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January 23, 2015

CWRU nurse researchers work to debunk myth that getting flu shot will make you sick

News Release: January 23, 2015

Changing planes in Chicago after a recent health care conference became a teachable moment for Elizabeth Madigan, associate dean of academic affairs and the Independence Foundation Professor at Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school.

The situation was used to dispel a pervasive myth that getting a flu vaccine can make you sick—a message sorely needed this time of the year, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports flu epidemics in all lower 48 states. 

Madigan’s conversation with the passenger began when she praised her for cleaning her seat tray with a disposable antiseptic wipe. 

“That’s a good idea,” said Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN. 

“Why’s that?” the woman responded.

“It’s a bad flu season,” said Madigan, who recently experienced a flu-like virus herself. She then asked, “Did you get your flu shot?”

“No,” the woman said, explaining that she didn’t want to get sick with the flu.

“That’s impossible,” Madigan said, “because the flu vaccine is made from killed viruses.”

The fear that getting a flu shot can make you sick is a common misperception.
But Madigan and infectious disease control expert Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC, also from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, studied the myth and other barriers to getting immunizations. 

Their findings were explained in an article, “Barriers and Facilitators to Provision of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines in Home Health Care Agencies,” published in Home Health Care Management & Practice.

Vaccinations are known to save lives, yet about 30 percent of Americans don’t get a flu vaccine, Madigan said. The CDC reported in 2011 that 53,826 people died in 2010 from the flu and pnuemonia, and that older people already battling illnesses are especially susceptible.  

“Deaths from flu and pneumonia are preventable with vaccinations,” she said. “We need more continuing education to teach the importance of adult vaccinations.” 

To learn more about why people avoid getting immunized, the researchers studied five agencies from urban, rural and suburban areas recruited through the Home Care Practice-Based Research Network in Ohio.  

A focus group at each agency addressed questions about flu and pneumonia immunizations and success rates. The researchers found that many home health care workers also bought into the myth that someone could get sick from a flu vaccine and were less likely to encourage patients to get one.  

Madigan wasn’t surprised by the findings because health care training focuses on immunizations for children, not adults.

The study was supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland grant (UlITR00439) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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January 23, 2015

Kenneth Clement Boys' Academy

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Demeris Bell, School Security Guard for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at the Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy, talks about his educational background as encouraged by his parents. He is now actively involved in the parenting of his sons and his career in advancing opportunities for those enrolled at the Kenneth W. Clement Boys Leadership Academy.

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January 22, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, dental care for baby teeth is vital

News Release: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dental researchers hope to vastly improve oral health in children by countering a common misperception that dental care for baby teeth isn’t important because they just fall out anyway.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland and the University of Washington Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Seattle plan to launch and test this fall a behavioral intervention to change what parents and caregivers believe about the importance of keeping baby teeth cavity-free. They hope the effort encourages parents and caregivers to seek dental care for their children

Suchitra Nelson, professor of community dentistry at Case Western Reserve, will lead a $1.6 million, two and a half year study, “Family Intervention with Caregivers of Children with Dental Needs,” funded by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (Grant number: U01DE024167).

The researchers will design a new referral letter and educational materials and review whether those resources inspire 660 parents and caregivers recruited for the study to keep their children’s teeth healthy.

The goal: to find a new way to overcome misperceptions caregivers of children from kindergarten to fourth grade have about baby teeth and the need for general dental care. The researchers ultimately hope to improve the oral health of children nationally.

“We have an opportunity to change the public health standard of practice with this new referral letter and educational materials,” Nelson said.

The study is a response to the federal Healthy People 2020, an initiative to close the gap in access to health care for minorities and the poor. Nelson said tooth decay is increasing for impoverished children between ages 2 and 11.

Researchers will recruit caregivers of children with tooth decay that need professional dental care. With consent from caregivers, the children will be rescreened seven months into the study to track whether dental care was sought to fix the tooth decay.

Many parents mistakenly believe that, because baby teeth simply fall out, there’s no need for children to visit the dentist until they have permanent teeth, Nelson said. But baby teeth with decay can infect emerging permanent teeth, resulting in the need for a filling or extraction.

The need for a new kind of intervention emerged from a four-year study of 562 children from elementary schools in East Cleveland, a Cleveland suburb.

In that study, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the children received initial dental exams—the results of which were given to their parents. Parents of children who needed dental care were referred to local dentists.

But only one in five parents notified that their child needed dental care responded, said Nelson. She concluded that caregiver-level interventions were needed to address misperceptions and to give adequate information about resources to help them seek dental care for their child.

Nelson and her team hope to change that.

She is working on the new approach with Case Western Reserve faculty Gerald Ferretti, chair of the department of pediatric dentistry, Jeffrey Albert, professor in department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Medicine; Wonik Lee, assistant professor in community dentistry; Peter Milgrom, professor of dental public health sciences and pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry; and Christine Riedy, lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

They will develop and test a new letter and a dental guide for parents and caregivers that focus on dispelling childhood dental myths. The materials will be sent to the study’s participants, who have children in elementary schools in East Cleveland and in the state of Washington.

The researchers will draw from emerging illness perception research, using theoretical framework of the “Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation.” That approach investigates concepts, such as identity, consequences, controllability, cause, timeline and emotional representation, of tooth decay.

Caregivers will answer questionnaires three times during the first year of the study to see if the letter and guide had positively changed misperceptions about oral health.

“We hope to develop a model that others can use to change caregivers’ perceptions and improve the oral health of children,” Nelson said.

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January 13, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About KSL!

With a new semester underway, the experts at KSL have curated 5 things each for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members to keep in mind about the library in 2015. Visit to view the KSL services, spaces and resources that can make life a little easier this year!

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January 21, 2015

Quick Refresher Course on Password Reset

We all sometimes have trouble remembering the various passwords needed for logging into the many sites in which we are registered. With ILLiad, reclaiming your password is simple, and may be done online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just follow the procedure described below...

* Navigate to the Kelvin Smith Library ILLiad logon page at either of these sites: or

* Click on the 'Forgot Password' link, located just below the 'Login to ILLiad' button.

* Enter your UserName into the corresponding data field, then click the 'Reset Password' button.

* Check the e-mail account associated with the patron account which you have previously created in the KSL ILLiad system database.

* You should receive a message in approximately 2 minutes, containing the URL to a temporary 'Reset Password' page.

