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May 25, 2016

Cleveland researchers developing GPS for rectal cancer surgery

Risk score would determine who would benefit from chemoradiation alone




News Release: May 25, 2016

CLEVELAND—Researchers estimate that up to 10,000 rectal cancer patients undergo unnecessary surgery, and more than 25,000 suffer from pelvic sepsis, wound infection and permanent impairments from aggressive surgery in the United States annually.

That’s because it’s difficult to reliably tell which patients treated with chemotherapy and radiation still need surgery. Another challenge is surgeons lack strong guidance on just how much tissue beyond the cancerous tumor they should remove.

A researcher at Case Western Reserve University aims to provide answers to both uncertainties by analyzing features found in magnetic resonance images regularly taken before surgery and pathological specimens removed during surgery.

The features are too small to be seen by the human eye, but can be measured with computers. When associated with the known outcomes of past patients, the features may be used to make risk assessments and surgical maps for new patients.

“Because we have access to the images and the pathology, we can create accurate maps of residual disease,” said Satish Viswanath, research assistant professor in biomedical engineering and member of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD) at Case Western Reserve. “These analytics can be used as a guide for the surgical margins—a GPS for surgeons.”

Viswanath has received a $569,000, three-year grant from the Department of Defense to fund the project.

While obviously not limited to those who serve in the military, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among veterans and active duty military personnel.

Although studies show less invasive laparoscopic surgery yields more benefit, more than 90 percent undergo radical surgery due largely to the lack of reliable guidance. Still, 5 percent to 10 percent suffer local recurrence, a significant cause of death among older veterans.

By mining the images and data, Viswanath and co-investigators aim to learn which features, such as textures associated with lesions or fibrosis, are associated with residual disease.

The researchers will co-register, or align and fuse, the post-chemoradiation MR images with post-surgery pathology images. They will then try to determine which features on MRI are associated with patients’ outcomes—whether the cancer returned, they suffered incontinence or other impairments, or they beat the disease with little collateral damage with or without surgery.

Researchers will develop a risk-assessment scoring system based on those associations. The score will help doctors determine which patients need surgery after chemotherapy and radiation treatments and which don’t.

For those who need surgery, the associations will be used to define the boundaries. The goal is to remove enough tissue to prevent recurrence of cancer, but no more. Researchers believe that will reduce metastasis and also the number of impairments caused by overly aggressive surgery.

Co-investigators on this project include: Joseph Willis, professor of pathology; Raj Paspulati, associate professor of radiology; Conor Delaney, professor of surgery (Cleveland Clinic); Pingfu Fu, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics; and Sanford Markowitz, professor of hematology and oncology and colon cancer researcher, from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Anant Madabhushi, professor of biomedical engineering at Case School of Engineering and Director of the CCIPD; and Eric Marderstein, surgeon, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Pablo Ros, chairman of radiology at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, will serve as a consultant.

The researchers will use post-chemoradiation images and pathology specimens from University Hospitals Case Medical Center to develop the surgical GPS and risk scores. They will validate the tools using images and pathology outcomes and assessments from the Stokes Cleveland VA.


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May 25, 2016

Same book, different culture, new meaning


News Release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

In the 1960’s, when matchmakers paired writers with receptive readers overseas, so-called “World Literature” was born

The spark for William Marling’s new book—Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s—came 20-odd years ago, while lecturing on the hard-boiled detective story as a Fulbright professor at the University of Vienna. A student stood up and asked why he wasn’t teaching Charles Bukowski.

How a student living in the shadow of Eastern Europe during the Cold War read (and found resonance in) the works of a Southern California beatnik fascinated Marling, who set out to understand how literature crosses not only language, but cultures

“When an author’s work makes sense to a new audience in a new context, it gains meaning—and becomes ‘World Literature,’ ” said Marling, professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. “For readers, it’s often about imagining a world that’s better or more interesting than their own.”

This cross-cultural matchmaking with works of literature is no accident; the agency of individuals whom Marling dubs “gatekeepers”—translators, literary scouts, friends, entrepreneurs, promoters—began opening doors for writers to find literary success in unlikely places starting the 1960’s.

Gatekeepers focuses on such four internationally known authors (including Bukowski). Marling traveled the world to study their unpublished letters and manuscripts in multiple languages, including those of Paul Auster, an American writer with a significant French following; Marling spotted an Auster novel for sale at a grocery check out aisle in the 1990’s and wondered: How did this get here?

“Books require a tighter cultural fit than movies or music, and literary gatekeepers have needed a subtle understanding of different cultures to produce these matches,” said Marling. “Exposing writers to overseas audiences used to be the domain of pretty rarified specialists, who would master languages, translate and compare works. Very few people have these skills anymore.”

Book reviewers are among the most influential gatekeepers of all, writes Marling, who ends his new book with a criticism of Michiko Kakutani, the lead literary critic at The New York Times. Through a statistical analysis of the books Kakutani reviewed in a five-year period, Marling shows she has promoted a rather limited scope of “World Literature.”

“She writes about mostly people with foreign names who came to the United States and are native speakers of English,” said Marling. “My book tries to expand our understanding of World Literature and the fascinating individuals who helped create it.”

By highlighting the shift in how literature finds audiences, Marling hopes to contribute to a growing theory in his field stressing the role of behind-the-scenes players in determining what people are reading when—and where. In the process, Marling calls on theories across the academic spectrum, including prospect theory and agent-oriented economic theory.

In fact, the combination of literature and economics in Gatekeepers is reflective of Marling’s unique background and a mingling of intellectual interests.

English professor with a business bent

Raised in a family of small business owners, Marling has “always had a more heightened economic awareness than most English majors,” he said, a facet that made him a natural for writing stories about businesses while traveling the country as a reporter for the magazines Fortune and Money.

After leaving journalism, Marling wrote a number of books about esteemed writers, such as 1982’s William Carlos Williams and the Painters, Dashiell Hammett (the first-ever scholarly study on the author), and Raymond Chandler—as well as the genre-focused The American Roman Noir and a study of the impacts of American culture and technology culture on societies overseas, How ‘American’ is Globalization? in 2006 (paperback, 2008).

As for Marling’s gatekeeper? That would be his wife, Raili Marling, he said, who is a gender studies/ American studies scholar and chair of the English department at the University of Tartu in Estonia:

“She helps point me in the right direction, toward the right people,” he said. “Good gatekeepers are hard to find.”



























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May 16, 2016

Blowing cancer away one note at a time


News Release: Monday, May 16, 2016

When Ryan Anthony first felt sharp pains in ribs blowing into his trumpet, he never imagined he’d be diagnosed with multiple myeloma—a cancer of the cells formed in his bone marrow—and given 2 to 3 years to live.

Anthony was just 43, with an extremely rare and incurable disease that tends to afflict the elderly.

Hailed as one of the top trumpeters in the world, Anthony never stopped playing. In fact, the day after his diagnoses, he performed the Star-Spangled Banner with the Dallas Symphony to open the annual NFL Thanksgiving Day game in front of 100,000-plus spectators in Dallas and tens of millions watching on television.

After undergoing a stem-cell transplant, Anthony has been in remission for three years and continues to receive maintenance treatments.

Even now, Anthony—a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM)—continues to play trumpet and raise money for cancer research. On May 20, he returns to Severance Hall (where he first soloed with the Cleveland Orchestra at just 17 years old) to perform a concert dubbed “CancerBlows.” Tickets are available online.

“When you look at a piece of music, it’s black and white: There’s nothing there other than notes and rhythms, and it’s up to the performer to find the soul of the music,” said Gary Ciepluch, director of bands and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, and a teacher of Anthony’s.

“Ryan finds the spirit of music better than anyone I’ve ever heard, and he has a radiant personality on stage that’s second to none,” continued Ciepluch, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Music Educator award by the Ohio Music Education Association.

CancerBlows comes at the end of a week that will see Anthony working and playing with local high school musicians, including the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony (CYWS).

“Students will have a whole new idea of what it means to be musicians at the highest level,” said Ciepluch, who founded and directs CYWS. “This concert will be a life changing experience. They’ll never be on stage with someone like Ryan again.”

For his part, Anthony skipped his own high school graduation to solo at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.—after receiving a Presidential Scholar medallion from President Ronald Reagan at the White House.

“All the teachers were after him,” said Ciepluch. “He’s like the LeBron James of trumpet.”

The opportunity to study with Bernard Adelstein, former principal trumpeter in the Cleveland Orchestra, helped CIM land Anthony and he continued with David Zauder, former second trumpet, and Michael Sachs, current principal.

“Ryan was the first student I heard in 1988 my first day on the job, a Monday morning,” said Ciepluch. “I literally said, ‘I am in the wrong place.’ He was a sophomore. I never heard anyone play any instrument at that level in my whole life.’”

Since graduating, Anthony performed for several years with the Canadian Brass and remains the principal trumpet in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will serve as the world premiere of a work—“Renaissance of Wonder” and local premiere of “Song of Hope” by composer Peter Meechan—based on the last three years of Anthony’s life with cancer

“It will communicate the struggles and triumphs in life that only music can fully convey,” said Ciepluch. “It’s going to be a love fest for Ryan. At the end of the concert, we should really provide tissues.”

Concert details

“CancerBlows: Ryan Anthony and Friends” is Friday, May 20, 2016, at Severance Hall. Tickets are $25-$75, with a free after party.

Proceeds will benefit The Ryan Anthony Foundation, which formed for the first CancerBlows concert, which featured trumpeters Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval and twenty other notable brass players.

The concert is presented by the Department of Music of Case Western Reserve.


























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May 24, 2016

Namesakes - Morley Chemical Laboratory and Edward W. Morley

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Edward Williams Morley

A small building on campus, surrounded by Rockefeller Physics and Strosacker Auditorium, Eldred Hall, and Millis Science Center is the Morley Chemical Laboratory.

The building honored former faculty member Edward Williams Morley, renowned scientist, internationally known for his accurate determination of the atomic weights of hydrogen and oxygen. He also worked with Albert A. Michelson on the 1887 ether drift experiment now known as the Michelson Morley Experiment.

Edward Williams Morley was born 1/29/1838 in Newark, New Jersey. The family moved when he was a small child to Hartford, Connecticut. At age 19 Morley entered Williams College and received the A.B. in 1860 and the M.A. in 1863. He attended Andover Theological Seminary, 1861-1864 becoming an ordained minister. He served in the Sanitary Commission 1864-1865. Morley continued his studies for a year and then taught at the South Berkshire Institute 1866-1868. He was offered a ministry in Twinsburg, Ohio and was appointed to the Western Reserve College faculty in 1868. He and his wife Isabella Birdsall Morley arrived in Hudson 1/1/1869, and were met at the station by Professor Carroll Cutler, who later became president of the College. Morley served as Hurlbut Professor of Natural History and Chemistry at WRC (later Western Reserve University),1869-1906, as well as Professor of Chemistry and Toxicology (1873-1881) and Professor of Chemistry (1881-1889) in the Medical Department (now the School of Medicine). He was Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, 1906-1923.

In his early years at WRC, Morley taught a range of scientific subjects including botany, geology, mineralogy, zoology, mathematics, astronomy as well as chemistry. He offered practical instruction in the use of a microscope and field work. This was in an era when all students were taught the classical curriculum.

Professor Morley was one of the professors who made the move with the College from Hudson to Cleveland in 1882. He recounted the details of the move in letters to his parents. Transcripts of these letters were made available on the Archives blog, Recollections, in 2012.

Edward Morley retired from WRU in 1906 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he died 2/24/1923. The Morley Chemical Laboratory was constructed after his retirement. It was used by the Chemistry and Geology Departments upon its opening. It was in continuous use by academic departments through the 1999-2000 academic year. Several plans have been made over the last 20 years, including renovating it as well as razing it and constructing a courtyard in its place. The final fate of the building has not yet been communicated to the university community.

Professor Morley had a long and distinguished career in science. Some of the many honors he received were the Sir Humphrey Davy medal of the Royal Society, the Elliot Cresson medal of the Franklin Institute, and the Willard Gibbs medal of the Chicago section of the American Chemical Society. He received honorary degrees from Williams College, Western Reserve University, Lafayette College, University of Pittsburgh, Wooster College, and Yale. He served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. He was a member of professional societies such as the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America among others. Morley served as honorary president of the Eighth International Congress of Applied Chemistry.

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Morley's laboratory in Adelbert Hall

In 1995 the American Chemical Society designated Morley’s work on the atomic weight of oxygen a National Historic Chemical Landmark. A special program was held on campus and a new plaque was unveiled commemorating Morley’s work. This plaque hangs in the basement of Adelbert Hall, near the site of Morley’s laboratory.

Edward Morley's papers are held at the Library of Congress. Copies of the correspondence along with research notes and reprints are held in the University Archives.

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May 24, 2016

Case Western Reserve University’s landmark polymer science program launches dual-PhD with students from Brazil




News Release: Tuesday, May 24, 2016



CLEVELAND—The polymer science and engineering program at Case Western Reserve University, already historic as the first of its kind in the country when launched 53 years ago, has reached another milestone: the start of an innovative PhD dual-degree with four leading Brazilian universities.

The collaboration, funded by the Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the Brazilian equivalent of the National Science Foundation, will eventually support 80 PhD students in polymer science and engineering. Each will devote the first and fourth years at their home institutions in Brazil, and the second and third years in residence at Case Western Reserve.

The first group of 12 Brazilian PhD students began the Case School of Engineering program this month, marking a milestone five years in the making as part of the university’s agreement with CAPES, part of Brazil’s Ministry of Education.

Associate Professor João Maia, in Case Western Reserve’s Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, helped arrange the program through meetings in Brazil that began in 2011, leading to an agreement signed in 2014.

The Brazil program is expected to push Case Western Reserve’s PhD enrollment in polymers research to more than 100 students this fall, and to as many as 160 by fall 2019.

“For the Brazilians, they gain international ties to a university in the United States with very strong programs,’’ Maia said.

Through the same international collaboration, Case Western Reserve’s biomedical engineering program will soon also welcome students from Brazil, he said.

The agreement was finalized with support from David A. Schiraldi, the Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry and chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case School of Engineering, and Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler.

“To welcome the first Brazilian PhD students after five years of planning is a true reflection of the dedication and effort of everyone involved, both at CWRU and in Brazil,” Fleshler said. “I commend everyone for their support of this exciting program, and I look forward to increasing our educational initiatives in Brazil.”

Arranging the program required considerable coordination because of the distance and contrasting academic seasons. The students will have U.S. and Brazilian co-advisers for their research and receive PhD degrees from both Case Western Reserve and their home universities.

“This program represents a major investment by the Brazilian government in polymer PhD students, supporting the growth of this industry in their country,” Schiraldi said.

Macromolecular science is the study of the synthesis, structure, processing, properties and use of polymers—giant molecules that serve as the basis of synthetic materials including plastics, fibers, rubber, films, paints, membranes and adhesives.

“The advances in computation power have completely changed the paradigm in how we work and what kind of information we can extract,” Maia said. ”It’s a very exciting time for the field. We are getting a really good understanding about how polymers behave, from the macroscopic to the nano scale. That’s a huge thing for us.”

