Traffic, Parking on Campus to be Adjusted Morning of Commencement

traffic.jpgConstruction on the Cornell Road Bridge and Euclid Avenue, along with the running of the Cleveland Marathon, which passes through University Circle, will affect parking and traffic routes around campus on the morning of Case Western Reserve University's commencement, Sunday, May 20.

The Cornell Road Bridge, which is being rebuilt, will be closed to vehicular traffic between Murray Hill and Circle Drive. A pedestrian bridge exists at this site, but vehicles must take alternate routes. The university's online campus map contains detailed directions to and from campus.

The ongoing Euclid Corridor construction project also will affect traffic on commencement day. The Euclid Corridor Web site contains the most current information on traffic patterns.

In addition, the Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon takes place the morning of commencement. The race route passes through University Circle and close to campus. Marathon participants are expected near the university between 8:45 a.m. and noon on May 20.

Specific parking and traffic routes affected by the race:
  • Martin Luther King. Jr. (MLK) Boulevard will be completely closed to vehicular traffic between the VA hospital and the I-90/Route 2 Shoreway from 8 a.m. until about 1 p.m.
  • East Boulevard will be completely closed to vehicular traffic between Ford Drive and the MLK traffic circle from 8 a.m. until about 1 p.m.
  • East Boulevard between Euclid Avenue and Ford Drive will be restricted to one-way, northbound traffic until 11:30 a.m.
  • Chester Avenue will be restricted to eastbound traffic until 11:30 a.m. For those driving to the university from the east or west on I-90 the morning of Commencement, an electronic signboard (one for each direction) will instruct motorists to exit at East 55th Street for Case Western Reserve University Commencement. At East 55th Street, visitors will want to head south to Chester Avenue and then east to campus.
  • East Boulevard can be accessed only from Euclid Avenue until the race is over around 11:30 a.m. Motorists traveling on Ford Drive or Bellflower Road will need to turn right at East Boulevard.

Any additional updates will be made available on the commencement Web site.

Campus News

Summer hours are now in effect at Kelvin Smith Library until fall semester begins in August. The 24x7 service takes a break for the summer, too, and will return in the fall after the Labor Day holiday. A link to daily library hours can always be found in the left menu of the KSL homepage. Hours are also available from the KSL Hours Hotline at 216-368-6500.

Reminder: The university's Blackboard program will be down for system maintenance from 6 p.m., May 19, to 6 a.m., May 21. Access will resume May 21.

For Faculty & Staff

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, will once again offer his comprehensive summer course on grant writing, Critical Thinking in Research, designed for faculty and advanced graduate students. At the end of the course in July, participants will have a complete proposal ready to submit by the NIH fall 2007 deadline.

For Students

The Case Career Center requests all undergraduate students receiving their degree this May take a few minutes to complete and/or update the First Destination Survey regarding post-graduation plans. Members of the Case community can view the results of the 2006 survey (university login required).


Enjoy an afternoon with Thrity Umrigar assistant professor of English and author of The Space Between Us, during the Cleveland Public Library's Writers and Readers Series on Sunday, May 20. Her talk begins at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, East 6th Street and Superior Avenue. Call 216-623-2800.

University Commencement and Convocation gets under way with school- and college-based diploma ceremonies this weekend, culminating with commencement on Sunday, May 20.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

Et al

Diagnostic Imaging selected research on ultrasound and PET fusion conducted at the Case Center for Imaging Research and published an article to introduce the work on multiple Web sites and in a journal. The article is "Combined CT, PET, and ultrasound images could help diagnose gynecological cancers" by Wendy Despain. The team -- Baowei Fei, Nami Azar, Michael Greer, Paul Rochon, Peter Faulhaber and Dean Nakamoto -- also presented their findings at the 2007 Annual Conference of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in New York City.

In Memoriam

Professor Paul Lauterbur (CIT '51), the American chemist who shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Sir Peter Mansfield, of Nottingham University, for developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into a way to look inside living organisms, has died of kidney disease at his home in Illinois. He was 77.

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