University Health Graduate Programs
Ranked Among the Nation's Best
in U.S. News & World Report


Several Case Western Reserve University programs once again have been recognized among the nation's best.

In the 2010 U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings, two health programs placed within the top 10 in their specialties: the School of Law's health law program is rated fifth in the country, while the School of Medicine's family medicine specialty came in ninth.

"Human health is one of the top priorities we identified in our strategic plan," Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. "These results highlight the significant strengths of our programs, and the opportunities that exist for even greater gains."

Of the 126 national medical schools surveyed by the magazine, Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine ranked 25th in research—and overall. This ranking once again placed it highest among Ohio medical schools. The school's primary care specialty improved from 51st in 2009 to 37th in 2010, also making it best in Ohio.

Several other Case Western Reserve University schools saw improvements in their graduate rankings. The School of Law climbed eight spots to 55th this year, and the Case School of Engineering improved to 46th, from 49th last year. Read more.

Behind the Doors of Anatomy Class

With the advent around 1950 of willed body (cadaver) programs for dissection classes in medical schools, a century-long tradition of dissection portraiture—students posing for photographs with their cadavers—passed from the scene in medical education.

Today, out of respect for the individual's contribution of their willed bodies to science, dissection labs in medical schools prohibit photographing bodies with cell phones or cameras to protect the anonymity of the donor. But it was not always this way as medical students traditionally gathered around their cadavers to document this medical school experience.

Until Dissection, Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930 by James Edmonson from Case Western Reserve and John Harley Warner from Yale University was published by Blast Books this month, what happened in dissection classes remained largely behind closed doors, far from the public's view. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program will host free online workshops and open houses throughout spring semester. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join Ronald Fry Wednesday, April 29, for "Appreciative Inquiry Principles in Action: The Role of Conversation in Stimulating Radical Change in Safety Behavior at a Steel Mill." Learn more.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics is hosting a symposium beginning at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, in the Robbins Building, Room E-501. The day-long symposium will celebrate the completion of the renovations to the laboratory and administrative space of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the major commitment the university has made to create state-of-the-art facilities. The symposium will consist of lectures from several distinguished speakers from universities in the United States and Canada. Contact Rosalyn Foster at 368-8978 for more information.

For Faculty and Staff


The Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting nominations for representatives through June 26. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives are elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin on the third Monday of September of every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: the School of Dental Medicine, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Academic Administration, and University Administration. Eligible employees also are encouraged to nominate themselves. Send all nominations to Robin Kramer via e-mail with the subject line "SAC Elections Committee." Questions can be directed to Kramer by e-mail or by phone at 368-5942.

For Students

The online course-evaluation system is open for student input now through Wednesday, April 29. Students are encouraged to complete their evaluations, as feedback on courses is used to improve teaching and also factors into the evaluation of faculty. Undergraduate and graduate students can easily access the course-evaluation system through the MySchedule portlet in the MyCase portal or by using to enter the course-evaluation system. Questions should be directed to

Nominations are being accepted for all Graduate Student Senate positions. No experience is necessary. Nominations/self-nominations should be sent to by Thursday, April 30. The election will be held on Thursday, May 7. Graduate students interested in leadership, social activities, community service, professional development, services, becoming a faculty member, mentoring, and other areas are encouraged to participate and learn more about the GSS.


The Department of Bioethics is offering short term, three-credit hour study abroad classes for the upcoming summer, winter and spring sessions. Destinations include Costa Rica, Amsterdam, Argentina, Paris, Spain and Belgium. Information sessions will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, August 24, at the School of Medicine, Room T-503. Contact Michelle Champoir, director of international education programs for the Department of Bioethics, for more information. 

All economics students and econ enthusiasts are invited to attend the Student-Faculty Spring Barbecue, hosted by the Economics Honor Society, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the Village at 115 behind House 4. Food and games will be available.


The Lies and Betrayal university seminar class is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of lying from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today in Strosacker Auditorium. The panelists will discuss their personal feelings and philosophies, and also will examine the prevalence and problems of  lying in their particular professions. The panelists are Katie Daley, poet, performer and teacher; Bill Doll, speech writer and SAGES Fellow; Arleen Hartman, artist and teacher; and Bob Lawry, emeritus professor of law and director of the Center for Professional Ethics. Refreshments will be available before the discussion.

La Alianza is hosting its La Fiesta spring event from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 24, in Carlton Commons. This year's theme is "Bridging Borders" with a focus on bringing together the diverse groups of Hispanic and Latino cultures while also reaching out to other cultural groups. The event will include speakers, food from Lelolai and other vendors, and the Tropical Rhythms dance group. Extra-credit is offered for select classes. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for the rest of the campus community. Proceeds will be donated to the West Side Community House. E-mail for information.

"Fulbrights for One or Two," a discussion featuring Louise McKinney, professor of law, will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This will be an informal talk about her Fulbright Scholar experiences in Botswana and Kenya. She also will discuss how she and her husband arranged coinciding Fulbrights. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Lois Langell by e-mail or by phone at 368-4342 today.

The current art exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences showcases more than 20 Cleveland artists. The artists are involved with the nonprofit organization Art on Wheels Inc. The work is on view through Friday, April 24.

Case in Point will hold its spring concert at 8 p.m. tonight in Strosacker Auditorium. The program will feature seven new songs, as well as old favorites. Solstice will open the show. The concert is free and refreshments will be available.

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.

Data Center Renovations

The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users.


  • Marketing and Communication file server unavailable
  • Unified Messaging (redundant, no outages)
  • Novell File Server (redundant, no Outages)
  • Secure ACS Server outage

Monday, April 27:

  • College of Arts and Science Web Server offline
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Cleveland Heights theater recalls 1959 Nico Jacobellis controversy over 'The Lovers'

The Plain Dealer, April 20, 2009
Each year, Case Western Reserve University Professor of Law Jonathan Entin leads a tour of legal landmarks in Greater Cleveland, including the old Heights Art Theatre at the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road. Entin and his students talk about the events of Nov. 13, 1959, when theater manager Nico Jacobellis showed a French film called The Lovers and landed himself in jail—and, eventually, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Diabetes, CVD control has improved but ethnic disparities persist

Endocrine Today, April 22, 2009
Adults with diabetes and cardiovascular disease experienced significant improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and glycemic control from 1999 to 2006, but racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities persisted. Ashwini Sehgal, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Obama's focus on authors of terror memos risks political furor, April 17, 2009
President Barack Obama is seeking to substitute Bush administration political appointees for intelligence-agency professionals as targets of public outrage over interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Science does not matter in the EPA endangerment finding

Science Policy Blog, April 21, 2009
Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, explains why it is that the science of climate change is really not a critical issue in the EPA endangerment finding or the debate that is likely to ensure.

Higher Ed News

Will 'SAT-optional' trend stick or sputter?

USA TODAY, April 22, 2009
If you're one of those students afraid standardized test scores don't paint the full picture of your potential, your options are growing. More and more colleges don't require the SAT or ACT exams.