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Issue: Winter 2010


  ISSUE: SUMMER 2010  

Advanced Collaboration

The Institute for Advanced Materials at Case Western Reserve University has been named an Ohio Center of Excellence by Gov. Ted Strickland, joining a group of nationally recognized academic programs that generate cutting-edge research in today's growth industries. Fostering collaboration between multiple disciplines—engineering, arts and sciences, medicine and dental medicine—the institute focuses its energies and resources on seeding research programs in materials science and securing large center grants. In June, the institute reached out to more than 100 faculty members across campus seeking ideas for large center grant proposals.

In addition, the institute is funding four central facility renovations:

  • Solar Energy/Optoelectronic Materials Laboratory in the White Building
  • Thermal Analytical Laboratory in the Kent Hale Smith Building
  • Thermo-Fisher Haake Laboratory in the Kent Hale Smith Building
  • Dental Materials Laboratory in the School of Dental Medicine

Learn more about the institute.

Upcoming Events:

  • 2010 International Peace and War Summit, Oct. 26-30
  • Annual Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat, Nov. 10-11
  • Social Justice, Race and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank, Nov. 19-20




In This Issue



  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty, staff and students informed about implementation of the university’s strategic plan. For information about fiscal year 2009 progress, the fiscal year 2010 action agenda, the alliances, leadership retreats or to offer feedback, visit the Office of Planning and Institutional Research’s website.  




Making Strides


A Healthier Home: The Infectious Disease Alliance has been working with Acho Consulting Group to fine-tune its strategic plan, which will focus on building partnerships within the community to address the impact of infectious diseases on neighboring underserved populations. Contact Katie Hepper at for more information.

Rock On: The Rock and Popular Music Institute welcomes its new director, Rob Walser, who also will teach courses in popular music and jazz in the Department of Music.

Budget Update: Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack and Chief Financial Officer John Sideras met with the Budget System Review Committee in June to discuss the draft of its report. They asked the committee to provide more details on their recommendations, as well as a timeline for implementation.


Peace and War: Scholars, ethicists and community members will gather at Case Western Reserve University Oct. 26-30 for the Inaugural Peace and War Summit, featuring a variety of panel discussions, musical performances and art exhibits—all exploring topics relating to peace and war. Learn more

Global Outlook: International students made up 8.4 percent of the incoming first year undergraduate class in 2009-10—an increase from 2.7 percent the previous academic year. The Office of International Affairs has identified ways to support this growing number of students, including offering a special international student orientation and augmenting the staff of the Office of International Student Services. Learn how the university is centralizing its international services.



Diversity: The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity will launch Train the Champion—a pilot program designed to educate employees on diversity issues and policies. Once trained, participants can then serve as resources to their departments and around campus.

Academic Advising: The university has established a new position—the director of heath career advising—to support the nearly 1,100 undergraduate students planning on careers in health professions. To further improve undergraduate advising, the university is looking to develop a program to stimulate innovative advising practices. Five proposals have been selected for funding and will be highlighted in the fall newsletter.


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