Forward Thinking: 1910s

1912

Roger G. Perkins, a medical faculty member, develops a process for chlorinating drinking water, an important step in eradicating the source of typhoid bacilli.

1913

Albert W. Smith, an alumnus and chair of the chemistry department, establishes one of the nation's first programs in chemical engineering at the Case School of Applied Science. He is among a handful of chemists who found the field.

1915

The School of Applied Social Sciences is founded as one of the nation's first university-affiliated schools of social work.

1915

Alumnus and medical faculty member Henry J. Gerstenberger develops the first simulated milk formula for infants.

1919

Founder of Western Reserve Universty's School of French, Emile de Sauze publishes Cours pratique de Francais, which emphasizes learning foreign language by listening, speaking, reading and writing, using the target language exclusively. This so-called Cleveland Method represents a total departure from the traditional grammartranslation method that had been used.