Case Western Reserve University Autonomous Lawnmower Repeats as Champion

Team CWRU Cut

The day of cutting the grass while lying in a hammock just got a little closer.

In winning their second straight Institute on Navigation's Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower Competition, Case Western Reserve University's robot edged along an L-shaped fence, and slowed up then mowed around a moving stuffed dog.

Team CWRU Cut topped the field of 14 competitors from Canada, California, Florida, Alabama and Ohio. Read more.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays. Go online for more details.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety is reminding the campus community about summer lab safety. When working in the lab, ideally all skin should be protected from exposure. Guidelines are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for representatives through July 23. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full or part-time, exempt and non-exempt non-faculty employees with at least six months of service with the university. Representatives are elected for a two-year term. Terms of membership begin in September every year. The following management centers will be filling positions this term: College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management. Eligible employees also are encouraged to nominate themselves. Send all nominations to with the subject line "SAC Election Nomination." Questions can be directed to or by phone at 368.5942.

Application forms for summer semester tuition waivers can be submitted weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Benefits Administration office, Crawford Hall 224, through June 30. Forms also can be faxed to 368.3582, or emailed to

For Students

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


A Weatherhead Executive MBA webinar will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 8. The speaker is Melvin Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior and faculty director of executive education at the Weatherhead School of Management. Learn more.

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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May L. Wykle (left) and Jaclene Zauszniewski

Two faculty members from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing were among the 19 individuals chosen by the American Nurses Association to receive prestigious honors at a House of Delegates meeting this month. Dean May L. Wykle received the Mary Mahoney Award, which honors those who raise the status of African American nurses in professional life, while Jaclene Zauszniewski, the Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Public Health Nursing, was honored with the Hildegard Peplau Award, given to nurses who have made significant contributions to the psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of nursing practice. Read more.

June 29, 2010

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In the News

Supreme Court ruling casts doubt on local gun restrictions

The Plain Dealer June 28, 2010
A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms can trump state and local gun laws much like those Cleveland hopes to impose. The ruling is significant because while the court has previously said that most other provisions of the federal Bill of Rights can be applied at the state and local level, this is the first time the court has said the same is true for the Second Amendment. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

What's the impact on the kid when celebs like Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds adopt from abroad?

New York Daily News June 29, 2010
The newest trend among celebrity couples: adopting kids from abroad. Actress Scarlett Johansson and her actor husband Ryan Reynolds are the latest Hollywood stars who hope to become parents by bringing home a child from another country. Victor Groza, Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

How leeches are used to address the body's ills has evolved over time

The Plain Dealer June 29, 2010
Perhaps your introduction to the medical history of bloodsucking leeches came courtesy of a Saturday Night Live sketch circa 1978 involving the medieval barber "Theodoric of York," played by Steve Martin. Well, the sketch wasn't that far off. Back then, barbers were the men you saw for both a beard trim and a bloodletting. In fact, the red-and-white barber poles we still have today were originally designed to represent blood and bandages. James Edmonson, curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, provides some context.

E-Records could be hazardous to your health

International Business Times June 23, 2010
Putting medical records online is a problem for privacy advocates, but it could be dangerous to one's very health as well. Imagine a patient at a hospital given the wrong drugs, or doctors unable to treat anyone because the computers in the hospital go down. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, says such scenarios are all too possible when dealing with electronic health records. In a paper she co-authored with Andy Podgurski, professor of computer science, Hoffman says there is currently no way for hospitals and other buyers to evaluate how good a record-keeping system is.

Higher Ed News

Colleges will need to take a broader view of discrimination, campus lawyers say

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) June 28, 2010
The nation's shifting racial demographics and the growing number of government regulations will force colleges to consider issues of discrimination more broadly than in the past, say higher-education legal experts from across the country who are meeting here this week.