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September 17, 2014

Visiting Scholars and ILL Services

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

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

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

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

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

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September 16, 2014

E-Book for August issue online

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September 16, 2014

E-Book for August issue online

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September 15, 2014

Rhetoric in the Flesh by T. Kenny Fountain: the anatomy student and human cadaver

News Release: Monday, September 15, 2014

Students in the gross anatomy lab stand with trepidation before their human cadavers, uneasy about making that first cut, writes T. Kenny Fountain in his new book, Rhetoric in the Flesh: Trained Vision, Technical Expertise, and the Gross Anatomy Lab (Routledge, 2014).
The associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University explains in his ethnographic study of education in the anatomy lab how the experience is part of the transformation of students into medical professionals.
To overcome the students’ unease, the professor and a bequest staff member, who works with the donors that gave their bodies, explain the donation process and stress the unique opportunity to explore the physical bodies in front of them.
Early on, students hear two messages: the cadaver is a gift to their medical training; and the act of dissection is a unique way to learn human anatomy.
Students are encouraged to accept the cadavers as both anatomical objects and former human beings, Fountain said. 
And with the anatomical gift comes a social and cultural obligation to reciprocate. In this case, students are encouraged to respect the cadavers and take advantage of the dissection opportunity to learn as much as possible.
Students will eventually return the gift as health care professionals who use that knowledge to understand and treat the bodies of their patients.
This vital lesson heard and learned by students contributes to transforming medical students into physicians and dentists.
Fountain began his research by studying gross anatomy courses for medical and dental students and undergraduates. He observed, took field notes of how students, teaching assistants and faculty interacted with the bodies, images and objects of the lab, and interviewed participants about their experience.
He studied the language and activities used to make sense of these objects, and he found, along with anatomical terms and concepts, a special rhetorical language of the discipline of anatomy.
Fountain said medical and dental students' professional training is shaped by the analogies, metaphors, verbal illustrations and statements of value used to describe both the cadavers and the process of dissection.
Most students find it impossible to completely forget that these cadavers were once living humans, Fountain said, and their instructors do not want them to completely forget it.
The rhetorical formations of the lab—the analogy of the gift and the praise of dissection—encourage students to keep both of these elements in play, he said.
"The type of clinical detachment that many anatomy students develop is best described as a re-sensitization to bodies rather than a de-sensitization," Fountain said. The situation fosters a simultaneous connection with—and distance from—the human body, which students need in order to respectfully perform these very invasive dissections on the dead, he said.

Yet, he explains that many of the same practices of the anatomy lab play out across campus in other professional schools. Students in engineering, law, nursing and social work, for example, all become full-fledged members of their profession by learning how to engage appropriately with the images and objects of their profession.

At the center of this shaping process is the special rhetoric of each discipline, which structures how participants view the objects, practices, outcomes and values of their profession, Fountain explained.

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September 15, 2014

CWRU study finds caregivers with family members newly diagnosed with mental illness suffer anxiety

News Release: Monday, September 15, 2014

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, who studied the emotional distress of caring for a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, found anxiety is high for the primary caregiver at the initial diagnosis or early in the course of the illness and decreases over time.

“This finding is significant,” said Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, the Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and study’s corresponding author.

She attributes the differences to possibly two factors: the family member becomes more stable with treatment or medication, or the caregiver learns to adapt or cope with the situation over time.

The study also found that women new to caregiving tended to get depressed and angry more than those who provided care for some time. Anxiety symptoms were greater for Caucasians than African-Americans.

The findings are based on responses from 60 female caregivers, age 18 to 65, about their experiences when caring for a family member with anxiety, bipolar disorder, severe depression or schizophrenia.

The study represents initial steps to examine the connection between caring for a family member with a mental illness and the emotional toll it takes on caregivers—most of whom are women, Zauszniewski said.

The more educated the caregiver, the more resilient to emotional distress and the more likely the person was to find helpful resources, the study concluded. And sisters of the people being cared for reported feeling less anxious than caregivers who were the patient’s mother, aunt, cousin, daughter, wife or grandmother.

The results were recently published in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

The researchers recruited women through flyers posted in Northeast Ohio social service agencies, churches, coffee houses, libraries and other places.

