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September, 2009

 

Greetings from the College of Science!

 

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Bette Bonder, Dean

Welcome to the 2010 academic year. This promises to be a year filled with challenges and opportunities, and it is good to know that we have a college that is prepared to weather the former and capitalize on the latter.

The summer has been surprisingly busy, but filled with achievements. Quite a number of our faculty have secured grant funding through the various federal stimulus programs, and efforts to build collaborative education and research programs have moved ahead rapidly. Our new President is on campus and learning quickly. He brings a wealth of experience, and has already shown considerable positive interest in and support for College of Science activities.

The College is off to a flying start this fall. Enrollments are strong, and I am thankful to faculty who have already agreed to take more students into their classes to accommodate our growth. A number of exciting initiatives are moving forward. Some examples:

  • Our dual admission program for health professional students at Tri-C is almost ready for implementation;
  • A health careers pipeline program held its first summer institute and is now moving forward for the academic year;
  • An expanded collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic is moving ahead energetically, with OT, PT, and Medical Physics as the first program foci, and many more to follow;
  • We are collaborating with Case Western Reserve University to build a relationship with the Air Force research division recently moved from Texas to Wright Patterson Air Base;
  • An education and research collaboration emphasizing health informatics is in the works, emphasizing a collaboration with CWRU and Lorain Community College;
  • The Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease continues to build on its early successes.

I do not want to minimize the challenges that face us. This is going to be a very lean budget year, and we anticipate an even leaner budget next year. As a College that has always had very limited resources, we will have to watch our expenditures very closely.

We have asked faculty to help in finding ways to maximize student success. Efforts in this direction are of vital importance to our students and the community. They also help maintain the budget, as the new funding formula rewards retention. Among the innovations being put in place is an "early warning" system for freshman students that enables faculty to notify advisors when students don't show up for class or do poorly on early quizzes.

As you saw above, there are a number of projects that have emerged that cross departmental and college lines. In an effort to enhance communication, I plan to create Wikis (A wiki is an on-line meeting room. It allows for chats, discussion, posting documents for review, e-mailing group members, etc.) to enable faculty to hold virtual meetings as well as in-person meetings. Among the early ones I'll be setting up are groups focused on: gerontology, Air Force collaboration, health informatics, health careers pipeline, STEM education, autism, and interdisciplinary health professional education.

I look forward to an exciting and fruitful year. Thank you for all you do for CSU and the College of Science.

Bette Bonder


The Center for 21st Century Health Professions

The Center for 21st Century Health Professions is a formal structuring of work that has been going on at CSU for decades – preparing high-quality health care and bioscience industry professionals for Northeast Ohio to ensure excellent care for its citizens. CSU is unique in the number of its programs that are unavailable elsewhere in the region, and is marked by its focus on primary medical care and reducing health disparities, and on promoting health care efficiencies. The Center has an established pipeline of students from high school to practice, and “second career” nursing students.


Chemistry is Renovating the Labs!

Cleveland State University has received $750,000 in Ohio State capital appropriations for the purpose of renovating three instructional chemistry labs and an associated shared prep room totaling approximately 5,400 sq. ft. (approximately 1450 sq. ft. per lab) located on the third floor of the Sciences Building. The chemistry labs have received no significant renovation since the building was constructed in 1969. The physical layout of these labs is functionally obsolete, unattractive and visually obscured from corridors. 

Aged equipment and furnishings are to be replaced with modern lab benches, furnishings, etc. to promote greater interactivity between faculty and students and in the lab process.  Re-design of the interior spaces is anticipated to add flexibility and added capability to the labs. The addition of fire-rated glass between the labs and corridor spaces are envisioned to provide visual access to the instructional activities to encourage more students to explore career options in CSU’s science programs.  Select corridors surrounding the labs are planned to receive architectural treatments (such as carpet and furnishings for small student lounge areas) to create a welcoming environment to display and promote CSU’s science programs. Additionally, an approximately 500 sq. ft. corridor-accessed student lounge space is planned to be created from existing interior space. Construction is currently scheduled to begin winter 2010.

New Freshman Teaching Lab
SI 340

 

New Student Lounge
Southwest Corner of Third Floor Science Building

 

3-D Rendering of Freshman Teaching Lab Complex
Third Floor Science Building


Green Roof

The student driven Green Roof project is almost complete.  For more information, click here.  **Please note that donations to the project are still being accepted.  Make your mark on CSU’s green roof by making your gift today!  For additional information, contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or c.carbary@csuohio.edu or click here to make your gift online.


