CWRU Recognizes Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

grad studentsThe Office of the Provost joins the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate/Professional Student Experience Committee (GPSEC), the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and the Graduate/Professional Council (GPC) in recognizing graduate and professional students’ intellectual, teaching and cultural contributions to the Case Western Reserve University community with Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, March 21-25.

The week was started by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students in 1993 to recognize the contributions of graduate teaching assistants. The focus expanded in 1995 to include the recognition of the contributions of all graduate and professional students.

The campus community is encouraged to recognize the graduate and professional students who are part of your departments, schools and college during the week of March 21-25. Read more.

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CWRU’s Medicine, Nursing, Social Work Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report has again ranked Case Western Reserve University’s graduate and professional programs among the nation’s best.

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today place several of the university’s top programs in the top 25 nationally. Among those ranked this year are the School of Medicine (22), the School of Nursing (15), nursing – anesthesia (11 and 7 for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University) and nurse practitioner – gerontological/ geriatric (5). The university’s health law program ranks 8th and biomedical engineering is 11th.

Other highlights include the Case School of Engineering at 45th in the country, the Weatherhead School of Management’s part-time MBA program at No. 29 and biological sciences’ rank of 34.

See the full rankings at

Campus News

Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, an award that recognizes exceptional achievement by active or emeritus members of the faculty. Members of the university community can submit nominations; a committee chaired by the provost will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the president. A two- to three-page nomination letter and the nominee’s CV or other biographical description should be sent to Lois Langell no later than April 4. Nominees should not be notified of the recommendation.

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On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week.

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Are you a rebel? A hero? A lover? Find out as you become part of the story March 24 to April 3 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center at Case Western Reserve University will once again sponsor 10% Cinema, a series of LGBT-themed films at the festival. Attendees can save $2 per ticket to any movie at the festival by entering the discount code “LGBT”—find redemption information online. A limited number of free tickets will be available to students for a screening of Undertow on March 26; for more information, go online. Additionally, there will be a College Day March 29 for students and faculty; for more information, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Human Resources’ Erica Merritt will lead a seminar titled “Leader as Coach” on March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. During the session, participants will explore the strategies, skills and behaviors of effective coaches and will gain an understanding of how to match coaching styles with the staff member and situation. Register online.

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Ellen Kossek, author of CEO of Me and University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, will present “Women Faculty's Work Life Balance: An Oxymoron?” Women faculty can learn how to conduct their own “life bucket analysis” to determine the boundaries held between work and home lives. The event will take place in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center from noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 24. RSVP to Susan Freimark.

For Students

Engineers Without Borders is hosting a pancake dinner in the Jolly Scholar Wednesday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by to support EWB's Local Projects group, and enjoy $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes and happy hour specials.

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CWRU College of Arts and Sciences offers the NSF-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics majors with interest in teaching in high-needs school districts can apply for a four-week summer internship with a $1,700 stipend or for the two-year, $30,000 tuition scholarship ($15,000 each year). Programs are intended to support students who are interested in a teaching career. Summer internships are available for first- and second-year math and science majors, and the tuition scholarship program is available for math and science majors during their junior and senior years. Deadline for application is March 18. For more information about application criteria and forms, go online.

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Students (and alumni) are invited to attend the STAND OUT networking session Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni House. This panel discussion and networking session will explore relevant concepts concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTQA) issues in the workplace. Attendees will explore the realities surrounding coming out in the workplace as well as introduce strategies about how to find an LGBTQA-friendly workplace.


Humans vs. ZombiesCase Western Reserve University’s campuswide “Zombie Apocalypse” game of tag is back March 23-April 1 for another round of Human-hunting, Zombie-blasting fun, brought to you by Case Big Games Club. Register for Humans vs. Zombies in Leutner and Fribley starting March 18. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Questions or concerns? Please contact HvZ Core Administration or fill out the short form online.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Mazin Qumsiyeh

The Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice will host Mazin Qumsiyeh, author, activist and Palestinian-American professor who teaches at Bethlehem and Bir Zeit universities in Palestine and whose recent book provides a study of civil resistance in Palestine. The event will be held March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting with a reception at 4:30 in the Baker-Nord Center (Clark 206) and the talk beginning soon after in Clark 309. For more information, contact Alice Bach, director of the Hallinan Project and Hallinan Professor of Religious Studies.

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Matthew Garrett
Matthew L. Garrett

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity presents the Power of Diversity Lecture Series on “Educational Diversity in the 21st Century: The LGBT Component of Teacher Training.” Matthew L. Garrett, assistant professor of choral music education and director of the Case Concert Choir, will lead the lecture, which is free and open to the public and sponsored by KeyBank. It will be held March 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Alumni House. RSVP to

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Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) will host a “Lunch & Learn”informational meeting April 5 at noonin Adelbert Hall’s Toepfer Room, located on the second floor. The meeting will provide faculty, staff and students a chance to learn more about programs and services offered by BVU, such as the board matching service program, volunteer consulting and service projects, the Linking New Leaders program and the Global Youth Service Day. Participants should bring their lunches and drinks to enjoy during the event. To RSVP, contact Maureen Kendal at 216.368.1723 or via email by March 31.

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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Brian Gran
Brian Gran

Brian Gran, professor of sociology and law, received an International Short Visit Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to support his upcoming visit to L'Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch in Sion, Switzerland. While there, he will conduct research on children's rights.

March 15, 2011

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Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University Highly Ranked Graduate Programs

The Plain Dealer, March 15, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the best in the state, while the university's rankings in other programs remained relatively stable.

High Tech

Cleveland Magazine, March 2011
In an article highlighting high schools’ attempts to increase science, technology, engineering and math education, a few Case Western Reserve University programs were showcased, including three high school students’ work in research labs on campus and one high schooler’s attraction to cardiology after a visit to University Hospitals Case Medical Center after his involvement in the tutoring program sponsored by the Joan C. Edwards Foundation and the School of Medicine.

JumpStart Model is Raising Questions Subscription required.

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 14, 2011
Some local entrepreneurs say JumpStart Inc., a Northeast Ohio company that assists and invests in startup companies in the region,isn't doing enough for the area. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, weighed in on how to measure the company's success.

Higher Ed News

The Academic Performance Tournament

Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2011
March Madness is here, when Division I men's basketball teams prove their athletic prowess on the court. But if it came down to academic skills, how would the tournament unfold? See the bracket here.