Each caregiver responded to 10 questions about her negative emotions experienced during the two weeks leading up to an assessment, called the Emotional Symptoms Checklist, Zauszniewski developed to monitor an individual’s emotional state. The caregivers also provided the age, diagnosis and other information of the family member with the mental illness.

The women caregivers had an average age of 46, while the cared-for person was, on average, 37. The breakdown in diagnoses was: schizophrenia (45 percent), bipolar disorder (45 percent), depression (5 percent) and anxiety (1 percent). The average length of suffering from mental illness was a little more than 11 years.

Sixty percent (or 36) of the mentally ill family members did not live with their caregivers, who were primarily their mothers.

Yet 68 percent of the caregivers provided direct support through the individual daily activities and reported being more angry. About one-third of the individuals with mental illnesses received indirect care, such as support and encouragement by the woman caregiver.

While the study focused on African-American and Caucasian women, Zauszniewski said a larger long-term study that includes the emotional distress of Latino women would provide a broader look at the experiences of caregivers. A future study would also examine a caregiver’s emotional state over a longer period of time.

Based on her findings, Zauszniewski believes more attention should be paid to how the stress of caring for a mentally ill family member affects the entire family. She called for interventions for families and education for future nurses that could benefit both the caregiver and the cared-for individual with mental illness.

Abir K. Bekhet, PhD, RN, HMSI, assistant professor at the College of Nursing at Marquette University, also contributed to the study, which was supported with a research initiation grant from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

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December 18, 2008

ILLiad Loans vs. OhioLINK Loans & Local Checkouts

Just another reminder that your loans obtained through ILLiad are managed separately from those items you have borrowed directly from the Kelvin Smith Library, from other CASE campus library locations, and from OhioLINK collections.

In order to view your current ILLiad loan transactions, you must log into your account at ILLiad. A list of your outstanding requests will appear on your Main Page, which will include those for any loans (and articles) still in process by ILL Staff, as well as any loans still awaiting pick-up. You may refresh this page by clicking on 'Your Name's ILLiad Page' at the top of the menu at the left, or you may check outstanding requests by clicking on 'Outstanding Requests' under the 'View' section. If you require further details regarding the current status of any outstanding requests still 'In Process', you will need to contact ILL Staff at 216-368-3517 or 216-368-3463 (M-F, 9AM-4:30PM), or at For currently checked out loans, click on 'Checked Out Items' under the 'View' section also -- this is where you may request renewals, where eligible (see my previous entry on 'Requesting Renewals in ILLiad', or read about Renewals in our 'Customer Help' page).

To view any current loans from KSL collections, from any other CASE campus or CASE-affiliated libraries, or through OhioLINK, see the CASE Library Catalog and select 'My Library Account'. Here you will be able to renew these items, if they are eligible. For information regarding loans from the Cleveland Public Library, read further at CPL@Case-KSL.

Please note that any fines or replacement fees for KSL or OhioLINK books must be negotiated through our Circulation Department, which you may contact at 216-368-3506 or at We recommend that you contact other CASE library locations (Cleveland Health Sciences, MSASS, LAW, etc.) directly regarding fines on items from their collections.

We do not pass on overdue fines to patrons for books borrowed through ILLiad, as a matter of policy, but we do ask that you try to return these items as soon as possible. In the unfortunate instance of the loss of materials loaned through ILLiad, notify ILL Staff immediately, at 216-368-3517 or 216-368-3463, or at -- ILL staff will then need to contact the lending institution(s) on policies regarding replacement fees, and you will most likely be held accountable for compensation of any such losses. Your borrowing privileges may also become curtailed as a result, until any billings have been reconciled.

Sorry to end on such a depressing note... Hope this will clear up any confusion about the differences among the various sources of loans which you may obtain through our library services.

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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, 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, the School of Dental Medicine, or 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 (link to their ILL services page provided here)
*Cleveland Institute of Art Library: (216) 421-7440

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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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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September 10, 2014

Faculty Position in GI Cancer Research and Pathology - Department of Pathology

We are seeking a research-oriented Pathologist with specialty expertise in GI Pathology and a cutting-edge research program for faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Pathology. The majority of effort will be devoted to research in association with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the GI Cancer SPORE. Areas of focus include cancer biology and translational research in tumors of the colon, pancreas, or esophagus. Institutional strengths include the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Case GI Cancers Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE); the Case Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet); high quality core facilities for tissue based research, mouse models, nucleic acid sequencing, and bio-informatics; and a rich network of NIH sponsored research programs and collaborative environment.

