University Maintains Strong Undergraduate
U.S. News Ranking; Engineering Improves, Climbing Five Spots


Case Western Reserve University maintained its position as one of the nation's top 50 universities this year in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" issue. The magazine also reported that the Case School of Engineering climbed five notches to rank 40th this year.

"I am pleased that U.S. News & World Report continues to recognize the strength of our academic programs and dedication to providing undergraduates a rich learning experience," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "We have begun making significant strides in admissions, research and alumni outreach, and I am confident that this progress will be reflected in coming years." Read more.

Campus News

Leutner Commons has undergone a $7 million transformation with a building design by the Cleveland architects Burt-Hill and San Francisco-based interior designers EDG. Now, the facility has banks of windows on the western and southern exposures that reveal flexible new spaces dedicated to dining, studying, academic and social gatherings and more. Environmental elements also have been incorporated. The campus community is invited to the official dedication at 5 p.m. on Aug. 18. Read more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Short-Term Study Abroad Programs Subcommittee of the International Planning Committee has been charged with taking an inventory of all short-term study abroad programs at the university. Stuart J. Youngner, professor and chair of the Department of Bioethics, is chairing the subcommittee. Faculty or staff members that coordinate and run short-term study abroad programs are asked to contact Youngner by email to participate in a survey related to program inventory.

For Students

Case Western Reserve undergraduate students can minor in film. A course toward the minor, English 367 Introduction to Film, is being offered fall 2010 and during subsequent semesters. First-year students are invited to take the class. Learn more online or email Robert Spadoni, associate professor of film studies.


An open house for the Masters Program in Positive Organization Development and Change will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the George S. Dively Building. The guest speaker is Harlow B. Cohen, the program's faculty director.

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.

Et al.

Bill Gates and Sonya Pryor-Jones

Sonya Pryor-Jones, executive director of the MC2STEM Hub, located at Case Western Reserve, discussed how STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education works in Ohio at the recent Aspen Ideas Festival. MC2STEM is part of the Ohio STEM Learning Network.

"The festival offered a wonderful opportunity for some of the nation's most important figures from education, government and business to be exposed to our STEM initiative," she said. Among the listeners was Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $12 million in 2008, which was used to launch the Ohio STEM Learning Network. The network includes five regional hubs, in which local and national businesses and universities partner with area K-12 schools and programs focused on STEM disciplines. Pryor-Jones focused on the Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium for STEM and used MC2STEM high school as a case study for her session on "Scaling Great Ideas in Education."

Aug. 17, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College fare well in national rankings

The Plain Dealer Aug. 17, 2010
Ohio's public and private universities fared much the same as last year in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings released today. Case Western Reserve University was the state's top performer among national universities — again ranked 41st.

Local colleges get good rankings (via Aug. 15, 2010
Several Northeast Ohio colleges are getting high marks in the latest edition of the influential U.S. News & World Report university rankings. Among the best national universities, Case Western Reserve University came in at number 41.

Are EHRs a liability?

HealthCare IT News Aug. 13, 2010
Electronic health record systems could give rise to increased liability for healthcare providers, according to professors from Case Western Reserve University. "Risks to patient safety can arise from software bugs, computer shutdowns and user errors," says Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics and co-director of Case Western Reserve's Law-Medicine Center. Along with Andy Podgurski, professor of computer science at the Case School of Engineering, the two wrote a comprehensive analysis of the liability risks associated with the use of EHRs. They recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Detecting depression in caretakers of mentally ill adults

Science Centric Aug. 17, 2010
A diagnostic test of eight short questions designed by Jaclene Zauszniewski, Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Public Health Nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, can be used to detect depressive thinking patterns that lead to clinical depression in women who care for an adult family member with a serious mental illness.

Researchers use lasers to control the beating of a heart

Discover Aug. 16, 2010
In early 2010, some scientists offered their predictions for the new decade which this blog covered in the post, "Scientists Predict: The 2010s Will Be Freakin' Awesome–With Lasers." In what could be an early sign of that sunny prognostication coming true, researchers have announced that they've controlled the beating of an embryonic heart with an infrared laser beam. Several years ago, a different scientific team showed that laser pulses could set the pace of a cluster of heart cells in a petri dish, but the new study, published in Nature Photonics, marks the first time a laser has set the pace of an entire heart. Lead author Michael Jenkins, a postdoctoral researcher in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, says the technique will offer a new way to study heart development.

Forgotten no longer: Claudette Colvin strikes against racism in Alabama July 21, 2010
Rhonda Y. Williams, associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, comments on a feature story about Claudette Colvin, a civil rights activist in Alabama.

Learning first aid: What to do until medical help arrives

Voice of America Aug. 16, 2010
Doctors in hospital emergency rooms often see accidental poisonings. A frightened parent arrives with a child who swallowed a cleaning liquid. Or perhaps the harmful substance is a medicine. Or it might be a product meant to kill insects. These are common causes of accidental poisoning. In cases like this, seek medical help as soon as possible. In the 1920's, American Claude Beck performed the first surgical operations to repair damaged hearts. Beck worked at what is now Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Get college textbooks for less by renting instead of buying

USA TODAY Aug. 16, 2010
College students will be able to shop early and save hundreds of dollars on textbooks as more than 1,000 campus bookstores nationwide launch discounted rental programs this fall.