You Can Make a Difference!

Interested in making a difference in the lives of our students?  The College of Science actively transforms men and women who, in turn, transform the economic and civic life of Northeast Ohio and beyond. We provide higher education to many students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to improve their lives and achieve their dreams. The vast majority of our students juggle their education with full-time jobs and family responsibilities. They are hardworking, committed, and serious about obtaining the college degree that will lead to improved quality of life and increased earning capacity. They leave Cleveland State prepared to make significant contributions to the local economy and to community life. 

At a recent meeting of CSU’s Board, it was decided that tuition would remain frozen for this coming academic year -  representing the fourth year of static tuition. Today, less than 30% of CSU’s budget comes from the state and taxpayers (compared to more than 90% just 30 years ago). CSU’s budget comes from three places: tuition, state support, and philanthropy.  When tuition remains the same and state support decreases, philanthropy MUST increase. 

Cleveland State University has consistently been one of the most affordable among Ohio’s colleges and universities and now has the lowest out-of-state undergraduate tuition among the six northern Ohio public 4-year institutions (with the exception of a special rate Youngstown State University offers students from western Pennsylvania school districts) and the second-lowest for undergraduate Ohio-resident students.

CSU’s “average” student is a 28 year old single mother who is the first in her family to attend college.  You can help by starting your own scholarship* or by supporting one already in existence:

College of Science

  • Leah S. Gary Endowed Scholarship
    The Dean of the College of Science will recommend the award recipient(s). The office of Financial Aid will then administer this scholarship award process. There is a preference that the recipient of the Leah S. Gary Endowed Scholarship Fund be a major within the College of Science with demonstrated financial need and academic merit (minimum University G.P.A. of 2.5). Preference shall also be given to a student from the Cleveland neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant neighborhood or an under-represented student population.

Biology, Geology and Environmental Science

  • Tarun K. Mal Memorial Scholarship

Health Sciences

  • Elaine Apicella Endowed Scholarship - Physical Therapy
    Available to students enrolled in the Physical Therapy program. Applicants must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need, as determined by CSU Financial Aid Office. A faculty member of the Physical Therapy program committee, chosen by the Chair of the department of Health Sciences, will review applications.
  • Marilyn Wagner Endowed Scholarship - Physical Therapy
    There is a preference that this recipient is a major in Physical Therapy within the College of Science. Student should have demonstrated financial need. Faculty in the Physical Therapy Program should choose the best applicant. This scholarship is renewable.
  • The Catherine Calvetti Memorial Scholarship – Physical Therapy
    Named for an alumna, this loan fund aids Physical Therapy students with their fieldwork expenses.
  • Mary Zalar Sterle Endowment Fund - Physical and Occupational Therapy
    When fully funded, this scholarship will be available to students in Health Sciences with preference to those enrolled in the Physical and Occupational Therapy program. The scholarship(s) will be awarded based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. A faculty committee chosen by the Dean of College of Science will select awardees. Recipients are determined by CSU Director of Financial Aid. It is the wish, but not the requirement, of Mary Zalar Sterle that such a scholarship be awarded to a student who is employed by or intends to work at Euclid Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
  • The Caroline Brayley Loan Fund – Occupational Therapy
    Named for a previous program director, this financial assistance program is available to Occupational Therapy students who need funds to finish fieldwork, pay for the certification exam, etc. 
  • Phillip and Mildred Lieberman Scholarship Fund - Speech and Hearing
    The scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to graduate students majoring in the Speech and Hearing program. The scholarship(s) will be awarded based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. The Director of Financial Aid will determine the recipient and seek recommendations from the Dean of the College of Science and appropriate faculty members.
  • Howard A. Mims Endowed Scholarship - Speech and Hearing
    Scholarships will be awarded to graduate students majoring in the Speech and Hearing program each year. Preference will be given to African American students. The Director of Financial Aid will determine the recipient and seek recommendations from the Dean of College of Science and appropriate faculty members based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need.
  • Edward J. Petrick Endowed Scholarship for Gerontological Studies -  Health Sciences
    An annual award will be made to junior level students with a major emphasis on gerontology or aging. The Director of Financial Aid will determine the recipient and seek recommendations from appropriate faculty members.
  • Karen Bradley Armstrong Scholarship Fund - Health Sciences