Candidates at the Assistant Professor level should have a substantial trajectory toward developing a rigorous, externally-funded GI Cancer research program. Candidates at the Associate Professor level should have current research funding with a national scientific reputation and a history of mentorship and leadership. Generous start-up packages and laboratory facilities will be made available for qualified candidates.

This position will include participation in subspecialty GI Pathology clinical service at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the 964-bed primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. Candidates should be qualified for an unrestricted medical license in the State of Ohio. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to The application deadline is November 30, 2014.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants may contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request an accommodation at any point in the application and hiring process; determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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September 09, 2014

Register now for the Freedman Center's 2014 Digital Scholarship Colloquium!

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship will host a colloquium entitled, "Pedagogy and Practices" on November 6-7, 2014 at Kelvin Smith Library. Presented in collaboration with the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis, the event will bring together both faculty and librarians across disciplines to discuss instructional methodologies and strategies for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. A diverse group of presenters from institutions across the United States and Canada will be presenting on a wide range of topics, including:

Registration for this event is now open. Click here to learn more.

The Colloquium will feature presentations, panels, and unconference sessions. All activities will take place at the Kelvin Smith Library on Case Western Reserve's campus.

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September 09, 2014

CWRU wins grant to improve lifetime performance of ceramic fuel cells

Sept. 9, 2014

CLEVELAND—Fuel cells generate electricity from fuels more efficiently and with fewer emissions per watt than burning fossil fuels. But as fuel cells age, their efficiency decreases.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University received an $800,000 Department of Energy grant to study how to make one type of fuel cell—solid oxide fuel cells—last longer.

“Loss of performance over time is holding back the technology,” said Mark De Guire, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Case School of Engineering and project director. “If you’re only putting out 60 percent power after five years and generating the same level of emissions, you lose advantages over conventional power technologies.”

For the new research, the Department of Energy has revised the target. Industrial teams have made strides toward meeting an older target, limiting the loss of output to 1 percent per 1,000 hours of operation. The Department of Energy is now seeking just a 0.2 percent loss of output per 1,000 hours.

Solid oxide fuel cells operate at high temperatures (750 to 900 °C) and use a ceramic electrolyte, a ceramic cathode and a nickel-based cermet anode to produce electricity from fuels. To speed the search for why fuel cell performance decreases over time, an accelerated testing technique will be used in this research that replicates 5,000 hours of use in roughly one-tenth the time.

De Guire and Arthur Heuer, Distinguished University Professor and Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, will test small lab-scale fuel cells. The research will compare the performance of cells that have undergone accelerated aging to cells that have undergone up to 500 hours of use under normal conditions.

In earlier work, the researchers found structural and chemical changes at the cathode, made of lanthanum, strontium and manganese oxides, that they suspect are likely culprits in performance loss. Other parts of the cell also degrade, but after years of operation, losses of efficiency and output are greatest at the cathode.

De Guire and Heuer will lead the analysis of microstructural and nanoscale chemical changes in the cathode materials and the cathode’s interface with the ceramic electrolyte. They’ll try to determine which changes cause the losses and how to prevent or reduce the impact of the changes.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Energy’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance, a collaboration between the federal government, private industry, academic institutions and national laboratories devoted to the development of low-cost, modular and fuel-flexible solid oxide fuel cell technology.

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September 09, 2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an Art Show at KSL

To celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15), a special art show featuring local Latin American artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico will be on display at Kelvin Smith Library. The show will open Sept. 12, from 5-8 p.m., with an artists’ reception at the library gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

The art show will feature paintings, photographs and a display of handmade puppets. Artists include: Linda Ayala, representing Puerto Rico; Augusto Bordelois, Cuba; Bruno Casiano, Puerto Rico; Hector Castellano, Guatemala; Teresa Martinez, Mexico; Alex Rivera, Mexico; Dante Rodriguez, Puerto Rico and Mexico; and Rafael Valdivieso, Ecuardo.

The reception and art show are free and open to the public with valid photo ID. The exhibit will continue to be on display during regular library hours until Oct. 22.

