NSF Ranks Case Western Reserve University High on Industry-financed Research and Development


The National Science Foundation (NSF) survey of industry-financed research and development expenditures at universities and colleges (academic R&D expenditures survey) released its findings for fiscal year 2005.

Of the top 100 universities and colleges listed by industrial academic research and development, Case Western Reserve University placed in the top third, at 32nd place.

The results of the survey are primarily used to assess trends in R&D expenditures across the fields of science and engineering. This information is vital for decision-making by federal, state and academic planners regarding future R&D funding priorities. Read more.

University to reduce electrical burden in extreme heat, asks faculty, staff, students for assistance

Due to the forecasted high temperatures and, therefore, the potential for an electrical overload, beginning today, the university will proactively reduce nonessential lighting in public areas during daytime hours. Nonessential lighting includes hallways (partial), building entrances, lobbies and atriums. Illumination in public areas that receive natural lighting also will be reduced.

Air conditioning will not be affected.

The university also asks faculty, staff and students to help reduce the electrical burden on power systems by turning off office and common area lighting that may not be needed due to outdoor lighting; turning off restroom lights after use; and turning off printers, speakers, monitors, copiers and other office equipment when not needed or not in use. Be sure to save data prior to shutting down computers.

Optional laboratory equipment that can be turned off also should be considered as an opportunity to conserve.

Participation is appreciated. Questions or concerns may be addressed to the Customer Service Center for Facility Operations at 368-2580.

Campus News

The 1-2-1 Fitness Center offers several programs for getting into shape and overall wellness, including the "Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch" program August 24, and the Metabolic Testing with the MedGem service. For complete details about these and other programs, call 368-1121 or visit the center's Web site.

For Faculty & Staff

EASE@Work will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 30 in Thwing Center's atrium to help employees find before/after care programs for school age children; learn more about transitions and separations affecting kindergarten and school students; the benefits of homework; various learning styles; and many more back to school tips.

For Students

Case Concert Choir open auditions will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on August 24, and again from 7-8:30 p.m. on August 27, both in Haydn Hall, Room 305. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to audition. All parts are needed, especially tenors and basses. Questions: contact Rob Dunn, or review the audition requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Cyrus Taylor will be co-instructor with Robert Brown for the course "Modern Physics for Innovation" (PHYS 491) this fall. Open to graduate students in science and engineering who have a substantial background in math, physics, and physical chemistry, the course provides an understanding of these subjects as a basis for successfully launching new high-tech ventures. Details: Contact Edward Caner.


The Department of Communication Sciences is hosting an "All-N-One Open House" from 4-6 p.m. today on the fourth floor of the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. Meet faculty and students, play a few rounds of mini golf, and tour the new Virtual Reality Theater, Case Speech Production Lab, and Cognitive Communication Lab. Read more for additional information and to RSVP.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

August 23, 2007

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Case in the News

Weight-loss surgery tied to a longer life

Washington Post, August 23, 2007
Obese people are significantly less likely to die prematurely if they undergo stomach surgery to lose weight, according to two large new studies that offer the first convincing evidence that the health gains of losing weight translate into living longer. Paul Ernsberger, a professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, is quoted in the story.

Inexcusable sibling treatment: Is there any possible solution?

Danbury News Times, August 19, 2007
Sylvia Rimm, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, answers a reader's question about inexcusable sibling treatment.

Higher Ed News

College board quits the loan business

New York Times, August 23, 2007
The College Board, the powerful testing organization known for its SAT and Advanced Placement exams, announced yesterday that it was getting out of the student loan business.

Virginia Tech panels urge reform

Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2007
Three internal panels looking primarily at how Virginia Tech University can protect its students in the wake of the April 16 massacre released their reports Wednesday, recommending additional security measures and more help in dealing with troubled students.

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