The school of engineering’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department was founded in 1963 as the first for education and research in polymers nationally, and remains among the top-ranked in the world.

“The Brazilian government and the participating universities have chosen to partner with an internationally recognized, strong and comprehensive university,” Schiraldi said.


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May 23, 2016

CWRU leads effort to replace prostheses with engineered cartilage 5-year, $6.7 million federal grant for new Center for Multimodal Evaluation of Engineered Cartilage; aims to make cartilage knee implants from patients’ cells


News Release: Monday, May 23, 2016


CLEVELAND—Case Western Reserve University will open a new center designed to develop evaluation technology and set standards for testing and improving engineered cartilage that could one day replace a variety of prosthetic devices.

Biology Professor Arnold Caplan and colleagues have received a 5-year, $6.7 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to open and direct the Center for Multimodal Evaluation of Engineered Cartilage.

“The grant supports a research center developing state-of-the-art technology to be used by experimentalists from all over the world,” Caplan said.

Researchers from across the United States and as far as Europe and Asia who have committed to both contribute to and use the center will meet at Case Western Reserve Monday, May 23. They will review current technologies and discuss areas to improve. Their first target is knee cartilage.

“Your long-term goals for the center are both remarkable and far-reaching,” President Barbara R. Snyder told the scientists gathered Monday morning. “… We are proud to host this center and are grateful to Professor Caplan for his leadership in its development.”

Engineered cartilage can be made with a patient’s own adult stem cells, cartilage cells taken from a patient’s knee or, as researchers in Switzerland recently showed, by growing and manipulating cells removed from the nasal septum and implanted in cartilage defects in the knee.

“But no one has been successful yet in providing a hunk of cartilage that can be implanted in someone’s knee or hip, integrate into the joint and function,” Caplan said. “Our objective is to non-destructively interrogate cartilage that’s forming and being put together outside the body to determine when it’s of sufficient quality to put inside the body.”

The long-term goal is to make engineered cartilage a viable option for patients who suffer cartilage damage or loss in the knee, shoulder and other joints, and apply what’s learned to engineer other tissues. But for that to happen, the variability caused by using human cells in the process and the unpredictable quality that results must be strictly controlled.

The process of making and comprehensively assessing engineered cartilage is complex. Experts from a breadth of fields, including molecular and cell biology; biomedical, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering; advanced imaging and computer modeling are involved in the new center.

The center will serve as a resource where academic and industrial labs may access information and receive assistance in planning and methods, and use specialized facilities. It will also disseminate its findings and provide training. To ensure the work is shared with a similar center housed at Tufts University, its director, David Kaplan, also chairs the advisory committee of the center based at Case Western Reserve.

To develop and employ non-destructive/non-invasive tools to continuously monitor and assess implantable cartilage through each step of the engineering process and the final product itself, center members will:

1. Develop imaging methods, focusing on microRNA that regulates and maintains cell differentiation, to track the state of the cartilage tissue through the process.

2. Use modified cells as probes, develop methods to analyze cell differentiation, and develop tools to predict the extracellular matrix composition—which influences cell differentiation and cartilage properties—based on matrix remodeling during tissue growth.

3. Develop technologies to evaluate the biochemical environment, which plays a major role in the successful or unsuccessful conversion of stem cells into cartilage and reproduction and growth of cartilage cells.

4. Develop technologies to evaluate the mechanical properties of engineered cartilage, to determine whether the tissue can withstand the pressures and maintain a surface that enables bone to slide smoothly within a joint.

Joining Caplan as principals at the center are: Jean Welter, Diego Correa and Rodrigo Somoza from the Department of Biology; Harihara Baskaran and Joseph Mansour from Case School of Engineering; and Alex Huang, Ahmad Khalil, Zhenghong Lee and Mark Schluchter from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Collaborators include researchers from: Case Western Reserve; University of California, Davis; Baylor College of Medicine; Johns Hopkins University; Washington University; Columbia University; Rice University; University of Southern California; Georgia Tech and Emory universities and University of Pittsburgh. Others are hospitals and universities in the Republic of Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Taiwan.

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About Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.






























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May 20, 2016

Ohio Innocence Project case continues to provide valuable experience for CWRU law students

Successes in trial and appeal are resulting in more innocence cases for CWRU Law’s Kramer Clinic




News Release: Friday, May 20, 2016



Now that a faculty member and students at Case Western Reserve University School of Law have had success in a high-profile innocence case, they are getting involved with more.


New law school graduate Sarah Stula said being close to a wrongful conviction reversal in a murder case was “inspiring.” She was with Carmen Naso, senior instructor of law, when both learned that a three-judge panel in the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cleveland ruled unanimously earlier this month in favor of three Cleveland-area men who are free on bond and due a new trial.


“The 3-0 decision is important because all of the appeals judges agreed Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson were denied a fair trial, and it is reasonable to conclude that new evidence will produce a different result,” Naso said. He and several Case Western Reserve law students over four semesters assisted in the cases of Wheatt and Glover.


A key eyewitness recanted testimony, and lawyers for the three men argued that information from police reports cast doubt on the defendants’ guilt at their 1995 trial in Cuyahoga County but was not disclosed to the defense. The case was made primarily through the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), which operates out of the University of Cincinnati’s Rosenthal Institute for Justice in the College of Law.

The OIP partnered with Naso, who provides experiential education to Case Western Reserve law students in the Criminal Justice Clinic of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. His students can expect to remain involved in this case, helping with legal briefs and other preparation, whether the case returns to trial court or is appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.


The case is also significant, Naso said, because it shows how law students can impact the reversal of a wrongful conviction. And more such cases are expected in collaboration with the OIP or through the recently formed Northeast Ohio Board of Advocates, a group of lawyers in the region and law faculty at Case Western Reserve interested in innocence cases. He said one case from the OIP and two from the board of advocates are in the early stages at the Kramer Clinic.


Stula, who soon will clerk for a Kansas Supreme Court justice for two years, said she and four other students were nervous about how the three-judge appellate panel would rule on an argument that exculpatory evidence (favorable to the defendant in a criminal trial) was not provided at the trial of the defendants.

The students took on the role of appeal judges and helped “moot” the case for the case attorneys on the first day of CWRU Law’s recent semester, the day before the real appeal arguments. The appeal decision occurred on the final day of the semester, allowing them to experience the result of their work.


“Those kinds of cases are hard to win. This is exactly what we wanted, and all three judges agreed,” Stula said. “So we’ll see what happens from here. I’ll definitely follow this case after graduation. It’s exciting and I really hope the best for them. These men were imprisoned for about two decades wrongfully. I really hope they can stay free. “



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May 20, 2016

Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Museum of Art Announce Innovative Landscape Project: The Nord Family Greenway


News Release: Friday, May 20, 2016


CLEVELAND, May 20, 2016—Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art today announced an innovative urban landscape project that will connect the western edge of the university’s main campus to its West Campus parcel, home of The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

Stretching from the Tinkham Veale University Center through to East 101st Street, the Nord Family Greenway will include an event lawn, an amphitheater with sloped grass steps, a paved walkway and a cantilevered bridge and overlook of Doan Brook. Designed by Sasaki Associates, the 430,000-square-foot commons exemplifies the ideals of connection and community central to Case Western Reserve’s 2015 master plan.

“This open civic space builds upon the extraordinary vision of those responsible for some of Cleveland’s most striking physical landmarks,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We are immensely grateful to the museum for its partnership, and to our donors for their support in helping us to realize a truly inspiring vision.”
Among the project's individual supporters are an Alumnae Trustee who launched the fundraising for the project with a $3 million gift. The Trustee, who prefers to remain anonymous, was attracted by a beautiful green gathering space that would serve both as a connector for the university’s campus and for the community with its museums.

In addition, longtime supporters of the university, the Eric and Jane Nord Family, provided the lead naming gift for the project. The family previously provided major gifts to programs in engineering and the humanities, as well as buildings that house the disciplines. This commitment marks the Nord family’s first philanthropic engagement in an outdoor landscape project.

Cleveland Museum of Art Director and President William M. Griswold said the project will beautifully complement the Fine Arts Garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscaping firm, which features both Wade Lagoon and the “Fountain of Waters” created by artist Chester Beach.

“Launching this project as the museum celebrates its 100th anniversary provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon our founders’ commitment to the City of Cleveland,” Griswold said. “As we usher in our second century, we eagerly anticipate the opening of a grand public space, heralding a bright future characterized by collaboration and a profound commitment to the diverse community that both we and our colleagues at the university serve.”

To date, the university has raised $15 million for the project. This amount will allow construction to begin, but donors still are being sought to contribute to an endowment to assure its upkeep and to support needed enhancements over time.

The connector’s roots date back to 2010, when Case Western Reserve first announced the proposed performing arts project with lead donors Milton and Tamar Maltz. At the time, no direct path led from the university’s main campus to the Temple, and even indirect ones involved crossing multiple busy streets. As a result, talk quickly turned to construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. One proposal featured a lean, winding structure to connect the main and West campuses.

Optimizing the connection between the campus and adjacent neighborhoods has been the focus of the Cleveland Foundation’s long-time support of this project, including sponsoring a competition among leading architectural firms to design the space with community integration top of mind. Today the foundation announced an additional $1 million grant to support the greenway project and a neighborhood engagement strategy.

“This project embodies the core mission of our broader Greater University Circle Initiative to better connect residents to the economic and cultural resources of University Circle,” said Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard. “By reimagining one of Cleveland’s most beloved assets, Rockefeller Park, in such a creative, thoughtful way, this project will redefine
placemaking in this neighborhood and help build a stronger sense of community for generations to come.”

While other participants presented a range of impressive designs for bridges, Sasaki instead offered its bold greenway concept instead. Not only would the open space provide additional natural beauty to the area, Sasaki’s representatives explained, but it also would be less expensive to create and maintain—even as it served many more functions than an elevated walkway ever could.

"We challenged ourselves to establish a bold, yet responsible vision of a clear and continuous landscape structure—framing the site's significant architectural achievements and rehabilitating the historic landscape,” the firm said in a prepared statement. “We also set out to weave these broader ambitions with accessible and intuitive pedestrian circulation, new transitional gardens, and flexible civic-scale spaces that welcome a range of community activities."

The Boston-based firm drew on examples ranging from the iconic Lawn at the University of Virginia (UVA) to the historic Killian Court at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Each is home to annual commencement exercises as well as a range of less-formal activities. In 2014, the American Planning Association named the green at the heart of UVA’s Academical Village one of the nation’s 10 Great Public Spaces.

Pending city approvals in the coming weeks, construction will begin this fall, even as the university continues to seek commitments to support ongoing maintenance and improvements for the space, which is roughly equal in length to six professional football fields—including end zones.

The Nord Family Greenway is expected to welcome both official events and spontaneous gatherings, yet also offers even greater potential. As Sasaki noted in its early proposals, this space can connect the university’s main and west campus, the museum and the campus, University Circle and the Hough neighborhood, and the campus and Greater Cleveland.

Since Case Western Reserve selected Sasaki, university and museum officials have worked closely with multiple agencies and organizations to assess the project’s feasibility—in particular with regard to roadways and watersheds. The city of Cleveland, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Doan Brook Watershed Partners all have provided invaluable insight and support. LAND Studio, Holden Parks Trust, Cleveland Metroparks, the Fine Arts Garden Commission and University Circle Inc. also have engaged productively with the project.

“Even the planning and preparation for this project has drawn people together,” President Snyder said. “The ongoing dialogues have been enormously generative and exciting, and we cannot wait to see how these conversations evolve and expand in the coming months.”

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education and recently completed an ambitious, multiphase renovation and expansion project across its campus. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. In 2014, the museum was awarded a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the nation’s most-utilized independent evaluator of charities and nonprofits. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.






























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May 19, 2016

Renewals -- Another Look

Though it's been commented on tangentially upon several occasions throughout this blog, the last time the topic of ILL renewals was specifically and exclusively covered in earnest was September 25, 2008. So, it's about time to re-visit the subject of renewing your ILLiad loans with a quick primer, covering some basic points....

First things, first -- you cannot "renew" an ILLiad loaned item, per se. Indeed, you can only "request" a renewal. It is then up to the lender library to decide whether or not they will grant an extension, and if so, for how long. As such, ILL renewals will not take place in "real time", and there will always be more or less of a delay in the response to your request. This is a distinguishing feature of loans with ILLiad, in contrast with the case of direct checkouts of KSL and OhioLINK items.

Next -- is your loan actually eligible for a renewal request? When you received your original e-mail notification letting you know that your item was ready for pick-up, a line in the text read either "Is this loan renewable? Yes" or "Is this loan renewable? No". When you actually came to sign out the materials, the label on the cover was either marked with "NO RENEWALS" or it was not. Keep in mind that any restriction prohibiting renewals is one that has been indicated by the lending library, not by the KSL ILL staff.

When to request a renewal -- the rule is "within 5 days prior to the original due date". You will be sent an automated "Due Soon" notification at the appropriate time, well ahead of your loan's due date. The first "Overdue" notice will not go out until the day after this date. If you loan has become overdue, you will need to contact KSL ILL staff (see below), since the window of opportunity will have already passed.

How to request a renewal -- you will be instructed to log into your ILLiad account, and then go to the list of "Checked Out Items" (under the "View" section of your Main Menu). From there you will select the corresponding loan transaction number, and when the page opens click (once only) on "Renew Request" at the top. A confirmation message will appear if your request was successful, as long as you submitted it within the appropriate time range. If this link is not present, your loan is not eligible for renewals, for one of the reasons already mentioned above.

But wait -- your renewal is not complete immediately. You will need to be on alert for an e-mail reply message regarding your renewal request, which should normally be sent out within 24 hours. The subject heading will either be "ILL Renewal OK" or "ILL Renewal Denied", and this again is at the discretion of the lender library. Also keep in mind that the new due date assigned (if the renewal was granted) may vary according to the policies of the lender, and cannot be expected to be uniform in all cases (again in contrast to local and OhioLINK direct checkouts).

Finally -- additional renewals are in general not possible with ILLiad loans. Once you have requested your first renewal, you will no longer have the option to request any additional ones for the same transaction via your ILLiad login session, and will need to contact ILL staff for further consideration. (This is why we also warn against "double-clicking" the "Renew Request" link when attempting to make your request--the system is already in the process of acknowledging your initial request, and thinks you are trying to submit a second one immediately thereafter.)

As always, our Customer Help Page's section on Renewal Requests systematically covers the process of requesting ILL renewals. Feel free to have a look there, any time--day or night.

Still have questions or concerns about requesting renewals with ILLiad? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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May 20, 2016

Color Our Collections

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During reading days and final exams at the end of each semester, Kelvin Smith Library offers a range of support activities to help our students. Librarians are available for help finishing up research projects. Therapy dogs comfort and soothe. Collaboration rooms and study areas are available - and heavily used. This year the Scholarly Resources and Special Collections (SRSC) team contributed a de-stressing activity - coloring.