* Click on this link ONCE only, and wait for the page to open in your browser. Be sure to perform this step as soon as possible, as the page will expire within one hour of your password reset request.

* Enter your new password in the 'New Password' and 'Re-Enter New Password' data fields, then click on the 'Change Password' button.

* Please note if you do not enter two identical character strings, you will receive an error message. Keep in mind that your password will also be case-sensitive.

* If you have successfully changed your password, you will be taken back to the original logon page.

* Enter your UserName and your new password into their respective data fields, and click on the 'Logon to ILLiad' button, to begin a new session.


For more details to help you with recovering your ILLiad password, please consult our FAQ or Customer Help pages. To have your ILLiad password reset manually with the aid of an ILL staff member (during regular business hours), or if you have further questions or concerns, please contact us at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or at

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January 21, 2015

Reproductive Justice

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Jessie Hill discusses the fight for reproductive rights and how she became involved in it. Jessie Hill is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at Case Western Reserve University, as well as a Professor of Law and Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar.

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January 21, 2015

Come out of the cold for CWRU’s Baker-Nord February events

News Release: January 21, 2015

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University will present several free, public events in February, including lectures on the history of animation, chemistry as an art, ethics shared by humans and animals and Latin America in the past 40 years, as well as a film screening and discussion about artist Rockwell Kent.

Registration is recommended for each by visiting: For information, contact Maggie Kaminski at the Baker-Nord Center at 216.368.2242 or at

The event details are as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 5, “Animating the War: The First World War and the History of Animation,” at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 206, 11130 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

Donna Kornhaber, assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Charlie Chaplin, Director (Northwestern University Press, 2014), will explore the history of animation dating back to the 1890’s. With the advent of World War I, the mobilization of animation studios for the war effort played an important role in influencing the direction animation evolved in subject matter, style, humor and relationship to violence.

Kornhaber will illustrate these changes with animated shorts of the pre-war period, wartime-animated films and cartoon serials of the 1920s and 1930s. This lecture is part of the Baker-Nord Center’s World War One Centennial Series

Monday, Feb. 9, Frederick Lewis on artist Rockwell Kent, at 5 p.m. in Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Rd., Cleveland

Frederick Lewis, associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, returns to the CWRU campus to show his film Rockwell Kent and discuss his 10-year project to retrace the painter’s nomadic life. Kent (1882-1971) traveled to such faraway places as Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia—an experience that influenced the artist and social activist’s haunting landscapes. Following the film, Lewis will lead a discussion about his experience in creating the documentary.

Thursday, Feb. 2, “Chemistry in Art, Art in Chemistry, and the Spiritual Ground They Share,” at 4:30 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

The Baker-Nord Center’s Science and Humanities thematic seminar group will host Roald Hoffmann, the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient, who will share his perspectives on how scientific articles relating to chemistry also represent an underlying reality that poses questions that are essentially artistic. He will share his thoughts about how art and chemistry raise the question: Is there an analogue in science to abstract art? Hoffman is the Frank H. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University and an accomplished writer, poet and playwright.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, The ISSA Lecture: “Interspecies Ethics,” at 4:30 p.m. in Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

Cynthia Willet, a philosophy professor and author from Emory University, draws upon animal studies and relational ethics for her talk about how human and animals share the capacity to experience the world’s beauty and moral issues.

Friday, February 27, "Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in Latin America in the Past 40 Years" at 5 p.m. Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Rd., Cleveland

Idelbar Avelar, a professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory and cultural studies at Tulane University, will address the effects of neoliberal practices in the production of culture, the transformation of state economies into a transnational flow of goods and how they position the discourse of memory as new cultural and economic commodity.

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January 21, 2015

CWRU Doctor of Nursing Practice publishes first dermatology textbook for advance practice clinicians

News Release: January 21, 2015

Most health-care workers learn about diagnosing and treating skin disorders through on-the-job training, because there’s no standardized curriculum and few continuing education programs.

To help fill that gap, Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DNCP, FAANP, from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Mary Nolen, BC, DCNP, a dermatology nurse at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts, wrote and published Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinician (LLW, 496 pages, 2014).

The book is intended as a resource for advanced practice nurses, midwives, general physicians and physician assistants with little training in the specialty, said Bobonich who holds faculty positions at the nursing school and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Bobonich, who developed and completed an interdisciplinary Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Residency and a doctorate of nurse practice in 2009, and Nolen are nationally recognized speakers on the topic of skin diseases.

Heather Onoday, president of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, described the text as more advanced than previously published books on the subject.

Opportunities to learn dermatology are limited because “few dermatology offices and practices allow medical, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to rotate through their practices for clinical experiences,” Bobonich said.

Three post-master’s degree programs exist for nurses nationally: at Case Western Reserve, Lahey Hospital and Medical Clinic in Boston and Southern Florida State. These are limited to two-year residencies or fellowships, and only accept one or two nurse practitioners a year.

Bobonich’s experiences have taught her that if nurse practitioners and physician assistants learn the science, they can provide high quality dermatology care.

The authors cover the physical characteristics of skin diseases and follow with chapters on specific morphologies, like blisters, scaling, or rashes. The authors have included 600 photographs to help in diagnosing.

The authors offer step-by-step instructions, such as how to apply liquid nitrogen to freeze warts. The book also explores skin diseases found in children, and patients with autoimmune and immune-compromised disease.

Help in navigating the challenging insurance reimbursement process is also provided. The book includes a list of skin diseases’ new reimbursement ICD-10 codes, which will become effective this year.

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January 15, 2015

View and Comment on KSL's Strategic Plan Draft for 2015-2018

Kelvin Smith Library is pleased to announce the availability of a draft for comment of the new KSL Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. The draft includes a brief summary of KSL’s accomplishments under the previous KSL Strategic Plan (2011-2014) upon which the new plan builds, an overview of the knowledge ecosystem that influenced the development of the goals and objectives of this plan, and the outline of the plan itself. The library’s mission, vision and values from the previous plan remain unchanged. The new plan has ten objectives under three goals:

View the plan and submit comments and questions at:

Please note: The current draft intentionally does not include success metrics at either the goal or objective level. Metrics will be developed and after a revised plan is created based upon the comments we receive.

