“Puzzled!” CWRU’s SAGES Students Piece Together Solutions

Bernard Jim Puzzle Class
Students in Bernard Jim's SAGES class work on
jigsaw puzzles to help stretch the mind.

Puzzled about that homework assignment? So are 17 students in Bernard Jim’s “Puzzled” seminar at Case Western Reserve University as they face some tough mind-bending teasers of logic, coding and more.

Jim’s course was named one of the quirkiest classes on any campus by Metro Newspapers in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

His students learn what characteristics differentiate a puzzle from a mystery or a game. As examples of mystery in literature, students read Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None; Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night and Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Gold Bug.” The art of M.C. Escher and the films Pi by Darren Aronofsky and Memento by Christopher Nolan can be puzzling, too.

“Like puzzles, they demand more work from their audience, but they reward the effort,” Jim explained. Read more.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library announced the availability of a draft document of its new strategic plan. KSL seeks campus feedback on the plan in a multiple ways, including email, faculty appointments and three open forums on March 16, 22 and 25. The draft document can be downloaded here and more details on time and place are on the KSL NewsBlog.

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Mozilla released updated versions of Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey to address more than 20 security vulnerabilities across these applications, three of which are rated as high. Case Western Reserve Tier I Controls Standards require users to maintain their system’s patch levels for improved security. Since the Mozilla suite is heavily used by our organization, Information Technology Services (ITS) strongly recommends immediate implementation of this new release. Firefox updates, for example, can be run from the Help menu by selecting the “Check for updates...” option. Learn more about details of security vulnerabilities addressed by this release for Mozilla, Thunderbird and Seamonkey. Questions about software security updates should be directed to the CWRU IT Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357).

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Registration for the Celebration of Student Writing has been extended to March 15. The Celebration of Student Writing, which will be held April 15 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium, is a universitywide showcase of student writing projects, held in conjunction with the Intersections Symposium and Poster Session. For more information, click here.

For Faculty and Staff

The CWRU Free Wellness Cooking Demo will be “Nutrition from the Ground Up!” Bon Appetit Chef Gibson will focus on root vegetable season and the fiber found in seasonal root vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Additionally, Bon Appetit Director of Nutrition Terri Brownlee will discussion nutrition and answer questions. The demo will be held March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Register here.

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St. Baldrick's DayFaculty and staff members are invited to take part in the 9th annual Cleveland St. Baldrick’s Foundation event March 17 at A.J. Rocco’s. This year, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will have a team of “shavees” who will shave their heads in solidary with children who have cancer. Members of the Case Western Reserve University community can consider joining Team Rainbow or create their own team. Donations also are accepted. To join the team or make a donation, click here.

For Students

David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs, and other faculty and staff working on international issues want to have a dialogue with students about the university’s international direction—including making study abroad better, assuring international students are integrated into campus life, research opportunities overseas, the upcoming international plan and more. Students are invited to come enjoy free pizza and talk about these issues at one of two sessions: Monday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room in Wade Commons, or Tuesday, March 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Fribley Fireside Room in Fribley Commons. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at 216.368.2397 or by email.

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Come cheer on the teams at the Saint-Gobain Design Competition Finals on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Nord 310. This year’s theme is “Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Society,” and three teams are in the running for cash prizes totaling $15,000 as well as a trip to Saint-Gobain in Boston. Participants in the competition are from Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management and Cleveland Institute of Art. Stop by for free food, sign up to win gift certificates to the bookstore and learn how you can compete to win the big bucks next year. Questions about the event? Contact Maria Campbell.

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Representatives and Case Western Reserve University alumni from Alcoa will conduct an information session at the Weatherhead School of Management for undergraduate business and engineering students and graduate business students. It will be held March 18 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 202. Graduate business students should RSVP via Weatherhead CareerLink and undergraduate business students and other students should RSVP to CWRULink by March 16.


Russell Peters flierComedian and actor Russell Peters is coming to campus courtesy of the University Program Board. Tickets are on sale to all students, faculty and staff today. Tickets are $25. Faculty and staff may buy two tickets per Case ID. Tickets must be purchased (Case ID must be shown) at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to alumni and the public on Saturday, March 19. For more information contact upbculturaldevelopment@case.edu.

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities presents “Albert Ayler: Music, Spirituality and Freedom,” a panel of interdisciplinary scholars who will discuss the significance of Cleveland-born jazz musician Albert Ayler’s music on spirituality, politics and more. The panel features faculty from Emory University and Cleveland State University and Joy Bostic, assistant professor of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University. The event will take place in Thwing Ballroom on March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.case.edu/humanities.

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The Ethnic Studies Program presents “Litterature Gabonaise et Perspectives” (Literature from Gabon: Perspectives), featuring Edna Merey Apinda, a prominent writer from Gabon who has written four books and several short stories. The free, public event will take place March 21 at 4 p.m. in Clark Hall 206. For more information, visit case.edu/artsci/ethnic.

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The 10th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry, sponsored by the Public Psychiatry Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will take place March 25-26. It will cover "Integrating Care in the Era of Health Care Reform," discussing healthcare reform and its implications for the practice of community mental-health services, especially integrating physical healthcare with psychiatric services. The event will explore policy issues, regulatory needs, and how to finance services and more. For more information or to register, visit the School of Medicine’s website.

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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Eric Dicken
Eric Dicken

Eric Dicken, executive director of University Programs and Events, recently presented a session at the 2011 North American Association of Commencement Officers annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His session “Nuts and Bolts: How to Plan a Ceremony” shared details and best practices about how Case Western Reserve University celebrates one special day with 2,000 graduates and more than 10,000 guests at nine ceremonies and associated receptions each spring.

March 14, 2011

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In the News

Case Western Students Caught in Japan Quake Chaos

Fox 8 Cleveland, March 11, 2011
Students and professors who were in Japan when the earthquake and tsunami hit explained what it was like. Takao Hagiwara, associate professor and co-director of the Japanese studies program, got in contact with the students soon after the earthquake hit to make sure they were safe. Since the article was posted, it has been confirmed that Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese, is safe.

The Farther From Cleveland, the More the Growth

Strongsville Patch, March 12, 2011
U.S. Census numbers show inner-ring suburbs and cities close to Cleveland generally lost population over the past decade, while communities more than 20 miles away tended to grow. Robert L. Fischer, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, said home foreclosures, the migration of families out of the urban center and shifts in the regional economy are some of the reasons for the changes.

Charles Taylor's War Crimes Trial Winding Up; Judges may Take Months to Reach Verdict

The Canadian Press, March 11, 2011
After 44 months in the courtroom, the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor ended Friday. Judges are expected to take five to six months to decide the verdict on whether Taylor can be linked to murders and amputations during Sierra Leone's civil war. School of Law Professor Michael Scharf said he wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor was convicted in a split decision but that the prosecution has “done what it had to do. There were enough compelling witnesses.”

CWRU: Postmenopausal Women Need More Dental Checkups

News Medical, March 11, 2011
For postmenopausal women, two dental checkups each year is not enough, according to research done by Leena Palomo, assistant professor of periodontics from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, and Maria Clarinda Beunocamino-Francisco from the Center for Specialized Women's Health at Cleveland Clinic. Women in this age group were found to have increased dental plaque levels.

Higher Ed News

2 American Campuses in Tokyo Remain Closed as Japan Struggles With Quake's Toll

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2011
Temple University and Lakeland College's branch campuses in Tokyo are closed as they deal with emergency conditions from the earthquake and tsunami. Temple's campus is the largest program run by an American university in Japan, enrolling some 3,300 students.