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.
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.
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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Faculty 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.
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.
Comedian 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.