“The Hispanic Art Show at CWRU is a first exhibit in recent times on campus by local Hispanics artists,” said Edna Fuentes-Casiano, research assistant and a member of the campus’ Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance group.

Fuentes-Casiano and Damaris Punales-Alpizar, CWRU assistant professor in Modern Languages and Literature, organized the art show.

“It is an excellent way to start the Hispanic Heritage Celebration by displaying the richness of our many Hispanic cultures for all to enjoy,” Fuentes-Casiano said. “It also serves as a way to reach out to the Hispanic community in Cleveland and to our CWRU community.”

The art show is sponsored by CWRU’s community resource group, Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance; the campus student organization, La Alianza; and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968, begins Sept. 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also in September, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence. The heritage month ends Oct. 15, three days after Columbus Day, or Dia de la Raza. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Hispanics: A Legacy of History, A Present of Action and a Future of Success.”

For information, contact Fuentes-Casiano at or 216.844.2104. Visit the CWRU Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance website for more local Hispanic Heritage Month events,

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September 08, 2014

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

News Release: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 08, 2014

Cleveland Browns and Fleming Field

In the mid-1960s Western Reserve University began acquiring land for an updated athletic facility near the newly constructed student residences on the north side of campus.

In 1965 the Cleveland Browns and Western Reserve University signed a 10-year agreement to lease part of this land for a practice facility to be used exclusively by the Browns from August 15 till January 15 each year. At all other times, the University could use the facility. Reserve built a field house and practice field for the Browns, which, at the end of the lease, would become the exclusive property of the University. The Cleveland Browns practiced on the WRU campus from 1965 till 1972.

In 1968 CWRU named this athletic facility Edward L. Finnigan Playing Fields, in honor of long-time coach Eddie Finnigan. Before this, however, a portion of the facility was known as Fleming Field.

Don Fleming was a defensive back, who played for the Browns for 3 seasons, from 1960 through 1962. Fleming played both baseball and football at the University of Florida. Fleming worked construction jobs during the off-seasaon. In the summer of 1963 Fleming and a co-worker died in a construction accident in Florida. Charles Heaton, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, described Fleming as, “a good team man, a fellow with a friendly smile always close to the surface... On the field he was a solid defensive back, a rugged tackler and the club’s regular safety man for three years... played with a spirit and enthusiasm that was contagious...” (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/5/1963 p. 33) After his death the Browns retired Fleming’s No. 46 and, in 1965, named their practice facility Don Fleming Field.

Don Fleming and Browns trainer Leo Murphy, 1960. Image courtesy Cleveland Press Collection, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University

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September 08, 2014

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September 03, 2014

Energy, engineering & entrepreneurship class begins at CWRU

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance funds interdisciplinary academic pilot project

News Release: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

With the support of a two-year grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) have begun an interdisciplinary pilot graduate-level course on energy and entrepreneurship.

The course—Energy, Engineering & Entrepreneurship—is designed to encourage technical innovation in advanced energy.

Course and program grants are awarded to NCIIA-member institutions to strengthen existing programs or build new ones. Students will be grouped into what the NCIIA refers to as “E-Teams” to achieve energy-related technology, invention or innovation capable of attracting post-NCIIA-funding. The goal is for the students to eventually pitch their energy business concepts to investors.

The lead instructor is Alexis Abramson, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She is well known for nanotechnology research. She was recently appointed as faculty director of GLEI.

She is joined by Michael Goldberg, visiting assistant professor of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School and an expert in global entrepreneurship. GLEI Commercialization Project Manager Mindy Baierl is also assisting with the course.

"The most interesting piece of this class is the intersection of engineering, entrepreneurship and energy, because energy is so important to our society," Abramson said. "Energy is the foundation for a strong economy, and we really need more innovation in energy to propel our world forward to sustainable solutions."

"At this university, we always have many students who are interested in starting companies, whether they are engineering students or management students,” Goldberg said. “There's a lot of excitement at Weatherhead to try to do more interdisciplinary courses like this."

GLEI, created in 2008, supports faculty at Case Western Reserve by helping to secure funding for their advanced energy research. The new class is part of the GLEI academic mission, according to GLEI Executive Director Dianne Anderson, who held executive and managerial positions at British Petroleum from 1983 to 2008 and was the first guest lecturer for the class.