Psychology

  • The Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship
    Scholarships from The Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship will generate two annual awards for students in the College of Science; one to be awarded to a master’s - level student and the other to an undergraduate student. The Dean of the College of Science will recommend the award recipients. The office of Financial Aid will then administer this scholarship award process. Preference for recipients shall be given in the following order: (1) Minority or under-represented students, (2) Financial Need, (3) Psychology majors.
  • Jennifer Druley Tholt Memorial Scholarship
  • Eileen C. and Carlos F. Cortes Endowment Fund
    Scholarships will be awarded to a psychology major undergraduate student, with a preference for students specializing in School Psychology. The Director of Financial Aid will determine the recipient and will seek recommendations from the Dean of the College of Science and appropriate faculty members based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Research & Teaching

  • Irene Frangos Endowment Fund - Biomedical Research
    A faculty committee chosen by the President will select awardees. Priority will be given to students pursuing a degree in medical research, biomedical research, or some related field that has a focus in the research of the cause and cure of leukemia or cancer in general. The receipt of this award will have demonstrated academic achievement, proven financial need, and show great promise for successfully completing their baccalaureate degree.
  • Frank J. Bockhoff Award - Chemistry
    The award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching by a senior teaching assistant or a recent graduate who aims to enter into a teaching career. The awardee is to be selected by the Chemistry Award and Recognition Committee.
  • F. C. Mark Award – Chemistry
    Supported by Lily Ng, Chair of the Chemistry Department, and her family, this is awarded annually to two teaching assistants for excellence in teaching. Recipients will be selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Department of Chemistry.

*For additional information, contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or c.carbary@csuohio.edu or click here to make your gift online.


News You Can Use!

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

  • Kristy L. Tokarczyk, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Science Advising Center will be presenting at the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education 58 th International Conference to be held in Cleveland in November.  Her session is titled Professional Academic Advisors: Implications for Student Retention and Advisor Professional Development.
  • The first class of the joint CSU-Tri-C Physician Assistant Program has completed its training. Fourteen of fourteen students in this inaugural class successfully obtained their MSHS degrees and physician assisting certificates.

BIOLOGY, GEOLOGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES:

  • Dr. Roman Kondratov, Assistant Professor, received award documentation for additional funding from the American Heart Association for the project entitled "Pharmacological Modulation of Cardiovascular Circadian Clock" in the amount of $77,000 bringing the total dollars received thus far to $154,000.  The total anticipated award for this project is $308,000.
  • Environmental scientists are leading a grant to establish the Northeast Ohio Ecosystem Consortium and support socio-ecological studies of urban parklands and ecological redevelopment of vacant urban lands in Cleveland. CSU (BGES) will lead a consortium that includes the Metroparks, CMNH, the Kent State Urban Design Collaborative, GreenCity/BlueLake Institute, Holden Arboretum, the National Park, the Sewer District, the Lake Erie Allegheny Plateau project for biodiversity conservation, the US Forest Service, and a number of terrific ecological and social scientists from around the region and country. This is a great opportunity for our department to become a leading voice in the urban ecology conversation, and to contribute importantly to the vitality of our home community.
  • Dr. Girish Shukla, Assistant Professor, has received official award documentation from the Department of Defense for funding of the project entitled "Splicing Interference (SPLICEi) by Small Nuclear RNAs in Breast Cancer" in the amount of $106,500.
  • Dr. Bibo Li, Assistant Professor, was awarded $17,665.00 by NIAID in NIH for supporting summer undergraduate student research. This is part of the ARRA fund as supplement to her current R01 grant “Characterization of Trypanosome telomere complex”. With this fund, she can support two undergraduates for fulltime research activities for two summers (2009 and 2010).
  • Dr. Girish Shukla had a paper published in Cancer Cell International.
  • The article, Pch2 links chromosome axis remodeling at future crossover sites and crossover distribution during yeast meiosis, by Dr. G. Vantin Boerner and students Neeraj Joshi (GAANN fellow), Aekam Barot (awarded a CMMP fellowship), and Christine Jamison (Honors undergrad) was accepted in the journal PLoS Genetics.
  • In July, on WCPN’s Science Cafe, Kal Ivanov was one of the science experts discussing the topic of swarm intelligence. BGES doctoral student, Kaloyan Ivanov, is the Ohio Curator for AntWeb.org.
  • Faculty in cellular and molecular biology have received increasing amounts of funding from the NIH and the AHA to support their nationally recognized research. More than $4 million in grants from prestigious national funding organizations has been awarded recently to advance research focused at the cellular and molecular basis of cancer and heart disease, as well as reproductive health.
  • The newly announced Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease is currently searching to hire a director. Nearly $1M in Ohio funding was obtained for establishing "Ohio Research Scholars Center of Research Excellence in Molecular Cardiovascular Innovation".  For more information about the Center, click here.
  • The Department offers a wide range of BS and BA degrees at the undergraduate level, as well as MS degrees in Biology and in Environmental Science, and a PhD in Regulatory Biology. Students at both undergraduate and graduate levels have the opportunity to carry out research in conjunction with faculty, as well as independent study in areas of their own interest, and to take a wide range of formal courses.
  • For more departmental information, click here.

