December 2010 Alumni Newsletter

Greetings from the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State University!


Dear Friends,

As we end the calendar year, the College of Sciences and Health Professions is in the midst of another very successful year. Our enrollment has reached record levels; this year we broke the 3,000 mark. And those students continue to impress us with their ability and energy. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to undertake research with faculty mentors. Several students have attended conferences to present their work, or have published with their faculty mentors. Our faculty continue to garner significant and increasing external funding, and to establish themselves as outstanding scholars.

A number of new initiatives are underway, some of which you’ve undoubtedly read about. We are implementing a relationship with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) to facilitate admission for CSU pre-med students. Part of that collaboration is the establishment of an innovative curriculum emphasizing urban primary care. Graduates will help provide care to underserved populations regionally. Other initiatives include the continuing development of NEOECO, a regional consortium examining strategies for reclaiming urban land for commercial and leisure use, and the Human Performance Consortium, a regional group studying ways to improve the interface between the environment and individual functioning.

You may note that many of our initiatives emphasize regional collaboration. CSU and the College of Sciences and Health Professions have a long and excellent tradition of working with and serving the community in which we are located. This is central to our mission, and ever more important as we look for ways to maximize effective use of our resources.

Our friends, you, have shown increasing generosity in supporting our efforts. Looking ahead to the challenges of the coming few years, we will need that help more than ever. We continue to make significant progress and improvements in the face of a very difficult budget situation for the State.

I thank you for your continuing enthusiasm and support for COSHP, and wish you a very happy holiday season.

Bette Bonder
Dean, College of Sciences and Health Professions


Upcoming Alumni Events

Prizes Can Be Yours

Prizes can be yours when you participate in CSU Alumni Association activities! Just register for and attend one or more of the events and/or programs listed on the 2010-2011 calendar.

1st prize: $400 value; certificate for a Continuing Education class of your choice

2nd Prize: $200 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore

3rd Prize: $150 value; a CSU Viking Pride basket

4th Prize: $100 value; certificates to the CSU Bookstore

Reserve your seat now for all events at 216.687.2078 or email To view a calendar of upcoming events, click here.


Professional Grant Writing Workshop

Learn techniques of writing superior and winning proposals on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center.

This grant proposal workshop is geared for those who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The center of attention will be on identifying funding sources, and how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding.

Participants Will Learn How To:

  1. Research and identify potential funding sources;
  2. Address the guidelines of federal and foundation applications;
  3. Identify the key elements of a proposal;
  4. Develop focused and realistic budgets;
  5. Demonstrate that one’s proposal merits excellence and innovation;
  6. Package professional grant submissions.
The workshop will be led by Margaret Irwin, the Grant Writer and Administrator for the College of Sciences and Health Professions. Space is limited, and the workshop is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To Register: email Carol Carbary at or call 216.875-9992.


News You Can Use

At the October 5, 2010 Convocation, President Ronald M. Berkman honored College of Sciences and Health Professions Faculty in all categories. Congratulations Awardees:

Distinguished Faculty Award for Service
David W. Ball, Ph.D.

Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching
Susan S. Bazyk, Ph.D.

Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
Barsanjit Mazumder, Ph.D.

Distinguished Service Award for Professional and Classified Staff
Joseph J. Mundell, Ph.D.

The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) appointed Nida F. Degesys as the new student member to its Board of Trustees. Degesys was appointed to a two-year term by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Sept. 17. A second-year College of Medicine student, Degesys graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and completed post-baccalaureate work in pre-medical studies at Cleveland State University. She previously served as an economic development and health volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama, helping a women’s cooperative gain sustainability and teaching children oral hygiene and nutrition. She also completed internships with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, as well as in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Cleveland, Ohio.

The full press release can be viewed at:



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Associate Professor Barsanjit Mazumder received $1.75 million to continue research on his discovery of a new mechanism that controls inflammation. Further research from this grant will help develop a new generation of drugs that could safely block the progression of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

Dr. Sailen Barik, Professor and Director, Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, was the Keynote speaker for the 96th Annual Southeastern Branch American Society for Microbiology Conference. The Keynote address: siRNA-delivery by Nanoparticles: The Size Matters in Pathway Choice.