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September 04, 2014

CWRU Enterprise Carshare Special


Now there's extra reason to get out there! Hourly rentals of CWRU's Enterprise Carshare vehicles are now at a special price of $5/hour+tax through the end of October (standard hourly rates start at $8/hour).

New student members will receive a $35 membership credit to offset the annual membership fee of $35. Carshare vehicles can also be rented overnight (starting at $35 weekdays) and daily (starting at $56 weekdays). Prices include gasoline and up to 200 free miles per day. State of Ohio minimum insurance coverage is also included for those without insurance (see Enterprise Carshare website for details). These great rates make a short drive to pick up furniture or a long weekend trip with friends easier than ever. Sign up today!

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August 27, 2014

Universities at War: The CWRU Student Perspective of World War I

In the early twentieth century, the American college experience began to encompass the fun, frivolity and new friendships that coexist with the learning environment on campus. However, when the United States entered World War I in 1917, the college experience changed dramatically on many campuses, including those of Western Reserve University (WRU) and the Case School of Applied Science (CSAS).

From the beginning of the war, young Americans were bombarded with messages about what their relationship to the war could and should be. The student response at WRU and CSAS to these changes reflected a desire to maintain the traditions of the college experience, while also embracing the emphasis on sacrifice and heroism expressed in war propaganda.

Presented by Kelvin Smith Library, “Universities at War” is an exhibit that investigates the messages students received about the war through various print culture media. Posters, postcards, literature, advertisements, flyers and pamphlets will be on display, as well as university curriculum and student responses through yearbooks and other student publications. The exhibit also features a collection of WWI propaganda posters generously loaned by Stan Berger.

WWI_Poster-web.jpg Join us for the following special events! Click here to RSVP.

“Universities at War” Exhibit Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Hatch Reading Room

“Western Reserve and Case and World War I” Presentation by Richard Baznik: (Director, Institute for the Study of the University in Society) Friday, Sept. 26 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room

“World War I in Pictures” Presentation by Henry Adams: (The Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, CWRU) Friday, Oct. 31 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room

“Cleveland during World War I” Presentation by John Grabowski: (Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor in Applied History, CWRU and Historian & Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society) Friday, Nov. 14 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room

These events are free and open to the public with valid photo ID. The “Universities at War” exhibit will be open during regular business hours beginning Friday, Sept. 19. For more information, please contact

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September 03, 2014

Parker Hannifin Foundation commits $2 million to endow engineering chair at Case Western Reserve University

Sept. 3, 2014

CLEVELAND—The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has received an extraordinary gift from the Parker Hannifin Foundation: a $2 million commitment to create the Arthur L. Parker Endowed Chair in the electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) department. The position is named in honor of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s founder.

Ken Loparo, current chair of EECS at the Case School of Engineering, will be the first person to hold the chair.

“This endowed chair reinforces our company’s connection to Case Western Reserve and furthers our goal to support education in the communities where we do business,” said Parker Chairman, CEO and President Don Washkewicz. “Through this commitment, we are providing a foundation that we hope will inspire today’s students to become the inventors of tomorrow in the spirit of our founder Art Parker.”

Parker, a 1907 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology, founded the Parker Appliance Co. in a small Cleveland loft in 1918. The 33-year-old engineer had invented a pneumatic braking system for trucks and buses. Almost a century later, that same company, today known as Parker Hannifin Corporation, is a leading global manufacturer of motion and control technologies, employing 57,500 people in 50 countries and tallying annual sales of more than $13 billion.

“We have a shared vision in innovation, disruptive technology and ensuring that our product—the highly qualified workforce of tomorrow—is aligned with the needs of companies like Parker,” Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Duerk said. “We greatly appreciate the foundation’s pledge to help us continue to advance our critical work in research and education.”

University officials say endowed, named professorships are critical to attracting and retaining top faculty members who elevate departmental rankings and reputation through cutting-edge research. They, in turn, draw the most promising students, who then become sought-after employees.

“The endowment provides not only salary support, but discretionary funds to kick-start special initiatives and opportunities, support graduate student travel to conferences and more,” Loparo said.

The university provides the company with students, interns, co-ops and employees and works cooperatively on projects, he said. Parker Hannifin, meanwhile, sponsors university events and supports scholarship and innovation in the university’s programs for engineering, medicine, nursing, management and law.

