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PayScale assesses ROI of degrees; ranks Case Western Reserve 37th in nation

The research firm PayScale created their 2012 College Salary Report to assess the value of a four-year degree, and determined that the 15 best undergraduate degrees for starting median salary were all in engineering, computer and physical sciences, and math. PayScale also calculated those degrees’ return on investment based on the median income of a degree holder over that of a high school graduate.
PayScale ranked Case Western Reserve University 37th in the country for its return on investment, out of 850 schools it evaluated. They determined the average annual ROI was 9 percent for Case Western Reserve grads, earning them a 30-year net ROI of $680,300; for those who receive financial aid, the average annual ROI was calculated at 11.1 percent, with a 30-year return of $755,800.

Learn more about PayScale's 2012 college report.

CWRU joins Northeast Ohio colleges in effort to advise local manufacturers

Small- and mid-sized manufacturing firms often fail to make that next big leap because they don’t have access to the latest technology, marketing and innovative research.
It’s that know-how and knowledge that Case Western Reserve University can and will provide such companies through a new collaboration announced Tuesday.

To help advance the region as a leading manufacturing center and boost job growth, Case Western Reserve—with Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron—have agreed to work with and advise small- to mid-sized local manufacturers through a Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) program.

CWRU scientists, engineers and students use new nanotechnology to expose cancer's lethal couriers

Malignant cells that leave a primary tumor travel the bloodstream and grow out of control in new locations cause the vast majority of cancer deaths. New nanotechnology developed at Case Western Reserve University detects these metastases in mouse models of breast cancer far earlier than current methods; a step toward earlier, life-saving diagnosis and treatment.

A team of scientists, engineers and students across five disciplines built nanochains that home in on metastases before they’ve grown into new tissues, and, through magnetic resonance imaging, detect their locations.

CSE students and local artist demonstrate energy-saving app to Dept of Energy

Two Case School of Engineering students and a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate recently demonstrated their award-winning cell phone app---designed to save homeowners energy and money---to federal energy, science and environmental officials and industry leaders in Washington Monday. 

The Case students, Robert Karam and Bryan Marty, along with artist Patty Ni, were invited to Energy Datapalooza for taking second place in the student divsion and $7,500 in prize money in the "Apps for Energy" challenge sponsored by the Department of Energy this year.

BME faculty member Eben Alsberg uses body's own genetic material to sabotage cancer cells

Some of the body’s own genetic material, known as small interfering RNA (siRNA), can be packaged then unleashed as a precise and persistent technology to guide cell behavior, researchers at Case Western Reserve University report in the current issue of the journal, Acta Biomaterialia.
The research group, led by Eben Alsberg, associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery, have been pursuing experiments that seek to catalyze stem cells to grow into, for example, bone and cartilage cells, instead of fat, smooth muscle and other cell types.