Research ShowCASE Opens Today, Continues April 17 at Veale Convocation Center

Robot displayed at Research ShowCASE

Research ShowCASE, Case Western Reserve University's annual event highlighting ongoing research from the university and its collaborating partners, opens today. From real-world applications to critical insights to creative and intellectual activities, the event highlights the research of more than 500 students and faculty, as well as findings from collaborating partners including University Hospitals, the MetroHealth System, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic.

More than 2,000 attendees are expected to attend the showcase at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, and they will be able to see exhibits, posters and displays such as dancing in a virtual world, an autonomous lawnmower robot, 3D imaging of a jaw, and many centers from the university. Read more.

Joe Smetona Stocking up Victories, Bonding with Brother John

Joe Smetona playing tennis

The University Circle area certainly won't have a shortage of Smetonas in the coming years, because not only do senior Joe Smetona and his brother John play tennis here at Case Western Reserve University, but there are likely four more Smetona siblings on the way to campus, all of whom plan on playing tennis for the Spartans.

"Someone will have to make a 'Smetona Shrine' somewhere after we leave here with all of our pictures around the room," joked Joe Smetona.

So far this season, Joe Smetona has played great tennis and helped the Case Western Reserve men's team post an 11-1 record this spring. Individually, he is 10-3 and ranked 19th in the Central Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and has aspirations of making it to the NCAA Division-III Tennis Championships in May.

In doubles competition, Joe takes the court with his brother, a sophomore, and together, the two have posted a 7-2 record. Read more.

Campus News

The campus community is invited to attend the Capstone Experience, the centerpiece of Case Western Reserve's Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21 at the Wolstein Research Building's auditorium. Several MPH students will present their findings from various public health projects. For additional information, contact Kristina Knight, director of community initiatives, at 368-1967.

The university will host the Third Annual Celebrate Recovery at Case, a fundraising event to benefit Prevention & Recovery Services (PRS), which includes Recovery House at Case, scholarships for recovering students and PRS campus/community programs and services geared toward substance abuse prevention. The event is from 6-10 p.m., April 19 at the George S. Dively Center. The keynote speaker is Jane Eigner Mintz, a certified international intervention specialist. Tickets are $25 for faculty, staff and the community in advance, $35 at the door. Students from local colleges are admitted free. Learn more.

The campus community is invited to prepare for Earth Day by finding out how Case Western Reserve is meeting the challenges of climate, energy and sustainability. Join members of the sustainability program from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight in Nord Hall, Room 410. The short presentation will be followed by a behind- the-scenes tour of the university's best examples of energy saving, high performance building features. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP's are appreciated.

For Faculty and Staff

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

For Students


The Second Year Celebration will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m., April 28 in Carlton Commons. The annual celebration marks the halfway point of students' undergraduate careers. All second year undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited.

The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium will host its second annual Entrepreneurship Immersion for Undergraduates, an intensive, one-week academic experience for approximately 40 undergraduate students, from August 10 to 15 at John Carroll University. Students will attend two academic sessions per day on topics such as developing a business idea and exploring innovation and creativity, as well as various networking opportunities and presentations by prominent Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs. Additionally, students will team together to create a business concept. The group with the best business concept will win an award package consisting of cash and gifts in kind. Students in any school or major may apply, but they must be entering their junior or senior year. The Immersion Experience is free for the selected students; tuition, room, board, admission fees and textbooks will be provided. To be considered for selection to the Case team, go online to secure an application form. Five students and two alternates will be selected. Applications can be submitted via e-mail to Professor Scott Fine, and must be received by April 24. For information, contact Fine or James Hurley, assistant dean of undergraduate and integrated studies. Read about the 2007 winning team from Case, Fresh Fork Market.


The College Scholars Program presents a lecture and demonstration followed by a concert featuring global artist Veena Jayanthi Kumaresh from 6:30-8:30 p.m., April 19 at Harkness Chapel. The topic will be "An Introduction to Indian Carnatic Music and the Indian Saraswathi Veena." No background knowledge about Indian carnatic music is required. The free, public event will feature food. For questions, send e-mail to Madhumitha Ravikumar.

Patrizia Bonaventura, assistant professor of communication sciences and cognitive science, and Per Aage Brandt, Emile B. de Sauzé Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures and Cognitive Science, will present a discussion with Mario De Caro from the University of Rome on the topic of "Dimensions of Consciousness: Problems and Perspectives," from 3-5 p.m., April 18 in Crawford Hall, Room 618. Part of the Philosophy and Cognition series, presented in collaboration with the Laboratory of Applied Research in Cognitive Semiotics and the Center for Cognition and Culture. Read more about other lectures in the series.

The Norman Wain Distinguished Journalist speakers series continues from 6:30-8 p.m. tonight in Clark Hall, Room 206 with Ian Frazier, an American writer and humorist. In his nonfiction books such as Great Plains, Family, and On the Rez, Frazier combines first-person narrative with in-depth research on topics including American history, Native Americans and fishing and the outdoors.

The Non-Partisan Israel Movement of Case Western Reserve is hosting Asaf Romirowksy, a former Israel Defense Force (IDF) International Relations liaison officer in the West Bank, from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight in Schmitt Lecture Hall. He currently serves as an IDF reserve liaison officer to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and his topic will center on the Israel-Palestine issue and the future for both sides. Free, open to the public.

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation is celebrating Israel's 60th birthday with an "Israel on the KSL" party on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval until 4:30 p.m. today.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

April 16, 2008

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Case in the News

Research ShowCASE grows in size, scope

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 15, 2008

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Organizers of the sixth-annual Research ShowCASE are preparing for at least 2,000 people to visit Case Western Reserve University today and Thursday to check out displays and to attend forums highlighting hundreds of research projects going on at the university.

Say goodbye to the lawn boy

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 15, 2008

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A robot lawnmower is just one of the displays attendees can check out during Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE. With sponsorship and a 20-inch electric push mower provided by Medina-based MTD Products Inc., a team of students from the university's Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab will demonstrate a lawn-cutter they hope will be able to "think" its way through yard work. Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical engineering and the lab's director, comments.

This region must bet big to win big

The Plain Dealer, April 15, 2008
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes an op-ed piece about the need for the Cleveland area to recognize the realities inherent in the development of new businesses that will fuel this area's resurgence.

Antioxidant study renews supplement debate, April 16, 2008
Supplements containing antioxidants -- purported fighters of cancer and age-related cell damage -- may do little to prolong the lives of people who take them, according to a new review of published studies. But critics of the analysis call the review flawed, adding that antioxidants have health benefits that are not recognized by this new research. Mary Beth Kavanagh, instructor in the department of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ecology Coatings' clean technology paper coatings achieves toxic mold inhibition, April 14, 2008
Ecology Coatings Inc., a leader in the discovery and development of ultra-violet curable, clean technology advanced materials, announced that a study completed at the environmental health sciences department at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has confirmed that Ecology Coatings' clean technology paper coatings completely inhibited the growth of a specific toxic black mold on wallboard.

Higher Ed News

A Pentagon olive branch to academe

Inside Higher Ed, April 16, 2008
In a speech in which he called for the Pentagon to embrace intellectuals, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has proposed a significant expansion of the type of research supported by the Pentagon -- moving beyond weapons and technology, to social science and humanities work that could better inform public policy.

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