Loparo and Washkewicz attended Cleveland State University together in 1968. Both went on to pursue graduate degrees at Case Western Reserve and have maintained their friendship over the years.

Loparo earned a doctorate in systems and control engineering and joined the university’s engineering faculty in 1979. He has gone on to win multiple teaching and research awards. Loparo is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a distinction reserved for those who have achieved exemplary expertise in the field. He became chair of EECS in 2013.


About Parker Hannifin Corporation

With annual sales of $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 57 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information web site at

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

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September 03, 2014

Join us for a Science & Engineering Info Fiesta!

Stop by Nord Hall, room 356 on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12:30-4 p.m. to join us for a Science & Engineering Info Fiesta!

All CWRU students, faculty and staff are welcome to come enjoy:

Presented by Kelvin Smith Library. Please contact Daniela Solomon ( for more information.

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August 29, 2014

The Allston Dana Papers and the Panama Canal

August 15th marked the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Coincidentally, August also brought a visit from Dr. Peter H. Dana who had the distinct pleasure of conducting research about the canal in his grandfathers’ papers. Housed in the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, The Allston Dana Papers include material regarding the design of the third lock of the Panama Canal as well as the design or study of the Delaware Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Triborough Bridge complex. The collection includes blueprints, drawings, reports, photographs and correspondence.

"Figure 1 from Appendix 2 from “The Report of the Governor of the Panama Canal. 1947” shows only the thirty possible isthmian routes still being considered in the mid 20th century." Image and caption courtesy of Dr. Peter H. Dana. From the Allston Dana Papers, Box 2.

Dr. Dana, an Electronic Navigation, Precise Positioning, and Geographic Information Systems Research and Development consultant, has studied the development of routes across the isthmus for a number of years. He tells us “The Nica canal notion (never far from public discourse during the last two centuries) was the basis for my interest in Greytown, Nicaragua, the place considered in my 1999 dissertation, Diversity in Descriptions of a Destroyed Place: Greytown, Nicaragua. Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Dana continues to write about the region, most recently contributing a chapter entitled “Cutting Across” to Mapping Latin America: Space and Society, 1492-2000. Jordana Dym and Karl Offen, Editors, 2011. Of his time spent working with The Allston Dana Papers, he shares "I really enjoyed seeing my grandfather’s name at the bottom of Panama Canal Documents."

Photo courtesy of Dr. Peter H. Dana. From:"Panama Canal Third Locks project Miraflores locks drawings, 1912-1913, 1941." The Allston Dana Papers, Box 6

In preparation for Dr. Dana’s visit, we reviewed the existing HTML finding aid for The Allston Dana Papers and determined that it was a good candidate for our EAD conversion project. For this project, our legacy finding aids are being enhanced with additional descriptive material and converted into Encoded Archival Descriptions using the OhioLINK EAD Finding Aid Creation Tool. We are excited about providing this new level of access to our collections and look forward to posting more updates in the near future.

For more information contact the Special Collections reference desk at

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August 28, 2014

Colloquium: Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014
Noon, AW Smith, Rm. 104

Spatial-temporal Evolution of Topography of the Central Andean Plateau: Implications for Deep Tectonic Processes by Dr. Carmie Garzione (University or Rochester)

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August 27, 2014

Case Western Reserve University conference examines international law and ethics issues arising from emerging military technologies

Panel topics: autonomous robotic weapons, military use of genomic science, cyber warfare, and non-lethal weaponry

News Release: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rapidly emerging technologies carry the potential for new types of warfare. Experts gather Friday, Sept. 5 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for the day-long conference: International Regulation of Emerging Military Technologies.

Prominent experts on international law, ethics and arms control will discuss appropriate ways to regulate four categories of emerging technologies: autonomous robotic weapons, military use of genomic science, cyber warfare, and non-lethal weaponry.

Although the panels have diverse topics, a common thread is how to prepare international law for these technologies.

"The main question is under what circumstances should any military use them?" said Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve Law School. "Should there be international agreement? What would the rules be? And what's realistic? What can actually be enforced?"

Unlike drones, which are controlled weapons, autonomous robots can be programmed to make instant decisions in a precise military operation. “Some think that it may be possible to program robots to act morally," Mehlman said.

