DEXTER the Robotic Car to be Inducted into Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

Dexter

DEXTER, the autonomous vehicle which finished in the top 20 last fall in the United States Department of Defense's DARPA Urban Challenge robotic vehicle race in Victorville, Calif., will be inducted into the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the museum.

On hand at the induction ceremony will be Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder; Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum Director Allan Unrein; Dean Norman C. Tien of the Case School of Engineering; Gainor Davis, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society; representatives of DEXTER's many sponsors, including ENSCO, Inc., a Falls Church, Va.-based engineering firm that donated DEXTER to the university; and other special guests. Read more.

Ted Gup Wins Goldsmith Award for Nation of Secrets

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Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy will honor Case Western Reserve University's Ted Gup with its prestigious Goldsmith Book Prize on March 18 for his 2007 book, Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life.

Gup, the university's Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism, is being recognized for his investigative work, which examines how secrecy has corrupted American institutions and affected the daily lives of American citizens. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management tax assistance group is offering free tax preparation services for university staff and students. Service is provided by student volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Go to the Weatherhead event calendar for session dates and locations.

Just in time for spring, 1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering natural sunless spray tanning and other programs and services. Purchase a tanning session or package in March and receive 25 percent off with a university ID. For information, go online or call 368-1121.

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Need to locate an internship or job abroad, or study the trends of international employment? Use the newest database at Case: Going Global. A collaborative effort between the Case Career Center and the Kelvin Smith Library ensured that the license would grant access for the entire campus. The database has over a quarter of a million constantly updated entries for work and study abroad . Check out this resource on the KSL Research Database list.

For Faculty and Staff

The National Science Foundation-Academic Careers in Engineering & Science Program at the university and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all faculty to a faculty development workshop "Having Difficult Conversations: Skill-Building for Women" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., March 7 at Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Linda Garverick, an engineer, Gestalt-trained process facilitator, management consultant and executive coach will lead the workshop. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required by sending e-mail to Jiling Yang.

The submission deadline for employee tuition waiver applications for the Spring 2008 semester is February 29. Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office in Crawford Hall, Room 224. For questions, contact Michelle Belle via e-mail or by phone at 368-3166.

For Students

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 31st Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS), which takes place May 9. The keynote speaker for the event is Mark M. Davis, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's School of Medicine. For abstract submission guidelines and more details, go online.

The Undergraduate Student Government Academic Affairs Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2008 Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards are designed to recognize faculty and staff who excel in specific areas of undergraduate education. Awards will be given in five categories: Extra Mile Outside the Classroom; Outstanding SAGES Activity; Best Educational Program Organized by a Campus Office; Inspiring Professor; and Engaging Lectures. For information about the awards or to submit a nomination, refer to the awards Web site. Nominations will be accepted until midnight, March 2.

Events

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The Center for Science and Mathematics Education invites the campus community to "Science is Fun! Family Day" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 8 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will include science activities, friendly competitions and demonstrations throughout the day. In addition, attendees will be able to view broadcasts from Introducing Immersion Presents: Expedition to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary." Free. To RSVP, call 368-5075, or send e-mail to Kathryn Kwiatkowski.

The campus community is invited to hear U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy deliver the Department of Psychiatry's weekly Grand Rounds lecture from 8-9 a.m., March 7 at the Wolstein Auditorium. His topic will be "The Policy Implications of Stigma." For details, contact Miriam Plax via e-mail, or by phone at (216) 983-3205.

The 34th Annual Cleveland Symposium will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 29 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The theme is "Au Naturel: Studying the Representation of the Nude in Art," with a keynote address by Henry Adams, professor of American art. Free, open to the public.

February 28, 2008

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Case in the News

Unions help steer Dems' Ohio race

USA TODAY, February 27, 2008
Unions and their concerns -- topped by jobs, trade and health care -- are highly visible in Ohio in advance of Tuesday's pivotal Democratic primary. Case Western Reserve University's Susan Helper, an economist, and Alexander Lamis, a political scientist, are both quoted.

Pros and cons of franchising a business

ScrippsNews, February 27, 2008
A business columnist answers a reader's questions about franchising, citing research from Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

When cash is on line, kids eager to study

Columbus Dispatch, February 28, 2008
Eric Bettinger, associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, reports findings from the Coshocton Schools' pay-for-performance experiment that began in 2006.

Case Medical Center tries hand at developing drugs from start to finish

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 25, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Case Medical Center -- a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland -- and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC) are testing on patients a new cancer drug that was first thought of about 10 years ago by Stanton Gerson, director of the Ireland Cancer Center and the CCCC. Gerson said it's far more common for research institutions to conduct clinical trials on drugs that were conceived and created by drug companies.

Higher Ed News

Good years before the bad

Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2008
As tight budgets for higher education loom in many states this year, data released Wednesday night show how the past few years have seen a relative recovery for colleges that depend on state support -- and a continuation of long-term trends of increased reliance on tuition dollars.

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