Archives, libraries, and museums have embraced adult coloring. Pages from unique collections are digitized and transformed into coloring pages. In early February this year Color Our Collections Week was organized by the New York Academy of Medicine. Over 200 institutions participated. SRSC's University Archives and Special Collections was unable to participate at that time, but began preparing for an end of semester activity.

Drawings from student yearbooks, maps, bookplates, a poster, and even a football program were selected to offer a range of coloring challenges. The pages and crayons, colored pencils, and markers were available in the Hatch Reading Room on the second floor of Kelvin Smith Library during reading days and finals. The pages are now available for download as a PDF for anyone who'd like to try their hand. We'd love to receive copies of finished artwork via email to archives@case.edu. Checking almost any social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest) for #ColorOurCollections will reveal a wealth of coloring opportunities. Locally, our colleagues at the Dittrick Medical History Center also have a coloring book.

We had fun making our coloring book and hope you enjoy using it.

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May 11, 2016

Three university-based technologies secure translational state funding awards


News Release: Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Three university-based projects, working through Case Western Reserve University's Technology Transfer Office (TTO), secured translational state funding awards from the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund (TVSF) and I-Corps@Ohio, both designed to help researchers assess and build on the commercial potential of their new ideas and inventions.

The TVSF award provides funding to move technology developed by Ohio universities and other nonprofit research institutions through testing and prototyping into the marketplace. The goal is to license the technology to start-up and early-stage companies.

I-Corps@Ohio provides hands-on training to faculty and graduate students to understand the technology commercialization process and the market potential of their technologies. The program is an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

All three funded projects are potentially life-changing:
• Imaging software that can distinguish between brain tumor and benign effects of radiation treatment.
• A device that protects against infection from contamination through IV ports.
• Technology that tests babies for Cystic Fibrosis faster and easier than existing methods.


Pallavi Tiwari, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Medicine and an associate member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, is leading the development of imaging software, NeuroRadVision, that distinguishes between a recurrent brain tumor and benign effects of radiation, which can appear similar on a routine MRI scan, resulting in unnecessary surgeries.

The researchers estimate that 30,000 unnecessary brain surgeries are performed annually in the United States and more than 100,000 worldwide because of this issue.


James D. Reynolds, associate professor of anesthesiology and a member of the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine, and James R. Rowbottom, professor and chair of the anesthesiology department at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, are leading a team that is developing a port sterilizer to reduce the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections.

Patients can get infections from the catheters placed in their arteries and veins. To reduce infection risks, the catheter injection ports are supposed to be wiped with an alcohol swab before a needle is inserted and medication administered. This is an effective but time-consuming cleaning method because the process must be repeated each time the port is used. Swabbing compliance is known to be poor, increasing the likelihood of patients getting infected from the catheter.

The team developed a sterile strip dispenser that clips over the injection port. The device is easy to use and, more importantly, would eliminate the need for manually swabbing the port before each use. Senior biomedical engineering students were integral in designing an initial prototype, using equipment at the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].


Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Miklos Gratzl is developing a low-cost, hand-held device to diagnose Cystic fibrosis (CF). The genetic disease occurs when mucus obstructs the pancreatic ducts, blocks nutrients from the intestines and obstructs airways, thereby causing recurring pneumonia. Treatment must be started immediately in newborns to avoid irreversible damage.

Current testing methods use an infant’s sweat. However, about 20 percent of infants less than 3 months old are unable to produce enough sweat to test accurately and must undergo further diagnostic testing. This means a delay of weeks and sometimes months until they can produce enough sweat to test. These methods also produce a high rate of inaccurate results.

Gratzl’s design uses much smaller samples of sweat, which can be obtained even from two-week-old babies, and is extremely accurate.






























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May 09, 2016

CWRU's Inamori International Center selects anti-corruption pioneer, Transparency International founder Peter Eigen for 2016 Inamori Ethics Prize


News Release: Monday, May 9, 2016


The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University has selected Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and pioneer of the global fight against corruption, for the 2016 Inamori Ethics Prize.

Case Western Reserve has awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage.

Eigen has developed and led groundbreaking initiatives to improve governance and raise awareness of the devastating effects of corruption on economic growth, social welfare and justice.

Eigen, a lawyer by training, has worked in economic development for several decades. He has seen how abuses of power can undermine the public’s trust and cost people their freedom, health, money and, sometimes, their lives.

Following positions with the World Bank in Latin America and Africa, Eigen founded Transparency International (TI) in 1993. With chapters in more than 100 nations, TI has become the leading non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in development.

TI collaborates with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. The organization’s impact spans the public sector and industries ranging from finance to oil to sport.

The Inamori Center presents the Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony as part of its mission to foster ethical leadership. Eigen is scheduled to receive the award and present a lecture Sept. 8 in the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple–Tifereth Israel at Case Western Reserve.

The following day, Sept. 9, he will participate in a panel discussion on his work for the Inamori Ethics Prize Academic Symposium in Severance Hall. Other p¬anelists are Brian Gran, associate professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve, and Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice of Development, Conflict and Religion in the School of Foreign Service. ¬¬

The Inamori Center was endowed by a generous gift from Kazuo Inamori, who established Kyocera Corp. and is a global telecommunications leader and founder of the Inamori Foundation that presents the annual Kyoto Prize in Kyoto, Japan.

“Peter Eigen and Transparency International have been strategic, tenacious and effective in their global efforts to curb corruption, expose abuses of power and teach people how to build and sustain more ethical organizations,” notes Inamori Center Director Shannon E. French. “We are excited to bring Peter to Cleveland to honor and learn from his important work.”

In particular, TI has spurred national elections won and lost on tackling corruption as well as the prosecution of corrupt leaders and seizures of their illicitly gained riches. It also has helped to establish international anti-corruption conventions and hold companies responsible for their behavior both at home and abroad.

TI likewise has spotlighted injustice through its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which uses expert opinion to measure public sector corruption worldwide. The 2015 index, for example, found that more than 6 billion people live in a country with a serious corruption problem. In addition, TI has promoted openness and accountability through resources such as its Bribe Payers Index, Global Corruption Barometer and Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres that aid people reporting corruption.

In addition to chairing TI for 12 years and now leading its advisory council, Eigen advised the governments of Botswana and Namibia to strengthen the legal framework for mining investments. He also has served as chairman and special representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which advocates for the disclosure of payments in the energy and mining sectors.

Eigen has contributed expertise as a board member with a wide range of organizations advancing sustainable development, including Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel. Along with his board service, Eigen is honorary professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and has taught at several other institutions including the Harvard Kennedy School and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

The Federal Republic of Germany awarded Eigen its grand cross of merit in 2013 in recognition of his efforts to combat corruption. In 2007, Eigen was honored with the Gustav Heinemann Citizen Award. He also received the Readers Digest “European of the Year 2004” award and an honorary doctorate from the Open University in the United Kingdom.

Previous Inamori Ethics Prize winners were: Martha C. Nussbaum, celebrated philosopher and groundbreaking scholar at the University of Chicago, 2015; Denis Mukwege, physician and human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2014; Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, 2013; David Suzuki, environmentalist and broadcaster, 2012; Beatrice Mtetwa, a human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe, 2011; Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical, 2010; Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights and Ireland's first woman president, 2009; Francis S. Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project and director of the National Institutes of Health, 2008.































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September 20, 2011

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

In case you're still interested in what I've written in the past, here is an updated chronological list of the ILL- and ILLiad-related topics covered here previously. You can locate them in 'Archives' link in the toolbar above, based on the dates listed next to the topics. Thanks for reading.

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

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

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

E-Books through Interlibrary Loan? -- January 26, 2011
Your ILLiad Password -- February 22, 2011
Requesting Entire Series through ILL -- March 25, 2011
Duplicate Requests in ILLiad -- April 21, 2011
Paperwork with Loaned ILL Books -- May 25, 2011
ILLiad Menu in Your Login Session -- June 23, 2011
Case Account Number and ILLiad New User Registration -- July 25, 2011
Courtesy Electronic Delivery Materials for Faculty ILLiad Users at KSL -- August 24, 2011

Continue reading "Cumulative Table of Contents for this Blog (to Date, Revised)"

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May 22, 2013

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

Well, it looks about time for another one of these -- hope this is helpful.

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

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

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

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

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

ILLiad Requests and Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters -- January 28, 2013
Loan Notifications from ILLiad: Overdues, Renewals, Recalls, etc. -- February 19, 2013
Reminder About Library-Use-Only Loans -- March 6, 2013
Faculty Campus Delivery & ILLiad Loans -- April 17, 2013

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May 13, 2014

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

Well... got "writer's block" this month, so here we go again -- as always, hope this list is helpful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Feature--ILL Staff Can Log into ILLiad as Patron, and an Update on Requesting Renewals -- January 23, 2014
Memory Cues for KSL ILL Staff Contacts -- February 20, 2014
A Few Words About Picking up Your ILLiad Loans -- March 19, 2014
ILL Books No Longer Needed? -- April 22, 2014

Good luck, graduates! Have a nice Summer, everyone!

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

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June 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a nice Summer, everyone!

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

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April 29, 2016

To All To Whom These Presents May Come...

Since we are approaching Commencement, it seems a good time to consider one of its established elements - the diploma. As a document type, diplomas represent an interesting mix of continuity and change. The diploma’s purpose, tanglble testimony that a student has met the requirements of a course of study and that a degree was conferred by a university, has endured for centuries. Its form, however, has undergone some intriguing changes.

At Western Reserve, for most of the 19th century, the diplomas were in Latin, not English. The School of Medicine voted to adopt English for its diplomas in 1883.

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1842 Western Reserve College diploma - in Latin

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1884 Western Reserve University School of Medicine diploma - now in English

The size of our diplomas has varied, from approximately 9x12 inches to 18x24 inches. Generally, the size of the diploma has decreased in size over time. These size changes have not been universally applauded. In 1930, the Law School students objected on the basis that the smaller diploma, “is inadequate for the needs of a professional man.” In 1966, the Law and Dental School students objected both to the size and to the simplicity of the typography and decoration of the diplomas. In supporting the students, the Dean of the Law School, Louis A. Toepfer, wrote, “...a great many lawyers take special pride in having a handsome diploma which they display in their offices.” When the issue was brought to the School of Medicine students, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, John L. Caughey, Jr. reported that, “the decision of the members [of Student Council] was that they didn’t really care enough to get involved.”

Parchment was used in the early days of WRU and Case, eventually replaced by paper. At various times, ribbons were affixed to the diplomas, as were colored and embossed seals.

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Ribbon on Western Reserve diploma from the 1870s and Seal on Case School of Applied Science diploma, 1895

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For many years, diplomas were rolled when presented to the graduates, such as these College for Women students in 1910.

One of my favorite diploma graphics is the picture of Leonard Case, Jr. that adorned the Case diplomas from the 1880s through the 1910s.

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Leonard Case, Jr. on an 1887 Case School of Applied Science diploma

After Federation in 1967, the question of what university’s name would appear on diplomas lingered for several years. Requests for post-1967 diplomas with pre-1967 university names were considered by the Board of Trustees on a case-by-case basis through much of the 1970s. In 1981 the Trustees approved a single diploma style and size to be used by all the schools.

Diplomas have lasting significance, both for students and the university. Some students are unable to attend Commencement to receive their diplomas personally. In spite of the best efforts of university staff, it can sometimes take awhile to deliver these diplomas to graduates. The Archives has documentation of successful efforts to unite diplomas and graduates decades after the degree was awarded. The longest such effort we have identified was the 1963 delivery of his diploma to a 1909 graduate.

Congratulations to all our 2016 graduates. Cherish those diplomas - you've earned them!

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April 28, 2016

EEPS Colloquium: Friday, April 29, 2016 Noon

Friday, April 29, 2016
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

Insights on Climate Dynamics and Physical Ice Properties from the WAIS Divide Deep Core: What the Bubbles are Telling Us by Dr. John Fegyveresi (CRREL)

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April 27, 2016

As U.S. population ages, nursing scholar calls for paradigm shift in approach of health-care system


News Release: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Longer lifespans, due to advances in medicine and public health, mean people are living longer with multiple chronic conditions.

To help people avoid long, slow declines in health, the national health-care system should promote disease prevention earlier in life instead of emphasizing short-term care, as it does now, suggests a nurse scientist with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

The commentary, written by Elizabeth Madigan, the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, with other nurse scientists, was published recently in the journal Research in Gerontological Nursing.

The health-care system should set patients up for a so-called “mortality cliff,” advises Madigan, rather than a “morbidity slope,” meaning a long, slow decline, such as failing to address high blood pressure, leading to a stroke, functional decline and poor quality of life.

“Each of us is going to die,” Madigan said. “It’s better for a person to be as healthy as possible right up until the moment they die. That’s the mortality cliff.”

Yet the current cost structure in the health-care industry is chaotic, writes Madigan, encouraging providers to focus care on significant health events that require admittance to hospitals and other nursing facilities, along with a litany of tests and/or procedures.

Nationally, the issue will become increasingly acute; by 2060, nearly 100 million people in the United States will be older than 65—more than twice the country’s current count—according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“We need to start getting serious with patients at an earlier age—obesity prevention, smoking cessation, pushing physical activity, disease prevention—before chronic conditions develop,” said Madigan. “If we wait until 65, it’s too late.”

Promise in current experiments

Recent experiments with Medicare payment policies, which aim to rein in the high costs of care, show encouraging results, writes Madigan.

One such model sets aside a single pot of money for each patient for each procedure; hospitals and other providers, like home health-care agencies, are required to provide high-quality care within a certain timeframe. Meeting financial and quality-of-care targets earn the health system a bonus—thus eliminating an incentive to keep patients longer than necessary.

By the year 2018, HHS aims to process half of Medicaid and Medicare claims under such alternative payment models.

Also among promising efforts: a national awareness campaign called “Choosing Wisely” (from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation) that helps patients only undergo essential tests and procedures.

“Aiming for a mortality cliff can even come in small actions,” said Madigan, such as physicians writing prescriptions for patients to exercise 20 minutes a day, three times a week.

“If a nurse or physician says ‘You really need to stop smoking,’ that communication works and has an impact,” said Madigan.

Among the encouraging approaches also recommended by co-authors of the commentary:

• Hospitals offering comprehensive education to patients about their conditions, which has been shown to empower people to participate in aspects of self-care and setting recovery goals;

• Providing ongoing one-on-one coaching and guidance to patients and informal caregivers, such as family or friends, which shows potential to reduce re-hospitalizations and overall health care costs;

• Calling on nurses to administer care in home settings, which can save thousands of dollars, compared to the same care given in hospitals.

“We’re hoping to move forward the national conversation,” said Madigan.

Co-authors of the paper are: Joan Davitt, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work; Marilyn Rantz, the Curators' Professor Emeritus at the Missouri University Sinclair School of Nursing; and Lisa Skemp, professor and chair at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University.



























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April 26, 2016

Extended Registration for Personal Librarian Conference

On Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting the Second National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference. This conference focuses on all aspects of the first-year experience and the personalization of outreach and services to incoming students. The first iteration of this conference garnered 150 attendees from more than 71 institutions; a larger crowd is expected this year.

