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Category: Issue Backgrounder


Puerto Rico, the US and, the Zika Virus

On August 12, 2016 the Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico because of the Zika virus.  The declaration came one day after U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy visited the U.S territory and, according to a New York Times article, said he expected 25% of Puerto Rico’s nearly 3.5 million people …Read the Rest

Mindfulness at Work (and School)

The CWRU-Daily.com recently featured the mindfulness research of Christopher Lyddy, an organizational doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management.  Lyddy, a co-lead author with Weatherhead alum Darren Good, PhD., and colleagues have published an article entitled “Contemplating Mindfulness at Work:  An Integrative Review” in the 42 Journal of Management 114 (2016). The Daily …Read the Rest

Women Need Not Apply

As of January 2016 women can aspire to any military occupation or position. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced this policy change on Dec. 3, 2015. (“Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women,” DoD News by Cheryl Pellerin) This opens about 220,000 positions to women. Women will now be able to serve in the Army’s cavalry, as a …Read the Rest

Zeitgeist: Protecting Cultural Heritage

In the past month, a number of efforts to preserve the remains of damaged cultural heritage sites have been in the news and in a program in the Law School. Professor Dale Nance hosted a showing of, The Rape of Europa (2006), a documentary showing how the Nazis systematically took or destroyed the art of …Read the Rest

#BlackLivesMatter and Cleveland

On July 24-26, 2015, Cleveland State University hosted the inaugural Movement for Black Lives national conference.  Local groups, such as Cleveland Action, and activist groups from across the country attended.  The Cleveland focus for the conference helped to bring national attention to the shooting of 12-year old Clevelander Tamir Rice.   The videotaped shooting of Tamir Rice captured the attention …Read the Rest

The Letter

Recently, 47 out of 54 Republican Senators signed an “open letter” to the leaders of Iran. The letter has generated many comments in real and virtual fora, from White House (and State Department) press briefings to a “fierce Twitter spat.” According to some, the letter was an attempt to play (partisan) politics and undermine the delicate …Read the Rest