Case Western Reserve Ranked One of the Nation's Top 20 Medical Schools by U.S. News & World Report

Case Western Reserve University once again ranked as one of the best medical schools in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings. Of the 146 national programs surveyed by the magazine, Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine ranked 20th in research—and overall, an improvement of five places over last year's ranking. This ranking once again placed it highest among Ohio medical schools.

"This ranking reflects the extraordinary efforts of our faculty to continue to pursue medical breakthroughs, as well as the excellence of our student body," said Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine. "I congratulate everyone in our academic community on this well-deserved recognition."

Other highlights from this year's rankings include: The School of Law's health law program ranked third in the nation, up from No. 5 last year; and the university's programs in biological sciences improved to 34th in the nation, up from No. 42 in 2007, the last time this specialty was surveyed by U.S. News; biomedical engineering ranked 11th, up from No. 12 last year; and the university's master's in nonprofit management program ranked 11th.

"We are pleased to see this progress in the standing of some of the university's most impressive programs," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "Our task now is to build upon those strengths and also achieve gains in other disciplines." Read more.

Relay For Life Event April 16 and 17

Relay For Life

The campus community is invited to cheer on friends and colleagues participating in the 2010 CWRU Relay For Life. The 18-hour American Cancer Society fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 16, through Saturday, April 17, at the North Residential Village stadium.

Participants and the campus community will take turns walking the track, celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those who lost their battle, and fighting back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services. All of the money raised during the Relay For Life event goes directly to cancer research and cancer support programs.

Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. The fundraiser is scheduled to include performances, food, a  dance party, yoga and more throughout the 18-hour event, which wraps up with an awards ceremony late Saturday morning. Go online for the complete schedule.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve e-mail users may have received a message in error yesterday with the subject line “Removed from case-security-queue.” The email was inadvertently sent and can be safely ignored and deleted. No one has been removed from the queue. If you have additional questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk 216-368-HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

The Employee Education Training and Development unit is sponsoring a session on "Email Etiquette" from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. This course is designed to help employees understand the appropriate use of the Internet while at work, as well as behaviors they should avoid. Register online.

The School of Graduate Studies announces a new opportunity to recognize graduate students who make a difference on campus and/or in the Cleveland community. Faculty and staff are invited to recommend students for the "Graduate Student Appreciation" program. Nominations are due by Friday, April 16. Go online for more details.

For Students

The Second Annual First-Year Art Gala will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Thwing Center atrium. Students are invited to enjoy "mocktails" and hors d'oeuvres while admiring the artistic talent of peers in the First-Year Experience Program. A diverse mix of art will be on display, ranging from paintings, and illustrations to photographs and jewelry. Attendees will be treated to musical performances by various student groups. Students should contact Amanda Rendall or Himali Bhatt to submit original artwork, and Ty Shaffer for performance opportunities.

Applications are being accepted for a three-credit travel course to Ecuador. A Global and Cultural Diversity elective, the course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Travel dates are May 17-29. Contact Deborah R. Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information.


The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host a benefit dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 22, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The fundraiser will benefit WISER's international outreach program for a public school in Bangalore, India. Benefit dinner tickets are $25. Contact Lediana Goduni or Nandini Sharma for information.

Melvyn C. Goldstein in Tibet

The China at 60: Myths and Realities series continues with the topic of "Is Minority Unrest China’s Achilles’ Heel? The Case of Tibet," featuring Melvyn C. Goldstein at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve. Free, open to the public.

The " Nonprofit Career Fair" will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at Thwing Center. is known as the leading resource for people seeking nonprofit employment. The Cleveland fair is expected to draw 55 organizations. The career fair provides a forum for job seekers, organizations and career service professionals to meet face-to-face. Job seekers can also attend workshops on understanding the culture of nonprofits, learn tips for finding their first job in the sector, and distribute resumes. The event is free and open to the public.

Robert Chase

A panel discussion on the topic of "Prisons, Race and Reentry: Confronting the Carceral State in Ohio," accompanied by a documentary screening of "The New Asylum," is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Inamori Center. The panelists are Terry Collins, former director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; Shakyra Diaz, education director for ACLU of Ohio; Edward Little, criminal/juvenile justice consultant; Mansfield Frazier, activist and "From Behind the Wall" author; and Robert Chase, 2009-10 postdoctoral fellow of African American Studies at Case Western Reserve. Free and open to the public.

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will present a discussion, "Does Environmental Responsibility Mean Old People Should Accept Natural Deaths?" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 16, at the Inamori Center. Felicia Nimue Ackerman of Brown University is the guest speaker.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy continues the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series with Juna Kollmeier, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, on the topic of "The Great Escape: Hypervelocity Stars" at 8 p.m. tonight at the museum. Free to the public; light refreshments will be served. At 1 p.m. today, Kollmeier will discuss “Oldies but Goodies:  Old Hypervelocity Stars and RR Lyrae as Probes of the Inner and Outer Milky Way” in the Sears Library, Room 552.

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April 15, 2010

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In the News

How to get in: Case Western Reserve University School of Law

U.S. News & World Report, April 15, 2010
Questions to admissions officials at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants and what sets their school apart.

Two Northeast Ohio organizations to get $12 million to help docs adopt e-records

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 13, 2010
Both Case Western Reserve University and the Akron Regional Hospital Association will be among the organizations that will help Ohio's primary care doctors implement electronic health record systems over the next few years.

How health care reform affects all parties

The Plain Dealer, April 14, 2010
J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, will speak at a community forum on health care reform.

Editorial: Endorsing carrying guns wrong verdict

The News-Herald, April 13, 2010
A News-Herald editorial on whether people should carry guns to protect themselves references Andrew Pollis from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Higher Ed News

Promoting higher graduation rates

Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2010
A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board analyzes the practices at public colleges and universities that have higher graduation rates than comparable institutions, and suggests that there are specific policies that make their successes possible.