Washington Monthly Ranks University
No. 17 in Nation

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Case Western Reserve University ranks in the top tier of universities nationwide and is the leading university in Ohio, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

Of the 259 schools evaluated, Case Western Reserve is 17th. Washington Monthly judges schools based on three primary 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).

This year, the magazine placed substantial emphasis on service, an area Case Western Reserve has long made a priority. According to the Center for Community Partnerships, each year, the university’s faculty, staff and students provide more than 160,000 hours of community service to hundreds of organizations in Northeast Ohio. In the magazine’s rankings, the university placed fifth overall for number of staff supporting community service; number of academic courses that incorporate service,; and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service.

Case Western Reserve’s rank for 2010 is down two places from last year. The full list of rankings from the September/October issue are available online.

Campus News

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to help Greater University Circle neighbors and organizations during the eighth annual Case for Community Day. The day of service is Sept. 17. Registration is now open, and volunteers can register online.

The campus community is encouraged to visit the University Marketing and Communications website for information and helpful downloads. PowerPoint templates, brand guidelines, university and school logos, the editorial style guide and more are available in one convenient location.

Volunteers are needed at the University Farm during the first week of fall semester to help with the Farm Food Program for the harvesting and collection of crops. Contact horticulturist Chris Bond if you are interested in volunteering.

For Faculty and Staff

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 6 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level, in any discipline, from any organization. Grant proposals are being accepted until Nov. 2 on the following topics: The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication; Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies; Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection; Create New Technologies to improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns; Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Diseases. Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million. Full descriptions of the topics and application instructions are available online.

For Students

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods has an opportunity available for a student research assistantship that will involve conducting a community gardens assessment in two neighborhoods in Greater Cleveland. The student is expected to work about six to eight hours a week, from Aug. 30 to Nov. 30. The position is unpaid. Learn more about the position online or contact Jackie Matloub to apply or for more information.

Events

Fall Convocation opens each academic year with a formal celebration of scholarship and innovation. This year's event will feature a keynote address by environmental journalist Elizabeth Royte, author of this year's common reading book, Bottlemania. Fall Convocation 2010 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Severance Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your free ticket by contacting the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111. If you prefer, you can reserve your ticket online and print at home through the Severance Hall box office website.

The Department of Art History and Art will present the opening reception for the exhibition, "The Writing on the Wall: Word as Art and Art as Word," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cleveland Foundation galleries, Hanna Building, 13th floor, Euclid Ave. The exhibit is curated by Bethany Corriveau.

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.

Junior Stephanie E. Onuoha, a communication sciences major, recently completed her second summerinternship at the National Institutes of Health. She engaged in follow-up research on Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) disease, in addition to Holoprosencephaly. NF1 is a neurocutaneous disorder that is characterized by the growth of neurofibromas anywhere on or inside the body. Her research aimed to establish a better history of the speech and language functions of NF1. She presented her research, "Clinical Phenotype of Speech-Language Function with NF1," at the annual NIH Poster Day on Aug. 6.

Aug. 23, 2010

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In the News

CWRU Builds a Formidable Structure

Crain's Cleveland Business, Aug. 23, 2010
Built something that can withstand a million pounds of pressure? You can prove it at Case Western Reserve's new infrastructure laboratory, a concrete-filled room built to test whether towers, bridges and buildings will be able to withstand whatever forces might come their way.

Renegade Researcher Says Alzheimer’s Drugs From Bristol-Myers, Pfizer May Be Unsafe Or Ineffective

Forbes, Aug. 23, 2010
Pathologist Mark A. Smith of Case Western Reserve University is perhaps the leading critic of the theory that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by toxic protein fragments called amyloid. He argues that top Alzheimer’s researchers have it backwards, that amyloid protects the brain and that blocking it may be dangerous.

Workplace behaviors DNA driven

Akron Beacon Journal, Aug. 23, 2010
Turns out that a host of our workplace behaviors are attributable—in part—to our DNA. So says Case Western Reserve's Scott Shane, who on Sept. 7 will kick off this fall's installment of the free, popular Entrepreneurship and Small Business lecture series at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

NEO Taking the Lead in U.S.-Israel Business Cooperation

Cleveland Jewish News, Aug. 20, 2010
Case Western Reserve is cited as one of the Northeast Ohio institutions contributing to a "unique" Ohio-Israel relationship.

Higher Ed News

Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go Home

New York Times, Aug. 22, 2010
As the latest wave of superinvolved parents delivers its children to college, institutions are building into the day, normally one of high emotion, activities meant to punctuate and speed the separation. It is part of an increasingly complex process, in the age of Skype and twice-daily texts home, in which colleges are urging “Velcro parents” to back off so students can develop independence. Banishing the gear improved the course, he argues.