Case Western Reserve University Team Wins Robotic Lawnmower Competition


Case Western Reserve University's Autonomous Lawnmower Team recently won the Sixth Annual ION Robotic Lawnmower Competition with their entry "CWRU Cutter."

"Amazing" was how Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, described the team's win. They had to overcome a power supply failure three hours before their start to get the robotic cutter up and running. "They used a cell phone charger to kluge a power supply for the basic systems and ran with minimal sensors and a really good path plan."

He said the win was due to the team's hard work and talent. Read more.

Campus News


Martin Boyle, a lecturer with the Art Studio program, is one of the featured artists in the "Year of the Ox" public art project. He was commissioned to paint "Babe." Year of the Ox Celebration Week continues with the instillation of these art projects throughout the City of Cleveland on Friday, June 5. Boyle's project will be installed at 4058 St. Clair Ave. The public art program benefits the St. Clair Development Corporation's neighborhood Youth and Culture Education Program.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will hold its second annual "Dollars for Scholars" Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, June 5, in the Mandel School student lounge. Faculty and staff will donate items. Potential items for sale include toys, kitchen appliances, collectibles, holiday decorations and more. All proceeds will benefit Mandel School student scholarships.


Outdoor yoga on the quad begins Tuesday, June 9, continuing every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. through July 16. Free and open to the campus community. Refer to the summer yoga Web site for more information, or send an e-mail to Marcia Camino. Coupons good toward the purchase of a medium hot or iced tea for only $1 at the SAGES Cafe will be distributed after each yoga class. In addition, participants who bring a friend new to outdoor yoga can enter themselves and their friends in a drawing to be held the last week of yoga. The top prize (winner must be present to win) is a free lunch at the SAGES Cafe.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is hosting a session on "Coaching vs. Mentoring" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, in Nord Hall 310A. Supervisors are often told to mentor and coach their team. What is the difference and what does each require? This session explores the difference between being a mentor and being a coach, as well as offering valuable on advice on when to use each. Presented by Denise Douglas. Register online.

For Students

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


As part of its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Lecture Series, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present a talk on "Social Work, Advocacy and Lobbying at the Federal Level" from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Mandel School, Room 320. Susan White (SAS '80) of Susan J. White & Associates, and Art Lifson (SAS '69) of Art Lifson Consulting LLC, will be the speakers. Mark Chupp, visiting assistant professor, will moderate. Free, but reservations are required by contacting Pamela Carson by e-mail or by phone at 368-2281. Continuing education units are available.

Ramez Islambouli, adjunct professor of law and Islam and a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Rabbi Steve Segar, a graduate student at the Weatherhead School of Management, are scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on "Abrahamic Traditions: Sharing Faith and Fellowship," at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Islamic Center in Parma, Ohio. Following a kosher dinner, a panel of Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy will lead discussions about how each tradition focuses on hospitality, prayer, eating, holidays, alms-giving and sacred study. The cost is $25. Learn more.

The Second Annual International Evidence Based Practice in Wound Care Conference: The Effective Implementation of Pressure Ulcer Clinical Practice Guidelines, will be held at the Hilton Cleveland East in Beachwood, Ohio, June 5 and 6. This two-day conference will bring together various faculty members to discuss pitfalls, challenges and successful approaches to implementation. Health care professionals, therapists, biomedical engineers, and executives involved with pressure ulcer care and management are invited to learn more. Sponsored by the Continuing Medical Education Program.

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.

June 4, 2009

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Case in the News

How much sun protection? Sorting out just what a product's SPF number means

Silicon Valley Mercury News, May 29, 2009
SPF numbers have now hit triple digits, leading some dermatologists to complain that this is merely a numbers game that confuses consumers. Elma Baron, assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ohio college graduation rate is 54.5 percent, American Enterprise Institute study finds; U.S. rate 53.7 percent

The Plain Dealer, June 3, 2009
Just over half of American college students earn a bachelor's degree within six years, according to a report released Wednesday. Ohio's 62 public and private institutions averaged 54.5 percent. Graduation rates tend to be higher at more-selective schools, such as Kenyon College, Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College, the report found.

IOM updates guidelines for weight gain in pregnancy

American Academy of Family Physicians , June 2, 2009
The Institute of Medicine's guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy have been updated for the first time in nearly 20 years. Although the new guidelines don't differ drastically from the previous ones, members of the committee that drafted the document say they hope physicians and women will pay closer attention to this version. Committee member Patrick Catalano, obstetrics chair and professor at Case Western Reserve University, said physicians need to counsel women about their weight before conception, during pregnancy and postpartum.

Higher Ed News

Split over open access

Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2009
In the debate over "open access" to scholarly research, the Association of American University Presses has weighed in on the "anti" side of things, backing legislation that would end a federal requirement that work supported by the National Institutes of Health be available online and free within 12 months of publication.