Genomic science, Mehlman explains, raises both wide-ranging and personal questions: Should everyone doing military service undergo genomic testing for the purpose of identifying those who are either more or less likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder? And how will the bank of genomic data that is collected then be used?

A cyber warfare attack could infiltrate or disable a computer system, or a power grid, or bank accounts. It raises concerns about disproportionate retaliation.

Non-lethal weaponry seems like a more humane type of warfare, a way to disable an enemy without killing. Might that tactic actually remove ethical barriers from launching an attack?

The conference is made possible by a grant of the Wolf Family Foundation and support from Case Western Reserve's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

Organizers of the conference are the Consortium on Emerging Military Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security (CETMONS), directed by Mehlman, and the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, directed by Case Western Reserve School of Law Interim Dean Michael Scharf.

Articles by the speakers will be published in a special double issue of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.

The conference agenda and link to a webcast are available at:

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August 27, 2014

CWRU astronomers win time on Hubble to study galaxy formation

Aug. 27, 2014

CLEVELAND—Case Western Reserve University astronomer Chris Mihos leads a team of Ohio researchers recently awarded nearly 20 hours of observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope to study the outskirts of the nearby spiral galaxy M101.

Access to Hubble is extremely competitive, with only about one in five proposals being awarded observing time and research funding. Their observations, to be made during a 10-day window this fall or next—the only time Hubble will be in position to focus on all the features the team seeks—will help determine how galaxies form over time.

The study is motivated by recent observations of M101 by Mihos and his collaborators, including CWRU Observatory Manager Paul Harding, using CWRU’s Burrell Schmidt telescope in Kitt Peak, Arizona. Those observations revealed very faint, diffuse blue light from young stars in the galaxy’s extreme outer regions – signs that the galaxy is continuing to grow over time.

They also saw that the galaxy’s outer regions were extremely distorted. The distortions, coupled with computer simulations by recently graduate astronomy major Sean Linden, raise the possibility that if M101 collided with one of its companion galaxies 200-300 million years ago, the collision could have tugged stars and gas out of M101, leading to the formation of new stars.

“But there’s a problem,” Mihos said. “From ground-based telescopes, what we see is light from millions of stars all blended together. Based on that, it’s hard to say unequivocally what happened at what time. We need to see the individual stars to work out the details and really understand what’s going on.”

So Mihos, Harding, CWRU astronomy graduate student Aaron Watkins and Youngstown State University’s Patrick Durrell and John Feldmeier, associate professors of physics and astronomy, applied for time on Hubble to peer closer. Being above the atmosphere and possessing more powerful optics, the multi-billion-dollar telescope will enable them to see nearly 10,000 individual faint stars.

The colors and brightness of these individual stars, from very old red stars to young and bright blue stars, indicate not only age, but also chemical makeup. These details will help the researchers determine whether new stars have always been forming in the galaxy’s outskirts or whether a recent interaction with a companion galaxy triggered transient changes.

The team will also try to determine if M101, which is about 25 million light years away, has a halo of faint stars like that in the Milky Way. Astronomers believe that the halos of spiral galaxies are built through an ongoing process of accretion: As a spiral galaxy grows with time, smaller galaxies fall in and are torn apart by its gravity, leaving their stars orbiting in an extended halo.

But some scientists have suggested M101 has no halo -- which, if true, would throw a wrench in the current understanding of galaxy formation.

“If it really has no halo, then it's hard to see how it fits in our standard picture of galaxy formation,” Mihos said. “We'd have to come up with scenarios for building a big spiral galaxy without the accretion that normally forms a halo. That could be hard to do.”

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August 27, 2014

Case Institute of Technology Fundraising Campaigns

As we celebrate the success of our university-wide fundraising campaign, we can look back on other successful campaigns.

Case Institute of Technology’s first campaign was spurred by a major gift. In October 1925, trustee Charles W. Bingham offered a $500,000 gift if the school could raise an additional $500,000. The funds supported the construction and maintenance of the mechanical engineering building, increases in faculty salaries, and establishment of the Alumni Endowment Fund. The second campaign, the Endowment and Building Fund Campaign planned to raise $5 million in five years (1937-1942), but was cancelled in 1940 due to the uncertain conditions.

