Case Western Reserve University President Commits to 'Climate Neutral' Campus


Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder has committed to reducing and eventually eliminating all of the university's global warming emissions and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.

The commitment came with Snyder's recent signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

This pledge comes as Case Western Reserve finalizes its strategic plan, which will include four areas of interdisciplinary focus: human health; culture, creativity and design; social justice and ethics -- and energy and the environment. As part of the strategic planning process, the university expects to support a new faculty-led sustainability initiative, among other efforts. Read more.

Innovative Program Brings Global Perspective to Technology Transfer at Case Western Reserve


To augment Case Western Reserve University's pursuit of partners and collaborators around the world, the university's Technology Transfer Office has launched a resident affiliates program with the appointment of its first resident, Andrea Frosini, IP manager in the Liaison Office at the University of Siena, Italy.

Through the new resident affiliate program Case Western Reserve recruits technology transfer professionals from other parts of the world to share best practices and to develop international capital and talent networks.

This innovative system of connections and information sharing will help expand Case Western Reserve's prominence in tech transfer. The university currently ranks number one among Ohio colleges and universities in gross licensing income and cumulative active licenses, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Read more.

Campus News


There are a lot of "green" buzzwords these days, but many people don't know what these words mean, or how these issues impact their lives. Linda Robson, finance and administration fellow for energy studies, will present at a lunch and learn session, "Sustainability 101," from noon to 1 p.m., July 30 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The workshop will focus on tips for managing the rising costs of energy and food, and building healthy communities both at home and at the university. In addition, find out how Case Western Reserve is going green. To register, send an e-mail to Erica Merritt, director of employee, education, training and development.

The Judaic Studies (JDST) program, in conjunction with the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Jewish Studies, has launched the free online JDST e-Journal. The illustrated journal features student awards and honors, a student essay, a faculty member profile and other items of interest to students, faculty and friends of the JDST program. The premier issue can be accessed from the Judaic Studies Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will once again be hosting seminars on the "Brain, Learning and Teaching." The series will be run by James Zull, professor of biology, to discuss ideas from his book The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. Sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: July 15, 22 and 29 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The discussions will examine whether new ideas for teaching can now be gleaned from neuroscience research on learning. The reading is approachable for teachers in all disciplines and does not require a science or neuroscience background. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the session. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

The Observer is looking to hire an IT specialist for the 2008-09 school year. Interested undergraduates who know about computers, technology and networks are encouraged to send an e-mail to the newspaper's staff.


The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Terry Meister from the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant and Richard Switalski of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on the topic of "Down the Drain: The Sewer System Under Greater Cleveland and What Happens to Our Wastewater," at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

July 14, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University medical school's incoming class grows to 197 students

The Plain Dealer, July 13, 2008
At medical schools around the country, the number of students is growing as schools try to offset a predicted shortage of primary-care doctors in the coming decade. The 197 new students enrolled in Case Western Reserve University's traditional four-year medical school, the M.D.-Ph.D. program and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine represent the largest number of medical students in the university's history, said Lina Mehta, associate dean for admissions at the medical school.

Squeezing the Internet for political cash, part 1: Follow the leader

E-Commerce Times, July 12, 2008
Technology is shifting the way candidates fill their war chests for major political battles, and it's giving the $10 donor a much greater voice than ever before. The Internet has radically shifted how candidates approach their donor bases, said Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University.

Brainstorm survey: What tech leaders want

CNN/, July 11, 2008
As the iPhone 3G emerges, Apple's mobile device has captivated the leaders of the tech industry. That's the most certain conclusion Fortune reached after surveying 325 industry leaders who will be attending our Brainstorm Tech conference July 21-23. One of those surveyed was Lev Gonick, vice president of information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Fairview has record-breaking International Baccalaureate class

The Daily Camera, July 11, 2008
More Fairview students than in the Boulder, Colo. high school's history last week received a phone call congratulating them on earning an International Baccalaureate diploma -- an honor that goes to only the brightest students and allows them to skip some college courses. One of those students is Lucy Bollinger, who's headed to Case Western Reserve University this fall.

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Scientists for a new age

Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2008
There's a growing need for scientists who are as comfortable in the boardroom as they are in the laboratory, and this new breed of thinkers won't need doctorates, according to a new report released by the National Research Council.

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