CIT Alumnus, 72, Taking 2,800-Mile Bike Ride to Attend 50th Class Reunion

Mattson with bikeNearly 50 years ago, Larry Mattson bought a brand new Chevy, and with his brother, drove out along Route 66 on his way to a new life on the West Coast. He had just graduated from the Case Institute of Technology and an aerospace engineering job awaited him at Northrop Aircraft Co. in Hawthorne, Calif.

In June, Mattson's 1957 graduating class will celebrate its 50th reunion, which sparked an idea -- a 2,800-mile bike ride back along old Route 66 to attend his reunion. Mattson plans to leave Santa Monica, Calif., on April 1 and arrive June 1 in Cleveland. The most amazing thing about Mattson's plan is that he has only been bicycling since 2002. Read more.

Campus News

Doors open at 6 tonight, March 29 for a public meeting hosted by University Circle Inc. (UCI), regarding the traffic circle and roadway reconfiguration on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at East 105th Street. Formal presentation by UCI and project managers begins at 6:30 p.m. at Judson Manor, 1890 E. 107th St. Question and answer session to follow.

Registration is now open for the university's SatCo program of unique non-credit, no-tuition courses. Open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Spring SatCo will be Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Registration deadline is Friday, April 6. Learn more.

The Case Vision Research Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center is sponsoring a yearlong Ophthalmology Clinical Trials Research Study. All visits and contact lenses will be provided. Participants will sleep in night and day soft contact lenses. Candidates of Asian ethnicity are encouraged to apply. For criteria and other details, call 216-844-8552.

The Implementation Committee (IC) of Case Western Reserve University's Branding Task Group seeks input from the campus community. Offer ideas online or attend the final public forum at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 30 in Clapp Hall, Room 108. Registration required. Read more about the process.

For Faculty & Staff

Join UCITE from noon to 1 today, March 29 for a discussion, "Getting Students to Read." Session meets in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Details online.

Several convenience programs are available to faculty, staff and the university community, including a car wash service in Lot 29, available by appointment.

For Students

Want to have fun this summer and make an impact while earning extra cash? Visit the Precollege Summer Programs Web site for complete job descriptions and applications. Some jobs provide room and meals. Application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2007.

The application deadline for membership in the Student Turning Point Society has been extended to Monday, April 2. Forms are available in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership in Thwing Center. Direct questions to Elyse Moretti.

Case Scheduler, the definitive course scheduling utility for undergraduates and graduates alike, is available for scheduling classes for summer and fall 2007 semesters. Case Scheduler allows users to search for classes based on enrollment numbers, permit requirement, and the user's other scheduled classes and events. Learn more about this free online service.


A look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa through the eyes of Case Western Reserve University student Kelly Flamos takes place from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, 3210 Euclid Ave. Join her for a presentation on her experience working with HIV positive children and children orphaned by AIDS in Mbale, Uganda. Free. Refreshments served. Visit her Web site to learn more. If attending, send e-mail to Kelly Flamos or Julie Patterson.

John Kennedy, director of the Survey Research Center at Indiana University at Bloomington, will present a workshop entitled "How to do Survey Research" from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 30 in the Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413. Read more for registration and additional details.

For a list of other events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to the WebEvent calendar.

March 29, 2007

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Case in the News

Why children need statins

The Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2007
Article reports on the effects of food advertisements on children's nutrition and refers to a study published in the journal Pediatrics written by Susan Connor of the pediatrics department of Case Western Reserve University.

Mary McCarty: 'Abstinence plus' could be sex-ed compromise

Dayton Daily News, March 29, 2007 (commentary)
Scott Frank, associate professor in the epidemiology and biostatistics department at Case Western Reserve University, comments about the study he wrote concerning abstinence-only sex education programs. The study has helped shaped recent debate on the subject in the Ohio Legislature.

Frayed String: Lawrence Krauss, March 29, 2007
Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, talks about his upcoming debate on string theory to take place at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Higher Ed News

Ohio U. revokes a degree for first time in investigation of plagiarism in engineering theses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2007
Ohio University announced on Wednesday that it has revoked the master's degree of a former mechanical-engineering student who was accused of plagiarizing his thesis. The action is, to date, the harshest penalty issued to any of the engineering graduates implicated in the university's continuing investigation into plagiarism.

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