Case Western Reserve University Named as a Top 10 "Best Neighbor" College


Case Western Reserve University is in the Top 10 of "Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best Neighbor College and University Civic Partnerships."

The survey results were recently announced at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference in Philadelphia.

The survey is an extension of Evan Dobelle's original survey and ranking of civically engaged colleges and universities that appeared in 2006. Dobelle is president of Westfield State College. The list's Top 25 academic institutions were selected because of their positive impact on their urban communities. Factors such as revitalization efforts, cultural renewal, economics and community service and development were considered. Read more

Ecology Friendly Urban Designer will speak for Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture

urban planner Douglas Farr

Urban designers realize the increasing importance to be environmentally sensitive. Douglas Farr, urban planner and president and CEO of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, will explore that topic at Case Western Reserve University when he gives the 2009 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture.

The free, public lecture begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5, in Ford Auditorium in Allen Memorial Library, 11000 Euclid Ave. on the Case Western Reserve campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve. Farr is well known as a leader for ecologically sensitive, sustainable urban constructions. His Chicago-based and award-winning architecture and planning firm has recently been named by the New York Times as the "most prominent of the city's growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects."
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Case Western Reserve University to Get
Ohio Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy

New ways to make energy will mean new jobs. That was the clear message this week at a press conference at the Ohio Board of Regents in Columbus, Ohio.

Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut spoke about potential benefits of Ohio's Centers of Excellence in advanced energy. The governor formally announced establishment of nine centers at eight universities. An Ohio Center of Excellence will reside at Case Western Reserve's Great Lakes Energy Institute. Read more.

Campus News

All permit holders with a expiration date of December 31, 2009, are being reminded that the last day to return permits for a one month refund is November 15. Go online for complete details.


Spirit Packs, sponsored by the Student Leadership Journey Council (SLJC), the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and the University Bookstore, include the perfect gear for showing your Spartan spirit. Each pack costs $55, and comes in a cinch sack with a T-shirt, sweatshirt, stainless steel water bottle (BPA free), pom pom, and a University Bookstore coupon. Orders must be received by Friday, Nov. 13, and will be delivered to students on Monday, Dec. 7 (pick-up is available for commuter students, faculty, staff and administrators). Proceeds go toward leadership education and campus programming through the SLJC and student activities and leadership.

Case Western Reserve is competing in PETA's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges contest. Campus members can vote for the university online in Round 1 through Monday, Nov. 2.

For Faculty and Staff


Case Western Reserve employees are invited to donate to the 2009 Charity Choice Campaign, which benefits hundreds of local and national nonprofit agencies.

The Department of Human Resources and the University Career Center recently created the Career Development Series: Effectively Managing Your Career at Case. Those seeking to grow in their current role or to explore other opportunities at the university are invited to attend this series focusing on career decision-making skills. The "Charting Your Path" session is from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Toepfer Room. Register online.

For Students

The Indian Graduate Student Association will host its annual Diwali function, Tarang, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Gourmet Indian food will be served, followed by a series of cultural events. Tickets: $12 for members, $17 for non-members and $20 the day of the event (including membership). Contact Raghav Dutta, Nemath Syed Shah or Vinay Sethia.

The Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) "VIVA! & Gala" 2009-2010 performing arts series is about to begin. The series will feature 14 performances representing 11 countries. Students can bring their university ID for the "Pay What You Can" special at the door. If empty seats are available, students will not be turned away.


Time is running out to donate to the Pennies for Peace campaign that will end during Family Weekend, November 6-8. One of the Family Weekend community service projects will be rolling the last of the donated coins. Thus far, $5200 has been collected to donate to Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute. Collection jars for donations are at various campus locations. For locations visit the Pennies for Peace information page.

Case's 121 Fitness Center offers you a professional, personal, friendly and clean exercise environment to achieve your health and wellness goals. For a low monthly fee, and no contracts, you receive access to over 40 FREE group exercise classes per week, 28,000 sq. ft. of top equipment, 2 group exercise studios, FREE parking, 4 FREE personal training sessions, FREE lockers and towel service, FREE parking, Brand new shower and sauna areas, and much more. Payroll deduction is available. Visit for more information or call 368-1121.

A Campus Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 10, at noon in Crawford 720 to discuss potential reading selections for the next five months.

The MLK Celebration Week Advisory Board is accepting funding requests for programming for the 2010 MLK Celebration Week, "Where Do We Go From Here? Building on the Legacy of Dr. King."
The annual MLK Convocation will be Friday, January 22, during the Community Hour, and will feature author and political commentator Donna Brazile. The deadline for proposals is Monday, November 9. Proposals may be submitted on-line . Last year, co-sponsorships ranged from $100 to $2,000.


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.

