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October 20, 2014

Case and WRU in the Great Depression

The stock market crash of October 1929 was the dramatic beginning of a decade of economic devastation. Manufacturing, agriculture, banking, construction, shipping - all sectors of the economy suffered, including higher education.

The University Archives has substantial documentation of the effects of the Depression on Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University as well as the actions and decisions taken in response to the crisis. Only two of those sources, student yearbooks and presidents’ annual reports, were consulted for this brief overview of the effect of the Depression on students.

What is remarkable in the student yearbooks is how infrequent references to economic conditions appear. For 1930/31, the student newspaper, The Reserve Weekly, was praised for increasing its advertisers “in spite of the acknowledged depression in business conditions.” The Case Tech earned similar praise in the Differential, “In spite of the discouragements offered by the business depression and the ensuing reluctance to invest in advertising, the business staff... has succeeded in holding up the financial end of the Tech.”

For the next five years, hopeful determination characterized the yearbooks’ depiction of the times. “The difficulties in producing the Differential by the Class of ‘34 in a period of economic chaos and financial turbulence were surpassed by the capable and concentrated efforts... of the entire staff, and the whole-hearted support of the student body and faculty.” Mather College’s 1934 Polychronicon’s senior class history read in part, “When they were Juniors the banks closed, and for several weeks it looked as though they could not have a Prom, but it turned out to be one of the best in years.”

It should be said this attitude was not because Case and Reserve students were insulated from the effects of the Depression. Reports of the presidents and deans repeatedly describe the greater need for student financial aid. Adelbert’s Dean William Trautman in 1934 wrote that, “scholarship and tuition aid funds have been spread as far as possible. In some cases even a twenty-five dollar gift has proved to be the slender thread that has kept the hope of getting an education from fading completely.” At Mather College the Alumnae Association and Advisory Council made loans and gifts to increase student aid. In 1935 Mather converted Flora Mather House to a cooperative dormitory. In return for working one hour each day on household duties, room and board fees were reduced from $400 to $250.

More students worked part-time and full-time while carrying full academic loads. The National Youth Administration’s work program for students helped nearly 400 students each year. Mather’s Vocational Counselor placed both students and alumnae in full-time and part-time work.

Curricular retrenchment included reducing sections of some classes, offering some classes only in alternative years, opening more classes to students of other colleges, and eliminating Saturday classes, to “enable many students to use the additional half-day to help themselves more financially.”

In selecting the Great Depression as 2014’s Archives Month in Ohio theme, Ohio’s archivists pay tribute to the resilience of those who persevered through that crisis.

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October 20, 2014

Colloquium: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 2:45 pm

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:45 p.m., AW Smith, Rm. 104

The Southern Ocean Reveals Climate Secrets: Paleotemperatures from Antarctic Margin Marine Sediments by Dr. Amelia Shevenell (University of South Florida)

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October 20, 2014

Sign Up for EndNote Workshops at Kelvin Smith Library

Are you interested in learning how to better use EndNote? Sign up for an introductory or advanced hands-on workshop at Kelvin Smith Library to learn how to import and manage references, manage PDFs, format your paper in a style of your choice and collaborate online. Bringing your laptop with EndNote already installed to the class is recommended.

These classes are open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff, but seating is limited (register below). Both sessions will be held at Kelvin Smith Library, room LL06 B&C.

Session 1: Introductory EndNote
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m.
Register online.

  • Get started with EndNote
  • Find references
  • Add images and tables to EndNote
  • Cite-While-You-Write

Session 2: Advanced EndNote
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1-2 p.m.
Register online.

  • Manage references
  • Collaborate online
  • Use manuscript templates
  • Create/use term lists
  • Create/modify EndNote styles

For more information, contact Daniela Solomon:

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October 17, 2014

Citation Management Tool Comparison Session at KSL

A citation management tool can help you gather references from webpages, catalogs and databases, store and organize your references, format your papers with in-text citations and bibliographies, and share your references. But which citation management tool is right for you?

Kelvin Smith Library will host a session to introduce and compare three citation management tools: EndNote, Refworks and Zotero. Library staff will walk you through the differences between these tools to help you decide which is best for your class or research.

Thursday Oct. 30, 2014
3-4 PM
Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL-06
Please RSVP here

This event is open to all Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact

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October 17, 2014

Adopting Older Children offers guide to parents thinking about adopting

News Release:October 17, 2014

The authors of the new book, Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children over Age Four (New Horizon Press), hope to help guide parents through the process of adopting an older child.

The book’s coauthors are:

      Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, a communications and research assistant at the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development and a doctoral student at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service;

      Gloria Russo-Wassell, a national certified counselor and doctoral candidate in educational development psychology at Cornell University and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York;

      Victor Groza, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Three adoption and child development experts pooled their vast knowledge on adoptions, child welfare and clinical practices in writing this guide to help parents answer the question: Are we ready to take this journey and adopt?

They provide a realistic outlook about considerations in adopting or having already adopted an older child. They also dispel many misconceptions people have about bringing an older child into the family.

And what does it mean for the child to find a home? According to Russo-Wassell, a better future, with hope and promise of reaching life goals.
According to the Office of the Administration for Children and Families, the 26,000 teens aging out of the foster care without a permanent home are more likely than adopted children to end up in the criminal justice system, lack opportunities to go to college or become young parents.

Bosco-Ruggiero, through work with children who have faced traumas, has seen the incredible resiliency and hope older children have.

“I want the public to know how many wonderful kids are waiting for a family to love them,” said Bosco-Ruggiero, an adoptive parent herself.
“The book is realistic but not sensationalistic—that tells the good, the not-so-good and the cautions of adopting an older child,” said Groza.

“To be prepared is to be forewarned and forearmed in case issues arrive. We see that families struggle when they are not adequately prepared for the adoptive experience with an older child.”

The guide, in time for November’s National Adoption Month, was inspired by the large numbers of children yearning to be part of a permanent family and the need to correct misconceptions that prospective parents often have about adopting children about age 4 and older.

Contrary to misconceptions about older children:
      Not all older children available for adoption have special needs or are juvenile delinquents.

      Many older children, available for domestic and international adoptions, are not unruly children with behavior problems, but are in foster care due to neglect or abandonment that is driven by the parent’s inability to raise them because of poverty or health conditions.

