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  • CWRU researcher finds released inmates need reentry programs to meet basic and mental health needs | think:blog
    People With Serious Mental Illness Seek Help after Leaving Jail According to Wilson It s been long known in the social work field that people need food and housing to survive and seek to fill those needs first but sometimes these basic needs get overlooked when building programs to address complex problems such as those facing people with mental illness exiting jail Jails unlike prisons house offenders serving short term sentences or those awaiting trial Therefore releases from jails are more unpredictable then prisons allowing less time for planning and transitional services Wilson said The problems associated with the transition from jail to the community is also compounded by a general assumption within the correctional system that family and friends will house and care for released inmates said Wilson who has found the reality for some is quite different Some inmates lose everything they own while in jail including a driver s license and social security card she said And once released access to their apartment or house might be lost as well While observing inmates for this study she saw some released during winter wearing summer clothing One woman was released wearing see through pajamas Other inmates reported having no money or a place to go The transition from jail to community requires inmates to navigate a number of social service systems such as public assistance public mental health and substance abuse services But Wilson found that even released inmates with case managers advocating for them experienced a lot of difficulty obtaining the services they needed Wilson also found that only 40 percent of the program s clients ever engaged in long term received mental health services Eventually people gave up on the system she said Wilson believes the study should serve as a reminder to social workers and

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2014/01/03/cwru_researcher_finds_released_inmates_need_reentry_programs_to_meet_basic_and_mental_health_needs (2015-11-11)
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  • Case Western Reserve University offers annual free dental exams on Jan. 11 | think:blog
    Students from the dental school s student council have organized the day of public service known as Prophy Day said Council President Reya Das For more than 20 years volunteer dental faculty and student dentists have provided this day of free services Faculty oversee the students as they perform exams Patients with certain dental needs may qualify for additional free or extensively reduced services Participants who choose to become regular dental school patients receive a 20 voucher toward the admitting cost for a follow up visit to the clinic For information call 216 368 0214 weekdays 9 a m 4 p m or visit dental case edu print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available on our site Posted by Susan Griffith January 3 2014 01 47 PM News Topics Official Release advertising archives letters to the editor story tips subscribe search more to think about What makes you think Share photos of the research scenes and objects that inspire you Video High performance fire blankets could protect homes from wildfires Research restores credit for engineering feat Medicus School of Medicine receives

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2014/01/03/case_western_reserve_university_offers_annual_free_dental_exams_on_jan_11 (2015-11-11)
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  • Learning to predict sickle cell crisis and monitor treatment | think:blog
    disease to a Russian egg doll which presents increasingly complex challenges as each layer is opened It starts with the DNA a single mutation in the gene that produces the protein hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the blood he explained The hemoglobin should be distributed homogeneously throughout the red blood cell and be able to absorb or release oxygen easily But with this mutation a single amino acid in the hemoglobin protein is displaced and as a result the protein crystalizes and forms abnormally long chains in the cells Similar to how water changes and forms crystals when it freezes the protein chains change the physical and surface properties of a red blood cell causing it to change shape and become stiff and sticky The affected cells block blood flow The researchers don t know what triggers a crisis so they are using cell stickiness as a marker of the onset They have begun using the foundation s three year Innovations in Clinical Research award to measure when changes in the physical properties of diseased red blood cells are associated with the painful event For example do sickle cells become two or three times as sticky as a normal cell when they start glomming onto one another and blocking blood vessels The team is also designing and building an at home hand held testing device that enables patients and their doctors to monitor their blood for vital changes daily or weekly As designed a patient puts a droplet of blood into the device The blood is divided among three channels each about half the height of a human hair the diameter of some of the body s smallest vessels The lining of the channels will mimic the lining of the vessels so that interactions with the red blood cells are true to what happens inside the body Results come in less than 10 minutes the time it takes for blood to flow through the channels During that time images and measurements of blood cells are taken and relayed by a phone app to the patient and doctor Improving treatment and more If we can immediately measure cellular properties we can respond immediately Gurkan said They can also monitor the patient s blood after medicine has been given and see results immediately Presently a doctor can only determine the effectiveness of treatment when and if pain and swelling eases which is late in the process Gurkan believes the device could be used to personalize medicine for each patient by watching how blood cells respond to different medicines and different amounts Concepts for the test were developed in weekly meetings with collaborators he said To come up with a new novel medical technology you need a crossover of disciplines and you need to work with clinicians and patients Gurkan said The School of Engineering is right across the street from the School of Medicine I have an appointment at the School of Medicine as well in orthopedics That enables me to interact