The keynote at this year’s conference is Molly Schiller, associate professor and program coordinator for the Master’s programs in College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration and a Fellow in the Learning Teaching Center at the University of Dayton. Her research focuses on college student development, with special emphasis on sophomore students. She has consulted with a number of institutions as they have worked to develop their sophomore year experience programs. She has also published a number of articles and book chapters on the topic.

The full itinerary is packed with valuable sessions and plenaries. Information is available on the Conference portion of the website (http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/personallibrarian/conference/program/) and is continually developing. Registration for the Conference has been extended until this Friday, April 29. Click here to register: http://library.case.edu/ksl/services/personallibrarian/conference/payment/register.php

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April 25, 2016

Kelvin Smith Library Celebrates Preservation Week With Cooperative Bookbinding Evemt

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Preservation Week, a yearly national event sponsored by the AssociatiooLibrary Collections and Technical Services, was created to increase public awareness of preservationeeds and inspire actioto preserve personal, family and community collections of all kinds, as well as library, museum and archive collections. KSL is celebrating with a cooperative bookbinding event on Wednesday, April 27 in the KSL lobby. Stop by any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to help sew a book using a sewing frame. Each participant will be given a ticket for a chance to win the handmade book when it is complete, using the cover material of the winner’s choice. Free educational material and in-person advice on preserving your own collections of books, photos and digital material will be available. 

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April 25, 2016

A look ahead to Earth Day 2020: Businesses see profit with focus on the environment




News Release: Monday, April 25, 2016



As the country celebrated the 46th annual Earth Day in April, a professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management looked ahead four years to much more than just a numerically noteworthy anniversary.

Chrisopher Laszlo has been documenting what he and others see happening—emergence of profit-minded businesses dedicated to bettering the world.

In an analysis written for GreenBiz, Laszlo concluded:

“In 2020, when Earth Day turns 50, the world will take measure not only of the environmental movement but also of business. Hopefully, we will celebrate the evolution of business leaders as custodians of the world for future generations—the original intent behind sustainable development. We will be able to point to corporate leaders who transformed their organizations from ones that do less harm to ones that do good, for their own business success and for all of us.”

Laszlo, a professor in the Weatherhead School’s Department of Organizational Behavior, is also faculty director for research and outreach for the management school’s Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

Earth Day was founded the same year as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Clean Air Act.

“Back then, environmental activism had a militant strain to it that often saw business as the enemy,” Laszlo wrote. He noted that executives sought to fashion social responsibility as a necessary cost, not as a bottom-line imperative. He predicts that, by Earth Day 2020, a new business outlook will be more common.

Laszlo was among the originators of the concept of sustainable value (reframing sustainability as a business opportunity driving innovation, employee engagement and competitive advantage). As a co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners LLC, he provides advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies.

Companies such as Unilever and Kingfisher, based in the United Kingdom; IKEA in Sweden; New Resource Bank in the United States; and Natura in Brazil are making social value their defining competitive edge.

“These companies are embracing the notion of operating for world benefit,” Laszlo wrote. “Paying attention to employee wellbeing and social good is opening new, untapped markets. It is leading to greater employee engagement. It is promoting authenticity and collaboration at work. In other words, there are a lot of dollars at stake.”


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April 25, 2016

As always, Kelvin Smith Library

As always, Kelvin Smith Library is here to facilitate your learning, provide the proper research tools and offer you a comfortable place to study. With finals nearly here, we have made available more amenities to accommodate your study needs.
 
LIBRARIAN ON CALL
Monday through Wednesday of this week, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., a KSL Research Services Librarian will be available to assist you in finding specific resources, conduct research and manage other aspects of the research process. 
 
EXTENDED CRAMELOT HOURS
On Tuesday and Wednesday, our designated reading days, Cramelot will be open until 11:00 p.m. for your caffeine and snack necessities.
 
THERAPY DOGS
Our puppy friends will be visiting KSL throughout the week to provide some much needed love and snuggling - both of which prompt a release of the feel-good, stress-relieving hormones, serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin! 
 
COLOR OUR COLLECTIONS
You know those adult coloring books that are everywhere, like the supermarket checkout? Well, KSL has upped the ante of beautiful coloring pages by digitizing some images from its Special Collections and Archives. So this week, when you need a study break, head to the Hatch Reading Room (open 10-4:30, Monday through Friday) on the second floor, which is also a great quiet study space, and grab a coloring page and some crayons. Feel free to take your page with you to finish throughout the week or leave it for display!
 
MORE STUDY SPACE
KSL is opening up its Lower Level Classrooms to provide additional study space for you and/or your group. LL06A, LL06B and LL01 are all available 24/7 from Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, May 4.
 
Good luck on your finals!

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April 21, 2016

Patricia B. Kilpatrick

We recently mourned the loss of Patricia B. Kilpatrick, Vice President and University Marshal Emerita on 3/3/2016. To the staff of the University Archives Pat holds a special place. While she held a number of important positions, it was her duties as Secretary of the University that made her our boss. The University Archives was established in 1964 through the persistence of Secretary of the University Carolyn Neff and the hard work of University Archivist Ruth Helmuth. When Pat succeeded Carolyn as Secretary of the University in 1979, she inherited us.

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Pat with student protesters outside Haydn Hall, 1969

Pat was born 5/19/1927 in Cleveland. She entered Ohio Wesleyan University in 1945 and transferred to Flora Stone Mather College in 1947. Pat received her B.A. in 1949, majoring in History. She earned the M.A. in Physical Education in 1951. After graduation she married and started a family. She returned to Western Reserve University in 1962 as Instructor in Physical Education. She became an Assistant Professor and served as Chair of the Women’s Physical Education Department, 1970-1972.

In 1965 she became an assistant dean of Mather College. She served on the faculty until 1972, when she moved into administrative work full-time. In 1972 when Adelbert, Mather, and Cleveland Colleges merged, Pat became Associate Dean for Non-Academic Affairs and then Associate Dean for Student Affairs for Western Reserve College. She also served as Director of Thwing Center. With the looming retirement of Carolyn Neff, President Toepfer appointed Pat Assistant Secretary of the University in 1977 so she could learn the various duties. In August 1979 Pat became the last Secretary of the University.

The duties of the Secretary were important and varied. Some of the major responsibilities included administrative support of the Faculty Senate, the Visiting Committees, oversight of the University Archives, commencement, and Squire Valleevue Farm. In 1987 she was promoted to Vice President and University Marshal. The 1991 University Ball was held in her honor and Pat retired 6/30/1992.

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Pat Kilpatrick at the University Ball in her honor, 1991 (photograph by Daniel Milner)

Pat served on many committees, one of the most influential being the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in the University - which she chaired (1971-1973). Pat was very involved in the Mather Alumnae Association (serving as President) and the Episcopal Church, in which she held a number of positions on the local and national level.

When the sheep barn at Squire Valleevue Farm was renovated in 1992 it was named Pat’s Place in her honor. Also in 1992, the Physical Education Department created the Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award to be presented to the four-year varsity letter-winner with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Pat was involved with many other committees, awards and accomplishments. Too many for this short post. You can hear Pat discuss her career in this 2008 Case Stories interview and this interview for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

A number of years ago, Pat brought to the University Archives the two original flags of the newly federated CWRU. When Barbara Snyder became president, Pat told her about the flags and that they should hold a place of honor. We selected the flag in the best shape, it was restored, and is now hanging in the first floor lobby of Adelbert Hall.

On a personal note, my last conversation with Pat was in mid-December 2015 when she called to say she wanted to take the Archives staff out to lunch. We could not get it scheduled before the holidays and agreed to set it up after the new year. Unfortunately, we were unable to have that lunch.

Goodbye, Pat. We’ll miss you.

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April 20, 2016

Researchers discover moving, electrically “silent” source initiates brain waves

Finding may help in understanding memory formation, treating epilepsy

News Release: April 20, 2016

CLEVELAND—Brain waves that spread through the hippocampus are initiated by a method not seen before—a possible step toward understanding and treating epilepsy, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

The researchers discovered a traveling spike generator that appears to move across the hippocampus—a part of the brain mainly associated with memory—and change direction, while generating brain waves. The generator itself, however, produces no electrical signal.

“In epilepsy, we’ve thought the focus of seizures is fixed and, in severe cases, that part of the brain is surgically removed,” said Dominique Durand, Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Case School of Engineering and leader of the study. “But if the focus, or source, of seizures moves—as we’ve described—that’s problematic.”

The findings, in the Journal of Neuroscience, builds on Durand’s work published late last year, identifying brain waves that appear to be spread through a mild electrical field—not the known transmissions through synapses, diffusion or gap junctions.

The speed of the waves most closely match those found in epilepsy and in healthy sleep and theta waves, which are thought to help form memories.

On this latest study, Durand worked with PhD students Mingming Zhang, Rajat S. Shivacharan, postdoctoral researcher Chia-Chu Chiang, and research associate Luis E. Gonzales-Reyes.

Source Search
Working from the same data that revealed the brain waves, the team found the source was also moving too slow for synaptic transmission and a little too fast for diffusion.

“We don’t know what’s causing the propagation,” Durand said.

The engineers estimate the size of the source is 300 to 500 micrometers in diameter. It appears to generate neuronal spikes all around its periphery, but the source moves nearly 100 times slower than the spikes.

“The source is like a moving car with pulsing lights,” Durand said.

To find the source of the waves, the team tracked spikes propagating through an unfolded rat hippocampus. They used a penetrating microelectrode array of 64 electrodes arranged in a grid on the tissue, to record the activity.

The delay between the initial spike and the peaks recorded along consecutive electrodes in the grid was measured in milliseconds.

By inserting time values surrounding those recorded by each of the electrodes, the researchers refined the grid to include a total of 256 points or pixels.

Using this data, the researchers created an isochrone map—a map of lines connecting locations where a given spike arrived at the same time. The maps look something like topographical maps, but instead of showing elevations, the lines show the wave fronts as they spread over time.

The source of each wave propagation was estimated to be the geometric center of the electrodes that recorded the first neural firing at maximum amplitude.

Each brain wave appeared to have a slew of sources, firing it along either from the temporal region toward the septal or vice versa.

The team applied Doppler effect equations to the frequency of spikes in front and behind the source. Like the direct observations, the results strongly indicate the sources are moving smoothly across the hippocampus.

When a source reached the hippocampus edge, it started in the opposite direction, which may explain observations by others that waves moving in opposite directions have been found in the same brain tissue at the same time.

Digging deeper
Durand’s lab is trying to understand how a source that moves without diffusion can move without electricity and generate electrical spikes.

The team is also trying to understand what these non-synaptic events do and whether they are relevant to processing neural activity. Because the speed of these waves is close to the speed of sleep and theta waves, the researchers speculate they may be involved in consolidating memory.

If the phenomenon is relevant to epilepsy, it may provide a target for therapies. “Can we block the spikes without blocking the source?” Durand asked.

The lab is now developing new neural imaging methods to better track sources and learn how they propagate spikes.


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April 19, 2016

Case Western Reserve University researchers land federal grants


News Release: April 19, 2016

CLEVELAND—Five Case Western Reserve University junior faculty members have been awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grants, bringing more than $2.5 million for research to campus.

The 5-year grants support the scientists as they delve into how nanopartical organization controls properties of materials, the mechanisms in the interfaces of layered materials that control performance, how red blood cells and tissues change with disease and new ways to mine large, complex data networks.

Jennifer Carter
Carter, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has received a $500,000 grant to help improve the durability of turbine discs used in nuclear, coal and hydro power plants, heat resistance in parts of medical imaging equipment and more.

Her lab is investigating the mesoscale (between nanometer and millimeter) structure, interactions and other features in the boundaries between layers of materials—in what are called interface-rich materials—that influence the performance of the overall part.

“In this project, we’re applying data analytics techniques to explore the multi-variable correlations that occur in material systems,” Carter said. “Conventional data analysis techniques have relied on one-to-one relationships.”

Carter’s lab plans to develop an open-source “big data” tool that companies, researchers and others can use to design and manufacture materials that optimize the interface to produce desired qualities.

Umut Gurkan
Because cancer, cardiovascular and kidney disease, anemias, obesity and a list of other diseases and conditions are accompanied by an increased stiffness and stickiness of red blood cells, Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is investigating how this occurs and why. He received $500,000 to support the effort.

“We don’t know if the change contributes to the disease or is a result of the disease,” Gurkan said. “Healthy red cells are easily deformable and don’t stick to surfaces, but increased stiffness and stickiness can impair blood circulation.”

To understand the mechanical changes, his lab has built micro-channel devices that mimic circulation in the smallest of blood vessels. Here, they will try to identify which surface receptors are associated with increased adhesion and lower deformability.

The team will try to discern if and at what point increased adhesion is a surrogate for stiffness, the translocation of an inner membrane phospholipid to the outer membrane (thought to be correlated with adhesion) and function. Lastly, the team will explore whether unhealthy red blood cells can be identified by adhesion affinity and stiffness.

Emily Pentzer
Pentzer, an assistant professor of chemistry, is striving to uncover the principles governing structure-property relationships at the nanoscale. Pentzer’s goal is to provide researchers and manufacturers with insight they can use to make such things as solar panels that harvest more energy, more efficient medicines and coatings that better protect ball bearings to ocean liners.

To learn the fundamentals, her lab is using graphene nanosheets to tailor such properties as conductivity and mechanical strength, energy storage and charge transport, gas adsorption and more.

“We’ll use synthetic chemistry to create a new set of materials and dictate properties such as solubility, converting heat into current or whether the material is catalytic vs. inert,” Pentzer said. “We’ll control the spatial and temporal organization of nanomaterials to access well-defined geometries not accessible by conventional methods.”

She specifically chose to study carbon-based nanosheets, which have proven to be multifunctional materials but difficult to modify, in order to reveal the properties of different structures. Her grant totals $550,000.

Nicole Seiberlich
Seiberlich, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is developing and testing a new technique, called MRF-X, to probe the microstructure of tissue in the body, using standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to collect data in a new way. She received a $504,000 grant for the project.

“Our hypothesis is there’s a different makeup in healthy and diseased tissue,”Seiberlich said. “We’re going to use MRI fingerprinting to help us better understand microstructural tissue properties.”

MRI fingerprinting (MRF) is a technique designed to identify the signatures of different diseases inside the body. Seiberlich’s lab will focus on chemical exchange between different kinds of tissues. Specifically, her team will map the water exchange in healthy skeletal muscle and brain tissue. They’ll then compare the healthy brain tissue data to water exchange data from the brain of a multiple sclerosis patient.

If the technique is able to consistently detect and quantify differences, Seiberlich believes it could help doctors to diagnose disease earlier and more accurately and allow researchers to study how diseases progress, possibly identifying targets for therapies.

Xiang Zhang
Driven by challenges in real-world applications to society, biology and medicine, Zhang, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, aims to significantly extend the reliability and efficiency of large network analysis, funded with a $499,210 grant.