      Parents of older adopted children feel fulfilled as parents, but differently than parents adopting a baby.

While parents of older adopted children miss out on the early developmental milestones in infancy, Groza points out a number of advantages—beyond missed diaper changes and late-night feedings—such as the capacity for better communication and indications of what the child wants or doesn’t want.

Older children can also use words and gestures to communicate. Whereas with babies, it can be a guessing game, he said.

Another advantage of adopting an older child, particularly from the public foster care system, more information about the family history exists in the domestic records. For intercountry adoptions that may not be true of older children, Groza explained.

For older people who want to be parents, adopting an older child might be the only way to make it happen, he said, because of less age restrictions. For example, a couple with a mother of 45 and father, 60, they might consider the mother’s age in the adoption process.

He said few adoption agencies would want a 60 year old raising an infant or a 70 year old having enough stamina to run after a 10 year old child.

Also, the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption has encouraged limiting foreign adoptions to older children or young children with special needs.

When it comes to the final adoption decision, the authors report adoptions are made in what’s best for the child, not the preferences of the adoptive families.

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October 15, 2014

Homecoming 2014 Events @ KSL

Kelvin Smith Library will welcome alumni, students and their families for Homecoming 2014! Join us for the following events:

Kelvin Smith Library Open House
Friday, October 17, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.

Come and see why Kelvin Smith Library is the “Knowledge and Creativity Commons” of Case Western Reserve University! Stop by the open house to hear about new services and programs, and view the library’s latest technology and spaces.

Arts & Humanities Information Fair
Friday, October 17, 2014
12 – 3 p.m.

The Arts & Humanities Information Fair will highlight many invaluable digital resources available at Kelvin Smith Library. Faculty, students and alumni can speak directly with vendors about their products, watch demonstrations, pick-up informational brochures and promotional swag, and register to win a Kindle PaperWhite. Join us and see how these resources can support your research!

Kelvin Smith Library Welcomes Back Library School Alumni!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 – 11 a.m. 

Please RSVP by email: or call: 216-368-2992

To honor the alumni of Case Western Reserve University’s Library School, Kelvin Smith Library is welcoming all Library School Alumni back for a special Homecoming Weekend event! Alumni are encouraged to stop by to learn about the library’s new programs, services, state-of-the-art classrooms and study spaces, as we look back fondly on the program that closed its doors nearly 30 years ago.

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October 15, 2014

Kelvin Smith Library joins HathiTrust!

hathitrust_logo_web.jpgThe Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University is now a member of HathiTrust, a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from major research institutions and libraries. With more than 90 partners, HathiTrust aims to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.

As a member of HathiTrust, authorized Case Western Reserve users will now have access to download full digital versions of public domain materials that reside in the HathiTrust collection.

All users with a Case Western Reserve network ID can gain access via by selecting Case Western Reserve University from the login menu.

“Our membership in HathiTrust is not only a great way to expand access to a wealth of e-books at a very affordable price, but is also a pledge of our support to the continuation of a vital resource that is a collaborative effort of the academic library community,” said Timothy Robson, associate director for Academic Engagement Services at Kelvin Smith Library.

HathiTrust serves a dual role:

“The news about our membership in HathiTrust is wonderful,” said Miriam Levin, professor of history, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art and Art History at Case Western Reserve. “I am constantly finding references for digitized materials on the HathiTrust site when doing research — I'm looking forward to having access to them at last.”

Over the last five years, HathiTrust partners have contributed more than 11 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives.

As one of these partners, Case Western Reserve users will have the ability to access the more than 3.7 million contributed volumes that are in the public domain.

“Having unrestricted access to HathiTrust will make my work and that of my students range further with less ‘friction’ in the treatment of digitized texts augmenting Kelvin Smith Library’s print holdings,” said Kurt Koenigsberger, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve. “The full access that a HathiTrust membership provides will ensure my students work with the widest array of texts possible, and encounter the fewest barriers of access. I'm grateful to Kelvin Smith Library for providing the university community this access.”

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October 14, 2014

Mandel School researches how women in recovery managed personal networks with family and friend users

News Release: October 14, 2014

Substance abuse counselors and social workers often recommend recovering addicts establish new networks of non-using friends and supporters.

But researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s social work school found, for many women in poverty, it’s not so easy to drop the users in their lives. Many are people that women depend on for childcare, transportation and other necessities to live.

“People in the women’s networks might be family members, parents or children, who also use drugs. It’s hard to cut these people out of their lives,” said Elizabeth M. Tracy, MSW, PhD, who is the associate dean of research and Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

She contributed to the Qualitative Health Research article, “Personal Network Recovery Enablers and Relapse Risks for Women with Substance Dependence.” The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded the $1.1 million, four-year parent study at the Mandel School.

It was not so clear-cut for these women who had to juggle both users and non-users in their lives, said the study’s corresponding investigator Suzanne Brown, PhD, LMSW, assistant professor of social work at Wayne State University and Mandel School doctoral alumna.

“It might work in a population of people who have greater choices or resources to make geographic changes or are less dependent on other people for their basic needs,” Brown said.

Relationships in the network played a role in whether women used drugs or not.

Brown and Tracy and colleagues found that six months post-treatment intake, women were vulnerable for using again if they had substance abusers in their personal networks or lacked close supportive friends.

And many of the 377 women recruited for the study from three treatment centers in Cleveland also lacked finances, education, job skills and employment, making it difficult to leave these circumstances.

Loss and fear of losing family and friends, along with the stigma and guilt of using presented difficult barriers for recovery, the researchers report.

Tracy said these women had no easy answers as some women limited interactions with their longtime friends and suffered grief and loss in the process to stay clean.

The researcher tracked and analyzed how these networks worked and changed over the 12 months after entering treatment. For the focus groups, conducted with funding from the Mandel School Office of Research and Training as an additional part of the larger study, the researchers talked with participants in three focus groups of women in recovery and three focus groups of treatment providers.

Each woman in treatment made a list of 25 people in their personal network, their relationship, role in recovery and whether they could be considered a recovery enabler or relapse risk.

Participants in the yearlong study provided researchers with data after beginning treatment: at one week, one month, six months and 12 months regardless if they remained in treatment or not.

For the women, researchers looked at these questions:
• Who remained in the personal network?
• How relationships with friends, family member, treatment counselors and others changed over time?
• What ways did the person change in her interactions with the individuals in her network?