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2014/01/02/learning_to_predict_sickle_cell_crisis_and_monitor_treatment (2015-11-11)
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  • CWRU student innovators hope to hit Las Vegas “jackpot” at International CES show | think:blog
    a worldwide audience They will be able to meet and receive feedback from a broad base of potential customers and partners This will include companies starting out to established businesses Sopko said Student companies representing Case Western Reserve at the international electronics show are Carbon Origins carbonorigins com Amogha Srirangarajan an undergraduate engineering student founded Carbon Origins a start up with the goal to empower people with the best tools to explore the universe and in the process make space commonplace They are designing sounding rockets flight computers payload management systems microcomputers with embedded sensors and small to mid size satellites To date they have designed 14 sounding rockets of varying sizes that have completed a combined 42 successful launches The rockets are designed to be rapidly reusable and carry science and engineering payloads to measure atmospheric and flight data which is used to develop their suborbital rockets The company expects to take its first commercial payload to space by fall of 2015 Disease Diagnostic Group LLC DDG www diseasediagnosticgroup com Brothers and engineering students from Shaker Heights Ohio John and Mark Lewandowski have developed a hand held malaria detecting device called Rapid Assessment of Malaria RAM The portable device can be taken to remote locations miles from medical clinics to test for the mosquito borne disease RAM detects the indigestible iron that malaria infected mosquitoes leave in human blood Early clinical trials in Peru have proved promising Further tests are forthcoming in India EcoSpinners ecospinners com Jean Zhao a fourth year chemical engineering major from Stow Ohio serves as president and Chris Daroux chief engineer founded EcoSpinners in 2013 Combining 10 years of experience in development and manufacturing of advanced energy storage systems Zhao and Daroux built a zero emission powered bicycle with no range or power limitations that easily maneuvers through traffic avoids parking hassles and offers exercise and recreation Using fuel cell technologies to power the bike the founders hope to capture the aging bike population that may need a little backup power to continue riding EveryKey everykey com Chris Wentz a computer science major from Boulder Colo and Alex Chen a marketing major from Taipei Taiwan have invented a Bluetooth wireless connection wristband that unlocks your phone tablet computer car door bike lock or other personal property within range Sprav Water LLC www spravwater com Craig Lewis on leave to develop his business is a senior macromolecular science and engineering major from Zanesville Ohio Sprav a Bluetooth enabled smart water meter saves money by reducing wasted water and energy consumed in the shower An app for smartphones and tablets allows for water use projections water and energy reduction goals as well as real time viewing of shower utility consumption Widdle www widdle it and Kudoala www kudoala com Matt Strayer a third year business management major with a minor in entrepreneurship from Strongsville Ohio started two companies Widdle and Kudoala Widdle is an app that allows people to view their social networks and widdle away the

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2014/01/02/cwru_student_innovators_hope_to_hit_las_vegas_ajackpota_at_international_ces_show (2015-11-11)
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  • Oxford University Press publishing updated SAGES’ how-to pocket guide for oral presentations | think:blog
    we took to support oral presentations in SAGES and speaks to the quality of the handbook we developed Whiting said The primer he said was produced to offer a practical summary of key points to remember when preparing and delivering oral presentations More than 200 instructors from Case Western Reserve s SAGES courses have distributed nearly 5 400 copies since the program began Undergrads in other courses graduate and professional students and post docs have also used the primer according to Whiting Doll relied on his journalistic editing skills as a former feature writer and theater critic for The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland to keep the primer brief and to the point The book draws on Doll s experience as a professional speechwriter for corporate presidents and others He realized early in his career that regardless of the topic all speeches share basic components a message and brevity Doll offers tips for what he calls writing the talk as well as public presentation don ts such as using overused words like synergy or low contrast lettering in power point presentations Whiting said SAGES instructors say they ve seen an improvement in student presentations because of the book Without SPEAK I don t think we could have been as successful as we ve been in helping students hone their skills in public speaking he said SPEAK won several awards in 2009 including The Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education CASE Excellence in Design Books category in CASE s 2009 Circle of Excellence national award competition and the Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association UCDA print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2013/12/30/oxford_university_press_publishing_updated_sagesa_howto_pocket_guide_for_oral_presentations (2015-11-11)
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  • New book examines unlikely role of private enterprise as leader in managing global environmental preservation | think:blog
    from its supply chain by 2015 further pressing suppliers to comply or else Other companies are following suit Green argues that many companies want to make changes but sometimes do not know how to do so For example in the early 2000s many companies anticipated a carbon restricted future but did not know how to measure their carbon footprint let alone reduce it In response to this demand two nongovernmental groups established standards companies could use to gauge their success Today corporations and organizations have widely and voluntarily accepted those private standards Elsewhere timber producers are changing their practices to conform to sustainability rules such as those created by the non governmental organization the Forest Stewardship Council FSC Now retailers like Home Depot only sell wood products certified by the FSC The Carbon Disclosure Project has successfully made climate reporting a regular practice among Fortune 500 companies now investors representing 10 trillion in assets can make investment decision based on companies vulnerability to climate change Greene said These examples show the breadth and depth of private authority situations in which non state actors serve as de facto regulators to solve global environmental problems In the book she traces a century of private environmental rulemaking from 1900 to the present day Increasingly she writes private actors assume duties normally considered the province of governments They are taking on the role of regulators as they create implement and enforce rules to manage global environmental problems Green s account provides important historical context for understanding current approaches for solving environmental problems Although firms and NGOs are becoming increasingly prominent in global environmental politics they are not acting alone governments are still very much part of the picture They decide whether when and how they will relinquish control However private authority is another important

