to improve chemotherapy as treatment of various cancers

News Release: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Biopharmaceutical startup Red5 Pharmaceuticals LLC has executed an exclusive license from Case Western Reserve University to further develop procedures during chemotherapy using a patented DNA modification technology.

The technology allows a personalized medicine approach to chemotherapy—the customization of patient healthcare by tailoring specific treatment decisions and practices to an individual.

Cancer patients in the United States commonly experience DNA damage as part of chemotherapy treatment. DNA modification, caused by chemical agents, plays an important role in therapeutic responses to chemotherapy. However, there are no diagnostic tests to measure and characterize DNA repair enzymes in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Founded in late 2013, Red5 is licensing patented technology discovered by the company’s co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer Anthony Berdis, at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was an assistant professor of pharmacology. Berdis devoted his research to exploring the mechanism and dynamics of precise and pro-mutagenic DNA synthesis.

The Cleveland-based company intends to commercially develop “a new diagnostic platform capitalizing on novel, patented diagnostic compounds to significantly improve patient care during chemotherapy, and to use those compounds to improve the effectiveness of current chemotherapy regimens,” said Red5 Chairman and Co-founder Tim Miller.

“The ability to provide patients and oncologists with information on whether a patient may respond to a particular chemotherapy prior to treatment will help them make data-driven decisions on treatment choice,” Miller said.

Novel, non-natural DNA analogs developed by Berdis function as potent drugs that prevent DNA synthesis in certain cancers. Preclinical studies demonstrate the therapy’s significant benefits in treating cancers that respond to DNA damaging agents. The company will file for orphan drug status for its lead candidates before early-phase clinical trials, which are expected to begin in 2017.

“Although nucleoside analogs are widely used to treat various cancers, our unique non-natural analogs provide a significant advancement, as they target specific enzymes associated with drug-resistance,” Berdis said. “In fact, our pre-clinical data shows remarkable effects against glioblastoma, colon cancer, and certain types of leukemia. Our nucleoside analogs are also remarkably versatile, as they can be applied as chemical probes in both in vitro and in vivo diagnostic test.”

The company’s lead product is its trademarked KRun kit, which uses patented chemicals to assess patient samples (blood, serum or tumor biopsy) and determine whether a particular chemotherapy program will be effective at treating leukemias, lymphomas and solid tumors. The kit will provide oncologists with essential information to make rapid clinical decisions.

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