Case Western Reserve Engineering Professor, Students Mentor High School Robotics Team

Students from HB work on robot

Students at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights have been building and honing a robot with the help of Case Western Reserve University engineering students and an engineering professor.

Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, along with several undergraduate and graduate students, have mentored the Hathaway Brown Upper School students since last October.

The students involved are all part of Hathaway Brown's Science and Engineering Program, a groundbreaking program that has seen young women develop projects that have been launched into space by NASA and work side-by-side with professionals on cutting-edge science and engineering research. Read more.

University to Host First Relay For Life Fundraiser

Relay For Life Logo

Case Western Reserve University will host its first Relay For Life fundraiser April 18 to benefit cancer education and research and honor those who have fought or are still fighting the disease.

The student-initiated, 18-hour event begins at 6 p.m., April 18 and continues until noon the next day at Case Field.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's national signature activity, bringing together teams of families and friends from the university as well as local companies, schools, clubs and organizations in an effort to raise funds to save lives, help those touched by cancer and empower people to fight back against the disease. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services are sponsoring a free self-defense course for women. The class, taught by instructors certified by Rape Aggression Defense Systems, will be held from 1-5 p.m. the first three Sunday afternoons in April at The Spot. For information or to register, send e-mail to Beth Mandl, or phone Karen Gregor at 368-6811. Registration closes with the first class on April 6.

Campus members involved in research are invited to attend a CaseLearns class, "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques," at 10 a.m., March 28 in the Kelvin Smith Library. Register on the KSL Web site to participate.

The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Professor Bo Carlsson to the Frank Tracy Carlton Chair from 4-6 p.m., April 1 at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. The event will include a presentation by Carlsson entitled "Knowledge Creation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth," with a reception immediately following the talk. RSVP by March 28 online or call Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

For Faculty and Staff

The employment and staff development edition of the HRQuarterly is now available online.

For Students

The Kuumba Festival, a cultural talent showcase, will take place at the Thwing Center atrium from 12:30-2 p.m., March 28 during the university's Community Hour. The event will feature several students showcasing their cultural talents, along with free food representing diverse cultures. Entertainment will be provided.

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity invites students and campus members to participate in the First Annual FIJI Dodgeball Tournament benefiting the American Red Cross at noon, April 13 in Adelbert Gym. Any organization is welcome to compete. To participate, e-mail Ryan Shoup with a team of seven by April 7.

Students earning a bachelor's or a master's degree are encouraged to attend GRAD FAIR 2008, which lasts until 7 p.m. tonight at the University Bookstore. The fair features one-stop shopping for graduates' needs, including discount pricing on cap and gowns, class rings and other graduation supplies. All graduates must register online to reserve tickets for the University Commencement Convocation.


Campus community members with an interest in Greek, Latin or the ancient Mediterranean world are invited to the second annual Department of Classics outing for classicists beginning at 7:30 p.m., March 28 on the fourth floor of the Mather House. The event will include conversation, refreshments and performances, including readings from ancient love poetry and scenes from tragedy and comedy staged by Classics faculty and students in the Atlantis club.


The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music concludes the 22nd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel with "Choral Masterworks of the 16th Century," a concert by the British vocal consort Alamire. Their first concert in North America offers choral masterworks from the 16th century sung by six vocalists from England under the direction of David Skinner. Read more.

Refer to the Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group Web site for a listing of upcoming discussions, which take place most Fridays during the academic year from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free. William Marling, Case Western Reserve professor of English, will discuss "How American is Globalization?" March 28.

The Footlighters, the university's student-run musical theater group, will be presenting the musical Chicago at 8 p.m. March 27-29, with an additional show at 11:59 p.m. on the March 29. All shows will be held in Thwing Center's ballroom. Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved 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.

March 27, 2008

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Case in the News

Bush to arrive in Ohio to promote war policies, attend fundraiser

The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2008
President George W. Bush plans to speak about the war on terrorism today at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in western Ohio. Joe White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Lower-dose Zerit may improve some side effects, March 26, 2008
Halving the dose of Zerit (stavudine) may reduce the risk of serious side effects without compromising its efficacy, say researchers of a study published in the April 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study was conducted by Grace McComsey of Case Western Research University.

Switches for the body electric

Chemical & Engineering News, March 23, 2008
The double bond is beginning to make a big difference in neuroscience, according to Case Western Reserve University neuroscientist Stefan Herlitze.

BZ Media, LLC signs to shoot documentary on Shaw High School band trip to Beijing Olympic Music Festival, March 26, 2008
BZ Media, LLC has been granted exclusive rights to produce Mr. Wilson's Kids: From East Cleveland to Beijing, a documentary on the inspiring story of The Shaw High School Marching Band's upcoming trip to the Beijing 2008 Olympic International Music Festival. Case Western Reserve University will help underwrite the documentary and is providing donations to the band.

Higher Ed News

Study finds parental income helps determine payoff from a bachelor's degree

Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2008
The short-term economic benefits that people derive from earning a bachelor's degree vary according to their own parents' economic situation, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

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