The women’s retention was 81 percent over the 12-month follow up period. They also found the women who had fewer users and more supportive friends at six months were less likely to use again. The structure of the network mattered as well; women who had more non-users among their network isolates (people not connected to anyone else in the network) were less likely to use over 12 months.

They also included the treatment providers as a new dimension to studying recovery networks and asked them questions related to recovery enablers and relapse risks. Provider gave their perspectives on how women were influenced by families and children, 12-step groups and sponsors and treatment providers’ views on how women manage personal networks.

Women in recovery struggled to raise their children but most wanted to show their children they could recover. The providers saw children as a hindrance or burden to mothers who struggled with internal mental health issues while faced with challenges to manage children, who may have their own behavioral problems.

Families served as both recovery enablers and relapse risks through misunderstanding that recovery takes time. Women, at risk of relapsing, admitted manipulating family members, but those successfully recovering began to see more give and take (reciprocity) in the family relationships.

The 12-step groups and sponsors for recovering users helped women find friends and supporters, decreasing their isolation and provided a positive environment that changed negative perspectives in the women.

But providers saw the 12-step groups as a risk for the women. Many women had mental illnesses along with their addictions, and providers felt the group leaders lacked skills to handle these mental illnesses. The providers also saw advances by men in these meetings potentially distracting the women from working on their recovery.

Also contributing to the study were: MinKyung Jun, PhD; Hyunyong Park, MSSW, and Meeyoung O. Min, PhD, research associate professor from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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October 14, 2014

CWRU dental survey finds dental anxiety leads cause for moderate sedation

News Release: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dental anxiety can be so extreme for some patients that a simple cotton swab on the gums makes them flinch. And others, fearful of pain, simply avoid seeing the dentist, according to a new study by Case Western Reserve University dental researchers on when and how to use sedatives during dental procedures.

As a result, dentistry is responding with sedation techniques to make fearful and anxious patients more comfortable.

For a master’s thesis in endodontics, Madhavi Setty, DDS, MSD, set out to understand how dental specialties like endodontics for root canals, periodontics to treat gum disease and oral surgery for extractions and corrective surgeries used moderate sedations in their different specialties.

Moderate sedation allows the patient to remain conscious by suppressing the brain’s responses to pain and stress while still being able to communicate with the dentist. The three dental specialties reported using moderate sedation in conjunction with local anesthesia in order to control anxiety and pain.

Setty’s findings were reported in the Journal of Endodontics article: “An Analysis of Moderate Sedation Protocols Used in Dental Specialty Programs: A Retrospective Observational Study.”

Thomas A. Montagnese, DDS, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Endodontic at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine, is the study’s corresponding author and Setty’s thesis advisor. Other contributing authors are: Anita Aminoshariae, DDS, MS, assistant professor, and Andre Mickel, DDS, MSD, professor and chair of the endodontics department, and Dale Baur, DDS, MD, professor and chair of CWRU’s oral and maxillofacial surgery department. The faculty members were on Setty’s thesis committee.

The findings came from a retrospective study of 84 patients, who received care and moderate sedation during a visit to a Case Western Reserve’s dental clinics in endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery graduate programs between 2010 and 2012.

The study also looked at each patient’s age, sex and existing medical conditions, like high blood pressure, heart trouble or diabetes, that require consideration during treatments.

Patients ranged in age from age 8 to 88; their average age was 45. Most (63 percent) were women.

Researchers found moderate sedation was primarily used to calm anxiety in more than half of the patients (54 percent), followed by fear of needles (15 percent), local anesthesia failures (15 percent) and severe gag reflex and claustrophobia from the rubber dam (both 8 percent).

While moderate sedation helps to calm anxious patients, the catch is that not all endodontists are qualified to administer it. The procedure is not generally taught in most graduate endodontic programs, Montagnese said.

The Department of Endodontics at Case Western Reserve introduced training for moderate sedation into its curriculum last year. The study provides a guideline to when its best to use moderate sedation, Montagnese said.

Montagnese explained that endodontic training follows rules and regulations set by the Ohio State Dental Board, and the American Dental Association Guidelines for the Use of General Anesthesia and Sedation by Dentist Guidelines to meet the requirements necessary to qualify for certification to administer moderate sedation.

The ability to use moderate sedation allows endodontists more options for patient care—especially for those anxious and fearful of pain.


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October 13, 2014

Students in novel three-nation Global MBA program examine American business

Weatherhead School of Management class brings together 60 students from India, China and United States

News Release: Monday, October 13, 2014

After semesters in China and India, 60 Global MBA students from management schools in the two countries and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management are now in Cleveland, studying American business management, cultures and practices.

The new Global MBA program brings together 20 students each from China, India and the United States in a two-year, full-time program. The novel partnership between Tongji University’s School of Economics and Management in Shanghai, China; Xavier School of Management in Jamshedpur, India; and CWRU features:

• Integrated program design

• Extensive exposure to three varied cultural, economic and political settings

• In-depth experience in three of the world’s most important economies

• Interaction with top faculty from all three institutions

• Opportunities for project work in all three countries

• Class and project experience in multinational teams

The goal is to prepare managers and leaders to compete and interact in the global marketplace, where there is an increasing need for exposure to various cultural, political and social settings, said Simon Peck, associate dean for Design & Innovation and associated dean for MBA programs at the Weatherhead School.

The Global MBA provides a full-time MBA program in four semesters. After this semester at Weatherhead, the students return to their home countries to complete their degrees.

The program supplements core MBA curriculum with customized courses. For example, Visiting Assistant Professor Michel Goldberg is guiding the student teams through hands-on projects at local companies, such as:

• Helping greeting-card company American Greetings with international prototyping.

• Working with Jumpstart, a Cleveland-based business startup organization to expand internationally.

• Working with Wireless Environment, a suburban Cleveland company, to build a market for its wireless LED light fixtures in India.

• Helping the Cleveland International Piano Competition improve its international marketing strategy.

The program requires students to work on projects in small groups, usually two from each country, to encourage them to bond and learn from each other.

“There is a tendency for people of any nationality to stick together,” said Jittu Singh, Xavier’s Global MBA program director. “This curriculum is such, and all the group work is such, that they have to interact. So they are always together in cross-cultural groups.”

