Greetings from the College of Science!
Welcome to Spring, 2009. Somehow, it doesn’t quite feel like spring, but every day, I notice the sun staying with us for longer, and look forward to warmer weather in the not-too-distant future. I also see many of our projects moving along: the new student center is starting to rise, and (perhaps more important) the new parking garage will be done soon.
In the College of Science, many new projects are also moving along. We have our first group of Choose Ohio First Scholars receiving scholarships from the State of Ohio and experience in research and entrepreneurship. Our first McNair Scholars are receiving advising and support as they consider graduate school in science fields. Our newly approved Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is ready to go, as well. At the same time, faculty are hard at work making sure that all our programs are top quality. We continue to hear great things about our students’ achievements, and I’m delighted with their successes.
The College will host its second annual Design a Life conference on April 17, focused on creative aging. Dr. Gene Cohen from the Center for Creative Aging at George Washington University will be the keynote speaker;
Our fourth annual College of Science Research Day 2009 will be held on Friday, April 24 in the Physical Education Building Lobby and Fenn Tower Panel Hall This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. John P. Smol, Co-Director of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario; holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, founding editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology. His research focuses on environmental degradation and recovery in lake systems, including environmental change of Arctic Lakes. Dr. Smol was recently honored as one of the top 10 educators in Canada.
Science Students Lead Rooftop Garden Project
Senior Environmental Science students Erin Huber and LeeAnn Westfall have taken the lead on creating a 7,000 square- foot roof top garden on the CSU Recreation Center. The garden would serve as a learning tool for CSU students, the community and area schools, providing engaged learning on such topics as green building, urban planning, environmental protection, sustainability, managing storm water, decreasing impervious surfaces, creating urban habitat for wildlife, LEED certification, filtering pollutants from the air and water, reducing urban heat island effect, and decreasing dependence on energy for heating and cooling buildings.
Leading Edge Research
Scientists have been searching for a magic pill or potion to cure cancer for decades, and our own Dr. Michael Kalafatis, a professor and researcher who specializes in the biochemistry of blood coagulation, apoptosis (cell death) and the implications for heart disease and cancer, may be on the right track. Dr. Kalafatis has discovered a unique application for a substance he calls CancerX that has consistently shown promise in extinguishing cancer.
In recent studies on six different types of cancers, Dr. Kalafatis has achieved reduction and eradication of cancer tumors and cells tested on human cancer cells in vitro and implanted in mice. His most recent finding reduced a brain cancer growth within 20 days of administering the drug, when directly injected into the tumor. Kalafatis, who has been researching cancer antidotes for the past four years, submitted his findings to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to independently substantiate his evidence.
After the first round of tests achieved successful results, the NCI is conducting its second set of research on 52 different strains of cancer cells. We can expect to hear much more of Dr. Kalafatis who has been researching cancer antidotes for the past four years and the biochemistry of blood for more the 20 years.
College of Science Research Day, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
RESEARCH DAY AGENDA
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Poster Session (Physical Education Building Lobby)
This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. John P. Smol, Co-Director of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario; holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, founding editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology. His research focuses on environmental degradation and recovery in lake systems, including environmental change of Arctic Lakes.
2nd Annual Diversity Management Conference
May 14th and 15th, 2009
"Translating Theory and Research Findings into Best Practices”
Explore how to make your diversity investments pay off. Learn how the latest research and theory can be used to provide real world solutions and creative approaches to diversity dilemmas.
NEW Specialty Tracks:
Design A Life Conference
DESIGN A LIFE: A Community of Ideas
Hear from a leading expert on creative aging, experience creativity hands-on through workshops with artists, craftspeople, musicians, and writers. Consider how to incorporate creative activities into your daily life, and in promoting health and wellness.
Supported by: Cleveland State University, The Cleveland Clinic, Euclid Hospital, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, Lutheran Hospital, Judson at University Circle, the Art Therapy Studio, Benjamin Rose Institute, and Western Reserve Geriatric
This one day conference is designed to provide an opportunity to engage in and reflect on creative activities. It is a wonderful opportunity for health care professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in creativity to enjoy opportunities to work with artists, craftspeople, musicians, and writers, and to reflect on ways to incorporate creative activities into your life and the lives of your patients to promote health and wellness.
