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Forgive us for wanting to hold on to autumn 2021 as long as possible. The colors have been beautiful, the weather kind, and it’s the season we finally tamed Covid well enough to return to in-person classes and some cherished traditions. We celebrated live Homecoming events in October for the first time in two years. Soon after, pumpkins came crashing down from the roof of Strosacker. The Physics Department resumed its Annual Pumpkin Drop in honor of Galileo and students cheered to see it. We have news of that and much more in this month’s newsletter.

WHAT A BRIDGE. WHAT A FAN.

Thanks to some remarkable engineering, and the efforts of Emeritus Professor Dario Gasparini, PhD, Cleveland’s Main Avenue Viaduct has been declared a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. 

WHY ARE PUMPKINS FALLING?

To prove Galileo was right. The annual Pumpkin Drop of the Department of Physics returned to Case Quad Nov. 1 after a one-year break for Covid. It recreates Galileo’s famed experiment of 1590, when he dropped brass weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to prove that the acceleration of a falling body is independent of mass.

 

True to Galileo’s findings, the falling gourds of different sizes exploded in sync. Students cheered. The sun beamed. The cider was free.

 

“We do this because it really does show students that the laws of physics work and have real world applications,” said Professor Corbin Covault, co-chair of the Department of Physics. He directed the proceedings in a pirate costume, claiming Galileo was a swashbuckler. “But really, we do this because it’s fun.”

ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR CASE'S UTILITY MAN

Professor Jim McGuffin-Cawley, PhD ’84, was honored at Homecoming 2021 with a Meritorious Service Award for the many critical roles he has played for Case. The school’s ultimate utility man just stepped back into the batter’s box. He’s been named the university’s interim Vice President of Research and Technology. 

WITH GIFT PLANNING, THINK PUMPKIN PIE

Your favorite Thanksgiving dessert can be a key part of your gift planning strategy. Simply picture your estate plan as a pie, and when you decide whom you want to share it with, you can cut any sized slices you like. Check out our article on dividing up your “pie.”

TALKING ABOUT TOMORROW'S ENERGY

Alumni of the ThinkEnergy Fellowship are sponsoring an online chat with Mike Koralewski ’94, the Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer for First Solar, the nation’s largest maker of solar panels. Mike will talk about addressing the demands of transitioning energy economies. All Case alumni are invited to Zoom in at 8 p.m. Nov. 17.

REMEMBERING THE CASE LEGACY

The Case School of Applied Science opened for classes 140 years ago this fall and the Kelvin Smith Library is seizing the moment. A special project team—one that includes Emeritus Professor Frank Merat ’72, MS ’75, PhD ’78, and former Dean Tom Kicher ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’65—is building a website that will commemorate the Case legacy. See what they’ve accomplished so far and share your suggestions.

THE FALL CASE ALUMNUS IS HERE

A new edition of Case Alumnus has been mailed to alumni across the country. If you want to see it in your mailbox, email your address to casealum@casealum.org. Meanwhile, the online edition is also free. 

HOMECOMING HIGHLIGHTS

It was heartwarming to see so many alumni return for live Homecoming events Oct. 21-24, and to see hundreds more engage in select events online. Click below to recall special moments or to see what you missed.

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