CHEMISTRY:

  • Dr. Mekki Bayachou, Associate Professor, has received official award documentation from the National Science Foundation for funding of the project entitled "Mechanistic Insights into Nitric Oxide Synthase Catalytic Function" in the amount of $255,000.
  • Dr. Yan Xu’s proposal, “MRI: Acquisition of an LC-MS Mass Spectrometer by Cleveland State University”, has been recommended for funding by the NSF.
  • Dr. Xue-Long Sun and his students recently published a manuscript in the prestigious journal Chemical Communication (Royal Society of Chemistry, impact factor 5.14), in which they have developed a vasatile approach to synthesize targeted drug and gene delivery system.  This work has been chosen as a “Prospect” article to be published.
  • Jamila Hirbawi is receiving the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry Distinguished Abstract Award at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting in July in Chicago, IL.
  • New articulation agreements for Master of Science degree programs have been arranged with four universities in China.
  • A new combined B.S./M.S. degree program has been approved.
  • Several new federal grants were obtained, including funding for a major renovation of our Freshman Chemistry laboratory complex, funding for state-of-the-art specialized mass spectroscopy instrumentation, and new funding for specific faculty research projects.
  • For more departmental information, click here.

HEALTH SCIENCES:

  • Dr. Mary Milidonis, Associate Professor, has published two papers in the past year with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation on the Rapid Recovery Program for Patients with Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement. She is currently working on a research project with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation about outcomes from their Chronic Headache Program.
  • Kathleen Pantano, Associate Professor, had 2 monographs published by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Orthopaedic Section's on the Female Athlete Triad as part of a peer-reviewed Independent Study Course that was made available nationally to licensed physical therapists (for a fee and with accreditation).  She was also the PI of a research study that was completed in summer 2009. The study compared the affects of motor learning when an external focus of attention was used for instruction of an exercise program with one using an internal focus of attention for instruction. The training programs were similarly designed to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in female athletes, however, the methods of instruction differed in how they were executed. The goal of the study was to determine if one type of training method is superior to the other, with regard to learning proper running and jumping techniques that guard against ACL injury. The biomechanics data collected are currently being processed and analyzed. The results will be submitted for presentation at the ACL Injury Special Interest Group Meeting led by Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland in April 2010, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Faculty and students of the Masters of Occupational Therapy and Masters of Science in Health Science Programs have volunteered to serve on the Arthritis Foundation committees for the Fall Walk and the Cleveland Walk and participate in the events.
  • Dr. Euype, Dr. DiFilippo, Kyle Fleck, Miljan Cecez and Ashkan Jamili all assisted at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association booth at the Ohio State Fair. 
  • Laura Kovach, an Occupational Therapy student currently on fieldwork, has been awarded the Outstanding OT Student Award for 2009 by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association.  Laura will receive her award at the OOTA Conference in November.
  • Graduates of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech and Hearing programs have an overall pass rate of nearly 100% on licensure examinations. Recent pass rates on the National Certification Examinations were 98% for the Masters of Occupational Therapy program, with 91% passing on the first attempt.
  • The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs continue to expand their service to the community through service learning and pro bono work.  In addition to providing services at the City Mission, the Free Clinic, the Care Alliance, and the Women's Shelter, their students will be working with students from Tri-C to provide services in their Community Wellness, Health Promotion, and Prevention clinics.
  • Two faculty members in OT, Sue Bazyk and Glenn Goodman, have applied for promotion to the rank of Full Professor.
  • The Department of Health Sciences will be going through the approval process this year to become a School of Health Sciences.
  • For more departmental information, click here.