And learning first-hand how business approaches and cultures can vary by country.

“I feel so much more improved than I would by just staying in the U.S., especially since I want to be involved in international business. So it’s been invaluable,” said American student Christopher King, part of the group working with the piano competition.

The experience has also allowed King to grasp the prevalent management styles of each country.

“The hallmarks of each style,” he said, “are as follows: China, unquestioning loyalty to superiors; India, willingness to go above and beyond the stated limits of a project; U.S., high tolerance for failure, or understanding of failure as a learning experience.”

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October 13, 2014

Celebrate Open Access Week with Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library will participate in the worldwide celebration of Open Access Week, which runs October 20-26, 2014. The theme of this year's celebration, Generation Open, aims to engage the student population to learn more about open access issues. Throughout the week, KSL will feature displays and handouts in the library related to open access issues and will also host the following events:

For more information about the week’s events, please contact Daniela Solomon at

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October 09, 2014

Study Spaces for Faculty and Graduate Students Available at Kelvin Smith Library

carrels2-315x450.jpg Current graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply for study spaces at Kelvin Smith Library. These quiet spaces provide the opportunity to store and use personal research items in tandem with library materials.

Graduate student study carrels are assigned for the duration of the academic year, including the summer. Keys are assigned in Library Administration. For more information and to apply for a carrel, visit

Faculty study rooms are assigned by Library Administration for the duration of one academic year. Five individual rooms and a shared room that accommodates five faculty members are available, located on the library’s third floor. Keys are assigned in Library Administration. Interested faculty should apply by Friday, October 31, 2014. For more information, visit

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October 08, 2014

Law students file suit in federal court on behalf of 11 homeless people in Akron

News Release: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When Rebecca Sremack was a third-year student last year in Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic, the Akron native found a way to link her dedication to important causes in her hometown with the Kramer Clinic’s mission.

Sremack, who graduated last spring with a law degree, noted Akron’s property sweeps of homeless campsites and brought the situation to the attention of Assistant Professor Avidan Cover, who teaches in the school’s Civil Litigation Clinic. The intent of the law clinics is to give students experience with real cases for people who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation.

“We began doing research on the issues, and the clinic took on formal representation of some of the homeless in the spring of last year,” Cover said. Since that time, two sets of clinic students have worked on the case.

Case Western Reserve law students on Friday filed a federal class-action lawsuit, claiming the city of Akron wrongfully raided places where the homeless live.

“The policy change we seek is quite modest,” Sremack said. “We are asking the city to provide the homeless community with notice before they remove anyone’s property, and then provide them a way to recover any property that is taken instead of destroying it.”

Last year, in addition to Sremack, Abigail Avoryie, Jennifer Doll and Yelena Grinberg worked on the case. This year, clinic students Nathaniel Ehrman, Donielle Robinson and Emma Victorelli have continued, with Sremack also assisting.

“Working in the lawsuit has been a unique learning experience for clinic students,” Cover said. “For one thing, students have been doing extensive field research, making numerous trips to Akron, where they met with homeless individuals in soup kitchens and under bridge and road overpasses. The students have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and work to the case, giving up many of their weekends.”

Cover said the students are trying “to rectify serious wrongs that a very vulnerable population has suffered. The students have the opportunity to be a part of impact litigation. We are trying to effect policy change.”

Cover also said he and his students and have gained “a greater appreciation of the humanity and dignity of people who are so often invisible to most of us. Too many of us drive by or try to ignore homeless people.

“The seizure and destruction of homeless peoples’ property reflects a similar aspect of the dehumanization of the homeless,” Cover said. “In taking on the Akron homeless as our clients, we hope to restore their dignity and protect their constitutional rights. In some way, I feel we may increase our own humanity as well.”

Eleven homeless people are named as plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court of Northern Ohio complaint. Plaintiffs range in age from 22 and 64, including two military veterans.

The lawsuit contends that personal property was taken without notice or a chance to object to the seizures. The lawsuit names certain city administrative and police officials as defendants. According to news reports, Akron police issued a statement disputing the lawsuit’s claims and asserting the legality of its actions.

The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent in the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

The filing seeks damages for those affected by the seizures, a permanent injunction barring the city from conducting such seizures and a finding that the city’s practices regarding the homeless are unconstitutional.

The lawsuit contends the business owners complained to city officials between 2010 and 2012 about a homeless encampment in a wooded area in North Akron. The city then developed a strategy that included stronger enforcement of loitering and trespass laws, required homeless people to obtain a city-issued panhandlers license and raided encampments several times from November 2010 through September of this year. The lawsuit claims that some sweeps occurred where the homeless had been told they could camp.

“Many of our clients lost their belongings—including tents, warm clothing, personal keepsakes, and legal documents—as a result of the city’s sweeps at the onset of the 2013 winter,” said Emma Victorelli, part of the Kramer Law Clinic team that brought the lawsuit. “The sweeps left these already vulnerable individuals facing the elements with minimal protection.”

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October 07, 2014

Dads of newborn twins shorted almost as much sleep as moms, study finds

News Release: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mothers of twins struggle to get sufficient, uninterrupted sleep, what with double feedings and all. But a new study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s school of nursing finds that fathers don’t fare much better.

“Both mothers and fathers are coming up short on the recommended eight hours of sleep,” said Elizabeth Damato, PhD, RN, CPNP associate professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Damato was lead investigator on the study, “Sleep Pattern Gender Differences and Fragmentation in Postpartum Parents of Twins,” and among the first to analyze the impact of twin births on the fathers’ sleep. The findings were presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Minneapolis.

The researchers recruited 89 families with infant twins from three major Midwestern hospitals. The average age of the parents was 32 for moms and 33 for dads.

Parents wore a wristwatch-like device on three separate occasions over three months to track their sleep. Parents also kept diaries of when they went to bed and when they awoke. In their APSS presentation, the researchers reported the amount of sleep parents recorded in the first and third months after their twins were born.

During the first month at home, fathers’ sleep was as short as the mothers’. Both mothers and fathers had multiple awakenings throughout the night, ranging 3 to 6 times each night. By the third month, parent’s sleep was still as disrupted. When the parents did get a block of sleep, it averaged less than three hours over the study period.