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January 14, 2015

In the mood to trade? Weather may influence institutional investors’ stock decisions

Study suggests sunny weather can breed “buy” optimism, providing evidence that it can also affect stock prices

News Release: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weather changes may affect how institutional investors decide on stock plays, according to a new study by a team of finance researchers. Their findings suggest sunny skies put professional investors more in a mood to buy, while cloudy conditions tend to discourage stock purchases.

The researchers conclude that cloudier days increase the perception that individual stocks and the Dow Jones Industrials are overpriced, increasing the inclination for institutions to sell.

The research paper, “Weather-Induced Mood, Institutional Investors, and Stock Returns,” has been published in the January 2015 issue of The Review of Financial Studies. The research was collaborated by Case Western Reserve University’s Dasol Kim and three other finance professors (William Goetzmann of Yale University, Alok Kumar of University of Miami and Qin Wang of University of Michigan-Dearborn).

Institutional investors represent large organizations, such as banks, mutual funds, labor union funds and finance or insurance companies that make substantial investments in stocks. Kim said the results of the study are surprising, given that professional investors are well regarded for their financial sophistication.

"We focus on institutional investors because of the important role they have in how stock prices are formed in the markets," said Kim, assistant professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management. “Other studies have already shown that ordinary retail investors are susceptible to psychological biases in their investment decisions. Trying to evaluate similar questions for institutional investors is challenging, because relevant data is hard to come by.”

Building on previous findings from psychological studies about the effect of sunshine on mood, the researchers wanted to learn how mood affects professional investor opinions on their stock market investments.

By linking responses to a survey of investors from the Yale Investor Behavior Project of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller and institutional stock trade data with historical weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the researchers concluded aggregated data shows that seasonably sunnier weather leads to optimistic responses and a willingness to buy. The research accounts for differences in weather across regions of the country and seasons.

They show that these documented mood effects also influence stock prices, and that the observed impact does not persist for long periods of time.

A summary of the research was also recently featured at The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

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January 12, 2015

Re-orientation Party, 1/16/1987

The rock band The Guess Who was the headline act for the Re-orientation Party at Adelbert Gym on 1/16/1987, 9 p.m. -1 a.m. According to UPB executive chairman Brian Conrad, “Everyone has been gone for three weeks and are kind of disoriented. The party is a way to start off the semester. It’s a good way to get everyone together at the beginning of the semester.”

The Guess Who playing at Adelbert Gym, 1/16/1987. Photo by Larry Stephan.

Opening for The Guess Who was Passion Play (the band that played at the Orientation party in the Fall). The event was free for undergraduates with ID, $2.00 for graduate students, and $5.00 for others. Over 2000 people attended the Re-orientation party, making it the largest UPB sponsored event up to that time. According to the yearbook (1987 Annum), “The good turnout for the party dispelled the myth that CWRU can’t host a successful concert. The free concert was a good example of the student activity fee hard at work.” Besides the Re-orientation party, other events for the day included the band Company playing at Thwing Center during lunch.

In addition to the Re-orientation party, the 12th Annual Science Fiction Marathon kicked off at 8 p.m. the same night, with doors opening at 6 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission was $10.00. The 17 films included A Clockwork Orange, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Alien, A Trip to the Moon, Tron, War of the Worlds, and 2 surprise movies.

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January 12, 2015

IRS Changes 2015 Mileage Rate

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has increased the standard rate for personal vehicle use in 2015. The new rate for business travel is 57.5 cents per mile. This new rate, effective for travel on or after January 1, will be calculated automatically for reimbursements in the CWRU PeopleSoft Travel and Expense Module. Mileage reimbursements for the 2014 calendar year will remain at the old rate of 56 cents per mile. The IRS standard mileage rate for business travel is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.

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January 12, 2015

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at KSL with Freedom Riders exhibit & presentation

Attend the formal opening of "Risking Everything," a Freedom Summer exhibit and presentation by James Kates, a former Freedom Rider and member of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Kates currently co-directs the non-profit literary publishing house, Zephyr Press, publishers of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer.

Join us for the presentation at KSL on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is free to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information or questions, please contact Gail Reese at or 216.368.5291

To view all of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events, visit

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January 08, 2015

Case Western Reserve University to install nation’s first critical-care transport helicopter simulator for flight nurse training

News Release: Thursday, January 8, 2015

Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) students, specializing in flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will soon be training in the nation’s first state-of-the-art simulator built in an actual helicopter. The simulator creates the sense of treating critically injured patients from takeoff to landing.

The helicopter simulator was installed at the university’s Cedar Avenue Service Center, 10620 Cedar Rd., Cleveland, in a new classroom designed for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing Program.

The helicopter will feature some of the most advanced medical equipment with authentic aerial views projected within the windows and movement that mimics changing altitudes and weather conditions throughout the flight. 

“This new training facility will help the school expand the program’s capacity locally, nationally and internationally,” said Mary E. Kerr, dean of the nursing school.

The helicopter simulator is one of only two in the world dedicated to training health care professionals, according to Celeste Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, assistant professor and director of the Learning Resource Center at the school of nursing. The other is in Germany.

The simulator will allow acute care nurse practitioner flight students to learn the challenges of patient care of critically ill and injured patients being transported—sometimes from remote locations and difficult terrain, said Alfes.
The simulator is made from a retired Sikorsky S-76 helicopter fuselage and has a 10-by-7-foot passenger space that provides room for five occupants: the patient, up to three student flight nurses and an instructor. The students and instructor will work on a “high fidelity” patient simulator inside the fuselage while also being subjected to the movement, noise, temperature, vibration and altitude that can affect a patient’s vital signs and other health conditions.

The 800-pound capacity allows students to be trained with the same health-care equipment used in actual critical care transport helicopters. The simulator is an exact replica of what the students will eventually fly in while treating patients later in their studies. The fuselage will be equipped with mock laser rotors, developed by Case Western Reserve biomedical engineering majors, so students and their patients can learn to safely enter and exit the helicopter.

“The aircraft has inherent risks when operating in and around it, and these risks can be safely mitigated when proper techniques are applied consistently,” said Stephanie Steiner, the director of the Dorothy Ebersbach Center program and an experienced flight nurse practitioner with the Cleveland Clinic critical care transport team.

When not used to train students, the simulator may also be used to train military personnel for pre-deployment, those in the air medical industry and EMS first responders, Alfes said.