In computer science, networks such as the millions of people using Facebook, or the functional associations between different biological molecules are represented by graphs. The nodes, or vertices, in a graph represent objects and the edges represent relationships, such as the interaction between nodes.

“Many successful methods for analyzing network data have been developed,” Zhang said, “but methodology development for large network analysis is still at its early stage.”

His lab is focusing on three avenues toward improvement: Develop new measures to capture the similarity between nodes. Explore numerical and algorithmic approaches to study dual networks and cross-network analysis. Design robust and flexible multi-network algorithms for clustering and ranking.

Each of the five projects is now underway. They include education, mentorship and outreach to graduate, undergraduate and K-12 students.


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April 19, 2016

New technology quantifies effects of prostate tumor laser ablation

Effort to understand risks of treatment, and prognostic clues to long-term outcomes

News Release: April 19, 2016

CLEVELAND—Prostate cancers are either low-grade, low-risk forms that may be monitored but otherwise untreated. Or they’re serious enough to require surgery and radiation.

Monitoring can cause patients anxiety. Radical treatment comes with complications.

For those patients with a low-risk form who still want to take action, MRI-guided laser ablation is a growing treatment that occupies the middle ground by killing tumor cells directly while limiting the effects to the immediate location.

But what happens to the prostate after ablation?

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed computational tools to use magnetic resonance images to quantitatively evaluate the effects on the form and structure of the prostate following treatment.

“The risks of surgery and radiation are well known,” said Anant Madabhushi, professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics. “This image analysis technology may help us understand the risks of ablation.”

The detailed analysis of the shape changes may also yield prognostic information, he said.

The study is published in the online open access journal PLOS ONE. Co-authors include Robert Toth, who earned his PhD in Madabhushi’s lab and founded Toth Technology, based in New Jersey; and Dan Sperling, MD, founder of the Sperling Prostate Center, with offices in New York and Florida.

In prostate images taken from eight patients, the researchers detected not only a reduction in the size of the gland, but deformations.

To see the changes, the team developed a tool for co-registration—that is, aligning and fusing the before-and-after treatment images. In addition, the tool takes into account whether deformation is caused by such things as a full bladder or other changes in surrounding organs. It subtracts those influences on the prostate, leaving only the changes due to ablation.

Madabhushi’s team has patented the co-registration and analytic tools. The researchers believe the technology could be used to monitor any organ undergoing any of a long list of therapies.

The researchers plan to expand their study to at least 40 more patients and track them and the original eight for another 3-5 years to see how changes in the prostate’s shape may correlate with patients’ long-term outcomes.

“If the patient has a recurrence of active cancer, is the shape change associated?” Madabhushi asked. “If so, would that change allow us to predict the outcome, acting as an early biomarker?”

Prostate-specific antigen tests may not spike and indicate recurrence for a year.

“Quantifying the changes to the prostate may provide us that information earlier,” he said, “and earlier is almost always better for patients.”

This work was funded via a grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (R21CA167811-01).



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April 19, 2016

Hartwell Foundation names CWRU among its Top 10 Biomedical Research Centers; grants Individual Biomedical Research Award to School of Medicine autism researcher


News Release: Wednesday, April 19, 2016


The Hartwell Foundation, a Memphis-based philanthropic institution committed to funding innovative biomedical pediatrics research, has named Case Western Reserve University among its national Top 10 Centers of Biomedical Research.

The prestigious designation allows Case Western Reserve to nominate three researchers per year for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. Institutions selected for limited participation submit up to two nominations in each competition. Case Western Reserve this year joins 16 other participating institutions to compete for the awards.

From the nominees submitted in each competition, the foundation selects 10 investigators to receive a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, which will provide support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. In addition, for each funded nominee, the participating institution will receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one postdoctoral candidate who exemplifies the values of the foundation. Each Hartwell Fellowship provides support for two years at $50,000 direct cost per year.

Each year, the Hartwell Foundation announces its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research. Selected institutions hold an internal competition to nominate three principal investigators for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to pursue early-stage, innovative pediatric research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources.

“We are honored to be chosen as a top 10 research center of excellence in children’s health among this illustrious group,” said Lynn T. Singer, deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs, “especially as it demonstrates Case Western Reserve’s commitment to translational approaches that could rapidly benefit children’s health.”

In addition, the Hartwell Foundation announced a 2015 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award to Hoonkyo Suh, PhD, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, for his work with autism spectrum disorders.

Suh, who is also an assistant staff member in the Department of Stem Cell Biology at Cleveland Clinic, was awarded for his work entitled, “Hippocampal Nerve Cell Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

More than 3.5 million children in the United States are diagnosed with autism, with one of 68 younger than age 8 estimated to have the disorder. Suh’s work will test a new idea that autism is a disorder of specific neural circuits, which are structural arrangements of neurons and their interactions with each other.
Suh theorizes that aberrant neural circuits in the part of the brain called the hippocampus formed during fetal development and early childhood cause autism.

As fetuses and young children develop, new hippocampal neurons integrate into existing neural circuits and make numerous connections with other parts of the brain, especially the cerebral cortex. The neural circuits connecting the hippocampus and the cortex ensure the information-flow necessary for learning, memory, emotion, language and social interaction. Problems in these connections may be tied to the development of autism.

To evaluate the possible contribution of aberrant neural circuits to autism pathology, Suh will map and manipulate brain neural circuits in a mouse model. Understanding how neural circuits are anatomically and functionally altered in autism animal-models will provide greater insight into how autism develops and progresses in affected children.

“If we find that aberrant neural circuits in the hippocampus play an important role in the development and progression of autism, this will provide a compelling foundation for developing therapies for autism by targeting those circuits, said Suh, who received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

“We have enjoyed a strong and growing relationship with Case (Western Reserve), as evidenced by its success in the Hartwell annual competition,” said foundation President Frederick A. Dombrose. “This September, we plan to hold our Ninth Annual Meeting Biomedical Research (a meeting of the funded investigators) in conjunction with the university.”

Case Western Reserve has already initiated the limited submission process for the next round of funding from the Hartwell Foundation. Letters of intent are now being taken from those individuals seeking nomination in the areas of basic and applied-life sciences, including engineering focused on biomedical applications. The proposed research must have the potential to benefit children of the United States. Information is posted online at https://research.case.edu/limitedsubmissions/Hartwell2016.cfm. For questions about the process, please contact Stephanie Endy, associate vice president for research, at stephanie.endy@case.edu.

Case Western Reserve has six other faculty who are current or former Hartwell investigators:

• 2014, Brian A. Cobb, an associate professor of pathology, for his work entitled, “Harnessing Lymphocyte Cooperativity for the Treatment and Prevention of Asthma.”

• 2013, Roberto F. Galan, assistant professor of neuroscience, for his work called, “Cortical Network Dynamics and Epileptiform Activity in Autism: From Animal Models to Children.”

• 2012, Saptarsi Haldar, assistant professor of medicine, for his work called, “Creating a New Treatment Approach for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”

• 2011, Jennell C. Vick, assistant professor of psychological sciences, biomedical engineering and pediatrics, for her work entitled, “Treatment for Severe Speech Disorders in Children: Identifying Target Consonant Movements for Use with Animated 3D Visual Feedback Software.”

• 2011, Jonathan E. Sears, assistant professor of ophthalmology and cell biology, for his work called, “Preventing Retinopathy of Prematurity.”

• 2007, M. Michael Wolfe, professor of medicine, for his work entitled, ”Peptide Replacement Therapy Using Transgenic Stem Cells Delivered to the Small Intestine.” (He received his Hartwell award at another institution before joining Case Western Reserve.)

Two fellowships have also been awarded by Case Western Reserve from the Hartwell Foundation support:

• 2014, Luke Bury, PhD, for his work in genetics and genomics sciences.

• 2013, Andrew Barnes, PhD, for his work in psychological sciences and biomedical engineering.

In addition, in 2014, Sears received a Collaboration Award in association with a researcher from Cornell University for their proposal entitled, “Overcoming Retinopathy of Prematurity and Chronic Lung Disease: Unified Systemic Approach.” The collaborators received $698,407 in combined direct cost over three years.






























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April 18, 2016

Please Don't Hammer! -- A Little Patience with ILLiad

Sometimes our ILLiad server gets a little overwhelmed due to high usage, or the Internet is just plain running slow thanks to overall excessive traffic volume. You may be trying to enter your ILL requests, and the screen apparently freezes up. We all know that feeling, but the truth is -- ILLiad is a very reliable application, but like anything, requires a little patience every now and then.

Please keep in mind that, although it looks like nothing is happening, the act of repeatedly pressing the 'Submit Request' button on request forms in quick succession will result in the creation of unnecessary duplicate transactions. We ask that you please allow time for the page to refresh after clicking on this button the first time, and wait until you receive the confirmation message at the top indicating the request has been received and assigned a transaction number.

If you have submitted multiple requests in this manner, they will subsequently show up as "Outstanding Requests" on your Main Menu page (which might seem inexplicable at first). At this point, you may choose to cancel them on your own (as a courtesy to ILL staff). Please be aware that we do not accept duplicates, and if we see multiple requests for identical materials submitted by the same patron in this pattern, we will process only the first one and cancel the remaining transactions. Our policy regarding duplicates has been addressed previously in the blog entry for April 21, 2011.

In a related issue...

When viewing electronically delivered PDF's, you may notice similar slowness while waiting for the page images to appear on your screen. Just another reminder that high-volume Internet traffic might be partly to blame, while the fact is that larger files will normally take longer to load as a rule. Clicking on "View PDF" repeatedly under these circumstances may actually further slow down the loading process -- leading to escalating frustration. As always, we recommend a little patience, and your material should be delivered in due course. FYI, this topic has also been issue previously discussed in entries for August 27, 2013, March 23, 2012 and May 5, 2009.

As always, we hope this bit of advice has been helpful in providing you optimal service from the ILLiad application.

Questions or concerns about ILLiad, or about ILL policies and services in general? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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April 18, 2016

Online program reduces bullying behavior in schools, tests show


News Release: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Behaviors that enable bullying—a significant public health problem for adolescents—were reduced among students who completed a new online anti-bullying program, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University.

“Part of convincing schools to use technology to address bullying is proving its effectiveness,” said Jane Timmons-Mitchell, a senior research associate with the university’s Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She led a research team evaluating the program, known as StandUp.

After completing the program—which addresses verbal, physical, sexual and cyberbullying—students reported significantly reduced odds of bystander passivity to both emotional and physical bullying. Use of healthy relationship skills also increased significantly.

Most anti-bullying programs are taught as a curriculum in-person and have proven to be a hard sell to schools pressed to complete compulsory coursework and testing. They have also yielded mixed results but have been especially ineffective for non-white students and students in eighth grade and higher.

“We have to go where the kids are, instead of telling them where they should be,” said Timmons-Mitchell. “We do that by using new technology.”

In a 2013 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of high school youth said they had been bullied on school property in the last year alone. Overall, 14 percent to 54 percent of students in the United States report involvement with bullying, according to previous academic research.

All states have laws and/or policies that require schools to provide a mechanism to address bullying.

“Any participation in bullying can affect youth negatively. Being both a bully and a victim can lead to depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts,” said Timmons-Mitchell, adding that perpetrators of bullying are more likely to commit crimes as young adults.

How it works

StandUp consists of three half-hour sessions taken three months apart. The program is designed to present different tracks if a user identifies as a bully, as a victim of bullying, or a passive bystander—or as a combination of the roles.

Video clips of dramatized bullying situations in schools are interspersed, prompting responses—for example: “What do you think the bystander should do?”

Users are given individualized guidance matched to their bullying experiences, including an emphasis on six healthy relationship skills:

• Using calm, nonviolent ways to deal with disagreements (leaving the room to cool down, for example);
• Respecting the boundaries of others;
• Communicating feelings and needs clearly and respectfully;
• Making decisions in social situations that are right for each person;
• Respecting the feelings and needs of other people;
• How to appropriately take a stand to stop bullying.

Studies have shown that adolescents especially respond more honestly to questions delivered by computers than on paper, Timmons-Mitchell said.

“Computers make it easier to deliver a strong message to adolescents,” she said, “that continuing down a negative path could land you in serious trouble and endanger the well-being of others.”

The producer of StandUp, Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc., is revising the program for additional testing in schools based on researchers’ findings. Later this year, a clinical trial in schools is planned in Rhode Island.

The research was funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under H98MC26260 “Project CARE for Epilepsy,” to Tatiana Falcone, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, at Cleveland Clinic.

Co-investigators of the project and co-authors of the paper “Pilot Test of StandUp, an Online School-Based Bullying Prevention Program,” (doi: 10.1093/cs/cdw010) published in the journal Children & Schools, are: Deborah A. Levesque, chief science officer at Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc. and main author and creator of StandUp; Leon A. Harris III, a research assistant with the Begun Center; Daniel J. Flannery, the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor at the Mandel School and director of the Begun Center; and Falcone.
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April 18, 2016

Fire, risk and accident shape glassblower who shattered norms


News Release: Monday, April 18, 2016

Known for his signature eye patch, Dale Chihuly lost sight in his left eye at the height of his career in the 1970’s, losing the depth perception so critical to precise glassblowing.

Forcing a pivot in the artist’s process, the injury led to the very kinds of asymmetrical glass forms that have become synonymous with Chihuly’s creative style.

“Chihuly was the first person in glass to exploit accident in an art form that—until then—was celebrated for its exactitude,” said Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and author of the new book Chihuly on Fire.

Still active at 74 and widely regarded as the world’s greatest living master in glass, Chihuly’s works capture the restlessness and essence of his subjects, often plant and animal forms brimming with elaborate ribbing and streaks of color.

“He is unbound by the limitations the word ‘glass’ suggests,” said Adams. “He’s produced art unlike anything ever seen in glass before.”

Playing off accidents

In the book, Adams notes the irony inherent in the accident that reshaped the artist’s life and work: Glass—Chihuly’s chosen medium of expression—has also been his nemesis; in fact, it nearly killed him.

Thrown through a windshield in a traffic accident in 1976—requiring 250 stitches in his face—Chihuly lost function in his left eye. Six months into his recuperation, he set about to re-learn his craft.

In no time, “…[he] progressed from forms that seemed clumsy and misshapen to some of the most astonishingly beautiful objects ever made in glass,” writes Adams.

The eye patch has become an unmistakable ingredient of his persona, “endowing him with a mysterious quality setting him apart from everyone else,” Adams continues.

Paradoxically, the auto accident proved to be a career breakthrough: While Chihuly maintains a strong grasp on the act of blowing glass, the technical skills of many artisans go beyond those he developed before and after his accident. Thus, Chihuly leads a studio of skilled glassblowers to execute his imagination—similar to many professional sculptors, who rely on specialized foundry workers.

“He plays the role of coach of the team,” said Adams, who followed Chihuly in his Seattle workshop, watching how the artist creates drawings of ideas to suggest directions for his well-coordinated crew.