In each month, both parents had short spurts of sleeping. Mothers had more interruptions on weekdays, which Damato attributed to them letting working dads gets some rest.

Neither parent was able to make up for lost sleep on weekends.

“They suffered equally,” Damato said.

Next, researchers hope to learn how this disrupted sleeps impacts the dads’ daytime cognitive, emotional and physical functioning.

Contributing to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research and Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education-supported research were: Christopher Burant, PhD, MACTM, and Michael J. Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, from the CWRU School of Nursing; Kingman P. Strohl, MD, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University Hospitals and Case Medical Center; and Jennifer Brubaker, PhD, RN, CNP from Cleveland Clinic.

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October 07, 2014

CWRU nursing school receives nation’s largest NFLP grant of $3.16 million

News Release: Tuesday, October 7 2014

For many students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, finding a way to pay for their advanced nursing degrees just got easier.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the nursing school a $3.16 million Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant—the largest among 93 accredited college and nursing programs receiving grants for the current academic year.

The Health Resources and Service Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program (HRSA) award made it possible to provide loans covering full tuition to 28 new fulltime and 28 part-time, and 79 returning Case Western Reserve University graduate nursing students.

Jaclene Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, who has directed the nursing school’s program since its inception in 2004, said the grant reflects the quality of nursing education program at Case Western Reserve.

The goal of the grant, which has a required educational component to teach for four years after graduation, is to increase the nation’s faculty in nursing on college campuses across the country.

The $3.16 million commitment is also the largest ever received by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing since the first round of funding in 2004. It is among the largest grants issued to academic institutions nationally for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program.

In that first funding year, the school was awarded $140,000. Since that time, HRSA loans have supported 71 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students, 147 doctors of nurse practice and 14 PhD students.

Nursing students, regardless of household income, can receive HRSA loans to help pay for full tuition for five years. Tuition varies by program. The funds are earmarked for tuition in graduate-level programs.

In return, students are required to take three courses (six credit hours) related to teaching, whether education courses are part of the curriculum, as in some MSN education tracts, or not.

After graduating, the students also agree to secure and maintain fulltime teaching positions for four years at accredited U.S. schools of nursing on college or university campuses that focuses on training nurses and nurse educators.

Zauszniewski said the hope is that these graduates will continue teaching after their obligation ends.

If students meet the requirement, HRSA forgives 85 percent of the loan. Students must repay the full amount borrowed at the prevailing interest rate if they do not meet the employment requirement. Borrowers have 10 years to repay the loan.  

The loan program provides a pipeline of nursing educators to help fill gaps in teaching faculty at universities created by an aging and retiring workforce, Zauszniewski said.

Zauszniewski works with Dedra Hanna-Adams, the nursing school’s director of financial aid, to monitor the use of the funds and communicate with students about the loan’s goals and obligations.

The lack of educators has caused some nursing schools to close because they can’t reach the required faculty-to-student ratio, which can vary from state to state, Zauszniewski said.

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October 06, 2014

An Old Discovery

I think this is an old discovery. I just found out that after 8 years leaving CWRU, I still can login to my Case blog and have a new entry in it.

Stay tune for more info..

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October 06, 2014

Colloquium: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

Destabilization Mechanisms of the Greenland Ice Sheet...And why it is Likely to Slowly Melt in Place Instead by Kristin Poinar (University or Washington)

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October 02, 2014

Scientists wield plant viruses against deadly human disease

Oct. 2, 2014

CLEVELAND—Case Western Reserve University researchers hope to take a healthy salad up a level by growing a vaccine for an aggressive form of breast cancer in leafy greens.

“In the long run, one could think about administering the vaccine either by eating the salad or making a pill from the plant tissue,” said Nicole Steinmetz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and leader of the project.

The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization is funding the research with a three-year, $450,000 grant.

Steinmetz also received a $144,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a separate project: developing a transporter to deliver clot-busting drugs to the site of blood clots before they trigger heart attacks or strokes.

In both projects, researchers will manipulate plant viruses the size of nanoparticles to deliver protection from these killer diseases—but in very different ways.

Aggressive cancer

About one in five cases of breast cancer are a form called HER2+ cancer. A mutation in the cancer cells causes an increase in production of the protein, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which, in turn, promotes uncontrolled cancer cell reproduction.

The cancer is treated with chemotherapy and an antibody called trastuzumab. But the treatment doesn’t work for all women, is costly and produces several unwanted side effects, including heart damage in some patients.

Steinmetz and colleagues propose to make a vaccine that would trick the body’s immune system into attacking the HER2 proteins, thereby providing protection.

“It’s complex to attack the disease,” Steinmetz said. “Humans generate HER2 so the protein doesn’t naturally trigger an immune response.”

Triggering immunity

The researchers plan to link HER2 epitopes, which are peptides they believe can elicit protective immunity against cancer, to potato virus X. Potato virus X is a non-toxic nanoparticle, but would be recognized as a foreign invader by the body.

Immune cells would steer the vaccine particles into the lymph system and spleen, which would produce antibodies to the virus and, more importantly, HER2 protein, thereby providing a long-lasting protective immunity to HER2+ cancer.

The scientists predict the vaccine would reduce the risk of cancer, its progression and recurrence, and metastasis.

The vaccine wouldn’t necessarily be for general consumption, but for women with a family history of HER2+ breast cancer and to protect those who have just undergone surgery to remove an HER2+ tumor against metastasis.

“Metastatic disease is what kills most patients,” Steinmetz said. “Before the doctor sees metastatic activity, this vaccine attacks.”

Steinmetz grows the potato X virus in tobacco plants and will begin growing it in leaf lettuces and other plants. She is working with Case Western Reserve School of Medicine’s Ruth Keri, professor of pharmacology; Alan Levine, professor of medicine, and Julian Kim, professor of surgery and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Seidman Cancer Center. They plan to develop and test the vaccine in preclinical studies.

While this work focuses on HER2+ breast cancer, the researchers believe that, if successful, the technology could be used also to treat other HER2+ cancers: ovarian, pancreatic and prostate.

Targeting trouble

In her second project, Steinmetz will use another of nature’s nanoparticles—the tobacco mosaic virus—to deliver clot-busters directly to clots that cause a heart attack or stroke.

Currently, doctors inject medicines to dissolve clots, but the drugs circulate throughout the body and carry the risk of causing life-threatening bleeding in the brain.

