Team Case Earns U.S. Department of Defense Robotic Ground Vehicle Competition Site Visit

DARPAteam.jpgTeam Case's DEXTER has met the criteria needed for a site visit that will test basic navigation and traffic as the next step toward competing in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge. The site visit took place today, June 22, at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, about 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

The DARPA Urban Challenge is the third in a series of competitions DARPA has held to foster the development of autonomous robotic ground vehicle technology for use on the battlefield. The 2007 event will feature autonomous ground vehicles executing simulated military supply missions safely and effectively in a mock urban area. Safe operation in traffic is essential to U.S. military plans to eventually use autonomous ground vehicles to conduct dangerous missions on the battlefield.

The race will take place on November 3, 2007 at an undisclosed location in the western United States. DARPA will give $2 million, $1 million and $500,000 awards to the top three finishers that complete the course within the six-hour time limit. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University's Recycling Team is available to help with summer "Office Clean Out Days." The team can help departments determine which items to recycle or reuse elsewhere on campus. In addition, the group can schedule deliveries and pick ups of additional recycling bins to accommodate a department's needs.

For Faculty & Staff

UCITE, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, is sponsoring an informal discussion about writing in all forms, from creative writing to general academic writing, technical writing to report writing. Session takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 25 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Come, share writing styles, ideas and network with others who enjoy working with words. Pizza lunch provided. Call UCITE at 368-1224 or Register online.

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with incoming President Barbara Snyder and outgoing interim President Gregory L. Eastwood from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

For Students

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Save the date: The 2007 Party on the Quad will be held from 3-6 p.m., July 20 on the Case quad (rain site: Adelbert Gym). This year's theme is Case Reality TV, featuring Case Idol (singing contest), a dance contest, the "Who's Smarter than a Clevelander" trivia game, and a hula-hoop contest. Music, food and fun for all. To register for the singing or dance contest, send e-mail to Elaine Barney, or call 368-6018. Party cosponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

The Dobama Theatre presents Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins: In Search of My Father at the Cleveland Play House (just past 86th on Carnegie). The show, a true story, is written and performed by W. Allen Taylor who grew up not knowing that his father was the first black disc jockey in Cleveland. Performances (now extended) will be at 8 p.m. on June 22, 23, 29, and 30; 3 p.m. on June 24 and July 1; and 7:30 p.m. on June 28. Visit Dobama Theatre online for more information.

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

Daniel Scherson, a chemistry professor and director of the Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences, recently accepted a Leadership Circle Award from the Electrochemical Society for his and the center's longtime involvement in the society.

Jodi Thomson, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is competing in the Ironman Challenge this weekend in Coeur d'Alene, Iowa. As part of the challenge, Thomson is raising money for lymphoma. Read more about the race.

The Case Western Reserve University athletics program finished in 73rd place (out of 312) to claim its highest finish in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup since 2001. The program is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Rozella Schlotfeldt, late dean emerita, professor emerita and honorary alumna of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was inducted posthumously on June 6 into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

June 22, 2007

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Case in the News

Spiraling in space

The Economist, June 21, 2007
Story about Case Western Reserve University physics professor Tanmay Vachaspati, who has led a team of researchers on a quest to learn if black holes can indeed hold information.

The powerful case against MMR in autism

Huffington Post,, June 22, 2007
Associate professor and pediatric neurologist Max Wiznitzer of Case Western Reserve University medical school, comments on a medical case surrounding the controversy of the effects of certain vaccines on persons with autism.

Research project grants awarded to benefit Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer, June 21, 2007
Story on grants awarded by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission for projects that will benefit Lake Erie's environment and economic resources. Case Western Reserve University will receive $9,999 to study the prevalence of a virus that kills yellow perch.

Case law dean is doing just fine, thank you

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 18, 2007 (subscription required)
Letters to the editor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professors Henry T. King Jr. and Robert N. Strassfeld regarding Dean Gary Simson's leadership.

Higher Ed News

Copyright Center will let colleges pay blanket fees to reuse printed material

The Chronicle of Higher Education,June 22, 2007 (subscription required)
The Copyright Clearance Center, a nonprofit group that manages licenses for the reuse of published material, has created an annual copyright license for colleges, the center plans to announce on Monday. The license will let institutions pay a blanket fee to use copyrighted material instead of having to secure the rights to such content on a case-by-case basis.

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