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art/sci update November 2013: Book examines lifelong benefits of children’s play


Russ publishes overview of research
into benefits of children’s play

Sandra Russ, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, has published a book examining the lifelong impact of children’s pretend play.

The book, Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity, builds on Russ’ 20 years of research in the field. She has found that unstructured, free play in childhood may aid adults in everything from scientific discovery to novel writing. Read more.

A recent Plain Dealer story cited a study by Russ and graduate student Claire Wallace showing that children who exhibited higher levels of creativity while playing also scored higher on math tests. Read more.

Woyczynski receives prestigious award

French science magazine La Recherche selected Wojbor Woyczynski, professor in the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and two colleagues as the winners of the 2013 Prix La Recherche in mathematics. The award recognized what the magazine regarded as the most significant paper in mathematics last year.

Woyczynski, Sylvie Méléard (Ecole Polytechnique in Paris) and Benjamin Jourdain (Université Paris-Est) were honored for their 2012 paper, “Lévy Flights in Evolutionary Ecology,” published in the Journal of Mathematical Biology. Read more.

Study: resolving therapist-client issues
is important for treatment of PTSD

Researchers associated with the Department of Psychological Sciences have demonstrated the importance of mending ruptures in communication or trust between a therapist and a client who is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The research team included Professor Norah Feeny, alumna AnnaMaria Aguirre McLaughlin (GRS ’06, ’11) and doctoral student Stephanie Keller.

In an article published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the researchers examined the impact of ruptures that occur when therapeutic progress stalls, when negative feelings arise between the therapist and client, or when the work in therapy becomes challenging. An unresolved rupture, they found, was a predictor for a poor treatment outcome. Read more.

CAS in the News

Faculty member has
second career as fiddler

Physics instructor Ed Caner serves as the executive director of the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). But outside the university, he’s also known as the fiddler and viola player for the Americana-style band Hey Mavis.

Caner spoke to the Plain Dealer about his roles in both the arts and sciences. Read more.

Hammack discusses issues
that Midwest cities are facing

The Cincinnati Enquirer interviewed David C. Hammack, the Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History, about the issues facing Rust Belt cities such as Cleveland and Detroit.

These cities, he says, are still plagued by the legacy of racial disparity, a lack of funding for basic services and substantial job losses as a result of the Great Recession. Read more.

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Issue 35 / November 2013

Interview with Frank Ryan

Former Case Western Reserve mathematics faculty member Frank Ryan, who as quarterback famously led the Cleveland Browns to their last championship, spoke at this fall’s Homecoming in a special “conversation” event.

If you were unable to attend, you can now view a video of Ryan’s chat with journalist Connie Schultz.

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