Robotic Zoo and More to Demonstrate Animal Behavior Turned Mechanical at Case Western Reserve University

Robot shaped like a cockroach

Building a machine that moves like a cockroach, salamander, fish or another creature is no easy task. Over 100 of the world's pioneering engineers, biologists and neuroscientists who have contributed to building biologically inspired robots will be on the campus of Case Western Reserve University June 1-6 to discuss new developments in the field of biorobotics during the Fourth International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines (AMAM).

It's science fiction of yesteryear turned into today's reality. A Robot Zoo of crawling, leaping, creeping and swimming mechanical devices with names like "AMOS-WD06", "Robot III" and "AmphiBot" will be on public display June 5 at Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center to showcase how scientists and engineers have collaborated and translated animal behavior and movement dynamics into mechanical devices. Read more.

Commencement 2008

Commencement Ceremony to Feature Live-Blogging from Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

When Case Western Reserve alumnus Craig Newmark delivers the keynote address during the 2008 university convocation on May 18, he will literally be connected with graduates, their families and a global audience.

Newmark will take advantage of Case Western Reserve's Wi-Fi network to live-blog onstage -- as time allows -- before and during commencement.

Those who are unable to attend the convocation -- which begins at 9:30 a.m. -- can follow Newmark's comments leading up to the event on his blog, and his reactions during commencement at Twitter. Since he will be speaking, Newmark is unable to predict how much he'll actually be able to write during the event, but whatever he can manage should offer an interesting glimpse into his experience. The ceremony also will be Webcast live.

Undergraduates, graduates and professional school students will have their degrees conferred at the Commencement Convocation. Following the convocation, diplomas will be presented during separate ceremonies at each student's respective school. Read more.

Campus News

On May 19, Aurora, the main campus Web server will be cut over to its new, faster, redundant server environment. Downtime is expected to be less than a minute and there will be no changes for end users. Maintainers however, will begin using new system tools at this point, the most noticeable of which will be the switch from using FTP to WebDAV for file upload and maintenance. Per prior communications sent to Web maintainers, this change will also include using Case ID's rather than account names when connecting to the server. Learn more.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering two specials during May to help campus members get into shape for summer. Students can join before May 18 for $0 initiation fee and $0 May dues. Summer vacations allowed. Meanwhile, campus employees can join during the month of May for $25. For information, call 368-1121.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to view a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



The 62nd Annual Association for Continuing Education Book Sale will take place May 31 and June 1-3 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Books are housed in categories such as fiction, rare and unusual collectibles, humor, literature and more. Donations are welcome from individuals, estates, and corporate holdings, and volunteers are always needed. If interested in donating or volunteering, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 368-2090.

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.

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Elfreda Chatman-Walter, associate director of corporate relations, is featured in the May 2008 issue of Northern Ohio Live. She discusses her love and enthusiasm for Cleveland in the "Live People" section. The magazine is currently available on newsstands.

Judson at University Circle recently announced its 2008 Smart Living Award winners. The awards recognize individuals in five categories -- arts, education, healthcare, philanthropy and volunteerism -- who are dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Several people affiliated with Case Western Reserve were acknowledged, including: Tim Shuckerow, director of the university's art studio and art education program (arts); Allen Ford, an emeritus trustee and alumnus who along with his late wife established the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lecture Series (philanthropy); and Joan Southgate, a 1954 alumna of what is now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (volunteerism).

May 16, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder rebuilding bridges with alumni, donors

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2008
Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder set out this year to win back estranged donors and alumni. No one fits that bill better than Peter B. Lewis, who will receive the first-ever President's Award for Visionary Achievement at Sunday's commencement ceremony. Lewis is just one of the people Snyder has worked to get to know this year -- partly because she's a new president, but also because she knows there are relationships to rebuild after a tumultuous few years for the school.

Colleges in limbo as applicants wait to hear from Ivy League

The Plain Dealer, May 15, 2008
The May 1 deadline for applicants to commit to colleges has passed, but more students than ever still don't know where they'll be hanging up their dorm-room posters this fall. Randall Deike, vice president for enrollment management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ranks in top 10 in NIH funding

Medical News Today, May 15, 2008
Several departments within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine placed in the top 10 for funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Does Alzheimer's disease exist?, May 14, 2008
Alzheimer's disease affects about one in eight senior citizens and the costs of care are approaching $160 billion a year. One prominent local neurologist -- Peter Whitehouse of Case Western Reserve University -- says much of what the medical community says about Alzheimer's is more myth than science.

For the good of all, Cleveland Clinic must keep Case med school partnership - editorial

The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2008
The Plain Dealer editorial board writes that Cleveland Clinic should work to keep its affiliation with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Possible change to Wikipedia could make it more academically useful, founder says

Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2008
Wikipedia may soon add a new feature that would allow its entries to be "cited more comfortably" by students and professors, its co-founder said. The feature would allow a version of a Wikipedia article to be frozen and approved by experts.

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