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2013/12/30/new_book_examines_unlikely_role_of_private_enterprise_as_leader_in_managing_global_environmental_preservation (2015-11-11)
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  • Law Professor Michael Scharf to be Featured on C-SPAN Book TV | think:blog
    with C SPAN Book TV cameras covering the Nov 20 event Scharf identified such legal issues as humanitarian intervention in Syria and using military drones to target terrorists as possible Grotian Moments The term Grotian Moment is named for Dutch jurist and scholar Hugo Grotius whose 1625 book De Jure Belli ac Pacis On the Law of War and Peace is widely regarded as having triggered a paradigm shift in international law Scharf writes that a Grotian Moment allows customary international law to keep up with the rapid pace of developments during periods of fundamental change In his book Scharf examines technological geo political and societal change that can accelerate the formation of customary international law The great thing about what Michael Scharf does with international law and international criminal justice is his ability to explain it to those who don t often think about it said Dan Moulthrop the City Club s chief executive officer who interviewed Scharf for the Book TV program and led a question answer session with the audience The City Club considered the nation s oldest continuously running free speech forum allows for free flowing conversation between the featured speaker and the audience I think the program audience gained an understanding that these concepts are not too abstract and are quite relevant Moulthrop said He helps everyone understand why it matters to democracies around the world These are the kinds of ideas that shape the future Scharf focused on the Grotian Moment concept during a sabbatical in 2008 when he served as special assistant to the prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal He was assigned to write a prosecution brief arguing that the tribunal could use a doctrine known as Joint Criminal Enterprise Liability His brief was the first time the term Grotian Moment was

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2013/12/20/law_professor_michael_scharf_to_be_featured_on_cspan_book_tv (2015-11-11)
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  • Mustering resiliency to cope after traumas is focus of new book | think:blog
    why some trauma survivors are resilient yet others may suffer from mental health problems like PTSD that prevent an individual from moving from the trauma back to a normal life Being resilient doesn t have to mean a lack of a reaction to a traumatic event or stressor instead being resilient is more an ability to bounce back or recover Feeny said The question becomes then why are some resilient and not others We hope the book offers an understanding of how to bolster natural resilience in the aftermath of traumatic experiences Feeny said Feeny and Zoellner who have collaborated for over a decade on National Institute of Mental Health funded research on PTSD share their scientifically backed practices with scholars clinicians and others to help people cope with and recover from trauma The book explores a range of what Feeny and Zoellner call modifiable risk factors including social support beliefs and cognitions avoidance and pain Additionally several chapters offer a broad view of scientific evidence related to interventions following trauma and several focus on special populations including the military children and at risk populations How trauma is handled after it occurs has a very powerful impact on recovery Feeny advised This volume is unique in its optimistic tone and specific focus on enhancing resilience as opposed to pathology print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available on our site Posted by Susan Griffith December 12 2013 02 03 PM News Topics Official Release advertising archives letters to the editor story tips subscribe search more to think about What makes you think Share photos of the research scenes and objects that inspire you Video High performance fire blankets could protect homes from

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2013/12/12/mustering_resiliency_to_cope_after_traumas_is_focus_of_new_book (2015-11-11)
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