ACNP student flight nurses currently are educated and trained on high fidelity patient simulators programmed with vital signs and symptoms that allow students to practice advanced procedures similar to those of an actual patient. Students also attend additional flight nursing educational offerings to learn skills such as loading and unloading patients from an operating helicopter and communicating in the air medical environment. Their advanced training also involves working alongside leading critical care transport programs locally.

Alfes described how the simulator was acquired and built in the recent Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal article, “Taking Simulation to New Heights: Designing a Flight Simulation Center.”

The center envisioned having a training simulator since its inception in 2002. But only recently did all the parts, pieces and funding align to make it possible, Alfes said.

The estate of Dorothy Ebersbach, which endowed the program with a $5 million gift, made a second gift to the program of around $500,000.

The $5,000 fuselage was purchased from H. P. Aviation, a helicopter graveyard in Oldsmar, Fla. The EMS interior, which coincidentally turned out to be part of a retired MetroHealth Medical Center life flight helicopter, was acquired from Arrow Aviation in Lafayette, La., for $10,000.

Redbird Flight Simulations, an Austin, Texas-based company that builds simulated flight training equipment for pilots, completed the $600,000 installation with support from Hartzell Propeller Inc. in Piqua, Ohio.

The nursing school also received a second training helicopter—donated by Bell Helicopter in Piney Flats, Tenn.—which will be housed at Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness, also known as Calamityville, a 55-acre disaster training site near Dayton, Ohio. The second helicopter will enable the nursing school to offer specialized disaster training, research and grant opportunities, Alfes said.

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January 07, 2015

Namesakes - Heman Oviatt and the Oviatt Professorship

Over the years Case Western Reserve University’s benefactors have donated funds to establish endowments for many purposes - scholarships, research, buildings maintenance, and professorships. Typically, the donated funds are invested and only the income is used to support the endowment’s purpose. These gifts, thus, have a lasting impact on the university. The income from endowed professorships, also called endowed chairs, supports part or all of the salary of the incumbent and, sometimes, expenses related to his or her research.

CWRU’s oldest surviving endowed chair, the Oviatt Professorship was established in 1837, only 11 years after Western Reserve College’s founding. Heman Oviatt, a Western Reserve College trustee, donated land valued at $10,000 to endow the professorship in the theology department. Heman Oviatt was born in Goshen, Connecticut in 1775 and was one of the original settlers of Hudson, Ohio, Western Reserve College’s original home. Oviatt was a successful merchant and, in 1837 was elected the first mayor of Hudson. Oviatt died in 1854.

Allen Smith, Jr. painting of Heman Oviatt

Originally named the Oviatt Professorship of Sacred Rhetoric, in 1853 the name was changed to the Oviatt Professorship of Rhetoric. In 1906 the name was changed to the Oviatt Professorship of English.

Oviatt Professors and the dates they held the chair are:

Henry Noble Day, 1840-1857
Carroll Cutler, 1865-1876
Daniel F. DeWolf, 1876-1880
Edwards P. Cleaveland, 1882-1895
Oliver Farrar Emerson, 1896-1927
Finley Melville Foster, 1928-1953
William Powell Jones, 1954-1967
Robert Ornstein, 1974-1988
Roger B. Salomon, 1990-1999
Gary Lee Stonum, 1999-2013
William Siebenschuh, 2014-

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January 08, 2015

Former Soviet citizens use corruption as a last resort, CWRU political scientist details in new book

News Release: January 8, 2015

What drives ordinary citizens to corruption?

Neither greed nor personal gain, necessarily, but desperation, concludes Kelly McMann, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University and author of the recently released book, Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2014).

McMann, associate professor of political science and director of the university’s International Studies Program, explores why the masses often turn to paying bribes, using connections or selling political support when legal and moral alternatives—such as seeking help from family members or charitable and religious institutions—are unable to provide the necessary goods and services.

“It’s about survival,” she said.

Corruption as a Last Resort was based on surveys, interviews, and observational studies in the former Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, where individuals had to quickly learn to adjust to life after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

While their new-found freedom was celebrated by much of the world, such drastic changes from a Communist state that provided basic needs to a free-market system, where families had to fend more for themselves, left many residents unprepared for the new economy.

Very quickly, people in Central Asian states felt the realities of unemployment, driving many to illicit means to provide for their families, said McMann.

McMann focused on how corruption played out in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan—two countries that began economic reforms in the early 1990s and have continued to build their free-market economies. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan has maintained a welfare state, she said, and struggles to keep it.

The author describes how religious institutions, charities, entrepreneurs and banks are unable to provide the jobs and credit people require for a livelihood that meets their basic needs. The void encourages individuals to illicitly seek jobs and loans from government officials, through personal connections, bribes, or promises of political support.

“With market reforms that removed the state from the economy, the government hasn’t created institutions to encourage credit markets to thrive and expand,” she said.

But McMann also found that those individuals with relatively affluent kin—a comparatively small number of people—have been able to thrive without resorting to corruption. Economically successful relatives provide them with the jobs, credit, and income they need.

McMann hopes the book provides insight into the roots of corruption to help policymakers establish programs that create new businesses, jobs and other strategies that offer ordinary people alternatives to corruption.


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January 07, 2015

Case Western Reserve University senior qualifies for international student entrepreneur competition

Founded data analysis startup Triple Analytics LLC

News Release: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CLEVELAND—Case Western Reserve University undergrad Khalid “Cal” Al-Dhubaib will compete this spring for the title 2015 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year for founding a company to help doctors care for patients with chronic illnesses.

The winner of the competition in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, will be awarded $20,000. But more important to Al-Dhubaib is the chance for his startup company, Triple Analytics LLC, to gain wide-ranging recognition.

Al-Dhubaib, a senior computational neuroscience major from Saudi Arabia, qualified for the competition by being named one of two runners-up at the first U.S. National Competition of the Alexandria, Va.-based Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in late November. The upcoming event features presentations by student entrepreneurs internationally.

The competitors will present their ideas before a panel of judges who are EO members and seasoned entrepreneurs themselves. The judges represent a variety of companies.

"This competition is exciting because of the exposure and the networking," he said. "Really, just being there will be winning.”

Triple Analytics leverages big data in electronic medical record systems to help clinicians personalize care by comparing the outcomes of interventions on patients with similar medical histories, Al-Dhubaib said. The company’s process is beneficial, especially for any patient with a chronic illness, because it is depends on the experiences of many health care providers.