Steinmetz is working with Daniel Simon, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Jonathan Pokorski, assistant professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case School of Engineering; and Douglas E. Vaughan, MD, Irving S. Cutter Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; to reduce the risk of bleeding and the cost of treatment.

Clotting is a complicated and essential process to stem bleeding from injury. But blood vessel damage from atherosclerosis and other forms of heart disease can also trigger the process, leading to heart attack, stroke or death.

The researchers are focused at a point in the process when a protein, called fibrinogen, is converted to fibrin—a mesh that holds blood platelets and other materials that form the clot together.

They will coat the elongated tobacco virus with peptides that seek and bond with a forming clot. The virus-based nanocarrier, due to its shape, will skim blood vessel walls rather than speed by in the main flow of blood, and will carry factors that promote the body’s natural clot-dissolving process when it makes contact with the target.

By targeting clots, the rest of the body is not exposed to clot busters, thereby reducing both the amount of drug required and bleeding risk.

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October 02, 2014

Phone Chargers now Available for Loan!

In response to popular demand, Kelvin Smith Library now has phone chargers available for loan at the Service Center. The following chargers can be checked out for up to three hours of use within KSL:

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October 01, 2014

Congrats to KSL Science & Engineering Info Fiesta Winners!


Kelvin Smith Library organized a Science & Engineering Info Fiesta on September 24 to showcase many valuable resources. Publishers and vendors were available to answer questions, provide helpful tips, discuss new features and demonstrate their products.

The event was well attended with over 160 students taking part in the festivities. Beyond local library resources and services, twenty different products were on display, including ebook collections, article databases and citation management tools. 

Thanks to support from our sponsors (ACM, ACS Publications, IEEE, JSTOR, Knovel, ProQuest, Wiley), prize giveaways included a Kindle Paperwhite, a mophie battery case for iPhone 5&5s and various gift cards.

Thank you to all who participated and to our sponsors!

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September 30, 2014

Register Now for Fall CaseLearns Courses!

Registration is now open for Kelvin Smith Library's fall 2014 CaseLearns workshops. All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni can take these courses free of charge.

Some of this semester's courses include:

To view all course listings and descriptions, course schedule and to register, visit

All courses are taught at Kelvin Smith Library. For more information, email

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September 29, 2014

Tonight’s “Talking Foreign Policy” broadcast

News Release: Monday, September 29, 2014

In the next broadcast of the radio program Talking Foreign Policy, an expert panel will discuss how the extremist group known as the Islamic State quickly emerged as a threat to the United States.

The panelists will critique President Barack Obama’s response and offer thoughts on America’s strategy for defeating the militant group.
The broadcast is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. EDT on WCPN 90.3 FM in Cleveland, and online at The archived broadcast will be available a week later at

Talking Foreign Policy is an hour-long radio program produced by Case Western Reserve University in partnership with WCPN 90.3 ideastream. The program, airing quarterly, examines salient foreign policy issues from various viewpoints.

The host is Case Western Reserve School of Law Interim Dean Michael Scharf, who directs the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and is the Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Professor of Law.

Panelists on Monday’s program are: Sandy Hodgkinson, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense; Paul Williams, president of the Public International Law and Policy Group; Milena Sterio, associate dean of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law; and Shannon French, director of Case Western Reserve’s Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence.

In just a few months, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has taken over a third of the territory of Syria and Iraq. The militants have captured foreign nationals, broadcasting graphic videos of beheadings and other acts of barbarism. After initially stating the U.S. had no response strategy, Obama announced on Sept. 10 a “comprehensive plan” to degrade and destroy the Islamic State through targeted air strikes and by arming moderate local forces there.

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September 29, 2014

CWRU nursing school receives $2.06 million to study how cancer patients make end-of-life decisions

News Release: Monday, September 29, 2014

The choice to die at home surrounded by loved ones comes too late for some cancer patients. Why that happens and how to change the process so that more patients may die as they wish is the focus of new research the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University will pursue with a four-year, $2.06 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

The research project, “Mapping Complex Influences of Aggressiveness of End of Life Cancer Care,” will contribute to NINR’s ongoing research to better understand the decision-making process for end-of-life (EOL) choices.

Researchers from nursing and the school of medicine will examine how oncologists, patients, caregivers and oncology nurses interact and influence EOL decisions for advanced cancer patients. The goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and others involved in making those decisions by consensus.

Traditionally, the EOL conversation primarily takes place between the physician and patient. “It isn’t working,” said Sara Douglas, associate professor of nursing and the study’s lead investigator. “Missing are the caregivers and nurses, who also have a strong influence on what the patient does. This is a complex issue.”

Previous studies done by CWRU researchers have shown that families who discuss these sensitive issues and carried out the patient’s wishes suffer less regret or second-guessing after the loved one has died.

The researchers see two major gaps in prior studies: They mainly focused on just one perspective—either the doctor’s or patient’s—in the decision-making process. And they overlooked interaction between patients and physicians, and between caregivers and oncology nurses.

“We are going to collect information to describe a variety of phenomenon that we think relate in complex ways to decisions made at the end of life,” Douglas said.

Douglas—with co-investigators Barbara Daly, PhD, RN, the Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor in Oncology; Neal Meropol, MD, the Dr. Lester E. Coleman, Jr. Professor of Cancer Research and Therapeutics and chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the School of Medicine; and Christopher Burant, PhD, assistant professor at the nursing school—will recruit between 300 and 350 patients with stage 3 or 4 gastrointestinal, pancreatic or lung cancers and receiving care at the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and at University Hospital’s Chagrin Highlands Health Center.

The three cancers were chosen because of similar trajectories and treatment.

Every two months during the four-year study and during patient visits to the physician, researchers will ask the patient, doctor, nurse and caregiver about changes in—and attitudes towards—treatment, religious or cultural views and patient preferences.

By following how the four individuals react over time, researchers hope to fill gaps in what is now known about EOL decision-making.

Ideally, this conversation should start earlier, when families still have time to plan, Douglas said.

But what unfortunately happens for many patients is that aggressive treatments continue to a point where it leaves the patient and family with a financial and personal burden, she said. As a result, there may be little opportunity for the patient to benefit from care focused on quality of life over length of life—the type of care that hospice can provide at home.