Shaping glass into an art form

Throughout his 50-plus-year career, Chihuly confronted a hesitation in critical circles to consider glassblowing to be art, rather than merely a craft.

“He’s had trouble getting folks to take him seriously outside of his circle,” said Adams. “Still, if you’re successful you attract criticism—that’s the nature of being an artist.”

Often commanding six-figure prices, Chihuly artworks and installations—in hotels, casinos, botanical gardens and other large-scale locations—reflect the value placed on creations that push into new territory, especially at critical junctures in an artist’s career.

“You get to a point where you can repeat yourself and other people can catch up with you—or you can make some kind of new innovation, where you’re moving forward to a place other glass artists aren’t attaining,” said Adams. “Chihuly has made a life of that.”

While much has been written about Chihuly before, the narrative of his life so far has remained fragmentary, said Adams. Chihuly on Fire, adapted from an essay Adams wrote 20 years ago and now published by the Chihuly Workshop, seeks to align the disparate stages of the artist’s career and reveal the scope of his achievement.

“We come to see a coherent artistic vision—and maybe for the first time—understand the breadth of risk and intelligence in his work,” said Adams.

“Glass is shaped with fire and has very strong element of danger,” added Adams. “I suspect that one of the attractions of glass for Chihuly is this element of danger.”

Chihuly on Fire comes on the heels of another recent Adams book on an American artist, Thomas Hart Benton: Discoveries and Interpretations, released in fall 2015 and profiled in The Daily.

Adams also unveiled research on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson at the 225th anniversary celebration of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston in January, which coincided with the opening of the exhibit, “The Private Jefferson,” featuring Jefferson’s personal papers and architectural drawings.




























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April 12, 2016

U.N. Human Rights Chief to speak at CWRU Law School




News Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2016



CLEVELAND—United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, the first Muslim to ever hold that position, is coming to Case Western Reserve School of Law to receive the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center 's Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice and deliver the Klatsky Endowed Lecture in Human Rights.


The award presentation and the Jordanian prince’s lecture—titled "The Road to Violence"—will occur at the CWRU Law School's Moot Courtroom (A59) from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The event is free and open to the public. A tab to view the webcast is at this link: http://law.case.edu/Lectures-Events/lec_id/451


“In his role as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid has recently delivered high-profile speeches on balancing human rights and the war on terrorism, preventing violent extremism and responding to the Syrian refugee crisis,” said Case Western Reserve Law School co-Dean Michael Scharf.


During December of 2015, Prince Zeid denounced U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States as “grossly irresponsible.” He expressed concerns that such a ban would help extremists seeking to drive a wedge between Western governments and their Muslim citizens.


Prince Zeid has held the U.N’s highest human rights position since 2014. Previously, he was Jordan's Permanent Representative to the U.N., and he served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States and Mexico. Scharf said Prince Zeid played a central role in establishing the International Criminal Court, and he was elected the first president of the Assembly of State Parties of the Court in September 2002.


The Humanitarian Award, established in 2004, is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advancing global justice. The recipient is selected by the two-dozen law faculty associated with the Cox Center. Prince Zeid is the second U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to receive the award.


The Klatsky Endowed Lecture in Human Rights was established in 1991 through a grant from Emeritus University Trustee Bruce Klatsky.


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April 12, 2016

CWRU Law School conference asks: Are employee wellness programs actually beneficial?




News Release: Tuesday, April 12, 2016



CLEVELAND —At first glance, employer-sponsored wellness programs appear to benefit all involved. But legal, ethical and privacy issues associated with such programs are also becoming more apparent.

“Corporate Wellness Programs: Are They Hazardous to Well-Being?,” a conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday, April 15, will examine the benefits and problems in what are known as corporate or workplace wellness programs. The daylong gathering of wellness and law experts is co-sponsored by the Law-Medicine Center and the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve.

“Generally, the approach has been that employers provide incentives, such as financial rewards, to employees who meet certain requirements created by these wellness programs, such as losing a certain amount of weight, cooperating with health assessments, doing a certain amount of exercise and so on,” said Maxwell Mehlman, director of CWRU’s Law-Medicine Center, the Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and a professor of bioethics at CWRU School of Medicine.

The widely accepted intention of wellness programs is that they are good for employers and employees, he said.

“But there are real concerns,” Melhman said. “The business sector has other motives, which are to reduce health-care costs, increase productivity and provide less expensive benefit plans to employees. Ostensibly, if employees are healthy, they won’t need as much medical care. So it’s not just the employer looking out for the well-being of the employee, it’s the employer looking out for economic self-interest. There’s potential for a conflict of interest there.”

Workplace wellness programs may also prove costly in unintended ways, according to Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, who directs the Center for Business Law & Regulation.

“Such programs may not only shift health-care costs onto workers, but also may impose disproportionate costs on those workers the programs are most intended to help,” Adler said. “Some analysts are also concerned that wellness programs violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and encourage employment discrimination.”

Despite these and other concerns, workplace wellness programs continue to have their champions and appear to be increasingly common nationally. According to a RAND Corp. study, workplace wellness is a $6 billion industry in the United States.

Conference speakers include: Soeren Mattke, managing director of RAND Health Advisory Services; Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and Christopher Kucynski, director of the ADA/GINA Policy Division of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The conference will consider:
 Under the Affordable Care Act and the policy statements of the EEOC, what are the limits to what employers can do to promote employee wellness?
 How are these programs designed and what rules do they have to follow? For example, they are not supposed to discriminate against a person with disabilities. There may be people with physical limitations who cannot fulfill a requirement, such as people with genetic predisposition to obesity. “To penalize some people because they can’t lose weight or keep it off, some would say, is unfair,” Mehlman said. “There are other immutable characteristics that people can’t change.”
 To what extent can employers keep tab of their employees’ health without invading privacy?
 Do wellness programs corrupt the patient-physician relationship? Mehlman said, “The most salient concern is the potential of employers to get into the private medical information of employees.”


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April 07, 2016

Nature Medicine editor Roxanne Khamsi to open Research ShowCASE 2016


News Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Roxanne Khamsi, chief news editor of Nature Medicine, will present the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University’s annual Research ShowCASE, where hundreds of scientists, scholars, faculty members and students come together to exhibit, demonstrate and explain their research projects ranging from the social sciences to engineering and medicine.

Research ShowCASE 2106 is Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center on the Case Western Reserve campus. Khamsi’s remarks open the event, which is free and open to the public, at 9 a.m.

Khamsi oversees science coverage as chief news editor at Nature Medicine, a monthly biomedical journal. Her reporting has taken her from the outskirts of Madrid, where she met with Boeing engineers designing a fuel-cell airplane, to a psychiatric facility in the suburbs of New York City, where she learned about the ethical issues of treating patients with long-acting antipsychotics.

Khamsi has written hundreds of news articles about a diverse variety of scientific topics, ranging from genetics to telecommunications as well as niche fields such as neuroeconomics to paleobiology. Her articles have also appeared in publications such as The Economist, Wired News and the MIT Technology Review. She also teaches at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

“This event is such a great learning opportunity for our students and researchers,” said Tracy Wilson-Holden, director for Research Integrity and Education in the university’s Office of Research Administration and an adjunct bioethics instructor. “It is a chance for them to talk about their work in a way that helps the community get excited about the research being done at Case Western Reserve University. We are so pleased to have Roxanne Khamsi speak at the event, and we look forward to hearing her perspective on the essential skill of effectively communicating complex scientific messages to the public.”

Khamsi will be joined at the showcase by Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III and Vice President for Research Suzanne Rivera.

A signature event attracting more than 1,000 campus and community stakeholders, the daylong event includes competitions for post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate students to practice the art of communicating their research and describing the impact their science can have. Cash prizes are awarded to winners in several categories at each of the academic levels.

Each year, between 400 and 600 posters and interactive booths fill the venue, celebrating the great work and discoveries of Case Western Reserve’s research community.

Among the exhibitors:

• From the Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab, doctoral student Akhil Kandhari will demonstrate his soft-body robot that mimics the movement of a worm, which has practical implications for fixing water pipes or, one day, fitting inside a blood vein.

• The Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery lab is working on making the popular Da Vinci surgical robot autonomously suture patients to both assist surgeons and let them work on more patients.

• Senior Emily Shelton will show her diverse skills and talents by both presenting her Senior Capstone physics research and performing a dance at the event.

• Staff member Mischelle Brown will showcase her project that explores whether children attending urban public schools become better readers when they have the opportunity to design “adventure playgrounds” in their communities.

• Post Doctoral Fellow Filomena Pirozzi will present her research on understanding the pathogenesis of microcephaly.

In addition, a number of high school students performing research at Case Western Reserve are also included in a competition that awards a $20,000 per year scholarship to the university.

For more information, including photos and videos from previous showcases, visit: http://www.case.edu/research/showcase/.































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August 07, 2009

Which ILLiad Site or ILL Service Point to Use?

Another school year is about to begin, and no doubt you may need to sign up for interlibrary loan services to support your scholarly research needs. In case you aren't aware, there are actually four different service points on campus for interlibrary loan services, depending on which part of the university with which you are connected. There are also three additional affiliated locations which provide library services to their respective clientele.

If you are a faculty or staff member, or a student, at the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, or the Weatherhead School of Management, a student at the School of Nursing, or a staff member in any of the university central administrative offices, or have enrolled in the Kelvin Smith Library Alumni Membership Program at the Alumni Choice Membership Service level, please sign up using the KELVIN SMITH LIBRARY ILLiad website.

If you are a faculty or staff member, or a student, in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, set up your account in the MSASS Harris Library ILLiad website. If you are a faculty or staff member, or a student, at the School of Law, use the LAW Library ILLiad site for your ILL services.

Faculty and staff members, and students, at the School of Medicine or the School of Dental Medicine, or faculty and staff members at the School of Nursing, should set up for interlibrary loan services through the CLEVELAND HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY ILLiad site. If you are enrolled in or affiliated with any health sciences-related interdisciplinary programs, such as Biochemistry, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Neurosciences, Nutrition, and Physiology & Biophysics, you should also use this site to set up your account.

Finally, if you are connected with any of our affiliated institutions, please get in touch with their respective libraries directly for service, at the contacts below:

* Cleveland Institute of Music Library: (216) 707-4508
* Cleveland Institute of Art Library: (216) 421-7440
* Cleveland Clinic Library (Lerner College): (216) 444-5697
* University Hospitals (residents, other staff): (216) 844-1208

Please be mindful that all the libraries mentioned above are more selectively specialized for the particular subject areas of the department or program with which you may be associated. (Of course, the Kelvin Smith Library, our main system, embraces greater breadth in this respect.) Their staff and collection resources will be better suited to assist you with research in your own specific discipline, especially by providing the reference services that guide in making your interlibrary loan usage more effective.

If you are not directly associated with Case Western Reserve University or any of its affiliates as indicated above (or are alumni not enrolled in the Choice Membership), we recommend that you instead consult your local public library branch, the academic library of your own college or university, or your employer's corporate or medical library, for help with interlibrary loan services.

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April 05, 2016

April is Earth Month; Let's Care for KSL, too!


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With April being the month we dedicate to respect, care and cleanliness of our earth and environment, we here at KSL have decided to take that initiative indoors, too!

As finals approach and studying becomes more intense, it is harder to focus on what’s around you than what’s in front of you. However, so that all can have access to clean, comfortable and well-cared-for accommodations, we kindly request that KSL visitors and researchers make an extra effort to throw away your trash, recycle what can be and clean up the area you’ve used. As you set a good example of respect, cleanliness and care, you can rest assured that when you return to KSL to study, the people who have come before you have provided the same level of respect.

To assist all our environmental efforts, KSL admin has a Clorox wipe kiosk slated for arrival early next week. It will be placed centrally on the first floor, between the Freedman Center and computer area.

Thank you in advance for all of your environmentally heroic efforts!

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April 05, 2016

Freedman Fellow Dr. Gillian Weiss to Speak at KSL April 6

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On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at noon, the Kelvin Smith Library will host 2015 Freedman Fellow Gillian Weiss, PhD, as she talks about her project The Jewish View on CWRU: Campus Activism, 1967-1973

This project aims to uncover the historical role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in the physical infrastructure, social movements and intellectual life of CWRU from the founding of its constituent parts to the present. Launched in spring 2014 by Professor Weiss, this self-study plans to produce and disseminate knowledge through an interactive website, publications, exhibitions and talks. Professor Weiss will discuss her findings and the process of developing this digital scholarship project.

The Freedman Fellows Program is an annual award allowed for full-time CWRU faculty whose current scholarly research project involves some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involves the use of digital tools and processes, and has clearly articulated project outcomes.

The Freedman Fellows Program began in 2005 with funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment established by Marian K. and Samuel B. Freedman. The aim of the program is to support the integration of new research methodologies and digital tools in faculty scholarship to enhance understanding, examine questions in new ways, broaden perspectives, and fundamentally redefine how research is conducted and disseminated. The 2016 call is currently in place, closing on April 8, 2016.

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March 29, 2016

2016 Canada-U.S. Law Institute conference to explore international trade, investment and disputes




News Release: Monday, March 28, 2016



CLEVELAND—Canada and the United States enjoy a long relationship built on cooperation and collaboration. But there are also disagreements, as an upcoming conference will explore.

“Cooperation and Conflict: International Trade, Investment, and Cross Border Disputes,” the 2016 conference of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute (CUSLI), will bring to Case Western Reserve University experts in law, policy, business and government to examine Canada-U.S. relations during the U.S. presidential election year and as Canada adapts to its 2015 election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The conference is April 7-8 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and CWRU’s Tinkham Veale University Center. Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman will provide the distinguished lecture at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8.

The agenda, including a link to the event webcast, is available at: http://law.case.edu/Lectures-Events/lec_id/412.

Trade agreements present a host of challenges, including intellectual property, agriculture, the dispute resolution process, and protecting natural resources. Border security and the international threat of terrorism remain major issues, intensified by recent attacks in Europe.

“This relationship spans across virtually every sector, from manufacturing to agriculture to retail,” said Ted Parran, CUSLI managing director. “Shared stewardship of Lake Erie and its fishing industry is a top priority, and personal and cultural ties also run deep, with over 1 million visits between Ohio and Canada each year.”

Parran said the United States-Canada economic relationship has been estimated to generate over $600 billion (U.S. dollars) per year in goods, and more than $1 trillion annually, including services.

Founded in 1976, CUSLI serves as a forum on bi-national legal and business issues and is jointly managed by Case Western Reserve University School of Law and University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.


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October 06, 2009

Theses & Dissertations -- Availability through Interlibrary Loan

A few words about borrowing theses or dissertations for your scholarly research needs...

First of all, if you need to access any titles that have been done at any of the colleges of Case Western Reserve University (or any of its predecessor institutions), you should ordinarily not have to request them through interlibrary loan. Be sure you have searched them in the CASE Online Catalog for current availability. The most recent 5 years of masters' theses (and the newest Ph.D. dissertations) from the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering, and the Weatherhead School of Management should be available in the Kelvin Smith Library. Any titles done at the School of Medicine, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, or the School of Law should be held at their respective library locations. All others should be available for request by using the Iron Mountain form.

