Case School of Engineering Team Finishes Strong in Robotic Lawn Mower Competition


Case Western Reserve University's Autonomous Lawn Cutting Team took third place in the Fifth Annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition recently in Dayton. The team, led by Case School of Engineering faculty members Roger Quinn and Michael Branicky, also brought home a $5,000 prize.

The third-place finish is Case Western Reserve's first and highest placement in a mobile robotics competition, according to team member and third-year undergraduate student Bradley Hughes. In addition, the team garnered top honors with the best combined technical report and presentation scores among all teams. Medina, Ohio-based MTD Products Inc., is the team's sponsor and donated a 20-inch electric push mower. Read more.

School of Law Partners with Leading Anti-money Laundering Association to Offer Five-day Course

In response to a growing need for well-trained anti-money laundering (AML) professionals, Case Western Reserve University School of Law in conjunction with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) will offer a five-day course for compliance officers, auditors, lawyers, AML professionals and others interested in the AML field. The course will be offered August 11-15 at the School of Law.

The five-day course, Fundamentals of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism: International Standards and U.S. Law and Practice, includes a detailed examination of the Financial Action Task Force's 40 + 9 Recommendations on AML/CFT, relevant U.S. laws/rules, and examples from other countries. Read more.

Campus News

The cognitive sciences laboratory of Fey Parrill, assistant professor of cognitive science, is currently running an experiment on event descriptions, and her staff seeks participants for the study. Candidates must be native speakers of American English, at least 18 years of age, be willing to be video-recorded, and able to bring in a partner to participate in the study. The experiment runs 15-20 minutes; participants will be compensated.


Grandmothers are needed for a research study about how to manage stress while raising grandchildren. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study is being conducted by researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. For more information about participating in the study, call 368-0552 or send an e-mail to

As a courtesy to the campus community, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, in conjunction with the Presidential Advisory Council on Minorities, is providing free online subscriptions to Diversity Inc. Details are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is sponsoring a 50/50 cash raffle to benefit the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. All SAC representatives are encouraged to sell at least one book of 10 tickets in support of this cause. The raffles costs $5 per ticket, $10 for 3 tickets or $30 for a book of 10 tickets. The top two SAC reps who sell the most tickets will receive a prize. Sold stubs, unsold tickets and money should be returned by July 24. Additional tickets will be available right up to the drawing at the Party on the Quad. Representatives can pick up their tickets by contacting the following: Kathleen Dowdell, Mather Memorial, Room 238 (368-2264); Theresa Grigger, Crawford Hall, Room 532 (368-5887); Kathryn Howard, Millis Hall, Room G11 (368-5087); Kathleen O'Linn, School of Nursing, Room 1320 (368-6344); and Amanda Shaffer, Bellflower House, Room 101 (368-8874). The drawing will be held at the annual Party on the Quad at 5:30 p.m., July 25, and the winner does not need to be present to win.

For Students

1-2-1 Fitness Center, voted "Cleveland's Best Gym," is free to all students during the month of July at the following times: 5:30-8 a.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Free access is to all group exercise classes, lockers, towels and 28,000 sq. ft. of top-name exercise equipment. Students must show their Case Western Reserve student ID for entry. Additional information is available online or call 368-1121 for more information.


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Et al


Donald Feke, vice provost and professor of chemical engineering, has agreed to serve as the interim chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, effective immediately. A double alumnus of Case Western Reserve, Feke joined the faculty in 1981 and has held administrative roles in some capacity since 1997, including his current tenure as vice provost for undergraduate education. He succeeds Peter Pintauro, who is headed to Vanderbilt University.

Nárcisz Fejes has received the inaugural Richard A. Bloom, M.D., Excellence in SAGES Teaching Award. Fejes earned her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2006 and taught extensively in SAGES while completing her degree. Since her appointment as a SAGES Fellow in fall 2007, she has led a First Seminar on Life of the Mind as well as University Seminars on narrative, art and culture in Russia and East Central Europe. The teaching award, to be presented annually to instructors nominated by their SAGES students, was endowed by Bloom, who earned both his bachelor's and medical degrees from Case Western Reserve.


Sixty students in the Shaw High School Marching Band wore Case Western Reserve University T-shirts atop the Great Wall of China. When the award-winning band was one of only five in the United States invited to perform at a music festival associated with the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Northeast Ohio community raised funds to send the East Cleveland, Ohio band on the trip of a lifetime. The Case Western Reserve community provided the band with a donation of $1,000, T-shirts, dental kits and luggage tags.

In Memoriam

Sherman Lee, an expert on Asian art who led the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1958 to 1983, died Wednesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 90. He received a Ph.D. in art history from Western Reserve University in 1941, and supported the inception of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University's joint art history and museum studies program.

July 11, 2008

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iPhone fans flock to Legacy Village store for upgrade

The Plain Dealer, July 11, 2008
Two hundred people were lined up before 8 a.m. this morning in front of the Apple store at Legacy Village to get their hands on the new and improved iPhone 3G, which went on sale today. Tommy Cusick, a computer science major at Case Western Reserve University, and his roommate, Alex Hutnik, arrived at the store at 10:30 p.m. Thursday with chairs, umbrellas and their laptops.

Same sex marriage and venture capital

Small Business Trends, July 9, 2008
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about the correlation between same sex marriages and entrepreneurship research.

HIV prevention researchers to compare common ARV as a pill and vaginal gel in unique study

Medical News Today, July 11, 2008
In battle with an epidemic that has outpaced nearly all efforts to contain it, researchers are turning to strategies centered on the same antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that have been used successfully to treat HIV in hopes they will be as effective a stronghold for preventing the virus. Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pittsburgh are now beginning to screen potential participants for the study.

Exhibit honoring local heart researchers on display in a storage locker in Berea

The Plain Dealer, July 10, 2008
A life-sized bronze bust of George Crile Sr. -- along with 13 other likenesses of Cleveland's greatest cardiac researchers -- is locked deep within the Berea Moving & Storage Co. They once were the centerpiece for "On the Shoulders of Giants," an exhibit unveiled in 1989 meant to be on permanent display at the Cleveland Health Education Museum. The busts are a who's who in Cleveland medical history. Many of the names were affiliated with local institutions, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

High cost of driving ignites online classes boom

New York Times, July 11, 2008
Due to rising gas prices, thousands of students nationwide, including many who were previously reluctant to study online, have decided to take one or more college classes over the Internet.

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