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Klara K. Papp, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Medical Learning at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is the 2009 Recipient of the Charles H. Griffith, III, MD, Educational Research Award. The Award for Excellence was presented at the national meeting of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) in Philadelphia this past weekend for outstanding contributions to educational research in medicine. Learn more about the Award

Winners of "Here & Near," the 12th edition of the Campus Markings contest, have been announced. Visit the contest web site for details. All the winners are students. The contest ended October 20, and was open to the entire campus community.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will receive the Bronze Key Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependence to recognize leadership in the field of substance dependence and recovery. This award will be presented by local affiliate Recovery Resources, a stalwart provider of substance abuse and mental health services in Northeast Ohio.

Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, MSASS dean, will accept the honor during the Recovery Resources 19th annual Bronze Key Gala at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland on Thursday, November 12, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. This gala affair is the largest event in the region in support of recovery.

Richard Gordon from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law is leading a collaboration between the World Bank and the law school on a project entitled "The Misuse of Corporate Vehicles in Grand Corruption Cases: Unraveling the Corporate Veil." The project is a key part of the Stolen Asset Recovery or StAR initiative, a joint effort of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank Group to recover the proceeds of government corruption and to develop measures to prevent and deter the hiding of corrupt proceeds.

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, names Chad Fusco one of four Laureates in 2009. Tau Beta Pi named the civil engineering graduate, who minored in theater - at Case Western Reserve University, a laureate in the arts. Fusco received the award at engineering honor society's October convention.

Fusco joined student theater groups during his first semester at Case Western Reserve and was soon the only engineering major in a group cast of primarily theater majors. He proved himself as a director, with "The Pajama Game", served as public relations officer of the Case Footlighters and expanded the role from promoting plays to working on fundraising, websites, and program advertising sales. He worked with others to introduce a patron program, and even made an arrangement to obtain free food for the cast and crew.

October 30, 2009

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Case Western Reserve wins $14.7 million grant as part of hypertension study

Crain's Cleveland Business, Oct. 29, 2009
Case Western Reserve University has received a $14.7 million grant to run one of five clinical center networks that will study hypertension. The 9-year Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial will look at 1,500 patients that have a history of heart disease or will be at high risk for it, and try to determine patients' optimal blood pressure.

Finding Ways for Disabled People to Participate in Research is Goal of Case Western Reserve University Nursing School Study

Reuters, Oct. 29, 2009
Researchers regularly exclude people who cannot read, hear or write from participating in their research projects but that's about to change. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University will develop research tools and strategies to include individuals with vision and hearing impairments in future research.

Amphibians rarely give earliest warning of pollution, Oct. 29, 2009
Analysis of more than 20,000 toxicity studies suggests that amphibians are relatively resilient and not well suited to be the barometer of pollution. This work "overturns the common view that amphibians are, on average, more sensitive to environmental contaminants than other organisms", says Michael Benard at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. "Hopefully, this work will lead to more effective regulation of contaminants that takes into account the diverse sensitivities of different organisms."

Why Won't They Just Drag Karadzic to Court?, Oct. 29, 2009
There's no law preventing the tribunal from dispatching security guards to a prisoner's cell and even carrying him into the court. But it's highly unlikely that the tribunal judges would take such a step, because international courts struggle to assert their legitimacy, and applying force might make the legal process seem like a show trial or give on-lookers undue sympathy for the defendant. Explainer thanks Michael Newton of Vanderbilt University Law School and Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Dark matter sleuths to design world's largest WIMP catcher, Oct. 29, 2009
Researchers from Europe and the U.S. are collaborating to design the world's largest, most sensitive experiment to catch the stuff of dark matter. Case Western Reserve University's physicist Tom Shutt leads the group, which merged with a group of dark matter researchers, including Dan Akerib, chair of the department of physics.

Constitutionality of health overhaul questioned

Washington Times, Oct. 28, 2009
While some conservatives believe Congress is overstepping if it requires all citizens to have health insurance, others, including Jonathan Adler, law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, think that in the end, if the legislation passes, Congress would win in the courts. "In this case, the overall scheme would involve the regulation of 'commerce' as the Supreme Court has defined it for several decades, as it would involve the regulation of health care markets. And the success of such a regulatory scheme would depend upon requiring all to participate," Adler writes.

Higher Ed News

The New Diagnostics

Inside higher Ed, Oct. 30, 2009
Colleges are using computer use, interactions with professors and more to predict who will do well in a course and who wonÕt. Rio Salado College, an Arizona community college, where more than half of the 64,000 students pursue their degrees online, has devised a system of predictive modeling that officials believe can forecast, with 70 percent accuracy, how likely it is that a student will achieve a "C" grade or higher in a course. At Purdue University, "at-risk" students generally took that information as either a motivational kick in the rear or were prompted to quickly drop the class.