Theses originally submitted in electronic format will often have a link displayed in their online catalog entries, for immediate download. You may also search the availability of many electronic CASE thesis titles that have been digitized at either Digital Case Electronic Theses or OhioLINK Electronic Theses.

If you cannot find a CASE thesis title in our catalog, or if one that you do find is not currently available (e.g., checked out, in processing, or at bindery), we suggest you contact the University Archives for further assistance. The phone number for their reference desk is 216-368-3320, and they may also be contacted at archives@case.edu.

If you need to borrow a thesis or dissertation that was done at any of the OhioLINK Member Universities, you should first search for it in the OhioLINK Catalog, where you can submit your request directly. Digitized OhioLINK theses are also available for download through the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.

In all other cases, you should use ILLiad to request the thesis titles you require. Remember to use the 'Thesis' form under the 'New Request' section of the Main Menu, when you log into your account. The data fields provided in this page are appropriate to this particular loan type. You should use this form for titles done at Ohio universities not part of OhioLINK, U.S. universities outside Ohio, and any universities outside the United States.

Keep in mind that the loans of theses or dissertations borrowed through ILLiad will be subject to different loan rules than any that you borrow directly from the CASE or OhioLINK collections. As each lending institution operates along its own set of policies, it is possible that various restrictions may be imposed. For example, loan periods may vary (in contrast to the uniform due dates of direct check-outs), renewals may or may not be allowed, and in some cases a 'library-use-only' restriction may be required. When you receive a notification of receipt, the message text will indicate if any of these apply.

Some additional issues and caveats to remember about borrowing theses through ILLiad...

Most often a thesis or dissertation is held only at the library of the institution where it was done. Sometimes there are copies available held at more than one library location, with the possibility of two or more libraries at the same university. Occasionally some theses are widely held through several locations besides the originating institution, as a reflection of how influential the author's research has proven to be. Usually, however, you can expect only a single copy to be all that will be available for borrowing through interlibrary loan.

Occasionally a thesis is on loan at the institution's library at the time you place a request for it, and they will often reply by informing us to try again at a future date. Under these circumstances, we will send you a cancellation notice and suggest that you re-submit your request at a time when it may again be available for loan.

If you have already requested a particular thesis title that we have been able to borrow for you and have recently returned it, you should expect not to be able to borrow it again immediately. Please put off re-requesting it for at least two to three weeks (or longer if a foreign thesis) if you need it again, to allow for return shipping, check-in and re-shelving for future availability at the lender library.

Some theses will only be available for circulation in microfilm (reel or fiche) formats from the lender libraries. We usually try to request hard copies of theses when we can, but sometimes only microfilms are loaned to us by the lender libraries even when we do not expect them. Many Canadian theses, for example, can only be borrowed from the National Library of Canada, which loans them almost exclusively in microfiche format. Please remember that the Kelvin Smith Library does offer the appropriate equipment and reference assistance for viewing microfilm format, as well as for reproducing into the print or electronic forms which you may find more useful. Consider this before returning any unused theses borrowed for you on microfilm through ILL.

Some lenders will actually provide us with a complete reproduction of a thesis or dissertation. When this is in electronic format, we usually can provide it to you through electronic delivery (after converting your ILLiad transaction into an article-type request format). Due to copyright restrictions, you will be expected to save or print only a single copy of the thesis, which you may retain for personal research use but not freely disseminate. Keep in mind that it will usually be a fairly large file, so please allow adequate time for it to download. When we actually receive a print reproduction, we will provide it to you as a loan, with indefinite renewals if needed. As this material is library property, we will expect you to return it when you are finished so we may submit it to our Acquisitions Department to be considered for binding and addition to the Kelvin Smith Library collections, for future availability.

Expect that some theses will take us longer to obtain than the usual loans you may request. Those done at Canadian, British, European, Japanese and other foreign universities will often require more time for us to borrow, and in some cases we will only be able to obtain them by purchasing a reproduction directly from the holding library, which often becomes a time-consuming process (more about that below). You can also expect many European and other non-English universities' theses to be available only in the original language, and not in English translation. Some of these may be referenced (i.e., title & abstract only) in translation, but not be available in full-text translation. Occasionally, though, some actually are written originally in English by their authors.

Once in a while, a holding library will not allow a thesis title to circulate at all. We can sometimes purchase a reproduction from them, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Some libraries will require us to obtain permission directly from the author before proceeding with processing a reproduction. Some lenders will instead refer us to University Microfilms International to purchase a copy ourselves, while others will simply not offer any option at all. In many such cases, we will have to cancel your ILLiad request and inform you of the specific circumstances. When a title is available from University Microfilms International, we will also suggest that you may wish to purchase a personal copy, or advise you to contact our Acquisitions Department using the Suggest a Purchase form to have a copy added to our own collections.

Hopefully this has shed some light regarding theses and dissertations, and how best to use interlibrary loan services and other available resources in accessing them.

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March 24, 2016

Millennials admit to being narcissists—but don’t you dare call them that


News Release: Wednesday, March 24, 2016

So-called millennials consider their generation the most narcissistic ever.

Older generations agree—but think the narcissism goes even beyond what millennials admit.

For millennials (adults born between 1980 and 1994, and also known as “Generation Y”), this assessment by their parents’ and grandparents’ generations does not sit well, according to new research based on a series of studies led by Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

“Millennials and older generations agree that millennials are the most narcissistic,” Grubbs said. “They just disagree to the extent of the narcissism.”

In the last decade, popular writings have portrayed millennials as exceptionally self-centered, creating a prevailing narrative that has become accepted as fact, to a degree, due to its repetition, Grubbs said.

“This is the first generation where there’s such a prevalent exposure to the message (that) they’re narcissistic, mainly through the Internet,” said Grubbs. “We’d like to know, over time, what effect that has. This is the first step.”

Hence, Grubbs set out to measure this phenomenon, which, until now, had been mostly based on anecdotal evidence: for example, the self-centered behavior of some young people on social media and the ubiquity of “selfies.”

Emojis, fake personality tests—and other experiments

In one experiment, study participants were asked to choose between emojis—cartoon faces often used in texting and social media—that best matched their feelings after being called “narcissistic.” The saddest emoji face was chosen most often, while the participants who picked indifferent or happy emoji faces tended to be the most narcissistic, as measured by self-surveys.

In another experiment, millennials were given fake personality tests that told them they were narcissistic, while researchers recorded their reactions.

“Millennials generally object when the ‘narcissistic’ label is applied to them—it feels like a putdown,” said Grubbs, noting that study participants associated the term with arrogance, self-centeredness and a penchant for vanity. “The only people that found the label acceptable were people who are actually narcissistic—and research shows there are very few of them.”

“Still, millennials experience more anger, frustration and sadness over the label than other generations,” Grubbs said. “Even if they agree with it to some extent, it still bothers them.”

Another key distinction emerged in the research: What may seem like signs of “narcissism” or self-obsession to one person may be evidence of “individualism”—a trait valued by millennials—to someone else.

“This research doesn’t mean every single millennial is narcissistic,” said Grubbs, a millennial himself. “But on the whole, people of my generation probably are more narcissistic than in past generations.”

Grubbs recently presented the research—which will be published later this year—at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego.

“Over time, the ‘narcissistic’ label could impact how millennials feel, their mental health (and) their attitudes about themselves and general generation,” said Grubbs, also a pre-doctoral intern in professional psychology at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. “This provides us with a broad picture we can use in further research.”

Grubbs also researches the psychology of religion and spirituality, as well as the psychology of addiction, narcissism and entitlement.


























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March 23, 2016

Efforts to destroy ISIS have permanently changed international law, legal researcher concludes

International law authority examines right to use force in self-defense against threats within a nation that can’t or won’t stop terror attacks




News Release: Wednesday, March 23, 2016



CLEVELAND—An urgent need to respond with force to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has permanently changed the use of self-defense in international law to attack a threat in another country, according to newly published research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The use of force against al-Qaida and ISIS during the past 14 years has given rise to what Michael Scharf, co-dean of the Case Western Reserve School of Law, describes as a “Grotian Moment”—a fundamental paradigm shift that will have broad implications for international law.

The main implication of this newly accepted change in the international law of self-defense is that any nation can now lawfully use force against a threat (terrorists, rebels, pirates, drug cartels, etc.) in another country if that nation is unable or unwilling to suppress the threat within its borders.

Scharf, a former attorney adviser for United Nations Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, is Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker Hostetler Professor of Law and director of the law school’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. He details the radical change in customary international law in his article, “How the War Against ISIS Changed International Law,” for Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 48 (2016).

The U.S. State Department maintains a list of terrorist organizations that pose a significant threat to the United States and its allies. The list, according to Scharf’s article, includes 58 terrorist groups based in 35 countries.

The scenario

Since August 2014, the United States—assisted by some Western and Arab countries—has carried out bombing and cruise missile attacks against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Iraq consented to the air strikes in its territory, but Syria didn’t. And Russia blocked the United Nations Security Council from authorizing force against ISIS in Syria.

The United States invoked several legal arguments to justify airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, including: the right of humanitarian intervention, the right to use force in a failed state and the right of hot pursuit, before finally settling on self-defense, Scharf wrote.

Even in the aftermath of al Qaeda attacks in the United States, use of force in self-defense had not been viewed as lawful against terrorists within a sovereign nation unless the terrorist organization was under the effective control of that nation. But the United States argued such force can be justified where a governing authority is unable or unwilling to suppress the threat operating within its borders.

The shift

That view was not initially accepted by Russia, China or even the United Kingdom—a close U.S. ally. But opposition changed in the aftermath of ISIS attacks of a Russian jetliner and a Paris stadium and concert hall in 2015, leading to the unanimous adoption of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on nations to use all necessary measures to fight ISIS in Syria.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2249, adopted in November 2015, does not clearly endorse a particular legal justification, Scharf wrote. He added: “Despite its ambiguity, Resolution 2249 will likely be viewed as confirming that use of force in self-defense is now permissible against non-state actors where the territorial state is unable to suppress the threat that they pose.”

Scharf’s emphasizes use force remains subject to three key limitations to guard against abuse:
• The military response must be to an armed attack to trigger the right to use force in self-defense. Mass terrorist attacks that result in deaths meet that threshold.
• The use of force must be targeted against a terrorist organization and not against the nation where the terrorist group exists, or that nation’s military, unless the nation is shown to be effectively in control of the offending group.
• Military action must still meet the international law principles of necessity, proportionality and discrimination.
Scharf’s research paper also offered that further limitations are likely to develop as nations invoke the new aspect of international law.

Scharf is also author of the book Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments (Cambridge University Press 2013).


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March 23, 2016

The conflict between science and religion lies in our brains


News Release: March 23, 2016

CLEVELAND—The conflict between science and religion may have its origins in the structure of our brains, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Babson College have found.

Clashes between the use of faith vs. scientific evidence to explain the world around us dates back centuries and is perhaps most visible today in the arguments between evolution and creationism.

To believe in a supernatural god or universal spirit, people appear to suppress the brain network used for analytical thinking and engage the empathetic network, the scientists say. When thinking analytically about the physical world, people appear to do the opposite.

“When there’s a question of faith, from the analytic point of view, it may seem absurd,” said Tony Jack, who led the research. “But, from what we understand about the brain, the leap of faith to belief in the supernatural amounts to pushing aside the critical/analytical way of thinking to help us achieve greater social and emotional insight.”

Jack is an associate professor of philosophy at Case Western Reserve and research director of the university’s Inamori International Center of Ethics and Excellence, which helped sponsor the research.

"A stream of research in cognitive psychology has shown and claims that people who have faith (i.e., are religious or spiritual) are not as smart as others. They actually might claim they are less intelligent.,” said Richard Boyatzis, distinguished university professor and professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve, and a member of Jack’s team.

“Our studies confirmed that statistical relationship, but at the same time showed that people with faith are more prosocial and empathic,” he said.

In a series of eight experiments, the researchers found the more empathetic the person, the more likely he or she is religious.

That finding offers a new explanation for past research showing women tend to hold more religious or spiritual worldviews than men. The gap may be because women have a stronger tendency toward empathetic concern than men.

Atheists, the researchers found, are most closely aligned with psychopaths—not killers, but the vast majority of psychopaths classified as such due to their lack of empathy for others.

The new study is published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The other authors are Jared Friedman, a research assistant and recent graduate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science who will begin his PhD in organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve in the fall, and Scott Taylor, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Babson College.

Brain structure
The research is based on the hypothesis that the human brain has two opposing domains in constant tension. In earlier research, Jack ‘s Brain, Mind & Consciousness lab used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show the brain has an analytical network of neurons that enables us to think critically and a social network that enables us to empathize. When presented with a physics problem or ethical dilemma, a healthy brain fires up the appropriate network while suppressing the other.

“Because of the tension between networks, pushing aside a naturalistic world view enables you to delve deeper into the social/emotional side,” Jack explained. “And that may be the key to why beliefs in the supernatural exist throughout the history of cultures. It appeals to an essentially nonmaterial way of understanding the world and our place in it.”

Friedman said, “Having empathy doesn’t mean you necessarily have anti-scientific beliefs. Instead, our results suggest that if we only emphasize analytic reasoning and scientific beliefs, as the New Atheist movement suggests, then we are compromising our ability to cultivate a different type of thinking, namely social/moral insight.”

“These findings,” Friedman continued, “are consistent with the philosophical view, espoused by (Immanuel) Kant, according to which there are two distinct types of truth: empirical and moral.”

Experiments and results
The researchers examined the relationship between belief in God or a universal spirit with measures of analytic thinking and moral concern in eight different experiments, each involving 159 to 527 adults. Consistently through all eight, the more religious the person, the more moral concern they showed. But no cause and effect was established.

They found that both spiritual belief and empathic concern were positively associated with frequency of prayer, meditations and other spiritual or religious practices, but neither were predicted by church dinners or other social contact associated with religious affiliation.

While others theorize that mentalizing—interpreting human behavior in terms of intentional mental states such as needs, desires or purposes—has a positive association with belief, the researchers found none.

Like other studies, these experiments showed that analytic thinking discourages acceptance of spiritual or religious beliefs. But the statistical analysis of data pooled from all eight experiments indicates empathy is more important to religious belief than analytic thinking is for disbelief.

So why can the conflict between science and religion become so strong?

“Because the networks suppress each other, they may create two extremes,” Boyatzis said. “Recognizing that this is how the brain operates, maybe we can create more reason and balance in the national conversations involving science and religion.”

Using both networks
The researchers say humans are built to engage and explore using both networks.

“Far from always conflicting with science, under the right circumstances religious belief may positively promote scientific creativity and insight,” Jack said. “Many of history's most famous scientists were spiritual or religious. Those noted individuals were intellectually sophisticated enough to see that there is no need for religion and science to come into conflict."

They refer to Baruch Aba Shalev’s book 100 years of Nobel Prizes, which found that, from 1901 to 2000, 654 Nobel laureates, or nearly 90 percent, belonged to one of 28 religions. The remaining 10.5 percent were atheists, agnostics or freethinkers.

