Cleveland's Other Playoff Team: "DEXTER" and Team Case are California Dreamin'


DEXTER, Case Western Reserve University's entry in the $3.5 million DARPA Urban Challenge robotic vehicle race, and all of its accoutrements -- including the human members of Team Case -- have arrived in fire-ravaged Southern California to compete in the national semifinals at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. The National Qualifying Event (NQE) runs from October 25-31, with the finals slated for Saturday, November 3.

As the team of more than 20 engineering students and faculty traveled from Los Angeles International Airport to Victorville through the San Bernardino Mountain range, they stared in awe at the smoke and flames that have been engulfing Southern California. The team itself was never threatened, but the sights and smells of the fire were everywhere.

Campus members can keep track of the team's progress during its quest to win the challenge. Refer to the Team Case blog and follow the experiences of the team and faculty members while they are in California. Read more.

Euclid Avenue Crosswalk to Close for a Week

Starting on Monday, October 29 and continuing until Monday, November 5, the Euclid Avenue crosswalk at Adelbert Road will be closed due to construction. The suggested alternative is to cross at Hospital Drive, which is one traffic light east of Adelbert Road. Signs will be posted with directions to the crosswalk. Persons who use the Campus Parking Garage at Severance Hall or who dine at the Case Club at Severance should enter the facility off East Boulevard. In addition, police officers will be stationed at Hospital Drive from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday to assist pedestrian crossings.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to the first Faculty Technology Showcase to see how technology is being successfully used in teaching, learning and research now and what is in store for the future. Sponsored by Instructional Technology and Academic Computing, the event will be from 10 am. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 30 in Thwing Center ballroom. Free but attendees should register online.

Come hear panelists share their perspectives and join the discussion about assimilation and acculturation during the "International Women and Identity Panel" with Thrity Umrigar, Laura Ymayo Tartakoff, Ana Locci and Yoshiko Ikuta. Program takes place from 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 31 in Guilford Parlor. Food provided. Free. RSVP to Katie Hanna. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

For Faculty & Staff

The Department of Human Resources will offer free flu shots to faculty and staff from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 30 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. No appointments are necessary. A limited supply of doses available; any remaining quantities will be offered during the annual Benefits Fair on November 13.

For Students

Students for Organ Donation Awareness is holding a 4-on-4 soccer tournament from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 27 in Veale Center. The cost to register is $10 per team. All proceeds will go to Lifebanc, Northeast Ohio's organ procurement agency, for educational programs regarding organ donation. Send e-mail to 4-on-4 soccer if interested.

Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) is seeking six students to serve on a Student Technology Advisory Group. Participants will be paid $10 per hour for a monthly working meeting. For more information, send e-mail to Mace Mentch.


Do the time warp again as the university's Film Society shows the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, at 7 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, October 27 in Strosacker Auditorium. Don't forget the toast, rice and squirt guns. Admission is $3. Refer to the film society Web site for other movies this weekend.

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

The International Association of Penal Law has just announced that an article by Michael Scharf, professor of law, was awarded the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section)'s 2007 Article of the Year Award for scholarly contribution to the field. The article is "From the eXile Files: An Essay on Trading Justice for Peace," 63 Washington and Lee Law Review 339-376 (2006).

David T. Scadden, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine and a 1980 graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), a group established by the National Academies of Science to analyze health issues and make recommendations on policy. Read more.

Pierluigi Gambetti, professor of pathology and director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center at Case, has been awarded grants by competitive renewal for five years. He is the principal investigator in these research initiatives.

October 26, 2007

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Case in the News

Arteriocyte joins in forming new company

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 26, 2007
Arteriocyte Inc., a spinoff of Case Western Reserve University and the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, has received a $10 million investment from a Utah-based company to launch a new medical device company called DW Healthcare Partners.

Stern won't be a factor in Artest's arbitration

Sacramento Bee, October 26, 2007 (subscription required)
Calvin Sharpe, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and director of its Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, is serving as an arbitrator in a case involving professional basketball player Ron Artest.

California fire hits close to home for college students, October 26, 2007
Case Western Reserve University studentS Drew Swartz and Jody Herman are among those who comment about the rash of wildfires in parts of California and the affect its had on their families.

Higher Ed News

Simplicity vs. equity in aid applications

Inside Higher Ed, October 26, 2007
Keep it simple and low-income students will fill it out—and go to college. That's the thinking of many financial aid experts and government officials these days when it comes to student aid applications. Elite private universities and flagship publics alike report that they attract more low-income students when they make aid criteria simple.

Practical steps, not a 'magic template,' are key to student retentions, officials are told

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 26, 2007 (subscription required)
When Paul Orehovec sees an empty soda can on the ground, he believes it is his responsibility to pick it up and throw it in the trash. College leaders, he said on Thursday at the College Board's annual conference here, should encourage administrators, professors and staff members to feel the same responsibility for promoting student retention.

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