LED Lighting Shines Brightly Around Campus

A "bright" idea is being implemented at dozens of locations around the Case Western Reserve University campus. The university's Department of Facilities Services is installing LED lights in strategic locations.

The result will be annual energy savings of approximately $19,000 said Eugene Matthews, director of facilities services, who recently delivered a report to Cleveland City Council. Matthews and Frank Merat, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, discussed the university's plans at a recent council meeting, where administrators explored the possibility of LED legislation for the entire city. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Institutional Research has redesigned its website. It includes new facts and figures about the university, as well as new reports based on survey research.

For Faculty and Staff


The Case Western Reserve Employee Wellness Program is hosting a free cooking class on "Brain Food" from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 in Nord Hall 310. Join a Bon Appétit chef for samples and demonstrations on how to easily incorporate "brain foods" into your diet. Register online.

For Students

The Observer is looking for an undergraduate student interested in distributing the newspaper on Friday mornings. To qualify, students must have access to a car and be available on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This is a paid position. Interested students should email observer@case.edu for information.


Refer to the University Events Calendar and the University Circle Inc. website for a list of upcoming programs and activities.

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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Jim Bader

James "Jim" Bader, director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and a lecturer in the Department of Biology, recently completed the Research Residency component of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP), an interdisciplinary program for biologists committed to improving undergraduate biology education.

Bader joined 20 other biologists from around the globe. They were the second cohort to complete the residency since the BSP's establishment in 2007 by the American Society for Microbiology and the National Science Foundation. The year-long residency provides a community of practice consultation, resources and tools to faculty who are increasing their understanding of evidence-based research in biology education and enhancing their skills in the design and implementation of studies to assess learning.

Aug. 16, 2010

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In the News

Brain disease could affect more people, research finds

BBC.com Aug. 13, 2010
A new form of brain disease, similar to Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, could affect more people than previously thought, researchers in the United States say. It had been thought that only people with one genetic profile were vulnerable to the prion disease VPSPr. But in an Annals of Neurology study, Case Western Reserve University experts found people with all three possible gene patterns are affected by VPSPr.

College students compete with business ideas at Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

The Plain Dealer Aug. 13, 2010
The fourth annual Entrepreneurship Immersion Week competition featured teams from several universities, including Case Western Reserve University.

Editorial: Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent

The Plain Dealer Aug. 15, 2010
An editorial about the work of the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services refers to David Crampton, a respected child-welfare scholar and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The debate over immigration and birthright citizenship

National Public Radio Aug. 4, 2010
Richard Gordon, associate professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was quoted on a recent broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show on the topic of "The Debate Over Immigration and Birthright Citizenship." He correctly disputed the views of two guests who claimed that all persons born in the United States became citizens. "Citizenship is not granted at birth to the children of foreign diplomats in the United States. They are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction," Gordon said. His portion of the radio show begins at the time code of 33:28. Listen online.

The Case of a great gift

Cleveland Jewish News Aug. 13, 2010
The histories of some Cleveland Jewish congregations tell of landowners who would not sell them land or cities that would not let them build. But Cleveland's early history includes the story of a great gift to the Jewish community from a non-Jew. In 1840 and 1841, Leonard Case, a Protestant, president of Cleveland's largest bank, and the agent of the Connecticut Land Company, gave land to three Protestant churches. In 1843, in an unusual gesture, he gave land to Cleveland's first Jewish congregation, The Israelitic Society. Leonard Case's fortune would go to his son Leonard Jr. and in 1880 was given to start the Case Institute of Technology, now part of Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Websites let college students grade the professors instead

USA TODAY Aug. 15, 2010
RateMyProfessors.com, known as RMP, is the front-runner among sites that allow students to rate professors, with about 1.9 million unique visitors a month. Owned by MTV's college network, mtvU, RMP lists more than 1 million professors from 6,500 schools in the United States, Canada and England.