"There’s this concept in business called the triple aim. It’s an elusive objective," said Al-Dhubaib. "You are trying to create solutions that improve individual quality of care and overall population health while still reducing the cost of care. A lot of solutions tend to focus on one of those three."

His company plans to take on all three aims, thus, the name of his enterprise first presented at Case Western Reserve's annual Research ShowCASE last April. Al-Dhubaib, 23, decided to turn his idea into a company with guidance from the university's Blackstone LaunchPad program.

Blackstone LaunchPad, with funding from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, is a groundbreaking initiative that gives university students and alumni the skills, knowledge and counseling they need to start new ventures.

Triple Analytics already has five employees and hopes to contract with large medical institutions eager for medical data analysis.

Al-Dhubaib’s experiences in Saudi Arabia motivated him to build Triple Analytics. "I was working with Aramco, which is an oil company based in Saudi Arabia," he said. "I started working with the firm’s hospital on data tech projects."

At the global competition, he will get a chance to convince judges that Triple Analytics is needed as “a more powerful way of practicing evidence-based care.”

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January 07, 2015

CWRU researchers find caregiver interventions are not enough; families with mentally ill members also need help

News Release: January 7, 2015

Listening to older sisters of mentally ill siblings discuss their mothers’ difficult caregiving experiences made Case Western Reserve University co-investigator M. Jane Suresky wonder if something important about families was missed in a prior study that focused on women caregivers of mentally ill family members.

To find out, Suresky, DNP, PMHCNS, BC, recommended that data be reexamined from a 2008 Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing study of 60 women who cared for a family member with mental illness. The participants, who were between 23 and 65 years old, cared for a family member diagnosed with bipolar disorder (45 percent), schizophrenia (45 percent), depression (8 percent) or panic disorder (2 percent).

After reviewing the data, Suresky’s hunch was right.

“We were so focused the first time on the women family member that we missed the impact of the illness on the family” Suresky said.

The follow-up study examined vulnerability (such as diagnosis type and time since diagnosed), risk (such as stigma by association, caregiver strain and client dependence) and protective factors (such as sense of coherence and resourcefulness). That information was correlated with data on how well a family functioned.

How long the family member had been diagnosed with the mental illness had no bearing on the family’s dysfunction. However, a diagnosis of depressive disorder was more strongly associated with family disruption than diagnoses of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Greater perceived stigma by association, caregiver strain and client dependence were significantly associated with greater family disruption. Meanwhile, the researchers found that families functioned better when caregivers had a greater sense of coherence and resourcefulness.

The data analysis pointed to the need for family interventions, according to Suresky, assistant professor of psychiatric and mental health nursing at the nursing school.

“We realized that focusing on one family member may be insufficient,” she said.

Suresky said life would be easier if everyone in the family supported the caregiver.

Many families cope with such challenges. According to the 2010 U. S. Census, 45.9 million people, or about 20 percent of the population 18 years and older, have a diagnosed mental illness.

Researchers found that family turmoil was greatest for caregivers of someone with depression and bipolar disorder—conditions that kept families on alert for potential suicide attempts. Individuals with schizophrenia presented less strain and stress as the family learned to cope with the illness over time.

What’s been missing in previous studies, Suresky said, is understanding the impact on family function and the level of the caregiver’s shame and guilt of having a family member with a mental illness. The researchers reported that shame can prevent caregivers and family members from seeking professional help for themselves, and instead can become isolated.

The data revealed that well-functioning and cohesive families provided greater support for caregivers. Conversely, family dysfunction mainly occurred where primary caregivers received little support.

Another finding was that stress and strain from families not working as a group impacted the caregivers. Dysfunctional families elevated strain, feelings of more stigma by having a mental illness in a family member and dependence of the cared-for family member on the primary caregiver.

Suresky proposed that interventions and support for all family members—and not just the primary caregiver—might help build a cohesive, supportive team that functions well for the mentally ill family member and all involved.

Suresky was the first author on this study, “Factors Affecting Disruption in Families of Adults with Mental Illness,” published by Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.

The principal investigator of the parent study from which these data were obtained was Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD,RN-BC,FAAN, the Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health Nursing at the CWRU nursing school, and co-investigator Abir K. Bekhet, Phd, RN H.S.M.I, assistant professor of nursing at Marquette University’s College of Nursing in Milwaukee.

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January 06, 2015

CWRU students engineering phone charger for world’s needy

Jan. 6, 2015

CLEVELAND—A pair of Case Western Reserve University engineering students are field testing their foot-powered cell phone charger in rural villages of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country surrounded entirely by South Africa, this week.

“A lot of people have cell phones but no way to charge them,” said Samuel Crisanti, 19, a sophomore from Windsor, Conn. “In the country, 40 to 50 percent or even 60 percent have cell phones but only a quarter have access to electricity. It takes some a day-long ride by cart to a city where they have to pay to charge their phone.”

Crisanti and classmate Ian Ferre, 20, of Louisville, Ky., teamed up last year to build a solution in a class called “Engineering for the World’s Poorest,” taught by Daniel Lacks, a chemical engineering professor.

Lacks liked their idea and initial work so well he offered to let them skip writing a final paper if they would instead write an application for an U.S. EPA grant. Crisanti and Ferre won a $15,000 grant they used to buy supplies and build versions of the charger this year, and pay for the trip.

They keep the equipment under Ferre’s bed in the dorm room they share and build at the university’s think[box], a center the offers space, equipment and training to convert designs into tangible products.

Lacks invited them to come to Lesotho with his senior design class, whose members will be designing and building solar electric systems for families the first week of January. While they do that, Crisanti and Ferre will meet with farmers and others who earn $1 to $2 a day, to gauge their interest in the charger.

“We want to see what kind of phones the people use and what’s most useful to them,” Ferre said.

The sophomores have built several prototypes that rely on ratchet mechanics. Gears change the motion of a foot pressing on the pedal (think of a pedal for a drum set’s base drum, not a bicycle pedal) into circular motion that powers a generator. Like a ratchet tool, the gears spin only in one direction.

Pedaling can generate enough energy to recharge a phone and power a small lamp with a light emitting diode bulb. It can be done sitting or standing. The students spent about $12 to 3D print the latest lightweight and portable version.

After returning from Lesotho, Ferre and Crisanti will compete for a $75,000 EPA grant in April. If they win, they plan to buy injection molds for the plastic parts. The plastic injected would be sturdier and more durable than that used in printing and, by mass-producing, they expect to cut the cost to no more than $5 each—a price villagers can afford.