MATHEMATICS:

  • Dr. Ieda Rodriques was invited to review mathematics proposals submitted to NSF’s Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program Type 1 competition and to participate in the review panel July 13-14.
  • The Department continues to work hard at increasing opportunities for students to interact with each other and with faculty.  The Math Club maintained a very active program of activities throughout the year.  Highlights included a screening of the Movie “Flatland” combined with a visit by Professor Tom Banchoff, of Brown University, who worked as a mathematical consultant on the film. We also organized a performance of the show “Calculus: The Musical,” which was attended by about 75 students, including some high school students.  Once again, students gave talks at a conference for undergraduates held at Youngstown State University in February, and at the Ohio MAA Spring Meeting in April.  At this MAA conference, four students competed in the CONSTUM Student Team Competition. One of the teams (Prasenjit Bose and Sola Saba) placed 4th out of 30 teams drawn from across the state (and ours only had 2 students while most teams had 3 students). One of the students who competed this year was so excited about it that he plans to organize a group to study and prepare for next spring's competition.
  • The Ohio Eta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (a national mathematics honor society which was reinstated here at CSU in 2008) inducted their second group of 10 students in spring 2009.  Last year, the first year since re-instatement of the chapter, 11 students were inducted.
  • Professors Bubenik and Oprea organized an international conference, held at Cleveland State August 3-10.  Their proposal was one of a small number selected by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences to receive National Science Funding.   The topic was “Applications of Algebraic Topology.”  Professor Robert Ghrist, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, named as one of Scientific American’s “Top 50 Scientists,” delivered a series of 10 talks on such cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary topics as sensor networks, robot motion planning, and analysis of very large data sets.   The conference was attended by about 50 participants from all over the world, who stayed on campus in Fenn Tower.  (More info available at http://academic.csuohio.edu/oprea_j/CBMSConf/cbmsconf.html)
  • The Department continues to increase the strength and breadth of our programming in statistics.  Under the leadership of Professor Holcomb, who has won a prestigious national award for teaching from the American Statistical Association, a new minor was introduced in statistics at the undergraduate level as well as an added concentration in applied statistics at the graduate level.
  • Math continues to strengthen offerings for students interested in pursuing actuarial or financial careers.  Professor Shao’s new Mathematics of Finance course has now been established as a regular course and will be offered for the third time this spring.  It is designed, in part, to help students prepare for a Society of Actuaries professional exam (“MF”).  In conjunction with Math Club, this course features visits from alumni, current students, and practitioners, who offer their real-life experiences in the world of (mathematical) finance to students in the class.  A second class that has long been amongst the offerings provides students with sufficient background to prepare for a second of the Society of Actuaries professional exams (“P”).  A number of students have taken, and passed, one or both of these exams recently.
  • Professor Ivan Soprunov was recently awarded a grant from the National Security Agency, in the amount of approximately $30,000.  The grant is to support his research work, which is the area of computational and algorithmic algebraic geometry and commutative algebra: a rapidly developing, inter-disciplinary area with applications to coding and efficient solving of (systems of) polynomial equations.  The title of his grant proposal is “Sparse Polynomial Systems: Residues and Duality, Toric Codes, and Lattice Points in Polytopes.”   
  • Plans for the future include establishing a “Math Circle.”  From the website of the National Association of Math Circles (http://www.mathcircles.org/):

Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students. These students, and sometimes their teachers, meet with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The goal is to get the students excited about mathematics by providing a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics. […] Athletes have sports teams that deepen their involvement with sports; math circles can play a similar role for kids who like to think about math. One thing all math circles have in common is that the students enjoy learning mathematics, and the circle gives them a social context in which to do so.

We envision an area-wide network of mathematicians, mathematics educators, interested professionals and parents providing support and encouragement for area-wide high school students (possibly also middle school students) to pursue their mathematical interests and to develop their mathematical abilities.  According to the website just mentioned, there is presently no Math Circle in Ohio.  We would be interested to hear your thoughts on this idea, and would gladly accept all offers of help in getting this started!

  • Another desire is to develop possibilities for internships for Math students.  Each year, a number of our students hold internships at places such as NASA or one of the many financial companies based in this area.  Math Majors are of interest to potential employers in a wide range of areas in Business, Industry, Government, and the Non-Profit sector.  We would like to develop networks with these potential employers which would allow us, on an annual basis, proactively to place our students in suitable internships.   In many cases, our own alumni are well-placed to help us with this.  We would be interested to hear your thoughts on this idea, also, and would gladly accept all offers of help!     
  • For more departmental information, click here.

