Case Western Reserve jumps 18 spots,
to 26th, in federal research funding

A National Science Foundation report released this week reveals that Case Western Reserve University’s share of federal funding for research and development has grown dramatically over the past five years. The university ranked 26th in the nation in 2009 –18 places higher than in 2004.

The university spent $313 million in federal dollars for research in 2009, up from $195.5 million in 2004 (figures for fiscal year 2010 were not available in time for the ranking). The larger grants and awards that fueled the growth have come primarily from the National Institutes of Health to the School of Medicine. 

“The rankings demonstrate Case Western Reserve University’s commitment to world-class research,” said Julie Rehm, PhD, associate dean in the School of Medicine and associate vice president at Case Western Reserve University for strategic initiatives. 

“Securing federal funds is the gold standard in academia because of the rigorous, competitive, peer reviewed process," Rehm said.

Securing and spending the federal dollars also enables the university to play an important role in creating good jobs and technology that benefits Northeast Ohio, she added. “We take our responsibility seriously and realize that R&D funding is a key economic driver." Read more.

$2.3 million New Innovator Award Goes
to CWRU Biomedical Engineering Professor

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Erin Lavik

An associate professor of biomedical engineering has received a $2.3 million New Innovator Award to further develop and broaden the uses of synthetic platelets and the technology that makes them work.

Erin Lavik uses nanotechnology to build platelets of biodegradable polymers, which link with natural platelets to stem bleeding faster.

She and fellow researchers initially pursued the technology after seeing the damage and death tolls among soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The award, presented by the National Institutes of Health, is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career.

"It will provide a wonderful foundation for supporting my students as we pursue this research,” Lavik said. Read more.

Campus News

Arjun Appadurai has canceled his lecture this evening
because of a family emergency. He conveys his regrets. Appadurai was scheduled to launch Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities yearlong discussion on Globalism and Its Origins at 6 p.m. today in the Wolstein Auditorium. For information, go online or contact Maggie Kaminski at the Baker-Nord Center at 368.2242 or email.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members of all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve University are invited to apply to become Learning Fellows and/or Mentor Fellows for the spring 2011 semester. The deadline for applications for both is Oct. 15. Each program carries with it a grant for $2,500 upon successful completion of the program.

For details on the UCITE Learning Fellows program and the application process, go online here. For details on the Mentor Fellows program and the application process, go online here. While a single individual can apply for both programs, applicants will be selected for only one for any given semester.

For Students

Ten College of Arts and Sciences dissertation fellowships are available in spring 2011 semester, worth $3,000 each. The stipends are for graduate work at the dissertation level in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for spring semester 2011. Fellows will also receive tuition remission for one 701 unit. Deadline for the application is Oct. 15. For updated information, visit the webpage.


Thomas Murray

The Law-Medicine Center presents the Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, Why We Play: Sports, Drugs and Meanings with Thomas Murray, PhD, President and CEO of The Hastings Center, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Moot Courtroom (A59). The event is open to the public and free. Among many questions Murray will address: What makes sport worthwhile, a meaningful human endeavor: In other words, why do we play? For more information, go online.


The George A. Leet Business Law Symposium presented by the Center for Business Law and Regulation addresses The Changing World of Securities Regulation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). The symposium is free and open to the public; 4.5 hours CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee to lawyers who attend. Space is limited and registration by Friday is recommended. Mark Taylor, professor of accountancy at Case Western Reserve University, will be among the speakers. Registration and other information is available online.


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.

The Institute for Strategic Funding Development is holding a three-day Grant Development Workshop will be held at Cincinnati State College. Oct. 6-8. Learn from Professional Grant Writers how to prepare, write and secure grants from various funding agencies. If interested please visit the website or call 877.414.8991 to register or reserve seating. Additional discounts are available for groups.

Sept. 30, 2010

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In the News

‘Potentially habitable’ planet discovered, Sept. 30, 2010
Chris Mihos, chair of the astronomy department at Case Western Reserve University, says scientists believe a recently discovered planet 20 light-years from Earth is the right distance from its star to potentially support the existence of liquid water, making the planet “potentially habitable.”

New judge’s acts raise ethics questions

Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 26, 2010  
Cassandra Robertson, associate professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, said the state law against public officials hiring relatives is “a pretty bright line. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for exceptions. The judge also still has a responsibility to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.” She is referring to the case of new Probate Judge Alan S. Acker, who appointed his sons to a $20-an-hour job looking for valuables despite ethics rules against nepotism.

Local colleges ranked top-200 in world, Sept. 30, 2010
The Times of London ranked Case Western Reserve University 66th among the top 200 universities in the world, as Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University also made the list.

Big Green regulations suffocate jobs, economic growth

Washington Examiner, Sept. 27, 2010
Professor Jonathan Adler's report for the Reason Public Policy Institute titled “Environmental Performance at the Bench: EPA’s Record in Federal Courts,” is quoted in an editorial in the Washington Examiner. Adler found that the EPA won only one-third of the cases that came before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the court with primary jurisdiction over federal regulatory activity.

Political Domain Names, Sept. 21, 2010
Professor Jacqueline Lipton, co-director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts as Case Western Reserve, guest blogs on Internet domain name disputes for the Journal of Technology Law & Policy. In it she writes, “While ‘’ domain names have, over the last decade or more, been successfully protected at least against bad faith cybersquatting through the online dispute resolution mechanism of the UDRP and various domestic trademark laws, political domain names generally are a bad match for this regulatory system.” 

Higher Ed News

Digging out of the Hole

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 30, 2010
College and university endowments are beginning to recover from the recession, but most are still far below what they were before 2007. Endowments reported nearly 19 percent losses on average in fiscal year 2009, but have recoverd in fiscal year 2010, which ended June 30 at most institutions.