Case Western Reserve Sees Significant Improvement in Women in Science and Engineering

Case Western Reserve University has advanced the number of women teaching—and in leadership positions—in the sciences and engineering by more than 17 percent over the last four years.

In addition to the 17.3 percent increase of women in the sciences in engineering university-wide, Case Western Reserve—the first private university awarded a spot in the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program—reports other significant changes as a result of the $3.5 million grant. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Senior Shares Experiences of Semester Abroad and Case-Fisk Partnership


Senior Camille Thornton runs out of adjectives describing her experience as the first Case Western Reserve University student to participate in the student exchange component of the school's partnership with Fisk University.

"It was simply amazing, an incredible experience," she says of her 15-week term at the Nashville, Tennessee-based historically black college (HBCU). "I know a lot of students choose places like France to study abroad, but I'm very happy to have been able to do something different and not typical.

"Plus, helping this initiative is really great."

The initiative, known as the Case-Fisk Partnership, offers expanded opportunities in education and research for students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve and Fisk. Through the partnership, students have the chance to enroll in dual-degree programs and participate in student exchanges and joint research with a national or international scope.

Thornton is only the second student to participate in the exchange program since its inception in 2002. Read more.

Campus News

As the Case Western Reserve University Libraries plan for the future, the staff wants to understand patrons' perceptions and expectations so that they can provide requested services. The campus community is invited to participate in the LibQUAL+2008 survey. Participation in the LibQUAL+2008 survey provides essential information for both immediate and long-term planning for all Case  Libraries. For instance, surveys from 2002 and 2003, with other methods of feedback, resulted in more group study rooms, a popular reading collection, application software on computers and more at the Kelvin Smith Library. Everyone who completes the survey is entered into a raffle for an iPod Touch and gift certificates. Learn more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree in nonprofit management. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

The Office of the Provost would like to remind the campus community that on November 4, members of the university community have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process in many ways. In addition to voting, some students also may wish to serve as poll workers, observers or volunteers in other aspects of the electoral process. Students interested in such activities are advised to communicate first with faculty members whose classes they expect to miss and to provide documentation of the nature of their participation. In addition, faculty are being asked to work with students who have such conflicts to try to find mutually acceptable resolutions. The nature of the arrangements will be at the discretion of the faculty members.

For Faculty and Staff

The university is re-encoding all ID cards. To facilitate this process, Access Services will be participating in the Benefits Fair Tuesday, November 4, at Thwing Center. Faculty and staff are urged to stop by the table at the fair or at Access Services in the basement of Crawford Hall. The process should only take a few minutes. If an employee's ID card has been issued since May 1, 2008, the card already meets the new security standards.

The Department of Human Resources will offer free flu shots to faculty and staff during the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday November 5, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 4, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 5. One thousand vaccine injections are available on a first come, first-served basis. No appointments are necessary. Employees must review a vaccine information sheet and complete a consent form prior to receiving the shot. In addition, employees will need to present their Case Western Reserve ID when checking in.

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Community Service Committee is sponsoring its eighth annual Basket Raffle fundraiser in conjunction with the Benefits Fair Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5. Proceeds from this year's raffle will be donated to Transitional Housing Inc. The basket raffle will be held in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 4, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 5. For more information, send an e-mail to or contact Michelle Saafir at 368-3185.

For Students

Delta Gamma Sorority is hosting its fifth annual Anchor Splash event at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 8, at Veale Center. Proceeds will benefit national Service for Sight and the Cleveland Sight Center. If interested in registering a team of at least six people, contact Jeannette DeGuire.

The Career Center is hosting "Where Do I Start the Graduate School Application Process?" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, in Nord Hall, Room 410. This is considered a must-attend workshop for those considering graduate school. Learn how to identity and research the schools that are the best fit for, explore alternative educational options, become familiar with the application process, learn more about personal goal statements, and find out about scholarship and funding resources. Tom Matthews, the Career Center's director, and a graduate student are the guest speakers. Learn more.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. This year, six courses are being offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at several upcoming information sessions: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, at the Mandel School, Room 108, and 12:15-1:15 p.m., Friday, November 7, at the Mandel School, second floor atrium. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.



Melissa Knothe Tate, associate professor in the biomedical and mechanical and aerospace engineering departments, will speak on the topic of "Life at the Interface of Biology and Mechanics" from 1-2 p.m., Friday, November 7, in Guilford Parlor. Her talk is part of the Mather Spotlight Lecture Series What She Does and How She Does It! Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. Learn more.

Vernon Minor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will speak on the topic of "Elegies and Papal Tombs" at 4 p.m., Friday, November 7, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Art History & Art.

The November 4 lecture entitled "Exploding Bodies: Palestinian Weapons of Destruction" with Professor Alice Bach has been canceled due to the anticipated low turn-out because of Election Day. The Baker-Nord Center apologizes for any inconvenience.

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.

November 3, 2008

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Case in the News

Cleveland State, University of Akron bar exam passage rates better than Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, November 1, 2008
Eighty eight percent of the newly minted law-school grads from Case Western Reserve University passed the state bar exam on their first try last July. "We're pleased with the improvement in our passage rate and committed to continued improvement," said William A. "Bud" Baeslack, the university's provost and executive vice president.

Diverse candidates inspire pride and hope

Fremont News Messenger, November 3, 2008
No matter who wins on Tuesday, it will be historic, an election season of firsts for Americans. Either the first black man will be president, or the first woman will be vice president. Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

A star comes to Case, November 1, 2008
Movie actress Scarlett Johansson campaigned for the Obama-Biden ticket at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday.

Critics bellow over orchestra reviewer losing beat

The Associated Press, October 31, 2008
The reassignment of a newspaper reviewer critical of Cleveland Orchestra conductor Franz Welzer-Moest left a dissonant trail of questions about censorship and the risk of panning a hometown arts icon. Ross W. Duffin, a Case Western Reserve University music professor, comments.

Want to start a biz? Here's what matters, November 3, 2008
You've heard the conventional wisdom: Entrepreneurs drive innovation and job creation in the U.S. Yet two recently published books draw starkly different conclusions about the state of small business in America today. Scott Shane, a Case Western Reserve University professor of entrepreneurial studies, presents a more skeptical, statistically grounded view of startup life in The Illusions of Entrepreneurship.

OSU wants more female scientists

The Columbus Dispatch, November 1, 2008
A new Ohio State University program that aims to help female professors advance in the sciences would lead to discrimination and quotas, the president of a scholars' group says. But OSU officials say the program is not about quotas and is more about retaining the women the school employs in STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math. The initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been used in dozens of U.S. schools, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

U. of Illinois starts construction of sustainable supercomputer center

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, November 3, 2008
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will break ground for an 88,000-square-foot building to house a new petascale supercomputer that it plans to bring online in 2011. The IBM machine, for which the National Science Foundation is giving the university a $208-million grant, "will have greater computing capacity than all the current Top 500 supercomputers combined," according to a project official.