Case Western Reserve University to Unveil Innovative New Web Site


Nearly 2,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni have helped select the innovative new design of Case Western Reserve University's more progressive Web presence.

The fresh online look and information architecture, which is being launched this week on the main university homepage and most first and second-level pages off of the homepage, will feature the university's updated visual identity while employing cutting-edge e-business technology.

The inventive and customizable second-tier navigation toward the top of the university's main Web pages will offer visitors to the site an opportunity to be more than just guests. This novel technology will provide new and return users immediate access to interact as actual members of the university community—by requesting additional information, visiting campus, applying for admission or making a gift —all from the main homepage. Read more.

Campus Police to Conduct Training Exercises July 21-25

Case Western Reserve University police will be receiving hands-on training in the latest rapid response techniques to active shooter incidents the week of July 21 at Storrs House in the North Residential Village.

Training will take place inside the residence hall at 1615 Mistletoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 21; Wednesday, July 23; Thursday, July 24; and Friday, July 25.

During this training, which is endorsed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, several uniformed officers from Case Western Reserve, University Circle and Cleveland police departments and Parma City Schools will be on site carrying replica handguns.

In addition, some of the exercises will involve scenario training in which students or faculty may be posing as victims.

While in training, the officers will use Air Soft handguns to simulate a lifelike firing effect. Air Soft handguns are nearly exact replicas of the guns used by the police departments except that they feature an orange barrel that identifies the weapon as a training tool. The handguns function on CO2 gas and fire a small white plastic pellet at a very low velocity, so risk for serious injury or property damage is relatively nonexistent.

Throughout the week, signs will be posted around the residence hall to note police training is in progress, and police and security vehicles will be parked on site. Yellow caution tape also may be used around the building to alert members of the campus community to the training exercises.

Contact campus security at 368-3333 with questions.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to enjoy some leisurely reading materials this summer courtesy of the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) collection of popular books, magazines and audio materials. The collection is part of the CPL@Case-KSL collaboration, an onsite set of materials from the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). Borrowers can apply for a CPL card at KSL. Read more.

The Perception Lab, housed in Case Western Reserve's Department of Psychology, is seeking participants for a vision study. Participants must be healthy adults with no major vision problems, and English must be a participant's first or native language. The study is completely non-invasive and primarily requires looking at images on a computer screen, as well a doing some tasks designed to mimic activities of daily living. Total time required will range from two to eight hours. Participants will be compensated for their time and expenses at a rate of $15 per hour of participation, and evening and weekend appointments are available. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Perception Lab at 368-6465, or send e-mail to

For Faculty and Staff

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities announces opportunities for research support for the 2008-09 academic year for arts and humanities faculty. Awards include Faculty Seminar Fellowships, Research Working Group awards, Digital Technology grants, and foreign travel to conferences and research collections. Go online for guidelines and application forms. For information, call 368-8961.

For Students

The Observer is seeking an illustrations editor for the upcoming school year. The editor will provide drawings to accompany articles and in-house advertisements, and has the option to author the editorial cartoon and the Fun Page comic. Anyone with art experience should e-mail the newspaper staff.


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July 21, 2008

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Media Moment


TeamCASE and DEXTER will be prominently featured in the second installment of Robocars, a Discovery Science Channel documentary airing at 10 p.m. tonight. View a promotional video for the series in this week's Media Moment.

Case in the News

Editorial: President Snyder is a steady hand guiding Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, July 21, 2008
The Plain Dealer editorial board writes that the challenges Barbara Snyder faced when she assumed the presidency of Case Western Reserve University a year ago were daunting. All of those challenges still exist, but the board says that Snyder's first year as president should be judged a success.

Case Western Reserve engineering school receives $250,000 gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 21, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University's School of Engineering has received $250,000 from Case Institute of Technology graduate Walter Culver. The gift will form the Walt and Sylvia Culver Engineering Fellowship for Sustainable Infrastructure for graduate students.

Case Western Reserve's new medical researchers pump millions into Northeast Ohio economy

The Plain Dealer, July 20, 2008
Five researchers recruited to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the last three years are pumping more than $60 million into the region's economy—and they promise to add more in the future.

Case Western Reserve, natural history museum solidify bone pact

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 21, 2008
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University have inked a deal that will allow an Indiana company to have access to the museum's pediatric skeleton collection and will help raise money to preserve the collection.

Starting a small business in a bad economy

U.S. News & World Report, July 17, 2008
Slowdowns don't have to be barriers to starting new enterprises, experts say. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University and author of The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By, comments.

Higher Ed News

Computer-science courses attract more students

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, July 17, 2008
For years academics have been reading about declining enrollment in computer science courses. But a computer science professor at the University of Washington reports on the Computing Community Consortium blog that interest in the field is now growing.

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