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art/sci update February 2014: History faculty member’s tweets earn notice


Faculty member tweets polls,
earns international notice

Assistant Professor Peter Shulman of the Department of History is earning attention for his Twitter account @HistOpinion. Through the account, he’s tweeting the fascinating results of public opinion polls from 1935-1946, such as: “Should there be a limit on the income each person keeps per year in wartime after paying taxes?”

Read about the project on, then check out his answers to The Daily‘s Five Questions series.

Assistant Professor Emerita Gretchen
Garnett passes away at age 99

Gretchen Garnett, assistant professor emerita in the Department of Music, passed away in December, just before her 100th birthday. A 1936 alumna of the School of Education, Garnett was still an undergraduate when she became one of the first singers to perform at Severance Hall. A highly regarded voice teacher, she saw many of her students go on to distinguished careers. She was also a longtime supporter of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ross Duffin, the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music, and Beverly Simmons penned a tribute for Read more.

Art historian researches controversial
medieval religious artifacts

Assistant Professor Elina Gertsman has traveled the globe to document nearly all of the 40 or so remaining Shrine Madonnas—statues that were popular between the 13th and 17th centuries. Some religious authorities found the statues offensive because of the manner in which they depicted the Virgin Mary. The art historian has recently completed a book on her research, which took her from a Swedish town on the Arctic Circle to the French-Spanish border.

Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna will be published next year. Learn more about her journey and research from a recent story in The Daily.

CAS in the News

New book offers real-world applications
for abstract mathematics concepts

Professor Wojbor Woyczynski of the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics is the co-author of a new book that aims to turn abstract concepts into real-world examples for scientists and engineers.

Distributions in the Physical and Engineering Sciences, Volume 2: Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics in Continuous Media is the second book in a planned trilogy of volumes, written in a comparatively lighthearted tone, for graduate students, researchers and advanced undergraduates. Woyczynski’s co-author, Alex Saichev, passed away before the book was published, but the CWRU faculty member plans to complete the series. Read more.

Study shows decrease in depression
positively impacts PTSD treatment

Many individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also struggle with depression. A recent study examines how sudden changes in the severity of depression affect the outcomes of treatment for PTSD. Two researchers from the Department of Psychological Sciences, doctoral student Stephanie Keller and Professor Norah Feeny, are among the co-authors of the study.

The researchers found that when patients’ depressive symptoms rapidly decrease, PTSD treatment outcomes improve. Spikes in depression symptoms, however, do not affect treatment outcomesa finding that therapists can cite to reassure their patients.

“Overall,” the researchers write, “understanding how depression symptoms change during PTSD treatment may help us to better tailor our current PTSD treatments to better fit individual patient needs.” The study was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Read more.

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Issue 38 / February 2014

Meet Officer Mark

For students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus, Officer Mark Chavis is the university’s ambassador at the busy corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road.

WKYC, the local NBC affiliate, took note of his gregarious personality and sent a camera crew out to introduce him to everyone outside of University Circle.

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