PHYSICS:

  • The department’s quality is demonstrated by the CSU Distinguished Faculty Awards for research to Miron Kaufman in 2007 and for teaching to Jearl Walker in 2009.
  • For three years in a row, the CSU physics department is ranked as one of the top bachelors-producing departments among the Master’s granting departments in the US.  Furthermore, the CSU physics department ranks third in the nation on number of master’s degrees awarded for the period 2004, 2005, 2006. The information is available in the August 2006, 2007, 2008 American Institute of Physics reports.
  • CSU’s Master of Science in Physics program is in the "strongest professional programs" category, ranked fourth, according to the American Institute of Physics April 2005 report. The criteria used by AIP include enrollment, graduates’ employability, the availability of evening courses, and the presence of an active external advisory committee.
  • Dr. Miron Kaufman co-authored a paper titled: “Extended Defects in the Potts-Percolation Model of a Solid: Renormalization Group and Monte Carlo Analysis” which will be published in the leading physics journal: the Physical Review.
  • NSF will fund CSU $900,000 for a grant titled “CSUTeach: Preparing a new Generation of Noyce Scholars”. The PI is Dr. Joanne Goodell from the College of Education and Dr. Miron Kaufman serves as CO-PI.
  • Physics faculty, staff and students: Kiril Streletzky, Miron Kaufman, Ted Wood, Jearl Walker, Tara Peppard, Prasenjit Bose, Olwen Conant, and Vincenzo La Salvia have taught the Flying Circus of Physics portion of the two-week Summer Honors Institute for gifted high school students at CSU.
  • Dr. Petru S. Fodor, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Miron Kaufman, Professor & Chair, and their student Matthew Itomelnskis have recently had a manuscript accepted for publishing in the European Physical Journal Applied Physics. The paper "Assessment of mixing in passive mixers with fractal surface patterning" explores novel ways of improving mixing with possible applications in improved microfluidic devices.
  • For the third year in row, classes from the Physics Department have been approved as part of the Learning Communities initiative focused on providing the students with an engaging and integrated learning experience.
  • The Physics Department has been approved to add a 4+1 BS/MS track. The program will provide an efficient track for highly qualified advanced undergraduate students from the BS in Physics program to complete both a BS and MS degree in five calendar years, instead of the six years required of students completing conventional programs. 
  • For more departmental information, click here.

PSYCHOLOGY:

  • Dr. Ernest Park, Assistant Professor, was nominated to be a member of Society of Experimental Social Psychology (http://www.sesp.org/) and his membership was approved.
  • Undergrad Dan Pastel won an award from the National Psych Chi to present his poster (which was also exhibited at COS Research Day) in the upcoming Midwest Psychological Association Conference. 
  • During the past year, the Psychology department was successful in hiring a new faculty member with expertise in spatial cognition who will teach undergraduate courses in cognition, graduate courses in aging, and supervise undergraduate and graduate research.
  • Five other faculty members hired in recent years have added vigor to undergraduate courses and provided new research opportunities for undergraduates.
  • Graduates of the undergraduate program and recent graduates of the Experimental, Clinical, and Consumer-Industrial master’s programs continue to secure admission to doctoral programs and to find suitable professional positions.
  • A recent alumnus of the Experimental Psychology graduate program has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship for study in Switzerland.
  • Graduates of the School Psychology program have an overall pass rate of nearly 100% on licensure examinations.
  • The Diversity Management program recently organized its second annual conference on best practices.
  • The new program in PhD in Adult Development and Aging (joint with the University of Akron), has admitted its first group of students.
  • The curriculum for the Consumer Industrial Master’s program has been restructured so that courses are offered in a two-year cycle. The program has recently established connections and collaborations with Parker Hannifin Corporation: one intern has been placed in the Strategic Marketing Division, and a second intern will soon be placed.
  • Richard F. Rakos, professor, presented two invited papers at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis held in Phoenix AZ in May 2009: Belief in agency: Is it “human nature?” and Behavior analytic understanding of the “green behavior deficit.” In A. Biglan (Chair), Responding to Global Warming...or Not: The Green Behavior Deficit.
  • For more departmental information, click here.

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