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January 05, 2015

CWRU researchers find Ohio’s diversion program effective in helping juvenile offenders with mental health disorders, substance abuse and other problems

News Release: Monday, January 5, 2015

An evaluation of Ohio’s Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative in 11 counties by social work researchers at Case Western Reserve University found the program benefits most young offenders diverted from detention centers to community-based agencies to treat mental health issues, drug problems or both.

BHJJ is a program started 15 years ago at the request of Ohio juvenile court judges with help from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

The program serves offenders 10 to18 years old with mental health issues and substantial behavioral, cognitive and emotional problems. Many also have abused drugs and alcohol, have a history of violent or criminal behavior and have had encounters with various county agencies before appearing in juvenile court.

Researchers at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences’ Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education analyzed information from caregivers, social workers and 2,545 young offenders who enrolled in the program between 2006 and 2013. Most showed improvements in functioning and decreases in future delinquency and symptoms related to trauma.

Based on the results from diagnostic assessments performed at community behavioral health agencies, nearly 60 percent suffered from a mental health disorder, while 38 percent were diagnosed with both a mental health and substance abuse disorder.

For many, the encounter with the juvenile justice system was the first time they were screened for behavioral health problems, said Jeff M. Kretschmar, PhD, research assistant professor from the Begun Center.

Kretschmar is lead author of the online article, “Diverting Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Issues from Detention: Preliminary Findings From Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) Initiative,” in Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Their conclusion: Juvenile offenders can benefit from diversion programs through community agencies with services for mental health problems and substance abuse that they may not have received in a detention center.

The article presents an overview of BHJJ enrollees’ characteristics and challenges to help court workers and judges match youths with the most appropriate and effective diversion service.

Kretschmar collaborated on the study with Begun Center researchers Fredrick Butcher, PhD, research associate; Daniel J. Flannery, PhD, director; and Mark I. Singer, PhD, deputy director. The research was funded by Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Grant number: 4AS3190).

Roughly two-thirds (67 percent) of the youth who had finished the program did so successfully. The next most common reason for terminating the program was due to some form of out-of-home placement (8 percent).

A review by researchers provides a snapshot of the youths in the program:

• Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) were male.

• Just over half (52 percent) were white.

• About a third had been charged with a felony in the prior 12 months to their enrollment in BHJJ.

• Some reported experiencing physical abuse (18 percent), sexual abuse (nearly 16 percent) and exposure to domestic violence (41 percent).

• Fifteen percent had previously attempted suicide; another 40 percent talked about it.

• Nearly 70 percent had a family history of mental health disorder; 61 percent reported a family history of substance abuse.

The researchers examined the variables that predicted two important outcomes: completing treatment successfully and engaging in future acts of delinquency.

They found that youth who started using alcohol and drugs before age 12 and who were using when they began the program were less likely to complete treatment successfully. They also discovered that youth diagnosed with both a mental health and substance use disorder were less likely to complete treatment successfully.

Kretschmar said previous research has found that youth with both mental health and substance use diagnoses have difficulties staying in treatment and are more likely to relapse.

Youth with earlier, more significant and more recent juvenile court involvement were more likely to be charged with acts of delinquency after involvement in the program. And youth with more complex substance use issues and those suspended or expelled from school before their participation were more likely to commit a new juvenile crime.

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January 05, 2015

CWRU researchers discover byproducts from bacteria in gum disease can awaken dormant T-cells and HIV viruses

News Release: Monday, January 5, 2015

Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University found another reason to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible.

They discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate.

Their findings help explain why people with the HIV -infections and periodontal disease have higher levels of the virus in their saliva than HIV patients with healthy gums.

The researchers speculate that byproducts from other bacteria infections in other diseases might change gene expression using similar mechanisms.

For dental patients with HIV, their findings further support how important it is to treat bacterial infections in gum disease early.

This interaction by SCFA and T-cells surprised co-investigators Fengchun Ye, assistant professor of biological sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, and Jonathan Karn, director of the Center for Aids Research and professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Case Western Reserve’s medical school.

Their findings are described in the article, “Short chain fatty acids potently induce latent HIV-1 in T-cells by activating P-TEFb and multiple histone modifications,” published in January 2015 in the journal Virology (Das B, et al. Virology. 2015 Jan 1;474:65-81. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2014.10.033. Epub 2014 Nov 14).

In the interaction between gum disease and HIV, five SCFA byproducts from two prevalent oral bacteria—Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) and Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn)—are involved in activating resting immune T-cells carrying latent (inactive) HIV-1 virus.

The process acts much like the jumper cables attached to a live battery recharging a dead one to get it running again, according the researchers.

Ye explained that all humans have a reservoir of resting T-cells that wake up and respond to inflammation to ward off an infection in the body.

“As long as someone is healthy, the reservoir remains untapped,” he said.

But for people with HIV, these T-cells can also have the sleeper HIV-1 virus, which remains in a dormant state until awakened, Karn said.

Last year, Ye and Karn discovered that one SCFA—butyric acid—induced a chain of events that reactivate the virus associated with Kaposi’s sarcoma, the most common malignancy in HIV patients.

Following that discovery, the researchers expanded their investigation to all SCFAs. They found that a high quantity of butyric acid activates the T-cell and incites virus replication. But smaller amounts of the five SCFA, working together, have the same impact.

“Looking at only butyric acid was misleading,” said Karn, the Reinberger Professor of Molecular Biology. “It surprised us to find they all work as an aggregate.”

The impact on waking up T-cells and activating HIV replication was a “double whammy” find that contributes to understanding the little-known microbiome in HIV disease, Karn said.

That prompted the researchers to investigate the mechanism that drives the replication of the virus in gum disease.

HIV antiviral therapy prevents active HIV cells from replicating and doesn’t affect the quiet viruses in sleeping T-cells.

As long as the patient is free of gum disease, the virus sleeps and remains in check, Karn said.

Also contributing to the study were CWRU researchers: Biswajit Das and Curtis Dobrowolski, from the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology; Abdel-Malek Shahir and Nabil Bissada, from the Department of Periodontics; and Zhimin Feng, Xiaolan Yu, and Jinfeng Sha and Aaron Weinberg from the Department of Biological Sciences.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (R56DE023912) and CWRU’s Center for Aids Research supported the study.