“You can be religious and be a very good scientist,” Jack said.

The researchers agree with the New Atheists that suspension of analytical thinking—at the wrong time—can be dangerous, and point to the historical use of religious differences to persecute or fight wars.

“Although it is simply a distortion of history to pin all conflict on religion,” Jack said. “Non-religious political movements, such as fascism and communism, and quasi-scientific movements, such as eugenics, have also done great harm.”

The researchers suggest, however, that taking a carefully considered leap of religious faith appears be an effective route to promoting emotional insight. Theirs and other studies find that, overall, religious belief is associated with greater compassion, greater social inclusiveness and greater motivation to engage in pro-social actions.

Jack said the conflict can be avoided by remembering simple rules: “Religion has no place telling us about the physical structure of the world; that’s the business of science. Science should inform our ethical reasoning, but it cannot determine what is ethical or tell us how we should construct meaning and purpose in our lives."

To dig deeper into belief, the researchers are planning studies to learn if individuals who increase their empathy then increase their religious or spiritual belief, or vice versa.


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March 21, 2016

Non-Roman Alphabetical Characters in ILLiad Requests - Revisited

This is a topic I dealt with fairly extensively in an entry on January 28, 2013. Just wanted to make a few comments on some recent developments in the world of KSL ILLiad...

I have been noticing a greater influx of requests submitted into the KSL ILLiad site that contain actual Chinese characters, so I thought it might be apropos to remark on this recent trend. (As a passing note--this has been occurring primarily for materials in the area of art history, but also with a few in science and engineering.) For some time, ILLiad has been accepting these characters (as well as other non-Roman characters) with no problem. OCLC, our main application for transmitting online interlibrary loan transactions, is also able to process them as part of a submitted citation.

For the most part, this is all fine and well. However, it can have implications on our ability to effectively search the OCLC database for available holdings on books and periodicals with Chinese titles (as with any other foreign-language titles using non-alphabetic writing systems). If you wish to submit a request (for a book, book chapter, conference paper, journal article, etc.), it is more prudent to enter a title for the book or journal in transliterated form -- or better yet, actually translated into English. This makes the task of searching much easier and quicker for ILL staff, and thus expedites the processing of your request. If you choose to include such characters in your primary book title or journal title entry field, it is much more helpful if you have them accompanied with the transliterated form of the title, or better yet, cite the ISBN, ISSN or OCLC number (in their respective entry lines, of course) as well. Relevant comments in the "Notes" field of the request form are also most welcome.

A more appropriate context for including these characters in your citation is where you enter the title (and author) of the article, book chapter, conference paper, etc. An English translation might also be of use, while simply including a Romanized transliteration is probably less helpful. Supplier library staff may by chance be able to recognize the foreign characters, and better visually locate the material to be reproduced, yet not be able to equate the characters with transliterated syllables or words translated into English. Your best bet, of course, is to always cite the inclusive pages or at least the starting page number.

As always, hoping this advice proves to be enlightening in your use of our ILLiad resource.

Questions or concerns about ILLiad or ILL services in general? Please contact the Kelvin Smith Library ILL staff by phone at 216-368-3463 or 216-368-3517, or by e-mail at smithill@case.edu.

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February 25, 2016

EEPS Colloquium: Friday, April 22, 2016 Noon

Friday, April 22, 2016
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

The Ocean's Role in Ice Age Cycles: New Insights from Marine Microfossils by Dr. Katherine Allen (University of Maine)

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March 15, 2016

Aida Louise Smith: Case School of Applied Science’s First Woman?

Case School of Applied Science (CSAS) was incorporated in 1880, with an all-male Board of Trustees, faculty, and student body. The first graduate degree was awarded to a woman in 1928. The first woman joined the faculty in 1938. Women were admitted to the regular undergraduate program in 1960.

But women were engaged in the work of CSAS before these milestones. Aida Louise Smith has recently been identified as the first (documented) woman employed by CSAS.

In the minutes of the October 5, 1896 meeting of the Board of Trustees, President Staley reported, “that he had engaged Miss Louise Smith as Secretary to himself and Faculty at a salary of $8.00 per week as authorized at the last meeting and upon motion President Staley’s action was approved.” Miss Smith remained at CSAS until November 1906. In the annual directories, Miss Smith is variously listed as Assistant Librarian, Secretary to the President, and Secretary of the Faculty.

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Aida Louise Smith in CSAS Differential 1902

The Differential 1902, the student yearbook for the 1900/1901 academic year, devoted an entire page to Miss Smith, including the following tribute:

“Case is not a coeducational institution, and naturally there are no ladies on the faculty; but there is one lady at Case without whom the wheels would cease to revolve, and we can think of no one whose withdrawal would occasion such serious interruptions to the established order of things.”

“Miss Aida L. Smith was graduated from Lake Erie College at Painesville, and afterwards traveled extensively in Europe and the East, spending quite a long period at Smyrna. Since her return to America Miss Smith has been engaged more or less in college work. In 1896 she accepted her present position at Case, and since that time there have been devolved upon her, one by one, the duties of librarian, cashier, mail-clerk, telephone-central, secretary, and general advisory committee. A notion of Miss Smith’s wide field of action may be gained by reading the bulletin board at any time:”

‘Found: a bunch of keys; owner may have them from Miss Smith.’ ‘For Case Library cards apply to Miss Smith.’ ‘Freshmen will hand their short stories to Miss Smith.’ ‘Tuition for second term is now due; Miss Smith will receive payment.’

“In the social entertainments at Case, Miss Smith has always been ready with advice and help, and in her every day relations with the school has shown a personal interest in the students which we heartily appreciate.”

I am indebted to Chris Bennett of the Lake Erie College Library for additional information about Aida Louise Smith. She graduated from Lake Erie in 1889. From 1890 to 1892 Miss Smith was a teacher at the American Institute for Girls, in Smyrna, Turkey. After leaving Case Miss Smith served as superintendent of The Sybil Carter Indian Mission. Lake Erie College alumnae directories list her residence in 1928 as Brooklyn New York.

Next: “Discovering” Aida Louise Smith: the highs and lows of archival research

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March 17, 2016

“Discovering” Aida Louise Smith: the highs and lows of archival research

Earlier this week I shared some biographical information about Aida Louise Smith, who we believe is the first woman employed by Case School of Applied Science (CSAS). Below is a short description of my search for Aida, along with some insights this small project offers about archival research.

The Power (and Fun) of Serendipity
I didn’t set out to identify the first woman employed by CSAS. We’ve been slowly but surely digitizing our 330-volume collection of student yearbooks. One of the prep tasks is to make sure the volume to be scanned has all its pages. While prepping the Differential 1902, I saw a page devoted to Aida Louis Smith. I was charmed by the tribute and intrigued by the small pieces of her life story it contained. She seemed like a good subject of a blog posting during Women’s History Month, so I decided to see what other details I could find to add to the yearbook information.

Follow the Function
In an archives, there is almost never one source that brings together all information about a person, event, building, or program. Records are by-products of activities carried out by departments, offices, committees, or other units. The way to identify likely sources of information is to think about what activities would have created records about the subject. For example, hiring an employee typically involves applications that contain biographical information. But there’s a catch.

The Way We Do Things Now is Not the Way They’ve Always Been Done
In 2016 there is a structured process to hire employees, an entire Human Resources department that oversees that process, and numerous records are created. In the late 19th century hiring was a simpler matter and records and departments were fewer. Besides the academic departments, CSAS had the President’s Office and two governing bodies, the Trustees and the Faculty. There were no vice presidents, deans, or directors. The Trustees were much more involved in the day to day operation of the school than they are now, and the records reflect that fact. The President submitted periodic detailed operating reports to the Trustees and the Trustee meeting minutes record decisions on such matters as the purchase of library materials, laboratory equipment, and hiring a secretary for the President.

Records Change, Too
During Aida’s time, the annual Catalog of CSAS included a directory of all current students, faculty, trustees, and staff. It wasn’t until 1893 that any staff appeared, male shop assistants. It wasn’t until 1900 that a woman’s name, Aida Louise Smith, appeared as Assistant Librarian. Her name last appeared in the directories in 1905 and the following year Lida Miller Marshall was listed as Secretary to the President.

Be Patient, Persistent, and Skeptical
The annual directories are pretty reliable But if you’re going to claim that someone was the first woman hired at CSAS, confirmation in multiple sources would be beneficial. In the January 1907 President’s report announcing Miss Smith’s departure the previous November, he wrote that she had been his secretary for twelve years. That would mean she was hired in 1894 or 1895, which contradicted the directories. Unfortunately, there are gaps in the President’s reports in the 1890s. Since a new position required ongoing expenditures for salary and given that Trustees acted on relatively modest one-time expenditures, it seemed likely the Trustees would have approved Miss Smith’s hiring. Minutes from 1893 through 1895 were silent, however. While I wasn’t enthusiastic about reading more handwritten meeting minutes, persistence paid off. In the meeting of October 15, 1896 Miss Smith’s hiring was reported and approved. A useful reminder to be skeptical of assertions that happen several years after the fact.

Start with the Short Path, but be Prepared for Dead Ends
Because I hoped to find more pictures of Miss Smith and more information about her life and interactions with students, I skimmed student yearbooks between 1896 and 1907 I found what seems to be a picture of Miss Smith in 1904, but no more details of her life.

One Hundred Percent Certainty is Rare
Contemporaneous records about her hiring do not state that Miss Smith was the first woman hired by CSAS. However, she was the first secretary hired for the President and she was the first woman to appear in the annual directories. The evidence seems persuasive that Aida Louise Smith was CSAS’s first woman employee. But I’m cautious about claiming firsts, so will qualify the assertion by describing Miss Smith as the first documented woman employee at CSAS.

“Discovery,” Documentation, and Researcher Hubris
I found myself crowing to my colleagues that I had discovered the first CSAS woman. Of course, I did nothing of the kind. Miss Smith’s association with CSAS had been documented in the Archives for over one hundred years. At best, I became aware of Miss Smith. To claim I discovered a lost piece of the school’s history diminishes the work of generations of librarians and archivists who labored to protect the documentation of her place in our story. But the next time I hear a researcher describing CWRU’s history as “lost” in the Archives, I’ll try to remember how exciting re-discovery is. And I’ll happily share the best part of being an archivist: to remember and to remind.

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August 28, 2012

Tips for Distance Ed Graduates (DM Program, Document Delivery & ILL)

Here are some guidelines for using ILLiad, for students enrolled in the Doctor of Management degree program at the Weatherhead School of Management...

Requesting Articles (Journal or Newspaper/Magazine Articles, Book Chapters, Conference Papers, etc.)--

* In most cases, you should submit your article requests via ILLiad, regardless of whatever potential lender library location source we may draw upon. We will attempt to fill your request to the best of our ability, through either interlibrary loan or internal document delivery service.
* Please request only ONE article, book chapter, or paper per individual transaction. This is primarily so for reasons involving copyright, as well as lender processing requirements and expectations. (ILL staff reserve the right to cancel multiple-article requests, and to advise you to re-submit them properly.)
* If multiple book chapters or conference papers from the same circulating monograph item are required, we recommend requesting the entire book or published proceedings as an alternate course of action (see under 'Requesting Loans' below).
* You may wish to check the Case Catalog (for holdings in KSL, R.R.C.C., Music, etc.), OhioLINK, or OCLC WorldCat for potential holdings -- this can be helpful, but is not required, as including an ISSN or OCLC accession number will assist us in locating sources. In any case, ILL staff are able to determine whether to obtain materials from our own local holdings or through interlibrary loan.
* If available in our Electronic Journals collection, we STRONGLY recommend downloading your articles directly from there, and be sure to turn on your VPN connection. (ILL staff reserve the right to cancel requests for electronic articles from this resource, and direct you to this link.) If, however, the Electronic Journal resource is inaccessible (in part, or as a whole), you may submit requests through ILLiad as long as you also indicate this circumstance in the 'Notes' field of the request form.

Requesting Loans (Books, Theses, Reports, etc.)--

* In most cases, you will submit your book requests using ILLiad, but you may also frequently consult OhioLINK for many loans not held in our own KSL collections.
* Please request only ONE loanable item per individual transaction, perhaps with the exception of a multi-volume set of reasonable size. Multiple volumes in a long series are preferably requested in individual transactions. (ILL staff reserve the right to cancel requests for unreasonable numbers of parts, and to advise you to re-submit your requests individually.)
* If more than one edition of the same title needed, we prefer that you request each copy separately. (ILL staff reserve the right to select one edition for processing, or to cancel and advise you to re-submit your requests for different editions separately.)
* Please check the Case Catalog for Kelvin Smith Library system holdings (KSL, R.R.C.C., Music, etc.). If copies are available in these collections, submit your request using an ILLiad loan form. We will provide these items through internal document delivery, and you will normally be given a full semester loan period.
* If no copies are currently available in the KSL system, first check OhioLINK, and submit your request there if any copies are shown as available in member library collections. (ILL staff reserve the right to cancel requests submitted in ILLiad for titles that are readily available directly through OhioLINK, and advise you to borrow by that method instead.)
* If no copies are available in OhioLINK (or SearchOhio), submit your request again using ILLiad. If you have the ISBN, or have searched WorldCat and have the OCLC accession number, you may include them in your ILL request form submission to assist ILL staff in identifying exact items and better locating potential lenders. In this case, we will attempt to borrow items from external interlibrary loan resources.
* CAVEAT: Available copies showing in the Case Catalog that are not in the collections of the KSL system (which include Music, R.R.C.C., Astronomy, Iron Mountain) -- i.e., Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Allen & HCL), MSASS, Law, and others sharing our catalog -- may preclude the proper submission of loan requests in OhioLINK. If this is ever the case, you may use ILLiad instead to enter your request, and indicate in the 'Notes' field of the form that this circumstance is presenting a difficulty.

Specifying Loan Delivery Method
* When you initially register your account in ILLiad, you do not have the option of indicating this setting option, as it is a special service not available to all eligible users of KSL's ILL services.
* Select 'Distance Ed Graduate' as your status, and 'DM' as your department or program. Upon your first session, please select the special option from your Main Menu, 'Change User Information', where you can select 'Mail to Address' as your Loan Delivery Method, as opposed to the default 'Hold for Pickup'. (You may also change this at any time in future sessions, if appropriate to your varying needs.)
* If you do not make this change, we will assume this to be your accepted selection, and hold your received ILL loaned items at the KSL main service desk rather than sending them to your indicated delivery address. If you reside locally, and prefer to pick up these items at the library, feel free to leave the original setting of 'Hold for Pickup' as is.
* NOTE: ILL staff maintain a listing of all current Distance Ed Graduates enrolled in the DM program, and can verify your eligibility for this special delivery service. We reserve the right to reset this option to 'Hold for Pickup' and your status to 'Graduate' or whichever one corresponds to that in official university records, if you are not a valid member of this program.

We hope this clarifies most of the questions and concerns regarding your general use of our interlibrary loan and document delivery services.

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