Kelly Amundsen, Jaime Quellos, and Max Koran attended the Ohio Valley Chapter 27th Annual Meeting - Restoring and Protecting Watersheds: Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting at Purdue. The two-day meeting included talks from keynote speakers (environmental toxicologists in academia and private industry) and student presentations. Jaime Quellos, and Max Koran both gave poster presentations, and Kelly Amundsen presented a platform presentations titled “A Remote Sensing Method of Riparian Vegetation Mapping in the Lower Colorado River Watershed". Quellos and Koarn received awards for best student poster presentations, and Amundsen received the Marian Vinegar award for best student platform presentation.

Chamari Walliwallagedara Ph.D. student of Bob Wei (Chemistry) and Harry van Keulen presented a poster entitled: Differential expression of proteins in response to arsenic stress in Chamydomonas reinhardtiiat the October 16 meeting of the Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference, and was awarded second place.

Jerome McGinty and Katie Lemmeyer presented their undergraduate research project entitled: The uptake of arsenic in Chinese Brake Fern Pteris vittata, and were invited to meet with the Board of Trustees on November 8 to present their work. The response from the Board was positive:

Your students were terrific at the Board of Trustees meeting yesterday. Not only were they really good at presenting a brief overview of the research/creative achievement but they also answered questions well and looked professional! It is clear that the President was proud to showcase your students and that the Board Members really enjoyed the presentations because of the range of their questions.

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Associate Professor Xue-Long Sun received $1.25 million to develop anticoagulants that are safer for stroke and heart attack victims. Anticoagulants have been identified as one of the top five drug types associated with patient safety incidents in the United States. Sun’s development will work toward reducing many dangers associated with the drugs, such as excessive bleeding.

Graduate Student Jospeh Wiencek obtained a travel award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to present his work at the ASH meeting in December. Approximately 20,000 individuals attend every year and only 200 scientists are awarded a travel award based on the score of the abstract received after very stringent peer review.



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John Oprea chaired two sessions at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft on Topological Robotics held at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (Germany) from October 9 -- 16, 2010.

Dr. L. Felipe Martins, Associate Professor was the 2010 College of Sciences and Health Professions Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient. You may view pictures from the award reception on the COSHP Facebook page at:



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Renee Michelle Goertzen recently completed her Ph.D. program and writes of her experience at CSU: "Everyone in the department was very welcoming and I always had the feeling from faculty members that they thought that all of their students could be successful in physics; I know that not all physics students have such a positive undergraduate experience and I appreciate it."

Dr. Kiril A. Streletzky has given a Keynote Address at the 2010 Jearl Walker Outstanding Teaching Award ceremony: “Undergraduate Research & other Extracurricular Student Engagement as Pedagogy of 21st Century”. The ceremony was held Nov 5, 2010.

Recently Jearl Walker (Physics) traveled to Toronto to be part of the 15th anniversary of the television show "The Daily Planet" on Discovery Channel Canada. One of his demonstrations (where he runs over the top of a deep slurry of corn starch and water) can be seen at
Click on the fifth option in the top row (it is called video 5). Photos of the extensive and exhausting preparation for the stunt (he and the television crew mixed up well over 2000 pounds of corn starch) are at

Ten undergraduate students who participated in undergraduate summer research at the Physics Department during summer 2010 presented their findings at the 4th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at CSU on Sep 9, 2010.

Pasenjit Bose (Honors BS in Physics, 2012) won the Best Physics Summer Research Poster Presentation Award from the Physics Department. His poster “Dynamics of Linear Polymers in Micro-channel Flow” presented the results of his summer research under guidance of Drs Fodor and Kaufman. Krista Freeman (Honors BS in Physics, 2011) and Kaitlin Vandemark (Honors BS in Physics 2013) each won the Second Best Physics Summer Research Poster Presentation Award from the Physics Department for presenting their research projects completed at Dr. Streletzky’s lab.