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December 30, 2014

Case Western Reserve University students and alumni bring hard science and fun to CES 2015

From health monitoring to aviation, from mobile password protection to affordable high-end yo-yos and more

News Release:Dec. 30, 2014

CLEVELAND—Nine teams of Case Western Reserve University student and alumni entrepreneurs will showcase their inventions and burgeoning businesses at the world’s premier stage for innovation, the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The annual exhibition draws more than 150,000 attendees from around the globe.

Two teams—Everykey and Carbon Origins, which introduced their concepts at last year’s CES—return and will join seven innovators displaying their products for the first time at the show:
      ·      Some aim to put high-tech home maintenance, high art, health monitoring, aviation or rocketeering within reach.
      ·      One group seeks to simplify private access and control over electronic and lockable devices; another group, to simplify and broaden access to videos taken at events.
      ·      Still another uses the latest manufacturing technology to make a pricy toy of equal quality, but less expensive.

The inventions began as class projects or hobbies or were the product of years of research. All are supported by think[box], the campus innovation hub that provides space, equipment and training to make prototypes and products ( Teams also benefitted from Blackstone Launchpad (, a program that mentors students through startup and development, securing funding and taking an idea to market. Student teams are funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
The Case School of Engineering was the only university organization exclusively showcasing student startups at CES 2014.
“Think[box] is where our students and faculty can, on their own, take those ideas in their heads and get them in their hands—that is, to actually go from concept to prototype,” said Jeffrey Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering. “Virtually each of the interdisciplinary student teams and some of the alumni teams going to CES have used and benefitted from the physical assets and human resources we provide in the think[box] ecosystem.”
In its second year attending CES, Case Western Reserve will triple its presence.
“We look forward to our expanded involvement in the world’s largest display of innovation and discovery,” said Bob Sopko, director of the Blackstone Launchpad program at Case Western Reserve. “As a major research institution, we will be involved for our second year in a row, expanding from two to six booths (between 75427 and 75437 Tech West, Sands Expo, Level 2). Our students and alumni are excited to be demonstrating, selling and actively looking for partnerships." 
The teams and their innovations are:
Everykey (, a Bluetooth-enabled wristband that allows the user immediate access to his password-protected electronics, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, as well as physically locked items including doors, car doors, bike locks and other controlled access devices, when within range.
“Everykey removes the stress and hassle of losing keys and forgetting passwords, while providing even better security than what consumers currently have in place,” said Christopher Wentz, CEO of Everykey and a 2013 CWRU graduate. “Our product uses military grade encryption, allowing only you access to your personal property and accounts. Like a credit card, you can instantly disable your Everykey if it ever gets lost or stolen.” 
SpiroSano (, which helps patients with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, COPD or cystic fibrosis, track their activities and episodes around the clock and share that data with their doctor to improve treatment. Doctor and patient create and control a personalized disease management toolkit using SpiroSpano’s platform.
The web tools, devices and data components not only enable doctors to prescribe the best treatments for individual patients, but the system provides researchers data aggregated anonymously from a multitude of sources in a HIPPA-compliant way. Jacob Glenn, a 2002 computer science graduate, who also earned a master’s in engineering management in 2003, is a co-founder.
Doppler Yoyo, one of several competition-grade and collectors-grade yo-yos Spartan Yoyo Works creates using 3-D printing at a fraction of the standard production price. Undergraduate engineering students Vince Cozza and Zachary Lerner founded Spartan and developed Doppler’s novel design. The yo-yo is made of a single material and achieves a high moment of inertia by changing the geometry in ways that would be impossible without 3-D printing.
The Doppler features internal variable density rings. By maintaining a high fill density and high resolution, the yo-yos are rotationally symmetric with high moments of inertia and mass equal to that of a standard competition-grade yo-yo. But this yo-yo has a much cheaper net production cost of less than $20.
Carbon Origins (, a technology think-tank founded by a group of CWRU students who are taking time off from school to focus on solving hard technical problems in electronics and aerospace.
They are launching their first product, Apollo, a tiny embedded sensor development board compatible with the popular Arduino platform. Apollo’s environmental and motion sensors are capable of measuring and recording temperature, pressure, humidity, ultraviolet, infrared and visible light, audio intensity, three-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer and GPS.
Apollo also has onboard WiFi and Bluetooth radios for networking. The software tools developed by the team allow users to take this data and derive useful information from it. The product was developed after one of the Carbon’s rockets crashed and burned, leaving the young scientists wanting to know why. Originally designed for their rockets, the product has now found applications for everything from robotics and drones to wearable computing.
Event 38 Unmanned Systems (, which designs and builds mission-specific, unmanned fixed-wing and multirotor aircraft systems and optical sensors as well as drone data post-processing solutions. Event 38 systems are used primarily in agriculture and surveying.  
CEO Jeff Taylor graduated with a BS in aerospace engineering from CWRU in 2009. He worked for SpaceX, then led the development team at 3D Robotics, the largest consumer drone company in the U.S. He co-founded Event 38 with the premise of offering reliable and affordable systems. “We've been lucky to have think[box] in our area, where we can take advantage of advanced prototyping equipment to shorten our development cycle,” he said.
BoxCast (, a company that has developed a plug-and-play broadcast box, within the display of Osmisys (, an electrical engineering technology firm. The Boxcast product allows anyone with a camera to conveniently stream standard and high-definition live video to the company’s cloud-based service for retrieval at any time and from any location.
"Every gathering these days has a camera running somewhere, but that footage is not always shared," said BoxCast founder Gordon Daily, who earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from CWRU "BoxCast ensures that anyone with a device that connects to the Internet–from tablets and cell phones to personal computers—can watch the event as if they were there in person."

BoxCast's broadcast box automates an otherwise-cumbersome process and enables organizations to both reach and expand their audience. The product has been called a potential game-changer for churches, nonprofits and other organizations that can’t afford expensive recording equipment and crews.

360x360 Selfie Stick, patented in 2012 by CWRU alumnus Joshua Wang, of Taiwan. With a telescoping handle and a camera bracket that can swivel in any direction, the stick provides the distance to take “selfies” of large groups or to provide different angles or more background in photographs. The stick can also be used to take photos over walls, around corners and in hard-to-reach places.