To register for this course or for more information, call 216-687-5580 or go to http://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/workshop/designalife/index.html
Recent Accomplishments in the College of Science
Biology, Geology, and Environmental Sciences:
Mathematics professor Keith Kendig was recently honored with the College of Science 2008 Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award, recognizing his enthusiasm and devotion to students and to his profession. Dr. Kendig has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics since 1971 and has been the recipient of many other prestigious awards.
Victoria Chmura (PSY/HSC) was selected as the College of Science Valedictorian. Additionally, Zavinta Maleckaite (HSC/PSY), Rebecca Riffle (HSC/PSY), Kyle Sochacki (HSC), and Brian VonBenken (HSC) were selected to receive the College of Science Outstanding Senior Awards for Fall 2008.
Biology, Geology, Environmental Sciences:
From Ivona Maric: After reading CSU’s newsletter today, I decided to tell you what I've been up to since graduating. I started at CSU in the Fall '02 and attended all the way until Spring '08. I received B.S. (mathematics), B.A. (physics) and Masters (mathematics) degrees from CSU in that span of time. Since I graduated, I have continued to work for a bank until a great job opportunity opened up. My career goal is to teach and Lakeland Community College was looking for a part-time math instructor. I started working at LCC in Fall '08 semester and love it! I will continue to work there and well keep looking for a full-time position. Hopefully, I will also be able to teach at CSU one day.
Biology, Geology, Environmental Sciences:
The Division of Biology at Kansas State University has awarded Robbie Bear (CSU 1992, 1995), instructor of biology, the 2008 H. Henley Haymaker Teaching Excellence Award. Bear is being recognized for his outstanding teaching of the undergraduate general education introductory course, Principles of Biology. The award includes a plaque and a $500 stipend. The Haymaker Teaching Excellence Award is funded by the Haymaker Endowment, in memory of H. Henley Haymaker, a K-State biological sciences professor for 44 years. Bear previously has been recognized for his teaching at K-State with a 2008 William L. Stamey Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. He joined K-State in 2004 after teaching at McCook Community College, McCook, Neb. He earned his master's degree from Cleveland State University in 1995.
New Endowment Honors Health Sciences’
|Karen Bradley Armstrong|
As it is with many working adults, there came a time when Patrick Baker realized that he would need to change careers, and that in order to do so, he would need to return to college. A career counseling test indicated occupational therapy was a potential career opportunity, and after some research on the subject, and locating programs in the area, Patrick made a call to the Cleveland State University Health Sciences Program. Ten years later, as a non-traditional student, Patrick has received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Health Science from the CSU Health Science Department. As an occupational therapist, Patrick has had the opportunity to enable hundreds of individuals to regain a measure of functional independence in self care, work, and leisure activities. “Having the chance to change careers from business to health care has been a life-altering experience for me in many ways, and hopefully for many of the individuals to whom I have had the pleasure to serve as their therapist.” From the beginning of this process in 1992 to graduation with a MHS degree in 2002, the faculty and staff of the Health Science Department were consistently helpful and supportive, especially one individual, who was always ready with a great, supportive hug, and a “Hang in there!” From the first phone call, she was the “go to” person in order to find out what to do, where to go, whom to talk to. Every student involved in the occupational therapy program knows her, and she is undoubtedly the “Mom” everyone turns to for support. She surely is the glue that binds the faculty into a dynamic program. Karen Bradley Armstrong, for whom this scholarship is named, is the administrative secretary to the occupational therapy program, and it is in her name and because of what she means to each and every participant in the program, student and faculty alike, that Patrick creates this scholarship.
The Karen Bradley Armstrong Scholarship Fund was established in December 2008 with a generous pledge from alumnus Patrick Timothy Baker. There is a preference that the recipients of the Karen Bradley Armstrong Scholarship Fund be graduate students majoring in Occupational Therapy within the College of Science Department of Health Sciences. Preference will also be given to students entering the OT graduate program that are enrolled in CSU’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. Recipients should also exemplify Karen’s characteristics (kindness, empathy, service, excellence). To make a gift to this scholarship fund and honor Karen, please contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to make your gift online.
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