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September 29, 2014

View Book Display Inspired by 2014 Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient, Dr. Denis Mukwege

In conjunction with the 2014 CWRU Inamori Center Ethics Prize events on October 1, 2014, Kelvin Smith Library is now featuring a display of books from our circulating collection that address many aspects of sexual violence against women in and out of war zones. These books, as well as information about the upcoming Inamori Prize Award to Dr. Denis Mukwege, are now available for viewing in the KSL Art Gallery.

Sexual violence against women is a global pandemic. One of it’s most horrific and vicious manifestations is the systematic rape, abuse and enslavement of women and girls by military combatants as a means to destroy communities and cultures. This weapon of war has a long and terrible history, spanning every region of the globe and every period of human history. It was a central component of the Rwandan and Bosnian genocide campaigns during the 1990s, and it continues to this day as a standard tactic among military and paramilitary organizations in Central Africa.

Dr. Mukwege is an international advocate for gender equality and women’s rights, frequently recognized for his commitment to ending sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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September 26, 2014

Campus activities 40 years ago - 9/27-9/30/1974

What was of interest 40 years ago on campus? The front page articles of The Observer (9/27/1974) discuss the Western Reserve College elections and the long awaited criminal trial of Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for the 5/4/1970 shootings at Kent State University.

Reporter Peter Lindstrom wrote, “In the past, the WRC elections have been met with the most undying student apathy. In one election, only eight students filed for positions, a record that put undue strain on student government. However, this year, to everyone’s shock, the original field of six candidates swelled to 60 in one week. In fact, in several dorms there are more than two candidates....”

The CWRU Film Society was presenting a Federico Fellini movie, Fellini’s Roma and Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June on Friday while Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was playing Saturday. Bob Thomas wrote, “...the many-times shown hit of 1969, returns again, giving us the ever-lovely and eye-twinkling duo of superstars Newman and Redford.”

The Spot was still located in Thwing. (It later moved to Leutner Commons.) Admission was free with entertainment funded by the Western Reserve Student Government. The Mather Gallery (which was also located in Thwing) presented, 50 Years of Eldred Theatre with performances and readings from 9/30 through 10/9.

The Cleveland Orchestra was presenting a special concert for students on 9/30 where conductor and musical director Lorin Maazel would informally discuss the music throughout the evening. The program was Mahler: 5th Symphony Death in Venice 3rd and 4th movements and Shostakovich: 10th Symphony 2nd and 3rd movements. All seats were $3.00. The Cleveland Museum of Art had recently acquired a Matthias Grunewald painting depicting St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Also in the music scene, it was reported that there was no more jazz on Cleveland AM radio. The radio station, WJW, had recently changed its format and dropped its all-night jazz show. Five rock and jazz albums were reviewed: Fleetwood Mac’s Heroes Are Hard to Find received a B rating from the reviewer, Herbie Hancock’s Thrust received a B+, Greenslade’s Spyglass Guest received an A-, Traffic received a C, and Suzi Quatro received a B-. There was no mention of our own WRUW in this issue.

On the sports front, the men’s soccer team and the football team were both preparing for contests against Bethany College. (CWRU ended up losing both games.) An announcement was made of a 10/1 meeting for those women interested in playing intercollegiate basketball.

There were feature articles on foreign medical schools as well as the Dow Chemical Company and Lubrizol Company connections to the university and several alumni, students, and trustees.

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September 08, 2014

Spangenberg Family Foundation commits $3 million to endow Intellectual Property Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

News Release: Monday, September 8, 2014

CLEVELAND—The Spangenberg Family Foundation, a Dallas-based philanthropic organization established by the family of Case Western Reserve University School of Law alum Erich Spangenberg, has committed $3 million to endow the university’s Intellectual Property (IP) Center.

The newly endowed Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts will allow more opportunities for students to gain interdisciplinary, practical experience in the rapidly growing field of IP law. The pledge also provides faculty members and visiting fellows more resources to participate in important IP research.

“This commitment serves as a turning point and expands what our center can do,” said Professor Craig A. Nard, noted IP law scholar and the center’s director. “The Spangenberg family’s generosity not only impacts the lives of our students and supports our educational program, but allows us to counsel more entrepreneurs to help get their new ideas and products to the market.”

The hallmark of the IP Center is Fusion, a program in which JD, MBA and PhD science students collaborate to explore a new technology, build a business strategy around it and provide the legal assistance—including IP protection—to commercialize the venture.

Fusion students then transition into the school’s new IP Venture Clinic, where they handle real cases and represent startup ventures, mostly in Northeast Ohio. The multi-million dollar commitment, among the largest the law school has ever received, will allow the clinic to expand its reach outside the region.

“It’s about training students to represent the creator, innovator and artist,” Nard said. “It’s an interdisciplinary endeavor, including not only business and legal principles, but artistic design. How do you construct a start-up company to position it for funding? What should go into that venture? These are complex issues that our students are addressing.”

The Spangenberg Family Foundation, founded in 2008 by Spangenberg, his wife Audrey and their son Christian, has long been a benefactor of the Case Western Reserve law school.

Erich Spangenberg, a 1985 CWRU law school graduate, is founder and chairman of Dallas-based IP Navigation Group. Previously, he was a law partner at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue; senior vice president of investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; and president of both SmarTalk Teleservices and Acclaim Ventures Group.

“With the Fusion program, Case Western Reserve law school brings an interdisciplinary approach to teaching IP law,” Erich Spangenberg said. “This is something you don’t see often in law schools, and one of the many reasons why we wanted to support the center’s mission. Under Craig Nard’s leadership, the center’s programs and curriculum reflect what today’s IP lawyers need: a deep understanding of the diverse array of legal and business tools to move forward with the commercialization and monetization on an intellectual asset.”

The Spangenbergs’ pledge also provides funding to expand externships and other experiential opportunities for students. For example, the school’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Research Lab, which kicked off last spring, runs like an experimental think tank and is aimed at generating team-based research projects. Based in Geneva, WIPO is the pre-eminent international institution responsible for developing, managing and coordinating international intellectual property. The lab explores cutting-edge issues between research and policy in international intellectual property at WIPO.

