Case Western Reserve University Ranks in Top 15 of Washington Monthly College Rankings

Washington Monthly ranks Case Western Reserve University in the top six percent of U.S. national universities in its 2009 College Rankings edition.

Out of 258 schools rated, Case Western Reserve is listed at number 15, the top Ohio school represented in the national rankings.

"In the information age, we all depend on colleges and universities to produce groundbreaking research and new inventions, to serve as engines of social mobility for first-generation college students, and to mold the minds of future leaders," the editors wrote.

The list was compiled by gathering data based on three criteria: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students); research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.'s); and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Refer to the complete rankings issue.

Resources Available to Help
Campus Community Remain Safe

As Campus Safety Awareness Month continues at Case Western Reserve University, the university community is being reminded that there are many resources and tips available to help students, faculty and staff remain safe as they study, work and socialize.

Case Police and Security Services Chief Art Hardee said safety is a top priority. "We've saturated the campus grounds with officers on foot, bikes, and on T3 scooters. We have 21 police officers and a total of 25 security guards who patrol inside and outside campus buildings." In addition, the University Circle Inc. Police Department is available to assist university police officers.

A special emphasis is being put on safety awareness, programs and tips in September. The campus community has an opportunity to get a variety of safety information in one location during a Campus Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center atrium.

Read more about the fair and get a list of safety tips.

Campus News


As an exclusive extension of its benefits discount program, Case Western Reserve University is offering free, digital subscriptions to Crain's Cleveland Business to more than just its employees. Sponsored by the university's Office of University Relations and Development, the free subscriptions provide all members of the university community with access to the online version of Crain's Cleveland Business at no cost. Learn more.

Representatives from University Circle institutions will be in the Thwing Center ballroom from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, September 4, to share information about faculty, staff and student discounts, event schedules and coupons to University Circle businesses.


Snacks will be provided. The program is in conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's Community Service Fair, an open house highlighting programs and volunteer opportunities from more than 60 organizations. Representatives from local nonprofit agencies, area hospitals and student service organizations, as well the Peace Corps and Teach for America, will be in the ballroom and the 1914 Lounge.

For Faculty and Staff

The United Way of Greater Cleveland, a Federation partner in Case Western Reserve University's Charity Choice campaign, is teaming up with the Cleveland Indians to offer discount tickets to employees. The Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox game will take place at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at Progressive Field. Employees should use the code "UNITED" to purchase upper box tickets for $16.

For Students

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is a forum of graduate students whose focus is to meet, discuss and take action on academic, social and professional affairs. Learn more.

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center's Bellflower Lounge. Learn about WISER and its social and service activities, as well as its academic and professional networking opportunities.

The American Medical Student Association will hold its first general body meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Attendees can learn more about this pre-med group while enjoying an ice cream bar.


The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "The Past and Future of Foundations" by David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History. The discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 4, at the Inamori Center.

Kenneth Ledford, associate professor of history and law, will give a public lecture at the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies on Wednesday, September 9, to observe the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Europe. The title of his talk is "Midpoint of a Savage Century: September 1, 1939." Contact Ledford for details.

The Office of University Alumni Relations invites alumni and friends to a traditional football tailgate prior to the Spartans vs. Kenyon game on Saturday, September 5. The party begins at 10 a.m. at the Alumni House. For $15, attendees will receive food, refreshments, a ticket to the game, and family fun. Children ages two and under can attend for free. The game begins at noon. Register online or by phone at 368-6280.

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.

September 3, 2009

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Case in the News

Mission of Burma playing at Studio-A-Rama at Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, September 2, 2009
Studio-A-Rama is still all about the music. Since 1981, the summer fest thrown by Case Western Reserve University radio station WRUW FM/91.1 has brought hundreds of bands and thousands of fans to Mather Courtyard. This year's headliner is the band Mission of Burma.

Diagnostic HYBRIDS test gets FDA nod for use to detect swine flu virus

MedCity News, September 1 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added another virus to the list of those that can be detected by the Diagnostic HYBRIDS D3 Ultra test kit: H1N1, or the swine flu virus. Diagnostic HYBRIDS has an office and laboratory in Cleveland, where it licenses some of its technologies from Case Western Reserve University.

NIH researchers identify key factor that stimulates brain cancer cells to spread

NIH News, August 18, 2009
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that the activity of a protein in brain cells helps stimulate the spread of an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). In a move toward therapy, the researchers showed that a small designer protein can block this activity and reduce the spreading of GBM cells grown in the laboratory. The study's senior author is Susann Brady-Kalnay, a neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

International campuses on the rise

Inside Higher Ed, September 3, 2009
The number of international branch campuses has grown to 162, up 43 percent in just three years, according to a study released Wednesday by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a British research institute that has been among the leaders in documenting the spread of this form of higher education.