New Students Explore Campus Using Latest Cell Phone Technology

cell_boron.jpg The traditional scavenger hunt during Case Western Reserve University's new student orientation has taken a high-tech turn. Using cell phones equipped to scan special bar codes, students can gather clues and information about campus facilities and landmarks.

These university newcomers are among the first in the country to experiment with these cell phones that can convert bar codes into links to Web sites, e-mail addresses, videos or wherever the bar code directs the viewer.

The 2D bar codes are more commonly used in Asian countries, especially Japan, where cell phone use has outpaced computer use, according to Robert Sopko, the university's information technology services manager of strategic technology partnerships.

Sprint, a partner of Case for a number of years to advance the use of technology in education, lent the school 48 cell phones equipped with cameras and 2D code software and allowed the students and orientation staff to make calls and play with the phone's features. Read more.

Campus News

How many calories does a body burn each day? The 1-2-1 Fitness staff now offers the opportunity to find out one's resting metabolic rate with the MedGem© by HealtheTech, Inc. To learn more, call or send e-mail to fitness specialist Julie Glodich at 368-1121. Modest fee involved. 1-2-1 Fitness Center is a partner in the university's wellness initiatives.

The Perception Lab, housed in the university's psychology department, is currently seeking Vision Study participants. Participants must be healthy adults age 18 and older with no major vision problems. The study is non-invasive and primarily requires looking at images on a computer screen. Participants will be compensated for their time and expenses. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Call the Perception Lab at 368-6465 for details.

For Faculty & Staff

The Office of Student Employment will have its annual Work Study Job fair on September 6 in Thwing Center ballroom. The fair will enable representatives from campus departments and offices to schedule interviews and/or hire work-study eligible students on the spot. Student employment will distribute an employer directory to students before and during the fair. The directory will list the department's hiring needs and majors being recruited. Register by August 20. Call student employment at 368-4533 or send e-mail to Freddie Hendricks to request a registration form.

Traveline Travel Services, the university's preferred travel vendor, has rolled out Travelport, an online booking tool that may be used for Internet travel reservations using the Business Travel Account, a central university credit card to which travel may be charged. Web training will be offered August 21 and September 20. Refer to the Travelport Training Web site to register for training and to obtain additional information.

For Students

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Head over to the Cleveland Museum of Art today for a concert featuring Panic, a local steel drum band, as part of WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, a series of free outdoor summer concerts in University Circle. Stop by the art museum between 6 and 9 p.m. Refer to the WOW summer schedule for additional details including rain sites and upcoming concerts.

The Professionals in the City Series will meet from 6-9:30 p.m., Thursday, August 9 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Topic: "The Region's New Vision." These quarterly networking sessions are open to young professionals in northeast Ohio interested in community issues and development. Event is free but attendees must register online.

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.

August 8, 2007

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Case in the News

NIH grant makes implantable neural interface possible

Medical News Today, August 8, 2007
State-of-the-art brain implants that record or stimulate neural activity to help people with nervous system damage will be made possible under a major new National Institutes of Health grant awarded to Brown University, Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center at Case Western Reserve University.

Who will be the next Ohio House speaker? Hint: Money talks

Canton Repository, August 8, 2007 Op-ed (subscription required)
Comments from Alexander Lamis, a professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, on the issue of whether money will determine the next Ohio House speaker.

What's at the heart of heroism?

Minnesota Public Radio, August 7, 2007
Listen to a conversation with Stephen Post, professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, on the subject of heroism with regard to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis.

Higher Ed News

Governor announces new plan for Ohio's public universities

The Plain Dealer , August 2, 2007
Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut will meet over the next few months with the presidents of Ohio's 13 public universities and 24 community colleges to develop a 10-year plan for the future of higher education in Ohio that sets specific goals.