U.S. News & World Report Graduate and Professional Program Rankings Released


Several graduate and professional programs at Case Western Reserve University were included in the latest rankings of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" list for 2009.

Overall, the schools of medicine, engineering and social sciences ranked in the top 50 in their respective categories, with some subspecialties earning top 10 spots.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences was ranked 10th among social work programs, moving up from 11th when U.S. News last ranked the category in 2004. The School of Medicine (#23) remained in the top 25. The biomedical engineering program was ranked ninth, up from 10th last year.

"These results highlight the importance of this year's strategic planning efforts. Case Western Reserve University offers world-class faculty and top departments," said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University. "Our challenge going forward is to make certain individual schools and the university as a whole maximizes all of the rich potential within our campus." Read more.

University Plan Document Available for Review, Forums Set for Early April

The Case Western Reserve University Plan Steering Committee will conduct its next series of strategic planning open forums in early April. The committee recommends that faculty, staff, students and alumni review the newly revised draft of the university-wide planning document prior to the meetings.

All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to discuss the university's emerging goals, priorities and strategic initiatives and to offer suggestions on action steps during these open forums.

The meetings on April 2 and April 8 will be held in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building. President Barbara Snyder is scheduled to attend the afternoon forum on April 8. The forum on April 9 will be held at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 202. Members of the Steering Committee will be present at all of the meetings.

Primary Group

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Staff and Students

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Faculty, Staff and Students President Barbara Snyder will be present

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Faculty, staff, and students who are unable to attend the forums set up for them may attend one of the others. Alumni are invited to attend any of the forums.

Detailed files associated with the planning process, including the university-wide planning document, reports of the Issues Task Forces and preliminary submissions from the college and schools, can be found on the University Plan Web site.

University to Test Emergency Communications Systems March 31-April 4

To help ensure timely, accurate and clear communication takes place with members of the Case Western Reserve University community during a potential crisis, the Communications Committee of the university's Security Task Force is testing the university's layered emergency notification network, commonly referred to as the CaseWARN communications system.

The tests, which will include e-mail, voice mail, text message and outdoor speakers, will take place during business hours March 31-April 4.

The first test during the week will be conducted with 100 faculty, staff and student volunteers. Though the entire campus will hear the outdoor speakers, the message will target only the volunteers.

A second test during the week will include a voice and text message to all members of the campus community who have subscribed to the CaseWARN voice and text message alerts. In addition, an e-mail will be sent to the entire campus community, and this outdoor speaker message will address all faculty, staff and students.

The e-mail and speaker communications will direct all members of the campus community to complete a short online survey.

Prior to the testing, those who have subscribed to the CaseWARN voice and text message alerts need to program two numbers into their cell phones: 24639 should be entered as CaseWARN Text and 1-866-609-8026 as CaseWARN Voice. Details are available online. E-mail questions to case-news@case.edu.

The university recommends all faculty, staff and students subscribe to the voice and text message alerts, which will only be used in the case of an imminent threat to the campus community.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., April 3rd at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 368-6025, or go to the program's Web site.

The submission deadline for the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize is March 31. The program recognizes exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty. Any member of the university community may submit one or more nominations in letter form, each not to exceed two pages in length, via email to Lois Langell.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering several student specials for spring. Join for $85 the last months of the semester to participate in the Spartan Shape Up program. Memberships include all classes, access to top-name equipment, towels, lockers, the sauna and more. The facility also is offering natural spray tanning; receive 25 percent off with a university ID. In addition, the Recovery Zone offers natural smoothies. All services are open to non-members.

For Faculty and Staff

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) announces the Fourth Freedman Faculty Fellows Program, an informational lunch meeting for this year's application process, from noon to 1:30 p.m., April 4 at KSL's Dampeer Room. The meeting is a requirement for faculty interested in submitting project applications, and will include information about the program schedule, submission and requirement details and application forms. Six university faculty will receive awards to attend a week-long seminar in June to learn and develop new teaching methods that incorporate content, multimedia tools and modern technologies.

For Students

SAGES Impact, a committee representing the interests of students, faculty and the administration, is evaluating the impact of the SAGES undergraduate curriculum. Student input is vital for providing a complete and accurate picture of academics, advising and general morale related to the SAGES program. All students participating in the SAGES curriculum are invited to complete a survey about their experience by March 31. Responses will be used in conjunction with other data to inform a report on the impact of the SAGES program.


Greek Week 2008 activities will kick off with the first event, Greek III, at 3:30 p.m., March 30 in Strosacker Auditorium. Activities continue through April 6, including a Greek Sing and Root Beer Chug on Wednesday; a faculty luncheon and the Variety Show at the State Theatre on Thursday; and the annual Can Castle Competition on Saturday, with canned foods from the event being donated to the Cleveland Food Bank. Read more for a complete list of the week's activities.


The Department of Anthropology announces the first talk in a new lecture series, Applying Anthropology to Real World Problems. The first lecture will highlight Susan Squires, executive director of Customer Insight Research, Tactics, LLC, on the topic of "American Breakfast and the Mother-in-law" from 4:15-5:30 p.m., April 1 in Mather Memorial, Room 201. A reception will immediately follow the talk.

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.

Et al

Law professor Michael Scharf has been selected to co-chair the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law scheduled for April 9-12 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,500 participants are expected to attend the conference. This year's theme is "The Politics of International Law."


Jane Daroff, a social worker with University Counseling Services and LGBTA Task Force co-chair, has been elected to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Board of Directors. In addition, she will be awarded the Cleveland HRC Steering Committee Leadership Award during the group's upcoming 15th Annual HRC dinner. The award honors individuals who demonstrate the most leadership in assisting the LGBT community.

A paper written by Lawrence Krauss, "Dark energy, a cosmological constant, and type Ia supernovae," was selected as a featured article to highlight the New Journal of Physics 10th anniversary. Krauss is the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

March 28, 2008

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Case in the News

Cherish the Tibetan people

Phayul (Tibet), March 29, 2008
An essay about the people of Tibet highlights Case Western Reserve University's Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynold Harkness Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet as one of the top Tibetan scholars.

Voluntary steroid testing

WKYC.com, March 23, 2008
Although Division III schools are not regularly tested for steroid use, student athletes at Case Western Reserve University are leading the way by participating in a voluntary National Collegiate Athletic Association pilot program.

Boomers' suicide trend continues as they age

The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2008
In the early 1980s, young adults had among the highest rates of suicide in Northeast Ohio. Today that same generation of boomers, now in their late 40s and early 50s, is behind a surge of suicides among middle-agers. Joseph Calabrese, a psychiatrist and director of the mood disorders program at Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, comments.

Elevated sex hormones lead to chromosome abnormalities, breast cancer

Medwire News, March 23, 2008
Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of reproductive hormones causes amplification of cell centrosomes resulting in chromosomal abnormalities, such as aneuploidy, that may ultimately drive tumor development, according to a study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The lead researcher was Ruth Keri.

Higher Ed News

Colleges bought classroom technology, but are enough professors using it?

Chronicle of Higher Education News Wire, March 27, 2008
A commentary article in this week's Chronicle raises questions about the level of technology use on campus compared to how much colleges have invested in smart classrooms, course management systems, and more.

New impacts seen for faculty unions

Inside Higher Ed, March 28, 2008
Faculties that are unionized have significantly higher percentages of courses taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty members, as opposed to adjuncts, according to new research. At the same time, colleges that are unionized tend to spend less per student on academic support services, the analysis found.

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