Though Case Institute of Technology had several campaigns before World War II, fundraising became a higher priority in the 1950s. Several successive campaigns included the Diamond Jubilee Campaign, the $6,500,000 Building Fund Campaign, and the $17 million Capital Campaign.

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Diamond Jubilee Campaign celebration

The 3 year Diamond Jubilee Campaign was held 1952-1955. Over $1 million was raised for building construction and over $1 million was raised for operations, scholarships, and other purposes. Buildings constructed from the campaign included the William E. Wickenden Electrical Engineering Building. The $6,500,000 Building Fund Campaign (1957-1959) raised over $8.3 million for buildings, which included Lester M. and Ruth P. Sears Library-Humanities Building and Strosacker Auditorium.

The last campaign, the $17 million Capital Campaign, was planned before Federation but carried out between 1967 and 1970. Funds were raised for land acquisition, construction, and renovation for student housing and academic buildings. These projects included the Glennan Space Engineering Building and the Carlton Road dormitory complex.

See our past blog posting about CWRU fundraising campaigns for more campaign information.

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August 26, 2014

Lunch and Learn Session for Reaxys on September 12

Join us for a Lunch and Learn Session featuring Reaxys, an online workflow solution for research chemists from Elsevier. Reaxys is based on the trusted content from Beilstein (organic), Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic), the Patent Chemistry database and the most important current journals and patents within chemistry.

Designed by chemists, Reaxys supports literature, substance, property value and chemical structure searches and has recently been enhanced with additional tools such as Ask Reaxys, the Reaxys Tree and an AutoPlan option within the Synthesis Planner.

When: Friday, September 12, 12-1 PM
Where: Clapp Hall, Room 405
Speaker: Elsevier Representative, Theresa Buiel

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This event is free to attend and open to CWRU students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact

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August 25, 2014

CWRU nursing school’s new MOOC to teach health care workers how to make changes that improve quality and safety of patient care

News Release: August 25, 2014

“Take the Lead on Health Care Quality Improvement”—a new free massive open online course (MOOC) offered this fall by Case Western Reserve University’s school of nursing—targets ways frontline health care workers can deliver safer and better care to patients.

The principles to be explored can also apply to medicine, dentistry, social work, nonprofits, health care professionals and home health care professionals.

Quality improvement has become an international concern in the health field, said Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing and director of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute that provides resources to improve quality and safety in health care.

The MOOC, a five-week course from Oct. 15 through Nov. 19, is the first offered by the school of nursing’s faculty and draws from the interprofessional course that has been offered at CWRU for the last 20 years – “The Continual Improvement of Health Care”.

Individuals from more than 40 countries have already enrolled for the course. Enrollment is unlimited, but the registration deadline is Oct. 15.

The course is offered through the web-based educational organization Coursera. While free, individuals can possibly earn continuing education credits for $10 per module. Approval is pending.

Register for free online at

Joining Dolansky as instructors are Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Edward J. and Louise Mellon Professor and associate dean for research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Mamta Singh, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

As part of the curriculum, students will choose an area to change, whether in their work environment or personal life—taking theory to actual practice.

“We will focus on developing a philosophy of improvement in frontline health care workers,” Dolansky said. “Learning how to make change will increase our success as overall, less than half of the health care’s profession’s efforts to improve patient care have succeeded.”

Nurses and physicians work directly with the patients, but often follow policies and procedures set by people not always involved with the day-to-day patient care, believes Dolansky.

The course leads students through the process of taking what’s learned from reading and lectures to the work setting to enhance experiential learning through application assignments, she said.

The course will explore four principles for making positive changes:
• Understanding the system and contextual factors that surround an area to be improved.
• Collecting information or data to find patterns to track if changes are successful or not.
• Applying principles of the psychology of change to engage and encourage others to make the change.
• Initiating tests of change or “PDSA’s” that is, plan, do, study and act.

“We’re encouraging people to not only go to work to ‘do their work’ but also to ‘improve their work. This is what is needed to transform healthcare,” Dolansky said.

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August 22, 2014

Revised Kulas Music Library Hours on Monday, August 25

Due to electrical work taking place in Haydn Hall, Kulas music library will not have evening hours on Monday, August 25. Kulas will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular fall semester hours will resume on Tuesday, August 26.

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