Case Western Reserve Intelligence Expert Receives Kudos from Mensa


Infants who excel at processing new information at 6- and 12-months-old, typically excel in intelligence and academic achievements as young adults in their 20's, according to a study directed by Case Western Reserve University Psychologist Joseph Fagan.

Fagan's "The prediction, from infancy, of adult IQ and achievement," published in the journal Intelligence, is receiving accolades. Mensa International, Limited— the international organization of 100,000 people who score at the 98 percentile on IQ tests—and the Mensa Education & Research Foundation recently recognized Fagan's work with the 2009 Award for Excellence in Research.

The research honored by the Mensa groups examined the question of whether the more intelligent infant becomes the more intelligent and more highly achieving adult.

"Yes" is the answer Fagan and his research team found. Read more.

Campus News

The 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize will be presented to The Honorable Mary Robinson, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the first woman president of Ireland. She will receive the award at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, at Severance Hall. The event will be followed by Robinson's lecture, "New Challenges for Human Rights in the 21st Century." The event is open to the public. Tickets are free. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, is offering an onsite Investor Education Series. All interested staff and faculty are eligible to attend. The last session, "Tax-Smart Ways to Save and Invest," will meet from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, August 6, in Crawford Hall 209. Go online to register.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



WOW!: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday through August 26. This evening's event will feature two musical groups: Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band and Lost State of Franklin. WOW! also features food from local restaurants and artwork by local artisans. Rain site: The large tent on Wade Oval.

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.

In Memoriam

Florence Marsh, professor emerita of English, died last month. She joined the faculty of Humanities and Arts of Western Reserve University as an instructor of English in 1950. She was appointed assistant professor in 1951, associate in 1960, and professor of English in 1966. She served as chair of the Department of English at Case Western Reserve from 1972-1974 and as acting chair in the spring of 1978. Marsh also served as assistant dean of Mather College from 1952-1954. During her extended tenure, she served on numerous committees, including the Mather College Scholarship Committee; faculty adviser to the Mortar Board; the University Scholars Committee; the Faculty Senate; and chair of the Senate Nominating Committee. Her areas of expertise included literature of the Victorian period, modern English, American Drama, and 20th Century Methods of Criticism.

August 5, 2009

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Case in the News

CNBC-TV18 Boston Analytics: July consumer confidence at 71.9, August 5, 2009
The CNBC-TV18 Boston Analytics consumer confidence index for July has come in at 71.9, down 1.2 percent relative to the June reading of 72.8. Consumer spending slipped to its lowest level falling 6 percent in July. Employment confidence too fell to its lowest level and stands at 4.6 percent in July. Sam Thomas, senior lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

David Frum: What killed Detroit?

National Post, August 4, 2009
Detroit's fall was as steep and rapid as its rise, writes a commentator. He references Case Western Reserve University in his opinion piece.

Higher Ed News

At the U. of Minnesota, one big happy orientation

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2009
With research pointing to a direct link between orientation programs and the success of new and junior faculty members, colleges are increasingly thinking about the best way to introduce them to the information—and people—they need to succeed.