Case Western Reserve University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Establish a Framework to Collaborate

CWRU has a partnership with an Indian institute.

Case Western Reserve University and The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have reached a memorandum of understanding designed to build on the academic and research strengths of both institutions.

The agreement is effective for five years and can be extended. It encourages collaboration in research and education in areas of mutual interest, recognizing the global nature of modern business, industrial needs and social issues, including a need for international cooperation.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) was established in 1958 by an act of parliament, and it is one of the seven higher Institutes of technology in India. With a campus in Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai, IITB is recognized as one of India’s centers of academic excellence.  Information about IITB is available online.

"We have established a partnership between Case Western Reserve and a pre-eminent university in one of the world's fastest growing economies,” said Mark E. Coticchia, Case Western Reserve’s vice president for research & technology management.  “This increases the breadth of opportunities we provide to students and faculty here.” Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University once again will mark National Campus Safety, National Emergency Preparedness and National Campus Fire Safety months—all are in September—with a safety fair.

This year’s fair, which will create a carnival-like atmosphere, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday on the main quad in front of the Bingham Building. In addition to free kettle corn, cotton candy, beverages and games of corn hole, the fair will feature live Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, demonstrations.

Students who register for the university’s bike safety program during the fair will receive free bike locks. Free personal alarms also will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to all community members. Case Western Reserve Patrolman and DJ Rodney Jordan will provide music.

Members of the Cleveland Fire and Cleveland Police departments will be on site
with service vehicles and agents from the local FBI bureau are scheduled to attend. Ohio Liquor Control, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the American Red Cross also will have representatives present to share information and answer questions.

Booths and tables at the fair also will feature Case Western Reserve-specific
resources: CWRU Police and Security Services, University Counseling Services, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Department of Environmental Safety, among others.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for the fall 2010 semester is Sept. 30. A completed waiver application is required to receive Case Western Reserve tuition benefits available to employees, as well as employees' spouses/equivalents and dependents (refer to the tuition benefits summary for more information). Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office, Crawford Hall 224.  Completed applications can be submitted in person (Crawford Hall 224), by fax to 368-3582 or by email. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 with questions.

For Students

The Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), a one-year integrated program between Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 in  Nord Hall 310.  Stop by  and bring your friends to learn more about how the MEM experience could help you meet your career goals and jumpstart your academic and professional growth.  Details on the program features and career prospects will be highlighted. In addition, advisers will be available to answer questions about the MEM program as a fifth year and early entry options for Case Western Reserve students. MEM alumni also will discuss their current careers. Refreshments will be served. Make reservations by email.

The Harvest Festival is Sept. 25.
The Harvest Festival will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the University Farm. The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) and the Farm are hosts of this event for students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. People will have an opportunity to harvest fresh food, explore the farm and eat good food. Attendees also will have an opportunity to go on a hayride or watch live performances from student groups while eating fresh, locally grown food. Transportation to and from campus will be provided. The event is free for all Case Western Reserve students. Learn more online


Friday is the deadline to register for Lawfare. Go online to register. The School of Law will host Lawfare from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Moot Courtroom (A59). This is the first major academic symposia dedicated to exploring the concept of “lawfare.” Traditionally “lawfare” was defined as “a strategy of using—or misusing—law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve an operational objective.” But lately, commentators and governments have applied the concept to International Criminal Tribunals, the defense counsel’s tactics challenging the detention of al Qaida suspects in Guantanamo Bay and, as indicated in the quote above, to the controversial Goldstone Commission Report. Free, open to the public. Go online for a complete lists of speakers The event will be webcast live.

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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David Carrier.

David Carrier, Champney Family Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, will lecture on The Art Museum Today to the art department at Stockholm University on Sept. 10, and will present Yale University’s Oswaldo Rodriquez Rogue Lecture on Sept. 23. He will join a dialogue with Joachim Pisarro on Beyond Art at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York on Feb. 11.

Sept. 2, 2010

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In the News

Stan Brock, 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient, Sept. 1, 2010
Inamori Ethics Prize winner Stan Brock is interviewed on WCPN-FM about the Inamori Award. This award was also covered by the Associated Press.

Sleep-deprived teens ate more fatty foods, study finds, Sept. 1, 2010
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine adjunct professor Susan Redline discovered a link in teens between sleep deprivation and diet. “Otherwise healthy adolescents who had mild sleep deprivation consumed more calories and mostly from fat,” said Redline, also a sleep medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She worked on the study, whose results are published in the journal Sleep, at Case Western Reserve University.

Preventive Dentistry is Key to Dental Health, Sept. 2, 2010
Meghan Oswald writes about her experience as a dental student at Case Western Reserve University: “Through community and preventive dentistry dentists can help treat problems in the early stages or hopefully prevent them all together.  These ideals have become my way of thinking since I started at (CWRU).”

This conflict can be resolved through Samvada, Sept. 3, 2010
Deepak Sarma, associate professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes in India Abroad  that the conflict over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in Manhattan can be resolved using Samvada, a Hindu term for debate and discussion.

The ongoing surge in biomedical engineering

ASEE Connections Newsletter, August 2010
Case Western Reserve University is among the top 10 nationwide in producing biomedical engineering degrees. CWRU awarded 93 bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering in 2009. Duke led the nation with 141 degrees in 2009.  Biomedical engineering degrees have increased more than any other field over the past decade.  Respectively, they’ve grown by 215 percent, 193 percent and 256 percent at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels since 2000. For more information, visit Engineering Trends at

Higher Ed News

Starting from Scratch, Sept. 2, 2010
The University of Colorado at Boulder announced that it might kill its journalism school, then revive it to fit the dramatically changing landscape of modern media. Writes Inside Higher Ed, “To that end, supporters of the move have given the tacit admission that the university’s current curriculum is not only ill-positioned to help tomorrow’s students, but may not be appropriately serving today’s either.”