The commitment also enables the center to launch a conference series. The center will partner with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society on a national conference in November 2014, based on a book, Creativity Without Law: How Communities and Markets Challenge the Assumptions of Intellectual Property, forthcoming in NYU Press and edited by CWRU law school’s Aaron Perzanowski and the Berkman Center’s Kate Darling.

“The impact of the Spangenbergs’ generosity knows no bounds,” the law school’s Interim Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf said. “We can’t thank them enough for their support, which is paramount to our law school’s mission of moving forward as a national leader in intellectual property law.”

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September 26, 2014

Law students gain hands-on legal experience working with Juvenile Safe Surrender clients

News Release: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Kathryn Geisinger, a third-year law student at Case Western Reserve University, wasn’t quite sure how busy her Monday morning would be. But within the first three hours of the first-ever Juvenile Safe Surrender program in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, there she was, working with defendants in five criminal cases before a magistrate.

Geisinger was one of eight students from the School of Law’s Criminal Justice Clinic getting real hands-on experience working the Safe Surrender Program, which continues through Thursday at the Juvenile Justice Center at 9300 Quincy Ave. on Cleveland’s East Side.

Two other law students were gaining experience Monday as prosecutors in the South Euclid Municipal Court.

Professors Judith Lipton and Carmen Naso, who lead the law school’s Criminal Justice Clinic, helped guide students through the juvenile court process. All 10 third-year clinic students are certified legal interns, which allows them to do pro bono (for the public good without charge) legal work for clients as law faculty provide supervision and guidance.

Later, first-year law students arrived to help with Juvenile Safe Surrender as part of the law school’s new curriculum that puts a greater emphasis on introducing experiential learning as soon as possible. The first-year students worked intake or information desks or shadowed the clinical third-year students.

It was an important opportunity this week for the law students to get experience in a Juvenile Court setting, Lipton and Naso said.

Other Case Western Reserve students working the Safe Surrender Program were from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dan Flannery, director of the school’s Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, was present for research purposes, along with several doctoral students and research staff from the Begun Center. Some of the school’s graduate students became involved with Juvenile Safe Surrender as part of their field experience.

Modeled after the successful adult Fugitive Safe Surrender program, Juvenile Safe Surrender allows people who were issued a criminal warrant as juveniles (under age 18) a chance to make their lives right again. They get instant legal representation and a court appearance—and law students get to experience interaction with real clients.

“I’ve been shadowing a public defender, a [CWRU] grad from last year,” Geisinger said.

Geisinger experienced negotiations between a public defender, prosecutor and magistrate as they decided outcomes for each case. She was there as they called each defendant for a short hearing.

“At one of the hearings, the juvenile hadn’t turned himself in because he was worried he would have to then have a drug test or get thrown in jail,” Geisinger said. “The magistrate was very understanding. The defendant found out he didn’t have to be scared.

“The magistrates tended to be very lenient, because they are just happy that these people came in to take responsibility for their actions,” she said. “I think that process will build a sense of trust for future for these people who have had warrants out on them.”

Geisinger assisted Sarah Gatti, a post-graduate fellow at the Cuyahoga County Public defender’s office. Gatti graduated from Case Western Reserve Law School last spring.

“Juvenile Safe Surrender provides a very different view of the practice law,” Gatti said. “You would not get that just from simply learning the law in the classroom or by reading about cases or going over statutes. You get to see the different styles of the magistrates and the way people respond in a courtroom setting. For a law student, these are the skills you need. Managing the human element is very important.”

CWRU law student Ron Lemieux became part of a plea negotiation for a female adult with a juvenile warrant. “This was a very safe way for her to finally take care of a warrant,” he said.

“This is an outgrowth of the adult Fugitive Safe Surrender program that we have run in over 30 cities around the country since 2005,” said Flannery, who helped create Fugitive Safe Surrender. “So we thought it would be appropriate to try a Juvenile Safe Surrender, because of the outstanding felony warrants in particular. In this county, there are just over 900 juveniles with outstanding felony warrants and over 5,000 adults that still have outstanding juvenile felony warrants.”

There are benefits for those who voluntarily turn themselves in.

“Typically, those who surrender tell us they are taking advantage of an opportunity for favorable consideration, to get their cases taken care of,” Flannery said. “If they are older, they may do it because they want to go back to school or get a legitimate job or get a driver’s license back. You can’t do any of those things with an open warrant. It’s also true that if you have a felony warrant and you get stopped on the street or for a traffic violation, you’re going to go to jail.”

The program is not about amnesty. The goal is to help young people face a criminal warrant and let the criminal justice system get them support services they may need. Flannery said important research was also going on, too.

“We are responsible for gathering the information on who comes through the front door and have them complete a survey the county can use,” he said. “The survey information is gathered anonymously about who they are and why they are here.”

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September 17, 2014

Visiting Scholars and ILL Services

Just a few words on how Visiting Scholars may access interlibrary loan services through the KSL ILLiad system...

Visiting Scholars who have been invited by one of the academic departments of the Case School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences or the Weatherhead School of Management are also accorded borrowing privileges at the Kelvin Smith Library. In addition, we offer them the same regular interlibrary loan privileges provided to staff members, graduate students and undergraduates of those colleges -- however, this does not include the extended courtesy services also granted to permanent faculty.

In order to allow for regular library borrowing privileges, a representative of your sponsoring academic department must submit information to the Kelvin Smith Library Access & Delivery staff at the following address: Once a viable circulation record has been created in our library patron database, you then become eligible for regular interlibrary loan privileges during the period of your appointed term.

Once you have your library privileges established through KSL, you may then go to our ILLiad site to set up your ILL account, at: Click on the 'First Time Users' link to register -- after you view our terms of service, you will be led to the 'New User Registration for ILLiad' form. Here you will be prompted to enter all your personal information as required for interlibrary loan services. You will be asked to supply your 'CASE Account Number', which should have been assigned in your circulation account, when you received your regular library privileges; you may look it up at the following link: When asked to supply your status, please select 'Staff', as we do not currently have a special option for Visiting Scholars. For your department, please select the appropriate academic department from among those options available in the 'Department or Major' list.

We hope this will clear up any uncertainty regarding Visiting Scholar library privileges. If you have any further questions about the interlibrary loan services available to you, do not hesitate to contact us at (216) 368-3463 or (216) 368-3517, or at

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September 16, 2014

E-Book for August issue online

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September 16, 2014

E-Book for August issue online

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