Three undergraduate students (physics majors): Joseph Glaser, Krista Freeman, Prasenjit Bose presented their summer 2010 research (advised by Drs. Resnick, Streletzky, Fodor & Kaufman, respectively) at the Fall Meeting of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society held at the Marietta College in Marietta, OH (Oct 8-9, 2010). The summer research of the forth physics student Kaitlin Vandemark has been presented at this conference by her advisor, Dr. Streletzky.

Undergraduate student Krista Freeman (Honors BS in Physics, 2011) who presented a poster “Protein Dynamics in Viscous Solvents” won the Best Undergraduate Poster prize at the Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC) Symposium held at CSU on Oct 16, 2010. The presented research has been completed under the joint project between CSU’s Physics (Streletzky’s lab) and the University of Akron (Polymer Science).



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Psychology Undergrads Participate in NAMI Walk
Ten students majoring in Psychology participated in this year’s fund-raising walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Participants in the October 2nd event included Brittany Bate, Jessica Burt, Patricia Carter, Katelyn Ciminelli, Candice Cole, Gabby Gillilan, Lianesha Mays, Andrea Nagy, Tess Sito, and Michael Scur.

Our chapter of the national PSI CHI honorary society for Psychology students recently hosted a movie night, featuring the film, “Memento,” with commentary and discussion of short-term memory and amnesia by Professor Conor McLennan.

Faculty Publications and Conference Presentations
Dr. Katherine Judge recently published four journal articles reporting outcomes of interventions with adults suffering from dementia. Her research examines the potential for “strength-based” interventions, and is especially concerned with the impact of dementia (including Alzheimer’s symptoms) on those providing care to patients, such as spouses and family members. Dr. Judge also published a book chapter describing cognitive assessment for individuals experiencing late-stage dementia. She is on the faculty of – and currently directs – the Psychology Department’s doctoral program in Adult Development and Aging.

Dr. Amir Poreh was recently invited to give a talk at the Linkoping University in Sweden, in which he discussed his work on the Quantified Process Approach and the application of new technologies in assessing patients with brain injury. He also led a discussion in the Department of Physics on the analysis of neuropsychological test data using the Weibull Distribution, which can be used to better understand the process of brain atrophy and loss of cognitive functions.

Dr. Conor McLennan presented research findings with Spanish colleagues, Maura and Julio Gonzalez, at the 160th Annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in mid-November.

Student News
Jonny Sams recently defended his thesis for the M.A. degree in Psychology: Regulatory Fit and Consumer Brand Preferences. Other student achievements include Maura Wilson’s presentation of a poster session at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, and submissions of proposals by Chelsea Kociuba, John Skalla, and Adam Fominaya (enrolled in our M.A. program in Clinical Psychology), Teresa Markis (a doctoral student in our Adult Development & Aging Program), and Jessica Newell (enrolled in our Experimental Research M.A. program) for presentations to the upcoming meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association.




Make your gift by December 31

Good things continue to happen at Cleveland State as President Ronald Berkman develops his vision for the University. Our new Campus International School, a K-12 school on campus that follows the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum for its students, is filled to capacity in its first semester. Through this school, CSU is serving the surrounding community, working to enhance academic achievement, and making education more accessible to those who need it most. CSU was also awarded federal dollars through the UTeach Program, an accelerated certification curriculum designed to increase the number of math and science teachers across the United States. Finally, with campus construction on our new Student Center and Euclid Commons Residence Hall complete, Cleveland State’s campus is evolving along with its programs.

We have had continued success with our Access to Excellence campaign, an annual campaign to support those students who are most in need. You can help us reach this year’s $2 million University-wide goal with your gift to the College of Sciences and Health Professions. Your donation will ensure that our students receive access to the excellent education we provide young people seeking to pursue careers in the sciences and the health professions.

Please make your donation today by visiting Remember, every single gift helps. For additional information, contact Carol L. Carbary, CFRE, Director, College Development and Alumni Relations, at (216) 875-9992 or

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