The Art and Science of Shadows for SAGES Students

Students see interplay of light and shadows.

The art and science of shadows is on the fall syllabus for Modern Languages and Literatures associate professor Linda Ehrlich’s SAGES seminar, Shadowplay/East and West.

Students visit the Cleveland Museum of Art, listen to guest speakers, analyze films, compare cultural differences in the meaning of the shadow and participate in unusual activities such as making improvisational shadow movements to the inspiring directions of Cleveland Art Prize winner and choreographer David Shimotakahara from the Groundworks dance company. 

So what exactly are shadows?

The technical answer, second-year mechanical engineering major Daniel Kwass says, is a form created when an object blocks light.

Where there’s light, there are shadows, says Surya Ravindran, also an engineering student. Even if invisible, he adds, shadows are always present, but the angle of light may obscure them.

All shadows, caused by an extended light source, have both an umbra (region of no light) and penumbra (region of light), Singham said.

Like all SAGES seminars, Ehrlich has integrated speaking and writing into the curriculum, with the assistance of writing instructor Joshua Roiland.

“The students have risen to the challenge,” Ehrlich reported. “They´ve learned about a wide range of topics—from the horrors of atomic ‘photograms’ to the menacing shadows of Orson Welles in The Third Man to Japanese ‘shadow warriors’ and doubles. What at first seemed a limited subject has become increasingly expansive, even magical.” Read more.

Zach Homyk a Finalist for Gagliardi Trophy 

Noon today is the deadline to vote for Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago/St. Ignatius Prep), who has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Gagliardi Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding player in NCAA Division III football. The announcement was made by Jostens Inc. last week. For details and the link for fan voting, please visit online.

Campus News

iModules is accepting scholarship applications from students for the 2011-2012 school year. Now in its fourth year, the iModules Scholarship Program annually provides individual financial scholarships to students enrolled in secondary or higher education institutions that are current iModules clients. This year, iModules has increased the total amount of scholarship dollars and the total number of scholarship recipients. Ten scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 each.

Qualification is easy, and the application process takes less than 30 minutes. The entire process is done online using Encompass tools. The deadline for applications and essays is April 1, 2011. Scholarship recipients will be announced May 3. Go online to learn more and start the application process. More information is available here. Questions? Please contact by email or your iModules account manager.

For Faculty and Staff

Today is the final day to enroll in the university's 2011 benefits program during the open enrollment period. Employees must enroll online using the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209 by 5 p.m. today to speak with human resources representatives or to use computer kiosks to enroll. Questions: Call the Benelect Hotline at 368.1234. For more information, visit the 2011 Open Enrollment website.

For Students

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program announces its call for applications for the 2011 Campus Climate Fellowship Program. Application Deadline is Jan. 15. Since 2000, NWF has awarded more than 130 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campuswide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. For more information and application materials please visit the website.  


Habitat for Humanity is having a holiday card sale. Donate to CWRU Habitat For Humanity and receive a hand-drawn card. All proceeds go directly to Greater Cleveland Habitat homes that CWRU students help to build. We have cards for all holidays and celebrations, and all have the message, “A donation has been made in your name to CWRU Habitat for Humanity.” Check out some of our card options online. Donation is  $10 per card minimum. Email with interest. Card sales are through Dec. 16. 

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The 2011 World Congress on Electronics and Electrical Engineering (WCEEENG'11) will be held April 4-7 in Cairo, Egypt. The Congress is organized to invite international delegates to share their latest research findings on Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Please submit your paper(s) to the Conference through our secure online submission process. Also, you can submit your full paper as attached file by email. Deadline is Dec. 31. Further information can be obtained online.

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Join Women in Liberal Arts on Dec. 8 in the Thwing Atrium for Justice Desserts. All donations made at WILA's second annual Justice Desserts event will benefit Women to Women International. The event is in honor of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Stop into Thwing between 6 and 8 p.m. to enjoy free desserts, learn about the fight to end violence against women, and take a study break.

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Department of Mathematics presents an analysis seminar with Alex Cooke, Department of Mathematics, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Yost 321B. Titled The Fundamentals of the Brunn-Minkowski Inequality and Probabilistic Applications, the seminar will examine the fundamentals of the inequality, developing an intuition for its geometry and methods of proof. It will also look at a probabilistic application of the inequality. More information is available online.



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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Matthew L. Garrett, assistant professor of choral music education and director of the Case Concert Choir, recently conducted the Chagrin Valley High School Honor Choir at Lakeland Community College. In January, he will present Vocal Pedagogy for Adolescent Singers: Creative Techniques for Choral Directors at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa. Garrett will also present a session titled Musicking without Boundaries: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in K-12 Music Classrooms at the 2011 Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in Cincinnati.

Nov. 30, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University expands its reach, Nov. 30, 2010
More students are showing an interest in enrolling at Case Western Reserve University following a concerted effort to visit more high schools across the country, said Richard Bischoff, vice president for enrollment. He said  3,735 applications were received by Nov. 1 for non-binding early admission, compared to 2,336 last year. University admissions counselors visited 900 high schools in the past year compared to 300 three years ago.

Cleveland hospitals have strong history of multimillion-dollar gifts, Nov. 30, 2010
The $42 million gift to University Hospitals Case Medical Center from Lee and Jane Seidman is the latest in a long history of multimillion-dollar donations to Cleveland-area institutions. Others include a $36 million bequest to University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland from the estate of the late Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman in 2010; and a $25 million gift to UH and Case Western Reserve University from Iris S. and the late Bert L. Wolstein, 2004.

Writing the book on global recruiting, Nov. 29, 2010
“Out of the 50, I'd say close to half of them are from China,” said Jon Groetzinger, director of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's China Legal Program that was started in 2009 to help recruit Chinese students.

Higher Ed News

Anthropology Without Science
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2010
A new long-range plan for the 10,000-member American Anthropological Association that omits the word “science” from the organization's vision for its future has exposed divisions in the discipline. The move has sparked debate on blogs and among the various sub-specialties of the discipline about the proper place of science in anthropology.