Hema Imaging LLC (, which helps homeowners and professionals use thermal, or “heat map,” imaging to uncover unexpected temperatures associated with common household problems, such as faulty circuit breakers, sealing losses or ductwork and water leakage. The HemaVision helps homeowners identify and diagnose problems by automatically highlighting abnormal temperatures, locking onto scenes, calculating power dissipation and cost, and making statistical maps of significant temperature changes. Courtney Beall, co-founder and director of marketing, earned her MBA from Weatherhead School of Management in 2009.

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December 23, 2014

Mather Quad Restoration Campaign

In 1980 Western Reserve College (the predecessor of the College of Arts and Sciences) initiated a $1.6 million campaign to renovate the 7 buildings on the Mather Quadrangle: Guilford House, Clark Hall, Harkness Chapel, Haydn Hall, Mather Gym, Mather House, and Mather Memorial. These buildings, the Flora Stone Mather College District, were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Flora Stone Mather College campus, 1910

Guilford needed the most extensive work: total refurbishing of the exterior including rebuilding the porch and steps, new plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical systems, and installation of an elevator. The fundraising goal for Guilford was $440,000. It was the first building to be renovated being rededicated 5/5/1985 at the Mather Brunch during Alumnae Reunion Weekend. The rest of the buildings followed shortly thereafter.

The fundraising committee consisted of alumnae Sarah Gingery Bartlett, Anne Melby Clapp, Marjorie Cowdrey Crone, Dorothea Davis, Marion Quayle Fulton, Ann Harsh, Marilyn Booth Opatrny, Elizabeth Mayer Robson, Maida Howes Roski, Jean Skeggs, Clara Angell Taylor, Elizabeth Walker, Edith Hinds West. Peter Musselman, University Vice President and Treasurer, also served on the committee with ex officio members: T. Dixon Long, Dean, Lee Hanson, WRC Director of Development, and Jean Hachen, Futures Office.

In addition to major gifts by individuals and foundations, many alumnae participated by donating to their class gifts which were earmarked for the restoration. Enough funds were raised by 1983 to begin the renovation work and the campaign successfully concluded in 1985.

To commemorate the Mather Quad Restoration Campaign a set of 8 commemorative plates was commissioned from Woodmere China of Pennsylvania. The plates featured an illustration of each building and the Mary Chisolm Painter Arch. The illustrations were drawn by Eleanor Shankland, whose drawings of University buildings have been used on notecards, stationery, and in publications. The plates could be purchased individually or as a set.

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December 16, 2014

"Art of STEM" competition deadline extended to Feb. 15!

The deadline to submit images from your research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to KSL's "Art of STEM" contest has been extended to February 15, 2015.

"Art of STEM" challenges Case Western Reserve University faculty, students and staff to capture or visually communicate the beauty inherent to scientific enterprise and research investigation in the form of a digital image. The competition is also open to Cleveland Institute of Art students who collaborate with a member of the Case Western Reserve community, as well as any student in grades 9-12 who currently attends public, private or home school in Cuyahoga County.

Contestants are encouraged to submit the following types of images for entry in this competition:

A jury of Case Western Reserve faculty and Cleveland-area art professionals will select the winning entries based on an evaluation of artistic merit, aesthetics, title creativity and description clarity.

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

In addition to the competition, select images will be printed and displayed in an exhibit in the Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery and other showcase areas throughout the library during March 2015. These entries will also be featured online in the library’s virtual art gallery.

Visit for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

For more information, contact Daniela Solomon at or 216-368-8790.

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December 12, 2014

Fall Semester 1904

With the end of the 2014 fall semester rapidly approaching, here are a few aspects of the undergraduate experience at Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University’s Adelbert College and College for Women 110 years ago.

The most obvious difference is that the fall semester didn’t end in December in 1904, but in February 1905. Students did have a winter vacation, however. At both Case and Reserve the winter recess began the evening of Friday, December 23 and ended the evening of Tuesday, January 3 - an 11 day break. Case’s President Howe, in requesting Trustee approval of the holiday break explained it should be “long enough before Christmas to enable students to reach home on that day and ending at such a date as shall enable the students to return after New Years.”

Not surprisingly, both schools were smaller in 1904. Enrollment at all Western Reserve schools was 808 and at Case 422. That’s a little smaller than CWRU’s undergraduate first year class in 2014. Tuition, also, was less than today. Adelbert and College for Women students paid $85 for the year; Case students paid $100.

Degree programs were less varied then. Adelbert and College for Women students had three courses of study: Language and Literature, Mathematics and Natural Science, and Philosophy, History and Social Science. The Bachelor of Arts was the only degree the two colleges awarded. At Case, the courses of instruction were Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and General Science. The undergraduate degree awarded was the Bachelor of Science.

In varsity sports the football seasons of both WRU and Case ended on the same day, November 24, with Case defeating Reserve 22-0 in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. At Reserve, the basketball season started on December 16 with a 36-23 defeat of Sandusky. Case’s intercollegiate basketball program didn’t start till 1912.

A sample of December student events included:
12/2: Case’s junior class held its first dance of the semester
12/9: Case held its end of season football banquet
12/17: College for Women Dramatic Club produced Trelawney of the Wells
12/17: Case Musical Association concert was performed at the Excelsior Club
At Adelbert and the College for Women daily chapel attendance was required.

In 1904 Reserve had around 20 buildings and Case fewer than 10.

On campus student residences were much more limited than today. There were no Case dorms until the 1950s. A dormitory for Adelbert students was one of the original WRU University Circle buildings. We don’t know when Adelbert Hall, laterPierce Hall, ceased being a dormitory, but as early as 1894 offices and classrooms occupied some of the building. So, there was very little on-campus housing for Adelbert students in 1904. The undergraduate men at both schools either lived at home or in rooming houses near campus. The situation for undergraduate women was quite different. College for Women students had two campus residences in 1904, Guilford and Haydn. Fees were between $225 and $330 per year.

Some aspects of student life don’t change very much. The WRU student yearbook described the holiday break as, “We all go home to get money to come back on.”

Best wishes from the CWRU Archives to all our students for a restful (and lucrative) semester break!

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December 15, 2014

Videos now available: Special Collections Colloquium; Digital Scholarship Colloquium

Videos are now available of the two colloquia that were recently hosted and organized by Kelvin Smith Library, and co-sponsored by the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, Vanderbilt University Libraries, and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries. The videos of both events can be accessed via the URLs below.

A listing of the sessions is below.

Special Collections Colloquium

Digital Scholarship Colloquium

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