Students Take on the Challenges of the
2010 Baja SAE Competition

The 2010 Baja team

A Case School of Engineering team built a car from the ground up. They had a dune buggy frame and a Briggs and Stratton engine. The rest was left to their imagination: to create a car that would compete against teams around the country for the Society of Automotive Engineering-sponsored Baja car race in Rochester, N.Y.

The team took 14 student members as well as three alumni to the four-day event.

A full year of work came down to four days but it is worth the effort, according to Jim Drake, the Baja adviser.

"Regardless of where the team places at the event, they always win because they challenge themselves and apply their engineering and manufacturing skills," he added.

As part of the competition, students had to design the entire car and had to understand automotive dynamics.

The team was captained by Rodney Nelson. In his own words, Nelson describes the thrilling experience. Read more.

Campus News

Brief services outages in the Crawford Data Center are a possibility between 3 and 6 a.m. on July 10. During this maintenance window, Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform maintenance on the network infrastructure to improve the performance and reliability of ITS services. ITS does not anticipate any individual outage lasting longer than five minutes. This work will not disrupt Internet connectivity. Additional information is available online at or by phone at 368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

The Institute for Advanced Materials has received funding through the provost's Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants to help faculty groups create large center proposals. Faculty members from all schools have an opportunity to submit one-page ideas. The proposed center must have a strong materials-based component. To assist applicants, a request for proposals document and a one-page template are available. Applications should be submitted to Tamara Fulton by the end of August for the initial round of funding. Contact Stuart J. Rowan, director of the Institute for Advanced Materials, for more information.

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. on 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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Nabil Bissada

Nabil Bissada, professor and chair of the Department of Periodontics, received the American Academy of Periodontology's 2010 Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award. According to the organization, the award "recognizes an exemplary periodontal faculty member who is an inspiration to students whose career demonstrates excellence." The organization said Bissada has shaped dental and periodontal residents around the world into "caring, ethical practitioners."

He had several nominators, including Leena Palomo, assistant professor of periodontology. "He helped us to understand that a career in academic periodontics is serving an invaluable purpose to dentistry, and that the contributions of each individual are important."

July 6, 2010

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In the News

Comic book helps families in migrant camps eat healthier, decrease obesity

The Plain Dealer July 6, 2010
Families who live in migrant camps usually don't have cars, are many miles from a grocery store, and don't have the time or kitchen tools for a lot of food preparation. The "convenient" choices they make -- food high in fat, sugar and salt -- tend to degrade their health, though they don't always realize it, says Jill Kilanowski. Poor nutritional choices, and the resulting obesity, are pervasive in the camps, says the assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Kilanowski created a comic book to teach migrant communities about better nutrition.

Introducing Cleveland's new neighborhood: The Medical District

MedCity News July 5, 2010
MedCity News is calling for a name change for University Circle to The Medical District. The area is home to Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland might feel economic pinch without LeBron

The Associated Press July 4, 2010
Before LeBron James, there were thousands of empty seats for most Cleveland Cavaliers games and downtown was silent after dark. With him, every game is a sellout and nearby bars and restaurants bustle. As they face the possibility of losing the free-agent NBA superstar, residents wonder if the man they call King James might take a little of this struggling city's economy with him. Some doubt that a single sports star can have much impact on a city's economy. Justin Sydnor, assistant professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, said people are still going to spend their money, whether it's at a Cavaliers game or at a downtown restaurant.

Tall Ships Festival comes to Cleveland's harbor

The Plain Dealer July 4, 2010
What is it about tall ships that enthralls us? About 100,000 people are expected to jam the docks at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority beginning Wednesday to see 11 of the bygone vessels cruising into North Coast Harbor from Lake Erie. When we see these majestic barons of the sea, we get a sense of freedom and are cast back in time, says T.J. McCallum, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

President awards money to expand broadband access

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) July 2, 2010
In an effort to expand broadband access and create jobs across the United States, President Obama has announced the awarding of $765-million in grants and loans to recipients that include public and private colleges.